Soundtrack to today: DOMA, Prop 8, Wendy Davis, and Devo


It’s hard to comprehend everything that has happened in the past 24 hours, or even the past 10 minutes. The Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Prop 8 unconstitutional. Senator Wendy Davis spent 11 hours filibustering an anti-abortion bill that would’ve taken away the rights of women all over Texas, and sadly, Devo’s drummer Alan Myers died (earlier this week, but the news filtered out today).

I pretty much can’t stop tearing up today. There are just so many complicated emotions to deal with right now, and so I turned to music. Read more »

Live Shots: Blondie and Devo at the Warfield


I was flipping around on my car’s FM dial last week and had the bleeding-from-the-ears misfortune of coming upon Taylor Swift’s staggeringly awful new single. I thought for a moment that I landed on some kind of Disney or Nickelodeon channel, where corporate-oriented bands score those awkward tween TV shows. In reality though, Swift is currently selling the shit out of the thing on iTunes…and leaving me to question my faith in humanity’s hearing.
So I was all the more enthusiastic as I headed to the Warfield on Monday night for the Devo and Blondie double bill. Clearly, I was in need of some kind of authentic audio to counter balance the heavy dose of vapid pop I had stumbled into on the airwaves. And even as their 1979 heyday grows ever more distant, Blondie and Devo delivered in a big way on Monday. Read more »

Evil genius

Mark Mothersbaugh and Devo aim to infect commercialism from within


Marc Ribak's top 10 records during Thanksgiving week


For so many more year-end music lists, click here and pick up this week's paper.

Total Trash Fest's Marc Ribak's list of the top 10 records during Thanksgiving week: Read more »