Posts by Jeremy Blacklow

  • Bob Casale, Devo Guitarist, Dead at 61

    Yahoo Music1 mth ago

    Bob Casale, guitarist for the reverse-flowerpot-hat-wearing '80s new wave band Devo, died Monday of heart failure at age 61.   Casale was one of the founding members of the Ohio band best known for its 1980 hit "Whip It," one of the first videos in heavy rotation on MTV when the music channel launched in 1981.   The surviving members of Devo, which first formed in 1972, posted a tribute to Casale on their website. "As an original member of Devo, Bob Casale was there in the trenches with me from the beginning," his brother and fellow band member Gerald Casale wrote. "He was my level-headed brother, a solid performer and talented audio engineer, always giving more than he got." He was excited about the possibility of Mark Mothersbaugh allowing Devo to play shows again," Gerald continued. "His sudden death from conditions that lead to heart failure came as a total shock to us all." Bob is survived by wife Lisa, daughter Samantha, and son Alex.

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  • Love Won't Keep Them Together — Captain & Tennille Are Divorcing!

    Yahoo Music2 mths ago

    Say it ain't so, muskrat lovers!   Cathryn "Toni" Tennille, 73, one-half of the chart-topping '70s musical team the Captain and Tennille, has filed for divorce from her husband, Daryl "The Captain" Dragon, 71, after 39 years of marriage.   A spokesman for the Yavapai County courthouse told Yahoo on Wednesday that the petition was filed in Prescott, Arizona, on Jan. 16. The long-time duo have no children together. The husband-and-wife tandem was the force behind such a slew of easy-listening hits, including "Love Will Keep Us Together," "Muskrat Love," "Do That to Me One More Time," "Lonely Night (Angel Face)," and "Shop Around.   The Captain was originally a keyboardist for the Beach Boys — with Toni later joining him on tour. They launched their own act in 1974 after being discovered by Neil Sedaka performing at the Smokehouse restaurant in Burbank, California. They won the Record of the Year Grammy in 1975 for "Love Will Keep Us Together," and went on to host a variety series on ABC from 1976-77.   Dragon said that he was blind-sided by the filing."I don't know why she filed," he told TMZ. "I gotta figure it out for myself first."

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  • The Top 10 Electronic Music Albums of 2013

    Yahoo Music3 mths ago

    It's that time of year again when music writers get a chance to share their totally subjective year end lists. As Yahoo's resident electronic music expert, for the second year in a row I have the honor of writing a bit about my top electronic music album picks with all of you. Electronic dance music (EDM to some) is a diverse field made up of many different genres and sub-genres — most fans would likely scoff at the idea of trying to compile a list like this, when any such attempt is like comparing apples and oranges. Moreover, this is a list only of full albums (with one EP exception), and most folks making electronic music are more likely to have put out singles or remixes rather than albums (hence the absence of several very popular DJs like Hardwell, Laidback Luke, Martin Solveig, Nicky Romero, and many others). As I always like to disclaim before doing lists like this, this is simply my personal Top 10 list — yours very well might look quite different. Admittedly, my picks happen to also be very mainstream. That's just the direction my taste happens to lean. But we want to hear from you. Do you agree or disagree with these picks? What were your favorite electronic albums of the year? Take a moment to share your thoughts in the comments section below. 10. Kavinsky — "Outrun" I first heard of French artist Kavinsky through his track "Nightcall" from the 2011 film "Drive." A couple of years later, he exploded onto the scene with his video game sound influenced debut album, which lived up to the promise of that first breakthrough single. If "Tron" ever makes another sequel, this is the guy to grab the torch from Daft Punk and produce the soundtrack. 9. Rudimental — "Home" Although Rudimental first hit the scene in 2012, their debut album officially dropped in 2013. This Brit quartet is the sole drum and bass representative on my list. The album is a solid compilation of various sounds from start to finish, and features singers including Emili Sandé, Foxes, Angel Haze, John Newman, and Alex Clare. Expect big things from them in the near future. 8. RAC — "Don't Talk To" (EP) Sure it's only a 4-song EP, but the gentlemen also known as Remix Artist Collective made quite an impact in 2013, mostly on the strength of their first original production, "Let Go" (feat. Kele and MNDR). According to their Facebook page, they recently finished mastering on a full-length album, which should be out in early 2014. Their remixes of Phoenix's "Trying to be Cool" and Two Door Cinema Club's "Next Year" (neither of which were on this EP) were two of the best remixes of the year. 7. Major Lazer - "Free The Universe" Major Lazer certainly delivered the dance party album of the year. Diplo kept his dancehall outfit going strong with its second full-length studio album, featuring artists ranging from Flux Pavilion and Elephant Man to Santigold, Peaches,

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