THE FIRST CAREER-SPANNING BOOK OF MARK MOTHERSBAUGH’S ART, AND IT’S WORTH THE WAIT

Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia
by Adam Lerner (editor)
Princeton Architectural Press
2014, 256 pages, 8.8 x 10.8 x 1.1 inches
$29 Buy a copy on Amazon

We all know the multimedia artistic brilliance of pioneering New Wave band Devo. And many of us know that Devo co-founder Mark Mothersbaugh is an artist who works in other media. But even other moderately devoted fans such as myself may be surprised to realize just how multiple Mothersbaugh’s artistic talents are, how persistent, or how significant when surveyed as a whole. This is all remedied in an impressive new volume, Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia, assembled by Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) Denver Director Adam Lerner.

 

This handsome, weighty tome serves as a fairly comprehensive retrospective of Mothersbaugh’s work, from his earliest explorations while a student at Kent State (during the 1970 Kent State massacre) to his work with Devo, to his more recent art endeavors. Along with hundreds of reproductions of Mothersbaugh’s art, photographs of performances, and other historical photos, we also get an introduction by Wes Anderson and a series of excellent essays by artist Shepard Fairey, art historian Marina Elena Buszek, outréart blogger Steven Wolf (theoffbrand.com), Lerner, and others. Enthusiastically soaking it all in, I was struck by the breath of media Mothersbaugh has employed: pop music, filmmaking, film scoring, graphic and fashion design, mail and stamp art, art journaling, painting, print making, digital photo manipulation, performance art, sculpture, even rug design (and, he recently announced a line of eyewear). There seems to be little visual and sonic media that Mothersbaugh has not dabbled in, excelling in most.

The book’s images and essays do an excellent job of showing this near-virtuosic artistic ability, how things like his severe myopia and the Kent State shootings (and Vietnam war) impacted his life and shaped his artistic worldview, and how, for all of his artistic wanderings, the world he’s created has remained surprisingly consistent. Wes Anderson addresses this in the all-too-brief introduction when he states: “For 40 years, he has set about creating a body of work which amounts to his own Magic Kingdom, and I suggest that the time has come for it to be fully realized on a humongous plot of suburban real estate…” And he then suggests the only real estate where such a Mutant Magic Kingdom could be most perfectly realized: Akron, Ohio.

 

– Gareth Branwyn

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NEW CHICAGOLAND CONCERT LISTINGS

Robin Zander Band (Of Cheap Trick) with special guests Voyage (Sat.), and 28 North (Sun.)

Sat-Sun, December 20 2014 8:00PM & December 21, 2014 7:00PM

Robin Zander, returns to the Arcada with his own Rock ‘N Roll band and Cheap Trick hits.

 

 

Alash Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/14, 8 PM, all-ages.

All Sons & Daughters Logan Square Auditorium, 4/8, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

Altan Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/13, 8 PM, all-ages.

Iggy Azalea, Nick Jonas Allstate Arena, Rosemont, 5/1, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 9 AM.

Buckwheat Zydeco City Winery, 3/4, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/18, noon.

Cedric Burnside Project, Super Chikan City Winery, 2/9, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/18, noon.

Calabrese Beat Kitchen, 2/5, 8:30 PM.

Caribou Metro, 4/11, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound SPACE, Evanston, 1/24, 8 PM, all-ages.

Paul Cebar Tomorrow Sound FitzGerald’s, Berwyn, 2/16, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 11 AM.

Chelsea Grin Bottom Lounge, 3/10, 5 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Corners Empty Bottle, 2/23, 9 PM, free.

Evan Dando City Winery, 2/5, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/18, noon.

Dead Rider, Doomsday Student Empty Bottle, 3/15, 9 PM.

Dervish Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/8, 7 PM, all-ages.

Dirty Dozen Brass Band Bottom Lounge, 2/21, 9 PM.

Earls of Leicester, Chatham County Line Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/14, 5 and 8 PM, all-ages.

Electric Wizard Metro, 4/7, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Kurt Elling City Winery, 4/12-13, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/18, noon.

Enabler Cobra Lounge, 3/2, 9 PM.

Enslaved, Yob, Ecstatic Vision Thalia Hall, 3/17, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Enter Shikari, Stray From the Path Bottom Lounge, 4/11, 5:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Food Constellation, 2/22, 9:30 PM.

Alex G Beat Kitchen, 1/31, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Girls Names, Flaamingos Empty Bottle, 3/10, 9 PM.

Andy Grammer, Alex & Sierra House of Blues, 3/27, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/20, 10 AM.

The Green Lincoln Hall, 2/7, 9 PM.

Haptic, Greg Hamilton Constellation, 1/4, 8:30 PM.

Juliana Hatfield Three Lincoln Hall, 3/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Hauschka Constellation, 4/9, 7:30 and 9:30 PM, early show is all ages, late show is 18+.

Ari Hest SPACE, Evanston, 3/27, 10 PM, all-ages.

Julia Holter & Spektral Quartet Constellation, 2/26, 7 and 9:30 PM.

Hurray for the Riff Raff Lincoln Hall, 4/29, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Intergalactix Schubas, 2/5, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

July Talk Subterranean, 2/19, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Nikki Lane Double Door, 2/12, 9 PM.

Theophilus London Bottom Lounge, 2/23, 7 PM.

Lust for Youth Empty Bottle, 3/7, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Mary Onettes Empty Bottle, 2/14, 9 PM.

Mavericks Thalia Hall, 4/1, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Anais Mitchell Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 1/31, 8 PM, all-ages.

Mowgli’s Metro, 4/4, 6:45 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

John Mark Nelson Schubas, 2/6, 10 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Network Trio SPACE, Evanston, 3/1, 5 and 8 PM, all-ages.

Tom Paxton & Janis Ian Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/21-22, 7 PM, all-ages.

Peach Kelli Pop, Frankie Teardrop Empty Bottle, 4/13, 9 PM, free.

Power Trip Beat Kitchen, 3/4, 7:30 PM.

Ragnarokkr Metal Apocalypse with Nuclear Assault, Ostrogoth, Attacker, Liege Lord, and more Reggie’s, 5/1-2, 5 PM.

Russian Circles Metro, 1/30, 9 PM.

Seinabo Sey, Gavin James Martyrs’, 1/30, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Slim Twig, U.S. Girls Empty Bottle, 1/15, 9 PM.

Sons of the Never Wrong Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 2/6, 8 PM, all-ages.

Dr. Ralph Stanley Maurer Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 2/8, 7 PM, all-ages.

Nora Jane Struthers & the Party Line Schubas, 2/27, 10 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

STS9 House of Blues, 3/5, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, noon.

Tops Subterranean, 3/6, 9 PM.

Twilight Sad Beat Kitchen, 2/28, 9:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

Midge Ure Szold Hall, Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/7, 8 PM, all-ages.

Wailin’ Jennys Thalia Hall, 8/8, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

The Weight City Winery, 3/15, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/18, noon.

Whigs Beat Kitchen, 1/30, 9 PM.

Young Widows Beat Kitchen, 3/13, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/19, 10 AM.

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MCA Talk Neil Gaiman Sun, Jan 4, 2015, 6–7 pm


On the closing night of David Bowie Is, join the MCA for a special appearance by Neil Gaiman as he reads “The Return of the Thin White Duke.”
Neil Gaiman—the first author to win both the Newbery and the Carnegie medals for the same work, The Graveyard Book—makes a special appearance to celebrate the closing night of David Bowie Is. Gaiman will perform a reading of the short story, “The Return of the Think White Duke” followed by a Q & A with the audience.

Please note: late seating is not guaranteed, seating is guaranteed only until program start time. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of house management.

Funding
Generous support for David Bowie Is public programs is provided by Sara Szold.

David Bowie Is leaving soon!
Closing January 4, 2015

There is only one month left to see the exhibition that Chicago has been talking about for months. All time-slots sold out Thanksgiving weekend! Remember to plan ahead for the busy holiday season and visit during the museum’s extended hours.

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DEVO “Hardcore Live!” on DVD, Blu-ray, CD, and Vinyl coming February 10th

 

“The Hardcore show for DEVO was like relocating a tail you misplaced a lifetime ago.”
- Mark Mothersbaugh

 

LA screening event with Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale & Bob Mothersbaugh, Director Keirda Bahruth and Producer Rick Ballard

 

Saturday, January 17 – 7:30 PM
Egyptian Theatre
6712 Hollywood Boulevard
Hollywood, CA 90028 Map

 

DEVO was among the most thought-provoking bands to emerge in the aftermath of punk, but before hits like “Whip It,” they worked in the basements and garages of Akron, Ohio to make raw, unfiltered music that the group called “Hardcore DEVO.”

 

In the summer of 2014, DEVO did ten shows performing these seminal pre-fame songs, created between 1974 and 1977 and rarely played since then. Shot at the Fox Theater in Oakland, California, this exciting concert film captures these groundbreaking artists performing the songs that started it all, interwoven with interviews revealing the history of the band. In total, these 21 oddities serve as a tribute to departed, original DEVO bandmate, Robert “Bob 2″ Casale.

 

A special screening event will be held on Saturday, January 17th at 7:30 PM at the Egyptian Theatre (6712 Hollywood Boulevard – Hollywood, CA 90028). A discussion with director Keirda Bahruth, coproducer Rick Ballard, and DEVO members Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald V. Casale, and Bob Mothersbaugh will follow.

 

www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl7rbDxMyMg

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Stabbing Westward Rises Again As The Dreaming Releases new album titled RISE AGAIN on Metropolis Records

THE DREAMING’s new album Rise Again, which will be released on February 10, 2015 via Metropolis Records, is deliberately pointed in its name. The band, which is a reunion of Stabbing Westward’s founding members Christopher Hall (lead singer) and Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming), makes no attempt to hide their plans. The Dreaming intend to deliver an album that brings back the early Stabbing Westward sound that fans have been asking for.

Although the name Stabbing Westward is now dead and buried (they disbanded in early 2002), Hall and Flakus are ecstatic to return with the intense and haunting music that made them multi-platinum artists. The Dreaming is rounded out with guitarist Carlton Bost (Orgy, Deadsy), bassist Brent Ashley (Static X) and one-time Stabbing Westward drummer Johnny Haro.

Hall and Flakus were renowned for their songwriting during the 1990s, mostly through Stabbing Westward’s massive radio hits, yielding two gold records. A total of six Stabbing Westward songs landed in the Top 25 of the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts, including three in the top ten: “What Do I Have To Do?”, “Save Yourself” and “Shame”. Visually, the band also took advantage of the video world, becoming internationally mainstays on MTV and other music channels . As a testament that their music wasn’t just suited to the studio, the band proved their musical prowess by sharing stages with such luminaries as Depeche Mode, the Sex Pistols, Kiss, Killing Joke, Front 242, Placebo and The Cult.

Emerging from Stabbing Westward’s break-up in 2002, Hall formed The Dreaming and released its debut album Etched in Blood in 2008. After some heady reconciliation, Flakus rejoined his former bandmate and brought the musical partnership back full circle. The resulting album Rise Again reignites spark of their original band, as evidenced in its first single “Alone” which can be found here: www.soundcloud.com/cgibbens-1/sets/the-dreaming-alone/s-F3VHo

Rise Again will be released February 10, 2015 on Metropolis Records. The Dreaming is Christopher Hall (lead vocals), Walter Flakus (keyboards, programming), Carlton Bost (guitars), Brant Ashley (bass) and Johnny Haro (drums).

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NEW CHICAGOLAND CONCERT LISTINGS


Amen Dunes Schubas, 4/1, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Andrew Jackson Jihad Metro, 3/27, 6 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Anti-Flag Reggie’s Rock Club, 1/31, 7 PM, all-ages.

Asleep at the Wheel City Winery, 3/12, 6 and 9 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/11, noon.

Mickey Avalon Bottom Lounge, 1/17, 11 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Ryan Beatty Beat Kitchen, 2/22, 5:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Wed 12/10, 10 AM.

Bleachers, Joywave Riviera Theatre, 4/1, 7:30 PM, all-ages.

David Broza City Winery, 3/3, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/11, noon.

Bush, Theory of a Dead Man Riviera Theatre, 2/13, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

California X Beat Kitchen, 1/22, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

Tommy Castro & the Painkillers SPACE, Evanston, 3/22, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Citizen Cope City Winery, 3/19-20, 8 PM; 3/22-24, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/11, noon.

Nels Cline, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Glenn Kotche, and Mike Reed Constellation, 2/21, 9:30 PM.

Craft Spells Schubas, 3/19, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Robert Cray Band House of Blues, 3/8, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

Antje Duvekot SPACE, Evanston, 3/10, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

George Ezra Metro, 3/30, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Gates Beat Kitchen, 1/15, 8 PM.

Gov’t Mule, John Scofield Riviera Theatre, 2/27, 8:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

Derek Grant Beat Kitchen, 1/24, 8:30 PM.

Grizfolk Schubas, 1/29, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Robyn Hitchcock, Emma Swift SPACE, Evanston, 2/22, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Honeyblood Empty Bottle, 3/5, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

James Hunter Six City Winery, 4/3-4, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/11, noon.
Vijay Iyer Trio Constellation, 3/28-29, 8:30 PM, all-ages.

Jmsn Subterranean, 2/22, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Kalin & Myles House of Blues, 4/3, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, 11 AM.

Kodaline House of Blues, 5/18, 6:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

KRS-One the Shrine, 1/16, 9 PM.

La Dispute, Title Fight Metro, 4/5, 6:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

JD McPherson Lincoln Hall, 3/12-13, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Marcus Miller SPACE, Evanston, 3/12, 7 and 9:30 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Misterwives Lincoln Hall, 3/3, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Motionless in White Bottom Lounge, 2/27, 5 PM, all-ages, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

North Mississippi Allstars, Anders Osborne Thalia Hall, 3/6, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

Nosaj Thing Lincoln Hall, 4/10, 10 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Ellis Paul SPACE, Evanston, 4/25, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Pile Beat Kitchen, 4/21, 9 PM.

Retox, Whores Cobra Lounge, 2/28, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Tim Reynolds SPACE, Evanston, 2/12, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Saints of Valory Lincoln Hall, 2/22, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Bob Schneider SPACE, Evanston, 3/7, 7 and 10 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Slackers Reggie’s Rock Club, 3/21, 6 PM.

Ben Sollee City Winery, 3/5, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Thu 12/11, noon.

Split Single SPACE, Evanston, 2/6, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Livingston Taylor SPACE, Evanston, 2/21, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

They Might Be Giants the Vic, 4/17, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM, 14+.

Ana Tijoux Thalia Hall, 4/19, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

TV on the Radio Metro, 3/23, 9 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Twerps Empty Bottle, 4/11, 9 PM.

U2 United Center, 6/24-25, 7:30 PM.

Jessie Ware Metro, 4/6, 7:30 PM, all-ages, on
sale Fri 12/12, noon.

Susan Werner SPACE, Evanston, 3/13, 8 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Emily West Park West, 5/2, 7:30 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.
Cheryl Wheeler SPACE, Evanston, 3/28, 7 PM, all-ages, on sale Sat 12/13, 11 AM.

Charlie Wilson, Kem, Joe United Center, 2/28, 8 PM, on sale Fri 12/12, 10 AM.

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