DEVO – Yubin Chokin Hall, physician Tokyo, website Japan, May 13, 1980

The set list on this date is almost identical to other sets of the same period, as documented on the ‘Dev-O Live’ EP (1981, later expanded by Rhino Handmade in 1999) and on the ‘Live 1980′ DVD. The soundboard recording is particularly good, and is marred only during the first track, when a Japanese DJ talks over the majority of ‘Freedom of Choice’.

The highlight of the set is a typically heavy version of ‘Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA’, a two-song suite that’s always made me marvel over Devo’s talents, since it sounds particularly difficult to pull off correctly in a live setting.

Devo – Yubin Chokin Hall, Tokyo, Japan – May 13, 1980 (ZIP file)

CHAVEZ – live somewhere, 1996

These guys were simply brainboiling. Their second and final album, “Ride The Fader” was CRIMINALLY overlooked. They recently got back together for a string of reunion dates. And I fukkin’ missed it; I probably had work that night or something. I can’t even remember what I did instead of seeing them live here in L.A.; how pathetic.

This live set has no song indexes or breaks — unfortunately, it’s just one long file.

Chavez – live, 1996 (ZIP file)

GOBLIN – live, 1979

Goblin – live, 1979 (ZIP file)

THE POLICE – “Crimewatch: Live 1980″

I still haven’t seen any footage or heard any recordings of the new Police reunion. Anybody have any thoughts? I had the chance to buy an expensive ticket to see them at the Staples Center in L.A., but waffled and missed my chance.

The Police – “Crimewatch: Live 1980″ (ZIP file)

MCLUSKY – Live in Nottingham, 10.29.02

McLusky – Live in Nottingham, 10.29.02 (ZIP file)

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  1. tremspeed says:

    i saw the chavez reunion at warsaw. killer. they were tight and sounded like they had recorded ‘ride the fader’ earlier that afternoon. bob weston did the pa mix.

  2. spike mintroses says:

    Yep, looking forward to seeing the Police @ Dodgers Stadium. If Sting’s live show is any sign of what could be expected, I expect it will be a great show.

  3. Ian says:

    as it was before, best music blog on the internets.

    glad to have you back.

  4. Jim Donato says:

    I find it hard to believe anyone would give a damn about the Police reunion. Now Klark Kent??!! I’m there at ANY PRICE!!!

  5. Mike says:

    Wow, great Goblin live performance. Thanks for that. Maybe there’s a chance to post another?

  6. Phill says:

    Just listened to the McLusky show (I’m a bit behind, can you tell?) Great stuff! I quite like them. Thanks, Bret!

  7. Roberto says:

    i have seen Devo live two times here in Italy,the 1980 tour and ten years later during the Post Post Modernist tour.in 1990 people thought they were a joke,a one hit band but they were terrific,doing a two hours set like ten years before.Probably,with the Damned and the Ramones also seen in 1980,my best live experience!incidentally i’m listening your Recombo DNA posts,thanks again.