Monday, October 25, 2010

Devo honored with installation at MOCA and launches remix contest

As part of its new exhibition The Artist’s Museum — a showcase of work by more than 140 artists who have helped shape the artistic dialogue in Los Angeles over the past 30 years—The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), will honor Devo with an installation devoted to the beloved New Wave pioneers.

The installation, which will be unveiled to the public on Oct 31, consists of a wall of roughly 400 Devo’s iconic red energy domes, as well as photos and video of the band. The exhibition represents the diversity and uniqueness of the Los Angeles community, and highlights important works from legendary L.A. artists who remain vital and influential alongside those emerging from renowned local art schools, visionary artists associated with various street cultures and subcultures, and crossover artists connected to performance, music, and film.

The Artist’s Museum will be on view at MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA through Jan 31, 2011.

In other exciting Devo news, Beatport is excited to announce that our new remix contest is with none other than with post-punk, electronic-music pioneers Devo!

In keeping with the title of the band’s latest album, Something For Everyone, Devo is offering up the parts from their ‘80s hit “Freedom Of Choice” as well as their newest track, “What We Do” for your reinterpretation.

Since the early days of MTV, when the band’s “Whip It” was on heavy rotation, Devo have been at the vanguard of subversive, surrealist art-pop; their music is cited as an influence by many contemporary electronic-music producers.

Adam Freeland puts it bluntly: “If you think they aren’t relevant to today’s music, then burn your LCD records, your Fall records, your Layo & Bushwacka! records, and my artist albums, amongst many others, as they simply wouldn’t sound like they do without them.”

“They’re as important as David Bowie, Run DMC, The Fall or The Stooges, if not more so,” claims Pat Pardy of Evil Nine.

Layo, of Layo & Bushwacka!—who famously sampled Devo’s “Mongoloid” for their hit “Love Story"—says, “I was first into Devo as a teenager. Matt (Bushwacka!) always laughs at me when I mention the bands I loved growing up: I was into the new wave of punk and the German experimental bands like Can. My original favourite from Devo was always Q: Are We Not Men? A: We are Devo! I could never get away from the bass of “Mongoloid,” and then one day we had an idea about that bass with an old ragtime style piano following it. And the rest, as they say...”

The rest is history, of course, and this is your chance to become part of that legacy. Read on to find out how to enter.

The Opportunity:
On Oct 26, 2010, Beatport will make available for download the stems of “Freedom Of Choice” a favorite of many Devo fans, and “What We Do”, from the band’s latest album, SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. From then producers may remix one or both tracks, and upload their finished remix(es) to Beatportal for the voting round.

The Prizes:
The finalists of both “Freedom Of Choice” and “What We Do” remix entries will be divided into 2 categories; 10 users voted (based on number of spins) and 10 editorial winners (picked by Beatport’s editorial team). Each category will then be submitted to Devo and Warner Brothers where they will select the winner for each track to receive:

1 - $250 Beatport gift card 1 - Native Instruments Maschine 1 - V-MODA Crossfade LP Headphones 1 - Devo Live Tour Gear Bundle

The highest spun remix entry for each track will also receive 1 - $50 Beatport gift card.

The Stages:
1. October 26th - November 15th: Download phase - The remix parts of “Freedom Of Choice” and/or “What We Do”. You may purchase the stems bundled at $3.99 USD each.

2. November 2nd - November 15th: Upload/Submission phase - Upload your remix to Beatportal to During this phase the entries can be listened to, but not voted for.

3. November 16th - November 30th: Voting phase - The public votes for their favorite remixes by “spinning” them.

After a period of deliberation, the winner will be announced on or around Dec 21, 2010.
Go to: more information.

As previously announced Devo is about to hit the road in support of their new album SOMETHING FOR EVERYBODY. Dates are listed below. Check out a plethora of new Devo merchandise at

Don’t miss DEVO on the road:
Fri Oct 29 Moogfest Asheville, NC
Sat Oct 30 Hammerstein Ballroom New York, NY
Sun Nov 7 Fun Fun Fun Fest Austin, TX
Wed Nov 10 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Thur Nov 11 San Manuel Indian Casino San Bernardino, CA
Fri Nov 12 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA
Sat Nov 13 Warfield Theater San Francisco, CA

About MOCA: The Museum Of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
Founded in 1979, MOCA’s mission is to be the defining museum of contemporary art. The institution has achieved astonishing growth in its brief history—with three Los Angeles locations of architectural renown; more than 14,500 members; a world-class permanent collection of nearly 6,000 works international in scope and among the finest in the nation; hallmark education programs that are widely emulated; award-winning publications that present original scholarship; and groundbreaking monographic, touring, and thematic exhibitions of international repute that survey the art of our time.

MOCA is a private not-for-profit institution supported by its members, corporate and foundation support, government grants, and retail and admission revenues.

MOCA Grand Avenue and The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA are open 11am to 5pm on Monday and Friday; 11am to 8pm on Thursday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Tuesday and Wednesday. General admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students with I.D. and seniors (65+); and free for MOCA members, children under 12, jurors with I.D., active military, and everyone on Thursdays from 5pm to 8pm, courtesy of Wells Fargo. MOCA Pacific Design Center is open 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Friday; 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday; and closed on Monday. Admission to MOCA Pacific Design Center is always free. For 24-hour information on current exhibitions, education programs, and special events, call 213/626-6222 or access MOCA online at

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