Song of the Day: Abe Vigoda – Dead City/Waste Wilderness

photo by Dan Monick

Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s featured selection continues our coverage of some of the bands playing the Capitol Hill Block Party as chosen by John in the Morning. Today’s selection is Dead City/Waste Wilderness by Abe Vigoda from the 2008 album Skeleton on Post Present Medium.

Abe Vigoda – Dead City/Waste Wilderness (MP3)

LA band Abe Vigoda takes its name from supporting actor/comedian Abe Vigoda who is still alive but interestingly has been declared dead multiple times by the media. After just one listen to Skeleton, it’s easily discernable that similiarities between the two Vigodas end there; this music is more likely to raise the dead than be confused for it. AV has its roots in the LA club The Smell, the same one that spawned HEALTH, No Age, and others. In fact, the label that released Skeleton, Post Present Medium, is run by No Age’s Dean Spunt. While such knowledge may eliminate some of the shock of hearing AV for the first time, nothing can erase it all. Their previous efforts were dominated by the no-wave punk spirit that permeates most bands associated with The Smell, but the band was fed by a different muse this time around, incorporating plenty of pop elements into the fray. Sure, you can still barely make out what Michael Vidal (guitar/vocals) is saying, but these 1 1/2- to 3-minute face melters are not only songs you’ll bang your head to but songs you’ll likely find yourself whistling later on. Abe Vigoda performs the Vera Stage (all ages) Friday 7/25 @ 5:15PM. Meanwhile, in this performance, captured little more than a week ago, the band highlights their newly incorporated tropicalia for a crowd at NYCs Seaport:

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