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Appropriately, and by design, the December edition of our Monthly Mix is the iciest. In the comments of the last installment Scott joked about me doing an “all black metal” mix, but as you’ll notice when you read through the below tracklist, I opted to go for darkness in different corners. In case you missed… More »

This weekend in Las Vegas, Matador Records is celebrating 21 years of shaping the ship of independent music with a fearsome deepdive through its roster, headlined by the reunited “classic” lineup of lo-fi progenitors Guided By Voices. Awesome. Amrit’s at the Palms right now, repping team ‘Gum, emptying his wallet into Crazy Bill’s Gold Strike… More »

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Roses – “Quiet Time” (Stereogum Premiere)

It’s tough to see a good band break up, and the uncertainty surrounding the next steps for its members and fans can lead to many different outcomes. In the case of Abe Vigoda’s dissolution, there is an upside. Michael Vidal is revisiting his solid 2013 solo effort, and Juan Velasquez has moved on to form… More »

By: Collin Robinson / May 13, 2015 - 10:50 am

Michael Vidal – “Dreams (Come Back To Me)”

In 2013, ex-Abe Vigoda guitarist Michael Vidal released Dream Center as a cassette-only release through L.A. label Big Joy. Now Couple Skate, who are part of the same music group as Captured Tracks — is giving the album a wider release. This is neither the punk tropicalia nor the icy minimal wave Abe Vigoda transitioned… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 29, 2015 - 10:46 am

Roses – “It’s Over”

Roses, an LA trio and the new project of former Abe Vigoda member Juan Velasquez, are releasing their debut EP next month. We’ve already heard opener “Florence Girls,” and the excellent new song “It’s Over” goes all-in on the new-wave, with drum machines, synth melodies, romantic vocals, and a catchy bass line. Just take a… More »

By: Peter Helman / July 9, 2014 - 3:57 pm

Roses (ex-Abe Vigoda) – “Florence Girls” (Stereogum Premiere)

Though there has never been an official statement, L.A. rock band (and Smell mainstays) Abe Vigoda are no more. Fortunately Juan Velazquez has been working on a new band called Roses that’s been gaining attention locally, and soon they will release their debut EP, Dreamlover. Below you can listen to its opener, “Florence Girls,” which… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 15, 2014 - 11:09 am

Bob Mould, Abe Vigoda @ El Rey Theater, Los Angeles 10/30/12

A packed El Rey Theater in Los Angeles was treated to the second-to-last performance of Sugar’s classic album Copper Blue. Fresh off their appearance on Conan, Bob Mould, Jason Narducy, and Jon Wurster ripped through the album flawlessly while sprinkling in such Hüsker Dü classics like “Celebrated Summer” and “Makes No Sense.” Dark reverb fanatic… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 31, 2012 - 4:32 pm

Best Coast, JEFF The Brotherhood, Abe Vigoda @ The Wiltern, Los Angeles 5/18/12

If you happen to be Best Coast, then the only place to launch your tour would be in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater. Throngs of adoring fans cheered throughout her 24-song set that included some guest spots by Jon Brion, who produced her latest album. Openers, JEFF The Brotherhood ripped through their set with… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / May 21, 2012 - 1:47 pm

Dunes – “Tied Together” Video

Here’s a video from Dunes, the LA trio featuring ex-Mika Miko member Kate Hall. The affiliation is relevant for purposes of fingering their track “Tied Together”‘s sound — female-fronted post-punk with less spike, more wooze — and the cameos in its iPhone-cam video, a Google+ circle’s worth of friends from Mika Miko’s old Smell-y scene… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2011 - 1:56 pm

Rob Barber (High Places) Remixes Abe Vigoda

High Place’s Rob Barber sent along a remix of Crush standout “Throwing Shade,” a version he put together under the Urxed moniker for a “scrapped” “Throwing Shade” 12.” The trance-y excavation transforms the original’s cold wave-inspired pulses and chilly, jagged post-punk guitar lines into something ghostlier that still breaths steam. A good one for the… More »

By: brandon / November 8, 2010 - 2:49 pm

Abe Vigoda – “Throwing Shade” Video

As you might’ve anticipated if you read my “To Tears” post or went ahead and streamed Abe Vigoda’s excellent sophomore album Crush: The guys are wear black and tears in the Vice Cooler-directed video for “Throwing Shade.”… More »

By: brandon / September 16, 2010 - 3:09 pm

Stream Abe Vigoda Crush

When I posted “To Tears” I went into how I like Abe Vigoda’s shift from “tropical punk rock” to this unexpected Arthur Russell and cold/minimal wave-influenced batch of frozen synths, sequencers, melancholic vocals, and icy guitar lines. Now you can stream the whole thing, see what I’m talking about, and agree. Or decide I need… More »

By: brandon / September 15, 2010 - 2:19 pm

FYF Fest 2010 In Photos

This past weekend L.A. hosted the heavily (and according to various reports, perhaps overly) attended Fuck Yeah Festival. Great lineup, though apparently not the most easily navigated festival experience, according to our forces on the ground. We sent photographers Graeme Flegenheimer and Patrick Collier, who suffered through $4 water bottle prices and severe crowding to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 8, 2010 - 4:15 pm

Abe Vigoda – “To Tears” (Stereogum Premiere)

People are wearing more black in 2010. It’s hard to pinpoint why/when folks started ransacking the goth, ’80s new (and colder) wave, UK dream-pop, and icier post-punk sections of their record collection, but as a big fan of all the aforementioned, I appreciate the shift (as well as the crossover of bands who’ve been doing… More »

By: brandon / August 27, 2010 - 11:23 am

New Abe Vigoda Video – “Don’t Lie”

When Weston Currie directed honest Abe Vigoda in “Skeleton,” he had them resembling zombie mimes stuck in a pitch-black enclosure. This time, for Reviver’s topsy-turvy SY-guitar rouser “Don’t Lie,” we catch the post-Reggie band hitting the road with open windows and their hair in the breeze sans face paint. Now and again the footage i… More »

By: brandon / April 14, 2009 - 4:45 pm

No Age, Abe Vigoda, Mika Miko, Wavves & Friends @ The Smell, Los Angeles 1/25/09

On the eve of a trip to Australia, Dean and Randy from No Age threw a matinee house party at scene institution the Smell, inviting six bands and a sold-out crowd to come over for some blissed out punk and noise and pancakes. Figuring this lineup was too good to miss — including Smell stalwart… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 28, 2009 - 1:32 pm

New Abe Vigoda Video – “Skeleton”

Abe Vigoda look more like zombie mimes than skeletons in the Weston Currie-directed clip for the title track for the title track from the their second record, but the video’s camera work and editing perfectly echo the song’s rhythmic upswing, making for a striking, ghoulish rave-up. It gets even more secret-society celebrational when the California… More »

By: brandon / October 30, 2008 - 1:24 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2008: Saturday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy

After a night of “classic” recreations, it was nice to dive into the current state of the indie landscape. Yesterday’s lineup was stacked, and we spent the day scissoring back and forth catching as much as possible, right through to Animal Collective’s relatively ornate light show to… More »

By: brandon / July 20, 2008 - 11:39 am