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August 21, 2009

Abe VigodaReviver: As the follow-up to their acclaimed 2008 release Skeleton, this EP presented a challenge, as it sounded quite different. Not nearly as hoppy and yelpy as their previous works, this record was instantly tagged with adjectives like dark, introspective, and transitional. More than any of that though, it showed that these guys had more than one thing going on. There are still elements of the so-called tropical punk sound they broke out with last year, but those elements are blended here with moaning wall-of-noise guitar textures and a different, more crooning, vocal delivery. The whole thing perhaps comes together best in the excellent (and irony-free) cover of Stevie Nicks’s “Wild Heart.” It’s funny, if you listen to some songs from Skeleton and then put this record on, it kind of sounds like it’s playing at the wrong speed at first, but it’s definitely the same band. Similarly though, Skeleton sounded different than their earliest stuff. Anyway, they’re one of the most interesting new groups on the scene these days, and one that seems to have a real desire for making music and expanding their boundaries.


The Sea and CakeCar Alarm: A brilliant record from last year. I knew this group had been around for years, and I’d always heard lots of good things about them, but I’d never actually listened to them until this one came my way. I was instantly taken with it, and still am, along with some of their other records as well. Musically, it’s deceptively easygoing and light. It’s tight, skittery, and superbly melodic. In large part for me, though, it’s the vocals that do it. Sam Prekop’s voice is intoxicating, and it just works so well with what’s going on around it. Maybe some fans will say they’ve done better albums than this one, but this is pretty near perfect.

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  1. August 24, 2009 11:23 am

    saw abe vigoda about a month ago. spot on, except they didn’t play wild heart live.
    they were touring with a band called talbot tagora who were rad.

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