Tuesday, December 11, 2007
Mikaela's Fiend/Abe Vigoda split 7"
I have been hearing so much about Abe Vigoda, and the 2 songs on their myspace don't disappoint. I think I saw this on KDVS's playlist like 3 or 4 weeks in a row. 'Dead city waste wilderness' has all the elements of animal collective, around Sung Tongs, crazy repetitive beats, high pitch guitar loops that double back on themselves. They are yelling sounds, tracks and tracks of vocals. Rim shot solos, breakbeat cowbells and just a hint of electronics. Every time I hear it, I swear it could be a track from animal collective. it's challenging, and unexpected in the best ways. Are they and animal collective working as part of some kind of movement? I don't think that could really be happening in terms of a distinct sound. I think I make that comparison because of it's individuality. (?)
Mikaela's Fiend sounds lightning bolt fast, an similarly all fuzzed out, really pushing the limits of listenability, when they hit and sustain certain notes...yikes. On top of whatever neo punk thing they have going on, electronics will spaz their way in here and there.
I think both sides are kind of an amazing document of where things are right now, the state of distinctly american music...to me anyway. It's exactly what I've been looking for.
$4 From ZUM
Two songs of high caliber from West Coast kings of the all-ages scene. Abe Vigoda's "World Heart" is a potent jam of their "tropical punk" stylings. Talking Heads and Unwound comparisons hit close to the mark, but this is an evolutionary step forward even from their "Kid City" album.
Mikaela's Fiend provide us with "Blanket", an epic pounder from this Seattle duo.
Artwork designed and screened by Matt Hart (thisposterwillselfdestruct.com)
PS, US Two high points of the West Coast all ages underground are joined on this release, the return of our stellar vinyl team ups. Abe Vigoda have toured the US multiple times, earning accolades from all corners & spreading their hybridized tropical punk. Mikaela's Fiend have been wowing basements & youth centers since forming as teenagers in 2003. Pressing of 500.
I found it on parasol, and ordered Abe Vigoda's Animal ghosts 7" there too, Paul from 7",10",12" was right, nice heads up, I'm finally coming around. Merry Christmas myself.
From ear rational: Two high points of the West Coast all ages underground are joined on this release, the return of our stellar vinyl team ups (OutHud/!!!, Total Shutdown/Boxleitner, KIT/Wives). Abe Vigoda have toured the US multiple times, earning accolades from all corners (The Fader, Paper Thin Walls, Chicago Reader) and spreading their hybridized tropical punk. "World Heart" brings the Chino, CA quartet's ambition and melodic invention to the next level. Mikaela's Fiend have been wowing basements and youth centers since forming as teenagers in 2003. Cousins Chris Ando and Donnie Shoemaker utilize a blast of woolly processed guitar and Shoemaker's herculean beats. Their early 7"s sold quickly on legendary live shows and word of mouth, leading to an album "We Can Driving Machine" on Strictly Amateur Films. Their most recent recorded output is a split EP with Twin (fka King Cobra, ex-NEED).
Ando now plays in the Seattle trio Talbot Tagora. Pressing of 500.
So according to this Mikaela's Fiend is no longer? Or just a side project...wow, go west coast, this is some seriously awesome spazz/punk/noise.