[Camel Toed] The Abigails – Songs of Love & Despair

31 07 2012



The cliché goes that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. But to the scarred eye and blasted ear, this is a fatalistic expression. That said, I require no further introduction to the failure of The Abigails’ debut release “Songs of Love and Despair.” Not only is the title of their first album just a syllable short of “Songs of Love and Hate,” the name of Leonard Cohen’s third record release in 1971, but the mood, melody and tone is a cheap regurgitation of what has already been better done. It appears that their true call to fame is the off-the-stage antics and addictions of Warren, their singer (ex-bongo player of The Growlers [whoopdee fucking do]). And while I do not dispute his alcoholism or habit, though I do think it’s cute he wears it on his sleeve, I do believe that true artists and musicians, even the tortured ones, do not use their horror as a crutch to popularity. I’m sure that Warren’s “Love and Despair” will get him Vice and LA Record points. I, however, am not convinced.

-Vader





Wass Sappening! Wednesday 4/4/12

4 04 2012



Menzingers, Cheap Girls, The Sidekicks, Vultures United @ Alex’s Bar
Yellow Red Sparks, Moostache, Nicole Vaugn @ The Observatory
Cosmonauts, Lovely Bad Things, The Abigails @ Los Globos
The Suits, Einstein’s Dirty Secret @ The Troubadour
Red Paintings, Timur and the Dime Museum @ The Echo
Harlan, The Miracals, Count Fleet @ The Satellite
Mykki Blanco & Physical Therapy @ Santa Monica
Hell or Highwater, Fake Figures @ Detroit Bar
Jonwayne, Juakali, Quarry @ The Airliner
Sleigh Bells @ Fox Theater Pomona
Head For Hills @ The Mint





Wass Sappening! Saturday 2/25/12

25 02 2012



Starfucker,Nosaj Thing, White Fence, Gothic Tropic @ Founders Park
The Tee Pees,The Abigails, Cat Burglers, Black Boots @ The Prospector
English Dogs, Casualites,Toxic Holocaust,Havok @ The Observatory
Unknown Mortal Orchestra, White Arrows, TRMRS @ The Echoplex
Tomorrows Bad Seeds, Pacific Dub, Passafire @ House Of Blues
War Widow, Battle Tapes, Echoes De Luxe @ The Satellite
Fred Falke, Bag Raiders, Plastic Plates @ Detroit Bar
Tomorrow’s Tulips, Pageants, N O W @ Pehrspace
Cursive, Ume, Virgin Islands @ The Glass House
Veronica Falls, Bleached, Neverever @ Bootleg
Dirt Dress, Mutations, Hot TV @ Lot 1 Cafe
Los Lonely Boys @ The Eli & Edythe Broad Stage





Wass Sappening! Wednesday 1/11/12

11 01 2012


FM Bats, Pool Honeys, Crazy Joe Davola, Sensitive Side, Dirty Harriet @ Aladdin Jr
The Abigails, Mr. Elevator & the Brain Hotel, Tomorrow’s Tulips @ Lot 1 Cafe
Duniven, Voxhaul Broadcast, Sleeping Bags, NO @ The Satellite
Symphony, Black Lantern @ Bootleg
Teams, Franki Chan @ Los Globos
Idle Warship @ Key Club





Wass Sappening! Wednesday 12/28/11

27 12 2011

Naked Kids, Heroes & Heroines, Ancient Animals, Dirty Orca @ Bootleg
The Growlers, Tomorrow’s Tulips, The Abigails @ The Echo
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band @ Staples Center
Mux Mool, Epom @ Low End Theory
Dam-Funk @ Amoeba Record
The Aggrolites @ Canyon Club





Wass Sappening! Thursday 12/1/11

1 12 2011

My Morning Jacket, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings @ The Gibson
Iggy and the Stooges, Le Butcherettes @ The Hollywood Palladium
Dan Deacon, xBxRx, Juiceboxxx, Freezepop @ The Echoplex
Mikal Cronin, Pangea, Mrs. Magician @ The Satellite
The Entrance Band, King Tuff, The Abigails @ Bootleg
Mute Math @ Pier 59 Studios West





Wass Sappening! Friday 9/9/11

9 09 2011

En Vogue, Salt-N-Pepa, The Emotions @ L.A. County Fair
Thievery Corporation, Fitz and the Tantrums @ The Greek Theater
Capital Cities, Hello Vegas, Echocell @ The Bootleg Theater
Angry Samoans, Dirty Filthy Mugs, Side Kick @ Old Town Pub
Fang, Circle One, Symbol Six, Public Nuisance @ Cobalt Cafe
Palm Reader, Naomi Elizabeth, Pure Shit @ The Smell
Davila 666, Cheap Time, The Abigails @ Alex’s Bar
Bassnectar, Big Gigantic, Amp Live @ Hollywood Palladium
Hello Seahorse, One Trick Pony @ The Echoplex
The Blasters, Los Fabulocos @ The Brixton
Rancid, H20 @ The Fox Theater
Dengue Fever @ FingerPrints








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