Alan Vega is generally recognized as one half of the legendary Suicide, a duo that for over 30 years has sent rock critics into half-retarded metaphoric tizzies, even compelling yours truly to break into drooling LeeLee Sobieski beat raps in previous attempts to describe their paralyzed, sci-fi paranoid sonic backdrafts. Consistently keeping busy with his art and solo recordings, soundtrack works and collaborations with artists as diverse as Liam Gallagher, Pan Sonic and Alex Chilton. Mr. Vega always manages to jog decades ahead of the cyclical waves of electroclashers and teknoid kids.
WFMU is appropriately honored and flabbergasted that Alan Vega will be performing at our Free Music Series Saturday evening, October 13th at Southpaw, in his hometown of Brooklyn, NY. Truth be told, he has granted us his time previously, with Suicide partner Marty Rev in an interview I conducted back in 2002 (RealAudio archive-the gab starts at :52 mins). Mr. Vega is the true embodiment of New York City past and present, from 50's street-corner doo-wop to '70's gritty punk to post-9/11 disconnect. If you're in the area, make it a point to stop by for what will surely be an amazing evening!