CD Review: Alan Vega/Alex Chilton/Ben Vaughn "Cubist Blues"

For weird and unexpected one-offs, Cubist Blues sets the standard, which is probably why it still holds up after 20 years in relative obscurity.
By Bill Murphy ,

For weird and unexpected one-offs, Cubist Blues sets the standard, which is probably why it still holds up after 20 years in relative obscurity. Chilton and Vaughn share bass duties throughout, with Vaughn pushing the hypnotically repeating line that drives the dark highway jam “Fat City,” while Chilton lets his jazzbo flag fly on the hip-swiveling lounge cut “Sister.” The CD also comes with a download card for the group’s excellent unreleased live set in Rennes, France, with Mike Vogelmann on bass.