Saddle Creek’s big drop day; Riddle of Steel tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 12:38 pm August 23, 2005

Today is D-Day at Saddle Creek Records. The label is dropping three releases simultaneously — Orenda Fink’s Invisible Ones, Criteria’s When We Break and Broken Spindles’ Inside/Absent. You can read reviews of all three here. Meanwhile, Plexifilms is releasing the Spend An Evening with Saddle Creek DVD today. Methinks the phone will be a-ringing at Creek’s office park address.

A few publications have chimed in already on the new Cursive CD, The Difference Between Houses and Homes (Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001), which was released a couple weeks ago. Richmond.com like it (see here). Mammoth Press gave it 5 out of 10 (read here). Philly.com gives it a B (here). Punknews.org gives it 2 1/2 stars (at this review). And Pitchfork gave it a 6.3 (right here). I’m still forming an opinion, though I’ve had it in my car for a couple weeks.

Meanwhile, there’s a new Q&A with Criteria at The Springfield News-Leader. One funny exchange: Q: You’ll be here the day (When We Break) comes out, so that’s good timing for us. A: Yeah, there’s maybe four or five people in Springfield who are stoked, I’m sure. (Laughs). Read the whole thing here. Punknews.org gave When We Break 3 1/2 stars, by the way (here), while Mammoth Press gave it a, yikes, 10 out of 10 (here).

Then there’s the Pitch Weekly bash of the new Broken Spindles CD (this one). Here’s a tip to the reviewer: If you’re going to bash the record, you should at least get the name of the person performing the music correct. Who’s Josh Peterson?

Tonight at O’Leaver’s: St. Louis indie rock Riddle of Steel w/ Bill Latham. $5.

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