Icky Blossoms release day (so where are the reviews?); Drakes Hotel, Nightmare Air, LCD Soundsystem tonight…

Category: Blog — Tags: , — @ 12:50 pm July 17, 2012

by Tim McMahan, Lazy-i.com

Icky Blossoms, self-titled (Saddle Creek, 2012)

Icky Blossoms, self-titled (Saddle Creek, 2012)

It’s drop day for Icky Blossoms’ Saddle Creek debut. Go out and buy a copy (preferably on vinyl). You won’t regret it. That said, I’m a bit disappointed at the lack of pre-release reviews for this record. I’ve been checking with Pitchfork the last few days hoping they’d put something online. Nothing. Then I noticed they haven’t updated their reviews since July 12 and realized that their “critics” are probably all at Pitfchforkfest (or whatever it’s called). Still, where is the Pop Matters review or Consequence of/Drowned in Sound review or A.V. Club or Under the Radar or Coke Machine Glow…? I’ll guess we’ll just have to wait until everyone gets back from Chicago.

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Drakes Hotel, Logic Adopts Senses (self-release)

Drakes Hotel, Logic Adopts Senses (2012, self-release)

Tonight at The Barley Street Tavern local post-punk/shoegaze/electronic duo Drakes Hotel takes the stage. The band’s new album, Logic Adopts Senses, is a slice of post-Factory post-4AD pop that’s a breath of fresh air in a scene dominated by tired, run o’ the mill Americana. To me, they’re sort of a Heartland version of His Name Is Alive. The album’s production and engineering was handled by DH’s Chris Y and Amy Drake. According to their website, “Shows consist of the duo, many amps, guitars, pedals, loopers, keys and other devices used to augment their ghost rhythm section.” Translation: No drummer. Can they pull it off? Also on the bill: electro/spacerockers Nightmare Air. $5, 9 p.m.

Also tonight, it’s another installment of Record Club at the Saddle Creek Shop down in the Slowdown complex. Tonight’s album to be played in its entirety: LCD Soundsystem’s, The London Sessions. The shop also will have a pair of tickets to giveaway to Film Streams’ screening of the LCD Soundsystem career-ending documentary, Shut Up and Play the Hits, on July 18. And, DFA Records provided the shop with some LCD Soundsystem 12″s, some  mirrorball keychains, and buttons, which will be raffled away. The needle drops at 7, followed by hearty discussion. And… it’s free. More data here.

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