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The Blakes, Dec. 8, Record Exchange and Neurolux


At the November meeting of the Vinyl Preservation Society of Idaho, one member played a track off of Betty Davis' 1974 release, They Say I'm Different. Interested in obtaining a copy, a Google search brought me to Light In The Attic Records Web site, confirming what hearing the new self-titled release by The Blakes earlier in the week had led me to believe: the little Seattle indie label knows its business.

The Blakes—the album—contains 13 groovy tracks, and Seattle-based The Blakes—the band—contains three groovy members. Drummer Bob Husak and brothers Garnet (guitar and vocals) and Snow Keim (bass and vocals) are creating music that is totally classic (think The Kinks), totally alternative and totally mesmerizing.

From 12 seconds into the first song ("Two Times") to the final notes of the last ("Streets"), this CD is a nonstop rock fest. From the muddy, moody guitar on "Pistol Grip" to the more up-tempo "Commit" to the dirtier She Wants Revenge-like grind of "Vampire," the album never gets complacent and doesn't allow a listener to, either. All but one of the songs on the CD are under three minutes long, which, if there weren't so many of them, would be devastating: I wanted 13 more dashboard-thumping tunes and, even with gas at an unholy $3-plus a gallon, have been making excuses and finding reasons to drive, windows rolled up, The Blakes cranked.

—Amy Atkins

Dec. 8, 6 p.m., FREE, The Record Exchange, 1105 W. Idaho St., 208-344-8010; 8 p.m., with Low-Fi, $3, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St., 208-343-0886.