There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
“You’re dismal, minimal, subliminal/ Delirious, self-serious,” sings Kevin Blechdom on “Talkin’ Tech.” “You think you know/But you really blow,” the track continues. The song—featured on I (heart) Presets—might as well be about the sorry state of the whole glitch-loving techno underground. While all the shy boys hide behind their laptops, Tallahassee, Fla.-based Blechdom (Kristin Erickson) steps out with strap-on synths and less-than-soaring vocals, creating infectious protest-pop aimed straight at the heart of electronica. And it’s not as if Blechdom hasn’t done the research: Erickson got her start studying computer music and programming music software at San Francisco’s Mills College. But instead of giving in to stale academic experimentation, these days she’s up in your face with some NC-17 populism: “I know it’s getting better,” Blechdom sings on “Mr. Miguel,” “because my pussy’s getting wetter.” And that’s just about as good as this blip ‘n’ bleep stuff is gonna get anytime soon. Watch Blechdom, uh, get better with Goodie Pal and DJ Cex at 9:45 p.m. at the Galaxy Hut, 2711 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. Free. (703) 525-8646. (Brent Burton)