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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Black Lips embrace inner outlaws on RSD release

One of the many official Record Store Day releases slated to hit shelves on April 20 is a split 7-inch released by Saddle Creek Records featuring members of the Black Lips getting in touch with their inner outlaws, and Omaha, Neb., electropop trio Icky Blossoms paying homage to their dark pop prececessors.

The Black Lips cover "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," a song penned by Ed Bruce and made famous in 1978 when Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson turned it into a No. 1 hit. When blended with the Black Lips' usual influences, the song sounds like a front-porch guitar jam and singalong, as did their cover of "What to Do" by the Rolling Stones, which is included on a 2007 Norton Records split with Demon's Claws. This is the band's first nod to outlaw country, though guitarist Cole Alexander's wardrobe sometimes includes hats and bolo ties that reflect his inner cowboy.

On the flip side, Icky Blossoms' entrancing, slightly sensual take on the Siouxsie and the Banshees classic "Arabian Knights" is true to both the original and the band's own electronic grooves.

Though this is an odd pairing, both songs are worth a listen and make this an RSD exclusive worth owning.

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