Blectum from Blechdom is a recently resuscitated digital duo originally formed in 1998 by Kristin Erickson (Kevin Blechdom) and Bevin Kelley (Blevin Blectum). The pair began collaborating at Mills College, California. Their first EP, Snauses and Mallards (Orthlorng Musork, 2000), was followed by the full-length The Messy Jesse Fiesta, which won second prize for Digital Music at Ars Electronica in 2001. The duo disbanded soon after.
The EPs Bad Music and Buttprints (Dial, 2000) and De Snaunted Haus (Tigerbeat6, 2000) were regarded as surreal experiments
. The double EP Haus de Snaus (Tigerbeat6, 2001) included both these earlier EPs. The duo broke up in May 2001, with both artists retaining their noms de plume
and continuing work on solo projects. Fishin' in Front of People (Phthalo, 2002) collects early live performances. Bevin 'Blevin Blectum' Kelly, who had already released Pirate Planets (Phthalo, 1999) under the moniker D84, released Talon Slalom (Deluxe, 2002) and Look! Magic Maple (Bleakhouse, 2004), which contained chaotic collages of beats, loops, samples and sound effects
. She continued performing as part of Sagan with husband J Lesser and Wobbly. An avid bird enthusiast, Kelly has studied veterinary medicine. 2008 saw the release of her fourth solo album, Gular Flutter, via the AAGOO label (New York).
Kristen ‘Kevin Blechdom’ Erickson played in an art-rock band, Adult Rodeo, with her brother lumberob, a.k.a. Rob Erickson, and his wife mephany stankins. They released records on Shimmy Disc and Four States Fair. Erickson relocated to Florida and then Berlin and released her first solo EPs, The Inside Story (Tigerbeat6, 2001), I Love Presets (2002), and Your Butt (Dudini, 2003). She released a well-received computer-pop album Bitches Without Britches (Chicks on Speed, 2003) that collected most of the EPs. A more serious work than her debut, Erickson released the follow-up, 19-song Eat My Heart Out (Chicks On Speed) in 2005.The album featured a 13-minute "musical movie" called Countdown to Nothing,
a collaboration with Lucile Desamory. Kevin Blechdom also performs with Christopher Fleeger as the computer-country band Barnwave.
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