Posts Tagged ‘Magik Markers’

Favorite Albums of 2020

Here’s the year end list. I’m not gonna wax on about how this year was rough, we all know it was a shit year and even more so for artists. It was, however, a great year for recorded music, and I had a hard time not making this list about twice as long to show love for all the albums that lifted me this year. I’ve long been against the whole idea of numbered lists, so once again things are presented in quasi-alphabetical style (I always mess one or two up in creating this, but you get the point). I’ve included Bandcamp embeds where they exist, so if you have the means and find something new, please reach out and support the artists here. Looking forward to 2021 as another year that music makes getting through easier.

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Pete Nolan on No Strange – L’Universo

Seems like as long as Raven has been around there’s been a band with Pete Nolan tearing up the speakers. From GHQ and Spectre Folk to Magik Markers, among countless others Nolan’s been involved in some of the best noise-psych rippers of the past fifteen years. With the triumphant return of the Markers this year, Nolan and his band picked up right where they left off, delivering a varied record that was much needed in 2020. I asked Pete to queue up a pick for the Hidden Gems series and he delivered an unexpected treasure. Find out how No Strange came into Pete’s life and the impact that it’s had.

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Magik Markers – “Machine”

Got busy over the last couple of days, but that doesn’t mean that the return of Magik Markers was lost on me. The band announces a new EP for Drag City and it sees the trio back in fine form, picking up where they left off at the beginning of the last decade. Hammer-lock drums hold “Machine” fast to the pavement, but the rest of the track tries its hardest to lift this one off into the haze above. Elisa’s floating in a fog of echo and dodging the dust that the guitars kick up all over the track. The band was long known for their ability to lacerate a crowd with a cocked eyebrow and the ozone fizzing off the amp, but they’ve also had a knack for reigning the chaos in for the studio take, providing a pop launch pad for the the fury to come. “Machine” makes the case well that this should be on your radar and tucked neatly into any wantlist you’ve got scrawled, screenshot, or digitally cued in your life. The Markers are back. Make note.





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