Psychic Ills, Magik Markers, Spectre Folk, Pigeons
Brooklyn, NY, 11211-4119
Doors 8:00 PM (event ends at 11:00 PM)
When it comes to following the beat of their own drum, New York's Psychic Ills have exemplified the phrase since their beginnings in 2003.
Initially spawned from electronic-centered home recording experiments, they progressed into all-night full-band exploration in a neighborhood where noise wasn't a problem. They soon after evolved into a live band seemingly at home within the extended jam, exploring a variety of musical terrain. The early years saw several releases for Social Registry, tons of time on the road, and collaborations with artists as diverse as Gibby Haynes (Butthole Surfers) and Sonic Boom (Spacemen Three/ Spectrum). In 2011, their first effort for Sacred Bones, Hazed Dream traded in the synthe-sizer space-outs and raga rumbles, and delivered a record of sunburned psych pop, awash in warm tones and blues damaged songwriting.
In 2012 they did two full Us tours including a stop at Austin Psych Fest, and had their first trip to China. In August of 2012 they released the song "Take Me With You" as a split 7" with Moon Duo. They recorded
One Track Mind, their fourth full length, this fall. The album features col-laborations with and some production by Neil Michael Hagerty of Royal Trux/The Howling Hex and features artwork by former 13th Floor Eleva- tors songwriter and artist Powell St. John. There will also be a limited value-add covers 7" available on initial orders, containing the Ills' takes on The Godz' "Radar Eyes" and private press psych pop obscurity Cosmic Michaels' "Cosmic Michael Theme" One Track Mind is perhaps the most
straight-forward rock record the Ills have ever made. They will be touringin support of it heavily in both Europe and the Us. The drum keeps beat-ing and they keep following it…
Experimental rockers the Magik Markers formed in Hartford, CT, in 2001, featuring guitarist/vocalist Elisa Ambrogio, drummer Pete Nolan, and bassist Leah Quimby. Inspired by no wave and hardcore, the Magik Markers crafted a free-rocking sound that made the most of their stream-of-consciousness approach. The band made CD-Rs available at its shows and eventually caught the ear of Thurston Moore, who invited the group to play on Sonic Youth's 2004 American tour. Moore's Ecstatic Peace label co-released the band's album I Trust My Guitar, Etc. with Apostasy Recordings in 2005. The Magik Markers were prolific in 2006, releasing The Volodor Dance (an installment in Southern Records Latitudes series) and A Panegyric to the Things I Do Not Understand (on Gulcher Records). That year, Leah Quimby left the group, and after auditioning several replacements, Ambrogio and Nolan decided to continue as a duo. On 2007's Boss, the pair worked with Lee Ranaldo, who produced the album and chipped in guitar and glockenspiel parts. They moved to Drag City for 2009's Balf Quarry.
By Heather Phares
The Spectre Folk Sound is brought to you by Pete Nolan, Peter Meehan, Steve Shelley and Aaron Mullan. They weave together a countrified blend of psychedelic indie folk into their own elastic like brand of sweet guitar drone.
Pigeons hail from Bronx, NY, and consist of Wednesday Knudsen, Clark Griffin, and Rob Smith. To date they've released LPs on Black Dirt and Olde English Spelling Bee, and Soft Abuse. They Sweetheartstammers is their latest.