MAGAS Celebrates New Year’s Eve with Andrew WK


On December 31st, 2014, I will be playing live at Thalia Hall with Andrew WK and Big Dipper. This will be the ONLY 2014 appearance by MAGAS.

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Tickets available HERE.

4 Classic MAGAS Titles Now Available For Download

Greetings! 4 classic MAGAS records are now available for download. I’ve finally gotten aboard the Bandcamp train and have made available 4 hard-to-find Magas records: Violent ARP, May I Meet My Accuser, Friends Forever and the Bad Blood EP. These records span the first decade of the 2000s and feature many rare and hard-to-find tracks, as well as classic live staples. These albums are reasonably priced; each track can be purchased individually for 50 cents each. The ENTIRE catalogue can be purchased for less than $20. If you’ve been wondering where you can find the early MAGAS albums, this is the place.

Magas Helps Score Asia Argento’s New Film, Incompresa


BlagGKUCcAAOxaYI am very honored to have been given the opportunity to work on music for Italian director Asia Argento‘s new film, INCOMPRESA aka Mistunderstood. The film stars Guilia Salerno, Gabriel Garko, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Gianmarco Tognazzi, Max Gazzè, Anna Lou Castoldi, Alice Pea, Justin Pearson and Caroline Poccioni, with cinematography by Nicola Pecorini, shot on Super 16mm film.

Over a period of months, I was asked to develop several themes that Asia had written, while developing a few of my own. Aiding me in this mission were cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm, violinist Julie Pomerleau and clarinetist Weasel Walter. Other sections of the film feature scored music from Brian Molko (Placebo), The Locust and Gilles Toop. The experience has been life-changing and remains one of the most artistically satisfying things I have worked on to date. Incompresa will compete as an official selection in the 2014 Festival de Cannes, as part of Un Certain Regard.

MAGAS’ Favorite Music of 2013

Every year at Reckless Records, we’re asked to compose year-end lists of our favorite music. This was a great year for music and it’s impossible to remember it all. I shot from the hip and came up with this list in about 10 minutes. Without further adieu:


ADULT. – The Way Things Fall
Asia Argento – Total Entropy
Barnett & Coloccia – Retrieval LP
Basic Channel reissues
Francois Bayle – L’Experience Acoustique
Black Deer 12”s
Ken Camden – Space Mirror
Captain Beefheart – Safe As Milk mono reissue
John Carpenter – Assaullt on Precinct 13 reissue
Chrome – Half Machine from the Sun: The Lost Tracks ’79-80
Luciano Cilio - Dell’Universo Assente
Patrick Cowley – School Daze
Dark – Round the Edges reissue
Demdike Stare – Testpressing series
Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller Vol. IV
Kevin Drumm – Humid Weather
Gherkin Jerks reissues
The Gories – The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88
Kyle Hall – Boat Party & Boat Party Bonus EP
Gunnar Haslam – Mimesiak
Icecross – 1. LP aka s/t
Implodes – Recurring Dream
Bob James – Rhodes Scholar LP
Raul Lovison/Francesco Messina – Prati Bagnati del Monte Analogo
Magas – Pspoilers cassette
Mainliner – Mellow Out reissue
Charles Manier – Electrocution & S/T (Nation)
Ron Morelli – Spit
Omar S. – Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself
Bill Orcutt – History of Every One LP & 13×7” boxed set
Theo Parrish – Black Jazz Signature
Raspberry Bulbs – Deformed Worship
3 Chairs – CH 07 12”
Vangelis – Blade Runner & Sex Power reissues
Velvet Underground – At the End of Cole Ave, 2nd Night
Vox Dei – La Biblia reissue
Wolf Eyes – No Answer – Lower Floors
Xenakis – GRM Works 1957-1962 LP
Nate Young – Regression LPs
Beau Wanzer – 3 L.I.E.S. 12”s
V/A – Bang the Box: the (Lost) Story of AKA Dance Music Chicago 1987-88
V/A – Sounds of Silence LP


Upcoming MAGAS Shows & News


There will be a bit of Chicago action happening for MAGAS in the near future. I’ll be playing a little cluster of cool shows during the next few weeks.

Friday, September 13th, Double Door, Chicago
Riot Fest Afterparty with:
ANDREW WK full band
MAGAS live

Sunday, September 29th, The Owl Bar, Chicago
Owl Anniversary Party with:
JIM MAGAS dj set

Saturday, October 5th, Empty Bottle, Chicago
ZZZ live
MAGAS live

In other news, my new EP, Music Is Easy that was supposed to come out this summer on New Jersey is NOT coming out, due to the label going on indefinite hiatus. Definitely no hard feelings…shit happens. I will be holding out for a vinyl release of this, as it was tailor-made specifically for vinyl. That’s how I’ve been doing it for 20 years and that’s how I’ll be doing it until all the world’s petroleum dries up. Interested parties may feel free to get in touch. Serious inquiries only, please.

In addition to these public appearances, I’ve been working hard behind the scenes on some very interesting things that will be announced when the time comes. Check my tweets for up-to-the-minute updates.

MAGAS in Detroit: May 24th

Detroit Start festival weekend off with live electronic music, performances, and great DJs of Detroit.

4454 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI

CHROMATIC JACKIE is a collaboration between a visual artist, a dancer, and a musician. Visual artist Dana Bell choreographs movements with CGI (computer graphics interface) software and pairs it with sound fragments provided by Sam Consiglio (formerly of Adult. and Tamion 12 Inch). The dancer Sari Nordman interprets digitally generated movements and modular, self-contained systems of choreography produced by software, synchronizing with an original sound piece written for this project.

MAGAS: James Marlon Magas has been creating unconventional music since 1992, with avant rock bands Couch and Lake of Dracula, and since 1999 as the solo electronic artist Magas. In the late ’90s, Magas became very interested in electronic dance music and set out to create his own. Humble beginnings with an MC-505 Groovebox attracted the attention of Detroit’s ADULT., who gave Magas a crash course in analog production, as well as releasing his ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Friends Forever’ on their Ersatz Audio imprint. Over the past couple of years, Magas has shifted focus from performance to production, favoring an instrumental, semi-improvised direction.

DJs from the massively popular and fun residencies Macho City and Disco/Secret play music all night.

Admission: $5