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.
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.
Tomorrow night, I will open for Tortoise (also with DJ Ryan Weinstein) at the Empty Bottle.
It’s already sold out, so the only reason to put it here is…to put it here?
I play at 10pm.
4454 Woodward Ave.
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.
‘Music Is Easy’ is the new EP by MAGAS, coming soon on New Jersey. 4 new instrumental tracks of propulsive analog electronics. Clocking in at almost 30 minutes, this EP offers listeners extended opportunities for physical involvement.
All songs written and produced by James Marlon Magas at Wizardlook, Chicago, 2013.
A2: Music Is Easy
B1: Alfa Romeo
B2: Layers of Understanding
Here’s a preview:
Out now on Notes and Bolts:
MAGAS: Pspoilers cassette (Ltd. to 100)
Pspoilers contains 6 new instrumental works by MAGAS with a bonus live B-side recorded live in Chicago by Bob Konow. These six songs were composed on the Roland TR-808, the ARP Odyssey 2800 mk 1, Arturia Minibrute, Casio RZ-1, Electro-Harmonix Memory Man, Korg Monotribe, Korg Monotron Delay. Pspoilers represents a new stylistic turn in the Magas repertoire: all-instrumental music, as discussed in the Chicago Tribune with Jessica Hopper.
I was interviewed by Jessica Hopper, in today’s Chicago Tribune.
Show starts at 8pm sharp, doors open at 7:30.
JEREMY LEMOS & PETER SPEER
DJ MATT ZIVICH
An insane night of analog electronics, from this diverse range of long-time practitioners.
This show is FREE, but you must RSVP. Otherwise, it’s $8.
Just go to Ticketweb like you’re going to purchase a ticket and click the RSVP option.
“It seemed like everyone in the noise underground made a dance record last year, and some of the finest came from the Wolf Eyes camp. Of those, Nate Young’s Stay Asleep (Regression Vol. 2) received a lot of the shine, but Young’s work with Dave Shettler in Moon Pool & Dead Band was equally inventive. Human Fly, their first release of 2012, finds them as amorphous as ever.”–Steve Karr, Resident Advisor
“Big-bottom beats, wild pitch-warped synths, distorted vocals, hammered loops, and wonk and whir come off as a new, (yes, new) electro-swamp music for the dawn of this final century — though that “swamp” is made up decaying burned out Americans in a malaise caused by rampant consumerism, a trashed environment that nobody can admit to, and the boredom that comes with having seen it all and done it all; coming to the point of total exhaustion itself. There’s isn’t anything left but aimless and speedy, whirling motion. There are no bayous or Everglades in the Magas world. He seems to glean a kind of happiness from it all and how can you blame him? He may be the last enlightened man. There is no such thing as existential angst in Magas’ life.” –Thom Jurek, Allmusic
BEAU WANZER live
Beau Wanzer lives in Chicago. He is one half of Mutant Beat Dance and one half of Streetwalker. He spends the majority of his days sifting through paraffin embedded tissues and reading old copies of Fangoria. He likes synths and drum machines too. He is currently working on an Ep for Nation.
MIKE BROERS dj
Mike Broers runs local Chicago imprint Ghost Arcade LTD. He has been releasing under-the-radar electronic gold since 2001 (and recording since 1997) but only recently began performing solo. During most of 2010 and 2011 Broers worked with Michael Perkins/MR666 providing video collage and live synthesizer percussion and bass. http://soundcloud.com/jimmagas