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Elisa Ambrogio and the hardworking Pete Nolan have released more CD-R’s, 7″’s, and etc. than even the most diehard Magik Markers fan could count without resorting to a cheat sheet, but 2007′s Lee Ranaldo-produced BOSS is marked as the second official studio album, which makes the forthcoming Scott Colburn-produced Balf Quarry number three. Colbern has an interesting resume that includes work with Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Sun City Girls, Climax Golden Twins, Mudhoney, etc., and to his (and the band’s) credit, these 10 tracks remain as noisy and ramshackle as you’ve come to expect from the duo even as they pick up where BOSS left off, i.e. writing songs with more discernible structures. As always, Ambriogio remains one of the most compelling front people (and interview subjects) in underground rock, so on this one, pay attention to her words, then sink back into her guitars and Nolan’s drums.

Balf Quarry is out 5/5 via Drag City. Their website has news updates worth reading. And there are more sounds at MySpace. You should also see them live, often with Ghost (!).

05/09 – New York, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
05/10 – Washington DC @ Velvet Lounge #
05/11 – Carborro, NC @ Local 506 #
05/12 – Asheville, SC @ Grey Eagle #
05/13 – Athens, GA @ Tasty World #
05/14 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree #
05/28-30 Barcelona, Spain @ Primavera Festival
06/26 – Ithaca, NY @ Lost Dog Lounge
06/27 – Tornoto, Canada @ The Music Gallery Courtyard
06/28 – Montreal, Canada @ Casa Del Popolo

# w/ Ghost

[Photo by Stefano Giovannini]

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Comments (4)
  1. This bands evolution has been amazing. I really liked earlier stuff/Boss/live shows, but this track is pure gold.

  2. I agree about their earlier stuff…I don’t this song is one of their best.

  3. Ben  |   Posted on Apr 23rd, 2009 0

    This song sounds like a more snarling, sinister version of The Gossip.

  4. noir, very noir

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