Magik Markers, "Blues for Randy Lee"

by Magik Markers

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Ok.. it's 2001.... the Magik Markers have put out a couple of tapes.. toured America.. played a few gigs what's next? Book some studio time and record an Album of course! Immediately after the Markers U.S. tour I went out on the road with the Double Leopard on the "All Head No Bread" tour.. which was like a package deal with the Leopardss, Hall of Fame, and Heathen Shame. The shows were fucking dope.. but not super well attended.. but I got to spend a lot of time in the car with legitimate Lower East side musicians and I got an earful from Samara Lubelski about what it meant to make records in a real studio. She had a job working as an engineer at the Rare Book Room in Greenpoint. When the time came for the Markers to get into a studio I knew who to call. The $400 day rate at the studio seemed like an insurmountable and incomprehensible sum for our band who had never made a dime... but Elisa had a sort of "if you build it, they will come" mentality... so we booked a date and made Samara work for something like 12 hours recording and mixing us all at once. Elisa who had never heard her voice recorded before went into a fit of convulsions when she first heard herself coming out of the playback speakers and it was all we could do but to keep her from making her voice mixed completely out ... But we worked it out.. and what we got was a very nice recording of the early Markers in their prime... half of which was used for the I trust My guitar Etc.. lp on Thurston Moore's ecstatic Peace! label.. I don't know why we issued the other half as a CDR.. but we did and that's what you have here.. In hindsight I have no regrets about the 400 bucks we spent that day... I don't know if we ever covered these costs but the music sounds pretty cool.

This album has proper liner notes and all on the cover.. it's dedicated to Bay Area legend Randy Lee Sutherland who I'd played with in the Priceless Red Skeleton Duo back in Lansing MI. He'd call me up sometimes and Elisa would sit there transcribing as she found the subject matter and delivery of Randy's monologues to be highly quotable... some of which got us into trouble down the line.. but I won't go into that one. It's great to know that there are some constant and singular figures in this world and Randy Lee is certainly one of those.


released June 1, 2015



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