Volcanic Tongue Catalogue

Basalt Fingers

Three Lobed No Cat


Huge walls of psych guitar imbalance from a trio who know how to chew an axe: Elisa Ambrogio of Magik Markers, Ben Chasny of Six Organs Of Admittance and Brian Sullivan of Mouthus. Miasmic destructo-rock moves in a derelict post-Dead C style. Pressed on 180 g vinyl and housed in classy wraparound silkscreened sleeve by Alan Sherry of SIWA. The LP also comes with a pressed CD featuring bonus jams from the same session. Edition of 845 copies.

Magik Markers
Baltimore Trust

Arbitrary Signs


Excellent quality archival live recordings of the classic trio line-up of Magik Markers – Elisa Ambrogio, Pete Nolan and Leah Quimby – recorded in Baltimore in 2003. Never got to see this line-up of the band as much as I would have liked to as they were a ferocious and unpredictable spectacle every night. Here they’re playing at some kind of tortuously down-tuned peak, with blunt guitars steamrolled by Nolan’s drums and Elisa’s inspired stream-of-consciousness performance style channeling Patti Smith as much as Lydia Lunch. Comes in the usual hand-screened envelopes.

Magik Markers
Balf Quarry

Drag City DC-376


“Balf Quarry, an old stone pit just outside of Hartford, Connecticut, represents a central place for Elisa Ambrogio and Pete Nolan, the duo who call themselves Magik Markers, and is the apt title of their forthcoming May Drag City release. Unearthed from the mines of Connecticut in 2001, Magik Markers have been brutalizing audiences with their shattering live appearances and recordings since the first part of this century. They are now living and creating on opposite sides of the country. Elisa Ambrogio recently moved to Seattle from San Francisco and Pete Nolan resides in Brooklyn, but they came together in Elisa's new city to record Balf Quarry with Scott Colburn (Sun City Girls, Animal Collective, Sir Richard Bishop). Balf Quarry has moody space in its soul, and on this album you'll find Elisa and Pete locked together, beating it out, listening to and feeling the sound of their earth quake. And slicing through all the atmosphere, Elisa's voice is a spear of light, splashes of mud, and an acid purple flashback. Listening to Balf Quarry is like immersing yourself in a great horror film, complete with mental dissipation, catharsis for the ears, and the most satisfying psychotic listening experience you'll have this year.” – DC.


Killertree Records KTR-10


New duo jams from Pete Nolan of Magik Markers and Bryan Ramirez of Ex-Cocaine/Plants et al. Aspects of this sound like some of the post-Trapdoor/Harsh 70s feel of The Dead C in terms of confused electro-acoustic improvisation and the kind of degraded garage rock most immediately associated with the sound of the Mouthus universe.

Magik Markers
Isolated From Exterior Time aka Bonfire

Arbitrary Signs No Cat


Another major self-released album from Magik Markers on Arbitrary Signs, always the repository of their most inspired jams. This one is pretty unique, starting off with a kosmische synth/eternal drone vision over clanking electro bass and glistening single notes of electric guitar, pushing Elisa’s vocals into a zone that’s somewhere between Patti Smith and some kind of eerie little girl pop. Recorded live in a basement studio in Elisa’s father’s house, the album runs to sixty minutes and is fairly obsessive in its hypnotism, with endless nod-out jams led by martial rhythms that are somewhere between Jandek and Savage Republic. Later movements have a crude DIY feel, with Shaw and Nolan riding the kind of ginchy rhythms that come straight out of the Messthetics songbook  while Elisa freaks over the top. Some cool re-thinks of primo Markers material are the icing on the cake, and the snippets of conversation and giggles gives it a winning audio-verite appeal, all cut up like Sonic Death so that even the poppiest moments sound hallucinatory and burned in the basement. Hand-penned sleeves too. Highly recommended. 

Heavy Elements

Three Lobed


Live album from the American Psychotropic trio of Marcia Bassett (Double Leopards/Hototogisu/Zaimph), Pete Nolan (Magik Markers/Vanishing Voice/Virgin Eye) and Steve Gunn (Moongang). Recorded at Goodbye Blue Monday January 27th 2006, this one ditches the more rural/raga bent of their earlier recordings (tho still scarred with that devotional/Popol Vuh feel) for a deep smoke of eye-lolling choral vocals, heavy psychedelic guitar solo and a murk of drone. Very beautiful and possibly their best set to date.