Day Of The Downloads (again)- Magik Markers, Trevor Something and Pelican

Today is The Day of the Downloads, again (Why limit myself to one badly written review at a time?). A mixed bag today with four albums, ranging from post-punk and post-rock to psychedelic. Magik Markers win this round with Surrender to Fantasy, but Pelican’s album is solid too, just, not really new.

Magik Markers (2014)- great psychedelic rock, just have to get past the first song.


Been on a Mission of Burma kick for a bit. Post-punk from 1982, this is their second album. I shared my affinity for this band with Danger, but he clearly doesn’t like them, I can only imagine the shit he’s going to say about this band the next time I see him. I don’t like this album as much as their first one, some of the energy seems to have been lost in this one.


Random Download, post-punk from Miami, just released and… Well, it’s free anyway.

Pelican- Arktika (2014)
Post rock from Chicago, their first few albums I absolutely loved with their deep, heavy instrumental rock sound. However, half the songs on this album are basically the same riffs as their older releases with a few classic rock riffs thrown in the mix for good measure. Not a bad album by any means, but the term new doesn’t really apply.


Mission Of Burma – Signals, Calls and Marches… (1981)

Ok, the picture is horrible, but Saturday morning saw this homeless prophet sitting on the steps of the College Park Baptist Church giving everyone the finger. Good for him, today’s selection is Mission of Burma, an early post-punk/indie band from Boston (Wiki), I feel I should have already known about these guys. The name is familiar, but this is really a Random Tag, early post-punk, originally formed in 1979, this album was recorded in 1981, really at the peak of analog recording. Post-punk is an excellent genre to showcase the deep, rich sound derived from analog.
Years ago Danger drove all the way to NYC to buy this old, 16 track, reel to reel, and I didn’t understand why he would do such a thing, until I heard the recording he crafted out of that thing. Bands would drive here from all over the South to have him record them, and Signals, Calls and Marches is a good example of why people love analog, with the guitars and drums and cymbals coming through with a deep, rich, textured clarity that is lost with digital recordings. Defiantly recommended, 92%.

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