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Steve Fisk's Bringing His Mad-Genius to Magma Fest
by Dave Segal
on Sat, Mar 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM
(20/20 Cycle) That a recording legend like Steve Fisk is playing the tiny 20/20 bike shop is strange, but so is this Seattle audio engineer/keyboardist's music. His 2001 album 999 Levels of Undo is still the most mad-genius-y release in Sub Pop's 25-year life span. It's a brain-baffling electronic record that eludes easy classification like politicians avoid straight answers. His work in Pell Mell (instrumental rock for long-distance driving/library music for action flicks) and Pigeonhed (soulful-as-hell down-tempo funk) also deserves canonization. Honey in a Goldmine by Marzanna (aka eccentric singer/songwriter Marianne Nowottny) is described as "psychedelic TexMex country music," but the EP is not available yet, so you'll have to take her Facebook page's word for it. Vancouver's Imaginary Pants hash out that lo-fi, featherweight, boy-girl indie pop you heard on K Records in the '80s and '90s. It's cuter than Hello Kitty. Thankfully, there's no irony in their game.