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THE MIDNIGHT

The Cult

Under The Midnight Sun

    The Cult has reveled in a storied career. From the pre-millennial iconic Love album bursting with idealism and the full on blast of 2001’s Beyond Good & Evil to the recent biting truth of Hidden City, the band has lived their art. How the future unfolds will be decided in part by current culture's response and the group’s response. One thing is for sure, The Cult will respond. It’s what they do.

    TRACK LISTING

    1 Mirror
    2 A Cut Inside
    3 Vendetta X
    4 Give Me Mercy
    5 Outer Heaven
    6 Knife Through Butterfly Heart
    7 Impermanence
    8 Under The Midnight Sun

    The Midnight

    Heroes

      On their new album, ‘Heroes’, The Midnight fuse cinematic synths, arena rock chords and euphoric pop hooks with slivers of Springsteen. It’s an album that celebrates our connected nature, the way we overcome loss by coming together under one sky and singing songs at the top of our lungs.

      Launched by the propulsive jolt of guitar-laden singles like ‘Change Your Heart or Die’ and lauded as “one of the next iconic rock acts of the generation,” having sold out O2 Brixton Academy in May of this year, The Midnight’s new era is their biggest and boldest yet.

      For fans of The War On Drugs, CHVRCHES, DON BROCO, Bruce Springsteen, Muse, ‘Stranger Things’ OST.

      TRACK LISTING

      1. Golden Gate
      2. Brooklyn. Friday. Love.
      3. Heartbeat
      4. A Place Of Her Own
      5. Heroes
      6. Heart Worth Breaking
      7. Loved By You
      8. Aerostar
      9. Change Your Heart Or Die
      10. Avalanche
      11. Souvenir
      12. Photograph
      13. Energy Never Dies, It Just Transforms

      Various Artists

      Midnight Massiera: The B-Music Of Jean Pierre-Massiera - 2022 Reissue

        Eighteen sacred psychedelic suppositories from the laboratory of mad scientist and scalpel-happy pop mutilator Jean-Pierre Massiera. Includes the rarest and most sought after fuzz funk, spooked surf and interplanetary prog from ‘The French Joe Meek’ and all his schizoid splitpersonalities and freakish friends - The Maledictus Sound, Chico Magnetic Band, Visitors, Human Egg, The Pirhana Sound and Jesus himself.

        Let Finders Keepers introduce you to some old friends of theirs - Charlie Mike Sierra, Jean-Pierre Areisam, JPM and Co. Erik, The Horrific Child, Jesus, Les Maledictus Sound, Human Egg... This might sound like they’re flicking through the imaginary LP racks in the record shop from ‘A Clockwork Orange’ or perhaps congratulating the runners up in a Halloween fancy dress competition but for the previously uninitiated you have just been ordained into the congregation of the many split personalities of one Mr. Jean-Pierre Bernard Massiera. Bow down to the nine-headed monster as he mutates and shape-shifts back through time to his humble beginnings in a Buenos Aires province ravaging and pillaging the music of the European people for his own twisted benediction along the way.

        This might, as intended, sound a little bit dramatic but if there is one single ingredient that gives the eccentric Jean-Pierre Massiera his distinct flavour it’s a large dollop of drama. Add sprinklings of schizophrenia, shock, myth and macabre and you are on the way to a Bmovie broth with an acquired taste that has, like all the best cheese, taken over thirty years to mature to perfection. Like all the best monsters, his split personality is the key to his infamy and the secret of his blood sucking success.

        This is why Jean-Pierre Massiera is (un)commonly known for two key periods in his career which, like a worm, can be split down the middle to thrive and flourish independently. To cut a long story short, Massiera is, above all, a lover and purveyor of musique fantastique, and is willing and able to hijack whichever stylistic vehicle that passes him buy in order to do feed his lust. In the earlier part of his career he honed his sordid craft amongst psychedelic circles in Nice and Quebec. From late 1972 onwards he moved to Antibes and started a disco revolution and became an in demand cosmic record producer. For years, prog rock obsessives and disco aficionados have wondered if there was two unrelated freak merchants called Jean-Pierre Massiera but, in this rare instance, exploito-maniacs from both sides of the cosmic coin are united by the work of this singular, single-handed monstrous music manufactory.

        Remastered and available once again on deluxe black vinyl since the initial Finders Keepers limited edition 2009 pressing.

        TRACK LISTING

        Visitors - Visitors
        S.E.M. Studios - Ivresse Des Profondeurs
        Jesus - L’Electrocute
        Les Chats - Bizarre
        The Starlights - Mao Mao
        Basile - Itubo Del Anno
        Chico Magnetic Band - Pop Or Not
        Les Maledictus Sound - Kriminal Theme
        Jesus - Songe Mortuaire
        Basile - Engins Bizarres
        Human Egg - Onomatopaeia
        Les Monegasques - Psychose
        Chris Gallbert - Sing Sing
        Hermans Rockets - Space Woman
        Piranhas - La Turbie Pirhanienne
        Human Egg - Egg
        Les Maledictus Sound - Inside My Brain
        After Life - (Le Secret De) La Vieille Dame

        The Rentals (Matt Sharp (Weezer) & Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs))

        The Midnight Society (RSD22 EDITION)

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2022 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          Matt Sharp (Weezer) & Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs) present the Midnight Society. The soundtrack inspired by the Paranormal talk radio show of the same name, an incredibly layered and intense record featuring Zinners signature guitar sounds processed and manipuated by Sharp, into a an uneasy but incredibly melodic and dynamic listen. The package is a hot foil numbed edition of 1000 feauturing art by Henry Abrams. Clear, Red & Smoke Colour vinyl

          Norfolk & Midnight Love

          Mamas Baby Boy / You Are My Doll Baby

          One of America's finest guitarists, Gordon Banks is most well known as Marvin Gaye's tour bass player in the 70s and co-writer in the 80s (as well as becoming his brother-in-law). He has also played with New Birth, Edwin Hawkins & Gladys Knight & The Pips. Norfolk and Midnight love were Gordon's post Marvin (Passed in 84) local bands, these two tracks were recorded between 86-88. You can hear Gordon's writing skills coming through with a far more late 80s pop vibe, like late Marvin joints, which I love.

          Personally it's an honour to work with such a huge talent, Gordon's bass playing on 'Life is For Learning' still give me goosebumps every time.

          STAFF COMMENTS

          Millie says: Disco heaven with Norfolk & Midnight Love seven, loved up soulful happiness pressed on wax right here for your listening pleasure. A welcomed reissue of these two tracks, more where that came from please

          TRACK LISTING

          1. You Are My Doll Baby
          2. Mamas Baby Boy

          Midnight Sister

          Painting The Roses

            As Midnight Sister, multi-disciplinary LA artists Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian make motion pictures. Yes, sometimes with moving images - but most often only with the music they create together. Balouzian’s serpentine, string compositions are movie scenes that allow Giraffe, a brilliant character actor, to cloak herself in a new roles and voices. A bit of Jon Brion’s score work; some old Hollywood strings; a solid dose of glam and outsider disco from 70s independent cinema. Any perceived artifice is always matched by an indelible human fingerprint, something perfectly off. Giraffe and Balouzian’s respective work in fashion, visual art, video and film scoring - along with the gang of virtuosos with which they surround themselves - all wonderfully coalesce as Midnight Sister. If 2017’s ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ was their collection of short films about outcast life in The San Fernando Valley, then their new album ‘Paining The Roses’ is the inventive, meta motion picture that cements them as auteurs.

            ‘Painting The Roses’ is in many ways a fairy tale -- not so much the sweet-and-happy ending kind as something richer, packed with imagination and rooted in the complex human messiness beneath a story’s artifice. Frontwoman Giraffe describes it as “this tightrope of being real yet synthetic, organic yet staged, light yet dark, logical yet irrational, beautiful yet dilapidated. Joyful nonsense.” Here, disguises like masks and paint are not meant to hide but to liberate, to “set a part of us free” and Midnight Sister often embody this themselves, appearing highly stylized, curious, warm and inviting but a little askew. ‘Painting the Roses’ is a story told through the looking glass, one where we examine ourselves in a funhouse mirror but find clarity in its twists.

            Giraffe travelled to visit family in Argentina during the making of the album and reconnected greatly with that part of her family history, art and culture. Balouzian created the core album opener ‘Doctor Says’ during a session in the desert outside of LA. The guitar, which reminded Giraffe of South America, has a slow, sweltering surf-tango to it, like Dick Dale doing Carlos Gardel. And even though the song was inspired by Giraffe’s reconnection with Argentina, the song is about the fading of some close friendships during the making of the album. “Man, you have changed,” Giraffe sings, unclear if it’s directed to a friend or to herself.

            TRACK LISTING

            Doctor Says
            Satellite
            Foxes
            Sirens
            Escalators
            Dearly Departed
            Tomorrowland
            My Elevator Song
            Wednesday Baby
            Limousine
            Song For The Trees
            Painting The Roses

            Local band The Grey Skys make their vinyl debut on Midnight Hallucination. Two track 7" produced by Daniel Rowley and mastered by Chris Hughes (Courteeners, Pete Doherty & Peter Hook).

            Stylistically landing somewhere between Arctic Monkeys, Hey Bulldog and the afremonetioned Courteeners, with a kinda abstract yet tangible commentry guiding the lyrics. Stick it on at your next indie dance party and watch them jive!




            TRACK LISTING

            A. Lever
            B. Dance Dance

            Frightened Rabbit

            Tiny Changes: A Celebration Of The Midnight Organ Fight

              Context to ‘Tiny Changes: A celebration of the Midnight Organ Fight’:

              Before Scott died, an idea was formed to celebrate 10 years of their seminal album The Midnight Organ Fight by asking some of their talented buds in music to take a crack at their own versions of a song on the album. The whole album was recorded and was due to be released last summer, but then unfortunately Scott passed away last May.

              The band have decided they still want to release the record as a testament to the album, and to Scott. It’s going to be released on 12th July via Atlantic, and the band are going to be very much behind the release

              History of the band:

              Frightened Rabbit are a Scottish indie rock band from Selkirk, formed in 2003. Initially a solo project for vocalist and guitarist Scott Hutchison, the line-up currently consists of Grant Hutchison (drums), Billy Kennedy (guitar, bass), Andy Monaghan (guitar, keyboards), and Simon Liddell (guitar). From 2004 the band were based in Glasgow.

              Frightened Rabbit's first studio album, Sing the Greys, was recorded as a duo by the Hutchison brothers, and released on independent label Hits the Fan in 2006. The band subsequently signed to Fat Cat Records, in 2007, and became a three-piece with the addition of guitarist Billy Kennedy for its second studio album, The Midnight Organ Fight (2008). The album was released to strongly positive reviews and extensive touring, with guitarist and keyboardist Andy Monaghan joining the band to flesh-out its live performances.

              The band's third studio album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, was released in 2010, with former Make Model guitarist Gordon Skene joining the band for its accompanying tour. Frightened Rabbit signed to Atlantic Records later that year, and issued two EPs, A Frightened Rabbit EP (2011) and State Hospital (EP) (2012), before the release of its fourth studio album, Pedestrian Verse in 2013. A critical and commercial success in the UK, the album peaked at number nine on the UK Albums Chart, with additional guitarist Simon Liddell joining the band on its subsequent tour.

              Disillusioned from touring, Hutchison, Monaghan, and Liddell recorded a studio album without the band, entitled Owl John (2014). Gordon Skene departed from the band in early 2014, and the band recorded Painting of a Panic Attack the following year with producer Aaron Dessner (The National), in New York, with Liddell joining the band as a full contributing member.

              Scott Hutchison died in May 2018 after going missing. In December 2018, the remaining members of the band played together for the first time since Hutchison's death, at a charity gig in Glasgow.


              STAFF COMMENTS

              Barry says: There is no better a dedication to a hugely talented songwriter and superb band than a variety of artists covering your songs and retaining all of the appeal they held in the first place. From huge, folk crescendos and punky drive to gently electronic shimmerers and gently throbbing ambience, this has everything, and goes to show how timeless Scott Hutchison's writing is. Gorgeous.

              TRACK LISTING

              1. The Modern Leper – Biffy Clyro
              2. I Feel Better – Oxford Collapse
              3. Good Arms Vs Bad Arms - Fiskur
              4. Fast Blood – Right On Dynamite
              5. Old Old Fashioned – Josh Ritter
              6. The Twist – Wintersleep
              7. Bright Pink Bookmark – Peter Katis
              8. Head Rolls Off – Craig Finn
              9. My Backwards Walk – Katie Harkin & Sarah Silverman
              10. Keep Yourself Warm – Benjamin Gibbard
              11. Extrasupervery – Jeff Zeigler
              12. Poke – Daughter
              13. Floating In The Forth – The Twilight Sad
              14. Who’d You Kill Now – Aaron Dessner & Lauren Mayberry
              15. The Modern Leper – Julien Baker
              16. The Twist – Piano Bar Fight
              17. My Backwards Walk – Manchester Orchestra

              Fine Jewelers is the duo of Dan Helmer (solo Helmer releases on Valcrond Video and Anomia) and Matt Korvette (vocalist of Pissed Jeans). Working at dangerously high BPMs, Fine Jewelers create neurotic industrial rave music and inhospitable gabber. This four-track debut is a techno headbanger's paradise, primed for subterranean club performance, dungeon Crossfit and outdoor bonfire parties with kids on dirtbikes. If that doesn't get you fired up, just braindance through the midnight d-beat and try again. Always wear head gear!

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Matt says: This'll put hairs on your chest! Never has the impending human apocolypse sounded so real! So worryingly on trend with the current world mood it's quite terrifying.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. Heated Display
              A2. Outlawed
              B1. Unreasonable Rider
              B2. Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy 

              The Buttertones

              Midnight In A Moonless Dream

                The first word of the album says it all: 'Bang!' On their new album Midnight In A Moonless Dream the Buttertones dig deep and discover something dark. Where their previous album Gravedigging played like the soundtrack of a good spaghetti-western heist movie, Midnight moves to the dark cityscapes of '70s New York and tells the story itself - a perfect and intricate crime executed by a crew of professionals under cover of night; a biting sound befitting of CBGB's while staying true to their LA roots. There are echoes of Suicide and Bauhaus, nods to the spirit of sax and violence that powered the Deadbeats. Midnight is music made for dancers but also for doomed romancers that will appeal to fans of The Cramps, The Gun Club, Car Seat Headrest, Black Lips, King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall,
and Parquet Courts. Released on Innovative Leisure, the LA label that also brought you the Allah-Las, BADBADNOTGOOD, Hanni El Khatib, Nick Waterhouse, and more.

                For fans of The Cramps, The Gun Club, Car Seat Headrest, Black Lips, King Tuff, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Parquet Courts

                TRACK LISTING

                1. At The Dojo
                2. Baby C4
                3. Midnight In A Moonless Dream
                4. Old Nick's Still Got It
                5. Winks And Smiles
                6. Don't Cry Alone
                7. Jungle
                8. Darling, I Need Time But Don't Really Know Why
                9. You And Your Knife
                10. Brickhead
                11. Eros

                Skullflower

                Werecats Powers Of The Crossroads At Midnight

                  The continuation of the audio trilogy concerning the Darkness of Aegypt: the shadow stuff from whence dark dreams come. The Triad: dark, light and the animating serpent power are delineated by the Egyptian Gods Set, Horus and the Apep serpent. The second parting of the ways, lord of the crossroads, the double horizon, the xroads of day and night, the mauve zone, the death posture. We brought back: a twilight mechanism, and hymns to the charnel ground, ashes, jackals and the bulto hyaena, pacing the departure lounges of abandoned airports. Matthew Bower & Samantha Davies West Yorks, UK Winter Solstice Evening 2017 

                  TRACK LISTING

                  A1:We Move On Points Of Shattered Mirrors
                  B1:Charnel Ground
                  B2:Departure Lounge 

                  Glasgow’s prodigious talent C Duncan released his critically acclaimed and Mercury Prize nominated debut full-length ‘Architect’ last July, wrapping up an extremely successful first year with a headline tour and stunning sell-out performance at Union Chapel.

                  Follow up 'The Midnight Sun’ sees the bedroom producer return with a more expansive and experimental second offering, blending electronic elements and sweeping synth sounds with his signature layered vocals and dreamy instrumentation.

                  STAFF COMMENTS

                  Barry says: Pulsing sidechained synthetic swells and driven bass throbs are joined by soaring, angelic vocal echoes and shimmering falsetto sweeps. In parts delicate and restrained, but gracefully segued into comforting and glimmering shoegaze/pop masterpieces. A relaxing and tenderly flourished collection of ambient gems.

                  TRACK LISTING

                  1. Nothing More
                  2. Like You Do
                  3. Other Side
                  4. Wanted To Want It Too
                  5. Who Lost
                  6. On Course
                  7. Last To Leave
                  8. Do I Hear?
                  9. The Midnight Sun
                  10. Jupiter
                  11. Window

                  Dexys Midnight Runners

                  Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

                    Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is the debut studio album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released on July 11, 1980. Led by Kevin Rowland, the group formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, and formed a strong live reputation before recording their first material. Recorded during April 1980, the album combines the aggressiveness of punk rock with soul music, particularly influenced by the Northern soul movement.

                    The album was preceded by and contains the hit-single "Geno", which topped the UK Singles Chart. It also contains two other charting singles: "Dance Stance" (re-recorded as "Burn It Down") and "There, There, My Dear". The album reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart and is certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry.

                    STAFF COMMENTS

                    Laura says: An absolute classic! One of my favourite records of all time. Post-punk attitude and Northern soul stomp - what's not to like?

                    TRACK LISTING

                    Side 1
                    1. Burn It Down
                    2. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green
                    3. The Teams That Meet In Caffs
                    4. I'm Just Looking
                    5. Geno

                    Side 2
                    1. Seven Days Too Long
                    2. I Couldn't Help It If I Tried
                    3. Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply
                    4. Keep It
                    5. Love Part 1 (Poem)
                    6. There There My Dear
                    7. Little Bit Of Sympathy 

                    St Gregory Orange

                    Midnight At The Sycamore Lounge

                      A work of wonder and endlessly collapsing beauty from one of the country’s most unique and engaging bands' - Rhubarb Bomb.

                      'The sparkle of this album is it's ability to create their own universe...an album that is at times difficult, frequently clever and above all different.' - Neon Filler.

                      'If Pulp and Arab Strap had a child, then this would be it.' - Bubblegunked.

                      'St Gregory Orange have produced an album that's something more than the sum of it's influences.' - Tasty Fanzine.

                      'An excellent record...keeps you entertained for the duration.' - Improperganda.

                      The Doors

                      Bright Midnight - Live In Hollywood Highlights From The Aquarius Theatre Performances

                        Now I admit that I'm not a big fan of the Doors but I have to admit this live concert, released as a limited edition, sounds like it was recorded yesterday and is one of the most exciting and 'musical' performances I've ever heard from Morrison, Manzarek, Densmore and Krieger. There are some amazing versions of well known tracks like "Break On Through", "When The Music's Over" and climaxes with a 14 minute version of "Light My Fire".


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