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Free Download: Vapour Trail (Ride cover)

Jay Breitling runs the fantastic Clicky Clicky Music Blog. This month Jay curated a wonderful compilation album featuring Boston bands covering the album Nowhere by Ride which is available as a free download. Midriff artists Eldridge Rodriguez and Greg Lyon both contributed tracks to the album, and Lyon designed the artwork. It’s a really fun release that will excite fans of Ride as well as fans of the participating bands. Jay guest posts this week and introduces our latest free downloadable single, only available here at Midriff Records.

Eldridge Rodriguez: Vapour Trail (Ride cover)

You ever find $100 on the ground and there’s nobody around for blocks and you’re holding the bill in your hand and smiling and saying “holy shit,” over and over again, no exclamation point needed because there’s no one there to hear you? No? Well that’s too bad — happens to me all the time. But most recently I got that feeling when the songs started to roll in to Clicky Clicky headquarters for Nofuckingwhere, the free, digital compilation we released a couple weeks back. In case you missed it, Nofuckingwhere featured 11 Boston bands performing the 11 songs from RIDE’s 1990 classic shoegaze album Nowhere. We added the fucking. Judge not lest you be judged.

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Tom Bellotti: Photographer

Resident Midriff videographer Tom Bellotti takes pretty pictures.  When he’s not snapping candid shots of his local musician and artist buddies in his hometown of Cambridge, MA he’s popping off beautifully skewed still lifes of everyday objects. But what really wreck us are his stunning pictures of nature.  His pics of the West Virginia night sky instill a sense of wonder at the vastness of space while his bird portraits are so well composed that if we didn’t already know, we’d assume were staged.  All of it done with a sharpness and crispness that allow every detail of his subjects to pop with equal clarity.  We’ve picked some of our favorites.  For print pricing and/or to contact Tom, feel free to email him directly.

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Dave Copeland: Blood and Volume

Dave Copeland

Dave Copeland. Photo by John C. Schisler.

Dave Copeland is an old friend and an award-winning writer/ investigative reporter whose work has appeared in dozens of national magazines and newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal online, Reason and Boston Common. His non-fiction first novel Blood and Volume: Inside New York’s Israeli Mafia was published by Barricade Books in 2007 to much hoopla. It’s a really fascinating read recounting how Copeland spent two years researching the little-known but vicious gang that New York City tabloid reporters dubbed “the Israeli mafia” during their brief reign in New York’s underworld in the 1980′s. We loved it. Here he shares his experiences with Hollywood and the characters he meets with promises of getting Blood and Volume on the big screen.

The first one came even before the book was released: an ex-actor who said he wanted to get into directing and maybe star in the film version of the adaptation of my book. He didn’t give up when he figured out there was no six-figure book advance, that I had no money to invest in a film: the best I could do was spot him $84 for a room in a hooker-ridden hotel when he came to Boston to meet me.

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Show Rundown: Italiano Tenth Anniversary Party 03.23.12

The Beatings: ItalianoOur big thanks to everyone who came out for the Italiano Tenth Anniversary show at Radio last Friday.

The Beatings released Italiano in February 2002, giving birth to Midriff Records and beginning our voyage in the world of independent music. Italiano was picked as the fifth best record of 2002 by the Washington Post, and was received incredibly well nationally as we crisscrossed the country touring in support. Ten years and one month later, we took the stage at Radio to perform the album in its entirety. To the best we can recollect, it was a first.

The night was kicked off with a tremendous set by Louder My Dear, with frontman Dave multi-tasking the night away with DJ sets under his Celebrity Handjob moniker. Following LMD was NYC’s Relations, whose post-punk set blew us away. Keep an eye on those kids, won’t you?

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Ian Adams: Illustrating Nightmare, Part One

Ian Adams: Illustrator (Video)

Ian Adams (or EEE as he often signs his work) has been a fixture on the Boston music and art scene for twenty years. He first gained recognition with his psycho-surf band 8-Ball Shifter, which he followed by fronting sleaze-rockers Rock City Crime Wave. A few years ago he released a solo effort on Midriff Records titled Stay Up Late  (produced by Eldridge Rodriguez) and today he’s got a new rock project called Zen Lung.

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Ian Adams: Illustrator (Video)

We are huge fans of Ian Adams’ artwork. Over the course of the next few weeks we will be posting galleries of his work in a new blog feature called That Looks Awesome. That Looks Awesome will focus on visual artists that we admire and showcase our favorite pieces. But first, as an introduction, welcome to the dark world of the illist of illustrators, Boston’s own Ian Adams.

Ian Adams: Illustrator was shot, directed and produced by Midriff Records’ in-house team of Cameron Keiber and Tom Bellotti.

Soundtrack – Ian Adams: “Stay Up Late” from the album Stay Up Late.

All Music on Sale

For the month of March we have cut the prices on all music in the Midriff Store by half. Need to replace your well-worn copy of Italiano? Want to give in and be swayed by the mounds of praise heaped upon Age Rings, Eldridge Rodriguez, and Louder My Dear? Or maybe just fill up that Zune Player gathering dust in your kitchen drawer? Now is the time!

  • All CD full-lengths are now $6.49.
  • All CD EPs are now $3.99.
  • All Digital full-lengths are now $4.24.
  • All Digital EPs are now $1.99.

Shipping is included in all prices.

Can’t believe this is happening? Why, just visit our Store and see for yourself.

The first-ever Midriff sale is not going to last for long, this we can assure you! Order now, operators and robots are standing by.

Free Age Rings download

Age RingsWe are proud to present an exclusive, free download from Boston’s finest, Age Rings. The band is covering the Harry Nilsson classic “One,” and it’s only available here.

Age Rings: One (single)

Look for an EP by Age Rings this spring on Midriff.

Age Rings’s Black Honey got a lot of attention when we released it last year. The album was championed by reviewers and wound up on a bunch of “Best of 2011″ lists, so if you are up for some light reading, here you go: