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Middle Pillar Presents
Mistress McCutchan
Now, some of you folks, I’m sure, have ordered all sorts of yummy goodies from the all powerful music resource known as Middle Pillar. But did you know that they have recently extended their company to signing bands as well? When we asked what was happening at Middle Pillar, owner Kevin Dunn, dished the dirt.
“The reason we decided to branch out and do the label thing was because it seemed like a natural progression for the company. To be able to release albums by artists we felt strongly about seemed like not only the next logical step for Middle Pillar, but it seemed like a lot of fun too! Thus Middle Pillar Presents was born.
“It was important for us to ‘brand’ the releases, so people could tell a release was ours. I like the idea of putting out just a lot of really great dark music that audiences can follow, like the glory days of 4AD, when I used to buy just about everything they put out, because you knew to a certain degree what to expect. Not that all the bands sounded the same – they really didn’t, but they were all wonderful releases. That’s what I’m hoping to achieve with Middle Pillar: a variety of great releases that will appeal to fans of dark music. So we’re being pretty cautious about what we release and how we present the label.
“That’s also where the digipak packaging came into play – as a way to let our releases become more easily identified to the discerning eye. Also, because the packaging is fragile it reminds me of having to take of old LPs. If you didn’t care about them and let them be banged up, they were going to look like crap in a couple years. The collector mentality in me wants our customers to know that Middle Pillar releases should be something you want to hold onto and take care of in an age easy digital duplication.
“I think over the next year we’ll be seeing what seems like a lot of NY artists releasing music Middle Pillar, which is only natural I suppose in some respects, but really it’s just a coincidence. It’s worth mentioning that the first band signed to Middle Pillar Presents was The Machine In The Garden and they’re located in Austin by way of Colorado. The Label’s focus will be on American artists, however, for the time being.”
The discography of Middle Pillar Presents includes a now out-of-print ethereal compilation titled “What Is Eternal” featuring Unto Ashes, Mors Syphlitica, Jarboe, Zoar, and Loretta’s Doll, to name a few gems;
The Machine In The Garden’s dreamy One Winter’s Night; and A Murder of Angels, a project borne from the minds of Bryin Dall (Loretta’s Doll) and Derek Rush (Dream Into Dust).
For a complete listing of the Middle Pillar Present roster, check out:
Interested parties can contact Middle Pillar for more information at or the old-fashioned way: PO Box 555, New York, NY 10009 USA.