Ladies, Gentlemen and Children of All Ages – Hold Fast is honored to present to you M.C. Nightshade & the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra’s first release, Carpe Noctem.
This collaboration between David J. aka M.C. Nightshade (founder of Bauhaus & Love and Rockets) and some of the finest cabaret jazz musicians Detroit has to offer.
Truly a unique and remarkable recording, imagine, if you will, a character infused with great spirit of the Weimar Republic’s Kurt Weill blended with a haunted Tom Waits having a nervous breakdown reconciling the sounds of New Orleans haunted by the gothic pitches of Northampton encased in the broken mirror dark carny mythology of Detroit’s annual interactive art exhibition known as Theatre Bizarre.
This album is must of fans of David J’s work, lovers of cabaret or traditional jazz and/or those who appreciate the darker side of the arts – be it Halloween, carnivals or the figures, and disfigures, who haunt the midway.
Hear M.C. Nightshade’s latest original works as well as hauntingly rendered covers of songs by Beck, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and, David J’s legendary band, Bauhaus.
Beyond the sounds, this album is presented in a beautiful gatefold, limited, hand numbered edition was rendered by Theatre Bizarre’s mastermind & designer, John Dunivant.
Carpe Noctem is available in two editions totaling only 500 pieces in this first pressing.
Carpe NoctemDeluxe Edition
12 inch LP in gatefold sleeve
Guaranteed Limited Edition Free Bonus 7 inch single featuring an amazing new arrangement of Bauhaus’s goth rock classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”. This edition is signed by David J, Theatre Bizarre mastermind John Dunivant, and TBO band leader Joshua James
Special limited edition art print by John Dunivant – creator/designer of Theatre Bizarre.
(Limited to 100 copies)
Carpe NoctemStep Right Up, Try Your Luck! Edition
12 inch LP in gatefold sleeve
1 in 4 chance of receiving the Free Bonus 7 inch featuring an amazing new arrangement of Bauhaus’s goth rock classic “Bela Lugosi’s Dead”.
(Limited to 400 copies)
Produced by David J/Joshua James
Engineered by David Feeny
All songs arranged by Joshua James
All songs recorded by David Feeny at Tempermill Studios in Ferndale, MI EXCEPT “Inside the Cooch Tent,” recorded by Joshua James at Studio M in Orchard Lake, MI
Mastered by David Feeny
All songs on “Carpe Noctem” performed by M. C. Nightshade (AKA David J) & the Theatre Bizarre Orchestra
All songs on the bonus 7” performed by M. C. Nightshade (AKA David J) & the Planet D Nonet
David J (AKA M.C. Nightshade) – vocals
Joshua James (band leader) – alto, soprano, bari saxes, clarinet, toy piano
Justin Jozwiak – alto sax, clarinet
Jim Holden – tenor sax
Mark Kieme – bari sax, bass clarinet, flute, piccolo
Paul Finkbeiner – trumpet
Ken Ferry – trumpet
John Paxton – trombone
Chris Smith – trombone, sousaphone, bass harmonica
*TJ Wolfgram – trombone, sousaphone (“Inside the Cooch Tent” only)
Rod McDonald – guitar, banjo
Michael Zaporski – piano, keyboard
Shannon Wade – upright bass
Van Hunsberger – drums, percussion