Archive for April, 2012
Tiny Mix Tapes did a wonderful little feature on Water Liars recently. Here are great pieces from The Blue Indian, Creative Loafing (Charlotte), and the Jackson Free Press. After recentl shows with The Mountain Goats and J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound, the band will continue to tour, so be on the lookout!
The Black Swans and Southeast Engine were both featured on Paste Magazine’s “10 Ohio Bands You Should Listen to Now.” Water Liars recently made the revered site’s “10 Missouri Bands You Should Listen to Now” as well. Thanks so much for all the love, Paste!
On July 17, 2012, The Black Swans and Misra will release Occasion For Song. The album deals with the death of founding member and violinist Noel Sayre. Noel died tragically in a swimming accident in Portsmouth, Ohio – July of 2008. You can read the full bio for the record here.
The swimming pool where the accident occurred is featured on the album’s cover. The song ”Portsmouth, Ohio” chronicles the day of Noel’s death and is available here (with lyrics/available for embedding).
You can pre-order Occasion For Song here for a limited-time, lower cost. Price will raise upon release.
Here are some accolades for The Black Swans’ Don’t Blame the Stars (Misra; 2011)
- MOJO - 4/5 Stars: “Stars offers dreamlike quality, undercut by the melancholy violin of founding member Noel Sayre, who tragically died during the album’s recording. The band will address the loss on their next album, but this is a more than fitting epitaph.”
- Pitchfork ”A gorgeous sounding record.”
- Paste - 8.4: “A terrific album… eerily prescient.”
- PopMatters - 8: “The moments of peace, of coming to terms with horrible things, come when he (frontman Jerry DeCicca) turns to music.”
(photo: Jarred Gastreich)
Our little Water Liars babies played a show with The Mountain Goats this past Saturday. Show reviews were done by Ryan Wasoba of Riverfront Times and Julie Dill of I Went to a Show. Jarred Gastreich took some great photos for KDHX. The band is out on the road for a short run right now. They play with J.C. Brooks & The Uptown Sound (Bloodshot Records – our sister label) tonight in Lexington, KY at Cosmic Charlie’s. Go!
R. Ring will release a handmade, limited-edition CD at Omega Music in Dayton, OH for Record Store Day 2012. RSD is tomorrow – Saturday, April 21. R. Ring will play live at Omega Music alongside Buffalo Killers, Mitch Mitchell’s Terrifying Experience, and many more.
We have included both songs on the R. Ring RSD CD for you to listen to here. Check out “Scary” and “Steam” and head to Omega Music tomorrow – 318 E. Fifth St. Dayton, OH.
Our beloved R. Ring – featuring The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery – will be opening for slowcore legends Low in Cincinnati this Wednesday, April 18 @ The Taft Theater. Check it out and buy tickets. We’ll have some wonderful record store day news on the band here soon.
The press continues to love on Water Liars. The two-piece band released their debut album just weeks ago and it’s seen wonderful praise from NPR, Paste, The Onion A.V. Club, VICE, Daytrotter, and so many more. Here are three new pieces. That interview with Chris Mateer of Uprooted Music Revue and No Depression is quite in-depth and intriguing.
Misra manager Leo DeLuca is now writing for Donewaiting. The Ohio-based music blog just celebrated its 9-year anniversary (with Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments and Bill Fox, no less) and continues to gain momentum with each passing year.
The Black Swans and Southeast Engine are both featured on the recent release of Sunshine Off the Tracks: A Benefit Compilation for Gems. The comp features Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors) and artists from K, Domino, Western Vinyl, and more. It was released by our good friend David Pokrivnak of Wild Kindness Records to help GEMS – a New York-based organization designed to serve females, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Misra Manager Leo DeLuca wrote the press release for Sunshine, which you can read here:
Sunshine Off the Tracks: A Benefit for GEMS – Press Release:
On March 31, 2012 Wild Kindness Records will release Sunshine Off the Tracks: A Benefit for GEMS. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is a New York-based organization designed to serve females, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. GEMS’ mission is to empower girls and young women to exit the commercial sex industry and develop their full potential. Sunshine Off the Tracks features contributions from a wide array of independent musicians and record labels.
The idea for a benefit compilation was first conceived when members of the Wild Kindness team viewed Very Young Girls – a documentary detailing the atrocities of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking. Deeply moved by the film, and surrounded by a community of talented artists, the WK team decided to cull a songset to benefit the cause. Envisioning it to be solely released by Wild Kindness, this notion quickly changed when artists and labels across the country began to show great response and an eagerness to contribute.
Sunshine Off the Tracks is one small way to spread the message of GEMS and work toward ending the commercial sex industry. Wild Kindness would like to extend its sincere gratitude to GEMS, the many artists and labels who contributed to the cause, and those who show their support through the purchase of this album. Thank you.
Bears — the Cleveland/Chicago-based indie pop band comprised of Craig Ramsey and Charlie McArther (Misra’s web designer) — were on NPR Song of the Day. Check it out in all its radiant glory. Bears’ most recent album Greater Lakes was released on Valentine’s Day and distributed by Misra and our sister label Bloodshot Records.
The band will also play two rare shows:
Frankies Inner City