Oh, Holy Night! *Super*-limited, hand-painted The Motel Beds “These Are the Days Gone By” LPs are now up for sale via Misra’s new Etsy site. Choose the one that calls you!
Each one is entirely different; each one was hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts in the band’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. WCA’s slogan: “Changing disabilities into possibilities.” A portion of proceeds will go to WCA.
Remember: these purpsies will very well be worth a great deal more a few years down the line. Get yours now! Thanks to Miranda Brooks for helping get these up online!
Dayton’s Motel Beds received a small mention on a great blog—a blog named after a song by Dayton’s own Guided By Voices, nonetheless. Largehearted Boy lists Motel Beds Misra debut These Are the Days Gone By on “This Week’s Interesting Music Releases — August 26,2014.”
Beds have been receiving a lot of great press as of late; a small smattering is listed below.
Motel Beds roped a couple more great reviews today:
In addition, the band recently received the following fantastic press:
“Motel Beds … one of music’s best kept secrets … These Are the Days Gone By feels like the perfect way to jump into their sprawling discography, and new fans couldn’t ask for a better-sounding or more thoughtfully compiled portal to the world of everlasting summer that the Beds have created for themselves.
MOJO — the magazine we’ve all been reading since children here at Camp Misra — gave the sweet boys of Motel Beds 4/5 stars! We couldn’t be happier. The review comes from MOJO’s wonderful editor Jenny Bulley, nonetheless.
Please forgive the fuzzy scan, but we wanted to post it now. We’ll get a better scan soon. MOJO 250, September 2014. Yes!
Great news here at Camp Misra:
- Ark Life released their debut record “The Dream of You and Me” this week (8/19)
- Motel Beds release their debut Misra “These Are the Days Gone By” next week (8/25)
You can stream both albums in their entirety via the avenues below:
Ark Life’s The Dream of You and Me is out now! You can pick up the debut album at Greater Than Collective and stream it in its entirety at Guitar World!
American Songwriter Video Premiere of “Proud of Me Out There, Mama”
Paste Song Premiere of “Let Your Heart Break”
Daytrotter Session [link]
The fabulous folks at Sterogum debuted the video for “Duper” — the leadoff track from the band’s debut album “Fingerprint,” out now on Misra.
Crooks on Tape, a brand new band featuring John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) and Joey Galvan, set out on their flagship tour in the heart of the harrowed Polar Vortex™ of 2014. At January’s onset, the band were met with, literally, -20 degree weather in Minneapolis, Madison, and more.
In an effort to keep morale from plummeting during shows that had the National Weather Bureau advising folks to stay inside, Crooks on Tape and tour manager/comedian Bob Schriner sought solace in swanky hotel rooms. Due to Schriner’s connections and prowess, not only were the rooms paid for in-full, but they came complete with superfluous amenities (including bathrobes).
Never a band to miss a creative opportunity, Crooks on Tape seized the moment and recorded video footage for “Duper” — the leadoff track from their debut record Fingerprint, out now on Misra Records. Back home in Los Angeles, the band had filmmaker Paul Cordes Wilm augment the footage and create the wild music video you see here.
As of January 2014, Misra largely operates out of three locales:
- Dayton, OH: Homebase of Misra’s manager (Misra Midwest)
- The Denver, CO + Cheyenne, WY area: Homebase of a new Misra troupe, known as Aquariums (Misra West)
- Washington D.C.: Homebase of Misra’s founding troupe, known as MMM (Misra East)
Misra’s Dayton and D.C. ties have been present for the last few years. In celebration of the label’s new western U.S. presence, we have signed on to help co-release the fantastic debut album by Denver’s Ark Life alongside Greater Than Collective — a great new unorthodox record label facilitated by the fabulous Coloarado restaurant Illegal Pete’s. Look for Ark Life’s The Dream of You and Me on August 19.
MISRA TO CO-RELEASE ARK LIFE DEBUT WITH GREATER THAN COLLECTIVE
On August 19, Misra Records will join Greater Than Collective in releasing The Dream of You & Me, the debut album by Denver rock and roll band Ark Life. The partnership results from several chance encounters between old friends, the most recent of which took place at a house party at the Underground Music Showcase, the largest music festival and conference in Colorado.
There, Future of Music Coalition and Misra co-founder Michael Bracy and WESTAF Senior Associate Director and new Misra co-owner Bryce Merrill saw the young band perform. They quickly learned that fellow co-owner Leo DeLuca knew Ark Life songwriter Jesse Elliott from his other band These United States, with whom DeLuca’s band Southeast Engine had toured. As they talked with Greater Than Collective about its plans, the mutual respect spread even further, and all parties decided they had much to offer each other.
GTC, Denver’s omnipresent festivity conveners, bring together not just Ark Life’s fellow musicmakers A. Tom Collins, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, and Esme Patterson, but also the comedy world’s outrageous Grawlix, a monthly cabaret variety show, and a nearly endless list of other food, drink, and media happenings. Their leaders are “Illegal” Pete Turner and Suburban Home Records founder Virgil Dickerson, their logo a sideways peace sign and a mathematical aspiration.
Misra has long been a stalwart of the national independent music scene — home to releases by Phosphorescent, R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal), Shearwater, Holopaw, Centro-matic, and more, and now operating out of Dayton, Denver, Cheyenne, and D.C. Extending the Misra family further is the latest by Dayton’s Motel Beds, These Are the Days Gone By, which arrives August 26, just a week after Ark Life’s debut.
Which brings us back to the The Dream of You & Me, produced and engineered by Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins) and Marc Benning (Hideaway Studios) in Pike National Forest and Portland, OR. There, Elliott and bandmates Lindsay Giles (vocals and keys), Anna Morsett (vocals and bass), Natalie Tate (vocals and guitar), and Ben Desoto (drums and percussion) create a musical community portrait that may end up serving as a mission statement for the whole collective endeavor. As Elliott speculates on side one closer “Molly Brown”: “Maybe I’ll invent the wheel again / cut through the land / call it a knife? / Maybe I’ll build up the dream of an ark / invite a few friends / call it a life?”
What an article! Longtime Southeast Engine member Adam Torres gets huge props from eMusic’s Wondering Sound — one of our very favorite new music sites.
Jill Mapes did an absolutely tremendous job with this one; you can tell it comes from the heart. Torres’ music is given the time and care and attention it deserves.
Misra’s involvement with the Adam Torres record and the label’s plans to reissue are both mentioned. Do read.
Pitchfork interviewed Misra Manager Leo DeLuca for a fascinating feature on the resurgence of vinyl. A reference to his coaching position with the Oakwood High School wrestling team in Dayton, Ohio is tied into the piece. Wrestling gets a plug from one of the world’s biggest music sites. How fun! Really, freshman are buying record players. It’s no joke.