NPR World Cafe recently endorsed Motel Beds as their NPR World Cafe Next Artist of the Week. Legendary World Cafe host David Dye had wonderful things to say about the band and their Misra debut These Are the Days Gone By. It was such an honor! You can [listen here].
Agit Reader’s Kevin Elliott recently wrote a fantastic feature on Motel Beds. Seriously, it’s one of the most compelling pieces written on the band. Beds’ bassist Tod Weidner is interviewed.
8.1 Pitchfork Review
THE PARANOID STYLE
EPs I & II
Featuring members of Bird of Youth + The Mendoza Line
CROOKS ON TAPE
Fingerprint + never-before-heard bonus B-Side
Stereogum Video Premiere
Featuring Members of Brainiac, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, Skeleton Key
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.