As of January 2014, Misra largely operates out of three locales:

  1. Dayton, OH: Homebase of Misra’s manager (Misra Midwest)
  2. The Denver, CO + Cheyenne, WY area: Homebase of a new Misra troupe, known as Aquariums (Misra West)
  3. 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

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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?”

 

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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.

 
July 29th, 2014

Pitchfork Interviews Misra!

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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.

 

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The Big Takeover conducted a fantastic interview with Motel Beds. Their Misra debut “These Are the Days Gone By” arrives on 8/26; you can pre-order the new album via iTunes now. We’ll have more very soon… For now, check out the tour dates below.

(The Ongoing) Motel Beds Maximum A.D.D. Tour

07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ WVWhite + Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns + Manray
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/22/14 Dayton, OH • Gilly’s • “These Are the Days Gone By” Revue Show
08/29/14 Fort Wayne, IN • The Brass Rail w/ Orange Opera
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle w/ Dead Rider
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
09/12/14 Huntington, WV • V Club
09/13/14 Pittsburgh, PA • Smiling Moose
09/14/14 Youngstown, OH • Historian Session
09/26/14 New Bremen, OH • New Bremen Festival
09/27/14 Cincinnati, OH • Midpoint Music Festival
10/03/14 Indianapolis, IN • Do317 Lounge
10/04/14 Dayton, OH • 10th Annual Dayton Music Festival
10/11/14 St. Louis, MO • Plush
10/24/14 Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog
10/31/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s Halloween Bash w/ Hex Net
11/01/14 Athens, OH • Halloween Show w/ Hex Net

MANY MORE DATES TBA!

 

The widely-loved website Flavorwire premiered Motel Beds‘ cover of Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting” from their forthcoming Misra debut “These Are the Days Gone By” (street date: 8/26). Flavorwire had incredibly nice things to say about the band.

You can PRE-ORDER the new album on I-TUNES starting TODAY! It features Kelley Deal of The Breeders / R. Ring and was recorded by Motel Beds guitarist and Guided By Voices engineer Derl Robbins! 

 

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Motel Beds are playing a number of dates in the near future, with more being added all the time. Please continue to check the MISRA TOUR DATES page for up-to-date information. We’ll have more on Beds this coming Tuesday!

(The Ongoing) Motel Beds Maximum A.D.D. Tour

07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ WVWhite + Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns + Manray
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/22/14 Dayton, OH • Gilly’s • “These Are the Days Gone By” Release Show
08/29/14 Champaign, IL • Mike ‘N’ Molly’s
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle w/ Dead Rider
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
09/12/14 Huntington, WV • V Club
09/13/14 Pittsburgh, PA • Smiling Moose
09/14/14 Youngstown, OH • Historian Session
09/26/14 New Bremen, OH • New Bremen Festival
09/27/14 Cincinnati, OH • Midpoint Music Festival
10/03/14 Indianapolis, IN • Do317 Lounge
10/04/14 Dayton, OH • 10th Annual Dayton Music Festival
10/11/14 St. Louis, MO • Plush
10/24/14 Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog
10/31/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s Halloween Bash w/ Hex Net
11/01/14 Athens, OH • Halloween Show w/ Hex Net

MANY MORE DATES TBA!

 

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R. Ring will play 4th & 4th Festival in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow. The band received some love via “Columbus Alive!” 

 

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August 26, 2014 A.D. — Two months from now, folks from all over the map will have the opportunity to purchase The Motel Beds’ “These Are the Days Gone By.” Misra initially toyed with the idea of releasing this record late last year, however, due to some changes made at Camp Misra, we opted to postpone until the aforementioned date. Namely, the label will soon be moving distribution; we’ll have more on that soon.

We’re super excited for the world to hear “These Are the Days Gone By.” For now, please take a few minutes to read about the album below, behold the official album cover above, and [listen] to “Tropics of the Sand” — a Motel Beds duet with Kelley Deal. “Tropics,” as with all songs on “Days,” has been remastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., etc). It arrived as a super limited split 7″ on Record Store Day 2014, accompanying a gorgeous track by Brooklyn artist TORRES. You can pick that up [here].

We’ll have some more Motel Beds goodies up for sale/pre-order in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. If you’re in one of the cities below, do make sure to see Beds live; they are truly one of the greatest live acts in the country. Thank you for your support!

MOTEL BEDS • MAXIMUM A.D.D. TOUR • #1 IN A SERIES 

07/11/14 Yellow Springs, OH • Quonset Hut w/ Speaking Suns
07/12/14 Cincinnati, OH • MOTR Pub United States w/Unicycle Loves You
07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern United States w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/29/14 Champaign, IL • Mike ‘N’ Molly’s
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
…more dates TBA very shortly

MOTEL BEDS are a rock & roll band from Dayton, Ohio—a delightfully detached underdog city nestled in the heart of The Heartland. Seasoned veterans, Beds have worked alongside local advocates Kelley Deal (Deal duets on the lusciously hushed “Tropics of the Sand”) and Robert Pollard (guitarist Derl Robbins has recorded Guided By Voices). Allies aside, when it comes to rock & roll, Motel Beds speak for themselves.

These Are the Days Gone By reveals the fruits of Beds’ labor these latter years. The album is an electrifying collection of “hits,” remastered by Carl Saff (GBV, Dinosaur Jr., etc.) and featuring added bass parts by new(est) member and local ace Tod Weidner. Over a 12-song cycle, the proficiency with which Tommy Cooper and P.J. Paslosky—Motel Beds’ core songwriting duo—augment a solid hook is clearly set on display.

While Days largely finds Ian Kaplan at work as one of the finest rock drummers around today (not an embellishment), Beds demonstrate their versatility with two never-before-released tracks: a poppier version of 2011’s “Sunfried Dreams” and a beautiful acoustic cover of Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting”; the latter proving Paslosky to be much more than a rock vocalist. In addition to recording Motel Beds in a visionary manner, guitarist Derl Robbins adds his own unmistakable style and sound.

True to Dayton (see GBV’s Propeller), the first 500 LPs are all one-of-a-kind. Each cover was individually hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts: a non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” A portion of the proceeds from these first 500 will go to benefit WCA.

In his glowing review of Dumb Gold (2012), AllMusic Senior Editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine noted, “[This] is an album that deserves to break them out of the Rust Belt and onto the larger stage; it’s one of the best straight-ahead indie rock records of 2012.” Days takes all of Dumb Gold’s assets—songwriting, hooks, musicianship, energy—and ups them ad infinitum. It’s a remarkable rock record and one that finds Motel Beds carrying the torch for Dayton, Ohio’s independent music scene.

Track List: 

1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
5. Surfjerk
6. Valentimes
7. Lights On
8. Western Son
9. Tropics Of The Sand (feat. Kelley Deal of The Breeders / R. Ring)
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework

 

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Holopaw teamed up with Ape School (former Paw member Michael Johnson) for a remix of the celebrated song “Dirty Boots (He Don’t).” VICE premiered the (viral) video for “Dirty Boots” earlier this year and have followed-up by premiering the Apeschooled remix of the same track.

>>>> Head to the Misra store and pick up some Holopaw records!

VIA VICE:

“Misra Records has a history of dropping hot new shit to celebrate Pride Month. Exactly one year ago, the label released a split pink vinyl with indie rockers Holopaw and Sleeping States. This time around, in the spirit of rainbow flags, tiny speedos, strap-ons, and everything else that is holy, they’re dropping a remix of Holopaw’s ‘Dirty Boots (He Don’t)’ by Michael Johnson (Ape School and former Holopaw member). You remember “Dirty Boots (He Don’t)”? We premiered the music video right here on VICE.com. That video was so hot, even the straight dudes in the office were popping biker-induced boners. Michael’s remix of the original track, however, ups the ante with a smooth elixir of the drum machine and funky bass that gets the blood pumping to all the right places. Whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual, or even if you just love yourself (I see you, asexuals!) give the remix a listen and wave that sexually ambiguous flag proudly.”

 

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Misra Label Manager Leo DeLuca was recently interviewed alongside folks from Captured Tracks and Partisan Records by the popular news and media site Flavorwire — a publication of Flavorpill Media. The article is titled “What YouTube’s Indie Label Ban Actually Means for Music Fans.” The debate on YouTube’s new terms continues…