Spineriders Hello Future Tinglies is out today via all digital outlets. Spineriders was the old band of the late, great Jason Molina (Magnolia Electric Co, Songs: Ohia). Jason was a Lorain, OH native and played in the Spineriders with Todd Jacops (Songs: Ohia), Mike McCartney (Songs: Ohia), and Carl Raponi.
We’ve also prepared a limited-edition cassette and print for the release, which can be purchased via the Misra store. These will be available via certain retailers on the first ever Cassette Store Day — Tuesday, September 7, 2013!
The wonderful folks at You Ain’t No Picasso celebrated Motel Beds signing to Misra. Thanks YANP! If you’re in the Midwest, go see Motel Beds play @ Fraze Pavilion in Dayton, OH @ 8 PM sharp on Tuesday, August 27 (tomorrow). It’s only $2 [link to purchase tickets]. Beds end with plenty of time for you to head to bed at a reasonable hour.
We’re happier than a panda in a bamboo megastore to welcome Dayton, Ohio’s Motel Beds to the fold. Motel Beds are ever on the rise and their brand of no-frills, Midwest rock & roll is just what Grandma Misra needs.
Check out their absurd video for “Tropics of the Sand” — featuring Kelley Deal (The Breeders, R. Ring). To witness the level of musicianship this band is capable of, watch the PopMatters premiered video for “Smoke Your Homework”. Beds member and producer Derl Robbins has also worked on Guided By Voices’ “Class Clown Spots a UFO” (another great Dayton act). The band is comprised entirely of seasoned Gem City vets. Along with playing music, all five members are male dancers at Applebee’s on Wilmington Pike here in Dayton (Tuesdays, lunch shift, 11 AM – 2 PM).
Misra is set to release Motel Beds ”These Are the Days Gone By” in early 2014. The 12-track album highlights a number of Beds favorites — all remastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr, Thurston Moore, Silver Jews, etc.) with added bass parts via Tod Weidner. “These Are the Days” will also feature a never-before-heard version of “Sunfried Dreams”, along with a Matthew Sweet cover. We’re pressing on high-quality vinyl and CD. The LP covers will be limited, outrageous, and very special. You’ll see. They’re also prepping a split 7″ with R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery) for future release.
Motel Beds will hit the road consistently next year. They play Fraze Pavilion (pictured below) in Dayton this coming Tuesday, August 27 @ 8 PM. Tickets are $2. You can’t beat that. Dayton Daily News’ Don Thrasher (GBV, Swearing at Motorists) wrote a piece featuring both Beds and Misra today. If you’re in the Gem City, pick up a copy. More soon… Bye.
PopMatters debuted “Duper” — the first song (and the first single) off Crooks on Tapes first record. Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) + Joey Galvan (Mannheim Steamroller, Anthrax). Thanks to the wonderful folks at PopMatters.
The fantastic folks at Tiny Mix Tapes are excited about Crooks on Tape: a brand new band featuring John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, bass for Caribou) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08) + Joey Galvan. Crooks’ debut album will be released on Misra on 10/22.
Pre-order [here]. It’s so good (you’ll get to hear soon).
CARLSBAD: also, this business owner caught Crooks on Tape after repeated break-ins.
Spineriders (the old band of Jason Molina) have been getting more love. Misra is releasing Spineriders “Hello Future Tinglies” (MSR070) on cassette on 8/27. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Head to the Misra Store and support a great cause! Once this artifact becomes a rarity (pressing of 300), sell it and donate again!
Crooks on Tape has signed to Misra. You will soon have no choice but to love this band. Drone it together: “We will soon have no choice but to love this band.” You will be able to hear Crooks very soon. Once you do, you will know The Truth™. Together: “We will be able to hear Crooks very soon. Once we do, we will know The Truth™.”
Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08), and Joey Galvan. The unscripted band was born out of a simple notion: convene, improvise, and record every moment. Fingerprint is their debut record.
In 2010, the Los Angeles trio assembled a rotating fortress of instruments, synthesizers, samplers, and loopers. Crooks recorded hundreds of hours of material, largely instrumental in its original performance. Fingerprint is the first evidence of this undertaking and a window into the band’s sound. The record you hear is analogous to tiny snapshots of an altered crime scene.
In many ways, Crooks picks up where Enon left off. Rick and John created two instrumental records in Enon’s early days (Long Play and On Hold). Fingerprint is an outgrowth of those directions, spun in a totally live, improvisational context, augmented by vocals. Though unpredictable, Joey’s marked drumming style provides the adhesion, gluing the group together when sessions become too cacophonous.
Misra Records is now based in Dayton, OH — the hometown of Schmersal and his former band Brainiac. Strange, unformed, wildly intriguing snippets of Fingerprint began making their way to the label in early 2013. Each song sounded like a story unfolding. Songs were amended, vocals were added, and a debut album began to develop.
This material is mined from sessions lasting between winter, 2010 – Spring, 2012. The band has since moved from the location where these documents were made. They are hard at work constructing a new space. John has been dividing his time between Crooks on Tape, Caribou, Girls Against Boys (occasionally subbing for Eli Janney), and playing with another new band. You can expect many more records to evolve from this time period alone.
Fingerprint is for Crooks a pop record — the band at its most accessible. Stranger things are to follow.
2. If Feelings Mean a Thing
3. Tito’s Riser
4. The Regiments
5. Melting the Ice
6. Summer’s End
7. River Bait
8. Milo’s Creeper
9. A Hazmat Dream
10. Wandered Again
11. Clergyman Segway
12. Barging In
This is a pretty fun release for the label for a number of reasons. A boring-ass story on it below. A Donewaiting article by Misra manager Leo DeLuca, titled “15 years since the passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor” can be found via this [link]. Below is a shitty YouTube video of the amazing Enon song “Get the Letter Out”. Stranger things are to follow.
Members of Crooks helped Misra before Crooks even existed: While supporting The Wrens (Absolutely Kosher) in his longtime home of Athens, OH, current Misra manager Leo DeLuca (playing with Southeast Engine that day) found kinship with Wrens co-frontman Charles Bissell over their mutual love for Dayton Ohio’s Brainiac. The Wrens were former Grass Records labelmates with 3RA1N1AC and, seeing the band live at The Lithuanian Club (age 14), proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for DeLuca. Bissell took to SEE, put in a good word with Misra/Kosher, and Southeast Engine signed to the former shortly after.
After founding a cottage label in 2010, DeLuca suddenly found himself heading Misra later that year. Following a stretch in NC, he returned to his hometown to operate the label — an attempt to give back to the city that provided him with so much inspiration. Misra is now based in Dayton, OH.*
*Along with the airplane, cash register, starter motor, 70s funk scene, numerous literary contributions, and more, Dayton boasts the most patents, per capita, of any U.S. city — a true mark of its vast creative nature. Also, for a limited-only, a Free Banana Split in a Misra Records Minihelmet** will be given to the first ten folks who correctly answer the following Dayton-centric trivia question: “which Daytonian invented the pop tab?”***
**There will no free banana split.
***The inventor of the pop tab was Ermal Cleon Fraze.
Captain’s Dead debuted a new video for Holopaw’s “Golden Years” off of their 2013 Misra release, Academy Songs, Volume I. Keeping it in the family, the video is produced, directed and animated by former Holopaw keyboardist Beachwolf.
According to Paw, “Beachwolf is fueled by a lifetime of limited means and limitless ideas. Schooled in American DIY traditions, he uses common consumer tools to create childlike visions rooted as much in American lore as they are in alien conspiracy theory. Southern pride, northern claustrophobia, lights in the skies and nostalgic sadness all hold equal sway in Beachwolf’s oddly endearing stop motion universe.”
The splendid folks of SPIN Magazine did a nice feature on Spineriders (Jason Molina’s old band) today. There is a full-album stream available.
The fine folks at Pitchfork did a nice feature on The Spineriders (Jason Molina’s high school band). It’s a really fun artifact. All proceeds to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Head here to purchase and support the cause.