R. Ring will play 4th & 4th Festival in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow. The band received some love via “Columbus Alive!”
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.
1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
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
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.
“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.”
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…
Centro-matic were recently plugged in both word and image via the “New York Times.” The band has five releases with Misra and we love them.
The original lineup of Palomar recently played a show at The Bell House in Brooklyn (fun). In light of the event, front-woman Rachel Warren answered some questions. Check out the interview via After the Show! Watch the glorious video for “Top Banana” above.
Thanks so much to Under the Radar and Frank Valish for a *phenomenal* review of the TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal Record Store Day 2014 Split 7″. Head to Under the Radar to read the tremendous and thoughtful 8/10 review! We *just* put the split up for sale on the Misra site as well. Head here to purchase it. Thank you so much for your support!
MOTEL BEDS at NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The band plays SE Ohio’s fantastic festival with Dinosaur Jr., Michael Hurley & More! WOUB—Athens, Ohio’s NPR/PBS affiliate—has chosen Motel Beds as one of “12 Must-See Artists” at this year’s event. They join a list featuring Kurt Vile, The Men, Jason Isbell & more!
This week marks the 17-year anniversary of the passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor. The wildly original 3RA1N1AC were at the forefront of a creative swell that hit Dayton, OH in the 1990s. While the underdog city—the homebase of Misra—is no stranger to innovation (the airplane, the cash register, the starter motor, Zapp & Roger, The Ohio Players, etc. all being born in Dayton), it seemed to be a particularly imaginative time.
Bands like The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Cage, Swearing at Motorists, A Ten O’Clock Scholar, Cigarhead (and so many more) were all buzzing about town. One could head to Canal Street Tavern, The Sub Galley, The Lithuanian Club, The Chameleon Club, Trader Vic’s, Gem City Records, Network, etc. and feel the excitement in the air. All-ages shows were frequent; the whole community was involved.
Alas, I think many heard and saw and believed that Brainiac were The One. The chemistry and ingenuity the four members possessed (Timmy, Juan Monasterio, John Schmersal, and Tyler Trent) seemed otherworldly. It was truly something special. Though it comes nowhere close to displaying the band’s magnitude, you can glean a distorted impression below:
After working with Kim Deal of The Breeders/Pixies, playing Lollapalooza, touring with Beck, and releasing albums on Touch & Go and Grass, the band was posed to sign a substantial recording agreement with Interscope Records. Pre-production for Brainiac’s fourth album was in motion when founder and front-man Timmy Taylor passed away in a car accident on May 23, 1997. A memorial show featuring The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Swearing at Motorists, Mink, and Lazy was held in Dayton shortly after.
Taylor’s effect is still very much alive today. Everyone from The Wrens to The Mars Volta to Nine Inch Nails have cited 3RA1N1AC as an influence. He was a phenomenal artist that had a beautiful and unparalleled impact on so many. Let us celebrate the life of Timmy Taylor.
NOTE: This piece originally ran on Donewaiting — Ohio’s main independent music blog. It was written by Misra overseer Leo DeLuca.
NOTE REDUX: It’s a long, tedious story, but 3RA1N1AC were labelmates with The Wrens back in the day. DeLuca’s old band Southeast Engine (SEE) opened for The Wrens in Ohio — DeLuca geeked with The Wrens over Brainiac ad infinitum. In turn, The Wrens watched SEE’s set and, apparently, liked what they saw enough to put in a good word with Misra Records. SEE signed on with Misra a couple months later.
A few years down the line, DeLuca ended up at the helm of Misra Records. He showed the Donewaiting piece to John Schmersal (Brainiac, Crooks On Tape, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers); Schmersal sent along the debut recordings for Crooks On Tape and C.O.T. signed on with Misra. 3RA1N1AC!
The following press release comes from the Future of Music Coalition, a U.S. 501 national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.
ARTISTS TO FCC: WE WANT REAL NET NEUTRALITY
Musicians and other creators send message to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler demanding meaningful rules to preserve Internet openness and accessibility
WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, May 12, 2014, dozens of creators came together on a letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to do more to prevent discrimination against lawful content by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Wheeler’s current proposal—to be considered by the Commission at a meeting on Thursday, May 15—reportedly allows for a “fast lane” that would disadvantage creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who depend on a level online playing field.
“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” reads the letter, which was signed byEddie Vedder, Neko Case, Roger Waters, Michael Stipe, Erin McKeown, Joe Perry, Tom Morello, OK Go,Fugazi, Ozomatli, David Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van Beethoven, Jeff Mangum & Astra Taylor of Neutral Milk Hotel, Fred Armisen, Mark Ruffalo, Evangeline Lilly and Oliver Stone, among others. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences. It has eliminated the barriers of geography and taken collaborations to new levels. And it has allowed people—not corporations—to seek out the film, music and art that moves them.”
The letter is available at: www.freepress.net/sites/
“Maybe the term Net Neutrality is unfamiliar to most folks, but the concept it describes is one that everyone can and should care about: that the Internet shouldn’t be divided into fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for everyone else,” said singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. “I am proud to stand with my fellow artists and citizens in support of an open Internet for everyone.”
“The people ARE the Internet. Do not let the stock markets dictate our access to information,” said Brendan Canty of Fugazi. “Our government needs to hear from us on all fronts: Free speech is not a commodity, it’s a right.”
The letter is co-organized by Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Free Press, two nonprofit organizations with a long history of supporting accessible platforms for creativity and entrepreneurship.
“This is the crucial moment for artists and everyone else who uses the Internet,” said Casey Rae, VP of Policy and Education for FMC. “We’ve seen time and again that musicians and other creators will go to bat for an open and accessible Internet. But what we’re seeing here is unprecedented. Net Neutrality has become the rallying cry for anyone who believes that creative expression and entrepreneurship must be preserved online. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, superstar or starry eyed—we’re all banging the drum for nothing less than our right to use our voices in the way that we see fit.”
“2014 is going to be a make-or-break year for the Internet,” said Candace Clement, Free Press field director. “Stopping the FCC’s pay-for-prioritization proposal today is about making sure that artists can continue to create and innovate without fear of online discrimination. The FCC must protect real Net Neutrality for the sake of all Internet users, in particular for communities like this one.”
About Future of Music Coalition
Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups. www.futureofmusic.org
About Free Press
Free Press is a nonpartisan organization fighting for people’s rights to connect and communicate. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at www.freepress.net.
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