Holopaw recently teamed up with award-winning filmmaker Adam Baran to shoot a video for “Dirty Boots (He Don’t).” The video premieres tonight, Thursday, 3/6 @ 11 PM @ The Cock (29 2nd Ave) in New York City.
Above is Holopaw’s video for “The Lights from the Disco.” You’ll get to see “Dirty Boots (He Don’t) very soooooooooooooon (Monday).
Motel Beds did a Do317 Live Lounge Session for standouts “Smoke Your Homework” and “Western Son.” They play Indy at Do317 Lounge this Friday, 3/7 with Water Liars + more and Chicago at Subterranean this Saturday, 3/8 with The Future Laureates + more. Afterward, they embark on a SXSW tour. We’ll have more on that soon.
Emily Rodgers has a new website! Check it out at emilyrodgers.com.
Emily’s Bright Day arrived on Misra a little while back. She is currently working on new music. We will have other news relating to Emily Rodgers and a few other Misra artists here very soon.
Motel Beds guitarist/engineer Derl Robbins recently recorded fellow Daytonians Guided By Voices. Robbins’ work appears on GBV’s new album Motivational Jumpsuit. Listen to a track [here]. We have lots coming from Motel Beds this year… right alongside the 500 hand-painted MB LPs Misra issued via Dayton-based non-profit We Care Arts.
Crooks on Tape‘s John Schmersal is known for his time in legendary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac. When 3RA1N1AC came to an end, Schmersal formed Enon (another singular underground band—named for a rural community near Dayton).
These days, along with jumpstarting COT (with his old Enon bandmate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan), Schmersal has stayed busy playing bass in Caribou and subbing for Eli Janney in Girls Against Boys. Now, he’s formed Vertical Scratchers — *another* brand new band.
Yes, John Schmersal and ex-Triclops!/Anywhere member Christian Beaulieu release the debut Vertical Scratchers album Daughter of Everything on February 25 via Merge Records. Guided by Voices frontman and fellow Daytonian Robert Pollard contributes guest vocals. You can listen to VS’s new album here via Pitchfork Advance until February 24.
Go John, go!
Crooks on Tape’s European tour starts tomorrow (Tuesday, February 18). The band features John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, Caribou) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) + Joey Galvan. They are otherworldly and beautiful. Do it to it, Europe!
FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine Cas’Aupa
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit
Misra is happier than a horse in a hay store to announce that we’ve teamed up with Sub Pop Licensing. The long-loved label will be licensing the Misra catalog to TV, film, ads and more. Here is a link to the Misra page on Sup Pop Licensing’s sassy new site. We’ll be adding more artists here in future days and celebrating with SPL at SXSW. More on the latter soon…
Dayton, Ohio’s Swearing at Motorists (now located in Germany) have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund their new album. Along with Brainiac, The Breeders, A Ten O’Clock Scholar, and more, Misra manager Leo DeLuca was very moved by S@M during his formative years in the Gem City. PLEASE DO SUPPORT SWEARING AT MOTORISTS!
The cover art for S@M’s new album (above) was done by William Schaff—the same fellow responsible for the cover of Songs: Ohia “Magnolia Electric Co.”, Okkervil River covers, and many more. Also, stay tuned for more collaborations between Swearing at Motorists and Misra in the coming weeks…
If you were at Yellow Cab in Dayton, O. on Saturday night, you witnessed something very special. Motel Beds and Misra unleashed 500 hand-painted LPs upon the world. The wonderful Smug Brothers and Good English opened the evening. It was a pre-release show for Beds’ forthcoming album These are the Days Gone By—out later this year.
Motel Beds and Misra teamed up with We Care Arts — a Dayton, Ohio-based non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” WCA hand-painted 500 album covers for Motel Beds’ These are the Days Gone By — a collection of hits, rarities, live favorites, and never-before-heard Beds tracks, all (re)mastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr, Guided By Voices, etc).
We’ve had people near and far asking to get their hands on one. In addition to being an amazing artifact, they very well could be worth a pretty penny someday. We see people realize this. Calm down, they’re available.
If you are in Dayton, O., the LPs will be available at OMEGA Music later this week. If you are out of town, Tommy Cooper (“Ted Bed”)—Motel Beds’ guitarist, co-songwriter, and designer extraordinaire—has put a batch up for sale online via Etsy. Hey! You can actually pick your album!
The wonderful folks at Stereogum recently posted the new video for Crooks on Tape’s “If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track two off their debut LP “Fingerprint.” The video premiered last week via VICE.
C.O.T. has also been receiving some fantastic tour press. Here is a smattering below:
- KDHX (St. Louis)
- Dayton Most Metro
- L.A. Deli Magazine
- The Stranger (Seattle)
- Portland Mercury
- Inlander (Spokane)
- Williamette Week (Portland)