Between their time touring with The Breeders on the Last Splash 20th anniversary tour (Kelley on lead guitar/vocals and Mike helping with sound), R. Ring have managed to sneak into Mike’s Candyland Recording Studio to record a couple tracks. Be looking for new music from the band in the near future.
On August, 27, Misra will release Spineriders — the old band of Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.) Hello Future Tinglies (1991) is being issued on cassette (limited pressing of 300) – an effort to stay true to the times. Act fast.
Spineriders guitarist/founding Songs: Ohia member Todd Jacops created an online memorial at spineriders.com and Spineriders drummer Carl Raponi produced a limited run of Jason Molina screen-prints (limited to 40) for the occasion. With the approval of the Molina family, all proceeds will go to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association (memafund.org). Aquabear Legion — an art collective in Athens, OH — is helping with the release as well. Head here to listen to “Instrumental 2″ and get a tiny glimpse. We’ll post more leading up to release. It’ll put a smile on your face.
In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jason Molina played bass and sang backup vocals in the Spineriders — a Lorain, Ohio punk band attending nearby Admiral King High School. Our aim in unearthing Hello Future Tinglies is to provide an invaluable window into the life, circumstances and experiences of a young Northeast Ohio native whose extraordinary gift would grow, take form and awaken the world in innumerable ways.
Pre-order and support here. We hope you enjoy this artifact.
Jason Molina: December 16, 1973 – March 16, 2013
Misra’s new PO Box is at the Wright Brothers Branch here in Dayton. It is the same branch Brainiac used back in the day and included in their liner notes.
Due to its association with both the Wrights and 3RA1N1AC, never has there been so much excitement over a PO Box. We’ll take more pictures (from different angles) and post them online periodically. Perhaps we’ll even dress it up for the holidays?!?!
Send bling, hate mail, care packages, Handi Snacks™, canned whole chicken, chain mail, pimento loaves, lotto tickets, etc. to:
PO Box 9052
Wright Brothers Branch
Dayton, OH 45409
P.S. – Perhaps there may be a bit of news re: someone or something associated with 3RA1N1AC here soon?
Centro-matic Turns 15
Upon their 15th anniversary, Centro-matic posted the following:
Fifteen years ago, four younger gentlemen traveled to Millstadt, Illinois for the purpose of recording a heap of songs at the Son Volt practice space. These younger men were situated there for about two months. Those recordings became the albums, Navigational, Static vs the Strings. Vol.1, and All the Falsest Hearts Can Try. None of them had cell phones. And Napster was brand new. A simpleton’s dream.
Here are a list of albums that were fifteen years old in 1998:
The Police Synchronicity
Def Leppard Pyromania
Minutemen What Makes a Man Start Fires
The Stranglers Feline
ZZ Top Eliminator
Tears For Fears The Hurting
Minor Threat Out Of Step
New Order Power, Corruption and Lies
The Fixx Reach the Beach
The Replacements Hootenanny
Misra has had the honor of releasing eight Centro-matic-related projects (some by South San Gabriel and Will Johnson) in the label’s tenure. We are proud of those albums.
Will Johnson Baseball Paintings
In addition to playing music, Centro-matic front-man Will Johnson also makes baseball paintings. Will Johnson has a new series of small art prints available now. Head to the Centro-matic site to get yours.
All prints are 6″x9″
Each one signed and numbered by Will Johnson.
Complete sets have matching numbers.
Printed on 100lb card stock
Only 100 copies were made of each print.
No re-prints will be made.
Included in this series:
Old Busch Stadium / St. Louis, MO
Old Tiger Stadium / Detroit, MI
Kokernot Field / Alpine, TX
Burnett Field / Oak Cliff, TX
Steel Arm Taylor
Sleeping States were recently featured on a KEXP podcast: Music That Matters, Vol. 362 – Big Gay Podcast 2013. This is in light of the band’s recently released LGBT Pride Release: Sleeping States “Old vs. New” EP b/w Holopaw “Through ‘Til the Morning” EP.
The split 12″ is pressed on 45 RPM pink vinyl and a portion of proceeds go to the Point Foundation. Both Sleeping States and Holopaw are fronted by openly gay men. Thanks so much to both KEXP and John Grant!
Via KEXP’s John Grant:
“Never underestimate the power of sharing music. Songs and artists with something to say can shape so much: identity, politics, political identity, identity politics… you catch my drift. When I was a teenager, just coming to terms with my homosexuality, the mix tapes my adult friends Steve and Robert made for me pointed toward different, more promising possibilities beyond the day-to-day grind of adolescent life in smalltown Virginia.
While I don’t imagine The Heist booming through the chambers of the Supreme Court, the impact of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ viral smash “One Love” certainly presaged our nation’s evolving opinions on marriage equality and presaged Wednesday’s historic rulings. That video continues to find new audiences and touch listener’s lives, and that’s what I aim for when compiling KEXP’s annual Big Gay Podcast. You’ll find a variety of genres and viewpoints amidst the 18 selections this year, from a woozy, night bus remix of John Grant’s “Black Belt” to the fist-pumping indignation of Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin. Hopefully, one or more of these selections resonates with you and you’ll pass along the 2013 Big Gay Podcast and share the love. Trust me—it can make a big difference.”
Music That Matters, Vol. 362 – Big Gay Podcast 2013
“Diamonds” via Out Of Town Films
Thanks to Out Of Town Films, Ape School, Colin Kerrigan, Michael Johnson, Michael James Murray, and Rocco Avallone for this phenomenal new video of Holopaw’s “Diamonds” –– track #3 from their recent Academy Songs, Volume I LP.
Paw invited OOTF to their friend Michael Johnson’s studio, Ape School, last winter In Philadelphia to document a few songs. The first being “Golden Sparklers”, which OOTF already released (below), and the second being this one, “Diamonds”. Enjoy.
Produced by Out Of Town Films
Filmed by Colin Kerrigan, Michael James Murray and Rocco Avallone
Edited by Michael James Murray
Audio by Michael Johnson / Ape School
Shot on location at Ape School in Philadelphia, PA
Special thanks to Michael Johnson and Daniel Gill from Forcefield PR
“Dirty Boots (He Don’t)” Video Casting Notice
Holopaw and filmmaker Adam Baran recently put out a NYC casting notice for their forthcoming video for “Dirty Boots (He Don’t)” –– track #5 from their recent Academy Songs, Volume I LP. Here is the Facebook event. More info below. If you’re interested, contact Adam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Acclaimed Gainesville, FL band Holopaw seeking unique gay or trans male actors and performers to play members of a raucous gay leather biker gang for a sexually charged music video directed by former BUTT Magazine editor Adam Baran. The video is for Holopaw’s song “Dirty Boots (He’ Don’t)”, an homage to the classic Shangri-La’s song “Out in the Streets” from the band’s recent queer concept album Academy Songs, Vol 1. Inspiration for the video includes Kenneth Anger (Scorpio Rising), the German biker youth photographs of Karlheinz Weinberger and the films of Fred Halsted and Joe Gage.”
Misra’s logo and website were both revamped in anticipation of forthcoming news. Thanks to Misra webmaster Charlie McArthur for his phenomenal work and to Kate Pugsley for coming up with the sweet new navy blue there. We’re going to be updating the online store in the near future as well, so stay tuned. Thanks so much for supporting independent music!
Yesterday marked the five-year anniversary of Noel Sayre’s passing. A luminary in the Ohio underground, Noel played violin for our beloved Black Swans. He also performed with the West Virginia and Portsmouth Symphony orchestras and worked as a guitar and violin teacher. Sayre was in a swimming accident on July 1, 2008. After going on life support, he passed away on July 3, 2008.
Sayre’s old friend and bandmate Jerry DeCicca (Black Swans front-man) wrote an entire album about the event. Please read the album’s bio below and listen to “Portsmouth, Ohio” [here]. The haunting song “chronicles the day Noel Sayre died in a swimming pool accident, with a journalistic eye and no sentimentality, taking the listener from the diving board to the I.C.U. to chicken salad sandwiches on the 4th of July. The swimming pool is featured on the album’s cover.” American Songwriter placed The Black Swans’ “Portsmouth, Ohio” at #11 on their Top 50 Songs of 2012 list.
The Black Swans Occasion for Song (MSR064)
The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song, their 5th full-length, is a messy long-haul of emotions dealing with the death of founding member and violinist Noel Sayre, and the aftermath of memory, shock, and loss it created. It recalls lessons learned in 9th grade Health class — DABDA (Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, Acceptance). Without a textbook, however, The Black Swans are not so orderly. The guitars and banjo and vocals and drums and bass sound out dark thoughts, sad thoughts, silly thoughts, angry thoughts, and buckets of depression almost all at once. This is an album about loss, death, and trying to get to the acceptance at the end of grief.
The record begins with “Basket of Light” where DeCicca sings “I took a trip where the sun never sits/ but I’ve come back for a few more moments of joy”. It may be the album’s most hopeful personal moment.
The third track, “Portsmouth, Ohio,” chronicles the day Noel Sayre died in a swimming pool accident, with a journalistic eye and no sentimentality, taking the listener from the diving board to the I.C.U. to chicken salad sandwiches on the 4th of July. The swimming pool is featured on the album’s cover.
“Daily Affirmation” and “Fickle and Faded,” the album’s most light-hearted songs, feature the dry humor and playfulness in words and notes the Black Swans are known for whereas “Mask from Memory” may be oddest track the band has ever recorded. It imagines the singer creating a paper mache mask of his deceased friend to see the world through his eyes.
In the coda of the album’s closer, “Bad Day,” DeCicca sings, “Sometimes the occasion for song/ Is filled with reasons that are all wrong/ Don’t sing along” like he can barely get out of bed. But the harmonica, where the violin belongs, sounds as hopeful as it does forlorn.
Occasion for Song was recorded straight to analog in August 2010 in Columbus, Ohio at the famed Mus-i-col Recording Studio (see Numero Group’s Capsoul and Prix label reissues) by Adam Smith (CDR label head, Times New Viking engineer) and mixed at Tangerine Studios by Ben Vehorn (Modest Mouse, Love as Laughter).
The Black Swans’ last record, Don’t Blame the Stars, released in May 2011 on Misra Records, Pitchfork called “gorgeous sounding” and Paste beamed “singular and strong”.
Those compliments are even truer here. Occasion for Song is the sound of a band coming to terms with its grief and the junk it brings. Gorgeous, raw, strange, and sincere.
1. Basket of Light
2. Bound to Be
3. Portsmouth, Ohio
4. Somewhere Else
5. Daily Affirmation
6. JD’s Blues
7. Where Are You Tonight?
8. Mask from Memory
9. Work Song
10. Shake Me Up
11. Fickle and Faded
12. Bad Dream
Jerry DeCicca: vocals, harmonica, guitar
Tyler “Turkeyfoot” Evans: banjo
Canaan Faulkner: bass, piano
Chris Forbes: electric guitar, nylon string guitar, tenor guitar
Keith Hanlon: drums, percussion
Jon Beard: B3 organ
Will Johnson (Centro-matic, South San Gabriel) recently released a record with David Bazan (Pedro the Lion, Headphones) and Matt & Bubba Kadane (Bedhead, The New Year). The foursome is going under the moniker Overseas and recently released their debut record with the fine folks of Under Music Collective. Here [here] for more information, forthcoming tour dates and to purchase the new record. Yea!
The fine folks of SPIN Magazine featured Sleeping States and Holopaw in a phenomenal feature on the two acts’ new split 12″ LGBT pride release (45 RPM, pink vinyl). Both acts are fronted by openly gay men (John Orth with Paw and Markland Starkie with SS). See more below.
Excerpt from SPIN feature:
“The double-billed treat is currently available in digital and pink vinyl formats (via Misra). A portion of proceeds from album sales will go toward the Point Foundation, an organization that provides support to LGBTQ students. For a preview of the collection, below hear Sleeping States’ achingly tuneful “Planning My Escape” (originally premiered via OUT), followed by Holopaw’s restless “Through ‘Til the Morning,” which somehow transitions from an electronic chin-stroker to a tribal chant (via Stereogum).”
Please “like” and share the feature and, most importantly, purchase a copy. It supports a great cause.