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Holy Moley! Time is on TORRES’ side. TIME Magazine just listed TORRES in a featured titled “SXSW 2014: 17 Bands to Watch, Even if You Don’t Go to the Music Festival.” Misra will release the following in the coming months:

1.) TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal • “The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
2.) TORRES TORRES • Cassette Store Day Issue of TORRES’ gorgeous debut (also available at SXSW 2014)





Holopaw’s brilliant video for “Dirty Boots (He Don’t)” premiered via VICE Magazine. We will be revisiting the Sleeping States / Holopaw split EP this June during LGBT Pride Month.


“The name Holopaw might not ring a bell for you if you’re a troglodyte with no taste. To fill your dumb ass in, the Gainesville, Florida–based band is fronted by queer indie rock veteran John Orth, who performed alongside Issac Brock of Modest Mouse in his weird-as-fuck side project, Ugly Casanova. Over the years, Holopaw has put out a bunch of dope releases. But their latest album, Academy Songs: Vol. 1, is especially weird and off-kilter and awesome.

For the video for the single “Dirty Boots,” the band teamed up with Brooklyn-based filmmaker Adam Baran to make a beautifully shot short. The video features narration by legendary and semi-reclusive 70s gay porn star Peter Berlin (Nights in Black LeatherThat Boy), and it stars Dominic J. Fournier, the man behind the many penis and butthole pictures on the ABeardedBoy Tumblr page. According to the press release, “the film celebrates the ever-evolving queer landscape of NYC, the historically iconic erotic archetype of the leather/biker gang, and the characters portrayed in the songs on Holopaw’s album.” For us, this video is the perfect excuse we need to 86 that creepy fluffer we hire for boner-focused fashion shoots, like this one. Who needs a gimp with no gag reflex when this video’s got enough crotch and butt shots to raise a homo chubby like a Caterpillar hammerhead construction crane?”



We’re hoping Swearing At Motorists play the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in future days, however, for now, S@M were name-dropped on Ferguson’s show. In light of SXSW 2014 being right around the corner, the band was part of a game entitled “Which Is Not An Actual Band Name?”

Swearing At Motorists are playing the MISRA SXSW SHOWCASE 2014.

Misra is preparing to work with Swearing At Motorists in future days. Here is a gem off “While Laughing, the Joker Tells the Truth”—the band’s first full-length in nearly eight years.


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TORRES [link] and Motel Beds [link] (bottom playlist) both made NPR lists in preparation for SXSW. Both artists are playing the MISRA SXSW SHOWCASE 2014. Misra will be partnering with TORRES and Motel Beds on the following releases in the near future:

  • TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal • “The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand” • Official Record Store Day 2014 Release • MSR072
  • Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy • 15th anniversary comp feat. R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Phosphorescent, Shearwater, Crooks on Tape, Centro-matic, Motel Beds, and more.
  • TORRES TORRES • SXSW 2014 / Cassette Store Day 2014 issue of TORRES’ s/t debut

Offering 1. 15th Anniversary LP Comp Feat. Phosphorescent, R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Shearwater, & More
Offering 2. TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal Split 45


Misra Records 15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy
15th Anniversary LP Compilation (MSR075)
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014


1. R. Ring (Kelley Deal) “Fallout & Fire” [listen]
2. Shearwater “Whipping Boy”
3. Crooks On Tape (Mem: Enon, Brainiac) “If Feelings Mean a Thing” [listen/watch]
4. Motel Beds “Smoke Your Homework”
5. Summer Hymns “Beginning to See”
6. Centro-matic “Triggers & Trash Heaps”
7. Sleeping States “Rivers”


8. Phosphorescent “I am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)
9. Southeast Engine “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
10. Holopaw “Discotheque”
11. Emily Rodgers “Bright Day”
12. The Mendoza Line “Triple Bill of Shame”

Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands • Download Included

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TORRES b/w Motel Beds with Kelley Deal
“The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
Record Store Day • April 19, 2014

Pressed on high-quality vinyl in The Netherlands


Holopaw – The Lights From The Disco from holopaw music on Vimeo.

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.

February 26th, 2014

Emily Rodgers Has a New Website!

Emily Rodgers has a new website! Check it out at

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.


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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.


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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!