While Southeast Engine has been quiet these latter months, the band recently received a couple thoughtful write-ups. One is from a *very* focused blog called Lonesome Whistle (Songs About Trains). They write about songs about trains… and that’s all. Pretty sweet, really. The site hones in on SEE song C&O Railroad—a track off last year’s Canaanville EP.
Here’s another from Something Else! Reviews. It’s part of a feature called “On Second Thought”. In it (and above), you get to witness an *extremely* rare performance by Northwest Motor (Southeast Engine Lite). It was filmed at the old Bruce Manor in Athens, Ohio.
SEE frontman Adam Remnant has been working on solo material as of late. He recently got to do a mini-tour with fellow Ohian Bill Fox. It was a real treat to witness.
Lastly, below is a picture of a grandmother eating spaghetti. Happy autumn to all!
The wonderful folks of Dayton City Paper did a cover a story on Misra. The full feature details the label’s past, present, and future, as well as its recent move to label manager Leo DeLuca’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Dayton-tied Misra artists R. Ring (Kelley Deal), Motel Beds, and Crooks on Tape (John Schmersal) are also highlighted. Nearly 20,000 of these are circulating in the Gem City. If you’re in the area, do pick up a copy!
Spineriders—the old band of the late, great Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co)—has seen some phenomenal press (some below). Misra co-released Spineriders Hello Future Tinglies with Aquabear Legion. AB is the Athens-OH based art collective of Molina’s boyhood friend and Spineriders/Songs: Ohia founding member Todd Jacops + Lorain, OH native/Admiral King H.S. Alum (Molina’s boyhood home/alma mater) Brian Koscho. Spineriders drummer Carl Raponi made some prints for the occasion (on sale as well) and provided some (forthcoming) video footage.
We pressed the album on cassette—an effort to stay true to the times in which this music was made. There are only 300 of these puppies in existence and they are going quick. Head here to purchase and support. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association (memafund.org).
Holopaw head down to Miami, FL to play a show this Saturday… but it’s not just any show. Roger Beebe will provide 16mm visuals during their set. “The Congress of Beauty”: 8 songs + 5 16mm projectors. This is a Grade A treat.
Thanks to Jose Duran, Liz Tracy and the wonderful folks at both Miami and Broward/Palm Beach New Times for great features on Paw. Head (((here))) to read Jose’s “Holopaw’s John Orth Talks Queer Identity, Working as a Visual Artist” and (((here))) to read Liz’s “Holopaw’s John Orth on Whether Gay Can Still Be Edgy and the Beauty of Gainesville.”
WHO: Holopaw with Roger Beebe on 16mm visuals
WHAT: What? 8 songs + 5 16mm projectors
WHERE: Gramps Bar >> Miami, FL
WHEN: Saturday, August 31
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!