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Motel Beds played ((91.3)) WYSO. It’s one of the finest NPR stations in the country—located in nearby Yellow Springs. The performance was in anticipation of the limited pre-release of “These are the Days Gone By” — 500 hand-painted LPs.

Yes, just in case you missed it, Motel Beds and Misra have teamed up with We Care Arts — a Dayton, Ohio-based non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” WCA has 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).

This super limited edition of These are the Days Gone By is truly a special artifact. Once they’re gone, they’re gone… We may end up selling a limited amount online. Right now, we like that they are kind of hard to get… (sorry). Dayton Pre-Release Show details below…

DAYTON
Motel Beds + Smug Brothers + Good English
YELLOW CAB • 700 E. 4th St.
Saturday, January 18
8 PM (sharp)

Beds and Misra have been seeing some great press in the midst of all this. Thanks to Dave Obenour!

Dayton Daily News
Dayton City Paper
Cincinnati CityBeat
Cincinnati Enquirer
Dayton MostMetro
Cincy Music
Telephone Weekly
Ghettoblaster

 

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Just in case you missed it, Motel Beds and Misra have teamed up with We Care Arts — a Dayton, Ohio-based non-profit dedicated to “changing disabilities into possibilities.” WCA has 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).

This super limited edition of These are the Days Gone By is truly a special artifact. Once they’re gone, they’re gone… We may end up selling a limited amount online. Right now, we like that they are kind of hard to get… (sorry). First two pre-release shows are below:

CINCINNATI
Motel Beds + Harlequins
MOTR Pub • 1345 Main St.
Friday, January 17
10 PM

DAYTON
Motel Beds + Smug Brothers + Good English
YELLOW CAB • 700 E. 4th St.
Saturday, January 18
8 PM (sharp)

Beds and Misra have been seeing some great press in the midst of all this. Thanks to Dave Obenour!

Dayton Daily News
Dayton City Paper
Cincinnati CityBeat
Cincinnati Enquirer
Dayton MostMetro
Cincy Music
Telephone Weekly
Ghettoblaster
WYSO
…and many more

 

The fine folks at VICE premiered the new video for CROOKS ON TAPE ”If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track 2 off their debut album “Fingerprint” (out now on Misra)! Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Bass in Caribou, Plays with Girls Against Boys, Vertical Scratchers, etc.) • Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) • Joey Galvan. C.O.T. is also heading on their first-ever tour, drawing praise from Denver Post, San Diego CityBeat, Cincinnati CityBeat, Portland Mercury, Free Bike Valet, Williamette Week, Seattle Stranger, and many, many more. Dates below.
(((Crooks On Tape: A.V. Club full-album stream)))
CROOKS ON TOUR • CHAPTER 1 (U.S.)
01/16/14 • SAN DIEGO, CA • Soda Bar
01/17/14 • LOS ANGELES, CA • Bootleg Bar
01/18/14 • SAN FRANCISCO, CA • Bottom of the Hill
01/20/14 • PORTLAND, OR • Bunk Bar
01/21/14 • SEATTLE, WA • The Crocodile
01/22/14 • SPOKANE, WA • The Barlett
01/23/14 • MISSOULA, MT • Stage 112
01/26/14 • MINNEAPOLIS, MN • Triple Rock Social Club
01/27/14 • MADISON, WI • The Frequency
01/28/14 • CHICAGO, IL • Schuba’s
01/29/14 • COLUMBUS, OH • Ace of Cups
01/30/14 • DAYTON, OH • Rockstar Pro Arena
01/31/14 • NEWPORT, KY • Southgate House Revival Room
02/03/14 • BLOOMINGTON, IN • The Bishop
02/04/14 • ST. LOUIS, MO • The Firebird
02/05/14 • DENVER, CO • Hi Dive
02/06/14 • ALBBUQUERQE, NM • Launchpad
02/07/14 • TUSCON, AZ • Club Congress
02/08/14 • SCOTTSDALE, AZ • Pub Rock Live
CROOKS ON TOUR • CHAPTER 2 (EUROPE)
02/18/14 • VIENNA, AT • Shelter on Tuesday
02/19/14 • PRAGUE, CZ • 007
02/20/14 • UDINE, IT • The Black Stuff
02/21/14 • BOLOGNA, IT • Covo
02/22/14 • VERONA, IT • Interzona
02/24/14 • HASSELT, BE • Mod Club
02/25/14 • GHENT, BE • Vooirut
 

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Crooks on Tape have received a lot of great press as of late (below). They also head out on tour THIS WEEK. Dates below. Purchase tickets in advance [link].

Free Bike Valet
Tiny Mix Tapes
Captain’s Dead
The Deli LA
KDHX Song of the Day
Dayton Most Metro
The Fire Note
Fabricoh
LTF ZINE

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 1 

16-Jan-14 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar $10/$12
17-Jan-14 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Bar $10/$12
18-Jan-14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill $10/$12
19-Jan-14 off
20-Jan-14 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar $8/$10
21-Jan-14 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile $10/$12
22-Jan-14 SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett $10
23-Jan-14 MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge $10/$12
24-Jan-14 DRIVE
25-Jan-14 DRIVE
26-Jan-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock $8/$10
27-Jan-14 MADISON, WI The Frequency $10
28-Jan-14 CHICAGO, IL Schubas $10/$12
29-Jan-14 COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups $8/$10
30-Jan-14 DAYTON, OH Rockstar Pro Arena $8/$10
31-Jan-14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House $8/$10
1-Feb-14 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanzabar $6/$8
2-Feb-14 BLOOMINGTON, IN The Bishop $10/$12
3-Feb-14 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird $10/$12
4-Feb-14 DRIVE
5-Feb-14 DENVER, CO Hi Dive $10
6-Feb-14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Launchpad $7/$8
7-Feb-14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress Free show
8-Feb-14 SCOTTSDALE, AZ Pub Rock Live $10/$12

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 2 (Europe)

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine The Black Stuff
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

 

RRING

R. Ring — the wildly original two-piece band featuring The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery — are on SPIN Magazine’s list of “Safe Bets” for SXSW 2014. The 2014 SXSW Misra Showcase is shaping up nicely and will be announced here in the not-so-distant future. It features R. Ring and others TBA.

 

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MOTEL BEDS “DAYS” DATES, CHAPTER 1

01/17/2014 • CINCINNATI, OH • MOTR PUB • W/ HARLEQUINS
01/18/2014 • DAYTON, OH • YELLOW CAB • W/ SMUG BROTHERS + GOOD ENGLISH

01/31/2014 • COLUMBUS, OH • TREE BAR • W/ TIN ARMOR + FEATURE FILMS
02/01/2014 • MORGANTOWN, WV • 123 PLEASANT STREET

03/07/2014 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN • DO317 LOUNGE
03/08/2014 • CHICAGO, IL • SUBTERRANEAN • W/ THE FUTURE LAUREATES + THE IVORYS
03/10/2014 • MURRAY, KY • TERRAPIN STATION • W/ R. RING (KELLEY DEAL & MIKE MONTGOMERY)
03/11/2014 • TBA
03/12/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW*
03/13/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
03/14/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
03/15/2014 • HOT SPRINGS, AR • VALLEY OF THE VAPORS MUSIC FESTIVAL @ LOW KEY ARTS

05/29/2014 – 06/01/2014 • NELSONVILLE, OH • NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL • FEAT. THE MEN, AVETT BROTHERS, MICHAEL HURLEY, ETC.

*We’ll have more info on Misra’s SXSW Showcase soon. It will feature R. Ring (Kelley Deal & Mike Montgomery, TORRES, and more). MORE BEDS DATES TBA. STAY TUNED.

 

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Our beloved Holopaw are back in action with two dates in their home state:

Jacksonville, FL
Post-Junk Festival
Burro Bar
Saturday, January 4
Facebook Event /// Info

O’Leno State Park
O’Leno Winter Gathering
Saturday, January 25
Facebook Event /// Info

We’ll have more news from Holopaw very soooooooooooooooooooooon. These boys know how to do a show right, heh? Look at those events!

 

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Okay, we’ve been waiting months to let this little baby Gila Monster out of the bag…

Motel Beds + We Care Arts + Misra Records Present: A limited-edition LP release show for…

MOTEL BEDS “THESE ARE THE DAYS GONE BY”

NOTE: This is a soft, pre-release for the first 500 LPs; they’ve all been hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts in Dayton, OH (“changing disabilities into possibilities”). A Portion of sales to benefit WCA. The album will be released internationally later in 2014. The show in Dayton is all ages. There are other shows as well. You can read about them below.

PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS FOR THE DAYTON SHOW VIA THIS (((LINK)))

THE FACEBOOK EVENT CAN BE FOUND VIA THIS (((LINK)))

WHO:

Motel Beds*
Smug Brothers
Good English

*In conjunction with We Care Arts & Misra Records

WHAT:

Soft, limited release of “These are the Days Gone By”**
500 LP covers hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts
Portion of proceeds to benefit We Care Arts
ALL-AGES

**”These are the Days Gone By” is a collection of Motel Beds singles, outtakes, and live favorites. Songs have been remastered by Carl Saff (Dinosaur Jr, GBV, etc). Added bass parts by Tod Weidner. This is their first release for Misra Records.

WHERE:

Yellow Cab
700 E. Fourth St.
Dayton, OH 45402

WHEN:

Saturday January 18, 2014
Doors @ 7 PM
Show starts @ 8 PM sharp

WHY:

For the love of independent music & art in Dayton, OH

>>> <<<

MOTEL BEDS “DAYS” DATES, CHAPTER 1

01/17/2014 • CINCINNATI, OH • MOTR PUB • W/ HARLEQUINS
01/18/2014 • DAYTON, OH • YELLOW CAB • W/ SMUG BROTHERS + GOOD ENGLISH

01/31/2014 • COLUMBUS, OH • TREE BAR • W/ TIN ARMOR + FEATURE FILMS
02/01/2014 • MORGANTOWN, WV • 123 PLEASANT STREET

03/07/2014 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN • DO317 LOUNGE
03/08/2014 • CHICAGO, IL • SUBTERRANEAN • W/ THE FUTURE LAUREATES + THE IVORYS
03/10/2014 • MURRAY, KY • TERRAPIN STATION • W/ R. RING (KELLEY DEAL & MIKE MONTGOMERY)
03/11/2014 • TBA
03/12/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
03/13/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
03/14/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
03/15/2014 • HOT SPRINGS, AR • VALLEY OF THE VAPORS MUSIC FESTIVAL @ LOW KEY ARTS

05/29/2014 – 06/01/2014 • NELSONVILLE, OH • NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL • FEAT. AVETT BROTHERS + MORE TBA

…MORE DATES TBA. STAY TUNED.

MOTEL BEDS “THESE ARE THE DAYS GONE BY” BIO: 

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.

Track List: 

1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
5. Surfjerk
6. Valentimes
7. Lights On
8. Western Son
9. Tropics Of The Sand
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework

 
January 1st, 2014

CROOKS ON TAPE on Pitchfork

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Matt LeMay—a kindhearted fellow who has been writing for Pitchfork since the 1990s—included Crooks on Tape in his “Year in Music” piece. Crooks’ “Duper” was his most played song of 2013! You can check it out here. You can also catch Crooks on Tape on tour!

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 1 

16-Jan-14 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar $10/$12
17-Jan-14 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Bar $10/$12
18-Jan-14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill $10/$12
19-Jan-14 off
20-Jan-14 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar $8/$10
21-Jan-14 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile $10/$12
22-Jan-14 SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett $10
23-Jan-14 MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge $10/$12
24-Jan-14 DRIVE
25-Jan-14 DRIVE
26-Jan-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock $8/$10
27-Jan-14 MADISON, WI The Frequency $10
28-Jan-14 CHICAGO, IL Schubas $10/$12
29-Jan-14 COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups $8/$10
30-Jan-14 DAYTON, OH Rockstar Pro Arena $8/$10
31-Jan-14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House $8/$10
1-Feb-14 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanzabar $6/$8
2-Feb-14 BLOOMINGTON, IN The Bishop $10/$12
3-Feb-14 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird $10/$12
4-Feb-14 DRIVE
5-Feb-14 DENVER, CO Hi Dive $10
6-Feb-14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Launchpad $7/$8
7-Feb-14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress Free show
8-Feb-14 SCOTTSDALE, AZ Pub Rock Live $10/$12

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 2 (Europe)

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine TBA
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

 

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Crooks on Tape are happy to announce some select European dates!

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine TBA
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