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Motel Beds “These Are the Days Gone By” SUPER-Limited, Hand-Painted LPs Up for Sale!  

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Oh, Holy Night! *Super*-limited, hand-painted The Motel Beds “These Are the Days Gone By” LPs are now up for sale via Misra’s new Etsy site. Choose the one that calls you!

Each one is entirely different; each one was hand-painted by the artists at We Care Arts in the band’s hometown of Dayton, Ohio. WCA’s slogan: “Changing disabilities into possibilities.” A portion of proceeds will go to WCA.

Remember: these purpsies will very well be worth a great deal more a few years down the line. Get yours now! Thanks to Miranda Brooks for helping get these up online!

Written by leo on August 27th, 2014

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Largehearted Boy Mentions Motel Beds on List of Interesting Music Releases  

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Dayton’s Motel Beds received a small mention on a great blog—a blog named after a song by Dayton’s own Guided By Voices, nonetheless. Largehearted Boy lists Motel Beds Misra debut These Are the Days Gone By on “This Week’s Interesting Music Releases — August 26,2014.”

Beds have been receiving a lot of great press as of late; a small smattering is listed below.

Great Motel Beds Reviews via AllMusic & Consequence of Sound!  

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Motel Beds roped a couple more great reviews today:

In addition, the band recently received the following fantastic press:

“Motel Beds … one of music’s best kept secrets … These Are the Days Gone By feels like the perfect way to jump into their sprawling discography, and new fans couldn’t ask for a better-sounding or more thoughtfully compiled portal to the world of everlasting summer that the Beds have created for themselves.

— AllMusic

Motel Beds Nail 4/5 Star Review from MOJO!  

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MOJO — the magazine we’ve all been reading since children here at Camp Misra — gave the sweet boys of Motel Beds 4/5 stars! We couldn’t be happier. The review comes from MOJO’s wonderful editor Jenny Bulley, nonetheless.

Please forgive the fuzzy scan, but we wanted to post it now. We’ll get a better scan soon. MOJO 250, September 2014. Yes!

 

Written by leo on August 21st, 2014

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Stream Motel Beds + Ark Life’s New Albums on PopMatters + Guitar World  

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Great news here at Camp Misra:

  • Ark Life released their debut record “The Dream of You and Me” this week (8/19)
  • Motel Beds release their debut Misra “These Are the Days Gone By” next week (8/25)

You can stream both albums in their entirety via the avenues below:

Misra Celebrates New Western Partnership with Ark Life + Greater Than Collective!  

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As of January 2014, Misra largely operates out of three locales:

  1. Dayton, OH: Homebase of Misra’s manager (Misra Midwest)
  2. The Denver, CO + Cheyenne, WY area: Homebase of a new Misra troupe, known as Aquariums (Misra West)
  3. Washington D.C.: Homebase of Misra’s founding troupe, known as MMM (Misra East)

Misra’s Dayton and D.C. ties have been present for the last few years. In celebration of the label’s new western U.S. presence, we have signed on to help co-release the fantastic debut album by Denver’s Ark Life alongside Greater Than Collective — a great new unorthodox record label facilitated by the fabulous Coloarado restaurant Illegal Pete’s. Look for Ark Life’s The Dream of You and Me on August 19.

MISRA TO CO-RELEASE ARK LIFE DEBUT WITH GREATER THAN COLLECTIVE

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On August 19, Misra Records will join Greater Than Collective in releasing The Dream of You & Me, the debut album by Denver rock and roll band Ark Life.  The partnership results from several chance encounters between old friends, the most recent of which took place at a house party at the Underground Music Showcase, the largest music festival and conference in Colorado.

There, Future of Music Coalition and Misra co-founder Michael Bracy and WESTAF Senior Associate Director and new Misra co-owner Bryce Merrill saw the young band perform.  They quickly learned that fellow co-owner Leo DeLuca knew Ark Life songwriter Jesse Elliott from his other band These United States, with whom DeLuca’s band Southeast Engine had toured.  As they talked with Greater Than Collective about its plans, the mutual respect spread even further, and all parties decided they had much to offer each other.

GTC, Denver’s omnipresent festivity conveners, bring together not just Ark Life’s fellow musicmakers A. Tom Collins, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, and Esme Patterson, but also the comedy world’s outrageous Grawlix, a monthly cabaret variety show, and a nearly endless list of other food, drink, and media happenings. Their leaders are “Illegal” Pete Turner and Suburban Home Records founder Virgil Dickerson, their logo a sideways peace sign and a mathematical aspiration.

Misra has long been a stalwart of the national independent music scene — home to releases by Phosphorescent, R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal), Shearwater, Holopaw, Centro-matic, and more, and now operating out of Dayton, Denver, Cheyenne, and D.C.  Extending the Misra family further is the latest by Dayton’s Motel Beds, These Are the Days Gone By, which arrives August 26, just a week after Ark Life’s debut.

Which brings us back to the The Dream of You & Me, produced and engineered by Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats, The Shins) and Marc Benning (Hideaway Studios) in Pike National Forest and Portland, OR.  There, Elliott and bandmates Lindsay Giles (vocals and keys), Anna Morsett (vocals and bass), Natalie Tate (vocals and guitar), and Ben Desoto (drums and percussion) create a musical community portrait that may end up serving as a mission statement for the whole collective endeavor.  As Elliott speculates on side one closer “Molly Brown”: “Maybe I’ll invent the wheel again / cut through the land / call it a knife? / Maybe I’ll build up the dream of an ark / invite a few friends / call it a life?”

The Big Takeover Interviews Motel Beds!  

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The Big Takeover conducted a fantastic interview with Motel Beds. Their Misra debut “These Are the Days Gone By” arrives on 8/26; you can pre-order the new album via iTunes now. We’ll have more very soon… For now, check out the tour dates below.

(The Ongoing) Motel Beds Maximum A.D.D. Tour

07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ WVWhite + Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns + Manray
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/22/14 Dayton, OH • Gilly’s • “These Are the Days Gone By” Revue Show
08/29/14 Fort Wayne, IN • The Brass Rail w/ Orange Opera
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle w/ Dead Rider
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
09/12/14 Huntington, WV • V Club
09/13/14 Pittsburgh, PA • Smiling Moose
09/14/14 Youngstown, OH • Historian Session
09/26/14 New Bremen, OH • New Bremen Festival
09/27/14 Cincinnati, OH • Midpoint Music Festival
10/03/14 Indianapolis, IN • Do317 Lounge
10/04/14 Dayton, OH • 10th Annual Dayton Music Festival
10/11/14 St. Louis, MO • Plush
10/24/14 Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog
10/31/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s Halloween Bash w/ Hex Net
11/01/14 Athens, OH • Halloween Show w/ Hex Net

MANY MORE DATES TBA!

Written by leo on July 21st, 2014

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Flavorwire Premieres Motel Beds’ Matthew Sweet Cover! • iTunes Pre-Order Live Today!  

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The widely-loved website Flavorwire premiered Motel Beds‘ cover of Matthew Sweet’s “I’ve Been Waiting” from their forthcoming Misra debut “These Are the Days Gone By” (street date: 8/26). Flavorwire had incredibly nice things to say about the band.

You can PRE-ORDER the new album on I-TUNES starting TODAY! It features Kelley Deal of The Breeders / R. Ring and was recorded by Motel Beds guitarist and Guided By Voices engineer Derl Robbins! 

Written by leo on July 15th, 2014

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Motel Beds Forthcoming Tour Dates! Starting This Weekend!  

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Motel Beds are playing a number of dates in the near future, with more being added all the time. Please continue to check the MISRA TOUR DATES page for up-to-date information. We’ll have more on Beds this coming Tuesday!

(The Ongoing) Motel Beds Maximum A.D.D. Tour

07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ WVWhite + Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns + Manray
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/22/14 Dayton, OH • Gilly’s • “These Are the Days Gone By” Release Show
08/29/14 Champaign, IL • Mike ‘N’ Molly’s
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle w/ Dead Rider
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
09/12/14 Huntington, WV • V Club
09/13/14 Pittsburgh, PA • Smiling Moose
09/14/14 Youngstown, OH • Historian Session
09/26/14 New Bremen, OH • New Bremen Festival
09/27/14 Cincinnati, OH • Midpoint Music Festival
10/03/14 Indianapolis, IN • Do317 Lounge
10/04/14 Dayton, OH • 10th Annual Dayton Music Festival
10/11/14 St. Louis, MO • Plush
10/24/14 Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog
10/31/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s Halloween Bash w/ Hex Net
11/01/14 Athens, OH • Halloween Show w/ Hex Net

MANY MORE DATES TBA!

Written by leo on July 10th, 2014

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August 26: Official Release of Motel Beds “These Are the Days Gone By”  

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August 26, 2014 A.D. — Two months from now, folks from all over the map will have the opportunity to purchase The Motel Beds’ “These Are the Days Gone By.” Misra initially toyed with the idea of releasing this record late last year, however, due to some changes made at Camp Misra, we opted to postpone until the aforementioned date. Namely, the label will soon be moving distribution; we’ll have more on that soon.

We’re super excited for the world to hear “These Are the Days Gone By.” For now, please take a few minutes to read about the album below, behold the official album cover above, and [listen] to “Tropics of the Sand” — a Motel Beds duet with Kelley Deal. “Tropics,” as with all songs on “Days,” has been remastered by Carl Saff (Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., etc). It arrived as a super limited split 7″ on Record Store Day 2014, accompanying a gorgeous track by Brooklyn artist TORRES. You can pick that up [here].

We’ll have some more Motel Beds goodies up for sale/pre-order in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. If you’re in one of the cities below, do make sure to see Beds live; they are truly one of the greatest live acts in the country. Thank you for your support!

MOTEL BEDS • MAXIMUM A.D.D. TOUR • #1 IN A SERIES 

07/11/14 Yellow Springs, OH • Quonset Hut w/ Speaking Suns
07/12/14 Cincinnati, OH • MOTR Pub United States w/Unicycle Loves You
07/25/14 Columbus, OH • Double Happiness w/ Dreadful Yawns
07/26/14 Dayton, OH • Blind Bob’s w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/14/14 Toledo, OH • Ottawa Tavern w/ Nathan Roberts & the New Birds
08/15/14 Detroit, MI • New Way Bar w/ The High Strung
08/16/14 Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern United States w/ Dreadful Yawns
08/29/14 Champaign, IL • Mike ‘N’ Molly’s
08/30/14 Rock Island, IL • Daytrotter
08/30/14 Chicago, IL • Empty Bottle
08/31/14 Manchester, IN • Fire House
…more dates TBA very shortly

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 (feat. Kelley Deal of The Breeders / R. Ring)
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework