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Pitchfork Gives Nod to Crooks On Tape  

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Thanks to Stuart Berman and the fine folks at Pitchfork for giving COT a nod in their recent review of Vertical Scratchers—the other brand new band of John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, etc). It’s appreciated. You haven’t seen the end of Crooks On Tape.

Written by leo on March 21st, 2014

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Motel Beds’ Derl Robbins Records Guided By Voices!  

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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.

Written by leo on February 21st, 2014

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Motel Beds Play WYSO in Anticipation of Hand-Painted LP Pre-Release Show!  

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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

Motel Beds • 500 Hand-Painted LPs • Soft, Pre-Release of “These are the Days Gone By” in Cinci, Dayton this Weekend + Hot Press  

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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

MOTEL BEDS • 500 Hand-Painted LPs via We Care Arts • “These are the Days Gone By” Pre-Release Show(s)  

Posted at 10:28 am

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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

Written by leo on January 1st, 2014

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You Ain’t No Picasso Celebrates Motel Beds + Misra  

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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.

Written by leo on August 26th, 2013

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Motel Beds Sign to Misra!  

Posted at 12:23 am

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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.

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Crooks on Tape Signs to Misra • John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac) + Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) + Joey Galvan  

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Crooks on Tape has signed to Misra. You will soon have no choice but to love this band. Drone it together: “We will soon have no choice but to love this band.” You will be able to hear Crooks very soon. Once you do, you will know The Truth™. Together: “We will be able to hear Crooks very soon. Once we do, we will know The Truth™.”

Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08), and Joey Galvan. The unscripted band was born out of a simple notion: convene, improvise, and record every moment. Fingerprint is their debut record.

In 2010, the Los Angeles trio assembled a rotating fortress of instruments, synthesizers, samplers, and loopers. Crooks recorded hundreds of hours of material, largely instrumental in its original performance. Fingerprint is the first evidence of this undertaking and a window into the band’s sound. The record you hear is analogous to tiny snapshots of an altered crime scene.

In many ways, Crooks picks up where Enon left off. Rick and John created two instrumental records in Enon’s early days (Long Play and On Hold). Fingerprint is an outgrowth of those directions, spun in a totally live, improvisational context, augmented by vocals. Though unpredictable, Joey’s marked drumming style provides the adhesion, gluing the group together when sessions become too cacophonous.

Misra Records is now based in Dayton, OH — the hometown of Schmersal and his former band Brainiac. Strange, unformed, wildly intriguing snippets of Fingerprint began making their way to the label in early 2013. Each song sounded like a story unfolding. Songs were amended, vocals were added, and a debut album began to develop.

This material is mined from sessions lasting between winter, 2010 – Spring, 2012. The band has since moved from the location where these documents were made. They are hard at work constructing a new space. John has been dividing his time between Crooks on Tape, Caribou, Girls Against Boys (occasionally subbing for Eli Janney), and playing with another new band. You can expect many more records to evolve from this time period alone.

Fingerprint is for Crooks a pop record — the band at its most accessible. Stranger things are to follow.

Track List:

1. Duper
2. If Feelings Mean a Thing
3. Tito’s Riser
4. The Regiments
5. Melting the Ice
6. Summer’s End

7. River Bait
8. Milo’s Creeper
9. A Hazmat Dream
10. Wandered Again
11. Clergyman Segway
12. Barging In

This is a pretty fun release for the label for a number of reasons. A boring-ass story on it below. A Donewaiting article by Misra manager Leo DeLuca, titled “15 years since the passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor” can be found via this [link]. Below is a shitty YouTube video of the amazing Enon song “Get the Letter Out”. Stranger things are to follow.

Members of Crooks helped Misra before Crooks even existed: While supporting The Wrens (Absolutely Kosher) in his longtime home of Athens, OH, current Misra manager Leo DeLuca (playing with Southeast Engine that day) found kinship with Wrens co-frontman Charles Bissell over their mutual love for Dayton Ohio’s Brainiac. The Wrens were former Grass Records labelmates with 3RA1N1AC and, seeing the band live at The Lithuanian Club (age 14), proved to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for DeLuca. Bissell took to SEE, put in a good word with Misra/Kosher, and Southeast Engine signed to the former shortly after.

After founding a cottage label in 2010, DeLuca suddenly found himself heading Misra later that year. Following a stretch in NC, he returned to his hometown to operate the label — an attempt to give back to the city that provided him with so much inspiration. Misra is now based in Dayton, OH.*

*Along with the airplane, cash register, starter motor, 70s funk scene, numerous literary contributions, and more, Dayton boasts the most patents, per capita, of any U.S. city — a true mark of its vast creative nature. Also, for a limited-only, a Free Banana Split in a Misra Records Minihelmet** will be given to the first ten folks who correctly answer the following Dayton-centric trivia question: “which Daytonian invented the pop tab?”***

**There will no free banana split.

***The inventor of the pop tab was Ermal Cleon Fraze.

Written by leo on August 7th, 2013

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Misra Records • Wright Brothers Branch • Dayton, OH  

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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:

Misra Records
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?

Written by leo on July 19th, 2013

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Human Cannonball  

Posted at 10:40 am

Southeast Engine’s wildly talented bassist & harmony vocalist Jesse Remnant writes and records in a band called Human Cannonball. Backed by a band of equally talented Dayton, OH sons, Remnant’s knack for melody is quite remarkable. Here is a piece Don Thrasher (Guided By Voices, Swearing at Motorists, Smug Brothers) recently did on the group for the Dayton Daily News.

Human Cannonball self-releases their debut Let’s Be Friends this weekend in Remnant’s hometown of Dayton, OH. The band plays Canal St. Tavern Saturday night @ 9:30 PM with Tim Pritchard & The Boxcar Ensemble and Josh Eagle & Harvest City.