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Paste Names Motel Beds “Best of What’s Next”  

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The wonderful folks of Paste Magazine recently named Motel Beds the “Best of What’s Next.” The long-loved magazine will also include the band on a forthcoming sampler. Thanks to Jeff Milo, Josh Jackson, Bonnie Stiernberg, and all at Paste. Motel Beds wrap up the year with a few more dates.

08/16/14 • Cleveland, OH • Beachland Tavern*
08/22/14 • Dayton, OH • Dayton Rock Revue @ Gilly’s**
08/29/14 • Fort Wayne, IN • The Brass Rail***
08/30/14 • Daytrotter Session • Rock Island, IL
08/30/14 • Chicago, IL • The Empty Bottle^
08/31/14 • N. Manchester, IN • The Firehouse
09/12/14 • Athens, OH • Central Venue
09/13/14 • Pittsburgh, PA • The Smiling Moose
09/14/14 • Youngstown, OH • Historian Session
09/25/14 • Cincinnati, OH • Midpoint Music Fest
09/26/14 • New Bremen, OH • Pumpkin Fest
09/27/14 • Buffalo, NY • Buffalo Poetry & Art Fest
09/28/14 • Buffalo, NY • Silo Session
10/03/14 • Indianapolis, IN • Do317 Lounge
10/04/14 • Dayton, OH • Dayton Music Fest @ Bob’s
10/10/14 • Bloomington, IN • The Bishop^^
10/11/14 • St. Louis, MO • Plush
10/17/14 • Nashville, TN • The Stone Fox
10/18/14 • Bowling Green, KY • Tidball’s
10/24/14 • Cleveland, OH • Happy Dog
10/25/14 • Morgantown, WV • 123 Pleasant St.
10/31/14 • Dayton, OH • Halloween @ Bob’s^^^
11/01/14 • Athens, OH • Halloween @ Jackie O’s#
11/21/14 • Dayton, OH • U.D. @ McGinnis / ArtStreet
12/05/14 • Charleston, WV • The Empty Glass
12/06/14 • Washington D.C.

Motel Beds on Daytrotter!  

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Written by leo on October 8th, 2014

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NPR World Cafe Loves on Motel Beds!  

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NPR World Cafe recently endorsed Motel Beds as their NPR World Cafe Next Artist of the Week. Legendary World Cafe host David Dye had wonderful things to say about the band and their Misra debut These Are the Days Gone By. It was such an honor! You can [listen here]. 

Written by leo on September 18th, 2014

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Agit Reader: Fantastic Motel Beds Feature + Interview  

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Agit Reader’s Kevin Elliott recently wrote a fantastic feature on Motel Beds. Seriously, it’s one of the most compelling pieces written on the band. Beds’ bassist Tod Weidner is interviewed.

Written by leo on September 18th, 2014

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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.



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?”