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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.
1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
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
Motel Beds Play Nelsonville Music Fest with Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile, etc., Listed as “12 Must-See Acts” at this year’s event
MOTEL BEDS at NELSONVILLE MUSIC FESTIVAL
The band plays SE Ohio’s fantastic festival with Dinosaur Jr., Michael Hurley & More! WOUB—Athens, Ohio’s NPR/PBS affiliate—has chosen Motel Beds as one of “12 Must-See Artists” at this year’s event. They join a list featuring Kurt Vile, The Men, Jason Isbell & more!
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.
Reminder: Shearwater supporting Dinosaur Jr. • Black Swans supporting WHY? • R. Ring, Southeast Engine, Water Liars, Will Johnson, Centro-matic Tours
A reminder that Shearwater are currently supporting Dinosaur Jr., Black Swans are supporting WHY?, and R. Ring, Southeast Engine, Water Liars, Will Johnson (solo), and Centro-matic all having forthcoming tours. Hallelujah the Hills and Emily Rodgers also have a few shows lined up as well.
Head to the tour page on Misra’s site here to learn more. Thanks for supporting independent music!
Shearwater – a band with three Misra titles – will be opening for Dinosaur Jr. this fall. Grandma is tickled pink by this, as Dinosaur Jr. is one of her very favorites. Check out the schedule below and pick up a copy of Shearwater Winged Life - recently reissued on LP via Misra.
|Shearwater Supporting Dinosaur Jr.|
|10/01/12||Nashville, TN||Mercy Lounge||United States|
|10/02/12||Atlanta, GA||Variety Playhouse||United States|
|10/03/12||New Orleans, LA||Tipitina’s||United States|
|10/04/12||Austin, TX||The Mohawk||United States|
|10/05/12||Houston, TX||Fitzgerald’s||United States|
|10/06/12||Dallas, TX||The Prophet Bar||United States|
|10/08/12||Flagstaff, AZ||The Orpheum Theater||United States|
|10/10/12||San Francisco, CA||The Fillmore||United States|
|10/11/12||Eugene, OR||WOW Hall||United States|
|10/12/12||Seattle, WA||The Neptune Theater||United States|
|10/14/12||Salt Lake City, UT||Urban Lounge||United States|
|10/15/12||Denver, CO||The Bluebird Theater||United States|
|10/17/12||Omaha, NE||The Waiting Room||United States|
|10/18/12||Minneapolis, MN||The Cabooze||United States|
|10/19/12||Madison, WI||Majestic Theater||United States|
|10/20/12||Grand Rapids, MI||Orbit Room||United States|
|10/21/12||Chicago, IL||Empty Bottle||United States|
|10/22/12||Bloomington, IN||The Bluebird||United States|
|10/23/12||Cleveland, OH||Beachland Ballroom||United States|
|10/24/12||Millvale, PA||Mr. Small’s Theatre||United States|
|10/25/12||Washington, DC||Black Cat||United States|
|10/26/12||Charlottesville, VA||Jefferson Theater||United States|
|10/27/12||Philadelphia, PA||Union Transfer||United States|