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

Posted at 12:35 pm

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?”

Artists to FCC: We Demand Real Net Neutrality (Via the Future of Music Coalition)  

Posted at 4:45 pm

The following press release comes from the Future of Music Coalition, a U.S. 501 national non-profit organization specializing in education, research and advocacy for musicians with a focus on issues at the intersection of music technology, policy and law.


Musicians and other creators send message to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler demanding meaningful rules to preserve Internet openness and accessibility

WASHINGTON, DC—On Monday, May 12, 2014, dozens of creators came together on a letter to Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, urging the agency to do more to prevent discrimination against lawful content by Internet Service Providers (ISPs). Wheeler’s current proposal—to be considered by the Commission at a meeting on Thursday, May 15—reportedly allows for a “fast lane” that would disadvantage creators, innovators and entrepreneurs who depend on a level online playing field.

“The open Internet’s impact on the creative community cannot be overstated,” reads the letter, which was signed byEddie VedderNeko CaseRoger WatersMichael StipeErin McKeownJoe PerryTom MorelloOK Go,FugaziOzomatliDavid Lowery of Cracker/Camper Van BeethovenJeff Mangum & Astra Taylor of Neutral Milk HotelFred ArmisenMark RuffaloEvangeline Lilly and Oliver Stone, among others. “The Internet has enabled artists to connect directly with each other and with audiences. It has eliminated the barriers of geography and taken collaborations to new levels. And it has allowed people—not corporations—to seek out the film, music and art that moves them.”

The letter is available at:

“Maybe the term Net Neutrality is unfamiliar to most folks, but the concept it describes is one that everyone can and should care about: that the Internet shouldn’t be divided into fast lanes for the wealthy and slow lanes for everyone else,” said singer-songwriter Erin McKeown. “I am proud to stand with my fellow artists and citizens in support of an open Internet for everyone.”

“The people ARE the Internet. Do not let the stock markets dictate our access to information,” said Brendan Canty of Fugazi. “Our government needs to hear from us on all fronts: Free speech is not a commodity, it’s a right.”

The letter is co-organized by Future of Music Coalition (FMC) and Free Press, two nonprofit organizations with a long history of supporting accessible platforms for creativity and entrepreneurship.

“This is the crucial moment for artists and everyone else who uses the Internet,” said Casey Rae, VP of Policy and Education for FMC. “We’ve seen time and again that musicians and other creators will go to bat for an open and accessible Internet. But what we’re seeing here is unprecedented. Net Neutrality has become the rallying cry for anyone who believes that creative expression and entrepreneurship must be preserved online. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal or conservative, superstar or starry eyed—we’re all banging the drum for nothing less than our right to use our voices in the way that we see fit.”

“2014 is going to be a make-or-break year for the Internet,” said Candace Clement, Free Press field director. “Stopping the FCC’s pay-for-prioritization proposal today is about making sure that artists can continue to create and innovate without fear of online discrimination. The FCC must protect real Net Neutrality for the sake of all Internet users, in particular for communities like this one.”

About Future of Music Coalition

Future of Music Coalition is a national non-profit education, research and advocacy organization that seeks a bright future for creators and listeners. FMC works towards this goal through continuous interaction with its primary constituency — musicians — and in collaboration with other creator/public interest groups.

About Free Press
Free Press is a nonpartisan organization fighting for people’s rights to connect and communicate. The Free Press Action Fund does not support or oppose any candidate for public office. Learn more at

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