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Happy Release Day to Holopaw!  

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Holopaw’s beautiful new album – Academy Songs, Volume I – is officially out today! Misra Records is extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of this record. Check out the different album covers (separate album art for CD & LP versions), listen to the singles, and read the Holopaw bio below. Also, for this week only you can stream the album in its entirety at Spinner. Head here to purchase Academy Songs, Volume I and thanks so much for supporting independent music.

Academy Songs, Volume I LP Album Cover

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Academy Songs, Volume I CD Album Cover

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Singles from Academy Songs, Volume I 

Holopaw Academy Songs, Volume I Biography

Academy Songs, Volume I, Holopaw’s Misra Records debut, takes the band to never-treaded levels. Through three records and a collaboration with Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock (Ugly Casanova), frontman John Orth has honed his gift for lyricism, storytelling, and delivery. Now, backed by a variant possessing uncanny chemistry (complete with identical twin brothers), we’ve been graced with an unparalleled, breathtaking Holopaw album.

Over a ten-song cycle, the close quarters of an all-boys preparatory academy, and the world beyond its “ivied walls,” become the sites of devotion, betrayal, communion (or near-communion), and abject loneliness. The joys and thrills and dangers of both discovery and transgression are detailed. “The rising and falling of their little lives” is illuminated in stunning imagery.

Hips to hips and knees to knees / the heaving hills / the swollen seas / the hollows and the frozen peaks. / Fingers smell of tangerines. / Slow curve rivulets / the see-see-sawing of our breaths / the loamy, sticky in-betweens / the ticklish bubbling underneath.

The album maps, rather vigorously, the physical and emotional terrain of its young characters’ lives. Throughout, it finds them both reveling together and exiled from one another.

Golden sparklers / flares lobbed into the dark / fountains of embers / sucked into the night. / Wipe the sweat from the window to watch the firework display. / Roman candles arched over the lake.

The boys had all been sent to the far side of the lake / one held back until the fever breaks / sweating through his nightshirt / orchids curling into bloom / volunteer sleeps in the corner of the room / “Pardon me, sir. Sorry to wake you.” / “Respectfully, I say, this fever is not breaking.” / “There’s a war I’m steady losing on the far side of the lake” / “to a little dark horse who’s steady rising through the ranks.”

Jeremy Scott drove his Civil Defense Studio down from Brooklyn to record Academy Songs in a St. Augustine beach house. Serendipitously, the physical intimacy of the experience seemed to mirror the boys academy detailed in song. Holopaw lived, worked, cooked, and swam together. Their world consisted of playing music and cutting paths from beach house to beach and back again. Long days recording were celebrated over homemade horchata, fish tacos, and a different flavor of hand-churned ice cream each night (ginger lime and peach brown sugar standing out as favorites). A night swim would commence, followed by recording into the dark and light of morning.

Paw’s Patrick Quinney summarized the experience upon returning: “You know that feeling you have after swimming and getting a lot of sun, where you seem to experience every little thing–food, rest, humor, music–as a kind of deep physical and spiritual luxury? We have been asked by a surprising number of people if the recording got ‘beachy’ out there: in the sense that we made it entirely in an atmosphere of that physical and spiritual luxury, I would have to say that it did. I certainly hope that everything that sounded good or seemed like a great idea at the time will continue to do so after the last of the sand is out of our shoes.”

Written by leo on January 15th, 2013

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Fabricoh Gives Both Holopaw & R. Ring Some Love!  

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Fabricoh, a new independently-minded music magazine from Raleigh, NC, recently gave both Holopaw and R. Ring some love. Do check it out and support this fantastic new publication. Fabricoh possesses a great ethos and has ties to Dayton, Ohio – the home base of Misra Records.

Written by leo on January 15th, 2013

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Holopaw’s New Album Streaming in Its Entirety at Spinner this Week!  

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Holopaw’s new album Academy Songs, Volume I will be streaming at AOL’s spinner.com this week. Misra couldn’t be more proud to be part of this beautiful collection of songs. Please do listen and head here to purchase the album. To note: the LP & CD have different covers. Thanks for supporting independent music!

Written by leo on January 14th, 2013

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Paste Premieres Holopaw Track & Features Band on Sampler  

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Holopaw’s “We are the Virgin Snow” premiered at Paste today. In addition, the phenomenal “Golden Sparklers” will be included on Paste’s forthcoming sampler for M Player subscribers. Academy Songs, Volume IHolopaw’s Misra debut, will see release this coming Tuesday, January 15. It’s an extremely beautiful record. The band heads on tour shortly after.

1/31: Gainesville, FL @ Church of Holy Colors
2/1: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
2/2: Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
2/4: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery*
2/5: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s*
2/6: New Haven, CT @ BAR*
2/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott*
2/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory*
2/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*
2/11: Washington D.C. @ Comet Ping Pong
2/12: Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light
2/13: Athens, GA @ Farm 255
2/14: St. Augustine, FL @ Nobby’s 

*w/ Love as Laughter

Written by leo on January 11th, 2013

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Holopaw on Pitchfork’s List of Records to Look Forward to in the Coming Months  

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Holopaw’s fabulous Academy Songs, Volume I will see release on January 15. It’s an absolutely phenomenal collection of songs and we couldn’t be more elated to be part of it all.

Pitchfork recently listed Holopaw’s Academy Songs, Volume I in it’s “List of records to look forward to in the coming months.”  Listen to the singles and B-side below. To note: the LP & CD version have different covers and are included alongside the “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” 7″ below.

“Golden Sparklers” Pitchfork Premiere
“Discotheque” MTV Hive Premiere
“Yearling’s Darlings” (B-side) Under the Radar Premiere

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Written by leo on January 7th, 2013

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Last Days of Misra Holiday Sale!  

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Misra’s Holiday Sale will be wrapping up by year’s end. In celebration of a phenomenal 2012, everything is 20% off over at the Misra store.

Misra 2012:

  • February 14: Shearwater’s Winged Life is issued on LP for the first time. The record features songs by SW frontman Jonathan Meiburg and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. Shearwater then embarks on tours with St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
  • February 14: Bears’ Greater Lakes is released. Grandma helped distribute the release and it’s praised by NPR Song of the Day, AP, Cleveland Scene, and many more.
  • February 28: Water Liars’ debut Phantom Limb is met with great praise from A.V. Club, Daytrotter, No Depression, VICE, NPR Song of the Day, and more.
  • March 15: Misra heads to SXSW 2012 with a showcase featuring R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery), Palomar, The Black Swans, Southeast Engine, Seryn, and Water Liars. The event is a wonderful success.
  • July 31: The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song is released. It is met with phenomenal praise viaPitchfork, MOJO, Paste, MAGNET, AllMusic, Dusted, and many more. The band heads on tour with WHY? soon after.
  • July 31: Southeast Engine’s Canaanville EP is released. Canaanville is a 4-song appendix EP to the band’s widely-hailed Canary album. For a baby release, it is met with great praise fromDaytrotter, PopMatters, A.V. Club, and more. The band heads to Pickathon soon after.
  • October 31: R. Ring – a new band comprised of The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery – release their debut “Fallout & Fire” b/w “SEE” 7″ on Misra. It is met with wild attention from Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, VICE, and many more.
  • November 13: Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” is released. The 7″ single is the predecessor to Paw’s absolutely breathtaking Academy Songs, Volume I (out January 15, 2013). Pitchfork debuts the A-Side and Under the Radar debuts the B-Side.

Written by leo on December 20th, 2012

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R. Ring on Radio K • Holopaw Early Press  

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R. Ring’s “Fallout & Fire” was recently featured on the widely loved Radio K up in MPLS. Holopaw: in addition to their recent track premieres on Pitchfork, Under the Radar, and MTV Hive, the band got some early love from the kind folks at Extreme Nonchalance. Paw’s breathtaking new album – Academy Songs, Volume I – is out January 15. Pre-order here.

MTV Hive Premieres Holopaw’s “Discotheque” • Paw Hits the Road in February  

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MTV Hive premiered Holopaw’s “Discotheque” today and put together a very well-crafted, thoughtful, intelligent assessment of track #7 off Paw’s forthcoming Academy Songs, Volume I (out 1/15). Oh, do read the feature and pre-order the record here. It’s an absolutely beautiful collection of songs.

Holopaw heads out on tour in February

2/1: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
2/2: Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
2/4: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery*
2/5: Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s*
2/6: New Haven, CT @ BAR*
2/7: Allston, MA @ Great Scott*
2/8: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory*
2/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*
2/11: Washington D.C. @ Comet Ping Pong
2/12: Chapel Hill, NC @ Night Light
2/13: Athens, GA @ Farm 255
2/14: St. Augustine, FL @ Nobby’s 

*w/ Love as Laughter

Written by leo on December 11th, 2012

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Misra Holiday Sale • Thank You for a Phenomenal 2012  

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With a spirit of gratitude, Grandma Misra is offering all Misra titles at 20% off. 2012 was a phenomenal year for the label and we are extremely thankful for all Misra artists and supporters.

  • February 14: Shearwater’s Winged Life is issued on LP for the first time. The record features songs by SW frontman Jonathan Meiburg and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. Shearwater then embarks on tours with St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
  • February 14: Bears’ Greater Lakes is released. Grandma helped distribute the release and it’s praised by NPR Song of the Day, AP, Cleveland Scene, and many more.
  • February 28: Water Liars’ debut Phantom Limb is met with great praise from A.V. Club, Daytrotter, No Depression, VICE, NPR Song of the Day, and more.
  • March 15: Misra heads to SXSW 2012 with a showcase featuring R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery), Palomar, The Black Swans, Southeast Engine, Seryn, and Water Liars. The event is a wonderful success.
  • July 31: The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song is released. It is met with phenomenal praise via Pitchfork, MOJO, Paste, MAGNET, AllMusic, Dusted, and many more. The band heads on tour with WHY? soon after.
  • July 31: Southeast Engine’s Canaanville EP is released. Canaanville is a 4-song appendix EP to the band’s widely-hailed Canary album. For a baby release, it is met with great praise from Daytrotter, PopMatters, A.V. Club, and more. The band heads to Pickathon soon after.
  • October 31: R. Ring – a new band comprised of The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery – release their debut “Fallout & Fire” b/w “SEE” 7″ on Misra. It is met with wild attention from Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, VICE, and many more.
  • November 13: Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” is released. The 7″ single is the predecessor to Paw’s absolutely breathtaking Academy Songs, Volume I (out January 15, 2013). Pitchfork debuts the A-Side and Under the Radar debuts the B-Side.
Thanks again so much,
Grandma Misra

Under the Radar Premieres Holopaw’s “Yearling’s Darlings”  

Posted at 10:32 am

 

The wonderful folks at Under the Radar premiered Holopaw’s “Yearling’s Darlings. Thanks to Laura Studarus and all at UTR. The premiere was in celebration of the “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” 7″ released yesterday.

“Golden Sparklers” is the leadoff single from Academy Songs, Volume I (out January 15). You can hear that track via Pitchfork and visit the Misra store to order and pre-order the aforementioned titles. Thanks so much for supporting independent music.