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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!
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.
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.
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!
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:
What an article! Longtime Southeast Engine member Adam Torres gets huge props from eMusic’s Wondering Sound — one of our very favorite new music sites.
Jill Mapes did an absolutely tremendous job with this one; you can tell it comes from the heart. Torres’ music is given the time and care and attention it deserves.
Misra’s involvement with the Adam Torres record and the label’s plans to reissue are both mentioned. Do read.
R. Ring will play 4th & 4th Festival in Columbus, Ohio tomorrow. The band received some love via “Columbus Alive!”
This week marks the 17-year anniversary of the passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor. The wildly original 3RA1N1AC were at the forefront of a creative swell that hit Dayton, OH in the 1990s. While the underdog city—the homebase of Misra—is no stranger to innovation (the airplane, the cash register, the starter motor, Zapp & Roger, The Ohio Players, etc. all being born in Dayton), it seemed to be a particularly imaginative time.
Bands like The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Cage, Swearing at Motorists, A Ten O’Clock Scholar, Cigarhead (and so many more) were all buzzing about town. One could head to Canal Street Tavern, The Sub Galley, The Lithuanian Club, The Chameleon Club, Trader Vic’s, Gem City Records, Network, etc. and feel the excitement in the air. All-ages shows were frequent; the whole community was involved.
Alas, I think many heard and saw and believed that Brainiac were The One. The chemistry and ingenuity the four members possessed (Timmy, Juan Monasterio, John Schmersal, and Tyler Trent) seemed otherworldly. It was truly something special. Though it comes nowhere close to displaying the band’s magnitude, you can glean a distorted impression below:
After working with Kim Deal of The Breeders/Pixies, playing Lollapalooza, touring with Beck, and releasing albums on Touch & Go and Grass, the band was posed to sign a substantial recording agreement with Interscope Records. Pre-production for Brainiac’s fourth album was in motion when founder and front-man Timmy Taylor passed away in a car accident on May 23, 1997. A memorial show featuring The Breeders, Guided By Voices, Swearing at Motorists, Mink, and Lazy was held in Dayton shortly after.
Taylor’s effect is still very much alive today. Everyone from The Wrens to The Mars Volta to Nine Inch Nails have cited 3RA1N1AC as an influence. He was a phenomenal artist that had a beautiful and unparalleled impact on so many. Let us celebrate the life of Timmy Taylor.
NOTE: This piece originally ran on Donewaiting — Ohio’s main independent music blog. It was written by Misra overseer Leo DeLuca.
NOTE REDUX: It’s a long, tedious story, but 3RA1N1AC were labelmates with The Wrens back in the day. DeLuca’s old band Southeast Engine (SEE) opened for The Wrens in Ohio — DeLuca geeked with The Wrens over Brainiac ad infinitum. In turn, The Wrens watched SEE’s set and, apparently, liked what they saw enough to put in a good word with Misra Records. SEE signed on with Misra a couple months later.
A few years down the line, DeLuca ended up at the helm of Misra Records. He showed the Donewaiting piece to John Schmersal (Brainiac, Crooks On Tape, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers); Schmersal sent along the debut recordings for Crooks On Tape and C.O.T. signed on with Misra. 3RA1N1AC!
MOTEL BEDS • 500 Hand-Painted LPs via We Care Arts • “These are the Days Gone By” Pre-Release Show(s)
Okay, we’ve been waiting months to let this little baby Gila Monster out of the bag…
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)))
*In conjunction with We Care Arts & Misra Records
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
**”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.
700 E. Fourth St.
Dayton, OH 45402
Saturday January 18, 2014
Doors @ 7 PM
Show starts @ 8 PM sharp
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.
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
10. Sunfried Dreams (alternate version)
11. I’ve Been Waiting
12. Smoke Your Homework
While Southeast Engine has been quiet these latter months, the band recently received a couple thoughtful write-ups. One is from a *very* focused blog called Lonesome Whistle (Songs About Trains). They write about songs about trains… and that’s all. Pretty sweet, really. The site hones in on SEE song C&O Railroad—a track off last year’s Canaanville EP.
Here’s another from Something Else! Reviews. It’s part of a feature called “On Second Thought”. In it (and above), you get to witness an *extremely* rare performance by Northwest Motor (Southeast Engine Lite). It was filmed at the old Bruce Manor in Athens, Ohio.
SEE frontman Adam Remnant has been working on solo material as of late. He recently got to do a mini-tour with fellow Ohian Bill Fox. It was a real treat to witness.
Lastly, below is a picture of a grandmother eating spaghetti. Happy autumn to all!