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17 Years Since the Passing of Brainiac’s Timmy Taylor, an Artist Who Had a Huge Impact on Misra  

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(Brainiac at the Lithuanian Club • Spring, 1995)

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)  

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Okay, we’ve been waiting months to let this little baby Gila Monster out of the bag…

Motel Beds + We Care Arts + Misra Records Present: A limited-edition LP release show for…


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.




Motel Beds*
Smug Brothers
Good English

*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.


Yellow Cab
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

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03/07/2014 • INDIANAPOLIS, IN • DO317 LOUNGE
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03/12/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW
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03/14/2014 • AUSTIN, TX • SXSW




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.

Track List: 

1. These are the Days Gone By
2. Ocean Flows
3. Skymade Suit
4. Cactus Kiss
5. Surfjerk
6. Valentimes
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

Written by leo on January 1st, 2014

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Southeast Engine Ink  

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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!


Written by leo on September 25th, 2013

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You Ain’t No Picasso Celebrates Motel Beds + Misra  

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The wonderful folks at You Ain’t No Picasso celebrated Motel Beds signing to Misra. Thanks YANP! If you’re in the Midwest, go see Motel Beds play @ Fraze Pavilion in Dayton, OH @ 8 PM sharp on Tuesday, August 27 (tomorrow). It’s only $2 [link to purchase tickets]. Beds end with plenty of time for you to head to bed at a reasonable hour.

Written by leo on August 26th, 2013

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Misra to Release Spineriders • Jason Molina’s Old Band • All Proceeds to Charity  

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On August, 27, Misra will release Spineriders — the old band of Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.) Hello Future Tinglies (1991) is being issued on cassette (limited pressing of 300) – an effort to stay true to the times. Act fast.

Spineriders guitarist/founding Songs: Ohia member Todd Jacops created an online memorial at and Spineriders drummer Carl Raponi produced a limited run of Jason Molina screen-prints (limited to 40) for the occasion. With the approval of the Molina family, all proceeds will go to the Musicians Emergency Medical Association ( Aquabear Legion — an art collective in Athens, OH — is helping with the release as well. Head here to listen to “Instrumental 2″ and get a tiny glimpse. We’ll post more leading up to release. It’ll put a smile on your face.

In the late ’80s and early ’90s, Jason Molina played bass and sang backup vocals in the Spineriders — a Lorain, Ohio punk band attending nearby Admiral King High School. Our aim in unearthing Hello Future Tinglies is to provide an invaluable window into the life, circumstances and experiences of a young Northeast Ohio native whose extraordinary gift would grow, take form and awaken the world in innumerable ways.

Pre-order and support here. We hope you enjoy this artifact.

Jason Molina: December 16, 1973 – March 16, 2013

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Press Clippings:

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Spineriders-Lorain-JournalLorain Journal

Battle of the Bands:

Spineriders-Battle_of_the_Bands_Score_CardScore Card
Battle of the Bands Recording TimeRecording Time Certificate
Battle of the Bands LetterBattle of the Bands Committee Letter

Jason Molina Art:

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Pig ManPig Man


FlashsShow Flyer 1
TingliesSpineriders Poster
PatsShow Flyer 2
Recycle Children

Great artists rarely uncover their muse overnight. Inevitably, it is the summation of their life experience. Before Jason Molina was known as a beautiful, heart-wrenching songwriter, he was an angst-ridden teenage bass player. The Spineriders provide the context within which one of independent music’s most beloved artists was born.

The official release of this material is born out of a friendship between Todd Jacops (founding Spineriders and Songs: Ohia member) and Leo DeLuca (Misra Records manager) – both Ohio natives. Todd played on the debut “Nor Cease Thou Never Now” 7” (Palace Records), the “One Pronunciation of Glory” 7” (Secretly Canadian’s second release), Songs: Ohia (debut LP), and Hecla & Griper. After Jason passed away, and the original Spineriders were consulted, the two decided to excavate Hello Future Tinglies.

>> Thanks: Jerry Fielden at Amtech gave a reduced price on cassettes for the cause, Bill Benson of Team Clermont was kind enough to donate his time in sending a press release and, of course, Reilly wrote the bio below. Thanks to all.

Reilly Lambert, an old, dear friend of Jason Molina, looks back on the Spineriders

The first time I met Jason Molina was at a local metal show at the Lorain, Ohio community center. It was around 1988 and we were all wearing jean jackets and sporting mullets. My friend Jeff had been talking about how cool Jason was for days. When we were first introduced, I expected him to be six-feet tall.

Jason was a genuinely great guy from the second we met. He commanded the room (in this instance, he commanded the sterile hallways of a Lorain community center) and possessed a confidence I saw over the years in many different places. It was as if he knew the venue by heart, leading me around to show me how things worked. Jason was at home where music was played. Looking back, I see that it was his passion that came across in meeting people and sharing his love of music.

One could say Lorain created the Spineriders, but that would be too poetic. It would give the Rust Belt a glory that it doesn’t deserve. The Spineriders were a result of the culture. Lorain was a factory town, and there were unspoken rules of conformity that begged for resistance. They knew what they wanted before they could express it. Barely old enough to drive, they had this amazing ambition to create something new.

I could go on about their punk and metal influences and even how Jason introduced blues folk to everyone in the band. However, doing that takes away from the music that these four kids created on the rusty shores of Lake Erie.

The band was Jason Molina on bass, Todd Jacops on guitar, Carl Raponi on drums, and Mike McCartney on guitar and vocals. Everyone who heard the Spineriders started a band. In Lorain, that was about fifteen of us.

The Spineriders made a name for themselves by competing in high school talent shows and battle of the bands competitions around Cleveland. I always got the idea that they did the high school talent shows on a lark, and they all seemed to have smirks on their faces as they played.  When they won a Battle of the Bands, they won studio time. Chris Keffer, a judge at one of the battles, produced their records. He introduced them to the studio, showing them how to work in it, and essentially becoming the fifth member of the band.

Their demo got them gigs at clubs around Cleveland. They even rented a community center in the area with other local bands. Somehow, they managed to get a decent enough crowd to cover the costs of both a P.A. and the room itself.

As they got older, their music got better, more intense. And with all high school bands, they eventually split up due to everyone in the band moving on after graduation. Todd went on to record more music with Jason on breaks from college. In 1994, they recorded songs that were completely different than what the Spineriders had produced. It was a new direction that would eventually evolve into Songs: Ohia. Todd and Mike played on early Songs: Ohia records: the debut “Nor Cease Thou Never Now” 7” (Palace Records), the “One Pronunciation of Glory” 7” (Secretly Canadian’s second release), Songs: Ohia (debut LP), and Hecla & Griper (Todd only). Carl went on to become a drum and bass DJ. Todd and Mike play in bands to this day.

I can go on for hours about how Lorain, Ohio is a shit town, but I won’t. Jason and I would talk about how much we hated it, about how we never wanted to go back. When I listen to the Spineriders now, I remember that period as such a creative time for the band and for everyone involved in the scene. Going to their shows and listening to their music gave me my best memories of Lorain. The background in music and the drive to be creative would shape them for years, especially Jason, who had ridiculous drive and creativity. He was prolific. I imagine Lorain is part of the darkness he always wrote about.

In 1993, I asked Jason what he wanted to be when he grew up. He’d just finished his first year at Oberlin College. He was disillusioned about school and dealing with financial aid. It was a sunny day. He was playing a beat-up acoustic guitar, fitted with nylon strings. There were only five strings on it and tuned in some odd way that he was fond of.

He stopped strumming, looked in my direction and said, “I want to be a rock star.”

Misra Records • Wright Brothers Branch • Dayton, OH  

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Misra’s new PO Box is at the Wright Brothers Branch here in Dayton. It is the same branch Brainiac used back in the day and included in their liner notes.

Due to its association with both the Wrights and 3RA1N1AC, never has there been so much excitement over a PO Box. We’ll take more pictures (from different angles) and post them online periodically. Perhaps we’ll even dress it up for the holidays?!?!

Send bling, hate mail, care packages, Handi Snacks™, canned whole chicken, chain mail, pimento loaves, lotto tickets, etc. to:

Misra Records
PO Box 9052
Wright Brothers Branch
Dayton, OH 45409

P.S. – Perhaps there may be a bit of news re: someone or something associated with 3RA1N1AC here soon?

Written by leo on July 19th, 2013

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Hammer Down – Rest in Peace Jason Molina  

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A newspaper clipping featuring Molina’s high school band The Spine Riders. Shared via friend Todd Jacops – an original member of Songs: Ohia.

We are all deeply saddened to hear that Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. has passed away. He was a phenomenal Ohio musician and his music meant a lot to many in the Misra camp.

Molina hit close to home (literally and figuratively) and Misra had artists lucky enough to share stages and records with him throughout his expansive career. Will Johnson of Centro-matic released Molina & Johnson alongside Jason in 2009 and Southeast Engine played shows and shared the same booking agent as MEC. In addition, Shearwater did a number of dates with Molina back in the day.

His music seemed to make time stand still and, for brief moments, it left a lingering sense that everything was going to be okay. Oh, what a beautiful gift Jason Molina gave. “It ain’t Hallelujah, but it might as well have been.”

Old Songs: Ohia flier shared via friend Todd Jacops – an original member of the band.

Pitchfork Praises Ohio’s Mus-I-col Studio, Plugs The Black Swans & Features Ohio Friends  

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Ohio’s own Joel Oliphint recently wrote a phenomenal Pitchfork feature on Columbus’ famed Mus-I-col Recording Studio. Mus-I-col (est. 1964) is where our beloved Black Swans recorded their most recent album Occasion for Song. In doing so, the band joined a long line of greats who have recorded at the legendary studio. The article features a Black Swans song, quotes from Black Swans frontman Jerry DeCicca, as well as quotes from Ohio friends Bela Koe-Krompecher (Anyway Records), Adam Elliott (Times New Viking), and much more. Writer Joel Oliphint was also the longtime editor of Donewaiting – Ohio’s main independent music blog. GOhio!

Donewaiting – Ohio’s Main Independent Music Blog – will Cease Digital Operations, Go Print-Only with 10th Anniversary Bash  

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Donewaiting is raising the middle finger to the Internet – to the inundated, fast-paced, chintzy culture that often transforms otherwise thoughtful citizens into distracted mental loafers. Of course, this is not always the case, but it happens enough to make any online entity exhausted after a decade.

Yes, Ohio’s main independent music blog is ending digital production in February and will become a print-only entity in the summer. This will commence upon the 10th Anniversary of the blog and Donewaiting plans to release one issue per year. Misra Manager Leo DeLuca wrote for Donewaiting over the past year and mainly championed bands in his hometown of Dayton, OH. Here’s a feature DeLuca wrote on the 15th anniversary of Timmy Taylor’s passing. Taylor was frontman for legendary Dayton band 3RA1N1AC (Brainiac).

Donewaiting have put the final touches on their anniversary/goodbye/hello weekend in Columbus, OH. Here are the details:

Friday, February 15 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
DJ DetoxFabrashay-ABarely EagleFumesBru Lei

Saturday, February 16 @ Ace of Cups | Facebook RSVP
EYEMiranda SoundCheater SlicksSinkane DJ Set featuring Ahmed & Jaytram

Sunday, February 17 @ Double Happiness | Facebook RSVP
Presented with Benco

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Written by leo on January 24th, 2013

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Emily Rodgers on Youngstown Show  

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Emily Rodgers recently performed and did in an interview in Youngstown, Ohio for the Jimmyfro Show. It’s a fantastic segment. Rodgers’ Bright Day was released on Misra in 2009.

“Emily Rodgers has one of those haunting, unforgettable voices that radiates with a surreal beauty.” NPR All Songs Considered

Written by leo on January 4th, 2013

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