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Pitchfork Interviews Misra!  

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Pitchfork interviewed Misra Manager Leo DeLuca for a fascinating feature on the resurgence of vinyl. A reference to his coaching position with the Oakwood High School wrestling team in Dayton, Ohio is tied into the piece. Wrestling gets a plug from one of the world’s biggest music sites. How fun! Really, freshman are buying record players. It’s no joke.

Written by leo on July 29th, 2014

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SLEEPING STATES / HOLOPAW • Pre-Orders Come with SS / Paw’s Misra Full-Lengths • Portion of Proceeds to Point Foundation (LGBT)  

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All Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through til the Morning EP pre-orders will receive Sleeping States’ There the Open Spaces (MSR047) and Holopaw’s Academy Songs, Volume I (MSR067) on CD. In addition, a portion of proceeds from album sales will go to The Point Foundation – an organization designed to help LGBTQ students achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite obstacles put before them (

Recap: Holopaw‘s John Orth and Sleeping States‘ Markland Starkie are both openly gay Misra artists. The label approached the two wildly talented frontmen about this release in early 2013. We are all extremely elated it’s coming together.

Artist: Sleeping States / Holopaw
Title: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ‘til the Morning EP
Catalog Number: MSR069
Release Date: June 18, 2013 – Two openly gay frontmen release split 12″ in celebration LGBT Pride Month

“Gorgeous… we want more, John!”
- OUT Magazine on Holopaw

“Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon”
- Pitchfork on Sleeping States (8.0)

Bristol, UK’s Sleeping States and Gainesville, Florida’s Holopaw will release a split 12” on June 18, 2013 in celebration of LGBT Pride Month. The graceful voices of Markland Starkie (Sleeping States) and John Orth (Holopaw), both openly gay musicians, ride above innovative rock & roll on this momentous release.

Cut at 45 RPM and pressed on pink vinyl by Furnace MFG, the split 12” consists of two unique EPs. Sleeping States’ Old vs. New is a reworking of older songs in a newer context and was originally released overseas via Bella Union. Holopaw’s Through ‘til the Morning is a nonpareil nine-minute remix of Academy Songs, Volume I (Misra; 2013) done by Brian Deck. A member of Red Red Meat and Califone, Deck has produced records for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, Holopaw, Ugly Casanova (Orth’s collaboration with Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock) and more. The remix also features additional tracking from Califone’s Benny Massarella.

Sleeping States makes its way through five songs in just over ten minutes. From the nimble “Planning My Escape” and “A Trip to NYC” to the unruly title track, “Liberty Feelup” (a cover originally by Scottish art-pop band, Life Without Buildings) and “Trumpet Calls,” the momentum on Old vs. New never dies. As Pitchfork remarked in their 8.0 review of Sleeping States’ last album, In the Gardens of the North, “Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon.” Indeed, Markland Starkie’s gorgeous voice is at its strongest on this sharp, short, sweet collection.

Brian Deck’s remix of Holopaw’s Academy Songs, Volume I fuses the original songs in a breathtaking manner. Academy is intended to be an extremely imprecise concept album set at an all-boys preparatory academy, however, those notions are set aside as Deck blends the record into a beguiling nine-minute dream. Glimpses of the characters’ escapades and emotions surface but are quickly curtailed and melded from one sonic vignette to another. It’s an impressive amalgamation. Earlier this year, OUT Magazine beamed that Orth’s work was “gorgeous,” saying “We want more, John!” Well, here it is.

The Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Month release is packaged in a minimalist kraft board sleeve revealing the pink triangle – an international symbol of gay pride and gay rights. Appropriated from Nazi Germany, the pink triangle was once displayed upside down and used to identify gay men in concentration camps. The packaging on this release is designed to resemble the unmarked “physique” journals of the mid-twentieth century.

The talents of both Starkie and Orth have long impressed Misra Records. With a dire need for equality still unmet in the LGBT community, do help us celebrate two of our finest artists. These are beautiful voices of gay pride!

Track List:

Sleeping States Old vs. New EP
1. Planning My Escape
2. Old vs. New
3. Liberty Feelup (Life Without Buildings Cover)
4. A Trip to NYC
5. Trumpet Calls

Holopaw Through ’til the Morning EP
1. Through ’til the Morning

Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″ on Pitchfork’s Guide to Upcoming Releases  

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Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP made Pitchfork’s list of “records to look forward to in the coming months.” It will be released on 6/18.

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, we are releasing a split 12″ with two openly gay Misra artists – Sleeping States and Holopaw.  

“Gorgeous… We want more, John!”
– OUT Magazine on Holopaw
“Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon.”
– Pitchfork on Sleeping States (8.0 review)

  • Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″
  • MSR069: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP
  • Two EPs from two openly gay musicians
  • 45 RPM pink vinyl featuring Pink Triangle – gay pride/rights
  • Sleeping States works with Bella Union (Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes) overseas
  • Holopaw remix by Brian Deck (producer for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, etc).
  • Out June 18, 2013 – LGBT Pride Month

Written by leo on April 2nd, 2013

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Centro-matic’s Will Johnson & Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg on Benefit Compilation for the Late Jason Molina  

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Will Johnson (Centro-matic/South San Gabriel) and Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater) – two artists responsible for some of Misra’s finest releases – will be featured on a benefit compilation for Jason Molina of Songs: Ohia/Magnolia Electric Co. Do view the phenomenal artwork Will Schaff created for Molina (above) and the compilation’s cover (below). Read more about it all at the foot of this post.

molina comp

Via Pitchfork: 

Graveface Records has announced a benefit compilation honoring the late Jason Molina, all proceeds from which will help his family with medical and funeral costs. The CD comp, which will feature artists covering Molina’s songs, includes Mark Kozelek, Phil Elverum, Will Oldham, Allo Darlin’, Scout Niblett, John Vanderslice, Jeffrey Lewis, Will Johnson, Damien Jurado, Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg, Hospital Ships, Wave Pictures, Herman Dune, and more. It’s titled Weary Engine Blues after an artwork by Molina used for the cover, above.

Listen to Mark Kozelek’s contribution above. The CD will be accompanied by a screenprinted artwork by William Schaff, made for Molina and pictured below. Of the print, Schaff said:

Back in January of this year, I received a message from a friend of Jason’s, Tara Samaha. Like so many of us were, she was concerned. She was concerned for his safety, mental and physical health after receiving an alarming email. She felt he needed a map to help him through these troubled times and then asked that I make him one. I did. Sadly we were never able to land a concrete address for Jason, where we knew he would get the map… Sadly, the map was never delivered to him… Ryan Graveface and I thought maybe there is still a way for this map to be useful… 100% of the profits from this print will be going to Jason Molina’s family.

Pitchfork Gives Phosphorescent 8.8 “Best New Music” Rating • Misra Reissuing Phos Title for Record Store Day 2013  

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Phosphorescent received an 8.8 “Best New Music” rating via Pitchfork for their phenomenal new Muchacho LP today – out 3/19 via the fantastic Dead Oceans imprint. This is great news.

Misra is reissuing the label’s Phos title – Aw Come Aw Wry – on Record Store Day 2013 (April 20). It’s a fabulous collection of songs circa 2005. This will be a unique pressing with a slightly updated jacket and a download which includes the full album + rare live recordings of ACAW songs. The pressing was done by the fine folks at Furnace Manufacturing and sounds tremendous. Furnace’s work is done with great time and care.

Phosphorescent Interviews via Pitchfork & Line of Best Fit • Misra Reissue of Phos Title for Record Store Day 2013  

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Phosphorescent Photo by Aubrey EdwardsFor Jim Farber

Phosphorescent frontman Matthew Houck is a warmhearted, candid fellow.  Houck recently did interviews for Pitchfork and Line of Best Fit in anticipation of his forthcoming Muchacho full-length – out March 19 via the fantastic Dead Oceans imprint. These interviews are two in a long line of recent press, including a spot on NPR’s First Listen and leadoff single “Song for Zula” receiving Best New Track via Pitchfork.

Shortly after the new album’s release, Misra will reissue the label’s Phos title – Aw Come Aw Wry – on Record Store Day 2013 (April 20). It’s a fabulous collection of songs circa 2005. This will be a unique pressing with a slightly updated jacket and a download which includes the full album + rare live recordings of ACAW songs. The pressing was done by the fine folks at Furnace Manufacturing and sounds tremendous. Their work is done with great time and care.

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!