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Thanks to Stuart Berman and the fine folks at Pitchfork for giving COT a nod in their recent review of Vertical Scratchers—the other brand new band of John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, etc). It’s appreciated. You haven’t seen the end of Crooks On Tape.
Crooks on Tape‘s John Schmersal is known for his time in legendary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac. When 3RA1N1AC came to an end, Schmersal formed Enon (another singular underground band—named for a rural community near Dayton).
These days, along with jumpstarting COT (with his old Enon bandmate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan), Schmersal has stayed busy playing bass in Caribou and subbing for Eli Janney in Girls Against Boys. Now, he’s formed Vertical Scratchers — *another* brand new band.
Yes, John Schmersal and ex-Triclops!/Anywhere member Christian Beaulieu release the debut Vertical Scratchers album Daughter of Everything on February 25 via Merge Records. Guided by Voices frontman and fellow Daytonian Robert Pollard contributes guest vocals. You can listen to VS’s new album here via Pitchfork Advance until February 24.
Go John, go!
Matt LeMay—a kindhearted fellow who has been writing for Pitchfork since the 1990s—included Crooks on Tape in his “Year in Music” piece. Crooks’ “Duper” was his most played song of 2013! You can check it out here. You can also catch Crooks on Tape on tour!
Crooks on Tour, Chapter 1
16-Jan-14 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar $10/$12
17-Jan-14 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Bar $10/$12
18-Jan-14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill $10/$12
20-Jan-14 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar $8/$10
21-Jan-14 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile $10/$12
22-Jan-14 SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett $10
23-Jan-14 MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge $10/$12
26-Jan-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock $8/$10
27-Jan-14 MADISON, WI The Frequency $10
28-Jan-14 CHICAGO, IL Schubas $10/$12
29-Jan-14 COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups $8/$10
30-Jan-14 DAYTON, OH Rockstar Pro Arena $8/$10
31-Jan-14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House $8/$10
1-Feb-14 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanzabar $6/$8
2-Feb-14 BLOOMINGTON, IN The Bishop $10/$12
3-Feb-14 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird $10/$12
5-Feb-14 DENVER, CO Hi Dive $10
6-Feb-14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Launchpad $7/$8
7-Feb-14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress Free show
8-Feb-14 SCOTTSDALE, AZ Pub Rock Live $10/$12
Crooks on Tour, Chapter 2 (Europe)
FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine TBA
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit
Misra is thankful for a wonderful 2013! It was filled with debuts, charity releases, new albums, LPs, CDs, Cassettes, and more!
CROOKS ON TAPE Fingerprint (MSR073): COT is the new band of John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, etc.) + Rick Lee (Enon). Fingerprint is their debut effort. Released: 10/22/13 (CD/digi) + 11/05/13 (LP/Tape)
SPINERIDERS Hello Future Tinglies (MSR070): Jason Molina’s old band. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Released: 10/24/13.
SLEEPING STATES / HOLOPAW LGBT Pride Release: Two EPs from two openly gay frontmen. Paw’s side = Califone Remix. 45 RPM 12″ on pink vinyl. Portion of proceeds to Point Foundation.
(((Holopaw: SPIN premiere)))
PHOSPHORESCENT Aw Come Aw Wry: LP reissue of Phossy’s 2005 album on heavyweight vinyl with slighly altered cover. Fun! Released: Record Store Day 2013.
HOLOPAW Academy Songs, Volume I: In addition to Holopaw, frontman John Orth was also one half of Ugly Casanova alongside Modest Mouse’s Isaac Brock. This is Holopaw’s finest album to date. Released: 01/15/13.
Be on the lookout for releases from The Paranoid Style, Motel Beds, Shearwater, Dignan Porch, and more!
Spineriders (Jason Molina’s Old Band) • Pitchfork, SPIN, MAGNET, Under the Radar, PopMatters, Line of Best Fit, etc.
Spineriders—the old band of the late, great Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co)—has seen some phenomenal press (some below). Misra co-released Spineriders Hello Future Tinglies with Aquabear Legion. AB is the Athens-OH based art collective of Molina’s boyhood friend and Spineriders/Songs: Ohia founding member Todd Jacops + Lorain, OH native/Admiral King H.S. Alum (Molina’s boyhood home/alma mater) Brian Koscho. Spineriders drummer Carl Raponi made some prints for the occasion (on sale as well) and provided some (forthcoming) video footage.
We pressed the album on cassette—an effort to stay true to the times in which this music was made. There are only 300 of these puppies in existence and they are going quick. Head here to purchase and support. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association (memafund.org).
In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, we are releasing a split 12″ with two openly gay Misra artists – Sleeping States and Holopaw.
- 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
Pitchfork Gives Phosphorescent 8.8 “Best New Music” Rating • Misra Reissuing Phos Title for Record Store Day 2013
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
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.
The Black Swans “Occasion for Song” – Deluxe, Double Gatefold, 180 Gram, 2x LP Record Store Day 2013 Release
That’s right, a deluxe, double gatefold, 180 gram, 2x LP pressing of The Black Swans’ fantastic Occasion for Song (Misra; 2012) will be available on Record Store Day 2013 (April 20). This phenomenal package is limited to 500 copies and will be available at *record stores only.* Get on it and make sure to support your local record store!
Also, do make sure to check out the brand new Pitchfork feature on Mus-I-col – the legendary Columbus recording studio where The Black Swans recorded Occasion for Song. Black Swans’ frontman Jerry DeCicca is interviewed for the piece and “Portsmouth, Ohio” off Occasion for Song is highlighted. It’s a wonderful and important read!
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
Academy Songs, Volume I CD Album Cover
Singles from Academy Songs, Volume I
- “Golden Sparklers”: Pitchfork Premiere
- “Discotheque”: MTV Hive Premiere
- “We Are The Virgin Snow”: Paste Premiere
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.”