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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.”
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.
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.
R. Ring Featured in Pitchfork’s Announcement of 20th Anniversary Reissue of The Breeders’ “Last Splash”
R. Ring’s “Fallout & Fire” was featured in Pitchfork’s announcement of the 20th Anniversary reissue of The Breeders’ Last Splash. R. Ring’s Kelley Deal will join the reunited Last Splash-era Breeders to celebrate 4AD’s deluxe reissue of this wonderful album. In addition, the band will play the Deerhunter-curated All Tomorrow’s Parties and tour around the album’s release.
This is particularly exciting for Misra, as three of the Last Splash-era Breeders (Kelley, her identical twin sister Kim Deal, and drummer Jim McPherson) live right here in the label’s hometown of Dayton, OH. Spirits are high around this historic event.
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.
Today is a special day! The debut 7″ by R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery) is officially released today – 10/30/2012. “Fallout & Fire” b/w “SEE” is an extremely special set of songs and the first Kelley Deal project in a very long while.
Well over a year ago, Grandma Misra began speaking with David Pokrivnak – the visionary behind the newly-launched, Youngstown-based Wild Kindness Records. Pokrivnak had helped out at legendary K Records for a good spell. A designer by trade, DP possesses a true talent for the visual end of running a record label. Grandma and David began chatting and collaborating and supporting one another in their mutual endeavors.
Among other items, this resulted in David helping with design for the early 2012 reissue of Shearwater’s Winged Life and Misra manager Leo DeLuca writing the press release and facilitating Black Swans & Southeast Engine tracks to Wild Kindness’ Sunshine Off the Tracks: A Benefit for GEMS. Girls Educational & Mentoring Services (GEMS) is a New York-based organization designed to serve females, ages 12-24, who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking.
Now, the time has come for Misra and Wild Kindness to do a joint release proper. Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings,” a 500-run limited 7″, will arrive November 13 via Misra/WK.
“Golden Sparklers” is the lead-off single via Paw’s forthcoming Academy Songs, Volume I (Misra; January 15, 2013) and it is absolutely breathtaking. The track recently premiered on Pitchfork and you can head [here] to hear.
Pre-order “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings and Academy Songs, Volume I via this [link]. Thanks so much for supporting independent music and art.
Pitchfork premiered Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” today. Thanks so much to Larry, Jenn & all at P4K. How wonderful.
“Golden Sparklers” is the leadoff single from Academy Songs, Volume I (release: 1/15). Set in the close quarters of an all-boys preparatory academy and the world beyond its “ivied walls,” Holopaw have crafted a truly magnificent album. To note: the LP & CD covers are two different photographs.
“Golden Sparklers” is also the A-Side of the very limited, hand-numbered “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” 7″ (release: 11/13). Our dear friends at Wild Kindness Records will aid in the release of the 7″. The full-length will be solely a Misra endeavor.
>> Pre-order both here. Thanks so much for supporting independent art & music!