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Southeast Engine’s Adam Remnant Acknowledges Patron Saint of The Arts & The Harmony Rocket  

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If ever there was a heartwarming story, a chance to regain a little faith in humanity, it was recently given to us via Mark Krisher – the boyhood friend of Southeast Engine’s Adam Remnant. This is from Adam’s blog.

Patron Saint of The Arts & The Harmony Rocket

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The story goes something like this:  I admired the Harmony Rocket guitar in the window at Blue Eagle Music in Athens, Ohio for at least a couple months.  It was a red sunburst with a white pick guard, a personal favorite.  The combination is rare too, so I’m always excited when I see a guitar with such a make.  I ended up taking the picture below of the guitar and posting it online, with the following caption:

“Someone needs to buy this beautiful vintage Harmony guitar from Blue Eagle music in Athens, Ohio because I can’t afford it, and its mere presence is torturing.”

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I was hoping someone would actually buy it so I wouldn’t have to look at it anymore.  Some friends commented that they too had been admiring the guitar for some time.  Later in the evening I got online and saw I had a message from my close childhood friend Mark, who now lives in Seattle, which read:

“I STRONGLY suggest you PHYSICALLY go back down to Blue Eagle and make sure that they didn’t already set that guitar aside for you.

STRONGLY suggest.”

With my mind racing, I explained to my wife that I had to go down to Blue Eagle Music right now.  I drove down to the store to find the guitar was no longer in the window!  I told Frank, the owner, that I received a cryptic message from my friend about the Harmony guitar.  Frank replied, “You’ve got a really nice friend.”  Well, luck would have it that my friend Mark saw my post, called the store and paid for the guitar over the phone, instructing them to set it aside for me.

I sat down in the store and played the guitar for a while.  It plays great.  I chatted with Frank for a little while about this incredible gift.  As I left I called my friend and thanked him.  There’s wasn’t much else to say.  We caught up a little, and exchanged some inside jokes.  Mark hung out with my brother and I growing up.  He was at our house a lot.  We would all hang out in our basement bedroom mocking what was on TV, telling inside jokes, occasionally playing music, and laughing a lot.  We all hang out still today if we are all back home in Dayton during holidays or when my band Southeast Engine has been out on the West coast.

Today, I’m still in awe of such a wonderful gift.  I’m a little bit in disbelief that the guitar belongs to me.  I feel a sense of responsibility to try to make something great with it.  That’s the only way I know how to pay Mark back for his generosity.  Anyway, I want to thank Mark once again for being my own personal Patron Saint of the Arts.  Thanks Mark!

Written by leo on January 25th, 2013

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Last Days of Misra Holiday Sale!  

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Misra’s Holiday Sale will be wrapping up by year’s end. In celebration of a phenomenal 2012, everything is 20% off over at the Misra store.

Misra 2012:

  • February 14: Shearwater’s Winged Life is issued on LP for the first time. The record features songs by SW frontman Jonathan Meiburg and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. Shearwater then embarks on tours with St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
  • February 14: Bears’ Greater Lakes is released. Grandma helped distribute the release and it’s praised by NPR Song of the Day, AP, Cleveland Scene, and many more.
  • February 28: Water Liars’ debut Phantom Limb is met with great praise from A.V. Club, Daytrotter, No Depression, VICE, NPR Song of the Day, and more.
  • March 15: Misra heads to SXSW 2012 with a showcase featuring R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery), Palomar, The Black Swans, Southeast Engine, Seryn, and Water Liars. The event is a wonderful success.
  • July 31: The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song is released. It is met with phenomenal praise viaPitchfork, MOJO, Paste, MAGNET, AllMusic, Dusted, and many more. The band heads on tour with WHY? soon after.
  • July 31: Southeast Engine’s Canaanville EP is released. Canaanville is a 4-song appendix EP to the band’s widely-hailed Canary album. For a baby release, it is met with great praise fromDaytrotter, PopMatters, A.V. Club, and more. The band heads to Pickathon soon after.
  • October 31: R. Ring – a new band comprised of The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery – release their debut “Fallout & Fire” b/w “SEE” 7″ on Misra. It is met with wild attention from Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, VICE, and many more.
  • November 13: Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” is released. The 7″ single is the predecessor to Paw’s absolutely breathtaking Academy Songs, Volume I (out January 15, 2013). Pitchfork debuts the A-Side and Under the Radar debuts the B-Side.

Written by leo on December 20th, 2012

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The Onion A.V. Club Places Water Liars & Southeast Engine in Their 40 Great Songs of 2012 List  

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Southeast Engine: Live & Breathing Premieres Video from Pickathon 2012  

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The wonderful folks at Live & Breathing premiered Southeast Engine’s video for “From the Roots of the Mountains to Your Holy Temple” via Pickathon 2012 today. SEE recently wrapped up a wonderful year. You can read about it via southeastengine.com.

Written by leo on December 11th, 2012

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Misra Holiday Sale • Thank You for a Phenomenal 2012  

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With a spirit of gratitude, Grandma Misra is offering all Misra titles at 20% off. 2012 was a phenomenal year for the label and we are extremely thankful for all Misra artists and supporters.

  • February 14: Shearwater’s Winged Life is issued on LP for the first time. The record features songs by SW frontman Jonathan Meiburg and Okkervil River’s Will Sheff. Shearwater then embarks on tours with St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr. and more.
  • February 14: Bears’ Greater Lakes is released. Grandma helped distribute the release and it’s praised by NPR Song of the Day, AP, Cleveland Scene, and many more.
  • February 28: Water Liars’ debut Phantom Limb is met with great praise from A.V. Club, Daytrotter, No Depression, VICE, NPR Song of the Day, and more.
  • March 15: Misra heads to SXSW 2012 with a showcase featuring R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery), Palomar, The Black Swans, Southeast Engine, Seryn, and Water Liars. The event is a wonderful success.
  • July 31: The Black Swans’ Occasion for Song is released. It is met with phenomenal praise via Pitchfork, MOJO, Paste, MAGNET, AllMusic, Dusted, and many more. The band heads on tour with WHY? soon after.
  • July 31: Southeast Engine’s Canaanville EP is released. Canaanville is a 4-song appendix EP to the band’s widely-hailed Canary album. For a baby release, it is met with great praise from Daytrotter, PopMatters, A.V. Club, and more. The band heads to Pickathon soon after.
  • October 31: R. Ring – a new band comprised of The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery – release their debut “Fallout & Fire” b/w “SEE” 7″ on Misra. It is met with wild attention from Pitchfork, SPIN, Stereogum, VICE, and many more.
  • November 13: Holopaw’s “Golden Sparklers” b/w “Yearling’s Darlings” is released. The 7″ single is the predecessor to Paw’s absolutely breathtaking Academy Songs, Volume I (out January 15, 2013). Pitchfork debuts the A-Side and Under the Radar debuts the B-Side.
Thanks again so much,
Grandma Misra

Southeast Engine’s “Old Oak Tree” Video Premiere  

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The wonderful folks at Donewaiting premiered Southeast Engine’s “Old Oak Tree” video today. The video was shot by filmmaker Thomas R. Britt and debuted on DW in celebration of SEE’s Midwest/Northeast Autumn 2012 Tour. Here is the Facebook event page for the tour (dates below as well).

“Old Oak Tree” is the first track on the band’s new Canaanville EP. Canaanville is an appendix to 2011′s critically-acclaimed Canary full-length. Here is Southeast Engine on NPR World Cafe with David Dye in the wake of the aforementioned album.

Southeast Engine Autumn 2012 Tour

11-01 – Columbus, OH – The Tree Bar
11-02 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe
11-03 – Washington, DC – The Dunes
11-04 – Phoenixville, PA – Steel City Coffeehouse
11-05 – Rochester, NY – Abilene Bar & Lounge
11-06 – Albany, NY – Red Square
11-07 – New Haven, CT – BAR
11-08 – Allston, MA – Great Scott
11-09 – Peace Dale, RI – Roots Hoot House Concerts
11-10 – New York, NY – The Slipper Room (early show)

Reminder: Shearwater supporting Dinosaur Jr. • Black Swans supporting WHY? • R. Ring, Southeast Engine, Water Liars, Will Johnson, Centro-matic Tours  

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A reminder that Shearwater are currently supporting Dinosaur Jr., Black Swans are supporting WHY?, and R. Ring, Southeast Engine, Water Liars, Will Johnson (solo), and Centro-matic all having forthcoming tours. Hallelujah the Hills and Emily Rodgers also have a few shows lined up as well.

Head to the tour page on Misra’s site here to learn more. Thanks for supporting independent music!

Human Cannonball  

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Southeast Engine’s wildly talented bassist & harmony vocalist Jesse Remnant writes and records in a band called Human Cannonball. Backed by a band of equally talented Dayton, OH sons, Remnant’s knack for melody is quite remarkable. Here is a piece Don Thrasher (Guided By Voices, Swearing at Motorists, Smug Brothers) recently did on the group for the Dayton Daily News.

Human Cannonball self-releases their debut Let’s Be Friends this weekend in Remnant’s hometown of Dayton, OH. The band plays Canal St. Tavern Saturday night @ 9:30 PM with Tim Pritchard & The Boxcar Ensemble and Josh Eagle & Harvest City.

Southeast Engine Brother Joseph Remnant Illustrates Posthumous Harvey Pekar Graphic Novel • NY Times Bestseller  

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Joseph Remnant – brother to Southeast Engine frontman Adam Remant and bassist Jesse Remnant – was discovered by the infamous comic book author Harvey Pekar a couple years back. Pekar was known for his American Splendor comic series that ran from 1976-1988 and was illustrated by the likes of R. Crumb (see cover for the Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street and Big Brother & The Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills).

A 2003 film of the same name was done on Pekar’s life, starred Paul Giamatti (in addition to Pekar), and won first honors at Sundance. Here is a clip of Pekar getting into a fight on David Letterman’s show.

So it goes, Pekar saw a spread Joseph drew in Arthur Magazine and quickly asked him to illustrate Cleveland – a graphic novel concerning his hometown. Joseph obliged, though halfway through the process Pekar abruptly passed away. Thankfully, the script was written and Joseph was able to finish Pekar’s now-posthumous novel on the author’s hometown of Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland is a a spectacular artifact and charted on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels. You can purchase it here and read more about it below. Thanks for supporting the arts. Hey, who knows, perhaps Southeast Engine will have a Big Brother & The Holding Company-esque cover in future days?…

“One of the very greatest works by that unique and irreplaceable American voice, the truly splendorous Harvey Pekar… graced by the impeccable and poignant artistry of Joseph Remnant.” – From the introduction by Alan Moore

“A must for graphic-novel, Americana, and localism buffs alike.” – Booklist (starred review)

‎”Often insightful, and unafraid to show himself in an extremely uncomplimentary light, Pekar illustrates 70 years of recent history as seen through the eyes of one gloomy but talented pessimist… Remnant brings this very personal history to vibrant life with his own flair for the charm of the ordinary. Cleveland will stand as a must-have volume in Pekar’s body of work.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“America’s poet-comic-laureate of curmudgeonhood is sorely missed, but thankfully, this posthumous book, like Hamlet’s father, is here to remind us of the great man, the great Pekar.” – Jonathan Ames, author and creator of HBO’s Bored to Death

“A great American writer at the very tip top of his game and working with one of the best visual interpreters of his long career. Cleveland is a masterpiece, a modern American masterpiece.” – Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds

Southeast Engine • Dayton Fest This Wknd • Tour: 11/1-11/10  

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Southeast Engine plays the Dayton Music Festival this weekend (Facebook event). In addition to two (different) SEE sets each night, the band will play the A-Side of Guided By Voices’ “Bee Thousand” on Friday @ 8 PM @ Omega Records and the B-Side on Saturday @ 12:30 PM @ Canal St. Tavern.

SEE heads on a tour of the Midwest and Northeast from 11/1-11/10 (Facebook event). All dates are listed above.

Written by leo on October 3rd, 2012

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