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Steregoum Premieres Motel Beds with Kelley Deal “Tropics of the Sand”  

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The wonderful folks of Stereogum premiered “Tropics of the Sand” by Motel Beds with Kelley Deal. The song is one half of a very limited Record Store Day 7″ with Torres. Torres’ song is titled “The Harshest Light” and is a never-before-heard gem.

The 7″ is out this weekend, along with Misra Records “15 Years: Adventures in Obstinacy”. Tracklist for the comp is below.

SIDE A
01 R. Ring – “Fallout & Fire”
02 Shearwater – “Whipping Boy”
03 Crooks On Tape – “If Feelings Mean A Thing”
04 Motel Beds – “Smoke Your Homework”
05 Summer Hymns – “Beginning to See”
06 Centro-Matic – “Triggers and Trash Heaps”
07 Sleeping States – “Rivers”

SIDE B
01 Phosphorescent – “I Am a Full Grown Man (I Will Lay in the Grass All Day)”
02 Southeast Engine – “Adeline of the Appalachian Mountains”
03 Holopaw – “Discotheque”
04 Emily Rodgers – “Bright Day
05 The Mendoza Line – “Triple Bill of Shame”

Written by leo on April 16th, 2014

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Crooks on Tape: Video on Stereogum • Tour Press • On Tour Now!  

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The wonderful folks at Stereogum recently posted the new video for Crooks on Tape’s “If Feelings Mean a Thing”—track two off their debut LP “Fingerprint.” The video premiered last week via VICE.

C.O.T. has also been receiving some fantastic tour press. Here is a smattering below:

…& more

Crooks On Tape • “Crooks On Tour,” Chapter 1  

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CROOKS ON TAPE is john schmersal (ENON, brainiac, bass in caribou, plays with girls against boys, etc) + rick lee (enon, skeleton key) + joey galvan. Here is a full album stream of Crooks’ debut album “Fingerprint” via the A.V. Club.

Crooks On Tape • "Crooks On Tour", Chapter 1    

Date City Venue Country
01/16/14 San Diego, CA Soda Bar United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+.
01/17/14 Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Bar United States
Age restrictions: 21+. CROOKS ON TAPES’ DEBUT SHOW! BUY TICKETS
01/18/14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill United States
Time: 8:30pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/20/14 Portland, OR Bunk Bar United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 1028 Southeast Water Ave.
01/21/14 Seattle, WA The Crocodile United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages.
01/22/14 Spokane, WA The Bartlett United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 228 W. Sprague Avenue.
01/23/14 Missoula, MT Stage 112 United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 112 N. Pattee St.
01/26/14 Minneapolis, MN Triple Rock Social Club United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+. Address: 629 Cedar Avenue South.
01/27/14 Madison, WI The Frequency United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+. Address: 121 W Main Street.
01/28/14 Chicago, IL Schubas United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 3159 N Southport.
01/29/14 Columbus, OH Ace of Cups United States
Time: 9:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 18+.
01/30/14 Dayton, OH Rockstar Pro Arena United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 1106 East Third St..
01/31/14 Newport, KY Southgate House United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 111 East Sixth St.
02/02/14 Bloomington, IN The Bishop United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: All Ages.
02/03/14 St. Louis, MO Firebird United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $12. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 2706 Olive St..
02/05/14 Denver, CO Hi-Dive United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+.
02/06/14 Albuquerque, NM Launchpad United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $7. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 618 Central Avenue SW.
02/07/14 Tuscon, AZ Club Congress United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: FREE. Age restrictions: 21+. BUY TICKETS
02/08/14 Scottsdale, AZ Pub Rock Live United States
Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $10. Age restrictions: 21+. Address: 8005 E. Roosevelt St.BUY TICKETS

 

Video: R. Ring’s Kelley Deal + Lil’ Bub!  

Posted at 10:42 am

R. Ring’s Kelley Deal took some time off touring with The Breeders to head on over to Lil’ Bub’s studio in Bloomington, IN. Lil’ Bub is an extremely special celebrity kitty. Oh, do watch the video above. It features our good friend Nick Eddy from Dayton, OH!

The event was covered by Rolling Stone, SPIN, Stereogum, Consequence of Sound, Huffington Post, and more.

Via Rolling Stone:

“Lil Bub is using her magical space feline powers to make waves in the music business. Two weeks ago, the internet-famous permakitten hosted noted cat enthusiast Steve Albini as a guest on her web series, Lil Bub’s Big Show. Having received an intensive tutorial in music production from Albini, Lil Bub put her fresh skills to work this week on a new single for Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal.

At the opening of the episode, Lil Bub offered to grant one wish to the first person to call in. As luck would have it, Deal won the prize, appearing on a small screen with her own fluffy-headed cat beside her. “Shouldn’t you on tour with the Breeders?” Lil Bub asked. Deal explained that she had a little time off, then made her wish to have Lil Bub produce her next single. Harnessing the power of “science and magic,” Bub transported Deal to a recording studio, where a full band soon materialized.

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In addition to producing, Bub plays keyboards on the new song (aided by what appear to be cat treats on the keys) and contributes a few vocals as well. The result of her hard work, a sunny new single called “Shirtcrush,” is available on iTunes.

In a note on her own website, Deal explained how the collaboration with Lil Bub really came together. Her band, R. Ring played a show last year at Bloomington, Indiana’s Russian Recording Studio, which Lil Bub’s “dude” Mike Bridavsky owns and operates. “She is super sweet and she and her Dude are hell bent on bringing magic and love to Earth,” Deal wrote.”

Written by leo on November 11th, 2013

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Crooks On Tape “Fingerprint” • CD/Digital Officially Out Today!  

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Crooks On Tape Fingerprint is officially out on CD/Digital formats today! Pick up a copy at any retailer or digital service provider!

Crooks on Tape is John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key, Butter 08), and Joey Galvan. The unscripted band was born out of a simple notion: convene, improvise, and record every moment.

In 2010, the Los Angeles trio assembled a rotating fortress of instruments, synthesizers, samplers, and loopers. Crooks recorded hundreds of hours of material, largely instrumental in its original performance. Fingerprint is the first evidence of this undertaking and a window into the band’s sound. The debut record you hear is analogous to tiny snapshots of an altered crime scene.

In many ways, Crooks picks up where Enon left off. Rick and John created two instrumental records in Enon’s early days (Long Play and On Hold). Fingerprint is an outgrowth of those directions, spun in a totally live, improvisational context, augmented by vocals. Though unpredictable, Joey’s marked drumming style provides the adhesion, gluing the group together when sessions become too cacophonous.

Misra Records is now based in Dayton, OH — the hometown of Schmersal and his former band Brainiac. Strange, unformed, wildly intriguing snippets of Fingerprint began making their way to the label in early 2013. Each song sounded like a story unfolding. Songs were amended, vocals were added, and a debut album began to develop.

This material is mined from sessions lasting between winter, 2010 – Spring, 2012. The band has since moved from the location where these documents were made. They are hard at work constructing a new space. John has been dividing his time between Crooks on Tape, Caribou, Girls Against Boys (occasionally subbing for Eli Janney), and playing with another new band. You can expect many more records to evolve from this time period alone.

Fingerprint is for Crooks a pop record — the band at its most accessible. Stranger things are to follow.

Track List:

1. Duper
2. If Feelings Mean a Thing
3. Tito’s Riser
4. The Regiments
5. Melting the Ice
6. Summer’s End

7. River Bait
8. Milo’s Creeper
9. A Hazmat Dream
10. Wandered Again
11. Clergyman Segway
12. Barging In

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Stereogum Premieres Crooks On Tape  

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The wonderful folks at Stereogum premiered Crooks On Tapes’ “If Feelings Means a Thing”. The song is track two off their forthcoming debut record Fingerprint. “Feelings” is a dark, brooding, atmospheric number set in 3/4 time. It asks and tells. It’s a beautiful song. As with many Crooks numbers, “Feelings” picks up where Enon (the former band of Crooks members John Schmersal and Rick Lee) left off.

 

Fingerprint is out 10/22 (CD/Digital) and 11/5 (LP/Cassette). Crooks were recently picked up by Windish Agency as well and will tour in the coming months. Stay tuned!

Written by leo on October 7th, 2013

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SPIN Features Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Release  

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The fine folks of SPIN Magazine featured Sleeping States and Holopaw in a phenomenal feature on the two acts’ new split 12″ LGBT pride release (45 RPM, pink vinyl). Both acts are fronted by openly gay men (John Orth with Paw and Markland Starkie with SS). See more below.

Excerpt from SPIN feature: 

“The double-billed treat is currently available in digital and pink vinyl formats (via Misra). A portion of proceeds from album sales will go toward the Point Foundation, an organization that provides support to LGBTQ students. For a preview of the collection, below hear Sleeping States’ achingly tuneful “Planning My Escape” (originally premiered via OUT), followed by Holopaw’s restless “Through ‘Til the Morning,” which somehow transitions from an electronic chin-stroker to a tribal chant (via Stereogum).”

Please “like” and share the feature and, most importantly, purchase a copy. It supports a great cause

Happy Release Day to Sleeping States / Holopaw! • LGBT Pride Month 45 RPM Split 12″ Out Today!  

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The Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through ‘Til The Morning EP is out today in celebration of LGBT Pride Month! That’s right – a 45 RPM split 12″ on pink vinyl via two openly gay frontmen! More details below.

>>> ORDER here. Portion of proceeds to Point Foundation – an organization designed to help LGBTQ students achieve their full academic and leadership potential, despite obstacles put before them (pointfoundation.org).

Out Magazine–the highest circulating gay monthly publication in the United States–announced Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through ‘Til The Morning EP. In addition, they highlighted Sleeping States’ fabulous “Planning My Escape.”

The fine folks at Stereogum premiered Holopaw’s “Through ‘Til The Morning”. The 9+ minute dreamlike piece occupies the entire side of the Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Month 45 RPM split 12″.

For those in the dark on this release. In celebration of LGBT Pride Month (June), Misra is releasing:

  • Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″
  • MSR069: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP
  • Two EPs from two openly gay frontmen.
  • Pink vinyl cut at 45 RPM featuring Pink Triangle for gay pride/rights
  • Holopaw remix by Brian Deck (producer for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, etc).
  • Out June 18, 2013 – LGBT Pride Month
  • Please note: 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 (pointfoundation.org).

You can pre-order the split 12″ here and receive both Sleeping States and Holopaw’s full-length Misra releases on CD when you do so. Thanks so much for your support! It means more than you know!

Stereogum Premieres Holopaw “Through ‘Til The Morning” (Califone Remix) • Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Month Release Out This Tuesday, 6/18  

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The fine folks at Stereogum premiered Holopaw’s “Through ‘Til The Morning” today! The 9+ minute dreamlike piece occupies the entire side of the forthcoming Sleeping States / Holopaw LGBT Pride Month 45 RPM split 12″ (on pink vinyl with a portion of proceeds to Point Foundation).

Via Stereogum:

Misra Records is celebrating LGBT Pride Month in a really interesting way with this baffling new release from Holopaw (split with Sleeping States). Basically what happened here is Brian Deck and Benny Massarella of Califone (who announced their new album today) took Holopaw’s recent album, Academy Songs Vol. 1, and remixed the entire thing into a nine-minute song titled “Through ‘Til The Morning.” Sounds kind of intimidating, but even at nine minutes the track is absolutely overflowing with ideas yet never feels like a patchwork of songs. It’s a total journey, and hearing how it gets from its electronics-with-field-recording opening to a full-on tribal freak-out has just gotten more enjoyable with each listen. But what does this have to do with LGBT Pride Month, you ask? Well, both Markland Starkie (of Sleeping States) and John Orth (of Holopaw) are openly gay, and a portion of the sales go to The Point Foundation, a group set up to help support LGBTQ students. Give the track a listen below and check out the A-side by Sleeping States via OUT Magazine.

>>> >>> >>>

  • Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″
  • MSR069: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP
  • Two EPs from two openly gay frontmen.
  • Pink vinyl cut at 45 RPM featuring Pink Triangle for gay pride/rights
  • Holopaw remix by Brian Deck (producer for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, etc).
  • Out June 18, 2013 – LGBT Pride Month
  • Please note: 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 (pointfoundation.org).

You can pre-order the split 12″ here and receive both Sleeping States and Holopaw’s full-length Misra releases on CD when you do so. Thanks so much for your support! It means more than you know!

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R. Ring (The Breeders’ Kelley Deal & Ampline’s Mike Montgomery) • Debut 7″ Out Today  

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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.

>> Listen to the A-Side (Orange-Side) via Pitchfork.
>> Purchase the 7″ here and support great independent art!
>> Check out a small smattering of the great press R. Ring have received below!