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TORRES + Paranoid Style + Crooks on Tape • Cassette Store Day 2014  

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TORRES
TORRES
8.1 Pitchfork Review

THE PARANOID STYLE
EPs I & II
MAGNET Feature
Featuring members of Bird of Youth + The Mendoza Line

CROOKS ON TAPE
Fingerprint + never-before-heard bonus B-Side
Stereogum Video Premiere
Featuring Members of Brainiac, Enon, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers, Skeleton Key

Largehearted Boy Mentions Motel Beds on List of Interesting Music Releases  

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Dayton’s Motel Beds received a small mention on a great blog—a blog named after a song by Dayton’s own Guided By Voices, nonetheless. Largehearted Boy lists Motel Beds Misra debut These Are the Days Gone By on “This Week’s Interesting Music Releases — August 26,2014.”

Beds have been receiving a lot of great press as of late; a small smattering is listed below.

Great Motel Beds Reviews via AllMusic & Consequence of Sound!  

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Motel Beds roped a couple more great reviews today:

In addition, the band recently received the following fantastic press:

“Motel Beds … one of music’s best kept secrets … These Are the Days Gone By feels like the perfect way to jump into their sprawling discography, and new fans couldn’t ask for a better-sounding or more thoughtfully compiled portal to the world of everlasting summer that the Beds have created for themselves.

— AllMusic

Stereogum Debuts Crooks on Tape’s Phenomenal “Duper” Video!  

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The fabulous folks at Sterogum debuted the video for “Duper” — the leadoff track from the band’s debut album “Fingerprint,” out now on Misra.

Crooks on Tape, a brand new band featuring John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac, Caribou, Vertical Scratchers), Rick Lee (Enon, Skeleton Key) and Joey Galvan, set out on their flagship tour in the heart of the harrowed Polar Vortex™ of 2014. At January’s onset, the band were met with, literally, -20 degree weather in Minneapolis, Madison, and more.

In an effort to keep morale from plummeting during shows that had the National Weather Bureau advising folks to stay inside, Crooks on Tape and tour manager/comedian Bob Schriner sought solace in swanky hotel rooms. Due to Schriner’s connections and prowess, not only were the rooms paid for in-full, but they came complete with superfluous amenities (including bathrobes).

Never a band to miss a creative opportunity, Crooks on Tape seized the moment and recorded video footage for “Duper” — the leadoff track from their debut record Fingerprint, out now on Misra Records. Back home in Los Angeles, the band had filmmaker Paul Cordes Wilm augment the footage and create the wild music video you see here.

Written by leo on August 9th, 2014

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Torres Teams with War On Drugs + Sharon Van Etten for New Song • Featured via Shaking Through + Pitchfork  

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Via Pitchfork:

Torres has performed a new song called “New Skin” for Philadelphia non-profit Weathervane Music’s Shaking Through web series. (A different version will appear on the follow-up to her 2013 self-titled debut). For the recording, she was backed by Sharon Van Etten, Adam Granduciel and Dave Hartley of The War on Drugs, and Chris Wilson of Ted Leo and the Pharmacists.

Misra recently released the following Torres title:

ARTIST: TORRES b/w MOTEL BEDS with KELLEY DEAL
TITLE: “The Harshest Light” b/w “Tropics of the Sand”
RELEASE DATE: Record Store Day 2014 (April 19)
NOTE: There may be a few left, but they were limited to 1,000 copies

Misra will also be releasing Torres’ phenomenal S/T debut on cassette for Cassette Store Day 2014. It sounds so good on tape. My Stars!

Listen to Motel Beds with Kelley Deal “Tropics of the Sand” via Stereogum. Sister, that’s a good 7″ if you can rope one. Thanks for your support! XO

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Written by leo on April 25th, 2014

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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!  

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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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