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

Posted at 2:13 pm

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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

The Paranoid Style on WFMU!  

Posted at 12:45 pm

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The Paranoid Style is a new band featuring Elizabeth Nelson (Bird of Youth), Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) and a gaggle of friends (including Misra’s own manager Leo DeLuca and radio guru Billy Matheny).

WHAT’S THIS?!?! They were featured on WFMU (1, 2).

Misra is working on the dynamics of their decidedly boutique release. It is, however, available on cassette + digital right now via the Misra store. The first pressing is limited to 100 on red cassette.

Written by leo on December 13th, 2013

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The Paranoid Style? The Paranoid Style! Enjoy NOW!  

Posted at 4:20 pm

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The Paranoid Style is the independent rock band of Elizabeth Nelson (Bird of Youth), Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) and many friends (listed below). Misra is issuing a very limited (qty: 100) boutique cassette release of their two EPs: The Power of Our Proven System (A-Side) and The Purposes of Music in General (B-Side). It’s all dressed in an amazing little package with fantastic album art via Tommy Copper (of Misra band Motel Beds… just look at that). Oh, and the cassette is red! Lots more on this soon, but it’s officially available today via the Misra store.

Paranoid Players:

Bruce Bennett
Leo DeLuca
Ken Flagg
Greta Gertler Gold
Adam D. Gold
Billy Matheny
Clint Newman
Amy Posner
Lee Waters

Written by leo on November 29th, 2013

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Thankful for a Wonderful 2013!  

Posted at 10:52 am

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)

(((Crooks On Tape: A.V. Club full-album stream)))

SPINERIDERS Hello Future Tinglies (MSR070): Jason Molina’s old band. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association. Released: 10/24/13.

(((Spineriders: Pitchfork Premiere)))

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.

(((Holopaw: OUT premiered video)))

Be on the lookout for releases from The Paranoid Style, Motel Beds, Shearwater, Dignan Porch, and more! 

TPS Report: The Paranoid Style — Interrogated by Manic Pop Thrills  

Posted at 2:19 pm

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TPS Report: The Paranoid Style recently spoke with Manic Pop Thrills. The interview is wildly intriguing. Read “Questions of Subversion — The Paranoid Style interrogation transcript” via this [link].

The Paranoid Style was a special committee convened in 2012 in order to address our country’s many pressing problems. Elizabeth Nelson (Bird Of Youth) and Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) are at the forefront of this unique brain trust.

A symposium was recently held at Misra World Headquarters. Mid-function, it became wildly apparent that Misra needs to disseminate The Power of Our Proven System—a new extended play (EP) recording by The Paranoid Style. The new tracks will be endorsed alongside The Purposes of Music in General—a previously released EP. Both recordings will be available on Black Friday (November 29) of this year. 

You can read about The Paranoid Style in MAGNET Magazine. Listen to “Numb it Up and Go” The Paranoid Style.

(((PRE-ORDER))) a limited-edition cassette (100)
MSR074: The Power of Our Proven System EP (Side A) + The Purposes of Music in General EP (Side B)
Release Date: Black Friday (November 29, 2013)

The Paranoid Style Partner with Misra, Disseminate Limited Cassette, PRE-ORDER  

Posted at 1:11 pm

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The Paranoid Style was a special committee convened in 2012 in order to address our country’s many pressing problems. Elizabeth Nelson (Bird Of Youth) and Timothy Bracy (The Mendoza Line) are at the forefront of this unique brain trust.

A symposium was recently held at Misra World Headquarters. Mid-function, it became wildly apparent that Misra needs to disseminate The Power of Our Proven System—a new extended play (EP) recording by The Paranoid Style. The new tracks will be endorsed alongside The Purposes of Music in General—a previously released EP. Both recordings will be available on Black Friday (November 29) of this year. 

You can read about The Paranoid Style in MAGNET Magazine. Listen to “Numb it Up and Go” The Paranoid Style.

(((PRE-ORDER))) a limited-edition cassette (100)
MSR074: The Power of Our Proven System EP (Side A) + The Purposes of Music in General EP (Side B)
Release Date: Black Friday (November 29, 2013)

Dick Hofstadter wrote that the paranoid style in American politics is marked by “movements of suspicious discontent”—convictions that the natural or authentic unfolding of history is subverted by cultural or corporate or catholic conspiracies—that ancient committees or unholy novelties connive to ensure that Things Are Not As They Should Be.

In the Manichaean mind of Hofstadter’s paranoiac, control over this world is vested in a pre-specified enemy who “is a perfect model of malice… sinister, ubiquitous, powerful, cruel, sensual, luxury-loving.” Juxtaposed with our constrained heroes, this Devil is “not caught in the toils of the vast mechanism of history, himself a victim of his past, his desires, his limitations.” Rather “he wills, indeed, he manufactures, the mechanism of history.”

The paranoiac—her faculties addled, ever on the lookout for these Demons greasily fingering the levers of conspiracy—is tragicomic because, of course, Entropy reigns. The Devil is neither red nor scaly; no bifurcated tail, no hayfork. The Devil is the places you end up no matter what you do.  Or don’t. The Devil is it didn’t matter. The Devil is there’s nobody looking out for you, no ten-year budget window. The Devil is inertia, cold and dumb.

Hofstadter had in mind Goldwater—and by implication and breeding, the Tea Party, too—when he wrote the Paranoid Style. Though we see just as much of the paranoiac’s rage against her own inefficaciousness, projected this time onto Windsor-knotted totems, in the inert gyrations of the Occupiers.

But more than Right and Left, Entropy reserves its heartiest guffaw for the Hofstadters themselves—for the Brylcreemed technocrat Friends of Archimedes who thought if they could stand far enough away, with a big enough lever, they could lift the very Earth from off its foundations and diagram its armature for posterity with a steely detached clinicism. That somehow because they could look upon the abyss they were free of it.

One can imagine the parties, in the vague years between Eisenhower and Reagan, where ordinary people first borrowed, as Hofstadter did, from the DSM, and enunciated terms like “codependence” with a skilled labor. Now, the psychobabble is so much a part of the grammar we don’t notice it, but then it must have been so comforting—if only for that transitory disenchanting moment—for self-loathing deviants and hysteric housewives everywhere to expose in medicinal language the causal structure of their most fearsome despairs.

But to have named something is not, as it is sometimes suggested, to have power over it. Indeed, it was the most perverted assumption of the Hofstadters of the world that if the jointure of determinism were laid sufficiently bare, they could find room therein for Free Will.

And it’s these very boomer bastards—clueless and compromised and inexorable—who run the world Elizabeth and Tim and You and I stand to inherit. Our Paranoid Style, as opposed to theirs, is provisional and contingent and contextualized. It is self-delimited, rooted in the small-c conservative conviction that Man is neither perfect nor perfectible—and don’t get us started on Woman.

It was incubated in New York, where nobody cares about anything, and birthed in D.C., where everybody cares about Nothing—but it eschews the bipolar, all-or-nothing fight between God and the Devil, in favor of confronting the rabble of lesser deities of deprivation and excess who constitute the pantheon from which our generation poaches their boutique metaphysics a la carte.

And the beauty of lesser gods, as Saul Bellow had it, is you can take their names however you like.

—Dan Foster, Fall, 2013

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Written by leo on October 18th, 2013

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The Paranoid Style  

Posted at 5:19 am

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Timothy Bracy & Elizabeth Nelson have a new band called The Paranoid Style and a new EP titled The Purposes of Music in General. In addition to PS, Bracy was the longtime frontman for The Mendoza Line and Nelson is often seen playing accordion for Brooklyn-based band Bird of Youth. The debut EP features work by acclaimed engineer Brian Paulson (Slint, Wilco, etc.), keys by Billy Matheny (Southeast Engine), drumming by Leo DeLuca (Misra, Southeast Engine) and much more. The Purposes of Music in General arrived this week via the fine folks at Bar-None Records.

Timothy & Elizabeth Bracy: The Paranoid Style, Writing for Washington Post, NPR, Sterogum, & More  

Posted at 12:52 pm

Time & Breath eat cake. 

In recent days, Misra co-founder and Mendoza Line frontman Timothy Bracy, alongside wife and Bird of Youth accordionist Elizabeth Nelson, have duly heartened Grandma via word and sound. The dream twosome have been writing for The Washington Post, NPR, Stereogum, etc. and rocking in a new band called The Paranoid Style.

  • Read this Stereogum feature Tim & Beth wrote on The Replacements’ Please to Meet Me turning 25.
  • Watch The Paranoid Style’s ”Subtraction By Subtraction” video. Fun side note: this number also features Southeast Engine keyboardist Billy Matheny & Southeast Engine drummer/Misra manager Leo DeLuca.