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Adam Torres on Pitchfork’s Guide to Upcoming Releases!  

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Adam Torres is on Pitchfork’s Guide to Upcoming Releases! Nostra Nova is on their “records to look forward to in the coming months.”

NOTE: Due to a manufacturing blip, the release will be arriving on 4/21 (not 4/7). Pre-orders should arrive around the same time, however. Thanks for your support!

Written by leo on February 21st, 2015

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

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8.1 Pitchfork Review

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

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

Pitchfork Interviews Misra!  

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Pitchfork interviewed Misra Manager Leo DeLuca for a fascinating feature on the resurgence of vinyl. A reference to his coaching position with the Oakwood High School wrestling team in Dayton, Ohio is tied into the piece. Wrestling gets a plug from one of the world’s biggest music sites. How fun! Really, freshman are buying record players. It’s no joke.

Written by leo on July 29th, 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:

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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Pitchfork Gives Nod to Crooks On Tape  

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Thanks to Stuart Berman and the fine folks at Pitchfork for giving COT a nod in their recent review of Vertical Scratchers—the other brand new band of John Schmersal (Brainiac, Enon, etc). It’s appreciated. You haven’t seen the end of Crooks On Tape.

Written by leo on March 21st, 2014

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Crooks on Tape’s John Schmersal Has *Another* New Band • Listen to Vertical Scratchers  

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Crooks on Tape‘s John Schmersal is known for his time in legendary Dayton, Ohio band Brainiac. When 3RA1N1AC came to an end, Schmersal formed Enon (another singular underground band—named for a rural community near Dayton).

These days, along with jumpstarting COT (with his old Enon bandmate Rick Lee and drummer Joey Galvan), Schmersal has stayed busy playing bass in Caribou and subbing for Eli Janney in Girls Against Boys. Now, he’s formed Vertical Scratchers — *another* brand new band.

Yes, John Schmersal and ex-Triclops!/Anywhere member Christian Beaulieu release the debut Vertical Scratchers album Daughter of Everything on February 25 via Merge Records. Guided by Voices frontman and fellow Daytonian Robert Pollard contributes guest vocals. You can listen to VS’s new album here via Pitchfork Advance until February 24.

Go John, go!


Written by leo on February 21st, 2014

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CROOKS ON TAPE on Pitchfork  

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Matt LeMay—a kindhearted fellow who has been writing for Pitchfork since the 1990s—included Crooks on Tape in his “Year in Music” piece. Crooks’ “Duper” was his most played song of 2013! You can check it out here. You can also catch Crooks on Tape on tour!

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 1 

16-Jan-14 SAN DIEGO, CA Soda Bar $10/$12
17-Jan-14 LOS ANGELES, CA Bootleg Bar $10/$12
18-Jan-14 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill $10/$12
19-Jan-14 off
20-Jan-14 PORTLAND, OR Bunk Bar $8/$10
21-Jan-14 SEATTLE, WA Crocodile $10/$12
22-Jan-14 SPOKANE, WA The Bartlett $10
23-Jan-14 MISSOULA, MT Top Hat Lounge $10/$12
24-Jan-14 DRIVE
25-Jan-14 DRIVE
26-Jan-14 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Triple Rock $8/$10
27-Jan-14 MADISON, WI The Frequency $10
28-Jan-14 CHICAGO, IL Schubas $10/$12
29-Jan-14 COLUMBUS, OH Ace of Cups $8/$10
30-Jan-14 DAYTON, OH Rockstar Pro Arena $8/$10
31-Jan-14 NEWPORT, KY Southgate House $8/$10
1-Feb-14 LOUISVILLE, KY Zanzabar $6/$8
2-Feb-14 BLOOMINGTON, IN The Bishop $10/$12
3-Feb-14 ST. LOUIS, MO Firebird $10/$12
4-Feb-14 DRIVE
5-Feb-14 DENVER, CO Hi Dive $10
6-Feb-14 ALBUQUERQUE, NM Launchpad $7/$8
7-Feb-14 TUCSON, AZ Club Congress Free show
8-Feb-14 SCOTTSDALE, AZ Pub Rock Live $10/$12

Crooks on Tour, Chapter 2 (Europe)

FEB 18th, 2014 AT, Vienna Shelter
FEB 19th, 2014 CZ, Prague 007
FEB 20th, 2014 IT, Udine TBA
FEB 21st, 2014 IT, Bologna Covo
FEB 22nd, 2014 IT, Verona Interzona
FEB 24th, 2014 BE, Hasselt Mod Club
FEB 26th, 2014 BE, Ghent Vooruit

Written by leo on January 1st, 2014

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Thankful for a Wonderful 2013!  

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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! 

Spineriders (Jason Molina’s Old Band) • Pitchfork, SPIN, MAGNET, Under the Radar, PopMatters, Line of Best Fit, etc.  

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Spineriders—the old band of the late, great Jason Molina (Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co)—has seen some phenomenal press (some below). Misra co-released Spineriders Hello Future Tinglies with Aquabear Legion. AB is the Athens-OH based art collective of Molina’s boyhood friend and Spineriders/Songs: Ohia founding member Todd Jacops + Lorain, OH native/Admiral King H.S. Alum (Molina’s boyhood home/alma mater) Brian Koscho. Spineriders drummer Carl Raponi made some prints for the occasion (on sale as well) and provided some (forthcoming) video footage.

We pressed the album on cassette—an effort to stay true to the times in which this music was made. There are only 300 of these puppies in existence and they are going quick. Head here to purchase and support. All proceeds to Musicians Emergency Medical Association ( 

Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″ on Pitchfork’s Guide to Upcoming Releases  

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Sleeping States / Holopaw Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP made Pitchfork’s list of “records to look forward to in the coming months.” It will be released on 6/18.

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, we are releasing a split 12″ with two openly gay Misra artists – Sleeping States and Holopaw.  

“Gorgeous… We want more, John!”
– OUT Magazine on Holopaw
“Starkie sings in a breathless lilting croon.”
– Pitchfork on Sleeping States (8.0 review)

  • Sleeping States / Holopaw Split 12″
  • MSR069: Old vs. New EP b/w Through ’til the Morning EP
  • Two EPs from two openly gay musicians
  • 45 RPM pink vinyl featuring Pink Triangle – gay pride/rights
  • Sleeping States works with Bella Union (Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes) overseas
  • Holopaw remix by Brian Deck (producer for Modest Mouse, Iron & Wine, etc).
  • Out June 18, 2013 – LGBT Pride Month

Written by leo on April 2nd, 2013

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