EMA WEST COAST TOUR

Hey left coast!  We are getting ready to do some shows out that way.  Don’t sleep as we don’t have any other dates planned for these areas…  You can get ticket info by clicking on the city names in the poster.  Couple ALL AGES shows and most of the dates with MAS YSA!

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ALBUM COMES OUT TODAY IN US!  (yesterday in UK and EU but I was on a plane and couldn’t post)

I was gonna write something real heartfelt here but instead made this absolutely terrible gif.  (It is the fortune I got at dinner tho.)  If you are looking to read my mind, perhaps read my twitter.

 

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LYRICS

hey so the album is up streaming on NPR right now for a bit

http://www.npr.org/2014/03/30/294398650/first-listen-ema-the-futures-void

and reviews are coming in but some are getting the lyrics wrong, so I thought I’d just post these quick so ppl can check ‘em out.  I should probably format these to get the line spacing right but i am REAL tired and I can’t figure it out and I’m going to bed.  maybe tomorrow…

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Lyrics, general:

 Like the best of rock lyrics, my intention was that many of these words and lines can be interpreted in different ways.  This includes puns or phrases that take on double meanings as they are repeated.  Similar to “The Future’s Void”…  (solace/soulless, earn/urn, my Lucifer/might loose some fur, etc)

 A few of these songs I pored over and edited heavily, but most of them were written through improvisation and quite often the take where the lyrics are still being written is the one that ended up on the track.  I like the urgency of that “first take” vibe, and I like the quality of something that is being created in the moment.  I feel like there is a simplicity and a truth to it, and that often gets taken away if you spend too much time consciously editing.

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SATELLITES

open the satellites

open the satellites, oh

 

she search godless

in this big space

i can’t read it

she is freezing

 

open the satellites

open the satellites, oh

 

oh as yes as the sky does turn to night

and we push our bright eyes up to the sight

i can see them

2, 3, 4, 5 thousand of them

thousand of them

 

i remember when the world was divided

by a wall of concrete and a curtain of iron

still they put a man up into space

and we go there each night alone in the waste

you’ve to open the satellites

 

i’ve got a brand new spell

aint comin out that well

 

SO BLONDE

livin underground like I don’t know what to fear

barely survived my 27th year

I was alone in the city

I was alone

 

so lemme tell you bout this girl I know

(she’s so blonde)

her pills are shakin in her bag

(she’s so blonde)

her eyes the storm of all the things (th)at(‘s) (sch)cool

(she’s so blonde)

until Calvin gets her restrained

 

livin with the rats but I couldn’t seem to move

not even sure now just what i was tryin to prove

i was alone in the city

i was alone

 

so lemme tell you bout this boy I know

(he’s so blonde)

he’s got a real junkie tattoo

(he’s so blonde)

he’s gonna act like he’s a feminist

(he’s so blonde)

but leave it up to you to prove

 

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so lemme tell you bout this girl i know

she’ll introduce you to the band

you wanna love her hate her you don’t know

but I think she’s all we’re gonna get

 

so lemme tell you bout this boy I know

he’s bleached from here to hell and back

you wanna go over after the show

you know he’s never coming back

 

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can you believe all they say

it doesn’t seem like it was only yesterday

when you wandered out on

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there should be a law about it

when they can take videos of you

 

feel like i blew my soul out

across the interwebs and streams

it was a million pieces

of silver and i watched them gleam

 

it left a hole so big inside of me

and i get terrified that

i will never get it back to me

i guess it’s just a modern disease

 

i get stressed out

and i wanna get high

it’s cuz i’ve seen my face

and i don’t recognize

the person that i feel inside

 

like an american superpower

turn on the spotlight

and nobody cowers

 

I don’t want to see you anything

I don’t want to put myself out

and turn it into a refrain

it’s all just a big advertising campaign

 

when everybody’s lookin

it’s supposed to be a dream

but disassociation,

i guess it’s just a modern disease

 

CTHULU

Gable I can

Gable I can see you

 

There is that moment of the perfection

I’m lookin those moments all my life

Cuz if you can’t find any perfection you know

the other is in sight

 

And I get way down, now

 

There is that notion of the redemption

I’m searchin redemption with my eyes

cuz if you can’t find any redemption you know

you’re better off in die

 

And I get way down, now

 

I’m lookin those moments all my life

I’m lookin them straight down in the eyes,

Gable I can see you

 

SMOULDER

(age makes contents a letter

ain’t no spell make it lesser

you make it public decision

sage and mirrors we break up)

 

so hold me closer now

we get older each day now

and we just smoulder

where the flames went out

and we earn

 

so stone me to the ground

and we get older each day now

and we just smoulder

where the flames went out

and we urn

 

and I get so upset now

and I get so ashamed

stand up there stupid naked

lost my diamond spine again

and I know it’s why people do it

I know it’s just the game

but I can’t

it’s something deep inside me

I just can’t explain so

I staggered in the club

I staggered to the stage

it’s all the bright lights filled me up

with nothing, empty rage

and I wanna know what love is

I wanna trust for sure

if I forsake everything baby

will you still be here?

 

NEUROMANCER

makin a living off of takin selfies

is that the way that you want it to be?

when they come and ask you it was

only the thing that you’ve done for free

 

I know the way they pray and they blame

it’s been the same for ages and ages and ages 

 

ur makin a living off of takin selfies

is that the way that you want it to be?

it’s such a narcissistic baby

it’s such a new millennial baby

is it true?

is it true?

 

you choose.

 

I might lose some fur

but I will survive

My Lucifer

but I will survive

 

cuz I know the way they shame

and they pay

it’s been the same for ages

 

feel just like the Necromancer

grew itself inside my brain/vein

big and white and wide and it was

pictures of ourselfs on the frame

 

you know you’ve got one too

and it knows more than you

about the things that you do

they know more of it than you do

about the things all that you do

they know more of it than you do

they know more about the things you do

they know more of it than you do

 

they know.

 

they know.

 

 

My Lucifer

but I will survive

I might lose some fur

but I will survive

 

they are AI.

 

WHEN SHE COMES

we can leave it on the nightstand

when she comes

she’ll be searchin for her knives back

when she comes

she’ll be rarin for a fight

when she comes

but we’re all alone tonite

 

she’s my favorite animal

but she gets violent what the fuck

 

they’ll be psilocybin nightmares

when they come

we will terraform the night, yeah

when we come

they’ll be beggin for their lives

when they come

but there’s nothing more to write back

when they come

 

so gaze in dorothy’s mirror pond

til you come and make me fawn

 

and we’ll blame it on the white man

when he comes

we will telephone his wife, yeah

when she comes

cuz he does it for the spite

when he comes

and we wanna do what’s right

when we come

 

not too long we’re in this world

so what’d you even come here for?

 

100 years

on the last pneumatic encounter

100 years before you in time

who’d have thought that we would go further?

phonographs, machines that can fly

 

found the world eclipsed by a fever

cutting down the young in their prime

 

how it shudders from its expanding

how it trembles, lungs on the line

how convulsive, gasps of the modern…

reaching out to grasp hands with mine

 

on our last pneumatic encounter

men in metal fly through the sky

find the world eclipsed by a fever

striking masses down in their prime

 

how it trembles while it’s unwinding

how it shudders, lungs on the line

 

SOLACE

from the gullies of Atlanta

to the plains states, where we pray

I can measure all the distance

by the way she says my name

 

she gets solace holdin on to me

she gets soulless holdin on to me

 

it gets dark along the road at night

with freeways passin by

it gets dark and cold and full of sighs

up above you in the sky

 

and she gets solace holdin on to me

 

we make the constellations out of her beauty marks

we make the constellations out of the falling stars

 

beg.

pray.

 

beg / prey

 

DEAD CELEBRITY

when you found out it was over

tell me what you wanna see

when you click on the link

of the dead celebrity

 

yes it’s true you

never knew you

but I seen you on the screen

and I hope that

you could know that

they got problems you and me

so we can cease our jealousies

for the dead celebrity

 

who can judge us?

who can love us?

who can blame the world and me

cuz we wanted something timeless

in this world so full of speed

 

in the weekly magazines

light a candle, R.I.P.

 

so close your eyes and

picture legend

tell me what you wanna see

when you click on the link

of the dead celebrity

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3jane

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Did you know Facebook just bought the company that makes the Oculus Rift? The VR headset I am wearing on the cover of The Future’s Void? People ask me about themes of paranoia on the record but obviously I am not the only one with dystopian dreams of our plugged-in future. Here’s what Zuck had to say about it.

I’m excited to announce that we’ve agreed to acquire Oculus VR, the leader in virtual reality technology…

This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures…

One day, we believe this kind of immersive, augmented reality will become a part of daily life for billions of people.

Shit. Homeboy doesn’t even think in anything less than billions at this point. I don’t even really have a stance on this. The Future is a Void.

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And then that same day I had stayed up until 6 in the morning posting these #sad2ndlife pics and I wake up and Pitchfork has written an article about women on the internet.  I feel caught in a strange and unexpected zeitgeist and it makes me nervous to be invoking concepts like AI and the void.  I don’t mean to mistake coincidence for conjuring, but prescience and paranoia can be similarly spooky.

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So today we are releasing “3Jane”, which I feel like is kind of the lyrical centerpiece of the record. I’m trying to think about what to say about it.

 

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No one was really ever that mean to me on the internet.  I never had that “thing” that happens when you wake up one morning and somehow your life is ruined because a mortifying picture goes viral or a “funny” tweet becomes horribly misread.  Sure, there were bitchy things in the comments of videos, but organized trolls never unleashed a wave of death threats on me, and only a few people suggested that I kill myself.

 

So the internet never actually did that to me. But it did that to somebody.  And now we all have this stupid crippling fear that someday it will happen to us.  And the likelihood increases as you move from relative obscurity to becoming more broadly visible on the internet.  There are more cameras on you, more chances to be quoted saying something stupid, and more people out there who relish seeing successful people disgraced and dethroned.

 

Do you have that fear yet?  Do you want it?

 

 

Another thing that really fucked me up is that somewhere along the way I feel like I lost control of my image.  I feel very confident in making the music I want to make, but I’m not a Mouseketeer.  I can try to do it all myself but I run out of time.  I don’t know how to pose for a photographer and sometimes when I’m in front of somebody else’s camera I don’t know what to do.  So I would do the thing that I had seen before a million times in fashion mags and advertisements because I wanted to do a “good job.”  And little by little, these pictures became more sexy and pouty until I didn’t recognize myself anymore.  And those images went all around, and the bold-faced pull quotes from articles that didn’t quite get it right were right there next to the too sexy images until they became a thing both separate from me and also made up of me.  I got weird disassociation.  I got a weird neuromancer and I dyed my hair black and unplugged.

 

Disassociation is a modern disease

 

I didn’t set out to write this song and I didn’t know when I wrote it a year ago that right now it would be ok to talk about the internet, because at the time it felt forbidden and shameful to talk about.  It just all came out in a flood, a stream of consciousness.  And I’m still kind of self-conscious that I said those things out loud.   But I don’t think these feelings are unique to me, and I often find that the things that scare and embarrass you are the things that are worth saying.

 

At the end of the day all I can really do is tell the truth, the truth of what happened and how it made me feel.  And if at that point, if you wanna call me a cunt in the youtube comments, that’s on you ;)

 

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PS –so i wanted this missive to be perfect but instead i kind of just partied IRL.   I found myself suddenly with friends and we are imbibing and watching funny videos and laughing.  So that’s why this post is a little raw.  And I think I’m ok with that.

SO BLONDE

Jorge was my best friend when I first moved to LA. He was a few years older than me and he showed me all the spots: Galco’s, Roscoe’s, Hop Louies, Bahooka, LaCita, Baby Ray’s tattoos, and the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ in a strip mall via some strange Inland Empire suburb. LA was huge and unknowable to me, and he showed me around, taught me some history and told me stories that still crack me up when I think of them. We used to make videos together too, and I thought of him recently when we were up late editing the satellites video, how me and Jorge used to stay up all night at his place in Pasadena working on stuff.

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me and Jorge and double Jim.

So I was super stoked when he was able to come up to hang out and be in the video we just shot for “So Blonde”.  We had barely seen each other for the past 10 years, but he’s one of those people that I can just pick up and go with as if no time had passed at all.

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Here is the “So Blonde” cast and crew. I know Vice Cooler and Dalton from my Oakland days.

Not pictured here but definitely part of the video is Molly Soda, who made some sweet SoCal beach-y gifs that hop in and out.

I had so many things to say about this song, my “meta-grunge” rocker that is ambivalent about its protagonists.  How Jorge and I both wanted to convince the world that we weren’t monsters based on the way we looked, although at different times and places, different kinds of monsters.

 

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how about this?

SO BLONDE.  The smiling blonde white woman is the most exploited image in the world.  Can we talk about that?  How about discussing if the selfie is a new form of feminist art or just a direct descendant of capitalist advertising?  No?  Hmm…  Yeah I couldn’t figure out how to put that into a video either.  So how’s about I just roll around Venice Beach wearing a Jim Morrison Tshirt while gifs by Molly Soda bounce in and out?  Ok!  That works!  The semiotics of palm trees!  Everyone gets the short-hand of SoCal.  It’ll look great, be fun, and still gets to ask the important questions:  How many bits do we have to reduce the dancing blonde babe to before she is no longer a symbol of sexiness?  At what point do tits become simply bits?  And who owns the sparkly dolphin anyway???  

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Video will be up on the http://www.youtube.com/emamusicvideos page and I’ll post the real link when I get it.  Also Molly Soda gifs will be up on Tumblr and I’ll be doing a “Dashboard Confessions” so keep eyes peeled.

 

 

 

 

SATELLITES VIDEO AND THE NIGHTMARE MEDIA CUBE

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So we made a video for “Satellites“, the first track off the upcoming The Future’s Void. It was a fairly DIY affair. We shot most of the footage with a few friends over a long weekend and edited it via Skype screen-share.  There were no stylists, DP, lighting crews, catering or make up artists. But we did have an iPhone that shoots slo-mo, a Canon, a fog machine, and a Microsoft Kinect.  Sweet!

 

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The effect vibes as either primitive or sophisticated, depending on your point of view.

 

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And it was kind of a lot of work!  As DIY often is.  But it’s exciting that this common technology, none of which is high-end enough to be super-exclusive, can be hacked in ways to produce strangely beautiful results, if you are willing to put in the effort.

 

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Even the Oculus Rift was only like $300 (thanks to Chroma for letting me play with it). Did you know Palmer Luckey was only a teenager when he designed it?

 

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I’m also super excited about the “nightmare media cube” that goes along with it.  All the footage in the screens in the video has been loaded into a neuromancer-style cube that you can rotate yourself as you listen to the track.  I really love all these clips.  Maybe at some point I will upload those videos in their entirety because the are quite beautiful.  Then I could write a little about them as well.

 

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Also, I promise that this whole record is not going to be a tech-fest.  That subject can be both alienating and ubiquitous.  BUT one more nerd point cuz in the video I also play my lil eurorack modular!!!

 

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Super big thanks to Naomi Scott, Will Rahilly, Marcus Estes and Judah.  Take this last one like the Yanks do, not the British ok???  PEACE

 

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Hello World!

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double self-portrait with my magic TV

Hello my darlings!  Sorry it’s been so long.  It’s true I’ve been avoiding you.  But I think once the record comes out you’ll understand why.

So I’ve finished the dreaded “sophomore record”.  And it wasn’t so bad really, just as long as you lock yourself in a basement and avoid almost all contact with the outside world and your former persona for about a year or so.

So there’s that, and then also I’ve got this perverse compulsion to treat it like art and somehow “advance the medium”.  So I had to learn to make a bunch of new sounds like the ones in my head, like the ones in “Satellites”.  The sounds of space and our ever-expanding definitions of it.

SATELLITES

 

So there’s sounds and then there’s words.  Like everyone asking me last time “how does it feel?”  And it took me a while to figure that out too.  And get it right.  And put it to music.

The Future’s Void will be released next year on City Slang (Europe) and Matador (World).

Here is the first single:

OLYMPIA, Dionyso, and the PAN GOD

Flyer from first EMA show ever.

Flyer from the first ever EMA show.

So I just looked at my site for the first time in a few months and realized that I haven’t updated it for about a year, and at this point the flyer for 2012 May shows might confuse/excite/ultimately disappoint a few folks.  I do like writing.  I guess it’s just that for the past two years I have done so many interviews, reviews, photo shoots, live sessions and other assorted content that I didn’t feel the need or want to add to it.  Also, I needed to detach my brain and take a little internet hiatus.  But all of that’s pretty much dissipated and digested and I’m feeling ready to share again.  A recent trip to Olympia seemed like a good place to start.

For those of you who aren’t familiar, Olympia, Washington is a little rainy city of about 50k people in between Portland and Seattle.  It’s also the home of the experimental Evergreen College and the birthplace of 2 extremely important and seminal independent record labels: K Records and Kill Rock Stars.  The DIY ethos here inspired Bikini Kill, Beat Happening, Sleater Kinney, Karp, and the list goes on.  So while Seattle is credited as ground zero for grunge, history will tell you that Kurt Cobain found his first punk community in Oly.  (Don’t believe me?  Let Kathleen Hanna tell you.)

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EMA played our first ever show in Olympia on January 28th, 2011, in a combination used clothing/record store.  The stage and audience area was smaller than my living room.  The opening band was called Caspian Moon and they started the evening with a man standing in front of the crowd attempting to jerk off in his pants while the audience alternated between booing him and cheering him on.  I think his ultimate goal was to see if he could finish the job (and for those of you curious: he didn’t.)  They then launched into a crazy noise set with his tiny blonde bandmate screaming into a microphone before bringing out a HUGE axe which she swung wildly at a splintering hunk of wood.  The space was small.  People were terrified.  The danger felt REAL.

That set was obviously, unforgettable.  We’ve played probably 200 or more shows since then and no other act sticks out in my mind quite in the same way as that one.

So we got into town and took a drink from the legendary well, which is basically just a pipe in a parking lot spewing out some of the best tasting water you will ever drink.  (OLYMPIA: IT’S THE WATER!) They only tell you later about the legend that says if you drink directly from the well — not filling up a vessel– that you are destined to die in Olympia.  (This town has a lot of legends, but more on that later.)

Olympia's Artesian Well, image thanks to http://olympia-daily-photo.blogspot.com/

Olympia’s Artesian Well, image thanks to http://olympia-daily-photo.blogspot.com/

We then met up with Arrington De Dionyso from Malaikat Dan Singa who was kind enough to give us a quick tour of Dub Narcotic Studios.  Damn.  I had been wanting to check this place out for a long time.  I still can’t find a complete list of the records done here, but it’s a fair portion of the K Records catalog (Mirah, The Microphones, The Blow) and even Beck’s “One Foot In The Grave” which is one of my favorite records ever.

Calvin Johnson and Arrington.  This photo is so ripe for cartoon speech/thought bubbles...

Calvin Johnson and Arrington. This photo is just asking for some funny  cartoon speech/thought bubbles…

And while we were there the man himself showed up, Calvin Johnson, and told us some of the backstories of their crazy old equipment.  What a sweetheart!  The great things this man has done in his lifetime are too numerous to list: he has been a producer, instigator, community builder and musical innovator for over 30 years and counting.  For anyone interested in finding out more about this truly inspiring music scene and history, I recommend reading Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music.  Just finished it a while back and it put recording at Dub Narcotic on my list of things I hope to do before I die.

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Courtesy of K. Love my zombie bandmates!  Click the pic to see Calvin’s post about our visit.

So let’s get back to the show.  As you may have guessed from my previous Olympia story, I was pretty excited to see the opening band, Mother Ruckus, and whatever insanity they might provide.  They did not disappoint.  Paint, poetry, nudity, nymph wrestling, and a shirtless stag bassist.  Wow.  This video does it justice better than words.  YOU SHOULD WATCH THIS.

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We played next, and the set was everything good and bad one can expect from playing in a small all-ages art space.  The crowd was fucking amazing!  But the sound was a little problematic.  So I don’t really have any video of our set that seems good to post.  We played a lot of new stuff, and I’d rather have people’s first encounter with the new material be an experience where I feel good about the mix.

BUT how about this lil gem?  My old band GOWNS playing at a house show in Oly in 2006.  I’m still playing the same guitar.  My Tshirt reads “MY OVARIES ARE A BREEDING GROUND FOR TERRORISM”.  Gowns Classic: featuring Ezra Buchla on vocals and Corey Fogel on drums.

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Headlining the night was Arrington De Dionyso’s new band “Malaikat Dan Singa“.  And it fucking ruled.  I’ve been a fan of his music since Old Time Relijun and this new stuff feels just as good if not better.  How is that possible?  How can one person keep writing things this freaky and weird and groovy and freeing and still keep it feeling fresh?

Also, even though I couldn’t get a good shot of the band, I just had to videotape some of the crowd.  You see these people?  They are DANCING.  They are moving and jumping and laughing and flailing!  And perhaps most remarkably, because the Northern is an all ages venue, all these people are presumably sober.

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And this is part of the reason I love coming here.  I love seeing the true freaks and the new bands and the whole crowds “dance like nobody’s watching.”  I feel blessed because it’s actually really hard for a booking agent to get you a show like this in Olympia.  This place is built on community and word of mouth.  Kids don’t go to the club shows, they come to the parties.  The night felt wild and rejuvenating.

(If you’d like a little taste of this wildness, Arrington is bringing the ecstacy on a 2 month cross country tour.  You can find dates here.  Also, I first thought this spontaneous dance party could not be repeated outside of hometown Olympia until I just saw Malaikat Dan Singa play in a fukkin ORGANIC PRODUCE MARKET in PDX and the crowd was still goin nuts.  GO SEE THIS MAN PLAY.)

some of Arrington's amazing visual art.

some of Arrington’s amazing visual art.

And although it seemed like the day couldn’t get any better, after that we headed over to the black magic bar owned by the goth dentist.  Yes another Olympia legend!  Word is there is a Satanist dentist in town that buys rental houses for cheap and paints them all black.  Some say if you looked at all of them on a map that they form a pentagram.  Others say that he just does it to drive the property values down ;)  But besides his spookout rental empire he also owns a really fukkin badass bar called CRYPTATROPA where they serve absynthe, have a free jukebox that plays all forms of “dark” music, and you can drink with friends around a huge bronze statue of a cloven-hooved winged devil god.  Maybe this sounds a tad cheesy but I can assure you that it’s actually done with surprisingly good taste.

Tales from the Crypt.

Tales from the Crypt.

Yes I do luv me a good absynthe drunk.  Feels so lucid.  I conversed for a moment with some younger ladies striving to bring their art and writing to a new professional level which is all good and fine but for a second I wanted to shake them and say “Don’t you see what you have here?  You have more freedom here and now than you ever will with the world’s eyes upon you!”  And the Pan God laughed and we ended up at a diner at 2am deciding the key to happiness was a true fascination with something, anything.  And I agreed it to be so, yes, and recalled that the Yogis call it “engagement”.

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PS — Shoutout to Ben Kamen who let us crash at his house with his lovely wife and naughty cat.  Ben teaches Electronic Music at Evergreen and has a sweet iPad app called Chordion.

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UPCOMING:  I’m headed to LA in hopes of continuing the magic.  We’ll be playing another small gallery show at the amazing Human Resources on April 11th with the performance artist Dawn Kasper (DK), Bouquet and Roses.  And maybe a comedian?  April 11th, 7-10 PM, 5$.

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Then on 4.20 I will be on a panel as part of EMP-LA.  Like Ted Talks for music and pop culture?  It’s at RedCat and it’s called “Destroy More Monsters.”  Moderated by Nikki Darling and we’ll be looking at the intersection of art and music and and and  lots of stuff.  11am so I will make my best attempt at what others call “morning”.  This whole event looks really killer.  Check in on the FB event and this one to keep updated and come listen to me talk about what makes me feel alive with some other rad ladies.

That’s April 20th, 11am at RedCat.  You may have to register so check into that…

See you there?

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EMA SPRING 2012 / FINAL PLMS TOUR

EMA UK/EU SPRING 2012

Wow.  Do you realize that “Past Life Martyred Saints” came out less than a year ago?  It’s been one crazy, long, beautiful year.

I just stopped writing for like 5 minutes trying to think about what to say.  I’ll just be quick.

This is probably our last tour on this record.  One last time in Europe, one last time in London and the UK.  We’ve got some new songs added to the live show, but this tour is quite possibly the last time that we will perform this album in its entirety.  After this I’m taking a break to work on new material.  Full dates and venues are at the bottom of this post.

COACHELLA

I had a dream right before Coachella that I was back in high school and about to fail a test.  A test about green onions.  (Science?  English? I have no clue!)  This is a recurring dream I have where I am flunking out of high school, but this time in the back of my mind i was like, BUT HOW AM I GONNA PASS HIGH SCHOOL WHEN I’M SUPPOSED TO GO PLAY COACHELLA?!?  Priorities.

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How rad to get to play “CALIFORNIA” with those awesome palm trees in the background!

To answer your quick Qs: yes, I did see the hologram.  No. I did not smoke weed with Snoop Dogg.  And yes I have lots of new thoughts on spectacle, Jumbotrons and how venue affects performance.  But let’s jump from dusty outdoor tent to shiny bright museum, shall we?

NYC

After that we rolled to NYC to play the Culture Shock festival at SUNY Purchase.  In my mind I had made a subliminal wish to get to go see the Whitney Bienniale, but it seemed impossible.  Besides a general interest in checking out some of the best and brightest young things in contemporary art, my old LA friend Dawn Kasper was part of the show, having moved her entire studio into a space on the third floor.  But we did not have the time or the money to get there.  At the last minute the SUNY show came through and it was like some magical thinking shit.

Dawn Kasper straight on

I surprised Dawn in her studio and afterwards we all went out for dinner and drinks.  It seemed like a dream come true.  When she asked us to come back and play that Friday, it was just above and beyond.

We were playing at the Whitney but it felt like a punk show.  We were on the floor and we were loud.  It felt like at any second someone could come by and shut us down.  I told the audience to come in close and thrashed around amongst them; standing on a chair, bouncing on the bed, grabbing a fistfull of thumbtacks and squeezing them in my hands and across my chest.  During that whole time I felt incredibly happy.

us playing, Dawn filming.

NYC also gave us some time to practice with our latest pinch-hitter, the awesome Sarah Register who usually plays in Talk Normal (and also mastered Past Life Martyred Saints!)  I feel real lucky that it worked out to have her on board as she is awesome.  Talk Normal have a new record coming out in the fall on Joyful Noise.  Keep an ear out!  Sarah will be with us in Europe.  Bring earplugs.

Here is an awesome mix tape Sarah and I made.

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CYPRESS HILL – HITS FROM THE BONG
JOHN FRUSCIANTE – YOUR PUSSY IS GLUED TO A BUILDING ON FIRE
JULIE RUIN – I WANNA KNOW WHAT LOVE IS
SHELLAC – PRAYER TO GOD
CONCRETE BLONDE – JOEY
KRISTIN OPPENHEIM – SAIL ON SAILOR
SKATT BROS – WALK THE NIGHT
ELVIS COSTELLO – GREENSHIRT DEMO
GOWNS – WHAT IF NOT YOU
SPLIT ENZ – I GOT YOU
ZOUNDS – CAN’T CHEAT KARMA
PJ HARVEY – GOODNIGHT
ENTRANCE – PRAYER OF DEATH
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EMA SPRING 2012 TOUR DATES:


05/09  LEEDS  @  Brudenell Social Club
05/10   NOTTINGHAM  @  Bodega Social Club
05/11   MANCHESTER  @ Night & Day Cafe
05/12  BRIGHTON  @  Great Escape Festival   
05/15   LONDON  @  Scala   
05/16   PARIS  @  Olympia w. Garbage
05/18   PARIS  @  Flèche D’Or   
05/19   GLASGOW @ Stag and Dagger Fest
05/22   ROTTERDAM  @  Rotown
05/23   AMSTERDAM  @  OT301
05/24   ANTERWERP  @  Trix
05/26   VIENNA @  Flex
05/27   SALZBURG  @ ROCKHOUSE
06/07   BONNAROO!
As I said, this will probably be the last round of dates that we do for this record.  This has been an incredible journey and my life has changed dramatically from a year ago today!  I want to thank everyone who was a part of it.
luv and hugs–
EMA

EMA + NU SENSAE

EMA is about to head out on what is quite possibly the last Past Life Martyred Saints Tour in the US.  Never say never, but this could be the last time we go out headlining shows  focussing on this material.  (At least in the US, Euro keep an eye out!)  I’m feeling good about it.  We’ve added a new kickass drummer and switched sister Nikki to guitar.  I feel like we have grown so much in this past year it’s insane.  We are also bringing the awesome Nu Sensae along as support.  I’m really excited to share the stage with them and I think that it will make for some really fun shows.  These kids keep it real.

Here are our tour dates.  Make us feel good and get a ticket now.

03/01 – San Francisco @ Rickshaw Stop  
03/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Natural History Museum    
03/03 – Tuscon, AZ @ The Plush Room*                              
03/06 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive   
03/08 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry    
03/09 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency   
03/10 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall     
03/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern   
03/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Garrison    
03/14 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore      
03/15 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall    
03/16 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg   
03/17 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall     
03/18 – Greensboro, NC @ Guilford College
03/20 – St Louis, MO @ The Luminary Center for the Arts
03/21 – Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room    
03/24 – Boise, ID @ Tree Fort Music Fest    

Nu Sensae are on for Denver thru DC.  Also, I’m sorry if we’re not making it to your part of the country on this one.  I can only be on the road for so long before I start to feel like  Henry Rollins in Get In The Van.  But I know what it’s like growing up and having to drive 6 hours to get to a show.    Makes it more fun, right?  ;)

PS we are also doing COACHELLA and BONNAROO.  Super honored to be on these.  More details soon!