“there is no art in the absence of risk”


“ANGELO” featuring Mz’Gorjis of Platnum Platnum Glam Squad

Oh my!  There are so many things I want to tell you!  About “Angelo” and Ms. Gorjis and the Black Cowboy Parade and the 17-sided die.  About CSS and MEN and the luvfest of that tour.  About why I cut off my hair.  About accidental power crystals.

Can you wait?  Just one second?  We are 2/3 through a 3 month tour and I’m a little sleepy.  I am so yawn, can I tell you in the morning???

FALL/WINTER 2011 Tour Dates:

11/07/2011 FR Paris – Olympia
11/08/2011 FR Rennes – UBU
11/09/2011 FR Tourcoing – Grande Mix
11/10/2011 FR Strasbourg – La Laiterie


  • 11/11/2011  IT  Milano Salumeria Della Musica
  • 11/12/2011 IT  Rome  Circolo Degli Artisti
  • 11/13/2011  IT  Bologna  Locomotiv
  • 11/15/2011  IT  Venezia Pop Corn di Marghera
  • 11/17/2011  CH  Zurich  Stall 6
  • 11/19/2011  GR  Athens  Bios
  • 11/23/2011  GB  London  Heaven w/ Zola Jesus
  • 11/24/2011  GB  Manchester  Academy 3 w/ Zola Jesus
  • 11/25/2011  GB  Liverpool  Kazimier w/ Zola Jesus
  • 11/29/2011  DK  Arhus  Voxhall
  • 11/30/2011  DK  Indre ByPumpehuset
  • 12/01/2011  SE  Stockholm  Debaser
  • 12/03/2011  PT  Lisbon  Vodafone Mexefest



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Hey all!  EMA is headed out on a fall US tour with some rad bands.  We are playing earlier on these shows, but if you’re interested you should come check ’em out as they are the last US dates of this year.  Special attention to the SF show at the Independent, where we are headlining and Alexis Blair Penney (featured above in the Marked video) is opening.  Buy tix here.

Also, we are headlining a show during CMJ at the Bowery Ballroom.  If you wanna see us play long and late, this is the show for you!  Tix here.

Otherwise we will see you in these fine cities:

10/07 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune *
10/08 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
10/09 – PDX, OR @ Doug Fir *
10/11 – Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theatre *
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent – headlining
10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
10/14 – San Diego. CA @ Casbah
10/15 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom $
10/20 – NYC @ The Bowery Ballroom – headlining
10/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/22 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall #
10/23 – Boston, MA @ Paraide Lounge #
10/24 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club #
10/26 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club #
10/28 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues #
10/29 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues #
10/30 – Austn, TX @ La Zona Rosa #

* = w/ Wild Beasts
$ = w/ Washed Out
# = w/ CSS and MEN

come shout out!!!


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Just got back from Europe!  Whew!  Germany Switzerland UK Belgium Netherlands, all fucking amazing, and of course, Vienna, where we got to record this sweet version of “Butterfly Knife” for FM4.  (Lots of other kickass live sessions in the works too, including a version of Anteroom recorded in a Parisienne crypt!)  So we walked into this radio studio in Vienna and there are like 3 Bosendorfer grand pianos, (all sweetly and stubbornly tuned to 444) so I thought, Hey! I’ve always wanted to do a piano version of “Butterfly Knife”.  And so we did.

In any case, I’d like to take this opportunity to define “we”.  This is my band!  And here are the people you will see onstage when you see EMA:

Leif Shackelford : violin, keyboards, co-producer and main collaborative partner in crime.  He ran EASTNILE (where a majority of PLMS was produced), builds amazing recording gear and boutique guitar pedals, and is also a helluva nice guy.


Nicole Anderson aka NKA aka “Aunt Dracula”.  My li’l sis hitting the skins.  She is shy but funny, refuses facebook and photoshoots and really does not want to provide her dorky older sister with any pictures or info to put on her website.


Nicky Mao : black-clad New Yorker, an only child thrown in to a family of pink-faced gee-golly Midwesterners.  Playing tough and mysterious second guitar.  She is also a very good sport.  Check out her kick-ass solo dreampop : Hiro Kone.

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So long before there was Newermind (ok not that long before.  5 years?) GOWNS performed a Nirvana set at the now deceased Il Corral in LA.  It was a “cover band” night and we told everyone that we were doing George Thorogood and then busted into Aneurysm.  Sloppy and chaotic but it was a lot of fun.  I just remembered these and thought I would post them.  Thanks to Whitman for bringing along a tape recorder or these would be lost forever, as so many great fun performances are.

I left the crowd noise and tuning in so you can get a sense of the rowdiness of the night.  People were drinking and laughing, swinging from a rope hanging from the ceiling, moshing even!  Although Ezra and Corey might hate how sloppy these songs are, listening to them now made me remember how much fun it was to play with them.

clean up before she comes
you know you’re right

AND keeping up with the NorthWest vibe, EMA is playing MUSICFESTNORTHWEST!  (that’s MFNW to those in the know)  Which is a fuckkin killer festival in Portland.  Check out the lineup here.  We play THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8TH at the super sweet HOLOCENE.  Somehow we get to headline this awesome night which also features TWIN SISTER, BLOUSE, and SUN ANGLE.

and if you aren’t in the lands of grunge origin, i’m coming to Europe right after.  Check out the dates on the new EMA LIVE page.

see you soon?

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RECORDED IN A PDX BASEMENT ALL IN ONE TAKE AFTER MANY BEERS.  No we didn’t fucking practice.  Luv this song cuz it’s a performative piece about noise and destruction.  Coulda done it in a studio but we luv this:

and yeah that guitar was harder to break than I thought!  shoulda tried it before 5 takes 6 hours and 12 beers!  but in the end it’s good cuz it’s all we had the budget for 😉

special shoutout to Brock and Eva from Experimental Half Hour for filming and editing!  Much love!!!

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Submarines in the sky


I never do this kind of things, i know it sounds cheesy but i really don’t.

I just listened to The grey ship and California and decided I got write you

My name is —- I’m 21 years old,I’m from Israel and currently serving in the army (not by choise,it’s mandatory)

I first heard your magnetic voice In Gowns a while ago and was immediately drawn in.

When i got to the lyrics i was blown away by how accurate( and vague at the same time) you described a very specific ( and not specific at the same time) feeling.

A feeilng which is a part of my everyday life

Yes, this shit will kill me someday, i know it will, but it doesn’t scare or even makes sad

I am absolutely indiffrent to it.

The world is coming to an end and I’m in the attic shooting ketamine.

It’s not just the drugs

It’s everything, every little thing.

I want to live but i don’t mind dying at the same time

I feel like you and me are the same in that way

Two misfits like two submarines in the sky

I dont want to bore you so i’ll end here

I can’t wait for your LP

Take care and contect me ( if you wanna)









“Usually we ask our Guest Mix Makers to put together some sort of introduction to their mix, but the title of this week’s mix explains it all really, doesn’t it?”

10 Tracks To Put On A Mixtape For Your Teenage Girlfriend To Listen To On Her Way To Community Service (Based On A True Story)



here are just a few recent ones I like.  for a more complete and up-to-date list please visit facebook 🙂



ALSO:  Just got done with the NW + Kurt Vile.  Thanks everyone for coming!  Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam added right before the UK dates.  See you all very soon.

❤ ❤ ❤ EMA


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NW dates close to sold out, git ’em now.  And UK, looking forward to saying hello 🙂

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