Em’s Spanish Class Band!
Doing a very postmodern “cover” of Heart’s “Crazy For You” using influence from Flamenco music and Heart’s “Barracuda”
Archive for March, 2010
Em’s Spanish Class Band!
Sorry for the hiatus on the blogosphere…. Jon and I have been very busy with band stuff and we are proud to announce the release of our latest album!
“BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY” OUT NOW
“Between the Sea and Sky is a surprisingly rich-sounding album, with the band’s elastic Electrelane-like grooves shifting seamlessly into knottier riffing and prog-rock complexity.” – Portland Mercury
“Portland’s Swallows—purveyors of jangly, spiraling guitar progressions that remind of Television and Rainer Maria, albeit laced with a distinct riot grrrl edge. The duo’s latest effort, Between the Sea and Sky, throws back to the cassette tape era with a playful lo-fi aesthetic that never feels cutesy or forced.” – Willamette Week
“On the album’s anthem, “When They Come to Us,” vocalist Em Brownlowe holds an even tone and sings carefully over a bed of toms, “When they come for us they’ll come to our door / And they’ll peek inside / And all they’ll find is love.” Brownlowe, 25, and drummer Jon Miller, 27, who both identify as “queer,” explain the song is a reaction to legislation against same-sex marriages. But had they said it was about Tibet or the Spanish Inquisition, that would have been believable, too. The song’s simple lyrics and melody make it universal and subtle — qualities of most good protest songs — and the fact that it draws its strength from the humble confidence afforded only to those who are right in any struggle makes it beautiful.” – Jason Simms, The Oregonian
“Their new work demonstrate a mastery of controlled intensity, with compositions meditating on a modality and building in force and intricacy into bold poetic landscapes.” – Crappy Indie Music Blog
please come to our CD Release show. Paul will also be DJing for the second time ever!!!.
Jon, Em & Paul
I sure am excited to see Devendra Banhart later this month!
One of the top advertising companies, Wieden + Kennedy, has a web series detailing Portland’s underground music scene entitled “Don’t Move Here”. Besides taking a look at bands everyone already loves [ahem, Explode Into Colors, Atole, Grouper, Valet, etc], the web series takes an insider look at Portland music culture and it’s enthusiasts. From people favoring mix tapes, to independent records labels this show will inevitably (and ironically) attract more and more people to our cool little utopia of independent diy music making).
Watch the trailer:
My room mate, Kayla Tabb, has started a new webseries that is destined to go viral with the homos (you may remember her from Muffin Top fame).
Her new show is called Because You Care and features every day hilarity in her life.
Watch Episode #1:
Former gaycondo housemate, Beth, has a new obsession: everything Dog.
Dogs = the new cat.
Dogs = the new queer pet of choice.
In this video you will see what I mean.