Emmy The Great,
The TVD First Date and Second Love Vinyl and Ticket Giveaway

“My first experience with vinyl was my parents’ collection, which they kept behind a curtain in our living room. Among the records I pilfered from them to play in my room are David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World and Joni Mitchell’s Blue. They got me back though. Some years after losing my copy of the Is This It by the Strokes, I found it behind the curtain, resting comfortably between Paul Simon and the Beatles.”

“I bought all my first vinyl at English charity shops. A favourite school vacation activity for me and my friends was to attack the record sections in the Oxfam, Barnado’s, British Heart Foundation, or Christian Aid on my local high street in East Grinstead, Sussex, looking to spend around £5 on a big haul. Sometimes we bought for the music—like The Queen is Dead by the Smiths, which saw me through my teen years. Sometimes we bought for the covers. This is how I discovered the Captain and Tennille.

Doing my early record shopping in charity shops taught me that there’s a world of music out there beyond the biggest songs and albums of any era. I’ve always had a soft spot for the longest, least catchy song on an album, and the weirdest, least accessible album in a discography. Spending so much time looking through funny titles and artwork has influenced my attitude as well—there’s always a part of me that is interested in being jokey and absurd with my own stuff.

Years ago, an artist friend called Eugene McGuinness went against all advice and, apropos of nothing, decorated his album cover with a photo of himself in full fencing regalia. I really admired this. When the teens of the future rummage through their future bargain bins, I would like them to come across at least one of my albums and ask, ‘What was she thinking?’

I now live with a vinyl collector, and have access to an amazing number of records, many from the ’60s and ’70s, through which I am still discovering albums I never knew about, most recently Sandy Denny and the Strawbs. Listening to these lushly recorded and mastered albums is like no other experience on earth. I’m so glad vinyl is making a resurgence. Listening to it reminds me about sonic quality, and I hope we don’t lose sight of that as musicians or listeners.

Vinyl taught me that when you make a piece of music, you have no idea who it’s going to reach. When I make an album, I don’t just make it for the person who will hear it next week, I hope that someone will pick it up at random when it is in an old and tattered sleeve, pay 30p for it, and use it for whatever they want—a poster, a birthday card, or a portal into a moment in time.”
Emma-Lee Moss

Emmy The Great’s third full length Bella Union release, Second Love arrives in stores on March 11, 2016, and we have a unique opportunity for you to claim one for yourself right now—AND the opportunity to catch her live at a date and venue of your choice.

On us, and Emmy of course, we have a pair of tickets and an LP per person, per live date, listed below—8 in total—for 8 of you to get your hands upon.

Enter to win a pair of tickets to see Emmy live and the brand new Second Love by citing in the comments below your favorite ETG track and briefly—why. (Also, let us know the date and venue of your choosing!) We’ll select one winner per live date for both the tickets and the LP on Monday, February 22, 2016.

Emmy The Great Tour Dates:
2/23 – Cafe 939 – Boston, MA
2/24 – Baby’s All Right – Brooklyn, NY
2/26 – Boot and Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
2/27 – DC9 – Washington, DC
3/1 – Bunk Bar – Portland, OR
3/2 – Barbosa – Seattle, WA
3/4 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
3/5 – Bootleg Bar – Los Angeles, CA

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  • http://www.flavors.me/teadaze Carly

    2/24 at baby’s
    And my favorite song is “first love”. The lyrics are relatable and it’s beautifully composed. I love the way that it builds as the song progresses.

  • Jeff

    3/2 at Barboza
    Favorite song is “The Hypnotist’s Son” (b-side of the “Secret Circus” single). One of the things I love about Emmy’s songs are the incisive, totally unexpected rhymes. This song has one of my favorites: “I thought romance was pretty/Then you went and spoiled it/Every time I think of you/Have to go to the toilet.” I could never, in a million years, have seen that one coming!

  • Steven Evans

    3/4 @ The Chapel
    My favorite song of Emma’s is “MIA” for several reasons: not only does it vividly depict a relatable image of a fatal accident, but the music goes hand in hand, capturing the solemnity of the moment. A couple years ago I got into a serious accident while on my bike and, while waiting for an ambulance to come, I found myself asking many bizarre questions (e.g. “Who’s gonna cancel my date?”) or humming lyrics to songs (the song blaring on my phone at the time was Rilo Kiley’s “Silver Lining”). In essence, it tells a relatable story that most songs don’t even dare to tackle.

  • Thomas Galindo

    My favorite song is Paper Forest (Afterglow). It was the first song I heard of hers and it has a remarkable rhythm and interesting lyrics. 2/26 Philly Boot & Saddle

  • Dave

    2/27 @ DC9
    My favorite Emmy track is Two Steps Forward, if only for lines like “out there in the garden dropping names like they were carpet bombs” and the sweep of the story

  • stofffel

    Canopies and Drapes is my favorite song from Emmy. Nothing like a good break up song to help you get over someone.

  • J Vann

    S- EP was so underrated! I thought ‘Somerset’ in particular was amazing! Also I have to mention that nobody else could pull off a Mazzy Star cover so elegantly! Would LOVE to see her @ Barboza on 3/2 and experience her Second Love material!

  • Ariana

    It’s very hard to pick a favourite, as I love all of Emmy the Great’s music, but if I had to pick one song I’d pick Gabriel. It just draws me in every time I hear it and I can relate to the feeling of having to put away your childhood to become an adult and of wanting to freeze something the way you remember it being as to not taint it. As for a venue, Feb. 24 at Baby’s All Right is closest to me, but is 8 hours and a border away so I guess I’ll just have to dream for now. They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes, and she’s the only one I have left after David Bowie died, so I guess it’s for the best.

  • Eric

    2/27 at DC9.
    It is indeed very difficult to choose just one song, but I would have to say “Canopies and Grapes” is definitely near the top of the list. It is very easy to relate to the lyrics. “Since you’ve gone my only friends are Billy Bragg and the Jam.” Who in their life hasn’t turned to music during tough times in their lives, whether it be relationship problems or not? I’ve definitely turned to “Canopies and Grapes” during similar times!

  • Rynn

    My favorite Emmy The Great track is Swimming Pool because the first time I heard it, it resonated with me. The lyrics in such a mellow tone carry such strength and the textures of the other sounds create the sensation of floating in water which is one of my favorite musical sensations. Also the cinematography for the video is absolutely beautiful. Would love to see her in LA if possible.

  • Hope

    If I HAD to pick one, it’d be Edward is Dedward. I love how the topic is heavy (death and loss), but there is humor, anger and even a bit of fey joy (“From “I never thought that your threats would come good/ You never did what you said you would” to “We’ll disco boogie till the dawn/ I’ll teach this village how to mourn”). Grief isn’t a simple emotion; it’s more than just sadness. For me, this song became my anthem while dealing with a close friend’s suicide and nothing else came close to hitting the nerves of what I felt during the time.
    I’m 22 now and have followed ETG obsessively though perhaps fortunately not literally ever since shortly after “First Love” was released. My whole outlook on life today would probably be different if I hadn’t been shaped so much by these albums through my teens. Going to see ETG in PDX!

  • Mark

    Enjoy her cover of Where Is My Mind.. makes the song poppier and more fun to listen to. Also, it’s acoustic and that usually strips down songs to their basic elements.

    Baby’s All Right NYC

  • Cate

    I think my favorite track is “Easter Parade,” because it’s jolly and bleak, and real. And I’d love to go to the DC9 show on 2/27.

  • editorinchimp

    I already have a ticket and pre-ordered the album, but I wanted to post anyway, because I still remember when I heard it, and where I was.

    A long time ago in a galaxy not far, far enough away, I was reading various blogs, and stumbled upon a post that mentioned Emmy the Great was playing a show in the local city that night. I went to check out her music in another tab, and was floored.

    “Two Steps Forward,” in particular, devastated me. The combination of her vivid, explicit imagery, brutal honesty and mesmerizing way with melody made me go “wow” and “damn.”

    So many of Emmy’s songs hit me right in the feels in a special way oh so few can, but “Two Steps Forward” will always have a special place in my heart.

    Needless to say, I quickly added her page on MySpace (see, a long time ago), and went digging for more tracks. This was a bit difficult, since it was a year and a half before her first album dropped.

    Now that I think about it, looking back over the past decade, it was becoming familiar with Emmy the Great that set me on the path to becoming a writer.

  • Lillian Cohen-Moore

    A woman, a woman, a century of sleep. As a younger divorcee it was one of the songs that kept me going, as my fairy tale marriage ended. The song feels like a fairy tale, where a woman gives and loses do much.

    Would love to see her in Seattle.


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