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New Video: “I’ll Tase You Bro”

emilyyatesmusic : October 17, 2017 6:10 am : News

I wrote this song a couple of days ago, inspired by the #MeToo stories going around the internets. Because me too.

https://youtu.be/yiqHklEl0SY

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New Video! “Land Of The Free”

emilyyatesmusic : July 4, 2017 12:00 am : News, Videos

A brand new patriotic music video for America’s most explosive holiday, Independence Day, in honor of those for whom this has never been the “Land of the Free.” (Note: it includes content relating to police brutality that some may find triggering.)

https://youtu.be/8hP66cF1vGA

Have a safe 4th of July! And remember, before setting off fireworks, please consider the people in your neighborhood who may have been previously exploded in a war or elsewhere.

Videography & editing by Bryan Edward with concept/production by Kristina Rusch, who also plays a mean assailant.

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Now you can support my work on Patreon!

emilyyatesmusic : May 24, 2017 11:46 am : News

https://www.patreon.com/emilyyates

Patreon is a relatively new way for artists to get ongoing support from those who appreciate us most. If you want to see me get extra-productive, sign up to support my music & writing for as little as $1/month, and I’ll lay a bunch of songs and words on ya. WE ALL WIN. Thanks!!

Photo: Julie Stanley

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New video: “Don’t Know Much About Star Wars”

emilyyatesmusic : May 4, 2017 5:00 am : News, Videos

A song that’s kind of but also not about Star Wars. (Lyrics & credits below)

 

https://youtu.be/6-v8g_8lnfI

Words/music/art/sketch videos by Emily Yates
Performance video/audio recording & video editing by Sobokeh
Originally written for and performed at Tourettes Without Regrets, Oakland CA

Lyrics:
I wish I knew more about Star Wars than real wars
I wish I knew more about Jedi than drones
I wish I knew more about Obi Wan
Than about the civilians we’ve recently bombed
Oh I wish I knew more about Star Wars than real wars

When you mention the Force, you think Skywalker
I think of our air force exploding Iraq or Afghanistan
And I don’t know much about Star Wars
But I think we might be on the Dark Side

Oh I wish I knew more about Star Wars than class war
I wish I knew more about droids than gentrification
I wish I knew more about Luke and Leia
Than about a health-care plan that screws the single payer
Oh I wish I knew more about Star Wars than class war

When you mention the Empire you think Darth Vader
I think of our government shamelessly catering to the elite
And I don’t know much about Star Wars
But I think we might be the Empire

And I don’t mind if you’re a walking Wookieepedia
If you’ve got trivia dripping right off of your clothes
Just ask anybody in the media
These other wars have endless episodes

Oh I wish I knew more about Star Wars than drug war
I wish I knew more about clone attacks than crack
I wish I knew more about Kylo Ren
Than about marijuana growers stuck in the pen
Oh I wish I knew more about Star Wars than drug war

When you mention a smuggler you think Han Solo
I think of rich white boys smuggling blow, though
And getting away
And I don’t know much about Star Wars
No I don’t know much about Star Wars
Oh, truly I don’t know much about Star Wars
But I wish I knew less about real wars

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New video! “First-World Responders”

emilyyatesmusic : April 7, 2017 2:06 pm : News, Videos

First responders solve real problems. First-world responders solve first world problems.

Co-written with Jefferson Bergey, featuring Erik Yates on guitar and vocals for this performance (12/9, Point Richmond CA). Lyrics below the vid!

https://youtu.be/SUfadnTf8m0

We’re your first-world responders
We will pack your bowl
We will fetch more ice
When your drink is not so cold
As long as your problems
Are petty and small
We’re your first-world responders
We’re at your beck and call

I just can’t find a yoga outfit that fits
Reception on my cell phone sucks at this Ritz
My streaming movies aren’t loading
What is ‘buffer’?!?!
Don’t try to say I don’t know what it’s like to suffer

We’re your first-world responders
We will pack your bowl
We will fetch more ice
When your drink is not so cold
As long as your problems
Are petty and small
We’re your first-world responders
We’re at your beck and call

I can’t find parking in the Whole Foods parking lot
I just can’t take a decent nap on this yacht
Why do the waiters always have to be so rude
Each time I tell them I’m allergic to food

We’re your first-world responders
We will pack your bowl
We will fetch more ice
When your drink is not so cold
As long as your problems
Are petty and small
We’re your first-world responders
We’re at your beck and call

Where is the fire?
There is no fire
It only exists in your mind

We’re your first-world responders
We will pack your bowl
We will fetch more ice
When your drink is not so cold
As long as your problems
Are petty and small
We’re your first-world responders
We’re at your beck and call

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New video: “Hey! Mr. President!”

emilyyatesmusic : March 23, 2017 10:34 pm : News, Videos

What can I say? He just inspires me.

https://youtu.be/urvcQmLt3nw

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Upcoming shows in Colorado and California!

emilyyatesmusic : March 15, 2017 1:30 pm : News

Looking forward to these shows – click on the image for more info!

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Talking politics n propaganda on This Damn World podcast

emilyyatesmusic : January 2, 2017 7:26 pm : Audio, News

Click the image/text or copy & paste the link below to hear me talk and sing my opinions on This Damn World, a San Francisco-based podcast with one of my favorite mottos: Be Fuckin Better.

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This Damn World Episode #108 – Try Not To Be A Dick

http://thisdamnworld.com/podcast-download/1741/1741.mp3

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“I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” – The Official Music Video!

emilyyatesmusic : November 7, 2016 5:00 am : News, Videos

IT’S HERE! Ever since I released Folk In Your Face, I’ve been wanting to make a video for “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” and now here it finally is – directed by Jamie DeWolf, featuring some of my favorite Bay Area performers! I wrote this song because not only did marijuana help me quit smoking cigarettes after I got out of the military, it also helped me deal with PTSD and generally be less of an asshole. Video & track credits below. Get the song here!

https://youtu.be/CS6p-l3WNdM

Two years ago today, I was standing trial in Philadelphia, having being violently arrested and jailed by some adorable-looking park rangers near the Liberty Bell the summer before. I’d been waiting in the 90º shade to play my song “I’d Rather Be High (Than An Asshole)” at a marijuana legalization demonstration later in the afternoon. The rangers had aggressively taken me down after refusing to tell me the reason they were clearing the park, and I later found out it was because they were using that area to process the herb they’d seized from demonstrators. The deep irony of the arrest – that I’d been prevented from playing this song due to the rangers being assholes about a marijuana demonstration – inspired me to release this video today, on the second anniversary of my conviction. And hey, Californians will be voting tomorrow on cannabis legalization! WHAT A COINCIDENCE.

Shot by
Jamie DeWolf and Gabriel Hurley

Edited by
Adam Parmalee

Assistant Director
Sara Shea

Supporting Cast

Angry Commuter Man
Patrick Ohslund

Weed Fairies
Kaila Love
Laika Fox

Sexy Cops
Jesi Ringofire
Wonder Dave
Police Brutality Victim
Duke Bossman

Commuters
Emalee McNally
Scott Kimball
Carrie Jean Miller
Brenna Miller
Jaron Smith

Jesus
Jamie DeWolf

Song Credits

Lyrics & Music by Emily Yates

Ukulele/lead vocals
Emily Yates
Piano
Jordan Feinstein
Dobro
Erik Yates
Backup vocals
Melody Walker & Erik Yates

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On the road in August & September!

emilyyatesmusic : August 8, 2016 1:49 am : News, On tour

Tell your friends! All show details are here.

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“Emily Yates writes and sings songs that will make you laugh because they’re witty and are based in a subject matter of unspeakable truths. You’ll think it’s funny when she recommends you ‘try not to be a dick’ or confesses she’d ‘rather be high than an asshole,’ but you’ll realize she’s right. Underneath the dark, dirty humor might be the advice you’ve been seeking to help you be a happier human.”
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“There are patriots, and there are artists—in the best of countries, they coexist. Emily Yates is *the* musical intersection of patriotic devotion, satiric comedy, and a light hearted approach to reformation of Americana Culture. Try not to be a dick, and you’ll experience the difference too!”
– Colin Huff, formerly of Gipsy Moon

“Emily certainly knows how to make an impression. Even at first listen in a crowded bar, a song like ‘Northern California Love Song’ can become a sing-along by the third chorus. Though there are a lot of words to get down, it feels like they have somehow been in your heart all along.”
– Joe Hickey, Hangover Brigade

“When Emily takes the stage you feel like she is channeling Woody Guthrie. She’s a natural and belongs right there, carrying on Woody’s spirit, writing songs about subjects that matter!”
– Maggie Forti, singer-songwriter

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“Only Ms. Yates can make me shout out loud at a stoplight on a Tuesday morning, ‘Oh my fucking GOD, Emily!'”
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“Emily Yates’ modern and original take on American folk is both humorous and refreshing. Even if you don’t have the gall to be as honest as she is, at the very least you can live vicariously through her song by song on each of her albums.”
– Zollie G.

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– Patrick G.

“I just like how Emily exploded like the right kind of bomb – without hurting anybody, and yet shamelessly blasting. I hope she continues to blow up.”
– Teresa Rogerson, stand-up comic

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Bio

Emily Yates spent the first part of her adult life as an Army public affairs minion, writing heartwarming news stories about the Iraq War to help build fellow soldiers’ morale. Two years after her release from the military in 2008, she learned to play the ukulele, and decided to merge her dual passions for writing and music. Quickly realizing that this would be the best way to get her many opinions out to the world, she set to work writing dozens of ditties and playing them for unsuspecting strangers, who luckily were delighted. In 2012 she recorded her first album, I’ve Got Your Folk Songs Right Here, a fun romp through myriad ideas ranging from human decency to sexual expression to foreign policy. She released her second album, Folk In Your Face, in May 2014, and now travels all over the country spreading joy and disillusionment with her songs and stories.

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In the few years since her initial performances, Yates has recorded three full-length albums, one entirely comprised of original songs for children (released under a pseudonym). She’s supported and performed with members of Americana bands (including Hot Buttered Rum, Railroad Earth, Fruition, Leftover Salmon and others) and rock bands (New Monsoon, Grant Farm, Good Gravy, Scott Pemberton Trio), as well as with other singer-songwriters and stand-up comedians. She’s toured America and performs regularly in the Bay Area and all over the west coast. Although she’s still in the beginning stages of “Eventual Ukulele Superstardom,” she is sure that soon she will be able to drop the “Eventual” and just move on to total world domination. Especially since she now also plays the tenor banjo – everyone knows how effective a communication tool banjos can be.