Wednesday, February 14, 2007

The New Mexican Revolution

Wes came over last week for a few days and wanted to record a new little EP demo.. a few new songs and a few old ones, all of them great. and moreover, he wanted to be little more experimental with 'em, which i always appreciate. he probably had ten songs, but we ended up working on three or four to the exclusion of some others, emily and wes and myself. they ended up neat, i think.

Crooked Trees - this is typical of how awesome wes' songs are. and it's got a neat keyboard outro, something we wouldn't have done before.

Disaster Won't Come - this was for a short film, Jack Hankey's Disaster by Jack Gibson (aka tenlon's fort), but this is a different version than that one.

Lines & Waves - has been a tNMR song for a long time now, but never got recorded that well. i think it's real pretty, and emily wrote that last little ending bit, really awesome.

Los Santeros - has also been around a bit, and features Emily pretty heavily.. Wes entered this into a contest, and we never heard a thing from them. hmph.

Monday, February 12, 2007

so Emily and I got an awesome little write-up at the it's pretty neat. i'm not too sure how long it'll stay there or anything. i'm not sure if this link will work, but we'll give it a try.

aaron and emily's article

i also don't know if it's okay to just grab this and use it, but i suppose i'll hear about it if it's not.

by Anika Sabin
Aaron Macdonald is one busy bee, or more appropriately, hen. Or alien. Navigating through numerous Portland band websites that list Macdonald’s involvement (Evil Alien Costume, the King Hen, the Leaning Towers, the Peabodys), he seems to be traversing a plethora of genres, as does his partner-in-crime, Emily (also of Evil Alien Costume and the Leaning Towers).

“Old Fashioned Weapons” surprised me. The transitions are quick and unpredictable with dance-y fits, soft piano breakdowns and pop-induced hooks. “It’s just a bunch of tiny things” Aaron sings in the song’s refrain. And, well, it’s true. The beats, rhymes and riffs are terribly cute and simple, yet when layered atop each other, a beautiful density emerges.

The Leaning Towers’ website ( is a map of their well-documented experiments, and creations that Macdonald posted religiously (almost daily up until about a month ago). There you’ll see that “Old fashioned Weapons” is only three weeks old. The library is a bit overwhelming, with songs ranging from eclectic folk that echoes a living room’s softness to cold industrial landscapes of electronica. Even still, there are distorted-gypsy and power pop ballads, most of which actually works. I’m confused, but impressed.