Entries tagged with: Aimee Mann
Jon Wurster as John Denver
Back in April, ATO Records released The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver, which featured covers of the singer by J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten, My Morning Jacket, Evan Dando, Kathleen Edwards, Lucinda Williams, and more. Now, the J Mascis & Sharon Van Etten cover of "Prisoners" has been given the video treatment by Funny or Die, which, needless to say, means it came out pretty funny. The video stars Superchunks's Jon Wurster as John Denver and Aimee Mann as a female John Denver. Both of them have animal puppets as friends and (spoiler alert) they meet at the end. Check it out below.
Julie Klausner and "honorary ginger" Ted Leo
Ted Leo and Aimee Mann played The Bell House a couple weeks ago (9/11) as The Both and now they're on tour together (playing separate sets). When Ted returns from the tour, he'll be back at The Bell House on October 30 (Mischief Night) for Julie Klausner's How Was Your Week? podcast taping. Also appearing: New Pornographer A.C. Newman, rapper Jean Grae, and actress Laura Benanti. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
Ted is HWYW?'s de facto bandleader, and he and Julie perform together a lot, including recently at Bumbershoot. A couple examples of that, in video form (one with Ted in a redhead wig), are in this post.
You can catch AC Newman tonight (9/26) at Radio City Music Hall where he'll open for his sometimes bandmate Neko Case. Aimee Mann, meanwhile, can be heard on the audio book version of Danny Bland's In Case We Die.
Ted & Julie videos below...
If you were to ask Danny Bland what being a junkie musician in early '90s Seattle was all about, you'd probably get an earful. Having logged time as the bassist of Cat Butt and the Dwarves, as well as countless miles road-managing the likes of Dave Alvin, Greg Dulli, and Mark Lanegan, one can assume Bland has more than a few personal accounts of rock-'n'-roll neurosis to share. So when I finished perusing the jacket notes and figured out his literary debut was a novel, In Case We Die (Fantagraphics, 240 pages, $26.99), I was deeply curious and slightly annoyed. Fiction? Why? - [Willamette Week]Danny Bland's In Case We Die is fictional but comes from real, hard life experience. The book was published by Fantagraphics and the audio book is rather special, with chapters read by an amazing group of musicians, actors and comedians, including Aimee Mann, Steve Earle, Greg Dulli, Mudhoney's Mark Arm, Marc Maron, Memphis Three survivor Damien Echols, actor Donal Logue, and more. You can preview some of the audio book below.
Bland is currently on a book tour which includes two appearances in NYC: September 26 at East Village bar Manitoba's and October 1 at Bookcourt in Brooklyn. The book tour dates also promise "surprise guests from the audiobook" at "select cities." All dates are listed below.
Ted Leo & Aimee Mann at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Earlier this year, we mentioned that Ted Leo and Aimee Mann have teamed up to form The Both, and that band has just announced some September shows. First, they'll be playing Chicago's A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party, and then they've got some east coast dates including one in NYC on September 11 at The Bell House.
Ted will also appear live in NYC even sooner at the sold-out Kurt Braunohler release party at The Bell House (8/27).
Ted and Aimee are also touring together this year (but playing separate sets) in addition to the Both shows. All of their dates are listed, along with a recent live video of The Both, below.
by Bill Pearis
Fred Armisen & friends / Stefon & Seth / Kanye & Ben on SNL
Even without Kanye's musical appearance, last night's Ben Afleck hosted Saturday Night Live season finale was especially eventful (and teary) as it was the final show for three long-running star players: Bill Hader, Fred Armisen and Jason Sudekis.
Fred got his farewell moment via a sketch featuring his punk character Ian Rubbish who performed song called "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day." His band featured fellow departing castmembers Hader and Sudekis (and Taran Killam, sure to be a big player next season), and then he welcomed a cavalcade of musical talent onstage, including his Portlandia costar Carrie Brownstein, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, and the Sex Pistols' Steve Jones. With a chorus of "It's been alright, I've had a lovely night," it was a nice little sendoff. Video of that is below.
Hader got his sendoff moment, as expected, as Weekend Update nightlife correstondent Stefon, where anchor -- and soon to be Late Night host -- Seth Meyers finally gives in to his advances. "Weekend Update" also featured a surprise appearance by former co-anchor Amy Poehler who came out for "REALLY??" and stuck around to read the news. Seth, who is also SNL's head writer, will leave midseason next year to take over for Jimmy Fallon who is moving up to The Tonight Show.
Hader, Armisen, Sudekis and Meyers' departure leaves a giant comedy hole for next season. It will be interesting to see how Lorne Michaels fills it.
Moby's audition did not go well...
As maybe you're heard, The Postal Service are back together for a 10th anniversary tour, including two shows at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. What you may not know is that Ben Gibbard was one of many singers who auditioned for Jimmy Tamborello. Aimee Mann, Moby or even Duff McKagan (plus others) could've ended up in the band... or so this Funny or Die clip (directed by Tom Scharpling) purports which you can watch below.
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo (aka #BOTH) in NYC in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
When it was announced last year that Ted Leo would be touring with Aimee Mann, despite the fact that the two certainly have some things in common, it was a bit of an odd pairing, considering Aimee's long history as a generally above-the-radar artist and Ted's inherent underground-ness. (Not to mention their styles of music.) But the tour worked out great and saw Ted and Aimee really getting along on the road and collaborating on stage too. Well, now they're taking that a step further and have announced a new collaborative project called #BOTH. For the new band, they'll "be showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material." They haven't announced an album or a full tour yet, but they have a few shows scheduled in California, which are listed below.
Though there aren't any East Coast dates scheduled at the moment, Aimee previously announced her own East Coast run which includes NYC-area shows on April 19 at The Paramount in Huntington and April 20 at Webster Hall. Tickets for those shows are still available. Ted lives in the area so here's to hoping he at least makes an appearance!
All dates are listed below...
Aimee Mann @ MHOW, 10/31/2012 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Aimee Mann, who last played NYC on Halloween right after Hurricane Sandy hit, has announced a few spring dates on the East Coast, including two in NYC: The Paramount in Huntington, NY on April 19 and Webster Hall on April 20. Tickets to the Webster Hall show go on AmEx presale today (2/13) at noon, and the Paramount show goes on presale Thursday (2/14) at 10 AM. All tour dates are below.
Ben Gibbard on The Colbert Report
Death Cab for Cutie/Postal Service frontman Ben GIbbard appeared on The Colbert Report last night (1/10) to perform the song "Bigger Than Love" off of his 2012 solo album, Former Lives. Ben brought out fellow Tom Scharpling associate Aimee Mann to play bass, sing the first verse, and join Ben on vocals in the chorus. They were also joined by Aimee's pal Ted Leo on guitar and Jon Wurster on drums. Ben also did a solo acoustic performance of "I'm Building a Fire," and like Stephen Colbert's other musical victims, he was interviewed on the show too. You can watch videos of both songs and the interview below.
PREVIOUSLY: Postal Service reunion in the works
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
"I'm about to see @tedleo in his pajamas. #FirstNightOnBus" - Aimee Mann
After much confusion about the Aimee Mann and Ted Leo shows that were initially supposed to happen at Bowery Ballroom on Monday (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday (10/30), Aimee and Ted ended up playing Music Hall of Williamsburg on Wednesday (10/31) and honored tickets purchased for either show, and they're working on rescheduling the Bowery Ballroom show for next week. Despite all of that chaos, it was a relief when they decided to play on Wednesday, until they ran into more chaos, totally unrelated to Sandy. Someone pulled the fire alarm at MHOW a little while after doors opened, sending everyone out onto the street. Fortunately, it was a false alarm and the show ended up going on as planned.
The crowd was smaller than it probably would have been without Hurricane Sandy, but hopefully anyone who wasn't able to make it will be able to catch the Bowery show when it's rescheduled. Aimee wrote a song due to the events that took place this week called "Oh Sandy," which she performed at the show, and you can watch a video of that below. Ted also joined Aimee on stage during her set at the show (as pictured above). More pictures from the show and that "Oh Sandy" video are below.
John Vanderslice as Tigger (via David Williams)
John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers kicked off their tour together in Raleigh, NC on Tuesday (10/30), and despite Hurricane Sandy, they've been moving on as planned, having played DC last night (10/31) and they'll be in Philly tonight (11/1). For last night's show, which was Halloween, John Vanderslice dressed up as Tigger (pictured above), and said that DC was chaos with "Halloween revelers, cops everywhere, and a massive fire in NE." And if this tweet is to be believed, we might see John's Tigger costume at the NYC area shows too.
The NYC area shows happen on Friday (11/2) at The Bell House and Sunday (11/4) at Maxwell's, both of which still appear to be on. Tickets for both the Bell House show and the Maxwell's show are still available.
John Vanderslice also joined Aimee Mann on stage at The Fillmore in San Francisco, when her tour brought her to that venue back in September. Aimee's tour was supposed to hit NYC for two shows with Ted Leo this week but Hurricane Sandy made like a thousand changes to their schedule. They ended up postponing their Bowery Ballroom show to a TBA date and played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night (more on that soon).
An updated list of John Vanderslice and Crooked Fingers dates is below.
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo, who played Town Hall together on 10/27, were supposed to play Bowery Ballroom last night (10/29) and Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight (10/30). As mentioned before the power went out, the Monday Bowery show was postponed to Wednesday/Halloween, but tonight's Brooklyn show was just officially cancelled moments ago, one of the last hold-outs (pretty much every other Tuesday night show was already cancelled).
It's unclear now if they'll reschedule and what will happen to Wednesday's show... Aimee tweeted, "So sorry to report that my show in Williamsburg tonight is canceled...I guess they were just afraid no one could get there. Argh!! I think they are considering an option of doing two shows tomorrow? But not sure where that would be. I'll keep you posted. If we do two tomorrow, it will probably be in Williamsburg, since the power is still out in lower Manhattan." Stay tuned.
UPDATE from Aimee: "Ok, here it is: I'm playing tomorrow at the Williamsburg Music Hall & both Williamsburg tickets AND Bowery tickets will be honored. AND... We're working on rescheduling to play at the Bowery next week, if you can't get to Williamsburg. Whew! #sorrytimesamillion"
Hurricane Sandy is finally upon us, with the height of the storm hitting around 6 PM. Like Sunday, mass transit is closed and almost everything is cancelled. We'll update this list throughout the day but, as far as we know, the only major show still
happening in NYC tonight is Swans at Music Hall of Williamsburg (though we expect a postponement announcement any minute) (Swans did play Bowery last night though). Swans is now postponed too.
Not sure if anyone is playing, but Pete's Candy Store "says Come & get us Sandy! We weren't afraid of Irene and we're not afraid of you! (but please don't hurt us) WE WILL BE OPEN TONIGHT. C'mon Over."
Aimee Mann & Ted Leo's show at Bowery Ballroom tonight has moved to Wednesday (10/31).
Luckily German band Fenster scheduled a lot of shows while they were here because their show last night at Shea Stadium was cancelled, and their one at Muchmore's tonight with Daytona and Hearsay & Hyperbole isn't happening either.
Pat Kiernan Halloween trivia night at The Bell House is canceled.
John Legend's show at Cushman & Wakefield Theater at Barclay's Center was postponed a while back for non-Sandy reasons.
Cake Shop's show (Sad Ladders, Meet Me in Norway, Sewing Machines) tonight is cancelled.
Joshua Radin & A Fine Frenzy at Best Buy Theater has been postponed.
Lee DeWyze at Highline Ballroom has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at Joe's Pub are canceled.
The Rock Shop is open, but tonight's show has been canceled.
Tonight's shows at The Stone are cancelled.
As you may remember, Jimmy Kimmel Live was to be live from Brooklyn this week. The rest of the week my happen but tonight will not. Tweets Jimmy, "Though it pains us to do it, JKLfrom #Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe."
Tonight's Reverend Vince Anderson and His Love Choir show at Union Pool has been canceled.
Mercury Lounge is closed.
Pianos is closed.
Cake Shop is closed.
Union Hall is closed.
Brooklyn Bowl is closed.
S.O.B's is closed.
The Living Room is closed.
Death by Audio is closed.
The Studio at Webster Hall is closed.(which means Brokencyde is cancelled)
Arlene's Grocery is closed.
Iridium Jazz is closed
Both the Chelsea and East Village UCB Theatres are closed.
Tonight's Schnick or Treat comedy show at Littlefield has been postponed to 11/4.
Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is closed.
Field Report at BV-SXSW 2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
As mentioned, former DeYarmond Edison member Chris Porterfield, aka Field Report, is heading out on tour as a support act for the first half of Aimee Mann's upcoming tour (Ted Leo supports on the second). After that tour, Field Report will play a few of his own shows, including
one two in NYC: Mercury Lounge on November 8 and Union Hall on November 11 with special guests. Tickets for the Union Hall show are on sale now and tickets for the Merc show go on sale Friday, September 28 at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/26) at noon.
Field Report released his self titled LP last week and played a record release show in NYC at Union Pool. If you were at that show, how was it? A stream of his album and a list of all upcoming dates are below.
Here We Go Magic at Sasquatch 2012 (more by Chris Graham)
today in NYC
* Braids @ Maxwell's
* Matt Alber @ Joe's Pub
* Jill Sobule @ Joe's Pub
* Mike Doughty @ City Winery
* Band of Horses @ House of Vans
* The Killers @ Paradise Theater
* Sean Sondregger Trio @ The Stone
* Stanley Clarke @ Blue Note
* Et cetera Festival @ Public Assembly
* Slash, Foxy Shazam @ Hammerstein Ballroom
* Jon Spencer Blues Explosion @ Bowery Electric
* Barack Obama, Jay-Z & Beyonce @ 40/40 Club
* Here We Go Magic, High Highs @ Brooklyn Bowl
* Echo-Friendly, Thieving Irons @ Mercury Lounge
* Blood Red Shoes, DZ Deathrays @ Mercury Lounge
* Vensaire, manicanparty, Cultfever @ Cameo Gallery
The Avett Brothers @ Central Park Rumsey Playfield
* Infernal Stronghold, Geryon, Grudges @ Saint Vitus
* Pete Karp and the Brooklyn Jazz Warriors @ The Stone
* Tropic of Pisces, Neighbors, Moon King, Cookies @ Pianos
* Michael Kiwanuka, Marcus Foster, Foy Vance @ Webster Hall
* Chasing Kings, Swear and Shake @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn
* G-Side, The Block Beattaz, Deniro Farrar, Tron & DVD @ Glasslands
* Bobby Womack w/ Damon Albarn, Kwes and more @ Apple Store SoHo
* Shark?, Caged Animals, Dinosaur Feathers, EULA @ Delinquency
* Seth Herzog, David Wain, Questlove, Ted Alexandro @ The Studio at Webster Hall
* Diamond Terrifier,Ikebe Shakedown, Osekre and the Lucky Bastards, The Forthrights, Tunde Adebimpe/Ohal Greitzer/Daren Ho-Ryan Sawyer/C. Spencer Yeh Quintet @ Zebulon
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion's new album, Meat and Bone, is out today and BrooklynVegan is presenting record release party tonight at Bowery Electric. The only way in was to have bought the album through Other Music or won tickets from us. It's now sold out but you can, however, watch the JSBX's new video, "Black Mold," below.
Bobby Womack and his all-star band (Damon Albarn, Kwes, mems of TVotR) are playing a free show and Q&A at Apple's fancypants SoHo store tonight at 7 PM which is likely to be very, very crowded.
Band of Horses, who release their new album, Mirage Rock, today and play House of Vans tonight, taped a "Live on Letterman" concert last night (9/17). You can stream that entire concert below. You can also stream Mirage Rock in its entirety below.
Public Assembly's alt-learning festival, "Et cetera," continues tonight with free panel discussions and demonstrations, like "Bad Feminist Readings."
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Aimee Mann's new video, "Labrador," was directed by Tom Scharpling and features his WFMU cohort (and Superchunk drummer) Jon Wurster, as well as Ted Leo and Jon Hamm. Watch it below.
We already posted pics from A$AP Rocky's Fashion Week performance at the Adidas Store, and now you can check out video from the event that also features Jeremy Scott, A$AP Nast and Flatbush Zombies. Watch it below.
The Family Bqnd made a skeletal video for their song "Moonbeams" and you can watch that below too.
by Andrew Sacher
Grizzly Bear at Governors Island in 2010 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear are set to release their new album, Shields, on September 18 via Warp. You've already heard the singles "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again" and if you haven't downloaded one of the leaks of the album (We won't pretend they aren't out there, the band have even been acknowledging it on twitter) (though they kindly ask that if you like it, you pre-order it) you can now stream the entire thing (legally) at NPR.
Shields is Grizzly Bear's best album yet, and easily one of the strongest releases of this year. Grizzly Bear naysayers who complain that their often sleepy albums don't live up to the pop heights of singles like "Two Weeks" and "The Knife," complain no more. On Shields, every track is as largely arranged, dynamic, and grandiose as its singles -- but this is by no means a "sellout" album either. They drift through passages of progressive folk with baroque arrangements and even touches of jazz sensibilities sprinkled throughout the record. It's as heady and complex as anything they've done, just simply even more appealing and infinitely playable.
As mentioned, Grizzly Bear will support the new album with a tour that comes to NYC for the band's largest headlining hometown show yet on September 24 at Radio City Music Hall with Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Tickets for that show are still available.
You can also watch Grizzly Bear perform live TODAY (9/10) at 2pm EST on Soundcheck.
Speaking of largely anticipated albums that you can stream on NPR, The xx's new album, Coexist, is out this week and still available to stream. As are the new albums by David Byrne & St. Vincent, Dinosaur Jr., and Aimee Mann.
Aimee Mann at MHOW in January (more by Dominick Matrangelo)
As mentioned, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo are touring together this fall and are hitting NYC for a show on October 27 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show are still available, but if you'd like to catch Aimee and Ted (who will be playing solo) in a smaller venue, you're in luck because they just announced that after the Town Hall show they'll play Bowery Ballroom on October 29 and Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 30. Tickets for the newly added shows go on sale Friday (8/24) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/22) at noon.
Aimee Mann recently made a video for the title track off of her upcoming LP, Charmer. You can watch that video and check out a list of updated dates below.
DOWNLOAD: Aimee Mann - "The Charmer" (MP3)
Ted Leo recently in Prospect Park (more by Amanda Hatfield)
As reported previously, Aimee Mann will embark on a North American tour that lasts from late September through middle November. The shows include an NYC stop at Town Hall on October 27 and tickets are on sale now. It's just been announced that fellow friend of comedy Ted Leo (who is working on a new LP) will open for that show, as well as many other dates on the second half of that tour. He'll be playing solo. Field Report open on the first leg.
The tour starts shortly after the release of Aimee Mann's The Charmer, which is out on September 17. Five years in the making, The Charmer is influenced by the ""super pop of the '70s and '80s." See how that description fares in the title track above, and preorder that via her site now.
Field Report (aka Chris Porterfield) releases his debut LP on September 11 via Partisan Records., Check out the track "Chico The American", along with all tour dates, below...
DOWNLOAD: Aimee Mann - "Charmer" (MP3)
Aimee Mann at MHOW in January (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Aimee Mann is set to release her new album, Charmer, on September 18 via Superego Records. The album was produced by band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland, and it features a duet with James Mercer of The Shins on "Living a Lie." A live video for album track "Labrador" is below, along with the cover art and tracklist, and the album's title track can be downloaded above.
Aimee will be supporting the album on a tour this fall which culminates in NYC on October 27 at Town Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/3) at 11 AM with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at noon and an artist presale starting Wednesday (8/1) at 10 AM.
A list of all dates, live video, cover art, tracklist, and a video of the super funny skit from Portlandia season 1 where Aimee Mann stars as herself as a cleaning lady below...
photos by Dominick Mastrangelo
Aimee Mann @ MHOW
Aimee Mann's concert at Carnegie Hall in New York on Saturday night (Jan. 28) was for the birds. Or, at least, birdcalls.Pictures from the Brooklyn show, the 2nd to last on Aimee's tour, and one day before the Long Winters' John Roderick headlined his own show at Mercury Lounge, continue with a shot of Aimee's setlist, below...
The singer/songwriter has humbly admitted in the past that crafting small talk on stage between songs is slightly beyond her comfort zone. How far so? On her 2006 holiday tour, she outsourced the job to such comedians as Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins.
The audience assumed the responsibilities Saturday, as Mann invited the crowd to fill the spaces between tracks with birdcalls, a running gag that humorously linked her stellar 18-song set.
Backed by her three-piece band, Mann's adult alternative rock was a natural at Carnegie Hall's prestigious Zankel Hall. She joked that she'd do her best to adjust to the fairly formal setting, as she had played the more casual Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y. (with its smells of "beer and bleach," she ribbed), the previous night.[Billboard]
The Long Winters (Roderick second from left)
The Long Winters frontman John Roderick will play a few shows with Aimee Mann in January followed by a headlining show at Mercury Lounge on 1/28/12. Tickets for the NYC show are on sale. All dates are listed below.
1/28 is the same date that Aimee plays a NYC show at Zankel Hall which is one day after she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg (both shows are without John and now sold out or close to sold out). Aimee has also announced a NJ show in Red Bank and other dates since we last spoke. They are all listed below.
Back to John Roderick for a second. You can buy his guitar on eBay...
Do you want to play guitar like John Roderick? Sorry, can't be done. But, you can play his guitar as much as you'd like! Just win his solid body Hohner EX Artist electric guitar, whose unique sound has appeared in The Long Winter's recordings. Small Print: Guitar has been used. It's got a few scrapes (nothing that's visible from a stadium seat - see photos), needs a set-up (easy!), but has been lovingly modified - with embellished pick-ups (blood red nail polish, an 80's classic). Comes with a Gibson Explorer Guitar case (some use on outside, but like new on inside with instructions for programming the unused combo lock). Don't let THIS ONE get away. Donated by John to benefit Suz, all proceeds help her recover from severe illness. Thanks for lookin'!John has also been keeping busy collaborating with Jonathan Coulton. John appear's on Jon's new album Artificial Heart, as do Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara and John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants who Jonathan is opening for at Terminal 5 in NYC on March 10th. Tickets are still on sale. TMBG have also announced more dates since we last spoke, They're all listed below.
Roderick also appears in Coulton's new video for "Nemeses" which came out before the even newer Coulton video for "Sticking it to Myself", both of which can be watched, with all the tour dates below...
Aimee Mann at MHoW (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Aimee Mann has followed the footsteps of 2Pac, Fat Joe, 50 Cent, The Game, and many others on her new dis track, "Todd Barry is an Idiot", written with Tim Heidecker (of Tim & Eric). Stream it now below. So far no word on return fire from Todd Barry, who started it by tweeting "Yo @aimeemann. Hear you're recording @timheidecker song. BIG mistake. I'll whip up something better & fax it to you later."
Maybe a few NYC venues should opt for more security next year in light of Aimee Mann's condemnation of Todd Barry as "a stupid, fucking asshole". Aimee Mann (and extra security, I'd imagine) will appear at Emelin Theatre in Mamaroneck on 1/15, Music Hall of Williamsburg on 1/27 and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall on 1/28 in the new year. Tickets are on sale for the Emelin Theatre and Carnegie Hall dates, and tickets are on Amex presale for MHoW, with regular sale hitting on Friday.
Todd Barry will appear at Merkin Concert Hall on 10/26 as part of a benefit with Macaulay Culkin, Jim Gaffigan, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Jim Norton, Judy Gold, Kieran Culkin, and "OTHER SURPRISE SPECIAL GUESTS!" Tickets are still on sale for this huge lineup. UPDATE you can also use this discount code for a reduced rate: SUFC1
All tour dates and some videos below...
"People on the subway are staring at my scabs"
Fred Armisen, Kristen Wiig, and Jim Carrey performed as "A Taste of New York" on Saturday Night Live this past weekend (on 1/8). A Taste of New York is an "authentic" band from "an area between Avenue B & Avenue C" in New York City. And though Holy Sons are from the West Coast, we have learned that the sketch/song was inspired by new Holy Sons song "A Chapter Must Be Closed" from the recent Survivalist Tales. Fred Armisen watched the video for the song and the rest is history. Compare/contrast the videos below.
Musical duo The Black Keys also played Saturday Night Live on 1/8, a few days before they appeared on the Colbert Report with Ezra. Video of both songs they played are below too.
Musical duo Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein (ex Sleater-Kinney, current Wild Flag) go way back. Their Thunderant series of videos have been making the rounds online for years, and so it's pretty awesome that they've landed a "6-part IFC Original short-based comedy series" called Portlandia which premieres on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 10:30 PM ET/PT on IFC. "Each episode's character-based shorts draw viewers into "Portlandia," the creators' dreamy and absurd rendering of Portland, Oregon."
An assortment of guest stars inhabit PORTLANDIA, including Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Sex & The City), Aubrey Plaza (Parks and Recreation), Selma Blair (Legally Blonde, Hellboy), Heather Graham (The Hangover), Edie McClurg (Ferris Bueller's Day Off), Kumail Nanjiani (Michael & Michael Have Issues), Jason Sudeikis (SNL, The Cleveland Show), and Gus Van Sant (Milk). Singer/songwriter Aimee Mann also guest stars, alongside James Mercer (The Shins), and local Portland musicians Jenny Conlee and Colin Meloy (The Decemberists) and Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney).Wild Flag is touring in March. Some very funny "Portlandia" videos, and everything else mentioned above, below...
After cancelling his string of East Coast shows and a few with Neil Young earlier this year due to complications from lung cancer, Burt Jansch is back out on the road and will play The Bell House on December 15th (tickets) and two shows at Iridium on December 20th (tickets still available for for the 8PM and the 10PM). As with the previous cancelled tour, the Pegi Young Band is out with him, though they drop off before the Iridium dates.
In related news, Neil Young will get the royal treatment at Carnegie Hall on Feb 10th as part of a benefit for Music and Arts Programs for Underprivileged Youth. The show will feature a gang of artists paying tribute to the music of the giant, including Patti Smith, Living Colour, Devotchka, Bettye LaVette, Bebel Gilberto, Aimee Mann, The Roots, Cowboy Junkies, Antibalas, St. Vincent, J Mascis, with "additional artists to be announced". Tickets are on sale.
Full tour dates are below, as well as some video taken the other night at Johnny Brenda's in Philadelphia.
photos by Andrew St. Clair
Aimee Mann has never bought into any happy-go-lucky notions of human nature.That review comes from the CT show of Aimee Mann's tour that hit Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg last night. More pictures from the latter, below...
Rather, the singer and songwriter works in less optimistic territory in her music, which centers around smart, well-constructed pop songs illuminating hard-luck characters who are essentially victims of their own heightened expectations.
It was a theme of her performance Saturday night at Infinity Music Hall in Norfolk, where Mann and a pair of backing musicians played a 19-song show that focused mostly on her more recent material, including three tunes from a still-developing musical that takes as its starting point her 2005 release "The Forgotten Arm."
It's a loose concept album about a boxer named John, who struggles with addiction; and Caroline, the woman who loves him. The concept became more concrete on the new songs, chronicling an upbeat flirtation over Tin Pan Alley-style piano, bleak commiseration over slower accompaniment from piano and guitar, and the strain and heartache that come with loving an addict.
Uplifting? Not so much, which Mann herself noted in introducing the second of the three songs: "In case you were worried this musical won't be depressing ..." [Courant Sound Check]