Entries tagged with: Aimee Mann
Aimee, Liz and Ted in LA (photo via Trent Vanegas)
We already mentioned Aimee Mann and Ted Leo would be doing their annual holiday shows with past collaborator Jonathan Coulton and more special guests, and since we last spoke Liz Phair and John Roderick were added to all dates too. It's Liz's first tour since 2011.
The tour began in California earlier this month. Here's a review from SF Weekly of one of the San Francisco shows:
Mann also knows how to sing a Christmas song. Her holiday show has become a tradition in both her hometown of Los Angeles and elsewhere when she embarks on a small tour in the early days of December to spread her uniquely somber, but entirely beautiful, brand of winter cheer. Classics like "Winter Wonderland" and "I'll Be Home for Christmas" got a much needed makeover in the hands of Mann and Leo, scrubbed of their Bing Crosby sheen and rendered raw and potent. But, it was the original compositions that stole the show.Their two NYC shows happen this week: Thursday (12/10) at Town Hall and Saturday (12/12) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for both are still available.
Guest Liz Phair introduced her song "Ho Ho Ho" by explaining, "This is my one true Christmas song, but it's also depressing, which is why they let me on the tour." Phair also enlisted Mann and Leo in a performance of her track "Supernova," but it was "Why Can't I Wreath" - a Christmas revision of her own "Why Can't I" - that turned into one of the night's most memorable moments.
UPDATE: A good quality video of the full "Why Can't I Wreath" from Philly has surfaced. Watch below.
Aimee and Ted also just put out a stream of their new holiday single "You're A Gift," which will officially be out on December 18. Listen to that, watch a few clips of Aimee, Liz and Ted playing at the California shows, and check out the list of their remaining tour dates, below...
by Andrew Sacher
...then there's people like Emitt Rhodes, who's a cult hero for no good reason whatsoever. Far from obscure, his music is loaded with melodic charisma, that essential ingredient that makes you want to hear some records over and over again. Often called a musical dead ringer for Sir Paul McCartney, Rhodes is really the Macca we all wish Macca would be: an incredible pop tunesmith without all the gooey sentimentality and overflowing cuteness. The crown jewel of Rhodes' small body of work is his self-titled debut album. Released to critical acclaim and modest commercial success in 1970, Emitt Rhodes has since taken on mythical status among power-pop and '70's rock aficionados. The album is a tour-de-force: just like McCartney on his first solo album, Rhodes played all the instruments and sang all the vocals himself. But even more impressive are the songs. Only 20 years old at the time, Rhodes had already absorbed the best of '60s rock and matched it. Lennon/McCartney certainly weren't writing songs the caliber of "Somebody Made for Me" or "With My Face on the Floor" at that age. This precocious, good-looking kid should have been unstoppable. [Steven Hyden for 'Perfect Sound Forever,' 2001]Cult musician Emitt Rhodes was a drummer in '60s pop group The Palace Guard and then a member of psych-pop band The Merry-Go-Round (whose single "Live" was covered by The Bangles on their first album) before releasing four solo albums in the early '70s. His most classic, as the above quote points out, was his McCartney-esque self-titled debut. Now, 43 years after the release of his last album (1973's Farewell to Paradise), Emitt is returning with album #5, Rainbow Ends. It's due February 26 via Omnivore Recordings.
The album has a handful of impressive guests too, including The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs, Aimee Mann, Nels Cline and his Wilco bandmate Pat Sansone, Jon Brion, members of Brian WIlson's band, and more. And the backing band includes New Pornographers drummer Joe Seiders. Chris Price produced it, and he says:
I view this as a continuation album, meaning it isn't meant to be recreating the sound from his first record, but instead what he might have sounded like after his third album, Farewell to Paradise, if he kept making music in the mid-to-late '70s.Emitt adds:
I had a spurt there, you know. I just wrote a whole bunch of songs. I'm just gonna write what my heart tells me, because that's the only thing that really matters, isn't it? Sometimes you don't know, and then the light goes on and you do know.We've got the premiere of the album's first single, "Isn't It So," which has Emitt in fine form. Like Chris Price said, it does sound right out of the mid-to-late '70s, but it doesn't sound dated, partially because that sound had a bit of a moment this year (thanks to Father John Misty, Matthew E White, Natalie Prass, etc). Listen below. Various pre-order options are at PledgeMusic.
Emitt is set to play SXSW, and more dates are TBA.
photo: Aimee & Ted in Central Park in 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Like they did last year, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo will be playing holiday shows this December. They play together as The Both, but these shows are billed as "The Aimee Mann and Ted Leo Christmas Show." Past collaborator Jonathan Coulton will be there, and more "very special guests" are promised too.
Two of the shows are in NYC: December 10 at Town Hall and December 12 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets go on sale Friday (9/25) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (9/23) at noon.
Aimee and Ted's also recently sang a Lincoln Chaffee campaign song on Conan. As Rolling Stone points out, the song was...
sung to the tune of Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy." "Used to be / Republican / Switched to Dem in 2010 / The pride of Rhode Island / His horses' hooves were stylin' / Wants the metric system to the U.S. / A plan with zero gram's chance of success," Mann and Leo sing. "He's Lincoln Chafee / For President / You don't have to vote for him / Just get him to 1 percent."Watch that video, with their list of tour dates and video from one of last year's holiday shows (featuring Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles), below...
We're officially in Music Festival Announcement Season, and the latest one is Atlanta's annual Shaky Knees Festival, happening May 8-10. This year includes The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, Ryan Adams, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Tame Impala, Brand New, Mastodon, Neutral Milk Hotel (supposedly one of your last chances to see them for a while), Interpol, Flogging Molly, TV on the Radio, Manchester Orchestra, James Blake, Death from Above 1979, Dr. Dog, Spiritualized, Panda Bear, American Football, Clutch, Black Lips, The Mountain Goats, Best Coast, Real Estate, Wavves, Built to Spill, The Both, Mac DeMarco, Minus the Bear, Old 97's, FIDLAR, METZ, THe Bronx, Speedy Ortiz, Palma Violets, VIet Cong, Strand of Oaks and more. Tickets are on sale now.
Full initial lineup (even more TBA) below...
The very funny Fred Armisen is already on board for the 826NYC benefit at The Bell House on December 8 with Eugene Mirman, Reggie Watts and Sarah Vowell (tickets), and now he's got another NYC appearance happening a few days later. He was added to the Town Hall (12/13) stop of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's Christmas tour, which also includes The Bangles' Susanna Hoffs and geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Tickets for that show are still available.
Fred's also starring in an upcoming movie with Billie Joe Armstrong, opening Bob Mould's New Year's Eve show in Chicago, and the trailer was just released for season 5 of his IFC show with Carrie Brownstein, Portlandia. The 5th season is set to feature guest appearances from Vanessa Bayer, Steve Buscemi, Shepard Fairey, Greta Gerwig, Peter Giles, Matt Groening, Anna Gunn, Justin Long, Jane Lynch, Natasha Lyonne, Seth Meyers, Brigitte Nielsen, Parker Posey, Paul Reubens, Paul Simon, Olivia Wilde and Oscar the Grouch. Sounds pretty awesome. The S5 premiere airs on Thursday, January 8 at 10 PM. Watch the trailer below.
As discussed, Aimee Mann and Ted Leo (aka The Both) are playing Christmas shows this December, including three in the NYC area -- 12/10 at Tarrytown Music Hall (tickets), 12/12 at The Space at Westbury (tickets) and 12/13 at NYC's Town Hall (tickets).
Since we last spoke, guests have been added to those shows. Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, who Aimee recently performed with at a Big Star tribute (videos below) and who starred in The Both's "Volunteers of America" video, is on almost all dates. The NYC-area shows will also include geek rocker Jonathan Coulton. Other dates on the tour include comedians Paul F. Tompkins (Mr. Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Best Week Ever), Tim & Eric's Tim Heidecker and Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman. Updated dates are listed below.
Aimee and Ted also released a new Christmas song called "Nothing Left to Do (Let's Make This Christmas Blue)." You can download that on iTunes and stream it via Spotify below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Cat Power / The Both
Saturday's line-up was certainly the harsher of the two, with Sunday reserved for a snappy new Aimee Mann and Ted Leo project called The Both and the mellow indie pop of Stars. This was to be followed by Cat Power, whose performances are notoriously unpredictable thanks to Chan Marshall's often crippling stage fright; due to Central Park curfews her set was cut to just four songs. Again, no matter how popular or how anticipated the performances of the Chinese bands scheduled to play the bill, they were all relegated to the earlier hours of the fest, their status sadly secondary despite Modern Sky's roots in the same country. It was the first year organizers have attempted to stage the event in the US, so hopefully they'll have learned some lessons should they decide to bring it back next season. For now, it was a fun experiment in bringing cultures together, even if this time around they seemed less yin and yang and more like oil and water. [The Village Voice]The first-ever US edition of the Modern Sky Festival wrapped up its cross-cultural experiment on Sunday (10/5) with performances from Cat Power, Stars, and The Both (aka Aimee Mann + Ted Leo), plus Chinese artists Second Hand Rose, Tongue, Queen Sea Big Shark, Lenka and Omnipotent Youth Society. We already posted pics from Stars' set here, and the rest of the Sunday pictures are in this post.
Check out photos from Saturday HERE. More from Sunday below...
The Both at Bowery Ballroom in April (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Aimee Mann and her The Both bandmate Ted Leo are taking their Christmas show on the road in December with "many special guests" promised each night. The tour hits NYC and the surrounding area on December 10 at Tarrytown Music Hall, December 12 at The Space at Westbury and December 13 at NYC's Town Hall. Tickets for Town Hall and The Space go on sale here Friday (9/12) at noon with an AmEx presale for Town Hall starting Wednesday (9/10) at noon. Tickets for Tarrytown also go on sale Friday at noon, and there's an ongoing member presale.
The Both will be in NYC sooner than that though, for the Modern Sky Festival in Central Park (Oct. 4 & 5) with the reunited Blood Brothers (who also play Warsaw), Cat Power, Liars, Stars a William Onyeabor tribute and more. Tickets for that fest are still available.
The Both made a video for "Volunteers of America" not long ago. Watch that, with the list of tour dates, below...
Modern Sky Festival has already existed for seven years in China, and this year the first US edition of the festival will take place in NYC on October 4 & 5 at Central Park's Rumsey Playfield. It's got a pretty cool lineup, including The Blood Brothers, Liars, Atomic Bomb! The Music of William Onyeabor (lineup TBA, but the last one featured David Byrne, members of Hot Chip, Bloc Party, Blood Orange, The Rapture and more), Cat Power, Stars, The Both (AImee Man & Ted Leo) and more. Full lineup below. Tickets, including single day passes and 2-day passes, are on sale now.
The festival happens not long before Stars release their new album, No One Is Lost (due 10/14 via ATO), so maybe we'll hear some new material from that.
Full day-by-day lineup below...
Ted Leo at HiFi / Brownies anniversary on Saturday (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
This Sunday in Brooklyn, two indie/punk singers are coming together for solo sets: Ted Leo and Allison Crutchfield of Swearin'. The show, which happens at Silent Barn (5/25), is a fundraiser for webzine The Media's first print issue -- a collection of the first 10 issues on newsprint. Tickets are on sale now. Show flyer below.
Ted, who took part in the HiFi / Brownies anniversary over the weekend, also just teamed up with his The Both bandmate Amiee Mann to mash up covers of TV themes ("Cheers," "Orange is the New Black" and more) in a video for Vulture which was filmed at NYC venue Joe's Pub. You can check that out below.
Silent Barn flyer and TV themes video below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
The Both / Nick Diamonds @ Bowery Ballroom - 4/29/14
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo's collaborative band The Both is currently on tour with Nick Diamonds (The Unicorns, Islands) and they hit NYC last night (4/29) for a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom, their first of two NYC shows on this run. The Both's set included all of their album, a few of Aimee and Ted's own songs too, and plenty of their very funny stage banter. They also encored with a cover of
"Voices Cary" by Aimee's old group, Til Tuesday. Nick (joined by one of his Islands bandmates) played a few covers too, like Henry Mancini's "Moon River," Wilco's "Jesus, Etc.," and a Sinead O'Connor song. Pictures of the show are in this post.
The Both and Nick Diamonds do it again at MHOW on Thursday (5/1) and tickets for that one are still available.
Meanwhile, over at Glasslands, Nick's former Unicorn bandmate Alden Penner was playing solo as well. Anyone catch that?
More pictures from Bowery Ballroom below...
Nick Diamonds w/ Islands at Culture Shock 2012 (more by Kellyann Petry)
Aimee Mann and Ted Leo put out their debut album this year for their collaborative project, The Both, and they're currently on the road in support of it. The tour brings them to NYC this week for two shows -- TONIGHT (4/29) at Bowery Ballroom and Thursday (5/1) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tonight's show is sold out, but you can still get tickets for Thursday's show. Updated dates are listed below.
Since we last spoke, Nick Diamonds of The Unicorns and Islands was added as an opener to the tour, which means Nick will be back in NYC tonight.
Coincidentally (?), Nick's former Unicorns bandmate, Alden Penner, plays his second of two NYC shows tonight at Brooklyn venue Glasslands with SoftSpot, Vassals and Xander Duell. Tickets for that one are still available.
Updated The Both / Nick Diamonds dates are listed below...
DOWNLOAD: Go Forth, Feminist Warriors (MP3)
Pitchfork points to this month's Rookie theme song, "Go Forth, Feminist Warriors," which features Sleater-Kinney/Wild Flag/Portlandia's Carrie Brownstein, Waxahatchee, Tegan & Sara, Dum Dum Girls, Thao Nguyen, Kimya Dawson, Kate Nash, Ted Leo, Aimee Mann and more. Check it out by downloading it for free above, or streaming it, along with the full list of credits, below...
by Andrew Sacher
After Aimee Mann and Ted Leo announced their collaborative project The Both in early 2013 (following a 2012 tour together), they're finally ready to release their debut self-titled album on April 15 via Superego Records. Rolling Stone just premiered the album's first single, "Milwaukee," which is the kind of melodic alternative rock you'd expect from an Aimee Mann/Ted Leo collaboration, and a pretty enjoyable tune. You can stream it, along with the album tracklist, below.
The Both recently announced NYC shows happening on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg, and since we last spoke, a full tour has been announced. Tickets for the NYC shows go on sale today (1/24) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the song stream and tracklist, below...
DOWNLOAD: Ted Leo & Aimee Man's Best Show Tribute (MP3)
Ted and Aimee at MHOW in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
The Both, aka the collaborative project of Ted Leo and Aimee Mann, will be playing more shows for 2014, and though we haven't seen a full tour announcement yet, we know they'll be in NYC on April 29 at Bowery Ballroom and May 1 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday (1/24) at noon.
As you may know, Tom Scharpling's The Best Show on WFMU signed off for good at the end of 2013. On the penultimate show (12/10), Ted and Aimee made an appearance, singing a Best Show tribute song which you can download above or stream below. Also below is a playlist Ted made in December with that song and 16 others that he's "done on/for The Best Show."
And lastly, below you can watch a full set video of The Both's show at The Bell House from this past September...
by Bill Pearis
Kim Gordon on 'Girls'
HBO series Girls was nominated for two Golden Globes but didn't win either on last night's awards ceremony. (The show lost to Brooklyn Nine Nine and Lena Dunham lost to Amy Poehler [who also co hosted the GGs].) At the same time elsewhere on the television dial, Girls made its Season 3 premiere with two back-to-back episodes. We knew this was coming but didn't know when -- the first episode featured Sonic Youth / Body/Head's Kim Gordon as Mindy, a member of Jessa's (Jemima Kirke) support group at rehab. The two don't get along. This is actually the third show with "Girl" in the title Gordon has acted in (the others being Gossip and Gilmore) but this is by far the meatiest part she's played. HBO has the whole premiere episode up on its YouTube channel to watch for free.
Meanwhile, a second soundtrack from the, titled Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do, will be released February 11 and features music by Vampire Weekend, Lily Allen, Beck, Cat Power, Jake Bugg, Aimee Mann and more. One of the tracks exlusive to the soundtrack is Jenny Lewis' "Completely Not Me" which features in the second episode's closing credits, is apparently a collaboration with Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij. You can listen to that over at Entertainment Weekly. Tracklist for the soundtrack is below.
In related news, while not the song from the Girls soundtrack, Lily Allen has released a new track, "Air Balloon," from her forthcoming new album and that can be streamed below.
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.
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