Entries tagged with: Aimee Mann
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]
Aimee Mann at Nokia in 2008 (more by Chris La Putt)
Saturday would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday, and a gang of musicians will link up on November 12th at Beacon Theater to participate in the 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute going down at the venue (tickets):
The tribute will benefit Playing For Change Foundation. This concert is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering of artists who will come together to celebrate the life, music and creative spirit of John Lennon. The all-star lineup of performers span nearly four generations, ranging from legendary music icons Jackson Browne, Patti Smith and Cyndi Lauperto acclaimed artists, Aimee Mann, Keb' Mo', Joan Osborne, Martin Sexton, Shelby Lynne, Taj Mahal, Meshell Ndegeocello, Alejandro Escovedo, Playing For Change, The Kennedys, Vusi Mahlasela, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux, YouTube sensation Chris Bliss, Wendy Osserman Dance and the Tribute's co-creator and MAD Magazine Senior Editor, Joe Raiola.Aimee Mann will also play a string of shows in the Northeast surrounding that appearance as well: Tarrytown Music Hall in Tarrytown, NY will see her on 11/11, SOPAC in South Orange, NJ gets her on 11/13, and Aimee Mann also has a date with Music Hall of Williamsburg on 11/22. Tickets for the latter are currently on AMEX presale, and go on regular sale today (10/8) at noon.
All dates and some videos below...
"Played the Simon & Garfunkel tribute in Central Park last night. John Roderick brought it! Ben Gibbard's psych jam ruled..." - Aimee Mann
Holmes Brothers (Sherman, Popsy and Wendell) & Mayor Bloomberg (WFUV)
Ben Gibbard & St. Vincent play "Fakin it" (WFUV)
Paul Simon & WFUV Music Director Rita Houston (WFUV)
SummerStage hosted a pricey benefit for its free programming last night (June 8) in Central Park. The show was a tribute to the songs of Simon & Garfunkel, and musicians covered the pair mostly as duos. St. Vincent and Ben Gibbard teamed up for "Fakin' It," Dean & Britta played "Homeward Bound," Alejandro Escovedo and Willie Nile played "The Boxer," Aimee Mann and John Roderick did "Only Living Boy in New York," Loudon Wainwright III and Lucy Wainwright Roche sang "Bleecker Street" and lots more. Both Simon and Garfunkel were there, but didn't perform. The full performer+set list is posted below.
No videos from the show at the moment, but someone posted some from the show's rehearsal that took place one night earlier at City Winery. Those with the Central Park setlist, below...
Woods @ 979 Broadway Backyard (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Dayna Kurtz @ Sycamore
* Sara Siskind @ Joe's Pub
* Aimee Mann @ City Winery
* Bonnie Baxter @ Silent Barn
* Kaki King @ Music on the Oval
* NY Philharmonic in Prospect Park
* Toby from Youth Group @ Living Room
* Jucifer, Mount Vicious, J.A.C.K. @ Cake Shop
* Asher Roth, Kid Cudi @ Nokia Theatre Times Square
* Michael Showalter, Michael Ian Black @ Bell House
* Wavves, Woods, Real Estate, PoPo @ Bowery Ballroom
* Don Byron plays Junior Walker @ Madison Square Park
* Midsummer's Night Swing w/ Otros Aires @ Lincoln Center
* Charlie Hunter/Douge Wamble/Tony Mason @ Jazz Standard
* Darcy James Argue's Secret Society @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* The Sweet Divines, The Bo-Keys, The City Champs @ Southpaw
* The Jaguar Club, The Grates, Apollo Run, Spiral Beach @ Pianos
* Cheval Sombre, Speck Mountain, Georgiana Starlington @ Bruar Falls
* Jeff the Brotherhood, Coin Under Tongue, Sisters, Lame Drivers @ Death By Audio
* Air Waves, Dan Friel, Ed Schrader, Turn Into Something, Lesser Gonzales Alvares @ Market Hotel
Free music for tonight includes Kaki King at the Stuy Town Oval, Don Byron plays the music of Junior Walker at Madison Square Park, Luisito Rosario y su Orquestra play at Battery City Park and George Lamond and Judy Torres perform at Crotona Park.
Andy Rourke of the Smiths DJ's at Beauty Bar (in Manhattan). Flyer below...
Jeff the Brotherhood kick off three nights of NYC shows with a gig at Death By Audio. Coin Under Tongue, Sisters and Lame Drivers also play.
Aimee Mann caps her trio of shows at City Winery tonight.
"Wearing jeans and a tailored black blazer, she played a solid two-hour set, breezing through old hits (a folksy take on her '80s hit with 'Til Tuesday, "Voices Carry," was a highlight) and newer favorites, including some from her latest disc, the Grammy-nominated @#%&*! Smilers. It was a fantastic show, but I was secretly hoping she'd rock out a little more--and she eventually did, trading in her acoustic for an electric bass during the encore." [Elle]The Grates start their Pianos residency.
Black Moth Super Rainbow has a new video, below...
Breakfast at Sulimays listened to St. Vincent and Isis -- that video, below...
The Hold Steady @ Terminal 5 11/6/08 (more by Chris La Putt)
All four of the Hold Steady's scheduled NYC shows, June 8th - 11th, have sold out, though the group's second Music Hall of Williamsburg show (Thursday, June 11th) is part of the Northside Festival, which still has badges available.
Openers for those shows are Right on Dynamite (6/8 @ Bowery Ballroom), Mischief Brew (6/9 @ Bowery Ballroom), Gost Trio (6/10 @ MHOW) and Hype of the States (6/11 @ MHOW).
The Hold Steady's other upcoming dates include them playing as openers themselves for the Counting Crows (in the UK in May) and the Dave Matthews Band (in the US in June).
The band also just announced some new headlining dates including a Friday, July 24th show at the Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 15th at noon.
The Sayreville show is then one day before the Hold Steady play a show further south at the 2009 XPoNential Music Festival. The three days fest runs from July 24-26 at Wiggins Park at the Camden Waterfront. Yeasayer, Peter Bjorn and John, Aimee Mann, and many more artists are on the bill.
Complete fest lineup, and all Hold Steady tour dates below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Aimee Mann is going on tour this July across the Northeast US. Those dates include three nights at NYC's City Winery, on July 13th, 14th, and 15th. The venue has announced that tickets for those shows will go on sale today (Friday, April 3rd) at 10am (whether that's a member presale or general sale is unclear).
She's also playing the Paramount Center for the Arts in Peekskill, NY, a town that's a little over an hour outside NYC. There is an Aimee Mann fanclub presale for those tickets that also starts today (Friday, April 3rd) at 10am. Tickets go on sale to the general public Tuesday, April 14th at noon.
Aimee recently taped a set for PBS's "Live from the Artist Den" series, to broadcast sometime in April. She also helped out at WMFU's pledge drive in March, both answering phones and performing (videos below). In December, she played her annual holiday show at Nokia Theatre in Times Square.
All tour dates and videos below...
Aimee Mann's holiday show @ Nokia Theatre (more by Chris La Putt)
Aimee is visited by the ghosts of Christmas Shows past, present, and future to learn the true meaning of the Christmas show. Featuring Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, John Krasinski (The Office), Michael Cera (Superbad), John C. Reilly (Walk Hard), Grant Lee Phillips, and Paul F. Tompkins. Directed by Tim Heidecker (Adult Swim's "Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!")If you were at the show, you already saw this. Aimee Mann's Christmas Carol, in four video parts, below...
photos by Chris La Putt
Based around songs from [Aimee Mann's] 2006 Christmas album, "One More Drifter in the Snow," the show also featured songs from Nellie McKay and Grant-Lee Phillips, comedy by [Fred Armisen] and Morgan Murphy, and a video spoof of "A Christmas Carol," featuring cameos by actors Michael Cera and John C. Reilly and Mann's husband, Michael Penn, in the role of Marley.More pictures from last night's holiday show at Nokia Theatre in NYC, below...
The music ranged from traditional and "corny" (Mann's word) songs like "Sleigh Ride" to more somber fare, such as Mann's own "Calling on Mary." Phillips and McKay joined Mann on the former, and were frequent contributors throughout the two-hour show.
Phillips first came out dressed in a snowman costume, and he later disguised himself as Willie Nelson to do a creditable impersonation of the country legend on a version of Mann's 'Til Tuesday hit, "Voices Carry."..
[that is a review from an earlier show on the tour]
Nellie McKay @ Spiegelworld (more by Chris La Putt)
Both of those MP3's on top of this post were released by Nellie McKay for the holidays in 2007, and like she did in 2007, Nellie McKay is going out on (a Christmas) tour with Aimee Mann, BUT FIRST you can catch Nellie all by herself at le Poisson Rouge in NYC on Tuesday December 2nd. It's an early show. Lemonade and El Guincho play the same venue later that night. All Nellie dates below...
Til Tuesday (Aimee Mann then)
Aimee Mann (now)
What do Aimee Mann and Twisted Sister have in common? They were both popular in the eighties (though maybe Twisted Sister are the only ones still living in it) and are still at it today, they both put out Christmas albums in 2006, they both played Christmas shows in 2007 (Aimee also played one in 2006), and they both are playing Christmas shows in 2008 - both of which are at Nokia Theatre in NYC in December. Twisted Sister plays two nights (tickets are on sale), and Aimee Mann plays one (she had two nights, but one was already cancelled) (tickets are also on sale).
In case the title confused you Aimee & Dee are not sharing the same bill (just the same BV post, again).
Twisted Sister is advertising two openers: ZO2 and The Dirty Pearls. Aimee Mann is saying that "This years special guests include: Nellie McKay, Grant-Lee Phillips, Morgan Murphy, Patton Oswalt and Paul F. Tompkins.", but her tour is eleven dates long and it's unclear who will be appearing at each show along the way, BUT Nokia Theatre IS listing all of those guests EXCEPT Patton. All tour dates and a whole bunch of related videos, below...
You may recognize a song in a new iPhone commercial as "You, Me & the Bourgeoisie" by The Submarines. You may have seen the Submarines play live when they toured through town with Headlights in May & June. You may choose to see them at one of the following three NYC shows:
Tues, Jul 29 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (TONIGHT)All dates below...
Wed, Jul 30 - New York, NY @ The Highline Ballroom *
Fri, Aug 1 - Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
DOWNLOAD: Shearwater - Leviathan Bound (MP3)
The Cool Kids are playing Knitting Factory on Saturday.
My Brightest Diamond is playing Other Music on Monday.
My Morning Jacket are also streaming their new album.
Check out Largehearted Boy's post for a big list of new albums out this week including Shearwater's Rook (the album from which the MP3 on the top of this post is taken).
They're not playing together, but it would be funny if they were. Tickets are on sale for Xiu Xiu's Bowery Ballroom show, and you can now get tickets for the one Aimee Mann is playing at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
DOWNLOAD: Aimee Mann - Thirty One Today (MP3)
Aimee Man will release her 7th solo album ,"@#%&! Smilers", on June 3rd. One day earlier she'll play the first show of her summer tour at the NEW Largo in LA. On July 30th she'll be at Highline Ballroom (on sale Friday). July 31st is Barnes & Noble in Union Square, and on August 1st she plays Music Hall of Williamsburg (on sale Thursday). All dates below....
DOWNLOAD: Nellie McKay - Take Me Away (MP3)
Nellie McKay @ Concert Hall, NYC - Dec 15, 2007 (CRED)
Aimee Mann & Nellie McKay @ Vic Theater, Chicago - Dec 11, 2007 (CRED)
Above you'll find the second free Christmas tune Nellie McKay is giving away this year. Well, it's free, but she also gives you the option of donating some money to Oasis Sanctuary - a place I'm also a huge fan of.
Back from her holiday tour with Aimee Mann, and having also just played a solo show at the Concert Hall at the Ethical Culture place in NYC (NY Times review), Nellie has now announced yet another NYC show - this one on New Years Eve at the intimate Joe's Pub. Doors are at 12:30 AM - cash at the door only. All dates below...
Aimee Mann Holiday show, Bimbos, San Fran - Dec 2, 2007 (CRED)
* Happy Hanukkah!
* Yo La Tengo & The Clean (?) @ Maxwell's
* Matisyahu @ Roseland Ballroom
* Worried Noodles @ Knitting Factory
* Menorah Horah @ The Slipper Room
* Ted Leo & the Pharmacists @ Music Hall of W
* The Besnard Lakes, Peter Moren & Luke Temple @ Bowery
* Karl Blau @ Sound Fix