Aimee Mann, Charmer, SuperEgo Records, Ted Leo, Webster Hall
In support of her highly praised eight studio album Charmer, available now on SuperEgo Records, Aimee Mann has added tour dates through the spring, including a west coast run with Ted Leo. See below for details.
Influenced by what Mann calls the "super pop" of the 70s and 80s, Charmer continues to receive widespread acclaim with The New York Times calling her "one of the finest songwriters of her generation." Mann performed the duet "Living a Lie," with James Mercer (of The Shins) on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and made several year-end lists, including NPR's "Listener's Picks: Best Albums of 2012," Sound Opinions and Time.
Charmer was produced by longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan and recorded with Ryan Freeland (Ray LaMontagne, Bonnie Raitt) at Stampede Origin in Los Angeles. Bryan joins Mann on the album, among many other friends and collaborators including J.J. Johnson, Jebin Bruni and Jamie Edwards. Mann wrote all of the songs on the album, though two, "Living a Lie" and "Soon Enough," are collaborations with Paul Bryan and Tim Heidecker, respectively. Of the record Mann comments, "I'm fascinated by charming people and the whole idea of charm. It's hard to remember sometimes that there is usually an agenda behind the act of being charming, and that is what I'm most interested in. Is someone's charm being utilized just to try and entertain people, make them feel special and interesting, or is there a more sinister purpose behind it? Sometimes I think 'charm' can just be another word for 'manipulation.'"
Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo. In addition to her solo work, she has appeared on many film soundtracks and composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson's much-lauded Magnolia. Since@#%&*! Smilers, Mann has performed for the President Obama and the First Lady at the White House, appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series Portlandia and fast become an internet darling. Named one of The Huffington Post's "13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter," Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation, much of which is reflected on the new album.
AIMEE MANN TOUR DATES
*with Ted Leo
†with Sharon Van Etten
March 26-27 /// San Francisco, CA /// Bottom of the Hill*
April 19 /// Huntington, NY /// The Paramount
April 20 /// New York, NY /// Webster Hall
April 21 /// Portsmouth, NH /// Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival†
April 23 /// Rahway, NJ /// Union County Performing Arts Center
April 24 /// Wilmington, DE /// World Café Live Wilmington
April 25 /// Annapolis, MD /// Maryland Hall for The Creative Arts