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REVIEW: Aimee Mann @ Aladdin (Portland, OR – 10/6/09)

7th Oct 09 (Wed) Leave a comment Go to comments


I got into Aimee Mann after several promptings by my friend Bruce, and then eventually via her quite powerful role in the P.T. Anderson movie, Magnolia (1999).  Her spot in that movie and her pervasiveness on that soundtrack made me pay attention.  I’ve stuck with her through some great albums, including a doozy of  holiday album (but I don’t blame her, I blame the general holiday music content).  Her albums are always pretty damn consistent… consistently good.  I just never got the chance to see her until now.  I happened to be up in Portland for work; so I naturally found my way to the venue. :)

I really like the Aladdin Theater… it’s a classy theater, and every show I’ve seen here has been great (Jude and Yael Naim), and I plan on hitting the Aladdin at least 2 or three more times this year (Múm, the Swell Season, and maybe Stryper… but mainly for the humor aspect of that show).

The opener was Nick Lowe, who I didn’t know.  Apparently I knew some of his songs, specifically “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace Love and Understanding” (he wrote for Elvis Costello, and I’ve heard the A Perfect Circle version).  Nick played about 50 minutes, and probably 15 songs.  He had some very good, short pop songs.  I can see why people like him.  I mean, he kinda blended into the background to me, but he had a charm and lyricism that I can admire.

Aimee Mann came on around 9:20pm with two keyboardists.  Throughout the set, they both swapped around many instruments… mainly keys, but also guitar, shakers, drums, recorder.  She played a short 40 minute pre-determined set before breaking out into the audience request portion of the show…

Setlist: 2 hours

  • The Moth
  • Nightmare Girl
  • Momentum *a fave of the night*
  • Build That Wall
  • Par For The Course
  • Amateur *a fave of the night*
  • This Is How It Goes
  • Wise Up *a fave of the night*
  • Save Me [false start – see comments below]
  • Real Bad News [start to the audience requests]
  • Long Shot
  • Looking For Nothing
  • Freeway *a fave of the night*
  • Jacob Marley’s Chain
  • 4th Of July
  • Mr. Harris
  • Video *a fave of the night*
  • Ghost World
  • You Could Make A Killing *a fave of the night*
  • Red Vines
  • Invisible Ink
  • Susan
  • One (Harry Nilsson cover)
  • Encore: Save Me *a fave of the night*
  • Voices Carry

So, the first attempt at “Save Me” got an odd response from a few ladies… almost like the cheering as you’re going up a rollercoaster.  Aimee pointed that out and countered it with how depressing and co-dependent-y the song was.  Then she went into some really depressing (but funny) new lyrics for the song… which led into the giggles; so she couldn’t even finish the real version of the song.  She came back to it later for the encore.

Aimee was really fun… much more fun than I thought she’d be.  I mean, her songs really meander on the line of depressed, melancholic disappointment; however, she was quite bubbly, and giddy in spots.  Her three-piece band really worked well together in a pinch.  Great, long show… check her out if she swings by!!!  She’s only a short West Coast tour this fall; see the remaining handful of dates below…

The Appropriate Linkage:

~Dan – np: Finger ElevenFinger Eleven

Aimee Mann West Coast Tour 2009

  • 10/2/09 UC Santa Barbara CA
  • 10/3/09 Santa Cruz, CA Rio Theatre
  • 10/4/09 San Francisco, CA Hardly Strictly Bluegrass FREE
  • 10/6/09 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater …with Nick Lowe
  • 10/7/09 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre with Nick Lowe
  • 10/8/09 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
  • 10/10/09 Coeur D’Alene, ID The Kroc Center
  • 10/11/09 Boise, ID EgyptianTheatre with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/12/09 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/14/09 Boulder, CO Boulder Theater with Fountains of Wayne
  • 10/16/09 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern with Fountains of Wayne

all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
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  1. Bruce
    8th Oct 09 (Thu) at 5:34 pm

    Hey! I’ve still never seen her live!! Was she shy? Nervous? It sounds like a great fun way to play a show.

    I also love Nick Lowe!! I don’t know tons of his newer stuff, but his Greatest Hits from way back is genius.

    • 8th Oct 09 (Thu) at 7:13 pm

      I actually thought of you, Bruce, during Nick’s set. Seemed right up your alley.

      Aimee didn’t really seem nervous or shy. She was quite playful… well, just try to imagine it – it was as close to “playful” as I can imagine her being. I’ll post some pics on Saturday. She didn’t smile much, but I did get one snap of her smile.

  2. 11th Oct 09 (Sun) at 2:28 am

    Great review of the show, I know cause I went to both the Portland Aladdin show and the Seattle Moore show. Actually they were quite different from each other.

    Just one small correction, the song is called “Par For The Course” not Horse…but I think you should leave it horse, it’s cuter that way.

    Thanks again for a really great review.

    (seattle, wa)

    • 11th Oct 09 (Sun) at 8:44 am

      Ah, geez… stupid iPhone auto-correct function. I’ll fix it… haha


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