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October 2012 Oregon concert recap

12th Nov 12 (Mon) 1 comment

I feel so bad for not blogging as much this past month or so… busy at work and in real life.  I have still gone to quite a bit of shows, especially in October – Aimee Mann, Nellie McKay twice, Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst three times, and Dan Deacon, I snapped a few iPhone shots (sorry for lower quality).  I tracked most of the setlists, too.  So, here’s a quick run-down.

Aimee Mann @ the Aladdin Theater, Portland, Oregon (Tu 10/2)

Aimee Mann put on a great show, a good mix of old tunes and ones from her brand new album, Charmer.  Here’s what she played – 10/2 setlist. This was my second time seeing her, and I was not disappointed.  She’s charming, smiles much more than her songs lead on, and is quite the jokester.

Nellie McKay @ the Shedd, Eugene, Oregon (Wed 10/10)
Nellie McKay @ the Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/11)

Two shows, back-to-back seems to be a habit for me when Nellie McKay swings through Oregon. The shows were fairly similar (Eugene setlist / Portland setlist) save for a few changes in songs.  Both shows were great.  She seemed for relaxed and vocally on-point in Eugene. In Portland, she had a few lyrical miss-steps, but she was as charming as ever. Any time she comes through, I’m excited to see her.  No news on another album, yet (her last was 2010’s Home Sweet Mobile Home).

Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ the Majestic Theatre, Corvallis, Oregon (Wed 10/17)
Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ the Alberta Rose Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/18)
Peter Mulvey & Kris Delmhorst @ Tsunami Books, Eugene, Oregon (Fri 10/19)

Three shows, not one the same. Another artist I see every time he comes through, Peter Mulvey, brought his long-time musical friend Kris Delmhorst (wife of another singer-songwriter Jeffrey Foucault).  The three of them are in a band Redbird with guitarist David Goodrich.  Well, this Fall 2012 west coast jaunt was just Peter & Kris, doing a switch-off storyteller-type show.  All of the shows were two sets, split with a short intermission.  Peter changed up his set fairly well, and Kris mixed hers up some as well (Corvallis setlist / Portland setlist / Eugene setlist).  I only had a few of her albums before this tour, but at the final show, I had to rectify that and pick up the rest of the catalog.  It seemed based on their new material and various discussions that they were both working on new albums… for 2013?

Dan Deacon @ Hawthorne Theatre, Portland, Oregon (Th 10/25)

The openers were also odd (TEDtalk-styled humor from Alan Resnick), bombastic (two-piece rock powerhouse Chester Endersby), and truly enlightening (rock/rap from Height with Friends).  For Dan Deacon‘s set, he played a lot from his latest album, America.  This show was intense and amazing.  He has an amazing way of getting people to step out of their shells.  At one point, Dan was going to have us do a arm tunnel outside the venue (something he does at most of his shows).  The bouncer and club management wouldn’t let him… so he complied and said,” we’ll just do something far more dangerous.”  With a wide circle, he started with one guy running around, and with every revolution, he would bring one more person in to run around… 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, … after a very short time the entire audience was running in a circle… I had to pull myself out of it and grab some water… It was a very sweaty, dancey, fun-as-hell show. Truly inspiring how the seeming group of outcasts becomes a group of like-minded lovers of life.

I’ll try to do a better job of consistent concert reviews going forward, time permitting.  A couple shows for me this week: The Dead Kenny G’s (Skerik, Matt Dillon etc) on 11/15 @ Sam Bond’s Garage (Eugene) and Over the Rhine on 11/17 @ the Triple Door (Seattle).

~Dan – np: Sufjan StevensSilver & Gold (Songs For Christmas) Vol. VI: Gloria!

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Aimee Mann’s “Labrador” {remake of “Voices Carry”}

20th Sep 12 (Thu) 1 comment

Wow… the new Aimee Mann video for “Labrador” is a shot-for-shot remake of her video in ‘Til Tuesday for “Voices Carry“… clever, silly.

Labrador (2012)

Voices Carry (1985)

Boy, how she’s changed.  I much prefer newer Aimee Mann to ’80s Aimee Mann.  Her new album, Charmer, just came out this week… and she heads out on tour next week (click here for dates & the “Charmer” music video).  I’ll be at the Portland, Oregon, date on October 2nd.

~Dan – np: Aimee MannCharmer

Aimee Mann’s new “Charmer” (video)

17th Aug 12 (Fri) 1 comment

What a better double for Aimee Mann than Laura Linney?

Charmer” is from her upcoming album, also called Charmer, due out September 18, 2012.

She’s hitting the road, whether as herself or as a robot, this Fall…

AIMEE MANN – 2012 TOUR DATES

  • 27 SEPTEMBER 2012 The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, CA^^
  • 28 SEPTEMBER 2012 Rio Theatre, Santa Cruz, CA^^
  • 29 SEPTEMBER 2012 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA^^
  • 30 SEPTEMBER 2012 Uptown Theatre, Napa, CA^^
  • 02 OCTOBER 2012 Aladdin Theatre, Portland, OR^^
  • 03 OCTOBER 2012 Neptune Theatre, Seattle, WA^^
  • 04 OCTOBER 2012 Egyptian Theatre, Boise, ID^^
  • 06 OCTOBER 2012 The State Room, Salt Lake City, UT^^
  • 09 OCTOBER 2012 Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO^^
  • 10 OCTOBER 2012 Lincoln Center, Fort Collins, CO^^
  • 11 OCTOBER 2012 The Lensic, Santa Fe^^
  • 12 OCTOBER 2012 Rialto Theatre, Tuscon, AZ^^
  • 13 OCTOBER 2012 Wilshire Ebell Theatre, Los Angeles, CA^^
  • 24 OCTOBER 2012 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA^
  • 25 OCTOBER 2012 The Birchmere, Alexandria, VA^
  • 26 OCTOBER 2012 Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA^
  • 27 OCTOBER 2012 Town Hall, New York, NY^
  • 03 NOVEMBER 2012 Berklee Performance Center, Boston MA^
  • 04 NOVEMBER 2012 Higher Ground, S. Burlington, VT^
  • 06 NOVEMBER 2012 Danforth Music Hall, Toronto ON^
  • 08 NOVEMBER 2012 Capitol Theatre, Columbus, OH^
  • 09 NOVEMBER 2012 20th Century Theater, Cincinnati, OH^
  • 10 NOVEMBER 2012 Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI^
  • 11 NOVEMBER 2012 Pabst Theater, Milwaukee, WI^
  • 13 NOVEMBER 2012 The Pageant, St. Louis, MO^
  • 14 NOVEMBER 2012 Park West, Chicago, IL^
  • 15 NOVEMBER 2012 Park West, Chicago, IL^
  • 16 NOVEMBER 2012 Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI^
  • 17 NOVEMBER 2012 First Avenue, Minneapolis, MN^
    ^ w/ Ted Leo
    ^^ w/ Field Report

~Dan – np: TristezaPaisajes

Aimee Mann (10/6) photos posted

10th Oct 09 (Sat) Leave a comment

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

7th Oct 09 (Wed) 4 comments

FYI… PHOTOS of the SHOW at the BOTTOM

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


AIMEE MANN & NICK LOWE PHOTOS
all pictures (cc) 2009 Daniel Temmesfeld,
you may use freely under a creative commons attribution

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Aimee Mann / Nellie McKay

6th Oct 08 (Mon) 2 comments

ha’fway

30th Jun 08 (Mon) 3 comments

(Sub)consciously prompted by this music blog, here are my favs of the first half of 2008… it’s all bound to switch around by year’s end:

Artist Album (label)

  1. The Secret Chiefs 3 play Masada Book Two: Book of Angels, Vol. 9: Xaphan (Tzadik)
  2. The Bar Kokhba Sextet play Masada Book Two: Book of Angels, Vol. 10: Lucifer (Tzadik)
  3. My Brightest Diamond A Thousand Shark’s Teeth (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. Opeth Watershed (RoadRunner)
  5. Earth The Bees Make Honey in the Lion’s Skull (Southern Lord)
  6. Dave Douglas & Keystone Live at Jazz Standard, 4/10/2008 to 4/13/2008 (2 sets each night = 8 CDs worth, each set downloadable within 24 hours of the performance… cool stuff…) (Green Leaf)
  7. Sigur Rós Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust (XL)
  8. Reptet Chicken or Beef? (Monktail Creative Music Concern)
  9. John Zorn’s The Dreamers (Tzadik)
  10. King’s X XV (Inside Out)
  11. Glen Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) Secrets of the New Explorers -EP- (Umami)
  12. Ashes Divide (Bill Howerdel of A Perfect Circle) Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright (Island)
  13. Mike Patton A Perfect Place (Ipecac)
  14. Puscifer V is for Viagra – The Remixes (Puscifer)
  15. Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey Lil’ Tae Rides Again (Hyena)
  16. Bill Frisell History, Mystery (Nonesuch)
  17. Steven Bernstein (of Sex Mob) Diaspora Suite (Tzadik)
  18. Hiromi Beyond Standard (Telarc)
  19. Stebmo Stebmo (Stebmo)
  20. Bobby Previte & New Bump New Bump: Set the Alarm for Monday (Palmetto)
  21. Swami Late Plate (Previte & Saft) Doom Jazz (Veal)
  22. Porcupine Tree We Lost the Skyline -EP- (Transmission)
  23. Raquy and the Cavemen Mischief (Meef)
  24. Aimee Mann @#%&*! Smilers (Super Ego)
  25. Kaki King Dreaming of Revenge (Velour)

The 2nd half of 2008 promises to bring some potential great ones, too… Medeski Martin & Wood play John Zorn’s Masada Book Two, 3 other Medeski Martin & Wood albums (later in the year), Secret Chiefs 3 Book of Souls (maybe), God of Shamisen debut, Extreme Saudades de Rock, Mike Patton‘s Mondo Cane, Mike Patton & Dan the Automator’s Crudo, a new Sufjan Stevens (just speculating, since it’s been a while), Ben Folds is working on one, Ani DiFranco always has something coming out, Jude‘s Cuba, Jon Madof‘s CircuitBreaker debut (and maybe another Rashanim?), The Tango Saloon‘s Transylvania, new Tristeza, Over the Rhine Live from Nowhere III, David Bazan full-length, George Hrab (maybe?), SFJazz 2008 with Dave Douglas & Joe Lovano and others, Frank Zappa‘s One Shot Deal, another installment of the John Zorn avant-metal trio of Mike Patton/Trevor Dunn/Joey Baron… and I’m sure another dozen or more that I’ll dig from Tzadik.

~Dan – np: ReptetChicken or Beef?

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