Friday, December 12, 2008

Aimee Mann Christmas Concert on NPR tomorrow

Friday Google. First though, this is swipe from C.I.'s entry this morning:

The incredibly talented Aimee Mann has an NPR special this weekend and this is noted by an NPR friend:

Live Saturday: Aimee Mann's Christmas Concert

Listen Online At 8 p.m. ET

**Remind Me With: Google Calendar, Outlook or iCal

Aimee Mann (300)
Courtesy of the artist

Aimee Man performs live at the Keswick Theater this Saturday, Dec. 13.

Concerts Calendar

See a list of upcoming concerts and add them to your calendar.

WXPN, December 11, 2008 - Aimee Mann doesn't seem like the type to gravitate toward Christmas music — there's nothing Bing Crosby or Mannheim Steamroller about her. Yet for the third year in a row, she's about to perform material from her beautiful 2006 holiday album, One More Drifter in the Snow, and more at the Keswick Theater in Glenside, Penn. Hear the complete concert, webcast live by WXPN this Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Nellie McKay and Grant-Lee Phillips will join Mann onstage for special duets.

After Mann left the popular '80s band 'Til Tuesday, she became a more folk-tinged singer-songwriter on her 1993 debut solo album, Whatever. Throughout her solo career, she's built up a strong catalog of bewildering narratives, morally ambiguous characters and brutally honest lyrics. Her latest album, @#%&*! Smilers, moves away from the sprawling concepts of 2006's The Forgotten Arm and gets back to songwriting basics. It sounds more like a collection of songs that grow on you than a massive work taken in one dose.

When Mann originally came up with the idea for her Christmas album, she wanted to hearken back to the classic holiday music of the '40s and '50s.

"I wanted to do a Christmas record that reflected the whole range of emotions that people have around Christmas," Mann says. "I thought a lot about the feeling I had about Christmas as a kid, the almost spooky beauty and mystery that the holiday has, and wanted to do something that echoed that musically."

One More Drifter in the Snow features the intimate and sometimes carnival-esque arrangements fans know her for, but with a lighter and warmer feeling. Classics such as Jimmy Webb's "Whatever Happened to Christmas" and "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" (featuring Grant-Lee Phillips as the narrator) sit alongside a Mann original, "Calling on Mary."

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That's currently buried at the NPR site. Supposedly it will be fixed. (It's not even a top article on the Music page. You have to click on the link at the bottom of the Music page under "Coming Soon" -- coming soon? Try tomorrow. Aimee Mann is one of the country's most gifted songwriters and Kat's reviewed her latest CD as well as The Forgotten Arm. (I know and like Aimee but, as already noted, that plug's at the request of an NPR friend.) The concert webcasts tomorrow night.


So that's a Christmas special on the radio. That's tomorrow night. You can stream online. You can check to see if your local NPR will be broadcasting it, but you can stream it online for sure.

[Correction, removed part about Julianna Hatfield. She was a guest in Boston. I misunderstood.]
Christmas is getting closer and closer. And tomorrow, when the special airs, we'll be twelve days from Christmas -- think "The Twelve Days of Christmas."

Okay, Google and I get to end this today! Yea.

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Congratulations. Check out Aimee Mann's special tomorrow night.


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