You've probably heard this big-voiced, ukulele-wielding singer-songwriter, even if you haven't heard of her. Well, we'd like to change that. LP has written songs for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, but it's her own super-powerful performances that are really earning attention. One show was this recent FUV Live set at Rockwood Music Hall, which featured songs from her EP, 'Into The Wild,' talk of LP's upcoming album, and a Roy Orbison cover.
I don't know why Aimee Mann has a reputation of being prickly or cold. But everybody I told about my session says, "good luck," as though she might take off my head. On the contrary, I've found Aimee Mann quite warm in multiple meetings and interviews. She is funny, available and, no surprise here—very bright. A great conversationalist, in fact.
Today, she is exhausted, though. She's just recorded two videos and several "promotional" versions of her songs and is about to launch into a slew of interviews ... all BEFORE doing a show for an FUV audience at Electric Lady Studios. It's all making her a little anxious about delivering on all she's promised today, but Aimee is still in good humor and cheerfully launches into a spirited chat about her new record, Charmers. Her mood darkens briefly when we touch on the trouble the music biz is in, but her attitude towards those who steal music is "live and let live."
As for the new CD, it leans hard on her pop influences from the 70's, but those influences translate into something entirely fresh: broad musical gestures and (of course) her signature hooks. One highlight: a duet with James Mercer of the Shins.
Listen below for my conversation with Aimee, as well as trio performances of new and longtime favorites from her catalog.
World Party has created some of the most melodic and meaningful songs since their start in 1986, and in this FUV Live broadcast from City Winery many of their best ones come to life. Karl Wallinger, backed by a duo of violin and guitar, was in great voice and chipper spirits. Joking with the crowd between songs and treating us to a set list of classics including "Put the Message in the Box," "Ship of Fools," "Is It Like Today" and my fave, "Sweet Soul Dream."
Iris DeMent is set to release her first album in 16 years, called Sing The Delta, on October 2nd, but she treated us to a live preview of a few of the new songs in an FUV Live show at The Living Room. She also spoke with me about the wait between albums, where the Delta factors into the sound and spirit of her songs, and why she and husband, Greg Brown, keep their songwriting separate.
The multi-talented Clarence Greenwood has spent the last 20 years perfecting his poetic and soulful approach to rock, and as Citizen Cope he's gained one of the most dedicated audiences around. Cope's fifth album, One Lovely Day, is out today, and to celebrate Clarence and a string quartet recently performed a fantastic FUV Live set at Electric Lady Studios.