Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Both - "Milwaukee" video premieres at Pitchfork!

“The project places the talents of the two artists in perfect harmony…”—The Los Angeles Times
“Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have combined their eloquent, slightly off-kilter
songwriting powers…”—SPIN
The Both’s video for their lead single “Milwaukee” off the duo’s self-titled debut is streaming now at Pitchfork ( The record, which will be released April 15 via SuperEgo Records, is receiving early critical praise—Rolling Stone explains, “The Both represents the pairing of two great… talents who go great together.” Furthermore, NPR Music is streaming the record in its entirety as a “First Listen” ( and the duo’s NPR Music “Tiny Desk Concert” recently debuted (
For this collaborative project called The Both, critically acclaimed musicians Aimee Mann and Ted Leo have joined forces. Building on a friendship forged while they were on tour together last year, it was Leo’s solo sets that piqued Mann’s interest in getting on stage with him and writing music together. Of the project, Mann notes, “Honestly, I feel like for the first time, I’m part of a rock band.”
The band’s all original songs were written as back-and-forth collaborations between Mann and Leo. With their differing musical vocabularies and mutual admiration for one another, the duo found working together to be a boon. “We were just like ‘Fuck it, let’s push and make it happen,’” notes Mann. “You really just have to go, ‘You know what, I have to trust that this other person’s instincts are good.’” Leo furthers, “I think as Aimee and I have gotten closer, we have realized how much in common we have and how much respect we have for what the other person does and what they’re bringing to the table. The writing process has largely been long distance, but it’s been line by line, verse by verse, part by part; we’ll send each other something and go back and forth until it’s finished.” The album was recorded in Los Angeles with Ryan Freeland, between stretches of touring in 2013, and produced by Mann’s longtime friend and band member Paul Bryan.
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, composed the soundtrack for Paul Thomas Anderson’s much-lauded Magnolia and appeared as herself on the hit indie TV series “Portlandia.” The new collaboration follows Mann’s eighth studio album Charmer which received national attention.  
Punk/indie singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Leo is best known for his work with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists over the past fifteen years. His most recent album The Brutalist Bricks was released on Matador Records in 2010. Leo also kept up a consistent presence as a solo performer since the late 1990s and began playing with Mann in February 2012. 
1. The Gambler
2. Milwaukee
3. No Sir
4. Volunteers of America
5. Pay For it
6. You Can't Help Me Now
7. The Prisoner
8. Hummingbird
9. Honesty is no Excuse
10. Bedtime Stories
11. The Inevitable Shove
April 24                                                   Northampton, MA                                              Pearl Street
April 25                                                        Boston, MA                                                 The Paradise
April 26                                                       Portland, ME                                    Port City Music Hall
April 27                                                     New Haven, CT                                              Toad’s Place
  April 29                                                      New York, NY                                        Bowery Ballroom
 May 1                                                         Brooklyn, NY                         Music Hall of Williamsburg
May 2                                                        Washington, DC                                                  9:30 Club
May 3                                                       Philadelphia, PA                                          Union Transfer
May 5                                                         Pittsburgh, PA                                                  Mr. Smalls
 May 6                                                         Cleveland, OH                                                   Beachland
May 7                                                        Ann Arbor, MI                                                    Blind Pig
May 9                                                           Chicago, IL                                                            Metro
May 10                                                     Minneapolis, MN                                                  Fine Line
June 13                                                        Pomona, CA                                           The Glass House
June 14                                                    Los Angeles, CA                                               The El Ray
           June 15                                                    Solana Beach, CA                                                  Fine Line           

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