Monday, July 30, 2012

Sights & Sounds: Aimee Mann, Social Distortion

Aimee Mann
Aimee Mann's long-awaited album Charmer is set for release on Sept. 18, but fans of the artist can pre-order her forthcoming album now. Here is part of the announcement that ran in her newsletter that went out earlier today:

"Influenced by what Mann calls the 'super pop' of the 70s and 80s, Charmer is Aimee's first album in five years. In addition to the stunning single 'Charmer,' the album includes a duet with James Mercer of The Shins called 'Living a Lie.' All MusicToday Charmer pre-orders will get a limited edition print of original art created by Aimee!"

In addition to the upcoming release of Charmer on both audio CD (a package that includes a 16-page booklet) and LP (orange color vinyl/gatefold with a grommeted spinning disk), Mann has also announced a number of fall tour dates. She kicks off her West Coast dates with a Sept. 27, 2012 concert at The Coach House here in Orange County, California.

Other dates include The Fillmore in San Francisco on Sept. 29, Aladdin Theater  in Portland on Oct. 2, the Egyptian Theatre in Boise on Oct. 4, and a special Town Hall date in New York City on Saturday night, Oct. 27.

Visit Aimee's official Web site for more details.

Rolling Stone premieres new animated Social Distortion video

Southern California rock ‘n’ roll heroes Social Distortion have debuted a brand new video on for their song “Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown” from their latest album, Hard Times And Nursery Rhymes. The animated video was created by Olya & Vira Ishchuk (known as "The Mad Twins") and loosely celebrates the life of front –man Mike Ness.

To watch the new video, please go to or go here:

“Working with Olya & Vira Ishchuk (known as "The Mad Twins") was a great experience,” Mike Ness told Rolling Stone. “I mean, to not give any direction whatsoever and have an incredible video delivered to you speaks volumes. Olya & Vira created this animated piece on their own time as a gift to us, and they nailed it – we didn't change a thing. Being able to capture the true essence of the song without our input shows The Mad Twins' artistry, and how talented they truly are. When I was writing "Gimme the Sweet and Lowdown," the idea behind it was a lifestyle gone wrong due to making really bad life decisions. I never intended for it to be autobiographical, but now with this visual, I realize that it actually is more about me than it seemed when I wrote it."

The video comes as the band recently announced North American live dates in further support of their latest album Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes. Beginning in Chicago on October 11th, the band will be performing shows with alt-country Canadian recording artist Lindi Ortega and Atlanta rockers The Biters. Tickets for these shows are on sale now. All on sale times and locations can be found by visiting:

Since their formation in 1979 in the working class Southern California suburb of Fullerton, Social Distortion have a recharged rock ‘n’ roll sound merging outlaw country, classic punk and swaggering blues. The band’s latest release Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes has been rousing success with critics and fans alike. The album marked the group’s highest chart position thus far entering the Billboard 200 at #4.

Social Distortion Tour Dates On Sale Now:

Oct. 11 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

Oct. 16 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre

Oct. 18 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

Oct. 19 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues

Oct. 20 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy

Oct. 23 Montreal, QC Metropolis

Oct. 26 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom

Oct. 30 Boston, MA House Of Blues

Nov. 01 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

Nov. 03 Philadelphia, PA The Electric Factory

Nov. 06 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Nov. 07 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

Nov. 09 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte

Nov. 10 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues

Nov. 11 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

Nov. 13 Chattanooga, TN Track 29

Nov. 14 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues

Nov. 16 San Antonio, TX Backstage Live

Watch Social Distortion’s video for “Machine Gun Blues” here:

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