From her days fronting ’80s MTV favorite ’Til Tuesday to her Oscar-nominated work on the Magnolia soundtrack in 2000, Aimee Mann’s music has long been linked to stage and screen. That trend extends to 2012; the necktie and scarf enthusiast (seriously, Google Image Search her) is working on the Broadway version of her album The Forgotten Arm.
More importantly, Mann has a new record out that’s been inspiring fanciful visual complements. The first two videos from Charmer find the singer and her famous friends (Laura Linney, Jon Hamm, WFMU’s Tom Scharpling and Jon Wurster) serving up deadpan amusement.
As for the music, it’s pleasant coffee shop fare that probably fully reveals itself over time. Or it might just be boring.
More immediately rousing is Ted Leo, who shows up in Mann’s “Labrador” video wearing the most marvelous wig. He’ll also open Thursday’s show, performing solo versions of his biting, political punk rock in signature searing falsetto.