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LAist Interview: Aimee Mann

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On June 3, Aimee Mann’s new album, @#%&*! Smilers, will be released on her SuperEgo Records label. Throughout the 13 tracks, Mann delivers a musical experience that packs an emotional punch. The songs hint at her playful side and deliver melodies you’ll want to hum for the rest of the day.

From her early music with ‘Til Tuesday (“Voices Carry”) to her Oscar-nominated work on the Magnolia soundtrack, to her recent albums (Lost in Space and The Forgotten Arm), Mann continues to change things up and deliver hauntingly beautiful music. LAist caught up with Mann to get the scoop on her new record.

LAist: What is the story behind the name of your album?

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There are a few things that inspired it, but one of them is the fact that a friend of mine and I used to belong to this newsgroup called alt.bitter, and the album is named after one of the posts that appeared in the group. In that thread, a bunch of us vented about those annoying people who tell you to smile when you don’t feel like it. There’s almost something a little sexist about it, too, because it’s usually men telling women to smile. It has this kind of inherent, annoying assumption that you’re there just so they can be pleased looking at you, and you’re somehow not doing your job if you’re not smiling.