"There was a big crane and people bustling around wearing headsets," Mann says of the filming, "and suddenly I felt like, 'Oh, this had better be good.' It was a ninety-degree New York night and the venue didn't have any air conditioning. There were definitely some long periods where my manager would come up and say, 'Your face is shiny. We need to powder you.' And I'd have the indignity of having powder applied to my face in front of people."
The DVD features interviews and behind-the-scenes footage, as well as performances of two new songs, "Going Through the Motions" and "King of the Jailhouse." The CD set is abbreviated but also spans Mann's solo career.
"I try to pick songs that I think people might possibly know, like a couple songs from the Magnolia soundtrack, any song that was released as a single or I played on David Letterman," Mann says. "It's hard to put a greatest hits together when you don't have any hits -- you have to aim in a different direction. But there's songs I know that people request or sometimes there's songs I feel like playing. My catalog is heavily skewed with super-slow ballads, so there's a lot of those that made the cut."
Mann is winding up her summer tour. She finishes Sunday in San Juan Capistrano, California.
Aimee Mann tour dates:
8/27: Petaluma, CA, McNear's Mystic Theater
8/28: Ventura, CA, Ventura Theater
8/29: San Juan Capistrano, CA, Coach House
Live at St. Ann's Warehouse CD track listing:
4th of July
Live at St. Ann's Warehouse DVD track listing:
Calling It Quits
Going Through the Motions
4th of July
King of the Jailhouse
Real Bad News