Eleni Mandell--C or D?

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I like "Alien Eye" and "I Believe In Spring", but am weary of some other stuff I've heared.

Ashley Andel, Wednesday, 25 September 2002 02:43 (sixteen years ago) link

Just read about her in a blog comment where she was compared to the phantastic Mary Margaret O'Hara who after about 15 years has a new album out: Apartment Hunting.

The 5 samples of songs from Snakebite I listened to at Amazon sounded very good. Could anyone continue here please?

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 07:23 (sixteen years ago) link

Her second album, “Thrill” (Zedtone) mixes in fragile haircuts with potboiler music noir, and manages to sound sensual without slipping into salaciousness...

Er, I just dropped that in from a review I wrote of it. Hope it helps: means I like it. Saw her play solo in Brighton a while back, two sets, acoustic, great - her Tom Waits influence wasn't so overwhelming like that.

Jerry (Jerry), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 10:56 (sixteen years ago) link

No where near as fracured as Mary Margaret O'Hara, but Jerry's wonderful sentence about Thrill could be dummed down to say it sounds like PJ Harvey's To bring You My Love.

Mr Noodles (Mr Noodles), Wednesday, 2 October 2002 12:02 (sixteen years ago) link

two years pass...
nice recent performance of eleni mandell and band at morning becomes eclectic. i neither hear mary margaret o'hara nor tom waits. some very relaxed stuff. gorgeous expressive + sensuous voice. reminds me of michelle shocked a little. folkish songwriting.

alex in mainhattan (alex63), Sunday, 3 October 2004 13:56 (fourteen years ago) link

four years pass...

anyone else listened to her new record, artificial fire? it's lovely, but it's got this one song, "tiny waist," that i cannot stop playing. the way the melody slowly descends belies just how happy of a song it really is...when i listen to it, i picture someone walking down the street in the rain without an umbrella, smiling ear-to-ear anyway, like nothing can kill his buzz. it actually recalls one of my favorite movies, punch-drunk love. i imagine this is the song playing in barry's head after he kisses lena for the first time.

k3vin k., Saturday, 11 April 2009 07:02 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

anyone else digging this?

k3vin k., Friday, 5 June 2009 04:54 (ten years ago) link

I liked "Miracle of Five" OK and pull it out occasionally. Not earth-shattering - there's some special magic that doesn't quite happen - but pleasant, and slightly, nicely, offcentre.

staggerlee, Friday, 5 June 2009 05:22 (ten years ago) link

i'm not feeling this album as much as thrill but i'm def liking a lot of the songs - 'needle & thread' and the title track especially.

lex pretend, Friday, 5 June 2009 10:14 (ten years ago) link

Anyone heard her 2004 album Afternoon? I totally missed that one.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 5 June 2009 19:16 (ten years ago) link

Afternoon is the only one I own, because it has "American Boy" (a v. wonderful song) on it. I've heard some of the others, but that's the only one I ever wanted to buy.

Saw her live when living in Nashville around that time (2004-ish), cool way to spend an evening.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 5 June 2009 19:19 (ten years ago) link

i'd kill to see her live, but she doesnt appear to have any US dates coming up?

k3vin k., Friday, 5 June 2009 22:48 (ten years ago) link

i think she's lives in my neighborhood

♪☺♫☻ (gr8080)(gr8080)♪☺♫☻ (velko), Saturday, 6 June 2009 00:20 (ten years ago) link

ask her tour upstate ny!

k3vin k., Saturday, 6 June 2009 03:00 (ten years ago) link

to tour, ugh

k3vin k., Saturday, 6 June 2009 03:00 (ten years ago) link

four months pass...

laughing and laughing in my old apartment
but that's not what lovers do
they siiiiiigh, and hope for the future

k3vin k., Monday, 26 October 2009 15:24 (nine years ago) link

oh wow, never knew there was a thread for her -- Artificial Fire is soooo fucking good, so many different types of arrangements and instrumentation that i wouldn't have expected from her having only heard Miracle Of Five before, i swear that last song is a spot-on impression of early Elvis Costello & The Attractions. i got this on eMusic and so don't have liner notes, who's in her band on this album?

President Deez (some dude), Monday, 26 October 2009 15:29 (nine years ago) link

al click on "band" from this link


k3vin k., Monday, 26 October 2009 15:33 (nine years ago) link

ah, cool that she's still playing with Kevin Fitzgerald from the Geraldine Fibbers, great great drummer

President Deez (some dude), Monday, 26 October 2009 15:39 (nine years ago) link

btw what are the best pre-Miracle of Five album(s) of hers that i should check out next?

President Deez (some dude), Monday, 26 October 2009 15:49 (nine years ago) link

Afternoon and Country for True Lovers are both really good, but especially Afternoon.

Johnny Fever, Monday, 26 October 2009 15:51 (nine years ago) link

everyone seems to say thrill is her best work (i know the lex does, for one), but i'm not much more familiar with her early stuff than you are


k3vin k., Monday, 26 October 2009 15:51 (nine years ago) link

i've only heard thrill (amazing), country for true lovers (didn't grab me and i deleted it accidentally a month ofter d/lding) and this, which i really like

lex pretend, Monday, 26 October 2009 16:05 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I heard "Front Door" in an Outback Steakhouse today, such a random thing to hear that it totally caught me off guard.

Kenny G. Saxgarden (some dude), Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:24 (nine years ago) link

been really getting into the half of artificial fire i like recently, also discovered that eleni mandell is randomly a v good friend of a v good friend

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:53 (nine years ago) link

lex are you not into "right side"?

k3vin k., Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:54 (nine years ago) link

the ones i really love are: i love planet earth / artificial fire / needle & thread / don't let it happen / god is love

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:57 (nine years ago) link

the others just drift by somewhat

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:58 (nine years ago) link

may favs are "right side", "tiny waist" and "it wasn't the time (it was the color)" but i really like the whole thing. can't wait to buy this when i get home

xp "right side" is easily the biggest & hardest to ignore!

k3vin k., Sunday, 15 November 2009 01:59 (nine years ago) link

i shall try it again tomorrow! i like eleni when she's more sultry and laconic rather than her more tuneful indiepop moments

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 November 2009 02:05 (nine years ago) link

My favorites atm are "Personal," "Cracked," and "Two Faces," but I like all the songs you guys mentioned too. I kinda compulsively didn't want this album to be in my top 10 this year because I just had her in my P&J ballot 2 years ago, but this is just such an addictive record I may have to cave.

some dude, Sunday, 15 November 2009 02:09 (nine years ago) link

between us, our favourite tracks pretty much comprise the whole album! this is probably testament to its quality

lex pretend, Sunday, 15 November 2009 02:14 (nine years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Also great is her band The Grabs' Sex, Fashion & Money, with Blondie's Nigel Harrison and others.

Saw her live in Chioago a few times around Country for True Lovers and always enjoyed her shows. I skipped Afternoon just because she was releasing so much so often, but now I'll go back.

Also her jazz EP Maybe, Yes with roller-rink organ is one I like a lot.

Action Orientation (Eazy), Friday, 4 December 2009 08:57 (nine years ago) link


Action Orientation (Eazy), Friday, 4 December 2009 09:04 (nine years ago) link

one year passes...

Listening to (and always love) the ballads on Thrill, "Too Bad About You" and "Bedford."

would like a calmer set (Eazy), Sunday, 26 December 2010 03:52 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

anyone hear her new album?

fiscal cliff paul (k3vin k.), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:00 (six years ago) link

yeah! was on my year-end list, although not as high as the couple before that. definitely worth hearing either way, it's not like it's really possible for her to sound bad.

PliesStripAThon5Jan20th@gmail.com (some dude), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:03 (six years ago) link

ah ok just saw your list, cool!

fiscal cliff paul (k3vin k.), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:11 (six years ago) link

The Living Sisters have a covers EP coming out in a few weeks, but their album of originals was a little too campy retro as is so i dunno if i'm on the bus for that.

PliesStripAThon5Jan20th@gmail.com (some dude), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:13 (six years ago) link

btw did any of you guys catch this, for some reason EM recorded this slick Rob Cavallo-produced song for the soundtrack of the 2009 teen comedy I Love You, Beth Cooper, which isn't bad but doesn't seem to make any sense in the context of her career, considering the total lack of any other attempts to engage with the major label world:


PliesStripAThon5Jan20th@gmail.com (some dude), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:18 (six years ago) link

When folks say "Why can't it be like the Seventies when Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, and the like put out an album a year and built these big libraries of recordings?", I think Eleni Mandell really made some good choices that let her do just that.

your damn bass clarinet (Eazy), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:50 (six years ago) link

yeah you can definitely do it now, just gotta stick to your guns more probably

PliesStripAThon5Jan20th@gmail.com (some dude), Monday, 31 December 2012 03:51 (six years ago) link

four years pass...

if anyone is interested, there is a digital-only tribute album, 17 Eleni Mandell songs, one performed by herself and 16 by others. via No Depression:

Various Artists - Unsung Heroes: Songs Of Eleni Mandell

Acclaimed Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Eleni Mandell is being honored with the release of Unsung Heroes: Songs of Eleni Mandell. The 17-track digital-only album features many of her peers, as well as Mandell herself on the new song “Empty Locket.”

Born out of an annual tribute benefit show hosted by Inara George at the Will Gear Theatricum Bontanicum, a community resource and theater in Topanga Canyon, the album came together after George decided to pay tribute to one of their own, Mandell. George has also partnered with the Plastic Pollution Coalition, a global alliance of individuals, organizations, businesses, and policymakers working toward a world free of plastic pollution and its toxic impacts on humans, animals, and the environment.

“It was one of the most intense and memorable nights of my life,” says Mandell, “I was truly moved and humbled by seeing and hearing people sing my songs. I think I had an out-of-body experience.” After the concert, each of the participating artists agreed to record and produce the songs they performed, and this studio album, Unsung Heroes, was born.

Those artists include: Jackson Browne, Lera Lynn, Priscilla Ahn, Van Dyke Parks, Harper Simon, Inara George, Mike Viola, and nine others. It will be available as a digital download on January 20.

nomar, Saturday, 14 January 2017 18:29 (two years ago) link


who even are those other cats (Eazy), Saturday, 14 January 2017 19:27 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

new album out tomorrow!


omar little, Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:49 (three months ago) link

oh wow I will check this out

k3vin k., Thursday, 6 June 2019 16:57 (three months ago) link

one listen in and no concrete thoughts yet but this is really good, looking forward to spending time with this in a setting other than a solo road trip

k3vin k., Monday, 10 June 2019 05:35 (three months ago) link

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