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Eleni Mandell

Singing and writing in a style that fuses vintage barroom cool with a here-and-now intelligence and faintly ironic wit, Los Angeles hipster Eleni Mandell initiated her recording career with arty-cool albums packed with her smoky, noir-ish sketches. Mandell, who was a huge fan of L.A. punkers X and beatnik revivalist Tom Waits in her teens, was raised in the Sherman Oaks region of the San Fernando Valley, and began performing out during her years as a student at Berkeley. Soon after, she fell under the mentorship of Chuck E. Weiss, the Tom Waits associate who became the subject of Rickie Lee Jones' "Chuck E's in Love." In 1998 she self-financed her first release, Wishbone. The album spurred the Waits comparisons in its nicotine-infused downtown mood, as well as comparisons to PJ Harvey in Mandell's dramatic vocals. Her next two albums, Thrill and Snakebite, continued in the mode of torchy cool, but 2003's Country for True Lovers saw a shift in Mandell's approach as she took on a handful of classic country tunes. Inspired by such traditional country classics as Tammy Wynette's "Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad," Mandell enlisted producer and former X guitarist Tony Gilkyson, whom she had met through Weiss. The effort, recorded in a mere two weeks with a host of L.A.'s top country-rock sessioneers (including former Lone Justice drummer Don Heffington), featured a mix of originals and covers by artists such as Merle Haggard and Hank Cochran. The sleepy and sensuous Afternoon arrived in 2004, followed by Miracle of Five in 2007 and Artificial Fire in 2009. The following year, Mandell joined with singers Alex Lilly, Inara George, and Becky Stark to form the Living Sisters, described by some as an alternative folk supergroup. The Living Sisters released their debut album, Love to Live, in 2010, after which Mandell got back to solo business with her eighth LP; 2012's I Can See the Future was also her first album for Yep Roc Records. A second Living Sisters album, Run for Cover, appeared in 2013, and the following year Mandell released Let's Fly a Kite, which was produced by Nick Lowe's longtime collaborator Neil Brockbank and featured Lowe's band backing her. The year 2015 saw the release of Dark Lights Up, a breezy set of tunes Mandell produced in tandem with engineer and mixer Sheldon Gomberg. ~ Erik Hage
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Let's Fly A Kite

1. Put My Baby To Bed

2. Wedding Ring

3. Little Joy

4. Love Never Acted

5. The Man Who's Always Lost

6. I Like You

7. Anoyone Like You

8. Maybe Yes

9. Something To Think About

10. Midnight Hauler

11. Cool Water

12. Like Dreamers Do

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Track List: I Can See The Future

1. The Future

2. Magic Summertime

3. Now We're Strangers

4. I'm Lucky

5. Desert Song

6. Who You Gonna Dance With

7. Never Have To Fall In Love Again

8. Crooked Man

9. Bun In The Oven

10. So Easy

11. Looking To Look For

12. Don't Say No

13. A Possibility

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Track List: Artificial Fire

1. Artificial Fire

2. God Is Love

3. Right Side

4. Personal

5. Tiny Waist

6. It Wasn't The Time (It Was The Color)

7. Bigger Burn

8. Little Foot

9. Don't Let It Happen

10. In The Doorway

11. Needle And Thread

12. Front Door

13. I Love Planet Earth

14. Two Faces

15. Cracked

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Track List: Miracle Of Five

1. Moonglow, Lamp Low

2. Girls

3. My Twin

4. Salt Truck

5. Wings In His Eyes

6. Make-Out King

7. Miracle Of Five

8. Perfect Stranger

9. Dear Friend

10. Somebody Else

11. Beautiful

12. Miss Me

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Track List: Afternoon

1. American Boy

2. Afternoon

3. Can't You See I'm Soulful

4. Say Goodbye

5. Just A Dream

6. Sun's Always Shining (In Rome)

7. Fall Away

8. County Line

9. I've Been Fooled

10. Let's Drive Away

11. Easy On Your Way Out

12. Dangerous

13. Yellow Light

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Track List: Country For True Lovers

1. Another Lonely Heart

2. Don't Say You Care

3. I've Got A Tender Heart

4. It's Raining

5. Kingsport Town

6. Tell Me Twice

7. Refrain

8. Iowa City

9. You're All Bad (And That's Why You've Been Invited!)

10. Don't Touch Me

11. Home

12. Blue Ribbon Eyes

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Track List: Snakebite

1. Dreamboat

2. Pirate Song

3. Don't Lose My Trail

4. I Believe In Spring

5. Alien Eye

6. Man In The Paper Hat

7. Snakebite

8. Christine

9. Dutch Harbor

10. Close The Door

11. Digging A Hole

12. Silverlake Babies

13. Madhouse

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Track List: Thrill

1. Pauline

2. He Thinks He's In Love

3. Closer To Him

4. No Good, No More

5. Too Bad About You

6. 1970 Red Chevelle

7. Moment That You Had

8. Action Is Action

9. Nightmare Song

10. Never Know The Party's Here

11. Taking You Out

12. Bedford (Avenue)

13. Giving Up The Fight

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Track List: Wishbone

1. I'm Your Girl

2. Wishbone

3. Sylvia

4. Tristeza

5. Meant To Be In Love

6. Normandie

7. Snake Song

8. To Dream Of Sarah

9. Careless Driver

10. Hack Jimmy

11. Nickel Plated Man

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Track List: I Love Paris (Single)

1. I Love Paris

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jeffhoerth
Just saw her in Seattle where she did mostly stuff from her 2014 album. She writes great lyrics and does a wonderful job with expressing those lyrics on stage.
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holy crud i forgot about her and am so glad Pandora reunited us!
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Eleni? Hmmm.. Wonder if she's at least half Greek.... I like her voice, anyway.
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Interesting list of similar artists. Makes me curious about her.
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mrazmeritsa
Sounds like Chrissie Hynde (to me anyway).
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alexwintertm d
I *love* Eleni, and she is playing a Patsy Cline tribute show with her band, The Living Sisters, May 7th in LA. (If you haven't heard The Living Sisters...ch e c k them out. Super good.) Info/tix here: http://tinyu r l . c o m / 3 w q k d m u .
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Like this!!!
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Pauline is a sweet tune
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amazing voice!!!
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Only two comments about Eleni, one of the best singer-songw r i t e r s working today? Impossible.
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I don't get it.......Ten d e r Heart is flat. I'd never heard her before and if I don't again, that's okay with me. I don't recall ever making a negative comment before but this hurt my ears - flat!
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nice!

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