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Episode 363 - Aimee Mann

Aimee Mann serenades the Cat Ranch as only she can. Marc and Aimee wander down the path of her life, from a traumatic story of childhood turmoil to early pop success in ‘Til Tuesday to an acclaimed career as a singer/songwriter. This episode is sponsored by Warby Parker, where you can get a discount on prescription glasses by entering WTF. Also sponsored by Comedy Central and Adam and Eve

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Logan February 21, 2013 at 1:05 pm


Forget about the fucking toe!!
Aimee is a darling. Absolutely loved this interview. Funny to hear her describe Marc as his tornado-past self.”
“Slip & Roll” is a gorgeous tune. Thank you for this, Marc.

Matthew February 21, 2013 at 1:06 pm


Very nice, but I found myself replaying the parts where she mentions her husband Michael.

Can we expect an sit-down with the super-talented, tragically underrated, highly intelligent, very funny Mr. Penn in the near future?

grind February 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm


with every smile
i fall further in love
with aimee mann…

Fred February 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm


Loved it! Also, great opening!

Joe Tily February 22, 2013 at 3:50 am


I cant believe i’ve never noticed that it’s Aimee playing the toe girl in the The Big Lebowski . . . one of my favourite films!  Great interview Marc . . . definitely one of the best. Aimee sounds like an intelligent and thoughtful individual and her music is really great.

kev February 22, 2013 at 5:56 am


hell yeah, love Aimee Mann. Batchelor No. 2 is one of my very favorite albums.

Carmine February 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm


I love Aimee Mann! 

But Marc really needs to learn when to shut the hell up and let his guest speak.  It’s like every time she starts to answer a question, he interrupts and answers his own question, like it’s all about him.  I want to hear what Aimee Mann has to say.  I want to hear her elaborate, which she never gets a chance to do because Marc keeps making it about him.  She’s a prolific singer/song writer Marc, a modern master, let her talk and stop turning the questions back onto yourself, jeez!  Its just frustrating to listen to.

Ntt February 22, 2013 at 3:36 pm


Carmine, you sound like this is the first WTF you’ve ever heard.

Carmine February 22, 2013 at 11:34 pm


Actually, I’ve listened to a lot of WTF, but I felt he was particularly annoying in this interview, with all his interruptions and turning the conversation back to himself.  Usually I don’t think this of him, but here it really bothered me and I felt it hurt the interview because Aimee didn’t get to say as much as she could have.  Plus he barely talked about her music, which was a shame.  Her new album is fucking great and he barely mentioned it.  Oh well.

Timmy February 23, 2013 at 6:39 pm


@carmine Marc does this alot, he always interrupts. Titus on Come to Papa thanked Tom for being a host that actually lets his guest speak, I immediately thought of Maron when he said that.

Dan February 23, 2013 at 6:57 pm


I think Maron has been getting worse with it lately, I first noticed it in the Grohl episode and I’ve been listening every week since episode 12 so I know what to expect. Still enjoyed this episode for what it was.

And the Marc & Tom show was a blast. He and Scharpling are great together - I think Marc’s respect for some people keeps his ego in check. Now let’s have some fucking misogyny up in this comment section already.

smitty February 24, 2013 at 12:27 am


Q&A can’t hold a candle to conversation. you guys are missing the point. there is no interrupting,it’s a conversation,not freakn’ [boring] NPR….!!

Ntt February 24, 2013 at 5:21 am


smitty: I seriously hope you’re not saying interrupting the person you’re having a conversation with and constantly forcing your opiniong/view of something is considered proper convo etiquette where you live.
Basically the entire Pepitone conversation on monday was “Eddie, what do you think about this? *waits 5 seconds for Eddie to start talking* -Because here’s what I think of it…”

smitty February 24, 2013 at 11:10 am


NTT: somewhere in the middle maybe?  it depends on the person being interviewed,also.  some people generate conversation better than others, yet some of the audience doesn’t even want a give and take. they may want the host to ask four questions for the the whole hour,and that might work for some people. it takes two to do an interview,as it takes two to tango. i just feel that too many of you think that a Q&A format is god,i don’t.

Timmy February 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm


Smitty listen to the Pauly Shore interview and tell me he wasnt interrupting. He would ask a question and before Pauly could answer Marc would asdk about something else, he sometimes reminds me of my ADD wife.

Ryan February 24, 2013 at 11:06 pm


In a fun twist, the comment thread for a female guest focuses on bashing Maron.

Joe Tily February 25, 2013 at 8:51 am


^^ haha. I think Marc can take some bashing now he has a TV show and some positive recognition from the public . . . and if you don’t like interviewers that interrupt go listen to Kevin Pollak or Joe Rogan - those guys are definitely more relaxed as interviewers.

OGRastamon February 26, 2013 at 11:39 am


Aimee is too hard on her 80s voice. At a time when the women of new wave consisted primarily of vapid vamps like Debbie Harry, Dale Bozzio, Patty Donahue and Deborah Iyall, she sounded operatic by comparison.

@Carmine et al You guys are spoiled. Go listen to Adam Carrola or Jimmy Pardo and then come back and tell me that Marc doesn’t offer the best opportunity for his guests to tell their story.

T.R. February 28, 2013 at 6:50 pm


Marc, don’t listen to the naysayers.  Keep on “interrupting.”  It’s your give and take with the guests that makes the show.  Hardly any other interviewers would reveal their personal history with guests in the way you often do.  Those stories along with your natural openness really helps guests forget that they’re talking in a public forum; it really makes for such a natural, fun interview format when you feel like you’re a fly on the wall with some of the worlds coolest people mid a good hang.  The naysayers must skip the start of the show, which, sometimes, very often, I wish went longer.  P.S.—thanks for the post about Columbus!  Sorry the crowd interrupted so much; that give and take did not seem natural or needed.

PG June 24, 2013 at 6:39 pm


Man oh Mann. Good one. Michael Penn’s one lucky dipshit with a 9-toed woman.

jesse July 04, 2013 at 12:30 am


finally got around to listening to this tonight. fantastic interview and beautiful songs. made me cry too.




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