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Music Geek Track of the Day: Aimee Mann and Ted Leo’s Christmas Tune, ‘Nothing Left to Do’

Superband The Both—featuring the very impressive and talented likes of Aimee Mann and Ted Leo—are bringing us the sort of holiday listlessness that feels bittersweet and beautiful this time of year with their latest tune, a Christmas number, titled “Nothing Left to Do (Let’s Make This Christmas Blue)” and it’s guaranteed to bring a frosty tear to your eye.

Featuring melancholy lyrics and ho-hum instrumentation, “Nothing Left to Do” elicits the sort of feelings one has when slightly regretful about their current emotional misgivings while, say, snuggled up watching the snowfall next to a fireplace. These two, with their emotive singing and bluesy lyrics. Damn them! (We mean that as a compliment, trust us.)

But it’s not all sad! This tune’s arrival is accompanied by the very exciting announcement that Aimee Mann is bringing back her holiday tour following three years off the road, and—natch!–she’s bringing Mr. Ted Leo on the tour with her, too. Who says there can’t be holiday miracles, eh?

And since we’re not afraid to be service-y, here are the tour dates (who wants to come with us to Largo on the 3rd, eh? Anyone?)

12/03 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo *†
12/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Largo *†
12/05 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore *‡
12/06 Santa Cruz, CA @ Rio Theater ‡
12/09 Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater *§
12/10 Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall *§
12/12 Westbury, NY @ The Space *§
12/13 New York, NY @ Town Hall *§
12/15 Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere *††
12/16 Alexandria, VA @ Birchmere *††

* with Susannah Hoffs
† with Paul F. Tompkins
‡ with Tim Heidecker
§ with Jonathan Coulton
†† with John Hodgman

So—what do you think of The Both’s Christmas tune? Does it make your naughty or nice list (sorry for that)? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Kristin says:

    I love “The Both” and I love love love that you posted this!!! Hardwick, my crush on you gets bigger by the day!

  2. MLeachi says:

    I hate that I need to register with Spotify to hear this. 🙁