Avery Mandeville Offers 5 Alternatives to Dick Pics
Avery Mandeville and the Man Devils will be headlining our live show this month on March 16th, 2017 at Le Poisson Rouge. Doors are at 7pm. Get tickets here.
Interview by Katie Barner
Avery Mandeville started playing guitar shortly after she began professional singing lessons at 14 or 15 years old, to give herself a way to perform without having to rely on anyone else. She got together with her bandmates, who she adores, as they “slowly creeped their way into the studio” while she was recording her EP Salty. “They became my band not even out of anything other than they happened to know my music and I happened to need a band and it just fell together.” The master open mic hostess and voice of a reason for serial dick pic senders spent some time with us to talk about her favorite and least favorite things, with a dash of epic advice.
Your dream lineup to perform with: Spoon, Father John Misty, The Milk Carton Kids, and Elliott Smith (if he was alive)
What kind of tattoo should I get next?:“I like spontaneous tattoos because the moment in which you’re getting tattooed is glued to your memory.” Go to a tattoo shop on Friday the 13th and get the most vulgar thing on the flash sheet. Something yonic. A woman’s body part with the number 13.
Favorite song to sing at open mic: “Are You Serious” by Andrew Bird and something by Death Cab for Cutie out of necessity
Songs that should never be played at an open mic: “Wonderwall,” “Freebird” and mentioning/thinking about “Freebird” should be banned, and “Wagon Wheel”
Top 3 best John Cusack roles: High Fidelity is number one, then Anastasia, and Being John Malkovich
Favorite Lost in Translation scene/line?: The karaoke scene, when Scarlett Johansson sings that Pretenders song
Best way to scare men with makeup: Color in your eyebrows different colors. Any color. “Once I drew around (my eyebrows) and did a cross-hatch pattern in them and someone told me, ‘Oh God, why did you do that? It’s like spitting on the Mona Lisa,’ or something.”
Weirdest/ best food to smother in ranch dressing: “I once, not even in a drunken state, I put ranch dressing on an English muffin and ate it. I wouldn’t call that the best thing. Anything that can get dipped, should get dipped in ranch.”
5 Alternatives to dick pics? A mix CD, write a song about me, come to my show, buy my CD, take your girl somewhere new. Drive out of town and explore, none of that third date at a restaurant stuff.
Best Starbucks cocktail hacks (aka Avery’s hidden talent): Fired Juice (juice that gets you fired) → half strawberry refresher, half gin; Hot Toddy → Earl Grey tea, one pump of vanilla, a generous amount of Jack Honey.
Best whiskey: “This summer for me was all about Jack Honey. It’s like baby alcohol. It’s sugar water.” Always Jack Daniels. Bulleit bourbon.
Best vodka mixer: “My own death. Death goes with vodka. Mix vodka with your garbage disposal.”