Manzanita

by Mia Doi Todd

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The Way 05:16
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Casa Nova 03:02
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Luna Lune 03:06
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Tongue-tied 02:07
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Deep at Sea 03:36
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Mia’s fifth album, Manzanita, was released in 2005 on the LA indie label Plug Research. Produced by Brent Rademaker and Rob Campanella at VisionQuest Studios, the album revels in a breezy California folk rock style, featuring guest performances by Neal Casal, Beachwood Sparks, Dead Meadow and Future Pigeon. “The Way" starts the album, its apocalyptic worldview expressed in drum-and-bass groove overlaid with psychedelic electric guitar drones. "What If We Do,” with its shimmering lap steel solo, and the '70s-style orchestrated soft rock of "The Last Night of Winter" are among the best songs of Todd's lengthy and prolific career. The full-band tracks are interspersed with solo piano or guitar songs like the haunting "Muscle, Bone and Blood" and the beautiful, homely romanticism of "I Gave You My Home" that recall Todd's early, completely solo recordings.

Mia closely identifies her love for California in the manzanita bush with its smooth red bark and tiny bell-shaped flowers. The title Manzanita is a nod to Mia’s Japanese American ancestry. Manzanar is the most well known of the Japanese American internment camps. Mia’s mother and grandparents, aunts and uncles, were interned with over 110,000 other Japanese Americans during World War II. In calling the album Manzanita, Mia was referring to herself as a girl of Manzanar. On a pilgrimage to Tule Lake internment camp, with her mother and another Tule Lake internee, the actor George Takei, Mia discovered that manzanita bushes thrived in the poor soil and desert conditions around the camp.

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released February 5, 2005

2005, City Zen Records

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Mia Doi Todd Los Angeles, California

Mia Doi Todd is a prolific singer-songwriter from Los Angeles, known for her unique voice and emotional songwriting.  Her album, “Cosmic Ocean Ship,” was chosen by the New York Times as one of the top ten records of 2011.  Her new album, due out in early 2021, focuses on motherhood and the life of the artist.  Mia helped to start the music venue Zebulon in the LA neighborhood where she grew up. ... more

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