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Dec. 2011 Residency


We're excited to be playing at Pete's Candy Store in Brooklyn every Thursday in Dec. 2011 (except the 29th). Hope to see you there!

New videos by Charlie

Charlie has made a couple of new stop-motion videos for 'Keep Time' and 'Gentle Woman'. Check them out in the 'videos' section of the website.

Philadelphia Citypaper show preview

"If a song like 'Pickering Bridge' from The Mean’s latest, Zero Zero, doesn’t wrench your heart, you probably don’t have a soul."
-Brian Wilensky, Philadelphia Citypaper, Nov. 28, 2011

Aaron on The Roots' Undun

Aaron is featured on the first track off The Roots' upcoming album, Undun. Track produced by Hot Sugar. Check out the video here.

Check out Icebird

Icebird, Aaron's duo with RJD2, is set to release Abandoned Lullaby on Oct. 11. For more information, see

Zero Zero vinyl and CDs are here!

Zero Zero vinyl LPs and CDs are now in hand, and will ship within two days of ordering. Download codes are e-mailed with purchases of both physical formats. Downloads are also available for purchase separately.

Zero Zero on "Off The Radar"

"... a beautiful collection of soulful and eclectic songs."
-Erika Ordoñez, Off the Radar, March 3, 2011

Zero Zero on "The Wounded Jukebox"

Reviewed at The Wounded Jukebox, Feb. 28, 2011

Releasing NEW album - May 2011

The Mean's new album, Zero Zero, will be available on CD and LP May 2011. Streaming on the band website.

'Mahalia' on NPR Second Stage Podcast

September 30, 2010
Link to listen and download.

'Words Like These' featured

in author Mat Johnson's book notes playlist for Largehearted Boy music and literature blog,
August 20, 2010.

Year-End List, 2009


"[W]hat The Mean have done with Meet Us Here is undeniable. An incredible fusion of rock and blues with tinges of funk thrown in here and there for good measure, Meet Us Here was the album I listened to the most this year by far."
-James A. Johnson, Phrequency, Dec. 17, 2009

Review, Mar. 31, 2009

"[T]his really intriguing band from Philly with multiple singers, inventive song structures and time signatures, and a really laid back, unpretentious mix of rock and soul and country [recently] released a new album. It's still not quite up to the standard of their shows, but they're getting there."
-Al Shipley, Narrowcast, Mar. 31, 2009

Album/Show review, Mar. 9, 2009

"If you haven't heard the group [before], you're in for a real treat. The Mean put together great, catchy music without being overly pop or dumbed down and manage to blend genres together effortlessly to the point where each song is completely different from the last and immensely enjoyable."
-James A. Johnson, Phrequency, Mar. 9, 2009

Review/Interview, Mar. 4, 2009


"With a gentle mishmash of most every genre under the sun, the Mean have found a way to be completely unique without becoming obscure. With ‘60s pop hooks, late-1970s soul vibes and strong undercurrents of funk and R&B, the Mean create songs that are intelligent, layered and dense, yet catchy and accessible."
-Katherine Silkaitis, Philadelphia Weekly, Mar. 4, 2009

Live review, Aug. 3, 2008

"The Mean ended the night with their melange of '60s psychedelic blues, Latin rhythms, and indie rock jangle. The six-piece got the rest of the crowd onto the dance floor with their snake-charm guitars and clave beats. It was an oddly fitting end to the night, their three-guitar attack jumping from genre to genre, from decade to decade, but always finding the common beat to hold it together."
-Eric Rivera, Spin magazine, Aug. 4, 2008

Live review, Aug. 23, 2007

"The Mean ... had driven down from Philly for the show ... with an exhilarating, indefinable sound. At first, it sounded like a guitar-heavy soul outfit, while other songs pointed toward soulful country rock, with the band's three guitarists each taking a turn on lead vocals. 'Tumblin'' featured a nervous, almost postpunk guitar riff over a driving surf-rock groove, while another song was a gentle ballad over a subtle 7/8 time signature."
-Al Shipley, Baltimore City Paper, Aug. 24, 2007