Entries tagged with: Amanda Palmer
photos by Dese'Rae L. Stage
[Wednesday] night after an impossibly drizzling/humid day, Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer performedat Housing Works Bookstore as a part of SPIN's "Liner Notes", an event that combines a musician and an author to discuss creativity. This was the second event of the series, the first being Augusten Burroughs with Tegan (of Tegan & Sara).Amanda Palmer plays a much bigger and proper music show tonight, June 5th, at Highline Ballroom. Housing Works is having a street fair this weekend. More pictures of Amanda and Neil at Housing Works, including one of what looks to be Amanda holding up a naked picture of herself, below...
The set opened with Gaiman reading a section from he and Palmer's soon-to-be released book Who Killed Amanda Palmer? The piece seemed to be a preface or at least an opening story to the book, a collection of photographs of Amanda Palmer dead with short stories by Gaiman.
After the story, Palmer launched into "Astronaut", the first song off the "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" album, a great choice. [cupcake witch]
photos by Beth Hommel, words by Dese'Rae L. Stage
I'm willing to bet that, when Amanda Palmer went back to her high school in the suburbs of Boston to collaborate with mentor and long-time drama teacher Steven Bogart, no one expected it to be heavily press-worthy. I'm also willing to further wager it was unanticipated that the product of said collaboration would pack the 1000-capacity auditorium at Lexington High for every performance [May 7, 8 and 9 at the LHS theater]. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure the only thing I was sure of was that the experience would be exceptionally moving--even to the point of tears. Palmer has proven, time and again, her proclivity for making art of various mediums that pulls at the heartstrings, and this was no exception.
"With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart," the collective brain child of Bogart, Palmer, and the entire cast of twenty drama students from Lexington High School, was inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" and loosely based on Anne Frank's experience in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. If ever there were proof that intention levels the playing ground for making art, this is it. Never in a million years would I have thought that such young kids could create a work that so effectively explores themes of death as cruel, yet somehow compassionate in its inevitability or, not only the existence of a god (or gods, as Zeus, Poseidon, and Hades make a brief appearance in the show), but his very ego, going so far as to assert more than once that any god who could subject his people to such suffering must hate himself. Driving the work was also the concept that imagination can be a powerful tool for survival in extreme adversity, artfully illustrated by Emma Feinberg's portrayal of Anne. Then you have the surrealist bent the piece takes, likely provided not only by the colorful imagery in Jeff Mangum's lyrics, performed almost exclusively by leading man, Alex Parrish, but also attributed to Palmer's experience as a performance artist, which inevitably rubbed off on the entire cast.
Really, the show was amazing. The technical direction was seamless. The set design was complex and fluid. The performances, both musical and theatrical, were on par with--hell, I don't know, but they were so far beyond anything you'd expect from a high school production. I've long thought that, in order to create a moving piece of art, the intention had to be pure, fearless, and had to lack the self-consciousness many of us develop with age. The fact that I can't stop thinking about "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" two days later tells me that maybe Bogart and Palmer are on to something.
More pictures below...
Kaki King @ BAM 2/7/09 (more by Natasha Ryan)
Others will be celebrating, that same night, right here in Brooklyn at Glasslands Gallery where Kaki King will play a "special set" at a Morrissey birthday celebration. Beta Beta, the Bodgea Girls and the Stationary Set are also on the bill. Flyer below.
This summer, King will be at Bonnaroo on June 12th and Northern California's music & yoga festival, Wanderlust, on Saturday, July 25th. The lineup for that fest includes Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Jenny Lewis, Amanda Palmer, Spoon, Broken Social Scene...and many more big "indie" names. The festival also offers yoga sessions with a full schedule of guest yogis. Both music+yoga tickets and music-only tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 12th.
Kaki King's newest record is her Mexican Teenagers EP, released March 30th by Cooking Vinyl.
Full details of both Morrissey's b-day and Wanderlust Festival, with posters, and Kaki King dates, below...
Amanda Palmer & friends @ Coachella (more by Darren Kim)
"Musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman will co-headline Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, to celebrate the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The event will be presented by SPIN and its SPIN.com Book Club, and will celebrate the upcoming release of Palmer's photo book Who Killed Amanda Palmer, with text by Neil Gaiman and photos by Kyle Cassidy & Co. "
Bjork and Dirty Projectors are playing Housing Works this Friday.
photos by Darren Kim
It's impossible to see everything at Coachella. Here's more of what one photographer saw...
photos by Darren Kim
"Living Thing," [Peter Bjorn and John's] newest album, doesn't simplify things, as it's even more beat-driven and production-skewed than earlier work. However, the boom-bap-driven "Nothing to Worry About" is a fine single, and it got a chirping assist from pop tart countrywoman Robyn. It's no wonder they've backed up Kanye West: the band can steer a minimalist drum loop in many winning directions.The above review refers to Peter Bjorn and John's set at Coachella over the weekend. Both Robyn and Lykke Li joined them on stage. Lykke Li also played her own set. That's where the pictures in this post come from.
But as worthy an effort as the "Living Thing" cuts were, the difference between them and the more straightforward indie-pop was palpable. "Up Against the Wall" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" brimmed with effervescent distortion and steely good hooks that stood on their own with fine and creative drumming from John Eriksson. Comely wraith Lykke Li had a loose but endearing turn in the "Young Folks" duet, but the set mostly underscored how a band at the height of its creative powers can still be untangling the best ways to use them. [LA Times]
No stranger to NYC, Sweden's Lykke Li will be back in town again on June 1st to play a show at Highline Ballroom. But not just any show...
B.B. King Blues Club, The Highline Ballroom and Josh Wood Productions proudly announce the first annual Summerwood music series, beginning June 1st at The Highline Ballroom. Summerwood's GLBT and GLBT-friendly artists represent a selection of nuanced, diverse and talented performers that eschew the standard tropes of the mainstream. Summerwood's genre-blind line-up includes a mix of legendary musicians, up-and-coming names and emerging stars.This won't be the first time Lykke Li played a Josh Wood show either. This one is much more expensive though. Tickets are on sale and cost $35 before charges
The complete list of Summerwood shows is listed below, but it also includes the previousy-announced Amanda Palmer (who also played Coachella) show happening at Highline on June 5th (the Lisps are opening) (tickets are on sale).
All dates, more pictures & the Summerwood schedule, below...
I am going to be performing in an original play with music titled "WITH THE NEEDLE THAT SINGS IN HER HEART" at lexington high school. the show is inspired by the album "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel and is being written (and we're almost done!) by me, the cast and my former drama director and mentor, steven bogart.Tickets for With the Needle That Sings in her Heart are on sale now. Palmer has been posting frequent updates on her blog and Twitter account about the production of the show and other tidbits, such as this description:
performances are May 7, 8 and 9 at the LHS theater. doors at 7:30. show at 8. $5 for students. $10 for the general public. come. come come come.
using "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel as an inspiration, the kids (a cast of 20) have been putting together a play through improvisation. the process started about a month ago and i've been in the last two weeks of rehearsals helping shape the plot and characters and create the musical accompaniment, mostly songs from the record played live. often with me playing the instruments, but the whole cast and some extra musicians will be presenting the music....Palmer's next live show is at Coachella on April 18th. She also has a show scheduled at NYC's Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 5th (tickets on sale April 17th).
As Pitchfork recently reported. Amanda is also making a public effort to get dropped from her Roadrunner Records contract. She even sings a song about it to the tune of "Moon River". Check out the video below. In a letter to Bob Lefsetz she wrote:
my label-dropping game has become very fun. please pray for me.Cellist Zoe Keating, who toured Australia with Palmer in early March, will be performing with Palmer at Coachella. The pair recently covered Muse's "Time Is Running Out" live (video below).
it's a lesson in how the future of music is working - fans are literally (and i mean that....literally) lining up at the signing table after shows and HANDING me cash, saying "thank you".
i had to EXPLAIN to the so-called "head of digital media" of roadrunner australia WHAT TWITTER WAS. and his brush-off that "it hasn't caught on here yet" was ABSURD because the next day i twittered that i was doing an impromptu gathering in a public park and 12 hours later, 150 underage fans - who couldn't attend the show - showed up to get their records signed.
no manager knew! i didn't even warn or tell her! no agents! no security! no venue! we were in a fucking public park!
life is becoming awesome.
Palmer is also releasing a Who Killed Amanda Palmer book -- "a fine art hardback book of "photographic evidence" with contributions from celebrated blogger and photographer Kyle Cassidy, Beth Hommel, Tegan Rain (of Tegan and Sara) and many others. Fictional stories to accompany the photographs have been penned by best-selling author Neil Gaiman." That book will be available for pre-order on Palmer's website starting Monday, April 20th at noon (cover art above).
Full With the Needle That Sings in her Heart press release, plus Palmer singing an impromptu song with John Wesley Harding at SXSW and other videos, and all tour dates, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
The Magnetic Fields @ Loews Theater (more by Chris La Putt)
MCC Theater presents Coraline, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Merritt's delightfully creepy and playful melodies and droll lyrics tell the story of lonely Coraline's discovery of another parallel world that is identical to her own -- with some scary differences. An animated film version of the story, based on the popular children's book by Neil Gaiman (author of the international sensation Sandman and 2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Award) is currently in theaters. The production, which was adapted for the stage by celebrated downtown actor/playwright David Greenspan is the world premiere of Coraline for the stage.Tickets for the show are on sale, as are VIP tickets. (There are also student & under-30 rush tickets available the day of each show). Samples of Merritt's Coraline songs can be heard above.
Performances will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on May 7 and continue through June 20, 2009. [press release]
In other rock musical news:
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, featuring direction by Julie Taymor (Across The Universe, Frida, The Lion King on Broadway) with music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge (from U2) will be holding open casting calls at major cities across the country starting next week. [press release]The NYC audition is scheduled for Monday, April 13th at The Knitting Factory. Details on the casting call and info for other cities, below.
Advance group tickets are already on sale for Spider-Man, set to open February 18, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre.
Other bands with musicals in the works include Green Day, who are turning their 2004 album American Idiot in a Broadway show. About the adaptation, Billie Joe said to Entertainment Weekly:
It's about coming of age in a really politically-driven climate. It's pretty chaotic, and it's not by any means a conventional way of [doing] a musical. And that's why I liked [American Idiot director] Michael Mayer so much because of what he did with Spring Awakening. When I saw that for the first time I was like, this is not your grandparents' musical. He's going for it. He has a sense of anarchy in the way he approaches his craft.Those aren't the only acts making the switch: Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wildeis working on a musical as well. And Amanda Palmer is in the process of producing an Airplane Over the Sea-themed high-school play, opening May 7th at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA.
Will the show have dancing?
Not "dancing" dancing. I don't know how to really explain it. It's got physical and violent moves. It's not like a Lion King thing. It's dirty and it's got a lot of heart and it's got a street mentality. There are no singing cats. No little girls with big curly red hair. It should be pretty cool, man.
Full Spider-Man press release below...
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Marissa Nadler in Brest, France, May 17 2008 by Nicolas Ollier
SOUNDFIX SOUND FIX FAQ
Q: What's the price of admission at your in-stores? How can I get tickets?Sound Fix will, sadly, have to change the answer of "Can my band come play at your space?" to "No" after February 28th because that's the date of the last in-store (in-lounge) ever. The whole lounge closes soon after.
A: Our in-stores are free to the public and seating is general admission.
Q: Where do the bands play?
A: In the Sound Fix Lounge, behind the record store.
Q: What time should I show up?
A: Please don't call and ask us this. We don't know. Every show is different. Sometimes people show up an hour early to get a good spot, sometimes the place is empty a half hour before showtime. If you really love the band and want a good spot, get here early. That's all we can say.
Q: Is Sound Fix one word or two?
A: Two words! Please do not spell it "Soundfix." It really drives me crazy.
Q: Can my band come play at your space?
A: Unlikely. But it can't hurt to ask.
Q: Where is Beacon's Closet?
A: A block and a half from the store, down N. 11th St. Please stop asking.
Q: What's the greatest album of all time?
A: Depending on my mood, Neil Young's Tonight's the Night or the Who's Sellout
Some Sound Fix video memories, below...
Headliners Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure are among the 130-plus acts set for the tenth COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL (APRIL 17, 18 AND 19) at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the same grounds where the COACHELLA VALLEY MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL debuted in 1999. Other artists confirmed for America's most critically acclaimed music festival include Morrissey, Amy Winehouse, Franz Ferdinand, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Thievery Corporation, Yeah Yeah Yeahs (the complete line-up is listed below).Tickets for COACHELLA go on sale Friday, January 30 at 9:00 AM (PT) at all Ticketmaster locations.
This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS.
"I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney says.
Throbbing Gristle and the rest of the full (real) line-up (as of 1/30) is below:
Amanda Palmer @ Bowery Ballroom, New Years Eve (Genista)
"To cull incessant taking of pictures, Amanda Palmer and the Danger Ensemble held a two minute rock stage photo op, going through poses, so we could impress our friends with the amazing rock show we'd, wait, I shouldn't have told you that." [Genista]today in NYC
* The Dickies @ Southpaw
* Gregg Allman @ Blender Theater
* The Bad Plus @ Village Vanguard
* Todd Barry @ Comix (early & late)
* Lucy Waiwnright Roche @ Joe's Pub
* Extra Life, Sam Hilmer/John Dwyer, Skeletons & John Fell Ryan @ DBA
The Damned will not be playing in Asbury Park tonight. They also didn't play New Years Eve.
How was the show The Dickies played on New Years Eve?
Todd Barry also plays two shows at Comix tomorrow.
The Bad Plus are at Village Vanguard through Sunday.
Dave Hill is the sheriff of Prospect Park. Video below...
if you hadn't noticed, all of the dresden dolls and amanda palmer official videos have been taken off youtube.Amanda Palmer plays Bowery Ballroom at 2:00 AM tonight (thx joly).
yes, folks...girl anachronism, coin-operated boy, shores of california, almost everything from who killed amanda palmer....pretty much the whole deal.
all gone. go look for yourself.
and you ask...wtf?
"Unable to reach new licensing terms, the Warner Music Group has demanded that thousands of its videos be removed from YouTube, which is owned by Google. Warner Music's videos, the source of a billion views on YouTube, gradually began disappearing from the site on Saturday, although many remained online Sunday evening."
in other words, roadrunner is a subsidiary of warner and i'm stuck in hell with madonna and the other poor bastards, because warner wants more money. even worse, warner has almost no bargaining power...they're not even in the top ten of labels who have huge artists with material streaming on youtube. they're just starving for cash right now and they're doing anything they can think of to come up with cash. it's abSURD. they are looking for money in a totally backwards way.
money that, i should point out, i would NEVER see as an artist. if they got their way and youtube decided to give them a larger revenue share of the videos, it;s very unlikely it would ever make it's way into the artists' bank accounts.
damn, man. this shit is fucked UP.
i'll obviously let you know what happens, but i'm slowly planning some sort of tribute-a-thon of dolls and amanda videos in lieu of our actual clips.
maybe a "everybody re-enact your favorite dolls video in one take on a shitty camera, with hand puppets, for under $5" contest. maybe it will yield a masterpiece.
i loved my videos.
now they are gone.
why is life so hard?
did i mention that being on a major label is starting to seem like.....not such a grand idea?
i hate the cold. elaine sent me a nice vest, with a hood.
maybe i won't take it off until my videos are back up, in protest.
shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel shovel
PREVIOUSLY: Warner music vs. YouTube
David Byrne tickets go on pre-sale Monday.
Tickets recently went on sale for the 2009 Tibet House Benefit show at Carnegie Hall.
Amanda Palmer @ Webster Hall (more by Dese'Rae L. Stage)
Mr. Brownstone is playing a 2 AM show at Mercury Lounge on New Years Eve. Amanda Palmer is playing a 2 AM show at Bowery Ballroom the same night. Patti Smith is playing Bowery Ballroom earlier that evening.
Stay tuned for Amanda ticket info. All dates below...
photos by Dese'Rae L. Stage
...And this was blatant Friday night at Webster Hall, where [Amanda Palmer] left the piano bench, parted the audience, and made her way to the top of the bar for the evening's final song -- an acoustic, bittersweet rendition of Radiohead's "Creep" that also had her strumming a ukulele. Despite her epic talents, Palmer remains pleasantly humble and relatable. In fact, she's someone you'd want to clink glasses of Merlot with and call your BFF." [BlackBook]More pictures from Friday's show below...
Photos and words by Dese'Rae Stage
Amanda Palmer played an involuntarily short show at Sound Fix in Brooklyn on Friday (September 19). Aside from the slew of technical difficulties she had to contend with, the show was shut down due to yet another noise complaint. It was an intimate show with a lot of audience interaction. She played "Ampersand," "The Point of it All," a new song she wrote recently in London tentatively titled "Dear Old House" (the first ukulele-based non-Radiohead song she's ever performed, I believe), and "Icarus" with Jason Webley, who also worked on side project Evelyn Evelyn with her. in town from Seattle, Jason plays his own NYC show Monday night (9/22) at Parkside Lounge, and Amanda will be back in NYC on 11/21 at Webster Hall.
More Sound Fix photos below...
Amanda Palmer has two NYC shows coming up. The first is small, free, probably short and TODAY (Sept 19, 2008 at Sound Fix in Brooklyn). The second is big, costs money (presale), and isn't until November 21st (at Webster Hall). Lots more tour dates below...
THE CITIZENS BAND presents "The Panic is On" - Sept. 7th / 8th / 9th @ SpiegeltentThe good news: Nina, Becky and Amanda. The bad news: neither CB regulars Craig Wedren or Angela McCluskey appear in this show.
Visionary musical troupe The Citizens Bandare taking over the Spiegeltent for a three-night extravaganza. The Citizens Band is a sexy, ribald musical troupe renowned for their dazzling song and dance performances. "The Panic Is On," their sixth original show in three years, finds the troupe trapped in a makeshift bomb shelter, where they're forced to find common ground and hope in a terror filled world. Performing a spirited mix of classic songs and original compositions, they ponder such issues as fear mongering, war, immigration, xenophobia, poverty and their own dreams for political change. These shows also mark the troupe's debut performance with director Gordon Greenberg (Jacques Brel is Alive and Well, Assisted Loving), and features special guests Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond and Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls.
Craig is probably too busy working with Nina's husband.
dude in Hot Chip glow in the dark Threadless shirt +
The Faint @ Terminal 5, NYC (more by Ryan Muir)
today in NYC
* FREE SHOWS
* Ra Ra Riot @ Virgin Megastore
* Laura Cantrell @ Spiegeltent ++
* Best Friends Forever @ The Tank
* Jaguar Love & the King Left @ Southpaw
* Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson @ Joe's Pub
* The Walkmen & The Muslims @ Bowery Ballroom
* Velvet Goldmine (Summerscreen movie) @ McCarren Pool
* "Chris Dave & Friends with Special Guest Mos Def" @ Highline Ballroom
+ You can win the pictured Hot Chip t-shirt, a $50 Threadless gift certificate and "Made in the Dark" on vinyl by emailing BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: hot chip). One winner will be picked at random and contacted (courtesy of Threadless Loves Drawing).
You can win a pair of tickets to tonight's Southpaw show by emailing BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Southpaw). Include your first and last name. One winner will be picked at random and contacted ASAP. The King Left play before Jaguar Love.
Tonight's free movie at McCarren Pool is Velvet Goldmine. Next week's free movie is Rushmore. Before Rushmore there will be a set of music by the band The King Left.
++ Joining Laura Cantrell at Spiegeltent tonight will be: "Megan Hickey of Last Town Chorus, Fiona McBain of Ollabelle, New Orleans' Theresa Andersson, and the acclaimed instrumentalist and singer Jenny Scheinman. Rounding out the evening will be a special appearance by Rodney Crowell."
A video of Amanda Palmer doing video karaoke to "Girls Just Want To Have Fun", below..
As a way to flesh out the story and evidence of her upcoming solo release, Who Killed Amanda Palmer (scheduled for release on September 16 on Roadrunner Records), The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer is teaming up once again with long-time video collaborator Michael Pope. The pair has scripted and shot six music videos that collapse together into a short feature film with mysterious segues and recurring clues and objects, which will be posted on a bi-weekly basis on YouTube starting July 1st. Simultaneously, an audio-only version of the song will be streamed on her Myspace page - http://www.myspace.com/whokilledamandapalmer - to allow her fans to hear her new material as soon as possible.Four of those solo shows already happened. The fifth one is tonight (August 11th) in NYC. All dates below...
Throughout her career, Amanda has worked independently of her record company to supplement her record-making activities. An album-companion picture book, penned by best-selling author Neil Gaiman and featuring the works of several photographers, including many self-portraits of Palmer herself, is slated for a fall release. Additionally, Amanda will be playing five solo piano shows in the US and three international shows in August, spotlighting songs from the upcoming album.
Welcome to Spiegelworld... the world's most beautiful travelling venue.Spiegelworld opens in August this year. The music lineup includes shows by the Dodos, Deerhoof, Tim Fite, Amanda Palmer, Nellie McKay and many more. All of it is below.....
With its opulent decor of mirrors and brocade, the intimate 350-seat spiegeltent is the venue for two of the hottest shows in town, ABSINTHE and DESIR. This year we will bring you a second theatre complete with our late night extravaganza, GAZILLIONAIRE'S LATE NITE LOUNGE, and an incredible line-up of live music performances from around the world like you've never seen them before.
With breathtaking views, sit back with a cocktail at sunset in our Green Fairy Garden, snuggle up in our full-service on-site restaurant, and after the show, dance under the stars with our eclectic DJ sessions, every Tuesday to Sunday night. [Spiegelworld]
Sorcyress documented her Record Store Day experience on Flickr...