Palmer playing at the Music Box Theatre, Hollywood, California; December 2008.
|Birth name||Amanda MacKinnon Palmer|
|Also known as||Amanda Fucking Palmer|
April 30, 1976 |
New York City
|Genres||Alternative rock, punk cabaret, dark cabaret|
|Occupations||Artist, performer, musician, songwriter|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboard, piano, ukulele|
|Labels||8ft. Records / Formerly Roadrunner Records (until April 2010)|
|Associated acts||The Dresden Dolls
Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra
Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer (born April 30, 1976), sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo The Dresden Dolls. She has had a successful solo career, is also one half of the duo Evelyn Evelyn, and most recently is the lead singer and songwriter of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.
Life and career 
Palmer was born in New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. She attended Lexington High School, where she was involved in the drama department, and attended Wesleyan University where she was a member of the Eclectic Society. She staged performances based on work by the Legendary Pink Dots, an early influence, and was involved in the Legendary Pink Dots electronic mailing list, Cloud Zero. She then formed the Shadowbox Collective, devoted to street theatre and putting on theatrical shows (such as the 2002 play, Hotel Blanc, which she directed).
With an interest in the performing arts, both in music and in theatre, Palmer spent time busking as a living statue called "The Eight Foot Bride" in Harvard Square, Cambridge; Edinburgh, Scotland; Australia (where she met Jason Webley); as well as many other locations. She refers to this line of work on The Dresden Dolls' self-titled CD, with the song "The Perfect Fit":
"I can paint my face
And stand very, very still
It's not very practical
But it still pays the bills"
as well as on the A is for Accident track "Glass Slipper":
"I give out flowers
To curious strangers
who throw dollars at my feet."
The Dresden Dolls 
At a Halloween party in 2000, Palmer met drummer Brian Viglione and afterwards they formed The Dresden Dolls. In an effort to expand the performance experience and interactivity, Palmer began inviting Lexington High School students to perform drama pieces at her live shows. The Dirty Business Brigade, a troupe of seasoned and new artists, performed at many gigs. The invited costumed characters mingled with the crowd before and during the show, and veteran groups sometimes joined in with a choreographed stage act. Life-sized marionettes, coin-operated boys, living statues, and other undergroundlings greeted fans while circus and burlesque drew the audience into the Dolls' music, creating a participatory atmosphere that allowed the audience to experience numerous types of art simultaneously.
After developing a cult following, the band recorded their eponymous debut album, The Dresden Dolls, in 2002 with producer Martin Bisi (of Indie, Brooklyn, New York fame). They produced the album before being picked up by Roadrunner Records.
In 2006, The Dresden Dolls Companion was published, with words, music & artwork by Amanda Palmer. In it she has written a history of the album The Dresden Dolls and of the duo, as well as a partial autobiography. The book also contains the lyrics, sheet music, and notes on each song in the album, all written by Palmer, as well as a DVD with a 20-minute interview of Amanda about making the book.
In June 2007, as part of the Dresden Dolls, she toured with the True Colors Tour 2007, including her debut in New York City's Radio City Music Hall, and her first review in the New York Times.
July 2008 saw the release of the second Dresden Dolls book, the Virginia Companion. It is a follow-up to The Dresden Dolls Companion, featuring the music and lyrics from the Yes, Virginia...(2006) and No, Virginia... (2008) albums, produced by Sean Slade and Paul Kolderie.
The Onion Cellar and Cabaret 
Palmer conceived the musical/production The Onion Cellar, based on a short story from The Tin Drum by Günter Grass. From December 9, 2006 through January 13, 2007, The Dresden Dolls performed the piece in conjunction with the American Repertory Theater at the Zero Arrow Theatre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. While Palmer was openly frustrated with the direction of the show, fan and critical reviews were very positive. Palmer, as part of her solo career, returned to the A.R.T. in fall 2010 for a two-month run of Cabaret, starring as the Emcee.
2010 Reunion Tour 
A reunion tour to selected venues in the United States took place in 2010, starting on Halloween in New York City and ending in San Francisco on New Years Eve.
Evelyn Evelyn 
In September 2007, Palmer collaborated with Jason Webley to release Evelyn Evelyn's debut EP "Elephant Elephant" via Jason's Eleven Records. Their full-length album, Evelyn Evelyn was released March 30, 2010, followed by a worldwide tour.
Solo career 
In July 2007, Palmer played three sold-out shows (in Boston, Hoboken, and NYC) in a rare "with band" format. Her backing band was Boston alternative rock group Aberdeen City, who also opened along with Dixie Dirt. In August 2007, Amanda traveled to perform in the Spiegeltent and other venues at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Scotland, and also performed on BBC Two's The Edinburgh Show. She collaborated with Australian theater company, The Danger Ensemble; both again appeared at the Spiegeltent in Melbourne and at other venues around Australia in December 2007. In June 2008, Palmer established her solo career with two well-received performances with the Boston Pops.
Her first solo studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, was released on September 16, 2008. Ben Folds produced and also played on the album. The title is a play on an expression used by fans during Twin Peaks' original run, "Who killed Laura Palmer?" A companion book of photos of Palmer looking as if she were murdered was released in July 2009. Titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer a Collection of Photographic Evidence, it featured photography by Kyle Cassidy and stories by Neil Gaiman, as well as lyrics from the album.
"Strength Through Music," a track from Who Killed Amanda Palmer, indirectly references August Strindberg. The song contains an audio clip of a web cartoon called Strindberg and Helium; the cartoon almost exclusively quotes Strindberg's work.
In Autumn 2008, she toured Europe with Jason Webley, Zoe Keating and The Danger Ensemble, performing songs mostly from her debut solo album. She did most of the shows with a broken foot she had sustained in Ireland when a car ran over her foot as she stepped out into a street.
In 2009, Palmer went back to her alma mater, Lexington High School in Massachusetts, to collaborate with her old director and mentor Steven Bogart on a workshop piece for the department's spring production. The play, With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart was inspired by Neutral Milk Hotel's album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea and The Diary of Anne Frank. It received an overwhelmingly positive response from the Lexington community and abroad. NPR's Avishay Artsy interviewed the cast in a piece featured on All Things Considered on closing night of the production. Amanda described this process as "what it's all about" in her blog.
Palmer began using the ukulele during a concert as a gag, but soon it became a regular part of her repertoire. Later, she recorded a full album with ukelele accompaniment: Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. She now sometimes peforms during free ninja gigs in public locations, open to all ages.
On April 20, 2012, Palmer announced on her blog that she launched a new album pre-order on Kickstarter. The Kickstarter project was ultimately supported by 24,883 backers for a grand total of $1,192,793 — at the time, the most funds ever raised for a musical project on Kickstarter. The album, Theatre Is Evil, was recorded with The Grand Theft Orchestra, produced by John Congleton, and released in September 2012.
On November 9, 2012 Amanda Palmer launched the first music video from Theatre is Evil for "Do it With a Rockstar" on The Flaming Lips' website. The video was co-created and directed by Wayne Coyne, lead singer of The Flaming Lips. Subsequent videos were released for "The Killing Type" and "The Bed Song".
Participating with fans on the Internet 
Palmer is noted for her use of the Internet, regularly using the latest innovations to make new fans and connect with old ones. This includes her forum, her blog, use of many free music and social networking sites, fund raising, and direct-to-fan marketing. Her grasp of the evolving landscape of music is epitomized by her successful use of Kickstarter to crowdfund her 2012 album Theatre is Evil.
Dispute with Roadrunner Records, fans' "ReBellyon" 
After the release of her music video for the song "Leeds United," Palmer sparked controversy with a post in her blog. She claimed Roadrunner Records had wanted to pull certain shots from the video that exposed her stomach, because "...they thought I looked fat." After her fans read about this, they posted pictures of their stomachs online with messages to Roadrunner, lyrics, and words of comfort. They then sent their pictures to the record label, and started a website. The fans coined a term for the movement: The ReBellyon, and put together a book, "The Belly Book," of over 600 pictures and stories from fans. The book was sold over the internet to fans all over the world. Pitchfork Magazine and The Guardian were among publications reporting on the controversy.
Partly because of the Leeds video controversy, Palmer attempted to disengage from her contract with Roadrunner Records, going as far as composing and performing a song called "Please Drop Me," which asked the label to free her from the contract.
After a long legal battle between Palmer and Roadrunner, and her repeated pleas to discontinue her contract with Roadrunner, Palmer announced that Roadrunner Records finally released her from their label. Her appreciation was punctuated with another new song: "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass" as a free download to celebrate her new freedom. She repeated the announcement during an appearance on the Australian music quiz show Spicks and Specks.
"Oasis" controversy 
Palmer's song "Oasis" and its follow-up video sparked more controversy. The song's fictional story deals with an Oasis fan and rape victim who has an abortion. Despite these tragic events, she states that "I've seen better days, but I don't care", and directly after, informs the listener what just happened involving her process of communicating to Oasis through fan mail, first, "I just sent a letter in the mail", then, "Oasis got my letter in the mail", and finally, toward the end of the song, "I just got a letter in the mail." Palmer received an e-mail while she was in the United Kingdom from her label there explaining that "all" of the TV outlets in the country had refused to play the video due to its "making light of rape, religion, and abortion." Palmer, in response, wrote on her blog "I suggested that I might be allowed to play it if I just slowed it way down and played it in a minor key. Think about it. If they heard the same lyrics against the backdrop of a very sad and liliting [sic] piano, maybe with some tear-jerking strings thrown in for good measure, would they take issue?"
"I Kissed a Girl" skit 
In December 2008, Palmer performed an anti-Proposition 8 agitprop skit at the Henry Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles where a Katy Perry look-alike came onstage and began singing her controversial song "I Kissed a Girl," only to be interrupted, kissed, and fondled by Palmer and comedian Margaret Cho. The skit ended with the two binding and gagging "Perry," who is forced into a mock wedding with Palmer, followed by the raising of an anti-Proposition 8 banner. Palmer mentioned, on her blog, the discontent some in the LGBT community had with Perry over her exploitation of their identity in her song "I Kissed a Girl," and said she meant the piece as a protest against Proposition 8.
Crowdsourcing musicians 
On August 21, 2012, Palmer's website announced that she was seeking fans to play with her Grand Theft Orchestra in each city on her 2012 tour. Musicians would be compensated with beer, merchandise and hugs. Angry musicians flooded her website with criticism for hiring musicians without properly compensating them. Raymond M. Hair Jr., president of the American Federation of Musicians commented that, "If there's a need for the musician to be on the stage, then there ought to be compensation for it" while Steve Albini simply called her "an idiot". Palmer defended her action by stating that, although the musicians accompanying her on the tour were paid she could not afford the $35,000 to pay the additional local musicians she wanted to include in local performances. In an interview with the New York Times she said, “If you could see the enthusiasm of these people, the argument would become invalid...They’re all incredibly happy to be here.” By mid-September, Palmer had changed her mind and announced she would pay all the musicians who had volunteered to play on her tour.
"a poem for dzhokhar" 
On April 21, 2013, Palmer published a poem entitled "a poem for dzhokhar" on her blog, seemingly addressed to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the two men accused of perpetrating the Boston Marathon bombings. The poem provoked angry responses from readers who felt it was too sympathetic to the alleged bomber. In a follow-up blog post on April 23, Palmer said that the poem took "about 9 minutes to write", and that much of it was misinterpreted, both by its fans and its detractors.
Personal life 
Palmer resides in Boston, Massachusetts, with other artists in a cooperative named the Cloud Club.
She has identified as bisexual, telling afterellen.com in 2007: "I'm bisexual, but it's not the sort of thing I spent a lot of time thinking about," Palmer said. "I've slept with girls; I've slept with guys, so I guess that's what they call it! I'm not anti trying to use language to simplify our lives." Palmer has also spoken about her open relationships, stating in one interview that "I've never been comfortable in a monogamous relationship in my life. I feel like I was built for open relationships just because of the way I function," Palmer explained. "It's not a reactive decision like, 'Hey I'm on the road, you're on the road, let's just find other people.' It was a fundamental building block of our relationship. We both like things this way."
On January 1, 2010, she stated on her Twitter feed that she "might have told [Neil Gaiman] [she]'d marry him but also might have been drunk." On January 15, 2010, Neil Gaiman and Palmer confirmed their engagement in an announcement made to their respective websites. On November 16, 2010, Amanda Palmer hosted a flash mob wedding (not legally binding) for Gaiman's birthday in New Orleans. On January 3, 2011, the couple announced, via Twitter, that they had legally married in a private ceremony. The wedding took place in the parlor of writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon.
Palmer practices meditation and wrote an article titled "Melody vs. Meditation" for the Buddhist publication Shambhala Sun, that described the struggle between songwriting and being able to clear the mind to meditate. Palmer has also mentioned her pescetarianism on her blog. She has many friends who are fellow musicians, and frequently performs alongside them, either accompanying them in their performances, or featuring them in her live shows.[original research?] These performers include Jason Webley, Kim Boekbinder, Unwoman, The Jane Austen Argument, Reggie Watts, Tim Minchin, Mikelangelo, Meow Meow, Neil Gaiman, Paula Henderson, and Zoë Keating.
Awards and honors 
- 2012 – Twitter Feed @amandapalmer in the Boston Phoenix's Best 2012 
- 2011 – Actress in a local production: Cabaret – Boston's Best, Improper Bostonian
- 2010 – Artist of the Year – Boston Music Awards
- 2010 – Cover of Fake Plastic Trees (Radiohead) named 13th of Paste Magazine's 20 Best Cover Songs of 2010
- 2009 – No. 100 on After Ellen's Hot 100 of 2009.
- 2008 – No. 6 on the Best Solo artist list in The Guardian's Readers' Poll of 2008.
- 2007 – No. 6 on Spinner.com's Women Who Rock Right Now.
- 2006 – the Boston Globe named her the most stylish woman in Boston.
- 2006 – listed in Blender Magazine's hottest women of rock.
- 2005 – Best Female Vocalist in the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
Solo artist 
Studio albums 
- Who Killed Amanda Palmer (2008) No. 77 US[when?]
- Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (2011)
- Theatre Is Evil (2012) No. 10 US - as of 12 September 2012[update]
Live albums 
- Several Attempts to Cover Songs by The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed for Neil Gaiman as His Birthday Approaches (2012)
- "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass" (April 6, 2010)
- "Idioteque" (June 10, 2010)
- "Map of Tasmania" (December 2010)
- "Polly" (Nirvana cover, from Newermind, 2011). Remixed and re-released February 2012.
- Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Music Videos (2009)
As part of The Dresden Dolls 
- The Dresden Dolls (EP) (2002)
- A Is for Accident (2003)
- The Dresden Dolls (2003, reissued 2004)
- Yes, Virginia... (2006)
- No, Virginia... (2008)
As part of Evelyn Evelyn 
Other collaborations 
- "Trudy" (with Ad Frank and the Fast Easy Women on In Girl Trouble) (2003)
- "Circus Freak Love Triangle" (with Hierosonic on Pornos and Razorblades) (2005)
- "Warsaw Is Khelm" (with Golem on Fresh Off Boat) (2006)
- "Life", "Eight Days of Hell" and "Witch's Web" (with ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead on So Divided) (2006)
- "The Lovers" (with Meredith Yayanos on Brainwaves) (2006)
- "Stuck with You" (with Voltaire on Ooky Spooky) (2007)
- "Everybody Hurts" (with Cormac Bride on Stereogum Presents... Drive XV: A Tribute to Automatic For the People) (2007)
- "Ballad of a Teenage Queen" (Dresden Dolls with Franz Nicolay on All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash (2008)
- "Black Versus White" (with Apoptygma Berzerk on Rocket Science) (2009)
- Murder By Death/Amanda Palmer Split 7" (2009)
- "Living in Misery" (with Kill Hannah on Wake Up the Sleepers) (2009)
- "New England" (Jonathan Richman cover, Dresden Dolls with Franz Nicolay on St. Sebastian of the Short Stage EP) (2009)
- "János vs Wonderland" (with Tristan Allen on Tristan Allen EP) (2010)
- "The Little Prince" (with Lance Horne on First Things Last) (2011)
- Nighty Night (with Damian Kulash of OK Go, Neil Gaiman and Ben Folds as 8in8) (2011)
- "Such Great Heights" (with Kim Boekbinder on Such Great Heights single) (2011)
Cameo appearances 
- "Let Me Borrow That Top" (by Liam Kyle Sullivan aka "Kelly") (2004) appearing briefly in the mall scene.
- "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" (Lexington High School's 2009 Spring Production) appearing as "The Ringmaster"
- Palmer, Amanda (2006). The Dresden Dolls Companion. New York, NY: Eight Foot Music. ISBN 978-1-57560-888-4.
- Palmer, Amanda; Viglione, Brian (2008). The Dresden Dolls – The Virginia Companion. Cherry Lane Music Company. ISBN 1-60378-079-3.
- Palmer, Amanda; Gaiman, Neil; Cassidy, Kyle; Hommel, Beth (2009). Who Killed Amanda Palmer: A Collection of Photographic Evidence. New York, NY: Eight Foot Books. ISBN 0-615-23439-9.
- Palmer, Amanda (2009). Amanda Palmer - Who Killed Amanda Palmer?. Cherry Lane Music Company. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-60378-123-7. "A songbook with the chords and lyrics to the album Who Killed Amanda Palmer"
- Cynthia, Von Buhler; Palmer, Amanda; Webley, Jason (2011). Evelyn Evelyn (illustrated ed.). Diamond Comic Distributors. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-59582-578-0.
See also 
- Banner on Palmer's web site and her Twitter page; poster for Amanda Palmer concert, Koko, London
- Machel Spence; The Battered Suitcase. The Battered Suitcase Summer 2009. Vagabondage Press LLC. p. 46. ISBN 978-1-4524-6181-6. Retrieved October 18, 2011.
- According to Palmer, the nickname "Amanda Fucking Palmer" was given to her by Ben Folds during the production of Who Killed Amanda Palmer. Amanda Palmer's tumblr, 2013-04-25.
- Amanda Palmer blog of April 6, 2010, titled "FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST (Dear Roadrunner Records…)"
- Full name as stated by Palmer on Twitter, January 3, 2011.
- interview by Chris Arnold (January 17, 2007). "Band Tries to Make It Big Without Going Broke". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6885355. The web page also has audio and a transcript of the interview, and links to several of their songs.
- Starfucking with Kevin Smith, Chapter 1 – The Neil/Amanda Interview, November 23, 2010
- Perry, Jonathan (September 16, 2008). "On 'Who Killed,' Palmer looks behind the veil". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- Shanahan, Mark; Meredith Goldstein (May 11, 2009). "Palmer hangs out in Lexington". Boston Globe. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- Sless-Kitain, Areif (December 3, 2008). "Amanda Palmer". Time Out. Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- Bell, Sean (August 16, 2009). "A piece of my mind". The Herald (Glasgow). Retrieved February 19, 2010.
- Boston Phoenix review of Hotel Blanc
- Chernov, Sergey (August 4, 2009), "Controversial Musician Prepares for Local Debut", St. Petersburg Times
- The Dresden Dolls Companion, by Amanda Palmer, eight foot music publishing, June 2006, ISBN 1-57560-888-X ISBN 978-1-57560-888-4
- "True Colors Tour web site". Truecolorstour.com. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- Chinen, Nate; photos by Hiroyuki Ito (June 20, 2007). "Power to the People (and Some Pop Too)". The New York Times. pp. B1,B5. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved November 9, 2007. "A much more musical brand of theatricality animated the Dresden Dolls, a duo consisting of the pianist Amanda Palmer and the drummer Brian Viglione. Their set was a concise demonstration of cabaret-punk. Ms. Palmer, singing throatily at an electric keyboard, held her own not only on the band staple "Coin-Operated Boy" but also even amid the bombast of "War Pig," the Black Sabbath screed."
- Virginia Companion, by Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, Cherry Lane Music Company, July 2008, ISBN 1-60378-079-3 ISBN 978-1-60378-079-7
- "The onion cellar". American Repertory Theatre. Archived from the original on October 12, 2007. Retrieved December 3, 2007. "Inside the small confines of the mysterious club The Onion Cellar, the internationally renowned rock duo The Dresden Dolls provides nightly entertainment while a series of stories unfold around them. As singer, songwriter, and keyboardist Amanda Palmer and drummer Brian Viglione play their songs, the Onion Cellar becomes a space where rock and roll meets cabaret with humor and humanity." World Premiere.
- On The Download editors; photo by Kelly Davidson (April 20, 2005). "Dresden Dolls take the ART". On The Download. Retrieved August 21, 2006. "The Dresden Dolls are taking the world by storm. This punk cabaret duo from Boston are incredible musicians whose smart, personal, intricate songs and mesmerizing live performance have earned them a cult following. Now don't tell anyone, but there's a rumor that the Dolls may be appearing at a bizarre underground club somewhere in Cambridge – an Onion Cellar, where the audience peel onions for emotional release, where you never quite know who's sitting next to you, where your life could change forever."
- "Cabaret OBERON Shows August 31, 2010 through October 29, 2010". American Repertory Theatre. Retrieved July 23, 2012.
- Amanda Palmer (September 7, 2010). "THE DRESDEN DOLLS HALLOWEEN 10th ANNIVERSARY & FALL TOUR". Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- Jason Webley Events
- Eichler, Jeremy (June 20, 2008). "All dolled up at the Pops – Palmer brings the edge but the fest needs more". The Boston Globe. Archived from the original on June 26, 2008. Retrieved June 7, 2008. "Last night in Symphony Hall, Amanda Palmer brought some spark and much-needed edge to the Boston Pops's EdgeFest. On her own terms, Palmer, in strong gravelly voice, gave a richly satisfying performance that had this crowd roaring far more than most in Symphony Hall. But even she couldn't overcome the deeper tensions that make the EdgeFest a strained format."
- Smith, Rachel (June 20, 2008). "All Dolled up, Amanda Palmer and the Boston Pops, Symphony Hall, June 19, 2008". The Boston Phoenix. Retrieved June 28, 2008. "Last night, Amanda Palmer kicked off this season of the Boston Pops EdgeFest, the orchestra's collaboration with younger, "edgier" bands and performers drawing the iPod generation into Symphony Hall. The choice of pairing Palmer with the Pops lead me to wonder if the Pops had ever listened to a Dresden Dolls album or seen The Onion Cellar or, you know, met her."
- Palmer, Amanda (April 1, 2007). "The Dresden Doll's Forum". Speculation: Solo Album Title. The Dresden Dolls. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "... i am recording the solo album....in nashville, at ben folds' studio, with ben, who is producing the record and playing on it."
- Palmer, Amanda (May 10, 2008). "fish/people/belly". The Dresden Dolls Diary. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008. "the solo record got re-mastered and it's.....mind-blowing. it's so good. it's sooooooo gooooooooooooooooooooooood. so i feel safe in a deep way. because as long as the record is amazing then I can fuck everything else up and it's technically ok. it will be released September 16. that is now like Christmas day for me. it is four months away. that seems long."
- "Dresden Doll Preps Solo Debut". spin.com music for life. spin.com. April 25, 2007. Archived from the original on December 13, 2007. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer chats with SPIN.com about her forthcoming solo effort."
- Palmer, Amanda (April 1, 2007). "here to dispel.". Speculation: Solo Album Title. The Dresden Dolls. Retrieved December 8, 2007. "... i am recording the solo album....in nashville, at ben folds' studio, with ben, who is producing the record and playing on it."
- "Amanda Palmer: broken foot explanation". Retrieved November 7, 2008.
- Palmer, Amanda. "With The Needle That Sings In Her Heart". amandapalmer.net. Archived from the original on December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "AMANDA PALMER–celebrated punk-chanteuse and pianist for the popular rock band THE DRESDEN DOLLS, and, more recently, hailed for the success of her Ben Folds-produced solo album Who Killed Amanda Palmer–is returning to her old stomping grounds at alma mater LEXINGTON HIGH SCHOOL. The reason? To create an original play with her former drama teacher, STEVEN BOGART along with a cast of twenty students. The play is written from scratch by the ensemble, the content of which is inspired by the music and lyrics of the critically hailed album, "In the Aeroplane Over The Sea" by celebrated indie rock band NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL."
- Artsy, Avishay. "Neutral Milk Hotel Album Transformed For Stage: NPR". Archived from the original on December 2, 2010. Retrieved December 27, 2010. "I watch people proselytize this record all over the world, and it's like this secret brotherhood of awesome music that's never had any kind of big mainstream publicity," Palmer says. "It's just this sacred record that people connect through."
- Ben Sisario (November 17, 2011). "Eddie Vedder, Amanda Palmer and Magnetic Fields Join Ukulele Craze". The New York Times. p. 9, Arts & LEISURE section. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved April 25, 2011. "A few years ago, as a one-off concert gag, Ms. Palmer strummed a uke as she sang Radiohead’s “Creep,” accompanying herself on a $19 model she had bought the day before. But the performance turned out to be so starkly intense it could not remain a joke. So she began taking a ukulele everywhere, and before long she had recorded a full album: “Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele,” released last year. That Ms. Palmer absorbed the basics in a day – her usual instrument is the piano – indicates one of the ukulele’s great advantages: it’s so easy to learn that it’s said to be almost impossible to play it badly. Even when slightly off key, it serves as a blank canvas that can accent the character of any voice. And in the right hands, it can strip a song to its skeletal core... As Ms. Palmer sees it, the ukulele is the zeitgeist instrument for the D.I.Y. age. “This is the age of the democratization of music,” she says. “Anyone can be a musician. And in a recession, when you have a $20 instrument and there’s a big musical renaissance, anyone will want to join in.”"
- "Neil Gaiman-Amanda Palmer ninja gig". Herald Tribune. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
- "IT’S MY BIRTHDAY AND HERE’S WHAT I WOULD LOVE.". amandapalmer.net. April 20, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR.". kickstarter.com. Retrieved June 1, 2012.
- "Amanda Palmer Raises $1.2 Million On Kickstarter, And The Crowd Goes Wild". techdirt.com. June 1, 2012. Retrieved June 2, 2012.
- "Kickstarter-Most-Funded". July 2, 2012. Retrieved July 2, 2012.
- Amanda Palmer's "Theatre is Evil" Comes To Life
- "Amanda Palmer’s New Video for "Do it With a Rockstar"". newyorkmusicnews.com. November 9, 2012. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
- "The Shadowbox – The Dresden Dolls – Amanda Palmer – Brian Vigilone". The Dresden Dolls. July 16, 2007. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
- Carey Hodges (July 8, 2011). "10 Great Band Blogs". Pastemagazine.com. Retrieved October 4, 2011. "4.Amanda Palmer The refreshingly outspoken artist chronicles performances, after-parties and everything in between with photos and her signature witty tone."
- Sisario, Ben (October 2, 2011). "High-Tech Tools Help Bands Market Directly to Fans". The New York Times Co. Retrieved October 3, 2011. "For thousands of artists, ranging from acts on major labels to those that handle their business by themselves, direct-to-fan marketing has become essential. Last year, for example, the singer Amanda Palmer employed Bandcamp to release an entire album of Radiohead cover songs featuring the ukulele, letting fans set the price (the minimum was 84 cents, to cover royalties). She made $15,000 in three minutes."
- Rebellyon Web Site[dead link]
- Dresden Dolls' Palmer Tangles With Label Over Tummy – Pitchfork[dead link]
- Saner, Emine (December 3, 2008). "Dresden Dolls fans have had a bellyful of their record label". The Guardian (London). Archived from the original on April 22, 2010. Retrieved April 23, 2010.
- "Amanda Palmer Tells Roadrunner Records: "Please Drop Me" – Pitchfork". Pitchfork.com. April 1, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- "Live recording (March 28, 2009) Fort Lauderdale". Youtube.com. March 28, 2009. Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- Sheffield, Michael (April 7, 2010), "DOWNLOAD: New Amanda Palmer Song", Spin
- "Amanda Palmer: Rebel With A Cause". SuicideGirls.com. February 17, 2009. Archived from the original on February 20, 2009. Retrieved February 17, 2009.
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