Palmer in 2011
|Birth name||Amanda MacKinnon Palmer|
|Also known as||Amanda Fucking Palmer|
April 30, 1976 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Genres||Alternative rock, punk cabaret, dark cabaret|
|Occupation(s)||Singer-songwriter, musician, performance artist|
|Instruments||Vocals, keyboard, piano, ukulele, harmonica|
8ft. RecordsFormerly with Roadrunner Records (until April 2010)
|Associated acts||The Dresden Dolls, Evelyn Evelyn, 8in8, Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra|
Amanda MacKinnon Palmer (born April 30, 1976), sometimes known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is an American singer-songwriter 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 is the lead singer and songwriter of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra.
- 1 Life and career
- 2 Personal life
- 3 Awards and honors
- 4 Discography
- 5 Film
- 6 Bibliography
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Life and career
Palmer was born Amanda MacKinnon Palmer in New York City's Mount Sinai Hospital, and grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. Her parents divorced when she was one year old, and she rarely saw her father as a child.
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). Another early influence is Judy Blume, an author of children's books.
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 the Dresden Dolls' live shows. This evolved to The Dirty Business Brigade, a troupe of seasoned and new artists, performing at many gigs.
In 2002, after developing a cult following, the band recorded their eponymous debut album, The Dresden Dolls, with producer Martin Bisi (of Indie, Brooklyn, New York fame). They produced the album before signing with the label 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.
Dresden Dolls Reunions
The Dresden Dolls reunited for a tour in the United States in 2010, starting on Halloween in New York City and ending in San Francisco on New Year's Eve. They performed two shows in 2011, in Australia and Mexico, and seven shows, in Australia and New Zealand, in 2012. They performed shows in Kingston, New York, Boston, and Brooklyn in August 2016.
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.
In July 2007, Palmer played three sold-out shows (in Boston, Hoboken, and NYC) in a new "with band" format. Her backing band was Boston alternative rock group Aberdeen City, who also opened along with Dixie Dirt. In August 2007, Palmer 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.
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 late 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 Belfast, Northern Ireland when a car ran over her foot as she stepped out into a street. In April 2009, she played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
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.
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 ukulele accompaniment: Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele. She sometimes performs 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.
On November 9, 2012, 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".
Palmer spoke at the 2015 Hay Festival about the prospect of reconciling art and motherhood. The talk was recorded for the BBC Radio 4 series Four Thought and broadcast on June 21, 2015. Also in 2015, she served as a judge for The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards.
Duo with Jack Palmer
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 spoken out on feminist issues and 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.
On March 18, 2015, Palmer announced via her Twitter and Facebook profiles that she and her husband, Neil Gaiman, were expecting a child in September. Palmer gave birth to the couple's son, Anthony, on September 16, 2015.
Awards and honors
- 2012: Artist & Manager Awards - Pioneer Award
- 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.
- Songs from 1989–1995... (1996)
- Summer 1998 Five Song Demo (1997)
- Who Killed Amanda Palmer (2008) No. 77 US[when?]
- Theatre Is Evil (2012) No. 10 US - as of 12 September 2012[update]
- Jack & Amanda Palmer: You Got Me Singing (2016)
- Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (2011)
- Several Attempts to Cover Songs by The Velvet Underground & Lou Reed for Neil Gaiman as His Birthday Approaches (2012)
- An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer (2013)
- Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele (2010)
- Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff: Strung Out In Heaven (A David Bowie Tribute) (2016)
- Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley - Sketches For the Musical JIB (2016)
- "Leeds United" (2008)
- "Oasis" (February, 2009)
- "Do You Swear to Tell the Truth the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth So Help Your Black Ass" (April 6, 2010)
- "Idioteque" (Radiohead cover, June 10, 2010)
- "Map of Tasmania" (December 2010)
- "Polly" (Nirvana cover, from Newermind, 2011). Remixed and re-released February 2012.
- "Do It With a Rockstar" (June, 2012)
- "Institutionalized" (Suicidal Tendencies cover, from A Tribute to Repo Man, 2012)
- "Bigger On The Inside" (March 9, 2015)
- "The Things About Things" (March 9, 2015)
- "All I Could Do" (August, 2015) Amanda & Jack Palmer (Kimya Dawson cover)
- "So Much Wine" (August, 2015) Amanda & Jack Palmer (The Handsome Family cover)
- "A Mother's Confession" (February 25, 2016)
- "Machete" (March 9, 2016)
- "1952 Vincent Black Lightning" (May 3, 2016) Amanda & Jack Palmer (Richard Thompson cover)
- "Purple Rain" (May 31, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Jherek Bischoff (Prince cover)
- "Laura" (June 23, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean (Bat for Lashes cover)
- "On The Door" (September 2, 2016) Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean
- 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) (live album)
- The Dresden Dolls (2003, reissued 2004)
- Yes, Virginia... (2006)
- No, Virginia... (2008) (compilation)
- The Virginia Monologues (2015) (compiles Yes, Virginia... and No, Virginia...)
As part of Evelyn Evelyn
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- "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" (The Dresden Dolls with Franz Nicolay on All Aboard: A Tribute to Johnny Cash) (2008)
- "With the Needle That Sings in Her Heart" appearing as "The Ringmaster" (Lexington High School's Spring Production, 2009)
- "Black Versus White" (with Apoptygma Berzerk on Rocket Science) (2009)
- "3 Men Hanging" (Murder By Death cover) 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) Franz Nicolay with The Dresden Dolls 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" (The Postal Service cover), with Kim Boekbinder on Such Great Heights single (2011)
- "The First Time Ever I Saw Her Face" (with The Flaming Lips) (2012)
- "Magicfuturebox" (with Jherek Bischoff) by The Few Moments on The Few Moments) (2012)
- " First World Problems" (by Weird Al Yankovic on Mandatory Fun) (2014)
- "Before Too Long" (by Missy Higgins on Oz) (2014)
- "You and Him" (by John Grant) on Grey Tickles, Black Pressure) (2015)
- Palmer, Amanda (2006). The Dresden Dolls Companion. New York: 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: 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
- Von Buhler, Cynthia; Palmer, Amanda; Webley, Jason (2011). Evelyn Evelyn (illustrated ed.). Diamond Comic Distributors. p. 144. ISBN 978-1-59582-578-0.
- Palmer, Amanda (November 11, 2014). The Art of Asking: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help. New York: Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 1455581089.
- Spitznagel, Eric (October 9, 2012). "Amanda Palmer Is Comfortable Wearing Her Own Blood". MTV Hive. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
Question: You sometimes go by the full name Amanda "Fucking" Palmer.
Amanda: That’s right, yeah.
Question: Where'd the "fucking" come from? Did you give yourself that middle name, or was it given to you?
Amanda: A little of both. It happened while I was in Nashville, working on Who Killed Amanda Palmer with Ben (Folds, who produced the album). There was someone in Ben's life who was not particularly fond of me, and I guess she referred to me to Ben as "Amanda Fucking Palmer".
Question: Not meaning it as a compliment.
- Fawn Heun; The Battered Suitcase (June 1, 2009). Machel Spence, ed. "An Interview with Amanda Palmer". The Battered Suitcase Summer 2009. Vagabondage Press LLC. 2 (1): 46. ISBN 978-1-4524-6181-6. ISSN 1942-0846. Retrieved August 22, 2014.
Amanda (Fucking) Palmer is one of ...
- Amanda Palmer (April 25, 2013). "it was ben folds (yes, that ben folds) and the...". Amandapalmer.Tumblr.Com. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
it was ben folds (yes, that ben folds) and the magical joe costa who dubbed me AFP. ... apparently they heard a woman refer to me as "amanda fucking palmer" and it just stuck.
- Amanda Palmer (September 29, 2009). "new blog: why i am not afraid to take your money, by amanda fucking palmer". Amanda Palmer. Retrieved August 23, 2014.
- Amanda Palmer blog of April 6, 2010, titled "FREE AT LAST, FREE AT LAST (Dear Roadrunner Records…)"
- Born as Amanda MacKinnon Palmer, with "Gaiman" added on the occasion of her marriage to Neil Gaiman."Wedding: Palmer — Gaiman", Lexington Minuteman, January 14, 2011
- Chris Arnold (January 17, 2007). "Band Tries to Make It Big Without Going Broke". All Things Considered. National Public Radio. 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.
- Boilen, Bob (July 18, 2016). "All Songs +1: Amanda Palmer And Her Dad Discover Each Other In Song". NPR. Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- Shanahan, Mark; Goldstein, Meredith (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
- Alison Flood (July 5, 2014). "Judy Blume: 'I thought, this is America: we don't ban books. But then we did'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved July 13, 2014.
The musician Amanda Palmer has even written a song about Blume: "You told me things that nobody around me would tell ... I don't remember my friends from gymnastics class, / But I remember when Deenie was at the school ... Margaret, bored, counting hats in the synagogue ... All of them lived in my head, quietly whispering: / "You are not so strange." (Blume loves it: "She's sitting at the keyboard in her bustier and garter and she's singing this song, it's so beautiful.") Palmer says she'd struggled for years to name her "influences", when asked by journalists, "and then it hit me: I totally forgot about Judy Blume. As I traced myself back, I realised that she'd opened up all these emotional doors and windows that started off locked, and I'd taken it totally for granted. It was such a eureka moment that I had to write her a song. And thanks to Twitter, she heard it. I cry pretty much every time I play it."
- Chernov, Sergey (August 4, 2009), "Controversial Musician Prepares for Local Debut", St. Petersburg Times
- "Dirty Business Brigade website". Thedirtybusinessbrigade.net. Archived from the original on July 4, 2008.
- Amanda Palmer (September 10, 2011). "Brigade Faq". Theshadowbox.net. Retrieved August 19, 2013.
Q: What is the Dresden Dolls Brigade? A: The Dresden Dolls Brigade is our name for an ever-changing collection of performance artists who are an integral part of our live shows. Theater groups, visual artists, dancers, and all other sorts of off-kilter performing artists are invited to create living theater and art at the various rock clubs and theaters the band inhabits, night after night, around the world. These acts may take place in or outside of the club and may be static or roving. Some acts may take place on stage (either in place of or in addition to the traditional 'opening local band') and on rare occasions may be incorporated into the band's set itself. Our aim is to make the experience for our audience more fun, authentic, interactive, and surreal. We seek out and encourage the expression of non-traditional arts, hoping the crowd goes home with the feeling of being immersed in a unique atmosphere....walking away feeling like they were a part of our show – not just watching one. We hope our audience will take away with them with a sense of awe and wonder, and the knowledge of artistic possibilities. Most importantly, it's a wonderful way to give a stage to a local performance artist who might otherwise have no venue in which to showcase his or her unconventional talents.
- 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 website". 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 (New York ed.). The New York Times Company. pp. B1, B5. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Archived from the original on May 8, 2013. 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
- 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.
- "The Onion Cellar". americanrepertorytheater.org. American Repertory Theatre. Archived from the original on August 26, 2014. 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.
- "Cabaret". americanrepertorytheater.org. American Repertory Theatre. Archived from the original on February 26, 2014. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
- Amanda Palmer (September 7, 2010). "THE DRESDEN DOLLS HALLOWEEN 10th ANNIVERSARY & FALL TOUR". Retrieved September 7, 2010.
- "Dresden Dolls Gigography". Retrieved August 30, 2016.
- "Jason Webley Events". Jasonwebley.com. July 9, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- 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 27, 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). "Who Killed Amanda Palmer". The Dresden Dolls Diary. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved May 10, 2008.
- "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.
- 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.
- "Amanda Palmer: broken foot explanation". Retrieved November 7, 2008.
- Ratliff, Ben (April 21, 2009). "Festival Rocks in Two Time Zones: The Real and the Virtual". The New York Times. p. B1. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on October 6, 2015. Retrieved April 25, 2009.
For some reason crowd-surfing was especially viral this year. On Friday Matt Shultz of Cage the Elephant, a young Kentucky rock band just back from a quick coronation in the English press, made it all the way out to the back of the crowd, aloft on his hands. It was a spectacle that lost its novelty over the weekend, as seen in subsequent sets by Thievery Corporation, Amanda Palmer, Public Enemy (Flavor Flav did it three times) and Pink Eyes, from the Toronto punk band with an unprintable name, which played one of the weekend's most committed sets.
- 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 November 19, 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 (New York ed.). The New York Times Company. p. 9. ISSN 0362-4331. OCLC 1645522. Retrieved November 17, 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.
- Una Mullally (July 19, 2013). "Singer proves a hit with Dublin street show". The Irish Times. Retrieved August 12, 2013.
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Around the corner, at the bandshell in Damrosch Park, you can catch Amanda Palmer & the Grand Theft Orchestra,...
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On the final weekend of Lincoln Center’s "Out Of Doors" Summer concert series, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra brought their "punk cabaret" for a free show in a public park ...
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- and….IT’S HAPPENING. I’M USING PATREON. please support me if you can.
- BIGGER ON THE INSIDE - the first Thing is HERE.
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I figured out that I was bisexual when I was a teenager.
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Charging the barricades alongside Criado-Perez are ... , ... , and the irrepressible Amanda Fucking Palmer, the US performer who hit back at the Daily Mail this month after it drew attention to the fact her breast was revealed at her Glastonbury set. Palmer hit back, writing an open letter to the newspaper in 3/4 time and performing it nude on stage at London's Roundhouse. A recording has gone viral on YouTube. She told the Observer: "Seeing the media cross-fire after the song went up on YouTube was fascinating, it was like I'd created an inadvertent rallying cry against the Daily Mail. Tabloid culture and their 'she's-too-fat-she's-too-thin' commentary is something I think we just get used to and stop noticing, like basic air or noise pollution."The worst part of it is how it cements the fear that young girls are already battling, that the world is just waiting to judge you, your clothes, your weight, your looks. It baffles me that the vast majority of comments on some of my YouTube videos that have over a million hits are about the existence of my armpit hair, not the music, not the actual artistic content. And it's 2013. I thought this was supposed to be the future. What happened?"
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BEST TWITTER FEED @AmandaPalmer When we nominated AMANDA PALMER for "Best Twitter Feed," nobody asked us the obvious question: "Which one?" She's on the Twitterz so much that she's now got at least two. But the mothership, @AmandaPalmer, is the half-million-follower-strong engine of her virality and vitality. From it, YouTube uke covers of Rebecca Black songs go platinum; kickstarter campaigns sell out; impromptu Australian streetcorner busks turn into flash mobs; Friday night boredom turns into hashtag-driven e-commerce success stories, and, occasionally, lyrics for new songs are crowdsourced. Twenty tweets is a slow day for Ms. Palmer, who has never met an at-reply she couldn't respond to with a gentle quip, a lick of encouragement, or an all-caps gasp of amazement. Unless you're dumb enough to put her famous husband on a list of unsexy celebrities – in which case (trust us), look out. https://twitter.com/amandapalmer
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Actress in a local production Amanda Palmer in Cabaret at the American Repertory Theater An alumna of Lexington High School and the local experimental rock scene, Amanda Palmer hit a high note with her 2010 turn as the Emcee in the Steven Bogart–directed production of Cabaret at the A.R.T. "There was much more of an improvisational playground for the Emcee," says Palmer, on why she chose to play the glowering, androgynous role. Her creative genius (and social media prowess—she has over 500,000 Twitter followers) has earned her a worldwide following as a street performer, Dresden Doll, solo artist and now as a risk-taking stage actress.
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Who: Amanda Palmer Birthplace: Lexington, Mass. Sound: Cabaret punk Palmer – one-half of Boston's Brechtian punk cabaret duo the Dresden Dolls – ain't no damsel in distress. The former street artist chokeholds her demons, teetering between sinister screeches and whimsical whispers of alcohol, self-mutilation and sexual exploration, while discordantly pummeling the piano – stocking-clad legs akimbo – in a sultry, sinful self-deprecation exorcism.
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Dresden Dolls lead singer Amanda Palmer, quite literally, has a rockstar wardrobe.
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Amanda Palmer – The pianist and singer of Brechtian Boston duo Dresden Dolls mashes up punk rock and cabaret, sings about transsexuals and explores the elaborate deceptions that alcoholics commit daily.
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Rounding out the top 10 is the seventh and final new arrival to the region: Amanda Palmer's Theatre Is Evil, debuting at No. 10 with 24,000. Of the set's first week, 93% of its sales came from digital downloads or via Internet retailers. That huge share isn't surprising: Much of those sales are owed to a Kickstarter campaign mounted by Palmer to fund the making of the album.
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About a year ago Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley received Myspace messages from the most unusual profile either of them had ever seen – conjoined twin sisters, both named Evelyn. Intrigued and charmed, they began corresponding with the twins hoping to lure them into the studio. The result is an EP that sounds like something the Andrews Sisters might have recorded if they had grown up in the circus listening to new wave music.
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