Some people don’t like surprises – they prefer things predictable, just so. But what would life be without surprises? I was surprised, for instance, when my good friend Ajax recited the closing lines of The Great Gatsby, at 4 AM, after a vat of cocktails (sours, rickeys, alexanders, the lot).
Eclectic and amazing genre smashers This Way To the Egress have already announced their new album, their sixth, Retrospectiva! on Halloween 2020. The band has teamed up with Ghost Cult today to share their new single “Gravedigger”, lovely bop and mediation on the apocalyptic end-times vibe of 2020, or really the last few years in the world. The band will certainly draw comparisons musical chameleons and misfits from Art rock, Cabaret Punks, and World Music. However, its’s on repeat listens the band’s idiosyncratic special sauce is revealed, a synapse shattering portend of their expanding sound and potential for greatness. The rising band from Pennsylvania has already appeared at festivals alongside major names like M.I.A., Cypress Hill & The Specials and shared stages with Squirrel Nut Zippers, World/Inferno Friendship Society, Aurelio Voltaire, Red Elvises, and The Dresden Dolls, including being Amanda Palmer’s backing band at her New Year’s Eve Bash. The new album was recorded and produced by Dan Shatzky at his NYC Vibromonk studio, a mecha for the NYC gypsy/klezmer-punk scene with credits including Gogol Bordello, Balkan Beat Box, and Firewater. Hang on to someone you love for dear life, and jam out to “Gravedigger” right now!
Musician artist and activist Amanda Palmer has shared a podcast interview with Lingua Ignota. The episode is a teaser of Amanda’s forthcoming podcast series, launching sometime this fall. Palmer highlights the music of Lingua Ignota, a.k.a. Kristin Hayter and discusses how she became a fan, and then interviews the artist where they connected on many subjects. They chatted when Kristin opened for AFP at South By Southwest this past spring. Her new album Caligula released on July 19th via Profound Lore Records. Palmer’s own new album There Will Be No Intermission (Cooking Vinyl) released on March 8th, International Women’s Day. Continue reading
Amanda Palmer has released her new album today, an introspective masterpiece mostly with just her voice and piano. There Will Be No Intermission is out now via 8 Ft. Records/Cooking Vinyl. You can watch the video for ‘Voicemail for Jill’, directed by filmmaker Amber Sealey. Palmer has an in-store appearance and special performance this Sunday at Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn and kicks off a full US tour in a few weeks. Continue reading
Prolific punk cabaret artist and activist Amanda Palmer released a new song, a duet with Jazz/folk artist Jasmine Power, ‘Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now’. The track takes a direct swing at Harvey Weinstein, and really all abusers and predators come to light during the #MeToo movement. They are backed on the track by Sketch & Dodds on piano and by Earl Maneein and Jennifer Devore of SevenSuns. 100% of the proceeds go directly to Time Is Up. Continue reading
The music world is still reeling from the sudden death of The Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan at age 46 on January 15th. Tributes have poured in from bands and fans near and far to the iconic 1990’s vocalist and her band. Now cabaret punk Amanda Palmer and her occasional co-conspirator Jhereck Bischoff have released Quartet for Dolores, a charity single. The release dropped via Bandcamp and includes the classics ‘No Need To Argue’ and ‘Zombie’. All proceeds from the purchases go to Chernobyl Children International, a charity Dolores ardently supported. Continue reading
Amanda Palmer has released a charity single, crowdsourced from her Patreon supporters, dubbed ‘Drowning In Sound’. According to a message from Palmer, 100% of the profits will go to the Texas Diaper Bank (http://www.texasdiaperbank.org), who are helping all affected areas in the Harvey aftermath, not just in Houston.Continue reading
Infamous rock legends The Dresden Dolls are reuniting for less than a handful of shows including this Halloween at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, and three shows in their hometown of Boston in early November. The Boston shows will celebrate the 14th anniversary of the bands’ debut album, and 40th anniversary of the historic Paradise Rock Club, where the band has performed many times and filmed a DVD in the past. The band have played together on and off for several years after formally reuniting some years back. Continue reading
Amanda Palmer, in a message to her followers announced the details of her highly-anticipated new album, dropping later this week. Co-written with Palmer’s hero Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots, I Can Spin A Rainbow will be self-released to her Patreon audience on February 21st and to the rest of the world on February 24th. This is the first new full-length album from Palmer since 2012’s Theater Is Evil. Continue reading