Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel have announced the release of their eagerly anticipated new album.
AMANDA PALMER & EDWARD KA-SPEL TOUR 2017 MAY
17 – Boston, MA – Middle East
AMANDA PALMER & EDWARD KA-SPEL
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Shahla’s Missing Page
3. The Shock of Kontakt
4. Beyond The Beach
5. The Clock at the Back of the Cage
6. The Changing Room
7. The Jack of Hands
8. Prithee: Liquidation Day
9. Rainbow’s End
10. The Sun Still Shines *
11. Subway *
Last night, Violent Femmes performed at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island during their brand-new co-headline tour with Echo & The Bunnymen. During “Kiss Off,” a standout track from their legendary self-titled debut album, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) joined the band onstage as a guest vocalist. A clip of that performance, which Palmer streamed on Facebook Live, can be found HERE.
In addition to recently kicking off this unparalleled co-headline tour, Violent Femmes recently released their groundbreaking new live album 2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA, which sees the band reinventing their own extraordinary canon with all-new live performances, including rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests, and random improvisations. The album was recorded last year as the band visited public radio stations and music media outlets across the country in support of their acclaimed ninth studio album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING. Always eager to push their sound forward, the Milwaukee-based combo brought with them a pair of Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina microphones, specialized bluegrass mics that allowed Gordon Gano (voice and guitar/banjo/fiddle) and Brian Ritchie (acoustic bass guitar and vocal) to play and record in close proximity. Percussionist John Sparrow’s innovative use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument enabled Violent Femmes to stand close together around the two mics and play in perfect balance, the metallic tones meshing with Ritchie’s acoustic bass and Gano’s strummed guitar.
VIOLENT FEMMES TOUR DATES
14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
15 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
18 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
19 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Outdoor Stage
21 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
22 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
25 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC
26 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
29 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
30 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
1 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
2 – Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre
3 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
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AMANDA PALMER RECORDS AND RELEASES INSTANT SINGLE
TO SUPPORT HURRICAN RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO
WRITTEN AND RECORDED EARLIER THIS WEEK IN BOSTON
ALL DIGITAL PROCEEDS FROM PATREON-SUPPORTED TRACK
TO BENEFIT MARIAFUND.ORG
“SMALL HANDS, SMALL HEART” AVAILABLE NOW
Amanda Palmer has unveiled a new song recorded earlier this week to support immediate relief efforts following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
All digital proceeds earned from “Small Hands, Small Heart” over the next month will benefit the
Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund. One hundred percent of all funds raised will be
used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding for the
communities in Puerto Rico hit hardest by the storm.
To contribute, please visit mariafund.org.
“Small Hands, Small Heart” was both written and recorded in Boston over three days earlier this week, supported by Palmer’s more than 11 thousand followers on Patreon. Inspired by an especially active Patreon thread, the single was produced at Somerville, MA’s Q Division by longtime collaborator Sean Slade and lead engineered by James Bridges. “Small Hands, Small Heart” features
exclusive artwork by Palmer comprising an arrangement of objects that includes an original work
by sculptor Lee Barron as well as a copy of the groundbreaking early-20th Century
African-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender.
“Given the horror in the news, and given that everybody keeps asking where the artistic revolution is, I don’t feel like I want to mince words anymore, or wait 18 months to put out a ‘politically charged’ album,” says Palmer. “Fuck that: I’m trying to respond in realtime, making songs about now for the people now, and using my patrons comments and personal despairs as song-fodder. This is also the first time I’ve ever used the word ‘dick’ in a song, and I’m pretty proud of that. The fake news media is always free to ask me anything about this insane and beautiful process: I’m just a call away on my fake artist telephone.”
For complete details, please visit amandapalmer.net/smallhandssmallheart.
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AMANDA PALMER – WITH THE HELP OF HUNDREDS OF FANS –
PENS AND RECORDS SONG IN HARVEY AFTERMATH
“DROWNING IN THE SOUND” AVAILABLE NOW
TWO-DAY SONGWRITING AND RECORDING SESSION TO BENEFIT TEXAS DIAPER BANK
Amanda Palmer has released a new song, “Drowning in the Sound,” written as a two-day songwriting exercise on August 29th and 30th, 2017, using input, inspiration and comments from over 600 patrons. “The song wound up being a response to the insanity of internet politics melded with the recent total eclipse and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey…and y’know…other stuff,” Palmer said.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the download of this song until September 30th will support the Texas Diaper Bank to help victims of Hurricane Harvey across Texas.
“Drowned in the Sound” credits:
Music, Lyrics, Piano, Vocals: Amanda Palmer
Engineer: Eli Winograd at Lone Pine Studio in Kingston, NY
Special thanks to Ben Folds for texting with me before his show in Little Rock, AR,
and making me change one rhythm and cut two useless repetitions before the first chorus
For more information, please visit:
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“MOTHER DO YOU THINK THEY’LL DROP THE BOMB”AMANDA PALMER RETURNS TO THE WORLD STAGE WITH PROVOCATIVEANTI-TRUMP VIDEO, “MOTHER,” SHOT WITH FEMALE-LED CAST & CREW7″ Single Out November 15 via amandapalmer.netWorld-Wide FREE Webcast from London’s UNION CHAPEL7:15pm GMT TOmorrow Nov 16 via amandapalmer.netTwo years after the birth of her son, Amanda Palmer returns to form with her first high-production video since her Kickstarter-record-smashing album Theatre is Evil was released in 2012. Scripted and conceived by Palmer and independently crowdfunded by her 11,000 subscribers on patreon.com, Palmer’s new song is a daring piece of art which is, in her words, “dedicated to the current administration.”Shooting on location in upstate New York at the iconic sculpture park, Opus 40, Palmer collaborated with a female director (Jordan Rathus) and choreographer (Coco Karol), in addition to an all-female string quartet and two of her fellow mother-musicians (Zoë Keating and Melissa Auf der Maur, ex-bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins).In a reversal of the traditional process, Palmer’s idea for the video inspired the recording for the song, and she tapped long-time friend/composer Jherek Bischoff (Strung Out in Heaven, Purple Rain) to join her vision and supply a bittersweet and poignant string quartet arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Mother. Zoë Keating stood in for David Gilmour’s searing guitar solo on cello.Amanda explains: “The lyrics to ‘Mother‘ haunted me during the inauguration. There’s a surge in female power right now: Trump and co. can prattle on about how they’re going to build a big, beautiful wall, but the mothers of this nation have a different agenda. We don’t want our children to grow up in a world of fear, separation, and scarcity.I’ve made over a dozen big-production videos with massive casts and crews, but I’ve never felt this way on a set before. Ever since having a baby I’ve been continuing to work on producing content, and I often bring my baby to recording studios and video sets where it is cheerfully tolerated. But this time it wasn’t just tolerated, it was celebrated.Everybody on the set – from the film crew to the dancers – stood by the spirit of the script. All of the children cast are children of friends of mine. Chris Wells, who plays “The President”, is an openly gay actor and peace activist and it meant a lot to me to be able to cast him in this role.”Wells is involved in the video’s shocking final moments, of which Palmer says: “That finale-scene could not have happened if it weren’t for our deep respect for one another; I couldn’t have done it with just any actor and it took a massive amount of trust. Melissa Auf der Maur and Zoë Keating have both been my guiding lights as fellow mothers and musicians. This video is as much an homage to them as it is a statement about the current administration.”Amanda is set to release Mother as the physical b-side to the 7″ vinyl pressing of In Harm’s Way, the original song which Palmer penned and produced in response to the world’s growing refugee crisis, and which premiered last month on NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR shared the powerful and stark video for In Harm’s Way, shot on location in Tarragona, Spain. The video, which echoes the now infamously painful photograph of 3-year old refugee Aylan Kurdi, features volunteer performers from across Europe and was directed by Spanish performance artist/provocateur Abel Azcona. The 7″ vinyl single will be sold exclusively via amandapalmer.net on Novemb er 15.10% of the profits of the physical single will go to the charity Because We Carry, a charity close to Amanda’s heart after spending time on Lesvos in 2017, where she witnessed the impact their work had on refugees arriving on the island daily.
Please watch the video forIn Harm’s Way here:Amanda is performing a one-off show at London’s Union Chapel on November 16 with a grand piano, a local string quartet, and special guest arranger/conductor Jherek Bischoff. Tickets are sold out, but the show will be webcast live, for free, online from amandapalmer.net. There will be a limited amount of copies of the 7″ single for sale at this show.To donate or for more information on Because We Carry please visit: http://www.becausewecar
ry.org/en/# # #Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, filmmaker, and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She first came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global recognition for their wide-ranging theatricality and inventive songcraft. Her solo career has taken her to new heights, including such groundbreaking works as the fan-funded THEATRE IS EVIL, which made a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its 2012 release and remains the top-funded original music project on Kickstarter. In 2013 she presented “The Art of Asking” at the annual TED conference, which has since been viewed over 10 million times worldwide. The following year saw Palmer expand her philosophy into the New York Times best seller The Art of Asking: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Let People Help, which is now in its 5th English-language printing.# # #