So here I am stuck at home on a snow day once again while New England gets walloped with even more snow that we have nowhere to put! While a snow day might seem like a godsend, there's no such thing as a free ride, and I'll be cursing it come June when I have to make it up.
To drive back the indoor wintertime blues, I'm listening to the latest solo recording from Amanda Palmer, who's also half of the Dresden Dolls, and more recently half of Evelyn Evelyn. The album, Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, was completely written and recorded in Australia and New Zealand (hence the album's title), with some tracks coming from the studio, and others from live shows.
If you haven't heard Amanda Palmer (or her many projects) before, she's entertaining as hell. She reminds me a lot of Nellie McKay: her music has got a light, playful romp about it, much of it on piano, with a cutting whit and sharp zig-zags that will leave you wondering what could possibly come out of her mouth next. Put it this way: not many artists can sing a song named Vegemite (the Black Death) and pull it off!
Honestly, the album's full of some gems, and in some ways it reminds me of the Ben Folds Five album Naked Baby Photos in its levity. (Incidentally, Palmer has worked with Folds a bit) If you haven't seen it yet, another great track from the album has been featured in a rather scandalously revealing video!
Musically the album works, and humor-wise it strikes just the right chord. Check out a selection of Palmer tracks below, and then get the album, which you can purchase for the ridiculous price of .69 cents digitally from her website!
Amanda Palmer - The Ship Song (Nick Cave cover) : Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under
Amanda Palmer - Creep (Radiohead cover, hungover At Soundcheck In Berlin) : Amanda Palmer Plays...
Evelyn Evelyn - My Space : Evelyn Evelyn
The Dresden Dolls - Pretty In Pink (Psychedelic Furs cover) : High School Reunion - a tribute to those great 80's films!