Weekend Music: Astronaut - Amanda Palmer



Amanda Palmer is simply brilliant. She's one-half of the equally brilliant Dresden Dolls, but she's outdone herself on her debut solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer. The David Lynch/Twin Peaks-inspired title carries through in a bizarre and enthralling series of eight interconnected music videos Palmer has created with filmmaker Michael Pope. I cannot stop watching or listening to these songs, and "Astronaut" is one of the most thrilling songs I've heard in years. Check out her website and her YouTube channel to see all of the Who Killed Amanda Palmer clips (which are eerily subtitled "videos from a woman now deceased"). I'm always looking for a new muse, and Amanda is definitely working her mojo/hoodoo on me. Let's rock...

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jackie said…
amanda is pure genius. i love her eclecticism, how you don't know what to expect from her next. not necessarily musically -- she stays pretty true to her punk cabaret keyboardings -- but in terms of focus. and her live shows are, without exception, the best i've seen. she is confident enough to collaborate with other world-class artists and is always eager to share newly discovered talent with her fans. i saw her at webster hall last week -- a show that started at 6:30 pm (!!) and went almost until midnight with not a single dull moment. the danger ensemble from australia performed with her brilliantly (performance artists extraordinaire) and one of her opening bands, the butchers and the builders, was straight-out rocking incredible. i still love seeing her perform with brian viglione, but this last show of hers was the best i've ever seen, and my first time seeing her "solo".
Lisa Allender said…
Love the edg-y music. And how 'bout those Sherilyn Fenn eyebrows and wavy dark hair??It feels like she's channeling that actress'look (from Twin Peaks)
I think if she were blond, she'd look very Jean Harlow.
Radish King said…
I've been listening to this cd straight since it came out. She is such a physical musician which I love because I am a physical musician as well, moving into and with the instrument I mean. Many musicians just sit at the piano. Other thoughts. I want to get my hair bobbed like hers :)
christine said…
Thanks for sharing this music, Collin. Keeps me young! Her performance is fantastic. It's a contemporary rock opera, the way it's filmed. I will definitely check out the other songs, an will listen again to capture more of the story.
Anonymous said…
Goddamn I love her. This has been on my ipod since it was released in September. Really really want to see her live.

GAV

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