karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
Everyone who doesn't get my fascination with Amanda Palmer and her music should read this article by Neil Gaiman. He puts it more eloquently than I ever could (duh, being a fab writer and all) and I guess knowing the person rather than the persona of AFP helps (although I don't think she's hiding much).
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
The Dresden Dolls (AFP on piano, Brian Viglione on drums, nothing else) just covered Black Sabbath's War Pigs. I'm still struggling to pick my jaw off the floor. That has shot straight into my Top 3 of the most awesome covers of all time. Holy shit...
OK, thinking about it, it is relatively simply structured and the guitar riffs are short bursts so yeah, that works.

Now, another attempt to go to sleep.
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
Remember that teen piano wizard AFP randomly met in the street and took home so he could show her his music on her piano?
She's helping him record an album, funding it via Kickstarter (already funded, within a few hours) and eventually publish it via Bandcamp (and possibly itunes and other distribution channels later).

This pleases me greatly. :D

This is going to be the way music will be produced across the board in the future and what traditional big labels should be afraid of, not piracy. :o)
karohemd: by sogoth.livejournal.com (Music)
I was utterly exhausted last night, didn't even cook and was just able to move enough to use the remote and switch DVDs (sorry, [livejournal.com profile] ebb!). By midnight, I couldn't even concentrate on Babylon 5 anymore (The Coming of Shadows is indeed a fine episode and as things go on I can see the appeal and it saddens me that my watching was interrupted my moving to the UK, missing a whole season) Anyway, midnight rolled along and I went to bed and ... couldn't sleep. So I got up again after a while, switched the laptop.

Amanda Palmer twittered the following:

- just passed a group of berklee summer music students on mass ave & got accosted. one of them is named Tristan and is an aspiring......pianist and songwriter. he asked if I would listen to his songs if he could wrangle a practice room. i said yes and we went inside......but berklee closed the practice rooms for the day. so I'm taking him and his two school friends from Mexico to my house. I have a piano.
- HOLY SHIT HE'S AMAZING. HOLY SHIT
- here;s tristan at the piano. i think we maybe have to webcast this shit http://twitpic.com/2eg9d2


And she did and he was indeed amazing. He played one of his own compositions, then a four handed duet with Amanda, then some random bits , another duet in which he played a toy piano better than Amanda played the real one and a final improvised four handed duet with Amanda. It was fantastic. This shy, quiet guy - the complete opposite personality wise to AFP - turned into this wizard on the piano, playing all kinds of wonderful music.

He has a myspace but he isn't happy with it. Still, it should give you a rough idea of his music.

Archived webcast:


I love the future of communication we live in. This isn't even high tech, it's webcast from a Macbook using a free webcast/streaming service everyone can access.

Now to see if I can rescue this wasted Saturday (I did go to sleep a bit after three and finally got up just after 2), still exhausted so I'm going to attempt another early night tonight.
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Evelyn Evelyn is a new acit discovered and produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley. Their manager, Sxip Shirey, was unfortunately unable to attend due to volcanic activity so his role of compere was taken over by Adrian Stout of the Tiger Lillies for the evening.

The evening consisted of four segments:
- Bitter Ruin as support act, again filling in for Sxip Shirey. Only a duo, vocals and (Flamenco) acoustic guitar but very powerful music and lyrics and and utter joy to watch and listen to.
- Evelyn Evelyn performing a mix of their own songs and two covers. They play the piano, accordion, guitar, kazoo and ukulele with astounding proficiency and their chemistry is apparent. They also dabble in divination.
- Jason Webley solo. He is a street performer through and through and a mad wizard on stage. His recording do not do him justice, you have to see him live to believe it. For those interested, he said he's planning a UK tour in the autumn.
- Amanda Palmer solo, performing a mix of songs from her solo album and Dresden Dolls back catalogue as well as duets with Jason Webley and Georgia of Bitter Ruin.
- Grand Finale with everyone on stage, including Neil Gaiman on tambourine and a few lucky fans.

The light wasn't too bad, just a little too much red (even more so on the Saturday). As I was sitting, I didn't have the freedom to move around so they are a bit static and microphones and other gear are in the way quite often. Still, I think I got some reasonable results.

  
 
  

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The light wasn't too bad, just a little too much red (even more so on the Saturday). Obviously, I didn't have the freedom to move around so they are a bit static and microphones and other gear are in the way quite often.

  
 
  

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
After hearing "Chicken Man", I really want AFP to collaborate with the Tiger Lillies (who she knows and has covered). She mentioned it was a possibility provided time and space allow when I asked her in a Q&A on twitter last year. :o)
The album is a mix of carnival style songs in a perfect fusion (ETA: pun so not intended! Honest!) of AFP and Jason Webley's styles and the spoken word story of the twins (with background noises and dialogue).
Upcoming tour in April, there are still tickets available for the added gig at Koko on the 22nd but the Bush Hall tickets (Fri, Sat, Sun) are sold out - I'm going on Friday and Saturday.

Details on the EvelynEvelyn project

Yay

20 Mar 2010 06:40 pm
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
Amanda Palmer live in Poland, right now (audio stream only)
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
Amanda Palmer will be back in London (Bush Hall) in April: 23/24/25th.
Tickets go on sale this Friday. Anyone?
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
The We Killed Amanda Palmer site included my "how the WKAP book killed me" collage.
This is all kinds of awesome. :o)

Oooooh!

27 Sep 2009 02:00 am
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
The We Killed Amanda Palmer site included my "how the WKAP book killed me" collage.
*dances*
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
After sleeping in and getting ready, I managed to get the train I wanted and met up with [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch at Charing Cross station. We took the train to Lewisham and wandered up to the nice flat she's sharing with [livejournal.com profile] colonel_maxim. After dropping my bags and chatting a bit, we headed back into London, completely forgetting to check if there was any chaos on the Underground, which there was as we found out when we arrived at Victoria (neither Victoria nor Circle line were running). So several changes and the last bit by bus later, we arrived at the Union Chapel where there was already a huge queue so we decided to skip dinner.
We jumped the queue half way through as we spotted [livejournal.com profile] queenortart and [livejournal.com profile] fractalgeek. There was some random entertainment by a pianomobile (a real piano on a bicycle contraption that actually moved, AFP later said "I met this guy in Edinburgh where his piano was parked outside a bike shop) and the queue started moving soon.

The Union Chapel really is a beautiful venue (and an actual, working church). The floor with the pews is sloping downwards so even when sitting further back you have a good view of the stage. I'd wanted to buy a DVD but they didn't have any [left] (should have bought one during the webcast...), just a few t-shirts (No #LOFNOTC ones, either) and a poster (the crowd surfing one).

Support came from Polly Scattergood who wasn't bad at all but her voice was a bit flimsy for my taste. I kept thinking Lady Gaga, which Polly doesn't deserve.

After a very short break, someone (I forgot the name, but most likely Patrick Wolf) played a few rather marvellous sections on the chapel's organ which was great.

Then AFP took the stage, just stood there and then, without amplification and a capella, sang The Wind That Shakes the Barley. All I can say is Wow...
Then she took off her marvellous Kambriel coat to reveal a black/white striped dress, sat down on her Kurtweil piano and launched right into Astronaut. There was the usual mix of songs from WKAP, from the DD back catalogue and some awesome covers, interspersed with the usual rambling, Neil Freaking Gaiman appearing on stage to do a "hymn" (apparently, Derek and Clive's, Jump, it's on youtube already, this might get pulled soon because of NSFW language), two lots of "Ask Amanda" (questions from the audience you could drop in a box at the merch stall) and auctioning a painting that was being created live on stage during the show (started last night).
My favourite cover was a Tiger Lillies song from "Shockheaded Peter". I'm hoping they'll end up doing something together because I think it would work well. That said, the Tori Amos cover (Me and a Gun) was impressive as well.

It was a really really good gig, at an awesome venue with a fantastic audience. I don't think I've been to a gig where everybody was quiet and just listened during the songs, nobody was talking (which always annoys me immensly) and (at least around me or that I could hear) nobody was singing along, not even during the fun songs. That was a huge bonus.
On our way out I had to go back in because I'd left my camera pouch behind and when I returned [livejournal.com profile] bethofalltrades was randomly chatting to the others. Too bad she had to run off or I'd have asked her about her Diana...

I had originally planned on staying for getting my book signed but [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch and I were really hungry so stopped over at a South American place for much needed calories on our walk back to Angel. We made the tube to London Bridge and the train to Lewisham and decided to end the night with some crap TV and boy was it crap. Until Death with JC vanDamme was on FX, a film that didn't even match its synopsis on the TV Guide. I'll spare you the details.

First I slept really well on my air mattress but from about 7:30, I was constantly disturbed by the sound of the nearby trains so eventually decided to get up when [livejournal.com profile] ginasketch got up. We watched a few episodes of Attenborough's Life of Birds on Eden and then I made my way back with perfect timing this time (got a train just as I arrived at Lewisham station, made it onto the 12:15 from King's Cross and when I got out of Cambs station, the Citi 1 bus was there, too).

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Default)
Amanda Palmer requested photos of people who had bought the book of photos of her dead self so I made these.
The book is great and has a variety of photos from Kyle Cassidy, Beth Hommel and a number of other photographers as well as lyrics from AFP's solo album of the same name and a few short stories by Neil Gaiman accompanying those photos.
It's a lovely book, go and buy it.
It also combines three of my favourite artists so I'm very happy indeed.

 
 

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
Amanda Palmer requested photos of people who had bought the book of photos of her dead self so I made these.
The book is great and has a variety of photos from [livejournal.com profile] kylecassidy, [livejournal.com profile] bethofalltrades and a number of other photographers as well as lyrics from AFP's solo album of the same name and a few short stories by Neil Gaiman accompanying those photos.
It's a lovely book, go and buy it.
It also combines three of my favourite artists so I'm very happy indeed.

 
 

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karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (AFP)
Page with YouTube links from the event in Dublin, Neil reads from the WKAP book. Neil said on his blog that he hadn't expected 500+ people. I was suprised that it was only 500...

A more complete post is here.

OMG

22 Feb 2009 12:11 am
karohemd: by LJ user gothindulgence (Nudge nudge)
Obviously, I had to check my emails and AFP sent me (and everybody else who signed up for the London mailing list) a nude photo of herself. :o)

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