As many of us hoped, Amanda Palmer and Jherek Bischoff have joined forces once more for this lovely string quartet cover of “Purple Rain” (with the spoken word intro from “Let’s Go Crazy”). Their Prince tribute is available via Bandcamp and benefits Prince and Sheila E’s The Elevate Hope Foundation.
Amanda Palmer’s new song, “Machete,” is her masterpiece. Written during the time Amanda grieved for her best friend and gave birth to his namesake, “Machete” is intensely emotional in both lyrics and sound. The song forms the perfect bridge between The Dresden Dolls punk cabaret, as well as Amanda’s glam-rock solo releases, and her recent gorgeously string-accented Bowie tribute. Her Bowie cohort, Jherek Bischoff, also lends his talents to “Machete.” Amanda posted a lengthy, deeply personal essay about the creation of the song and the circumstances surrounding it along with photos and lyrics at her website. You can stream and/or download the free, legal mp3 below…
Amanda Palmer just released her new song, “A Mother Confession.” You can read the lyrics and gloriously long footnotes on her website. Download the name your price (including free) mp3 of this almost eleven-minute epic at Bandcamp.
Amanda Palmer’s live, annual #ninjaTED show in Vancouver tonight will be webcast for free – with a preshow email registration at this link. The show will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and feature a long list of surprises and special guests, including Rhiannon Giddens, Jill Sobule, Jason Webley and Amanda’s recent Bowie tribute collaborator, Jherek Bischoff (so here’s hoping for some Bowie tunes). The show starts at 10:30pm EST (7:30pm PT).