Allison Crowe’s definitive Leonard Cohen cover, “Hallelujah,” and her haunting choral rendition of Cohen’s “Famous Blue Raincoat” are featured on the Muruch.com Presents Allison Crowe album.
Is there an electro-comedy genre? If not, Amanda Palmer & Brendan MacLean just invented it. Their new song about concert guestlists, “On the Door,” weaves an electro-dance chorus with comedic answering machine messages from various celebrities including Neil Gaiman, Sarah Silverman, Patton Oswalt, Craig Ferguson.
It’s strange and funny and I love it. You can download the pay what you want (incl. free) mp3 at Bandcamp.
Amanda Palmer & co. “On the Door” (mp3 download page)
Old Crow Medicine Show and Brandi Carlile are currently on tour together and to celebrate, they’re offering a free, legal mp3 sampler via Noisetrade (click link for download page and tour dates). OCMS also covered Carlile’s “Alibi”…
I won’t pretend to be unbiased here. Allison Crowe has been Muruch’s musical mascot for over a decade now and we at Muruch are thanked in the liner notes of her new double album, Introducing/Heirs + Grievances. So obviously I was excited and predisposed to love this album before I even listened to it. Still! It’s absolutely fantastic.
The first disc of this 2-CD set is Introducing, a live concert recording with lots of bubbly banter from Allison and a full set of songs performed with her new band.
The second disc, Heirs + Grievances, is a studio-recorded album by Allison and the band. Heirs + Grievances is a gorgeous, full circle showcase of Allison’s growth as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her extraordinary voice is unrestrained and beautifully accompanied by her bandmates.
Allison and her band’s choral rendition of “Tarry Trousers” is a standout with an almost Medieval folk tone, akin to Medieval Baebes (whom I love).
The final three tracks of the albums are the most capitivating and I’m happy to premiere the free, authorized mp3s below.
This new band rendition of “Words” is even more powerful than the Heavy Graces solo version. I may have cracked a rib gasping in awe when Ally roars “I am so angry!”
Then she split me like a wishbone with the volatile vocal finale of “Lisa’s Song.” It’s Allison at her very best, delving into the rich depths of her lower register then unleashing a banshee wail.
Allison masterfully uses her voice as an agile, spiralling instrument in the finale “Silence.” Her astounding, aerodynamic flourish at the end of the song enters operatic realms.
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…