Armed Love Militia (Fairuza Balk): “Stormwinds”

Actress Fairuza Balk has made her band/art collective Armed Love Militia’s 2010 single, “Stormwinds,” available on Soundcloud and Bandcamp. Fairuza wrote and sang on the moody, sultry track. The sound reminds me of early Elysian Fields, so of course I adore it. After re-releasing the song, Fairuza tweeted the good news that she’s contemplating a full-length Kickstarter album.




Fairuza Official Site

Allison Crowe: Heirs + Grievances – Album Review & Mp3s!

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.

Allison Crowe & Band – Words (mp3)

Allison Crowe & Band – Lisa’s Song (mp3)

Allison Crowe & Band – Silence (mp3)

Allison Crowe Official Site

Amanda Palmer’s Masterpiece “Machete” (Mp3)

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: New David Bowie Tribute Album!

Amanda Palmer will release an album of beautiful string quartet David Bowie covers tomorrow for $1 on Bandcamp. Among her collaborators are her husband, author Neil Gaiman, and the original Hedwig, John Cameron Mitchell. Hear a sample and preorder below…

Vienna Teng: New Musical Album “The Fourth Messenger”

Vienna Teng lent her masterful singing and songwriting to a new musical, The Fourth Messenger, and the album is now available for streaming and purchase via Bandcamp below. The Fourth Messenger tells the story of a modern, female spiritual teacher (Vienna) who claims to be Buddha and the journalist determined to expose her as a fraud. The standout tracks are those that feature Vienna’s gorgeous voice, especially the lovely ballads “Pebble in a Lake” and “As Long as I am Living.”

Vienna Teng Official Site