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The Dresden Dolls’ spectacular Coney Island reunion concert webcast is now available as a Free Video!

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What a time it was. They played all their best songs — “Girl Anachronism,” “Coin-Operated Boy,” “Half Jack,” “Sex Changes,” “Mrs. O,” “Missed Me”…”The Jeep Song” with audience members on stage — and some unbelievable covers — Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name,” and a new Dolls arrangemeng of Amanda Palmer’s single “Machete.” Best of all was seeing Amanda and Brian, and The Brigade performers, back in action, like the oldest, dearest, coolest, and most talented of friends.

The Dresden Dolls: Reunion Tour 2010!

Yes, yes, yes, yes, my favorite band is back! After a three year haitus, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione are reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dresden Dolls with a special autumn reunion tour!!!!! You can’t have enough exclamation points for this! You can catch the infamous, outrageous, incomparable punk-cabaret duo (whose self-titled album was my #1 of the last decade) on tour at the venues and dates below….

The Dresden Dolls 2010 Reunion Tour Dates:

Oct 31 – NEW YORK CITY, NY @ Irving Plaza (w/ Surprise Guests)

Nov 12 – NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Tipitina’s (w/ Jason Webley)

Nov 13 – ATLANTA, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre (w/ Lille)

Nov 14 – LEXINGTON, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom (w/ Chico Fellini)

Nov 16 – ST. LOUIS, MO @ The Pageant (w/ Sleepy Kitty)

Nov 17 – CHICAGO, IL @ The Vic Theatre (w/ Mucca Pazza)

Nov 19 – DALLAS, TX @ Granada Theatre (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 20 – HOUSTON, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 21 – AUSTIN, TX @ La Zona Rosa (w/ Girl In A Coma)

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The Dresden Dolls in Paradise DVD

Finally! I now have my own personal copies of The Dresden Dolls DVD, Paradise, and their new album, Yes, Virginia. I’m still absorbing the new album and tinkering with my review, so this post will just cover the DVD. If you’re completely unfamiliar with The Dresden Dolls and want to know their history and such, check out their page on Wikipedia or the plethora of links provided below.

I don’t usually enjoy music and/or concert DVDs all that much. The only others that I actually own came free with special edition cds, and have been collecting dust since their initial viewings. So despite my somewhat obsessive love of The Dresden Dolls, I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Paradise. But enjoy it I did. Very much.

The DVD begins with a mini-documentary titled “A Day in the Life”. It was shot Real World style, with handheld cameras following bandmates Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione literally from the time they get out of bed until they take the stage that evening at the Paradise club in Boston.

The beginning of “A Day in the Life” is a bit lackluster as we follow Amanda and Brian through their morning routines. But as showtime nears, it becomes increasing more interesting as Amanda reveals small glimpses into her personality, warms up her singing voice, Brian discovers his drums are missing, we see a dramatic sock-puppet reenactment of the solution, and we’re introduced to a few members of The Brigade.

Next up on the DVD is the pre-show, which includes some interpretive dance performances by members of The Brigade and an interview of the band by Christopher Lydon. Lydon was the host of The Connection on NPR and the subject of The Dresden Dolls song “Christopher Lydon”. The interview includes some flirtation between Lydon and Amanda, and a q&a session with audience members, during which Amanda reveals that her biggest piano playing inspiration was Thelonious Monk.

Then the concert. Amanda and Brian, clad in their trademark mime makeup and garb, seem to attack their instruments more than actually play them. In a good way. My husband made the comment that he didn’t know two people could make so much noise on their own. The Dresen Dolls at their best can make The White Stripes seem like easy listening, somehow transforming a solitary keyboard and drum set into a full punk orchestra. Especially impressive were their thunderously awesome cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” and their charming duet of Carole King’s “Pierre”, which includes sadly rare vocals from Brian.

The setlist was as follows:

Good Day
Missed Me
War Pigs
Perfect Fit
Christopher Lydon
Bad Habit
Half Jack
Girl Anachronism

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