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)
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.
The 10th anniversary special episode of Contrast Podcast is now available for download. As one of the original announcers (as well as an original music blogger), I was asked to introduce a song based on the theme of 10. I picked my favorite version of Brandi Carlile’s “The Story,” track 10 from her Live with the Seattle Symphony album.
Here’s the final in the trilogy of songs Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe donated to our Muruch.com for RAINN benefit album. Allison’s beautiful piano ballad “Phoenix” is one of the final tracks on the album, helping to bridge the gap between trauma and survival. You can hear the song below and get it along with 24 other mp3s by donating $10 (or more) directly to RAINN through Muruch’s RAINN.org fundraising page.
The album also features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, American Gods/Coraline author Neil Gaiman, My Brightest Diamond, Amanda Palmer, The Voice‘s Kat Robichaud, Midlake, Flogging Molly, Poe, The Mynabirds, Allison Crowe, Crystal Good, Kevin Kantor and many more.