Amanda Palmer’s New All-Star Song “On the Door”

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)

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

Contrast Podcast 10th Anniversary!

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.

Contrast Podcast – 10th anniversary download (mp3)

Allison Crowe: 3 of 3 Songs for RAINN

Here’s the final in the trilogy of songs Muruch’s musical mascot Allison Crowe donated to our 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 fundraising page.

The album also features music and poetry by Concrete Blonde‚Äôs 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.

Donate to RAINN/Get the Album

Allison Crowe Official Site

Allison Crowe: Newfoundland Vinyl 3 (Album Review & Mp3s)

Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe continues her Newfoundland Vinyl traditional folk series with the release of Newfoundland Vinyl 3. Allison gives new meaning to the word multi-tasking by once again arranging, performing, producing and engineering a collection of traditional Canadian and Celtic folk songs from the local theatrical production for which she serves as Musical Director. Following is my review of the album along with several mp3s, including three songs premiering here on…

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