Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley: New Album “Sketches for the Musical JIB”

Read all about it at Amanda’s website and hear/buy it at Bandcamp.

As old Muruch readers know well, I’ve been a fan of The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer, and Jason Webley for over a decade. This album, particularly tracks “The Box,” “The Wolf,” and “The Fear Song,” shows how greatly they’ve grown as singer-songwriters over the years and especially in what I’m starting to think of as Amanda’s post-Machete era – Machete, the Bowie & Prince tributes, the Dolls reunion concert, and now this album. She’s no longer the former Dresden Dolls frontwoman or the controversial social media star, she’s Amanda Palmer, one of the most accomplished, talented singer-songwriters of my generation.

Amanda Palmer, Rhiannon Giddens, Jill Sobule & more Live, Free Concert Webcast Tonight!

Amanda Palmer’s live, annual‪ #ninjaTED show in Vancouver tonight will be webcast for free – with a preshow email registration at this link. The show will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and feature a long list of surprises and special guests, including Rhiannon Giddens, Jill Sobule, Jason Webley and Amanda’s recent Bowie tribute collaborator, Jherek Bischoff (so here’s hoping for some Bowie tunes). The show starts at 10:30pm EST (7:30pm PT).

Amanda Palmer Free Webcast Email Registration Link

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley & Gaba Kulka: Elephant Elephant Video

As I posted yesterday, Gaba Kulka performed with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley in Prague earlier this week. You can see some great photos from the gig here. And following are some YouTube video links from the performance provided by Gaba, including a new one of her elephant puppetry while Amanda and Jason sang “Elephant Elephant” from their Evelyn Evelyn album.

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley & Gaba Kulka – Elephant Elephant (live) (YouTube Video)

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley & Gaba Kulka – Pre-Elephant Banter (live) (YouTube Video)

Amanda Palmer & Gaba Kulka – Delilah (live) (YouTube video)
Amanda Palmer & Gaba Kulka – Delilah (live) (YouTube video)*
*different camera angle

Gaba Kulka Reviews

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Gaba Kulka & Amander Palmer: Delilah Video

Those who attended Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley’s performance in Prague last night received a special treat – Polish singer-songwriter Gaba Kulka opened the show, served as “elephant puppet operator,” and also sang a duet of “Delilah” with Amanda Palmer (video below).

If you’ve found this post searching for information on Gaba Kulka (formerly known as Gabriela Kulka), I’ve reviewed all of her albums over the past 10 years and I can’t recommend her music enough.

Gaba’s most recent album Hat, Rabbit was my #4 of 2009 and also made it to my Best Albums of the Decade list.

Gaba has been an online acquaintance of mine for nearly a decade – I was the “Vic” thanked in Out‘s liner notes and if you’ve ever seen her wear a purple necklace with a green dragonfly charm, I made that!

Knowing how Gaba struggled to get her music career going in those early days, and learning through her how much hard work really goes into creating and recording an album changed how I viewed artists and was a big inspiration for me in starting this website to support them.

I’ve been waiting all of these years for the rest of the world to discover what an amazing musical talent Gaba Kulka is, and I’m so excited that it seems to finally be happening.

Gaba Kulka & Amanda Palmer – Delilah (live) (YouTube Video)

Gaba Kulka Reviews

Gaba Kulka Official Site
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Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band: The Wages

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band will release their new album The Wages on May 25th. The band’s debut Big Damn Nation was one of my Top Albums of 2006, and their previous release The Whole Fam Damnily was my #1 Album of 2008 and my #9 Album of the Decade. I’m happy to say the Big Damn Band’s upcoming third album doesn’t fail to live up to their extraordinary past.

If you’re not already familiar with Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, they are the trio of Reverend Peyton on vocals and bottleneck guitar, his washboard playin’ wife, and his cousin the drummer. The three make more noise than a punk band with their rocked up blend of Appalachian folk and swamp blues.

The Wages was recorded live in the studio on analog tape with no overdubs. The first thing I noticed is that the harmony vocals of Mrs. Peyton (a.k.a. “Washboard Breezy”) are far more audible here than on the band’s previous releases.

The first two tracks don’t really grab my attention like previous albums, but the third song “Clap Your Hands” lights the match and it’s not long before the whole barn is burnin’ down.

“Everything’s Raising” is the follow up to The Whole Fam Damnily‘s “Can’t Pay The Bill.” The lyrics – which give the album its title – address the growing discrepancy between the high cost of living in the U.S. and the nation’s stagnant wages.

“What Go Around Come Around” is a hillbilly karmic anthem with its “didn’t your mama raise you better?” refrain, and “Sugar Creek” is a country love song.

“In a Holler Over There” is an ode to the failing family farm with a brief look at the rise of backwoods meth labs.

The trio does an impressive job of mimicking a locomotive with their instruments in “That Train Song,” and “Just Getting By” is another tribute to poor folk living paycheck to paycheck.

The album also includes the frenetic title track from Two Bottles of Wine, Reverend Peyton’ 2007 collaboration with Jason Webley.

Once again I am amazed by and grateful for the way this band so perfectly captures the terrible struggles, somewhat comical frustrations, and also the simply joys of rural American life. And they do so with music that is loud and entertaining enough to have earned them a spot on this year’s entire Warped Tour.

I was not granted permission to share an mp3, but you can stream two songs from the album at their label’s site.

The album is not yet available for purchase, but will be at the links below in May…

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The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band

Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band Official Site