Mp3 Menagerie: Evelyn Evelyn, Barton Carroll, Sanders Bohlke

Evelyn Evelyn – Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn? (mp3 removed) *

Conjoined twin sisters Evelyn Evelyn originally recorded this song two years ago with Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley for the Elephant, Elephant EP. This newly recorded version is from Evelyn Evelyn’s upcoming debut album.

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*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of band’s PR rep

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that Evelyn Evelyn were fictitious characters created by Amanda Palmer for this project. I suppose I should have known – it’s obviously Amanda and Jason Webley singing in the songs. I just assumed that the “twins” had written the songs and perhaps played instruments on the album. Considering the wide range of unusual artists that Amanda has collaborated with over the years, this new project really didn’t seem out of character. Anyway, I admit I was fooled. But the real story behind Evelyn Evelyn (of which you can read here and here) doesn’t change my opinion of the music.

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Barton Carroll – Shadowman (mp3) *

Another new song from Barton Carroll’s Together You And I album. I posted another mp3 from the album in December. Barton has made the entire digital album available as a “Pay What You Want” download.

Barton Carroll – Together You and I Album (100% legal full album download) **

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**public link to album mp3s hosted on artist’s site

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Sanders Bohlke – Rockets (mp3) *
Sanders Bohlke – The Weight of Us (mp3) *
Sanders Bohlke – Somewhere (mp3) *
Sanders Bohlke – Search & Destroy (mp3) *

Singer-songwriter Sanders Bohlke recently debuted a new song on Grey’s Anatomy, and is now making some of his old songs available as free legal downloads. I gave his self-titled debut album a rave review four years ago, and I hope these developments mean he’ll have a new album soon.

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The Dresden Dolls: Roundhouse DVD

The DVD of The Dresden Dolls’ performance at London’s Roundhouse theatre on November 3rd and 4th, 2006 features band members Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione, their artistic fan Brigade, comedian Margaret Cho, Luminescent Orchestrii‘s Sxip Shirey, Jason Webley, Lene Lovich, Reggie Watts, and other singers, musicians, and performance artists. The Roundhouse production was a much larger and more theatrical event than the more intimate Paradise DVD.

The concert begins with an introduction by Margaret Cho, clad only in red burlesque feather fans. Then the Dresden Dolls take the stage to perform “Sex Changes”. Amanda was surprisingly covered up in a large tshirt rather than her signature velvet mini dress, but that was the only variant in their presentation. An impressive curtain climbing acrobat and dancers put on a punk-goth Vaudevillian Cirque de Soleilesque show during “Gravity”. Amanda and Brian ask the audience to sing along to “Modern Moonlight”, then slide into “Mrs. O” to better showcase Amanda’s limitless pipes. “Backstabber” is followed by “Coin-Operated Boy”, the latter causing the crowd to erupt into cheers and applause.

The Dolls emerge from behind their respective instruments for a cover of Neutral Milk Hotel’s “Two-Headed Boy”, during which Brian plays acoustic guitar. They return to the piano and drum set for “Mandy Goes To Med School”. Performance group Zen Zen Zo entertains the audience during “Slide”, and a colourful selection from The Brigade sing backup on “The Jeep Song”. The Dolls round out the main set with “Dirty Business”, the catchy “Shores Of California”, and Brian’s acoustic guitar as well as The Brigade return for the so-called finale “Sing”.

But of course there was more. The three song encore began with a mesmeric performance of “Mein Herr” that finally revealed the cabaret corset that had been hiding beneath Amanda’s tshirt. Trash McSweeney of Australian band The Red Paintings and some actual painters joined the duo for “Mad World”, which sounded more like a tribute to the Gary Jules cover rather than the Tears For Fears original. The true finale of the evening was my favourite Dolls tune (and second fave song ever) “Girl Anachronism”.

The Roundhouse DVD also includes two bonus duets (trios?) – “Missed Me” with Edward Ka-Spel of Legendary Pink Dots and “Delilah” with the magnificent Lene Lovich. There are also interviews with the various performers and extra footage from the concert, during which we finally see clips of Sxip Shirey’s noisy circus act and Margaret Cho’s bizarre burlesque number with Jason Webley.

One might expect my adoration of the Dolls to fade now that they have gained some relative fame, but I felt just as giddily fangirlish watching the Roundhouse performance as I did when I first heard their music years ago.

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Jason Webley & Reverend Peyton: Two Bottles Of Wine

Jason Webley also paired up with Reverend Peyton to record Two Bottles Of Wine, a limited edition 10-track CD that comes with 2-song vinyl 7″ and a small dictionary of the phrase “Two Bottles of Wine” in 111 languages.

The EP is currently out of stock, but you can download most of the tracks here.

Mp3s removed

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley & Evelyn Evelyn: Elephant Elephant EP

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls and Jason Webley teamed up with the conjoined twin sisters Evelyn Evelyn to record Elephant Elephant.

The EP is a limited edition featuring two original songs – “Elephant Elephant” and “Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn” – and a cover of Joy Division’s “Love Will Tear Us Apart”. It also includes a disc of bonus tracks and out-takes.

Amanda describes the music as “something the Andrews Sisters might have recorded if they had grown up in the circus listening to new wave music.”

You can buy the EP for $11 at Eleven Records.

Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley & Evelyn Evelyn – Elephant, Elephant (mp3 removed)*

*mp3 hosted by & posted with permission of label

Update: It’s been brought to my attention that Evelyn Evelyn were fictitious characters created by Amanda Palmer for this project. I suppose I should have known – it’s obviously Amanda and Jason Webley singing in the songs. I just assumed that the “twins” had written the songs and perhaps played instruments on the album. Considering the wide range of unusual artists that Amanda has collaborated with over the years, this new project really didn’t seem out of character. Anyway, I admit I was fooled. But the real story behind Evelyn Evelyn (of which you can read here and here) doesn’t change my opinion of the music.

Jason Webley: Only Just Beginning

Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jason Webley, like Elizabeth & The Catapult and Luminescent Orchestrii before him, came to my attention through his association with The Dresden Dolls. In addition to his vocals and songpen, Jason also plays guitar, piano, and accordion on his fourth album, Only Just Beginning.

“February Relaxing Her Fingers After a Brief Winter’s Grip” layers an anticipatory beat with soft strings and occasional tinkle effects beneath Jason’s deep, languid vocals.

It sounds like Holy Grail‘s coconut shells provide percussion on the jaunty carousel of “Music That Puts Everything Together”. The deliberate pace, muffled piano, and deeply echoing vocals of “Balloon Feather Boat Tomato” create an atmospheric mood reminiscent of Blue Nile or DeVotchKa.

“Icarus” begins with a simpler acoustic sound before exploding into a chaotic mix of strings and growling vocals worthy of Tom Waits, or Luminescent Orchestrii. The growl remains on “Mine” over a deep bass thump. “Map” has creeping, plucky strings and ominous horns that recall the music of Tiger Lillies, only with much deeper vocals.

The darker tone of “With” hints at Leonard Cohen with throaty vocals and reluctant piano. The closing “Coda” builds into a crescendo of various instruments before sliding into sweet strings for the finale.

Jason Webley – Maps (mp3)

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