Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra are about to take the stage in Paris at La Maroquinerie but due to Palmer’s illness which has made her unable to sing, the prolific tweeter went to Twitter to ask her followers to step up and sing at the show tonight. The karaoke style show will have a crowdsourced fan singing each song. Palmer tweeted explaining that those who want to sing had best know the lyrics, but that if cue cards or smartphones are needed she’ll let it slide. The gig is supposed to start any minute know, so keep an eye on her Twitter account (@AmandaPalmer) to see how this turns out.
brutally sick. voice literally gone. just had a long back & forth about canceling paris tonight. going to do it, but it may be a mime show.
Last night at the Music Hall of Williamsburg, indie songstress Amanda Palmer welcomed former Talking Heads front man David Byrne up during her encore to perform Burning Down The House with her band, the Grand Theft Orchestra. It isn’t often that you see those up on stage freak out when a guest joins them, but the members of Grand Theft Orchestra can’t help themselves and their energy helps propel this version to awesometown. Check it out…
Explaining the premise of this production is a chore when the person you’re speaking to is not as music-crazy as some of us. The conversation starts like this, “So it’s a production partially directed by Amanda Palmer, she was in the Dresden Dolls, and it’s got a lot of music from In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, that’s an album by this band Neutral Milk Hotel, they’re like Indie Gods, and it’s all based on Anne Frank and the Holocaust”, and all you receive is a vacant stare and you get told that you are crazy for going out to see a high school production on a Thursday night.
But for us crazies, this premise sounded extremely interesting and just had to be seen. This intriguing combination received a lot of both indie and local attention. I am glad to report that this production exceeded all my expectations. The two-hour-one-act performance begins with what Palmer’s website describes as the “Pre-show’ which was essentially 15 minutes of a bizarre vaudeville scene with a healthy dose of berating the audience.
And then the real show began, and it was real dark (they say not to bring children under 12, I’d say that’s fair). The play was written by the cast, Palmer called it a an “ensemble piece” at the conclusion of the night. The dialogue all came out of what I gather were improvisation sessions lead by Lexington High School drama teacher Steven Bogart. READ ON for more…
This is the second volume of Last Week’s Sauce. This feature is simply a collection of live tracks that took place, well – last week. Look for this piece every Wednesday to see who was on the road and allowing taping.
Artist & Title: Amanda Palmer – The Point Of It All Date & Venue: 2009-03-28 – Culture Room, Ft. Lauderdale FL Taper & Show Download:breathmint
Amanda Palmer, perhaps you know her from The Dresden Dolls, was in Florida last week but only has two dates on the books in April – Santa Fe Brewing Company and then Coachella. Palmer released her first solo disc last year titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer, this is a track from it.
READ ON for seven more tracks of Last Week’s Sauce.