Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under

The American singer and performer Amanda Palmer released her second full-length solo album today. It was recorded in Adelaide and Sydney last year and its dozen songs include a number that are concerned with the world’s biggest island/smallest continent. The majority of the songs on the collection were recorded live and include Palmer’s always interesting banter along with some contributions from the crowd and assorted musicians. The humour and intimacy of her concerts are captured in the album’s opening version of the oldie Making Whoopee and later in Vegemite (The Black Death), an hilarious ode to how an Australian delicacy can test even the most committed of lovers. The set concludes on a fine version of The Ship Song by Nick Cave and the whole thing can be downloaded at her Bandcamp page for less than the price of a Vegemite sandwich. Three of Palmer’s more eager fans have already paid five grand each for a private concert from the singer at their home, while five more have paid $1500 each to hang out backstage at one of her Australian shows. Have a look at that Bandcamp link for a few more packages that are still available and that are lighter on the pocket. You can also buy her EP of ukulele interpretations of Radiohead songs from last year for a nominal fee here. Here’s a taster of one of those covers

No Surprises (Radiohead cover) – Amanda Palmer

Image courtesy of Patrick Dugan