It's THIS LADY'S 33rd birthday today, 30th April:

"lots of you have asked me WHAT I WANT for my birthday.

i am going to actually ask, for the first time in my life, for a gift. from you. my people.

here is what i’d like for my birthday:

please take this moment in time and think about one person, any person, who you think might like my music and my art. someone who doesn’t know it.
someone who does not have amanda fucking palmer in their life and might like her there.
this does not have to be a peer. it could be a child, a mother, an ex, an uncle, an befriended enemy, a co-worker, a long-lost friend, a teacher, a whatever. ANYONE.

picture them in your mind. picture if their life might possibly be made better if you brought some afp into it.

please send/get to them them either of the following (in any format your lifestyle or computer literacy allows for. and explain why you are sending this. explain why you like this artist. explain that it’s her birthday and she’s asked you, as a favor to her, to do this.
the worst they will do is delete your email, tell you to fuck off, or disown you)"

SO. There is someone in particular who I have sent this to, but I thought I would share it here too. I know most of my flist probably know Amanda, one way or another, but if you do not, or if you know the name but don't listen, please take this opportunity to check this out.

while i've been a Dresden Dolls fan for a long time, her solo album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer, means a lot to me because it brought together three people whom I consider total geniuses, who did not know each other before, and they all came together via this album. These are Amanda herself obviously, Ben Folds, who produced the record (who got in contact with the Dolls via their website fanmail address) and Neil Gaiman, who wrote the liner notes and put together a companion book of short stories about the album and about various pictures of murdered Amanda Palmers.

These people all meeting and becoming friends - these are all people i was obsessed with WELL before they knew one another - completely broke my brain.

Amanda is never going to be a number 1 mainstream selling artist but she deserves more recognition than she has, and her songwriting is totally brilliant. Its special quality that i love is that she focuses on the specific - especially about relationships, rather than looking at the overall picture she will take some tiny aspects or occurances and write a song about that, which then represents the overall situation. It's really genius and only a few people do it really well, I think Justin Pierre and Ben Folds are the only ones I'd say matched it it my mind.

She's utterly insane but totally brilliant so download or buy WKAP, and here are videos for my favorite songs on it:


Runs In The Family:

Ampersand (this became one of my fave songs of all time when i first heard it live in December 2007. Lyrically it hits me hard and I quote it ALL the time):

Leeds United (her label tried to get this video changed because she was allegedly too fat to be showing her belly):

Oasis (this video and song was banned full stop in the UK):

The Point Of It All (this has become my favorite song on the album):

Y'all need to be introduced to possibly the sexiest person in my radar.

nsfw: contains naked dresden dolls )
This is off Amanda's blog, and I just wanted to share it because I thought it was such a good theory.

random thoughts:

some journalist read my blog about going out barefoot in the snow and wrote a preview of the show calling me crazy.
i kind of like being called crazy, it's sort of romantic. but i really don't feel crazy. i feel pretty sane.
i think a lot of people think that i'm crazy because of the lyrics, the music, the image. that bugs me.
my theory, and we were discussing this in the bus last night. there are four kinds of music:

1. negative negative music.
2. positive negative music.
3. negative positive music.
4. positive positive music.

the first adjective describes the lyrical and musical content of the band (ie: what kind of music is this?)
the second adjective describes the overall vibe of the band and the quality of performative connection (ie what kind of people are these?).

we tried to come up with perfect examples of each and an overarching phrase to encapsulate:

1. negative negative music = "we are sad the world sucks and fuck you too you bloody cunts" = sex pistols, gg allin
2. positive negative music = "we are sad the world sucks but don't you feel the same way and let's all bond together in mass sorrow and anger" = rage against the machine, the smiths, nine inch nails
3. negative positive music = "let's all dance and sing and be happy but don't fuckin' bother me you bloody cunt i'm a rock star" = any bitchy pop band out there (you name it, i ain't gonna take the heat)
4. positive positive music = "yay! we love happy music and everythings great and we love you too" = polyphonic spree, yanni

dave argued that the dresden dolls fall into the "positive negative" category. i think we straddle that line between positive negative and positive positive. depends on the song. i mean, ALL the songs aren't about pain.
o god. no, wait. maybe they are. well, fuck it.'

I would say the best type is type 2, or at least, where my heart lies. Except the Cobra, the Cobra are mainly positive-positive. I think she got the middle two mixed up though.. type 2 is good people, sad/angry music, and type 3 is shitty people, happy music.



Nov. 19th, 2007 05:12 pm

goddamit i am still so psychotically attracted to this man. he is also one of the sweetest people alive. someone needs to kidnap the dolls for is. leo can marry amanda and i can marry brian and we can live together in a bit house of crazy.

swoon. for real, swoon.



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