AMANDA PALMER – NEW ALBUM: THEATRE IS EVIL – OUT NOW!

AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA

‘Theatre Is Evil’ (COOKCD571) First New Studio Album in Four Years! Out NOW! (from Sept 7th) 

“Palmer is set to join Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails as the artists that people tend to mention when they talk about the new music business.”   Billboard 

“Theatre is Evil is unpredictably brilliant; just when you think you have Palmer sussed across one or two tracks, along comes another one or two to overturn your preconceptions. No wonder Lady Gaga is a fan”.Irish Times ****

“The Best New Thing In The World”  The Rachel Maddow Show 

” …Ms. Palmer sings dark and jubilant songs.”  The New York Times

Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer and super-blogger Amanda Palmer has just released her first new studio album in four years, in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff. Entitled Theatre Is Evil, the album was recorded in Melbourne with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Murder By Death, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu), and is out now. 

Arguably her most pop-influenced album yet, Theatre Is Evil showcases Amanda’s powerful vocals and talented songwriting in ways that may surprise even her most ardent fans. Written over the course of several years (since the release of her last studio album,Who Killed Amanda Palmer), the album offers a collection of sounds and rhythms heavily influenced by the music Palmer grew up listening to – most notably 80s synth rock and Brit Pop. From the anthemic “Do It With A Rockstar” and “Want it Back” to the mighty, horn-induced bop of “Massachusetts Avenue”, Theatre is Evil is tauntingly playful. At the same time, a more somber, vulnerable Amanda Palmer pulls at our heart strings with ballads like “Trout Heart Replica”, “Grown Man Cry”, and the pièce de résistance: “The Bed Song”, a somber, melancholy track that documents the slow deterioration of a long-term marriage.

True to form, the undisputed queen of crowd-sourcing and fan engagement enlisted her community of loyal supporters to launch her ambitious global release, selling nearly 25,000 copies of her new album in multiple formats via Kickstarter, along with a variety of unique merch items including hand-painted turntables, two different coffee table art books featuring art from the group exhibit, and numerous Amanda Palmer experiences. All told Palmer’s presales have already earned the artist over $1 million, garnering accolades from the likes of Forbes, CNNThe New York Times, and The Economist.

http://www.amandapalmer.net

AMANDA PALMER TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘WANT IT BACK’ ON AUG 31ST

AMANDA PALMER TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE ‘WANT IT BACK’ ON AUG 31ST

Single ‘Want It Back’ (FRYDL535)– out Aug 31st

Taken from Album ‘THEATRE IS EVIL’ (COOKCD571) Released September 7th

 Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer, and blogger Amanda Palmer is preparing to release her first studio album in four years, Theatre Is Evil, on September 7th. This is the first release with her new band The Grand Theft Orchestra. The album release will be preceded by the single Want it Back on Aug 31st, and followed by a tour in Autumn.

Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra unleashed the new Want It Back music video on the Guardian website, offering another taste from the new album, Theatre is Evil.  The video is a stop-motion animated video created with Australian director Jim Batt, and shot in Melbourne when Palmer and her band were recording the new album this past spring. The video continues a strong visual art theme, incorporating her naked body as a canvas for hand-painted lyrics to unfold across the screen.

Body politics, and body pride, have always been a strong theme for Amanda: “I’m so comfortable being naked at this point that I almost forget… I’m also proud that that video has nudity, but it isn’t sexual or erotic…. it’s using the body as a raw canvas, which I love.”

“I’ve never made a video with such a small, concentrated art-crew, and it was magic,” she notes. “For three days straight it was just me, Jim, the tattoo-graffiti artist Curran James, and a painstaking process as we created the video, shot by shot by shot.” Jim Batt explains, “”Hand crafting a film frame-by-frame is always an intense experience, even more so when you’re using someone’s body as a canvas, but there’s something magical about stopmotion that you can’t capture any other way. I’m still impressed that we managed to get Amanda to sit still for that long, she was a champion!”

“Jim Batt is a visionary film artist, and I hope this video shines some light on the art-talent that’s hiding out in Melbourne,” says Palmer. “That city is harbouring some of the best creative minds in the world.”

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra: First New Studio Album in Four Years! ‘Theatre Is Evil’ (COOKCD571) Released Sept 7th

 

First New Studio Album in Four Years! ‘Theatre Is Evil’ (COOKCD571) Released Sept 7th

“Palmer is set to join Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails as the artists that people tend to mention when they talk about the new music business.”  Billboard

” …Ms. Palmer sings dark and jubilant songs.”  The New York Times

Singer, songwriter, piano-slayer and super-blogger Amanda Palmer is preparing to release her first new studio album in four years, in conjunction with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, featuring Michael McQuilken, Chad Raines and Jherek Bischoff. Entitled Theatre Is Evil, the album was recently recorded in Melbourne with producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Murder By Death, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu), and is due out in September.

Arguably her most pop-influenced album yet, Theatre Is Evil showcases Amanda’s powerful vocals and talented songwriting in ways that may surprise even her most ardent fans. Written over the course of several years (since the release of her last studio album, Who Killed Amanda Palmer), the album offers a collection of sounds and rhythms heavily influenced by the music Palmer grew up listening to – most notably 80s synth rock and Brit Pop. From the anthemic “Do It With A Rockstar” and “Want it Back” to the mighty, horn-induced bop of “Massachusetts Avenue”, Theatre is Evil is tauntingly playful. At the same time, a more somber, vulnerable Amanda Palmer pulls at our heart strings with ballads like “Trout Heart Replica”, “Grown Man Cry”, and the pièce de résistance: “The Bed Song”, a somber, melancholy track that documents the slow deterioration of a long-term marriage.

True to form, the undisputed queen of crowd-sourcing and fan engagement enlisted her community of loyal supporters to launch her ambitious global release, selling nearly 25,000 copies of her new album in multiple formats via Kickstarter, along with a variety of unique merch items including hand-painted turntables, two different coffee table art books featuring art from the group exhibit, and numerous Amanda Palmer experiences. All told Palmer’s presales have already earned the artist over $1 million, garnering accolades from the likes of Forbes, CNN, The New York Times, and The Economist.

Via The Guardian: New music: Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – Want It Back

Here’s your chance to watch Amanda Palmer, in her new video, using her body as a canvas for her lyrics

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