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Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra – QMU, Glasgow – 25.10.2012

26 Oct

Last night i went to see Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra play Queen Margaret’s Union in Glasgow.

I jotted down this in my journal on the train ride home (i was too excited to do nothing!):

that. was. INCREDIBLE.

I enjoyed every single second, it was all i had imagined it would be and so much more. As ever my mind is blown. That fluttery-the-music-is-so-good-i-can-hardly-contain-this-intense-feeling is still tearing through my heart. The goosebumps have not faded from my body. My eyes are still wet tears. My ears are still ringing, and echo of wonder is singing through my brain and i’m smiling like an idiot.

Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra you have made me feel. And for that there is so amount of thanks i can express.

Instead all i can do is send you my love and hope it keeps you warm on this cold Glaswegian night!

 

And now for the SEXINESS!!!!!

WARNING these photos contain glitter, tight ass spangly pants, horns, Klaus Nomi corsets, and shitloads of sexy ass rockstars…. you have been warned!

 

I love it when there is a band playing while the fans are entering, it makes ME feel like a rockstar to enter to sexy live music!

 

Another wonderful thing about Amanda Palmer is that she always introduces her own support acts. It adds to the real humanity that she emanates, you can see just how much she is in love with the arts, with her art and it is pleasing that she in fact supports her own supports.

In this case she is introducing the magnificent Jherek Bischoff.

I’ve managed to find a clip of his “unique” performance of Eyes…. ba da ba um…..:

 

 

 

And what delight do we have next…. why it’s The Simple Pleasures.

 

 

And now…..

Meine Damen und Herren
Wie könnte ich meine Pulsadern aufschneiden, wenn ich nicht aufhören kann zu tanzen?
Unverfroren und ganz verloren, direkt aus New York City, the Grand Theft Orchester!!!!!!

 

Here is my clip of Smile (Pictures or it didn’t happen):

 

i love watching this and picking out my own images from the screen.

For those of you who don’t know, the images behind were part of the 7-image-upload task that Amanda set everybody going to the shows. Little did we know the images would be used in such an awesome way! With every beat of the drum a new image appears on the screen (and for each song (some songs) there is a corresponding image).

I’M NOT THE KILLING TYPE!

Here is a clip of The Killing Type i’ve found:

 

WON’T YOU MISS ME?

Musical chairs/instruments!

Missed me! Missed me!

What i love about these photos is, while Amanda and Michael are chasing each other round the stage, Chad and Jherek are just chilling in the centre, drinking beer, checking their instruments…

Catch me if you caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnn!

Here is a clip i’ve found of Missed Me… with musical instruments….. and Jim Bean!…. and Amanda’s Scottish accent!

 

I’ve found a clip of the stunningly emotional performance of Astronaut:

 

I love how photography can be so randomly manipulative… Amanda didn’t actual punch Chad in the face… but with this photo you wouldn’t know that!

Here is my little clip of Amanda covering Belle and Sebastian’s The Chalet Lines:

 

 

 

“Can I get some ukulele in the ears?” damn right you can Amanda!

 

These next set of pictures are all from, what is essentially my favourite part of the show, Bottomfeeder. Not only was i loving hearing it live but the performance level to this song was unbelievably beautiful. Amanda ran off stage to return moments later wearing a jacket with an organza train, at this point i didn’t know the purpose of this outfit other than it was pretty. The band struck up with Bottomfeeder and she made her way to the centre of the barrier. Midway through the song, at one of it’s peaks, she let herself fall into the welcoming crowd below and was passed around with the stream of organza billowing out behind her, engulfing everyone she passed. It was the moment that she was right in front of me that made this moment my favourite, staring eye to eye with this woman i idolize, this wonderful amazing woman grasping hold of my hand, passing over my head, organza trailing past my face, leaving me to feel.

I’ve found a clip of it. You can’t tell how amazing it was from this clip, but you can still be partially awestruck.

 

How does this woman keep on finding new ways to completely impress me. She will never run out of awesome.

Oh, Amanda i was one of those people you were talking about, so want to be involved in the moment but argh she is right there and i want to take a photo… argh… moment… capture… moment… argh i just touched Amanda Palmer and she is holding my hand…. argh….must capture this moment… IT WAS AMAZING!

Oh and i doodled this moment on the train (in my bored but frazzled and excited mind).

 

 

 

 

 

I can’t find a clip of it, but these next few photos are from the Yazoo’s In My Room cover:

And this is Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra in MY room! ^

I’ve managed to find a great clip of Melody Dean, including the best public service announcement ever, Amanda failing to strip out of her dress, an empty vessel, sexy ass dancing and Chad on trumpet!

 

Real rockstars drink wine!

I’ve managed to find a little clip of part of  Leed’s United:

 

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo don’t leave us!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And they didn’t. Appearing back up in the gallery, they performed a small set up high!

Here is my little clip of them covering St.James Infirmary Blues:

 

 

 

 

 

And then they dissapeared and i had to go and miss the outside ninja gig 😦 and catch the train home, however next time they are coming to Edinburgh 😀 and then it is HOUSE PARTY TIME!!!!

Chloe out.

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What Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s album funding via Kickstarter means for an Amanda Palmer fan.

17 May

This video makes me smile (and will let cha know what I’m talking about in this blog post):

I could talk about the funding of Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra’s new album via Kickstarter in the terms of how it is going to affect the future of music and it’s creation and distribution but there are already a lot of blogs and discussions out there and they say it so much more eloquently than I can, and they actually know what they’re talking about.*

I want to talk about what this means for me as an Amanda Palmer fan.

As far as I’m concerned the reason Amanda Palmer has such a loyal following and fans who are actively fans is because she actually cares.

Although I go on about Amanda all the time, I do listen to and love other music but I just don’t feel as close to it, I don’t have as much of a passion for it because I don’t feel as close to the creators. And although I don’t know Amanda, I’ve barley met her (she gave me a hug once… yeah you’re jealous), I feel like I do. But its not just the connection to her that makes us avid fans, through her you feel better connected to the music, there is a sense of insight into it. I’m not saying all other musicians hate their fans and don’t encourage audience participation, i’m just commenting on the way Amanda does it because, to me, she does it best. The more you can connect with the art the better it is. And on top of that she makes some pretty fucking good music.

This Kickstarter funded, this fan funded album gives us yet another chance to feel part of something, part of her world. It means instead of having the influence of big record label employees who don’t know what it is to be an Amanda Palmer fan, the album is influenced by the people it matters to the most. And don’t even get me started on the rewards! Amanda Palmer house party here I come. If more artists were willing to get down with the fans then the world of music would have much happier people in it.

So, as an Amanda Palmer fan I urge you to back her on Kickstarter. She is the future of music, but not just because she is funding her album on Kickstarter, but because she has involved her fans in her art. Click me to back Amanda.

Not an Amanda Palmer fan? Dont know if you’re an Amanda Palmer fan? Donate $1 (about 62p) to the Kickstarter and get the whole album downloaded to your computer. You’ll soon fall in love. 14,000 fans cannot be wrong.

Back Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra on Kickstarter now!

* Here are some of those articles:

Amanda Palmer’s Kickstarter campaign raises $100K in 7 hours: proves beyond a doubt We are the Media

I’m pretty sure I became a musician so I’d have an excellent excuse to throw an Art Party everywhere I went. This upcoming gallery tour is about as close as I get to fulfilling that fantasy,” says Amanda. “Wine flowing, visual art and artists everywhere, music playing loudly, everybody excited about the album in one tiny room, jumping up and down… it doesn’t get any better than that, really.” eh heh, now i’m wishing I had the funds to trekk down to the London show, Amanda please do one in Edinburgh because it sounds like heaven.

Is Kickstarter the future of the music biz? Amanda Palmer and $490K say yes.

Catching up with Amanda Palmer

This is the future of music

“Ms. Palmer is not ashamed to say “fucking” nor is she ashamed to express her love for her fans…….I confess I am not a huge fan of Ms. Palmer’s music and her stage acts. But I admire the hell out of what she’s doing.”

The problem with the future of music: Amanda Palmer and the rise of the music biz and Super PAC

How one small business raised over $300k in a day on Kickstarter

How Amanda Palmer built and army of supporters

“While you were sleeping, Amanda Palmer built an army.”

Amanda Palmer – The Queen of Fan Funding for New Record, Art Book and T-O-U-R

Crowd-funding: Viva la revolution!

“what is art once the soul is gone?”

How Amanda Palmer built an army of supporters: Connecting each and every day, person by person.

 

 

As ever I would love to hear your thoughts on this… comment below or tweet me @ChloeHenderson9

p.s. what do you think of my newest drawing ^ it’s so nice to be self-indulgent in artwork and not be doing something for uni, or other work…. ah the freedom 🙂

Chloe out.

Amanda Palmer – Edinburgh HMV Picture House – 22nd August 2008

17 May

Amanda had a wonderful support act for this show.

Zen Zen Zo were performing a show at the fringe already, called Zeitgeist (which was so good, we went back twice) and they gave us a little preview to kick off the evening. I’ve managed to find a clip on youtube of their performance, because I don’t think my words could do it justice:

Wasn’t it beautiful?

Moving from one beauty to another…

…Amanda Palmer

We were treated to a guest appearance from Amanda’s sister, and the sang Delilah together. Here is my filming of it:

We were also treated to a reading from the Who Killed Amanda Palmer book. Amanda read out the story based on this photo:

and I filmed it:

Chloe out.