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The saddest of sads.

14 Feb

Get your box of tissues ready for…………………….. Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra’s The Bed Song video release, on today of all days this video will grind your heart.

With misty eyes the heart-wrenching beauty of this video, and new recording of the song, has made my birthday that much awesomer.

 

Have a cyber hug… after this you may need one!

Chloe out.

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.

Lost but EXCITED!

21 Oct

Was just looking for a youtube video of Amanda Palmer’s Lost to use as a reference in a blog post over at Chloe Henderson and found this wonderful live version.

 

IT HAS MADE ME SO EXCITED FOR THE GLASGOW SHOW ON THURSDAY!

THURSDAY CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH!

WAY TOO EXCITED!

breathe…

Chloe out.

THEATRE IS EVIL

12 Sep

This album is everything and nothing, light and dark, beautiful and ugly, it will make you sing and become silent all at once, it will make you smile, grin from ear to ear and weep and dance, it’s everything you have ever wanted from music and everything you could never imagine.

It is incredible.

It is Amanda Fucking Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

10 star review…. fuck they can have all the stars in the sky for how this album makes me feel.

Every song in this album was written for me. Listening to it, you connect with each song in some small way. Go on listen. You will feel so connected, and i think that is where all the deep emotions (yeah those ones everyone is talking about on twitter) come from. Do It with a Rockstar i can identify with the desperation, the pleading for someone to drag you out of the loneliness, The Bed Song i can identify with the sadness, with the emptiness felt when nobody asks me how i feel, and i could go and describe my connection (your connection) to each song but all you need to do is listen and you’ll get it. Part of me wishes i didn’t connect with these songs so much, but then i get lost in the music and forget about that.

It is so different from anything Amanda has done before, yet at the same time it is so totally Amanda Palmer. She has taken her lyrical genious we all love and added colour from the past and experience from the future and a hell of a lot of synths!

Everything about this album is screaming performance, i’m so looking forward to the show! Last night they live-streamed the record realese show in New York. It was unfuckingbelievable. I was sitting in my bedroom, at 3am thinking this will be a bit dull ‘cos i’m not actually. Oh, how wrong was i. I felt like i was there. There was so much emotion. The atmosphere burning out from my computer screen was so intense and so real. I wept and danced and smiled and even found myself clapping at the end of songs. If you read this Amanda Palmer (or anyone involved in that show) thank you so much for those 3 hours of brillance, you guys rocked my bedroom.

Here is the saved stream (it’s over 3 hours long, but every second is worth watching):

 

Check the album artwork:

I didn’t see the evil at first. But look it at. Fuck it is EVIL! I love it, it’s so perfect.

Theatre is Evil was meant for the stage. I love it when Amanda Palmer goes all performance art, there are so few bands that do make that effort when doing a stage show. Yeah, concerts should be all about the music but theatre is evil, theatre is bad ass, we came to see a show! And so much of Theatre is Evil is all about the art. I’ve always known Amanda Palmer was an art chick, but with this album i have connected with her so much more with all the wonderful art rock love coming from this album. There is an art book (full of work inspired by the album), there was an art tour, there is art for the fans to create, we are always welcome, if not damn encouraged, to send our wonderful pieces of fan art into her and she always cares enough to tweet a picture. That is what is brilliant about Amanda Palmer, she cares. I will be able to tell you so much more about what this album and Amanda Palmer in general means to me, when i have the time to create a shit load of Theatre is Evil art!

 

If you are somehow unconvinced check out this picture of the sextastic band:

Still unconvinced (really even with that ^!)…. get your arse over HERE and download the album, hey you have no excuse not to, it’s only one dollar!

 

I feel like i’m part of something. I’ve still not decided what that something is, but i’m there.

 

Well that might have been a bit of a rambly review, but i just wanted the world to know how in love i am with Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra.

 

And now i retire to once again sit in the dark, lying on my bed listening to Thatre is Evil….. won’t you join me?

 

Chloe out.

 

HEAR NO EVIL SEE NO EVIL WE ARE THE MEDIA!

 

*update* i’ve just read this review from blogcritics and this quote is amazing “she does have an amazing voice. It can float between a caress and a battle cry in a second. She can charm the pants off you one moment and burn paint off a battleship in the next. She soars up the scale like a mezzo soprano at The Met and growls out lyrics like she learned how to sing at the knee of Johnny Rotten” oh and this bit too “A life being led on a knife’s edge might be a little more dangerous but it also lets you know you’re alive. Listening to Theatre Is Evil is far more dangerous than the music you normally hear, but it lets you know you’re alive.”

The Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra 7-image-upload tour suprise!

10 Sep

Yup, it’s a new Amanda Palmer art project!

It’s also a mystery!

Everyone going to the upcoming Theatre is Evil shows has been asked to upload 7 varying images for some form of awesome suprise on the tour.

 

So, here are my contributions:

 

please upload a picture of YOUR ROOM. as it is; or as it was back then.  or, if you happen to have a picture of it: as you would like it to be.

example:

my room:

 

please upload a picture of YOUR STREET. just get the fuck out there and take a picture like lookin’ down the barrel of a shotgun. bam. done.

example:

my street:

 

please place a SMALL OBJECT YOU LOVE upon a piece of WHITE PAPER. take a picture. all-white background important.

example:

my object i love:

 

using paint/sharpie/blood, please draw a HEART SOMEWHERE ON YOUR BODY. take a photo. upload that shit.

example:

my bloody heart:

 

please upload a PHOTO OF YOUR FACE, framed by your own spread hands. make sure the TOP of your head is included. like THIS:

example:

my framed face:

 

please upload a photo of a moment in time… something you happened to catch… or go out and catch it. this could be anything that captivated/captivates you: a wedding, a funeral, a birth, a parting shot of someone/something as you left, the moment you met a hero, the shot you took of the place you snuck into…. basically: a “pictures or it didn’t happen” moment.

example:

my “pictures or it didn’t happen” moment when i met my hero:

 

please post a photo / drawing of someone you have lost. this person can still be alive.

example:

my person i have lost:

 

 

SUCCESS!

If you haven’t already done so (and are going to one of the shows obviously) here is the link to upload yours!

 

What do you think of my images?

 

Chloe out.

Amanda Fucking Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – The Arches Glasgow – 26th August 2011

4 Aug

Yup i did both.

Edinburgh and then Glasgow!

I’m that awesome….. no wait…… they are that awesome!

If you didn’t catch the Edinburgh post here is the link.

Anyway, here are my pretty little Glasgow pictures (not as many as Edinburgh, but still pretty):

Chloe out.

Amanda Fucking Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra – HMV Picture House Edinburgh – 25th August 2011

3 Aug

Gloriously fantastically awesome show. Not only did I get to see the beautiful Bitter Ruin again, we were also treated to the wonderful dance of SuperKate and a kick ass orchestral band that I totally forget the name of…. and if that wasn’t enough it was my first little taste of Amanda Palmer with the Grand Theft Orchestra!

My little film of Bitter Ruin’s wonderful song “Beware”

Chloe out.

p.s. i went to the Glasgow gig too… check it out here.

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.