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Amanda Palmer – HMV Picture House, Edinburgh – 17.7.2013

22 Jul

On Wednesday i donned my wonderful TARDIS skirt and headed out to see Amanda Fucking Palmer!

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I hadn’t been to a concert in a while and this was certainly the one to get me back into the swing of it! As ever, everything was wonderful: from her brilliant supports (Horndog Brass Band, Jherek Bischoff, Simple Pleasure and Bitter Ruin), to sweaty jumping around to Nirvana covers, to making cute new friends in the crowd and all the bits of glitter in between was just perfect. This was truly the best prelude to the house party… and unbelievably made me MORE excited!!! Thank you Amanda 🙂

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Jherek Bischoff

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Chad Raines (Simple Pleasure) in the sparkliest sexy ass pants i have ever seen!

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Jessie England (Simple Pleasure)

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Amanda with The Horndog Brass Band

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Really really love this cover of St.James Infirmary Blues

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Bitter Ruin

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The insanely awesome cover of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit

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… ghost hand!

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That awkward moment when you accidently leave your flash on and get an odd photo of the security guy…!

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Bottomfeeder turned even more beautiful with the crowdsurfing organza floatyness…

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Amanda’s incredibly heartbreaking new song Bigger on the Inside

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Thank you everyone involved for a magnificent night!

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Edinburgh lit by pretty moonlight as i walked home…

Chloe out.

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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.

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.

An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer at The Queen’s Hall on 12.8.2012

13 Aug

Last night i went to the totally and utterly wonderful An Evening with Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.

 

It was so good that after the show had finished and i was sitting on my bus, i couldn’t stop smiling…. so much so, people started to look at me funny.

 

 

First on stage was Andrew O’Neill. A wonderfully funny man. I forgot to take pictures of him. I know. Useless. But he was on early and i wan’t quite with it at that point…. or i was distracted… or something. Anyway, go see his show! And you can find out what he looks like for yourself Andrew O’Neill is Easily Distracted

 

Next up was Michael Pope.

Who i had heard little bits about, mainly from the twitterings of Amanda Palmer giving the both live in The Cloud Club. All i really new was “he’s that film guy” so it was interesting to see what he was about on stage.

He did seem a little nervous, but completely made up for it by being really funny and playing with poor unsuspecting audience members on stage.

I’ll plug his show too Michael Pope is Gay for Pay mostly because i really want to go and see it too!

These photos are for Michael Pope’s mother:

(although this shot is darkened, i love it, it’s quite ghostly)

 

 

 

And without further ado……………… AMANDA PALMER AND NEIL GAIMAN!

 

Yay!

 

They opened with such a beautiful version of Makin’ Whoopee and if i can find (or if you know where one is) a filming of it i will re-post.

 

Every Amanda Palmer show i’ve been to has been glorious but it was interesting having it formatted with both Palmer and Gaiman. In all honesty i went for the Amanda Palmerness, i assumed it would be a “i went for the Amanda Palmer and stayed for the Neil Gaiman” kinda thing but they both work so brilliantly together, through songs and stories and poetry and even their little quips and marital banter on stage!

I’m really glad they brought the show over to Edinburgh and i feel really lucky to have seen it.

 

Anyway, enough of my loved up rambles, enjoy some pretty pictures:

Mikelanglo doing some great whistling…. oh….. go see his show too: Mikelanglo The Balkan Elvis

Ooo i found this little film of Amanda  reading her poem Broken Heart Stew while Neil plays Bloom on the ipad (filmed by Skerrylight on youtube):

 

 

I’m so glad she played Coin-Operated Boy 🙂 it’s my favourite Dresden Dolls song, and here is a film i found of it (filmed by ubernell on youtube):

 

This is the very talented Lady Rizo, who beautifully sang Gaiman’s I Google You (a song i really love, mostly the lyrics. Was just about to say go and google them and giggled at the irony, but yeah go google them!) and guess what, you can go see her show too: Lady Rizo

Here is another wee film i found of Amanda performing The Bed Song. I don’t think i’ve blogged about this song yet, but i must at some point, it’s very sad and very beautiful and one of few songs that has made me cry in a public space the first time i heard it, and sitting there in the darkened rows of seats i did feel huge warm tears sliding down my face (filmed by queenshalledinburgh on youtube):

 

There is something about this photo^ that i really love. It deserves a wonderful witty caption… but i ain’t so good at them! COMPETITION! So, best caption you can come up with, hit me up…. and you could win a signed print of the image with your caption penned in! Either leave a comment on this post of tweet me @chloehenderson9 or email me at chloehen21@aol.com and i’ll pick a winner by the end of this month!

 

Here is my little film of Amanda playing Map of Tasmania:

 

 

 

 

And like the awesomest awesome people that they are Neil and Amanda hung around after the show for a signing 🙂 This is the reason i find myself wandering into the realms of Palmer/Gaiman fangirl, they care about us!

Yeah, this picture is of Amanda eating a twix…. which she gave me a piece of 🙂 something about that makes me really happy 🙂

oh and i gave her art………… this art:

i think she liked it 🙂

i hope she liked it 🙂

i want to make and give her something more awesome at the house party… so Amanda if you read this be excited!

Anyhoo, the concert was awesome, the artists were awesome, the crowd was awesome, life is awesome!

Chloe out.

Bitter Ruin – The Art School, Glasgow – 10.8.2012

11 Aug

Last night i went to see Bitter Ruin at The Art School in Glasgow.

It was bloody brilliant!

No. It was fucking yaldi!!!

Bravo old chaps. Bravo!

 

But before the beautiful Bitter Ruin hit the stage we had a wonderful little set from Hannah O’Reilly

3 cd’s bought and added to my favourites 🙂

If there is one thing you do today, go and download or at least listen to her made up song Meryl Streep  it is fanfuckingtastic!

Here are some pretty little pictures of Hannah:

 

 

 

And now………. BITTER RUIN!!!

It was a beautiful wee set, and if you join their mailing list (and are from Scotland) they will hopefully come back! And you want that! Yes. You do.

Enjoy some awesome pictures:

I’m so excited for the new album now!

Argh! this person’s head! Right in my way!

Although this shot is a little blurry, i love the stare!

My only good shot of Ben… he was standing just out of focus the whole time!

And as a really great end to the set, Bitter Ruin invited the whole crowd up onto stage with them to enjoy an acoustic version of A Brand New Me which i’ve filmed (apologies for the dodgy camera angles, i was a little preoccupied!):

 

 

 

Go and buy all their songs and merch and everything and all of it! and love it!

Go…. here….. now!

 

Chloe out.

“Live with a rainbow in your heart” Mephisto Waltz – Derevo

8 Aug

Last night i recieved a little unexpected text from Miss Morven Bell asking if i wanted to go see a show. I dwindled a little, trying to come up with an answer; of course i love the fringe and i love going to see shows but i hadn’t picked out any i wanted to see yet and i hadn’t read up on any! Spontaneousness is not always my forte, i like knowing about what i’m going to see. I’m still not sure if that is good or not.

 

So, i picked Derevo’s Mephisto Waltz.

“This compelling new work by the multi award-winning troupe is a gospel of dance, a personal journey and a declaration of love. Maybe it’s the end of dance theatre, maybe the madness of a world where people still make wars that divide the Gods
 You forget that all the feelings of the world, the rains, the sounds, the cities, the birds, the people, and everything 
 is you. Don’t seek inspiration from what surrounds you. You will find it deep within your heart. And when you live with a rainbow in your heart then you need nothing else. ”

Is what is said on the Fringe page. It sounded interesting and from past experience (i went to see Derevo’s performance of Harlekin two years previously) i was sold.

 

Part of me wishes i had read up on it beforehand so i could understand some of the bizzare imagery being acted out before me, but i’m glad i didn’t. Not knowing everything that was going on was what was beautiful about the show. It was easier to tap into the high-charged emotions and base powers floating through the room.

Even if i had read about the show i still think only Derevo frontman Anton Adasinsky may be the only one who truly knows what it all means. From a black, and quite bleak opening, the show moves into the more surreal, and then further into the even more surreal.

The only thing I was aware of was what the title told me, and that the main plot-line was based around Mephistopheles, the seductive demon from Faust. Also, the music accompanying the physical storytelling and clowning around were extracts from Franz Liszt’s Mephisto Waltzes. Everything else i had to guess, or not, it didn’t really matter; i was lost in the energy.

 

The acts move through the seasons, exploring them through humanity, through love and nature. The ongoing connection between them all was the personality of Mephistopheles. So, although the scenes were changing his madness was still present.

 

I found this on Derevo’s website. If you have seen the show, or are planning to, have a little read and one memorable scene will become more apparent:

“The Scarecrow stood on the edge of the field. Replacement for his rusty tin-cans was well overdue.

The Wind stole his hat and his coat was ragged.

But joy was always coming in December .

Village children used to make a Snowman right next to the Scarecrow. Right like Snowmen should be: with a tin bucket on his head and a carrot as his nose. The sleeve of the Scarecrow’s coat was then tied to the Snowman’s twig paw and with a happy squeals children were aiming their snowballs at the pair of figures. Maybe children wanted to separate them again.

The Scarecrow was smiling though. Yes, truly. He was smiling.

And then April came on tiptoes and took the Snowman away. Just a twig remained tied to the Scarecrow’s sleeve.

But it’s alright. December will come again. Not quite soon but it will. I can wait.

I can wait.”

 

 

I found this little clip while trawling the web which gives your a glimpse into some of the beautiful movements that the dancers exhibit:

 

 

I’m really glad i went.

I would say it’s not a show for everyone. I loved it. Morven…. well…. not so much.

It’s for those with an appreciation of art, those who don’t need to be following a strict plot line and story and those who don’t need to understand.

 

Wanna go see it?

It’s currently on at The Assembly Roxy in Edinburgh (Fringe venue 139) from the 7th – 27th August at 20:00

Get your tickets here: Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2o12

 

 

Did this review do it for you? Lemme know! Hit me up via twitter @chloehenderson9 or comment on here or email me at chloehen21@aol.com

 

Chloe out.

 

 

p.s. photos are from various sources and are not my own, if you wanna claim credit just let me know.

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.

Emilie Autumn – The Cathouse Glasgow – 10th March 2010

25 May

My very guilty pleasure.

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.