goddamit. we lost one of our own in the oakland fire…peter wadsworth worked on many early-dresden-dolls-era shoots with michael pope and was in and around the cloud club, our own downtown boston version of the ghost ship, where we have lived and worked for 15 years. fist on chest for him and for all the fallen artists … it’s a tragedy beyond words.
meanwhile … petitions and movements are blazing as fast as the horrific flames to keep art spaces SAFE from indiscriminate closure in the bay area. safety is important, but so is space to be free, to find and appreciate underground art, to play our music, to make our things. so many of the shows and spaces that made the dresden dolls GO when we were little back in 2000-2005 were “illegal” lofts and warehouse spaces. without them, we’d be nothing. the fancy mainstream clubs weren’t inviting us.
we played (as i still love to do…and it’s why oh see me happier in basement speakeasies than in big theaters) FOR EACH OTHER WITH EACH OTHER CELEBRATING EACH OTHER … punk cabaret style … instruments on the floor, audience on the floor … all of us equals, all of us worshipping in the church of art, music, and beautiful comradeship. not me and you, us. that’s what these spaces are about and they are quickly disappearing all across america as fast as the records stores and the indie coffee shops.
if you’re in a city that had a beloved independent art space, THIS IS THE TIME TO SHOW THEM SOME LOVE…and the easiest way, and even better than cutting them a charitable check is to GET OFF YOUR ASS AND GO THERE! go see some art, go see some out avant band, go support some indie burlesque.
AMANDA PALMER - Machete PIano Rock / Singer Songwriter Associated With: The Dresden Dolls, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra RIYL: Regina Spektor, Tori Amos, Joanna Newsom, PJ Harvey, Fiona Apple
Sometimes I feel like I no longer relate to Amanda Palmer and put her songs behind me and then she throws herself in my face by releasing a song like Machete. I remember what an incredible songwriter she is and why I fell in love with The Dresden Dolls in the first place over 10 years ago. This song was written for her best friend Anthony who passed away from cancer last year. Bring the tissues. I prefer the musician Amanda over the social media queen Amanda or the book writing Amanda (although it was a good book). I just wanna hear more and more songs and see her go out on tour again.
“i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x3 what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday i called you up i had a terrible case of the past i didn’t know how to get it off i didn’t know how to get it off and you took your machete and you sliced through the vines that wrapped around me and you said i don’t know what i’m doing so i’ll just keep on cutting it’s worth a little blood to get your arms free i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x2 what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday i was in love i kept of covering the soft parts up i didn’t know how to get them off i didn’t know how to get them off and you took your machete and you hacked through the woods in the surrounding and you said i don’t know where i’m going i just know that i’m heading from the dead things piling up behind me and you took your machete and you carved out a path to my chest and you said see there’s nothing not worth keeping you’ve felt so many beatings but nothing’s going to work if you believe me nothing’s going to work if you believe me i have never liked the box of knives you said was a paradox because you’re kind but withstood a childhood that robbed you blind of love that was safe and so you learned to fight x2 i have never liked the box of knives i took it to the oceanside the day you died i stood out on the dock no matter how hard i tried i couldn’t drop them in and i collapsed and cried: what do i do with this stuff? it seems like yesterday you were alive and it’s as if you never really died and it’s as if you never really died. and you took your machete and you said boo guess who but seriously, beauty you said see ? you get the drill now don’t you it’s not a will or won’t you can’t keep making symbols out of nothing so i took your machete and i sliced off your head and you laughed and you said see it’s just like anti matter it’s dumbo’s magic feather you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you you don’t need me here to cut you.”
there are a bunch of Steam Powered Giraffe tracks that are posted on tumblr, but aren’t easily accessible. I went through all my audio posts and found a bunch of them that I had reblogged over the past 4 years, and compiled them into a tag on my blog!