and the dresden dolls

for those who struck the matches and those who fought the flames and those caught in between and the boy asking all the wrong questions [listen]

  1. vfd - thomas newman 
  2. i don’t want to set the world on fire - the ink spots 
  3. symphony no. 14 in a major, k.114: i allegro - wolfgang amadeus mozart 
  4. briony - dario marianelli 
  5. missed me - the dresden dolls 
  6. the fire - imogen heap 
  7. anna marches into a waltz - dario marianelli 
  8. lullaby - pink martini 
  9. a little mechanical waltz - colleen 
  10. is that all there is? - tony bennett 
  11. things are not what they appear - the gothic archies 
  12. louretta - agnes obel 
  13. arsonist’s lullabye - hozier

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.

we need you.

we always have and we always will.

we are you, we are us.

i love you.

list of all fire victims, including peter: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/dec/05/oakland-california-ghost-ship-fire-victims-list?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other

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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.”

Wanna hear old & forgotten SPG music?

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!

Here’s a link to the tag on my blog, and below is a list of all the posts you’ll find:

  • Honeybee, piano/bass part
  • I am in a Cube, David Bennett College
  • It’ll Never Sound Real Again, Sam Luke & David Bennett
  • Overdrive demo
  • 500 Miles, Justin Timberlake cover by David Bennett
  • It’s The End Of The World, Pruppet show
  • Oh, It’s All Over, Pruppet show
  • I Am The Only Thing Left Alive, Pruppet show
  • I Am Not Alone demo
  • Electricity is in my Soul, piano/vocoder part
  • It’s Cosmic demo
  • Fabricated Blue live
  • Sing, Dresden Dolls cover by David Bennett
  • It’s a Very Steam Powered Giraffe Yulemas Special Show, holiday exclusive concert song
  • Prelude to a Dream, vocal-less
  • Photographic Memories demo
  • Erin’s Song, David Bennett College
  • Train Car Tomfoolery, April Fools 2013

eyyy yeah so have fun listening to now-easily-accessible old music you guys! if you find more hard-to-access SPG songs on tumblr, shoot me a link and i’ll add it to the tag!! <3

I believe these are all fair to distribute, seeing as all were posted originally by members of the band. If I’m wrong, please let me know if I have crossed a line in doing so.

songs for renée minkowski // a wolf 359 fanmix

8tracks // playmoss

1.Hebrews 11:40 // the Mountain Goats
[invent my own family if it comes to that / hold them close, hold them near / tell them no one’s ever going to hurt them here ]

2.Corner of the Sky // Pippin Original Broadway Cast
[so many men seem destined to settle for something small / but I won’t rest until i know i’ll have it all]

3.Gravity // The Dresden Dolls
[you think I can’t fly / well you just watch me]

4.Aspera // Erin Mckeown
[I will be brave, I will be brave / my body may change / but my spirit will stay]

5.The Tower // Vienna Teng
[the one who depends on the services she renders to those who come knocking / she’s seeing too clearly what she can’t be]

6.Move On // Sunday in the Park With George Original Broadway Cast
[I want to make things that count / things that will be new / I did what i had to do]

7.Battle Born // The Killers
[when they knock you down / you’re gonna get back on your feet / no you can’t stop now]

8.Heel Turn 2 // the Mountain Goats
[you found my breaking point / congratulations]

eiffel // lovelace // all

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you said, "well, i've got no time for victims"
yet another generic ptsd mix lol. the moods all over the place in this im sorry tw for everything in the tags

well i finally made that ptsd mix i was gonna make

general trigger warning if you choose to listen to it, tracklist under the cut

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