Amanda Palmer, one-half of the Dresden Dolls, has just released a new solo effort titled Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under.
Perhaps by now you've heard the first single off the CD Map of Tasmania or at least heard about it. The video and song certainly plays with the limits and pushes them to a level not before seen with Amanda's work. This is a theme that runs through the whole album. However, as any fan of either The Dresden Dolls or Amanda's work knows, she's not one to sugar coat anything. That's one of her most endearing qualities.
In addition to the guest spot from The Young Punx on Map of Tasmania, the CD features guest performances from Lance Horne, Dresden Doll counterpart Brian Viglione, the Jane Austen Argument and Mikelangelo.
The CD is almost like a tour diary of sorts, with most of the songs having been recorded while on tour, complete with the fun banter and the energy that only Amanda can provide whilst live. If you can't see her in concert, you might as well have the next best thing, and that's listening to her live.
Perhaps the funniest one is Vegemite (the Black Death) wherein she makes an ultimatum for her husband, author Neil Gaiman, to put down the vegemite, or she'll leave him. As we've come to expect, the songs are recorded with a healthy dose of tongue-in-cheek humor that we've all come to expect from the talented Ms. Palmer.
Amanda, being the awesome musician that she is, has also offered up the 12-track CD in digital download format for the very reasonable price of $0.69. It's not listed on the download page, but the CD should come with a parental advisory. If you are a fan already, or if you are curious about her work and are a would-be fan, download it. You can say Â“thank youÂ” later.