Rah rah ah ah ah for Miss Amanda Palmer

I haven’t been feeling bloggy lately, but I’ve been reading the hell out of Amanda Palmer’s blogs. She’s become my musical polestar: an independent artist who really has a strong sense of what to do and how to do it; a yogi; a wacky girl who likes dressing up in costumes; a mistress of social media. And she plays the ukulele.

To be honest, I don’t care that much about ukuleles, especially since they became the hipster instrument of choice a while back. But Miss Palmer has today released a record of Radiohead cover songs, and I do love me some Radiohead. I also love long record titles. Long ago I made tshirts for a record title that I was subsequently persuaded (begged, threatened, cajoled) not to use. I still love it. It is: Miss Alexandra Scott Sips A Bellini On The Mysterious Ice Planet of Quaoar. (I had to make a few google searches to remember how to spell Quaoar, and I’m a good speller…so perhaps it’s better that I didn’t try to get others to spell this title).

Anyway, the long title of the record released today by Amanda Palmer is: Amanda Palmer Performs The Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele. I’m listening to it now, and it’s ultra-groovy. She’s also selling some fantastic merch – tshirts and handpainted ukuleles (you know what? ‘ukulele’ is JUST as hard to spell as ‘Quaoar’). You can find it at amandapalmer.net.

And just know that I wouldn’t have pulled myself out of my blog-slump for anyone less inspiring than Amanda Fucking Palmer. Here’s hoping she can inspire me, and everyone, to blog more, and better, to write more songs, to wear more tutus and fairy wings and silver glitter. Here’s hoping her day goes really, really well.

all my love,

Alexandra

PS If you’re a twitter-head, you can find her at @amandapalmer, or via the hashtag #UKULELEhead, and probably through some other twitter ways and means that I know nothing about. But still…go see.

About alexinwonderland42

Alexandra Scott grew up on a cattle farm in Virginia and cut her teeth playing out as a teenager in the Charlottesville music scene of the late 90’s. She loved Suzanne Vega, the Replacements, Waylon Jennings and early R.E.M. One day she packed her truck and moved herself to New Orleans, where she met producer Tim Sommer (Duncan Sheik) with whom she made two records and formed the Eno-homage, drone-punk ensemble Hi-fi Sky. Her star was rising in the Crescent City in the summer of 2005. She played Bonnaroo that year and opened for LeAnn Rimes. Then a large hurricane named Katrina formed in the Gulf of Mexico. Alexandra evacuated the day before Katrina hit with her dog, her acoustic guitar, her baggiest pair of jeans and some t-shirts. For a while, that was all she had. Amidst the grief and chaos of that time, she found that there was something about the stripped-away-ness of it all that she liked. She ended up in New York City, and then in Canada, and then in Providence. She has a long list of states in which her dog has peed. Alexandra plays underground pop, a type of rock ‘n roll that’s been dubbed *dream-a-billy.* She likes to turn out slow, simple dance songs for long lonely nights to come. After three years of wandering, Alexandra moved back to New Orleans to recover from a bad knee injury that left her unable to tour & to live in the place she loves best. When not writing songs, Alexandra works on her novel, a ghost story set in New Orleans, acts in film and television projects, and plays with her dog, Jack.
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