• Exciting week for music, and almost to 10K!

    21. Nov. 2006, 17:20 von mandee_jayne

    There are a lot of new and new-ish artists on the list this week that are very exiting to me. Also exciting, I'm only about 75 plays from 10,000 listens! Woo hoo :D

    1. Humanwine
    Number 1 by more than double the listens of #2. And I still can't stop listening to it. It's become a staple of my day, if I don't listen to a little HUMANWINE, it doesn't feel right. Anyway, what I'm trying to say is they are awesome :)

    2. The Clock Work Army
    So are these guys too, though, and they're only half the listens because there are half the songs. I only own the EP, they don't have a full-length out yet. I can't count how many times I've listened to Read Me A Story. Okay, according to last.fm, 18 times, but that doesn't include waking up to it every morning in my alarm clock. Anyway, it's a great song. And a great band, can't wait for their full-length. It's kind of really just indie pop/rock (and apparently shoegaze-y vocals but I'm still not entirely sure what shoegaze means exactly. …
  • Cover songs anyone

    16. Nov. 2006, 0:41 von Knives_Outx

    I just decided to make a list of some of my favorite cover songs...and some that I think SUCK.

    The good
    Jeff Buckley-Hallelujah
    Ben Folds-Bitches ain't shit
    Ben Folds-Such Great Heights
    Tegan and Sara-Dancing in the dark
    Soft Cell-Tainted Love
    Rufus Wainwright-Chelsea Hotel No.2

    The bad
    The White Stripes-Walking with a ghost
    Amanda Palmer-On the radio(I usually love everything she does but....this one rubs me the wrong way)

    The Ugly
    Any Queen cover that isn't by George Michael or Elton John. Especially the My Chemical Romance one....JUST ICK!
  • Gig review - The Dresden Dolls

    4. Nov. 2006, 22:21 von Ged_UK

    3rd November saw me at the Roundhouse for the second consecutive night, this time to see the The Dresden Dolls.

    Now, I've been to a few gigs in my time, especially over the last few years, but I can truly say this was one of the oddest. Some of the oddness I can understand, some I still can't get my head around!

    I've never been to a gig before where the first thing you see is everyone in the main hall gathered around a huge circle as a man spins himself around in a big hoop! I'd read before the gig that The Dresden Dolls like the show to be more than just the music, and that was certainly my first evidence of that!

    The gig was MCed by Margaret Cho, a US comedienne. She introduced a number of support 'acts', some of which were music based, and all were fabulous in their own way!

    Roughly in order of appearance;

    Cirque-Eloize with a range of different things, musical, dance and visual performances that were very impressive (they popped up several times through the evening (including with the Dolls)
  • Dresden Dolls photos- Oct. 15th, 2006!

    2. Nov. 2006, 18:36 von HedwigsInTheBox

    Again, if you're here for the pictures, scroll down. If you'd like to read the whole story, you're certainly welcome to. =]

    The Dresden Dolls. One of the few acts I was willing to travel six hours for. Took place on October 15th, 2006 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, Oregon.

    We got in line about 7:45 pm somehow thinking that the concert started at 8:00. Upon glancing at my ticket again, I realized what I'd already known, that it didn't start till 9:00. Not such a bad thing, though- we were near first in line. Security didn't check us out at all, not even a look. If they had security, that is. We walked up about four flights of stairs and finally found the merch tables, where I bought some posters, patches, a t-shirt and some albums. We were only hanging out for probably...twenty minutes when they announced the first act to take the stage, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre. I grabbed my brother and off to the front we went. This first group of performers really intrigued me. …
  • The Dresden Dolls -- The Arena

    12. Okt. 2006, 13:42 von Dsthenes

    The Dresden Dolls, The Red Paintings, Zen Zen Zo Physical Theatre, Jason Webley
    The Arena, Brisbane
    September 15, 2006

    Seeing The Dresden Dolls. It's a little like going to a masquerade ball. As many punters as not seem to be frocked up. Black lace, top hats and stripy stockings. Masks and feathers. And more kohl and mascara than you’d need for any number of Kiss concerts.

    First up, Seattle-born troubadour Jason Webley woos us with his powerful voice and engaging stage manner. With a busker-inspired style, and many a polite tip of his fedora, he cajoles the audience into his act.

    A sing-along about aardvarks backed by accordion and cleverly amplified foot stamping for drums is only an initial enticement. By the conclusion of his set he has a good three-quarters of the audience spinning on the spot with their hands in the air (it's a surefire way to get wasted, he tells us) and singing and swaying to The Drinking Song.

    The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer makes an unexpected appearance. …
  • This wire around my neck ain't there for fun.

    18. Sep. 2006, 3:27 von Passioneer

    I listened to a lot of stuff over the past week... some of it similar to the week before so I'll try just to talk about the important ones.

    1. Rilo Kiley (107 plays)
    I truly thought my obsession with them had died down a bit, but looking at these numbers, it obviously hasn't. I listened mostly to Initial Friend-era stuff along with some Take Offs and Landings and a few random tracks thrown in. I played a lot of songs of theirs on repeat often which explains why a whopping five are in my top ten for the week. Most notably, "Somebody Else's Clothes" which I played 22 times - yikes! And those really only happened in the span of a day or two. In second place is "85" with 17 plays. The first few times I listened to it I didn't care for it much and only rated it three stars. (I'm a bit lenient when it comes to rating - the lowest I'll give is three because really, if it's any lower than that it doesn't even deserve to be in my library. …
  • I went to The Dresden Dolls' "Fuck the Backrow U.K" ....

    4. Sep. 2006, 11:11 von bexylou

    I went to The Dresden Dolls' "Fuck the Backrow U.K" at the Devonshire arms, my favourite place in Camden, on the sunday of the Bank holiday to watch the films there.

    Everyone was dressed in Punk Cabaret style clothing and were seriously dedicated fans, as some of them as come as far as France, or had left Reading festival early to come to the wonderful evening.

    Songs such as [track] Me & The Minibar [/track] ,off the new album, were covered and there were Burlesque performances! Many of the films used The Dresden Dolls' songs and all of them were in true Punk Cabaret style! Even though Amanda Palmer didnt close the show, (she had been at Leeds and Reading performing The Dresden Dolls stuff) it was amazing!

    I never thought i'd get to see this event as it had been sceduled for America only on their website, but i managed to get to this one and will definitely be going to the next "Fuck The Backrow U.K" which is coming up soon.

    See you all there!
  • These are a few of my favorite things!

    26. Jul. 2006, 3:50 von xErukax

    The Dresden Dolls
    Amanda Palmer

    So! I went to FTBR in St. Louis the 20th.

    So. Fucking. Amazing.

    Not only did Brian show up, but I got to meet him and Amanda! They are so amazingly nice, guys. <3

    I don't have the pictures of myself and them yet, but once I do I'll try to post links.

  • Fuck the Back Row (w/ Amanda Palmer) - Columbus, OH 7-6-06

    7. Jul. 2006, 21:31 von tylendel

    i've got last night's Fuck the Back Row set (w/ Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls) up on bittorrent now, you can grab the FLAC files here.

    i made an mp3 of "Ampersand" also... available here (for about a week). unfortunately amanda's vocals distorted a bit on one of the choruses of the song, but that's the only time in the set that happened.

    here's the setlist & recording info...
    Fuck the Back Row w/ Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls
    06 July 2006
    Studio 35, Columbus, OH

    taper: tylendel
    source: SP-CMC-2s (AT831s) > SP-SPSB-6 (w/ bass rolloff @107Hz) > M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 (16bit/44.1k)
    transfer: M-Audio Microtrack (USB 2.0) > PC > Adobe Audition > CD Wave > FLAC

    1. intro
    2. Ampersand
    3. thank yous
    4. Perfect Day (Lou Reed)
    5. song intro
    6. I Don't Care Much (Cabaret)
    7. My Favorite Things (Sound of Music)
    8. Me & the Minibar
    9. introducing Brian Viglione
    10. Mother (Pink Floyd)*
    11. song ideas
    12. Rainbow Connection (John Denver)^
  • If I Could Shut Them Up

    5. Jul. 2006, 5:56 von Piglet88

    ... just for a second I swear, I could stop this catostophe!

    I'm not always a depressed person, I swear. But lately, I can't shake it.

    I try to place nice with all the kiddies, but my friends sicken me. It's like I am only good for two purposes: 1. advice and 2. partying. But no one hears me as I scream for help when I drown. You can run to me all the advice in the world, but when I need a shoulder to cry on, you're busy. Then you call me up and say "hey there's a party!", but you never just want to hang out. Even my online friends have to turn into little bitches.

    My only friend is the one woman who understands me, Amanda Palmer. Yes, yes, we've never met. But that doesn't matter. I feel closer to her than to any person I've ever known. Her lyrics completly capture me. I have a dresden dolls song to describe every point of my life. Whenever I feel completly down on myself, I have to lock myself away with the Dolls turned all the way up and just cry along. It really is pathetic of me, but. …