July 13th, 2009 | by Brandon Seifert Music | Posted In: Columns, Live Cuts

Video/Photo Review: Amanda Palmer, Thursday, July 9 @ the North Park Blocks

     
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Picture 3Amanda Palmer—solo performer and she of Boston punk-cabaret act the Dresden Dolls—was in PDX this week to talk to important people (Laika; Dark Horse Comics) about important things (movie scores; comics and books). And to play ukulele in the North Park Blocks for a crowd of fans she assembled through Twitter. Because that's just how she rolls.

Rather than write a blow-by-blow of the performance and the other things Palmer did (reading from her new book; holding a photo shoot with the crowd; serenading the audience from atop a statue with her frequent collaborator Jason Webley), we'd rather just show you.

Palmer played a short set on ukulele, including covers of "Creep" by Radiohead and "If You Want To Sing Out, Sing Out" by Cat Stevens. Here's the Cat Stevens song:
[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QVKfNAMaNYY[/youtube]

Last winter Palmer released a solo album called Who Killed Amanda Palmer? Rather than including her usual lavish album artwork, which her label wouldn't finance, she made a photo book of the same name... featuring her dead in various situations, and accompanying stories by award-winning fantasy novelist (and Palmer's boyfriend) Neil Gaiman. Here's one of the two stories Palmer read from the book:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=laWDd4b2iYM[/youtube]

After the ukulele session concluded, Palmer got the 100+ person crowd to come take pictures at the elephant statue on the edge of West Burnside — just in time for Jason Webley to show up. Webley's an amazing accordion player from Seattle, and he and Palmer performed "Elephant Elephant," one of the songs from their collaborative project Evelyn Evelyn:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GALugA41dIA[/youtube]

Here's photos from Amanda's ukulele set, the photo session with Webley at the elephant statue, and Webley's solo performance of his song "Last Song" on top of the elephant.









Links:
Amanda PalmerSpace
Preorder "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?", the book
Jason WebleySpace

Photos by Brandon Seifert
 
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