Amanda Palmer Unveils Her “Map of Tasmania,” Album Out January 21!
Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under (January, 21 2010; Liberator)
Remix Contest Launched Today!
Provocative, irreverent, controversial, entertaining and artistic. Amanda Palmer continues to push the boundaries as the Queen of Punk Cabaret. She is a fearless singer, songwriter and an audaciously expressive pianist who simultaneously embraces – and explodes – traditional frameworks of composition.
Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under is her latest offering as a solo artist. A collection of live and studio tracks with an Antipodean theme, the album berates a lover for his love of vegemite and celebrates a lady’s nether regions with the new single “Map of Tasmania.” All material for this album was lovingly penned for and recorded in Australia and New Zealand. It includes some special tributes in the form of covers of Nick Cave and New Zealand’s Peter Jefferies.
Produced and directed by Michael Pope, the outrageously clever euphemistic “Map Of Tasmania” video will be sure to get your pulse thumping and bring you to your feet!
“At one point – ten hours into our shooting day, racing to complete the video – I looked around the room. There were crew members hustling, break dancers and krunkers practicing, 40 dance party extras, twenty people – women and men both – dressed in various merkins each one more outrageous than the one before, a project self-funded by Amanda and as outside the box as one can get, and I thought to myself “this is the ritual of our time”– The Creative Action.” Michael Pope, Director.
The undisputed champion artist of the emerging music business scene has found her way to Indaba to source remixes of her new single “Map of Tasmania” featuring the Young Punx and she’s willing to pay the winner $1,000. The winner and two runner ups could also be featured on a digital EP of remixes due out later this year. Amanda and the Young Punx, are personally judging the contest. For those in the twitterverse, use the hash tag #afpremix!
Having just struggled to be release from her major label contract, Amanda has been trailblazing in Internet and creative distribution with an effective new model for distribution of music. Amanda Palmer Goes Down Underwill be available exclusively for her Down Under fans as a physical release through Liberator. However, true to Amanda’s unique and successful music model, fans will be able to choose their contribution for download, as well as buy packages and once in a lifetime experiences (Down Under Bundles go live on the 21st).
Anyone who’s ever seen or heard Palmer – whether raising eyebrows as the gender-bending “emcee” in the prestigious American Repertoire Theatre’s production of the musical ‘Cabaret’, delivering dramatically direct, wildly theatrical performances as one half of the cabaret-punk duo The Dresden Dolls or, most recently, as a solo artist whose uncompromising vision has frequently made her a flashpoint for both admiration and controversy – will attest to the fact that being a musician and rock star is not merely a job, and never has been.
Amanda Palmer Goes Down Undercoincides with the Opera House “Australia Day Spectacular” with Amanda inviting special guests husband Neil Gaiman, cabaret darling Meow Meow and Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentleman to join her on this January 26th celebration.
Amanda Palmer will also be touring January & February taking in the MONO FOMA festival in Tasmania as a special guest of curator Brian Ritchie of the Violent Femmes. She will also be reprising her much lauded performance at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne. She will bring the spectacular to the Adelaide Fringe in early March.