As far as alumni artists go, we don’t report on Dresden Dolls’ Amanda Palmer ’98 nearly enough, but when we do, it’s always a treat—often in a slightly uncomfortable sort of way (see: Amanda Palmer blogs about experiences living in Eclectic in the mid-90s, Amanda Palmer pens angry song bashing her record label, Amanda Palmer sings eerily catchy song about burning Wesleyan to the ground).
So naturally I was psyched to see the Pitchfork headline announcing the cabaret-pop singer’s upcoming “Oz-themed LP.” Can you imagine a Dresden-style take on “Follow the Yellow Brick Road”? A punked up “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”? This is almost as exciting as that time the Flaming Lips covered “If Only I Had a Brain”! (I’ve never been as enthusiastic as their radio session treatment of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”)
Except I’m an idiot and Pitchfork is clearly using “Oz” in the geographic sense: appropriately titled Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under, the album is a tribute to Australia and New Zealand, where it was written and recorded. Oh, well. I got excited all over again when I saw that the tracklist was to include an unspecified Nick Cave cover. Can you imagine a cabaret-style “From Her To Eternity”? A totally feminized “Do You Love Me?”? An eerily revved up “The Carny”?
You can glance at the questionable cover art above and eventually purchase the album through Palmer’s website. You can also stream the first single, entitled “Map of Tasmania.” “it’s a collaboration with the UK dj hal ritson (aka the young punx),” writes Palmer, “and it’s…unlike anything you’ve ever heard me do. YOU SHALL DANCE.” Also: “stay tuned for weird bundles, strange favors, and cool merchandise.” And I will.