Last summer, Amanda Palmer released her version of Nirvana’s “Polly” as part of SPIN’s Newermind compilation. She now offers a video for her stark banjo-driven take, focusing on the dark story behind the lyrics.
Amanda Palmer has been visiting Occupy sites around the country, performing live for protesters in Los Angeles, Oakland, Portland, Vancouver, and Seattle. She has been doing covers of Lennon’s “Working Class Hero,” Rebecca Black’s “Friday” (in parody form), and old protest songs.
Earlier this week, we saw Amanda Palmer invite some friends to cover Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.” She strummed a ukulele there, as is her wont these days. On her new cover she ukes up again, but in a far more intimate setting. In a new video, she performs a quiet, stripped-down version of Bright Eyes’ “Lua” in what looks like a hotel bedroom.
Last year to celebrate Halloween, Amanda Palmer held a Dresden Dolls reunion show in New York City. This year she hit the other coast, appearing on a taping of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. She brought along Stephin Merritt of the Magnetic Fields, Moby, and husband Neil Gaiman for a cover of Rocky Horror’s “Science Fiction/Double Feature.”
One year ago today, Amanda Palmer released her hit-and-miss tribute album Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukulele and she’s just released a new music video for one of the tracks to celebrate. It’s for her meditative take on “No Surprises,” one of the best tracks on the album.