Amanda Palmer Teams With Producer John Congleton Thanks To His “Fan Letter”

Singer Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer spoke with Billboard about teaming up with John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse) to produce her first studio album since her 2008 solo debut ‘Who Killed Amanda Palmer’. “Three or four years ago, John wrote me a fan letter one day, and said, ‘I love Dresden Dolls and I would love to work with you. What have you got planned?'” the former The Dresden Dolls singer explained. “Working with a new producer is always kind of a leap of faith. You can meet with them and you can even do some test sessions, which I did with John – kind of like, ‘let me date you before I actually get married to you for a record.’ But ultimately, you sort of do the math on a producer, and you say, well, they have these influences, they’ve made these records, they don’t seem like a crazy human being, and then you just jump in.”

Amanda Palmer: Touring Climate Is Bad

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer checked in with fans on her official web site blog on Tuesday (June 22), talking about the Evelyn Evelyn tour ending over the weekend in Boston and how it probably should have been marketed differently. The Dresden Dolls singer writes:

The general touring climate blows… it’s BAD out there, ticket prices are getting slashed and a lot of artists are playing to half-empty rooms due to the economy and the overgutted market since EVERY band and their moms are hitting the road to make up for the shortfall in record sales. And the weirdness of the show billing dented us… the shows were about half sold-out, which was actually pretty respectable… but it did teach me a damn fine lesson in marketing. We billed the show wrong; it should have been billed as an Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley extravaganza, with the twins as a support act, not the other way around. Those who knew about the twins would have gotten what they expected, those only familiar with me & Jason would have been strangely surprised by our weirdo stunts.

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Amanda Palmer Lashes Out At Warner Bros. For Pulling YouTube Videos

Amanda Palmer

Amanda Palmer checked in with fans on her official web site’s blog on Wednesday (December 24), reacting to Warner Bros. pulling all of their videos off YouTube after they failed to reach a revenue sharing agreement. The Dresden Dolls star writes:

In other words, Roadrunner is a subsidiary of Warner and I’m stuck in hell with Madonna and the other poor bastards, because Warner wants more money. Even worse, Warner has almost no bargaining power… They’re not even in the top ten of labels who have huge artists with material streaming on YouTube. They’re just starving for cash right now and they’re doing anything they can think of to come up with cash. It’s abSURD. They are looking for money in a totally backwards way.

Money that, I should point out, I would NEVER see as an artist. If they got their way and YouTube decided to give them a larger revenue share of the videos, it’s very unlikely it would ever make it’s way into the artists’ bank accounts.

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Amanda Palmer ‘Guitar Hero’ Video

Amanda Palmer of The Dresden Dolls is out with the video to her new single ‘Guitar Hero’, off the Lexington, Massachusetts alternative rock singer’s debut solo album ‘Who Killed Amanda Palmer’, out now on Roadrunner Records. Watch it at YouTube.