An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer
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Just to give you a little background, writer Neil Gaiman and Amanda "F***king" Palmer got married in 2011, and decided, to celebrate, they were to perform together for six nights. The show, which feature Gaiman readings and Palmer singing songs with her ukulele. Both would also answer some questions and answers from their fans. The unique presentation would be rarely repeated, so it's a treat to hear and imagine what it was like with the release of An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer.
The three disc is divided into three logical sections: the first disc is nothing but Neil Gaiman reading excerpts from his various books. Gaiman is a great reader and performer, seemingly always well-rehearsed. Some of the readings are from poems ("100 Words"), some are short stories ("The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury") and some are very personal ("Feminine Endings"), but they are always a joy to listen to thanks to Gaiman's British accent.
The second disc, which according to the introduction from Margaret Cho, was recorded on Halloween. The second disc is also my favorite because it's the 'variety' disc, featuring the two singing duets on "Makin' Whoopee" and "The Problem with Saints" (the ultimate Joan of Arc song). In addition to Gaiman and Palmer collaboration ("Broken Heart Stew", "Pyscho"), the two read poems written for each other and answered some Q&A with fans (although you can tell this was edited to fit on one disc).
There was a nice surprise guest with Jason Webley (the other Evelyn), who came on to sing "Electric Blanket". His appearance was fun, especially when they messed up during the live recording.
The third disc focused more on Amanda Palmer's music as well as some of her "favorite cover songs". The covers are obscure, like Momus' "I Want You, But I Don't Need You", Fascinating Aïda's "Look Mummy, No Hands", and Death Cab For Cutie's "I Will Follow You Into The Dark".
As for the original songs, she often would give long and detailed introductions, so it gave great insights to why some of these songs were written, like "Dear Old House" (about her parents selling her old house) and "Gaga, Palmer, Madonna; A Polemic" (about who else?).
An Evening With Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer is out now, you can grab various physical bundles, including the double-vinyl at her website. To paraphrase Amanda Palmer, "It's only $25.00, that isn't lots of money."