Amanda Goes Viral

Lately, it seems to be a big thing for some bands to set up these elaborate publicity schemes through the advent of the 24/7 infomercial channel, also known as the web. It seems that a lot of folks are referring to this type of marketing now as “viral.” I guess cause it’s infectious? Hmm.

At any rate, the lovely miss Amanda Palmer of the fantastic cabaret/rock duo the Dresden Dolls is leaving her percussive other half out of the spotlight this September for a chance with her solo effort titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer? As a promotional tool she is releasing a series of videos from this Ben Folds produced debut.

Here’s the first:

Nope. Just more aggressive Madonna-floor-writhing with — what looks to be — drug paraphernalia!? Maybe it’s just me but I’m pretty sure I saw a spliff, syringe and a whippet somewhere in there. (At least there should have been). Voices at the segue at the end, “Is this real blood?” Well, here’s to hoping the next video is piano wire suicide. That way we can be done with all this mini-series hoopla and have some live shows! Cause face it, that’s really where she (and Brian) shine.

I guess I just don’t understand why she would want to go this route with her album promotions. It seems so far away from what the artistic standpoint of the Dolls would be, which is to think/be outside the box. But then I guess that’s why it’s not a Dolls album, and Amanda’s solo album instead. Either way, I’m still listening…

Who Killed Amanda Palmer? is out 9/16. Find out more, listen to more tracks (and get a free stencil!) HERE!

Who Is More Anti-Establishment?

You may recall earlier this week when I went on a rant about the excitement of knowing there was new material from (none other) than Zack De La Rocha dropping this month in the form of a debut EP for his new band One Day As A Lion. You may also recall my dismay that I could not find a preview of the album.

Well, four days till it’s release and Anti- Records have updated ODAAL’s page with one new track; the first one on the album: “Wild International.” You can preview it for yourself here.

They also have some so-so desktop wallpapers and a “store” set up which currently sells nothing, but is taking emails for those of us who are dying to get the release on 180 gram vinyl. Soon, they say. Soon. Plus, if you pre-order the vinyl you get the album as a download for “free!”

What I don’t get is, for a band that one would think would be so anti-establishment, why can’t they at least follow in the footsteps of a marketing genius – someone like Trent Reznor (another artist with a new album dropping this month) and offer the damn songs for real free, with the option to have the true fans buy later? Hmm.