Amanda Palmer — Forty~Five Degrees: Bushfire Charity Flash Record
Birth name: Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer
Born: April 30, 1976, New York City, New York, U.S.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
2005: Best Female Vocalist in the WFNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
Album release: February 21, 2020
Record Label: Bushfire Charity Flash Record
Genre: Alternative, Singer~Songwriter
1. My Favourite Things (Bushfire Edition) 3:08
2. Beds Are Burning (feat. Missy Higgins, Brian Viglione, & Jherek Bischoff) 4:42
3. The Drover’s Boy 4:51
4. Black Smoke (feat. Clare Bowditch & Jherek Bischoff) 4:05
5. Suck It Up, Buttercup 8:52
6. Truganini (feat. Montaigne, Brian Viglione, & Jherek Bischoff) 4:41
7. Solid Rock 4:28
8. Regional Echo 4:49
★ Fred Leone — didjeridoo
★ Amanda Palmer — piano & vocals
★ Brian Viglione — drums
★ Jherek Bischoff — upright bass
★ Artwork by Sarah Beetson
★ Album layout designed by Andrew Nelson at down in the Valley, Kingston, NY
★ Engineered, co~produced and mixed by Anna Laverty at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
★ Assisted by Gabby Crump and James Taplin
★ Drums engineered by Jaron Luksa at the Rattle room in Burbank, CA
★ Assisted by Rylan Sunseri, Nathaniel Sellin, and Kahari Mays
★ Bass and guitar engineered by Jherek Bischoff at Sweethaven in Los Angeles, CA
★ Mastered by Ross Cockle at Sing Sing Studios
★ Xanthea O’Connor: guest A&R/advisor/co~producer/Lizard
★ Thanks for the autoharp Loan, Mic Hubbard
★ US musician, author and activist Amanda Palmer has announced Forty~Five Degrees: A Bushfire Charity Flash Record set for release on Friday, February 21. Recorded in just five days, the album is an immediate response to the ongoing bushfire crisis plaguing Australia with all proceeds going to Firesticks Alliance; an Indigenous led network re~invigorating and teaching cultural burning and land management.
★ The first single lifted from the release is a stirring cover of Midnight Oil’s hit “Beds Are Burning” featuring Missy Higgins taking the lead vocal under Palmer’s signature punk rock piano pounding. In addition to this, the tireless artist has also announced ‘Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer Present A Bushfire Recovery Event’ with special guests Missy Higgins and Fred Leone (Butchulla Song Man) in Melbourne on March 8th, in a bid to raise further funds to aid bushfire recovery efforts with proceeds going to Firesticks Alliance and Seed Mob: a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people working for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
★ Forty~Five Degrees: A Bushfire Charity Record came together at a dizzying pace between tour dates at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne with the help of Missy Higgins, Montaigne (singing on “Truganini”), Clare Bowditch (singing on “Black Smoke”) and Fred Leone (playing didjeridoo on “Solid Rock”) who dropped everything to be in the studio and lend their talents to the effort. The album also sees Amanda reunite with Brian Viglione of The Dresden Dolls who plays drums across several tracks and long~time Palmer~and~Higgins collaborator Jherek Bischoff providing guitar and both electric and upright bass. The album was helmed by local engineer Anna Laverty and produced by Amanda with Ross Cockle on mastering duties. The artwork was created specifically for the project by newly~minted Australian citizen Sarah Beetson.
★ Every song has ties to Australia, but it doesn’t stop there: each song is also deeply political. Featuring a new original song, “Suck It Up, Buttercup”, penned in Tasmania after a Mona Foma residency in a confessional booth during which Palmer spoke with over 100 people in Launceston about their fears and histories of abuse, the album also contains covers of songs by Midnight Oil, Ted Egan, Jen Cloher, Goanna and Emily Wurramarra. Most songs were suggested by Amanda’s Patreon community who inspired the emergency effort.
★ “My ability to move and work fast is made possible by 15,000 full~time supporters on my Patreon crowdfunding page. As the bushfires hit global headlines, many of my patrons reached out and wanted to know if we could collectively help the cause, given that I was touring here,” says Amanda.
★ “In a musical age where singles are debated in boardrooms and artists employ teams to produce tweets engineered for maximum public acceptance, it’s refreshing to have an artist who seems genuinely unafraid to risk failing spectacularly in the service of making honest art.
There Will Be No Intermission is a triumphant return of an uncompromising artist. It is singularly the best piece of work that Palmer has produced in her career.” — Popmatters
★ Hola comrades! WE ARE STILL THE MEDIA...and i am still a crowd~funded artist. this album & book was fueled by 14,000+ patrons who have supported my creative process for the past 3 years. THEY ARE AWESOME. they get my art & music in their inboxes automatically — plus patron~only merchandise, exclusive ticket sales, private shows, in~house blogs and extra demos & music. join us, for as little as $1/month, HERE: ★ http://patreon.com/amandapalmer
★ The album is available in a variety of different bundles, all of which come with a download of the full album! you can get the album on CD or vinyl, purchase a “there will be no intermission”/skull~machete t~shirt, AND get a set of 10 vinyl~sized art prints.