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Pop quiz for Amanda Palmer: What's on your iPod?
Posted by mcolurso March 19, 2009 15:15PM
Amanda Palmer, 32, Boston

SPECIALAmanda Palmer of the Dresden Dolls will bring her solo show to the WorkPlay theater on Tuesday. Vermillion Lies is the opening act at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 at 380-4082 or WorkPlay's Web site. Palmer is touring to spread the word about her new disc, "Who Killed Amanda Palmer," produced by Ben Folds. The title is a play on David Lynch's 1990s TV series, "Twin Peaks," and one of its characters, Laura Palmer. She was a homecoming queen found murdered in the first episode.

She's probably best known for her work with the Dresden Dolls, a "Brechtian punk cabaret" act with drummer Brian Viglione. But Amanda Palmer, an avant-garde composer and chanteuse, also performs as a solo artist. After jetting back from a trip to Australia, Palmer answered the following questions via e-mail.

Q: Tell us about your digital music player and when you typically use it.

A: "I own a red little iPod, but I've only used once, when I was jogging. Then I broke my foot and stopped jogging. So it's sat in my bag for most of the last five months."

Q: Has the iPod changed the way you work at all? Do you record on it or use it for demos?

A: "Ah, yes. When I was working on my record, I definitely used the iPod a lot more, for sequencing and listening to roughs. I've actually used it mostly for video, surprisingly ... I attach my head to it when I'm prepping for lip-synch, listening to the song I'm about to shoot, on repeat ... And I even use it to film some videos. (Check out my Avril Lavigne karaoke video; it's hot.)

Q: Anything you want to add about your player or music tastes?

A: "I used to be permanently attached to a Walkman. I was the kid in high school who almost never tuned into reality and walked everywhere with headphones on. Nowadays I barely ever listen to music. I like listening to the world, or to the sound of silence if I can get it, and that's rare. I don't know whether it's because I'm getting older or because I spend so, so much time listening to (and performing) my own music on the road, but my threshold for incoming musical information has plummeted since I became a professional musician. Zoe Keating (the cellist) and I were joking about wanting to start a non-profit called 'Musicians For Less Music.' Sometimes your head can just explode with the amount of notes out there in the world."

PLAYLIST

1. Love, "Everybody's Gotta Live," from "Reel to Real" (1974) - "I jogged for an entire summer last year to this, and then made a video for it."

2. Tegan and Sara, "Like O, Like H," from "The Con" (2007) - "This whole album was the only thing I listened to on my iPod this past fall on my European tour. Brilliant (stuff)."

3. Ben Folds, "Cologne," from "Way to Normal" (2008) - "When Ben put this record out, I was just starting to tour in August. I entered the stage
doing a lip-synch to the song."

4. The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony," from "Urban Hymns" (1997) - "Best good mood song ever."

5. Yoga instruction - "When I do yoga, I kick it to Baron Baptiste. He's an incredible instructor and his recorded classes are ace."