It's been confirmed by Amanda Palmer (of the Dresden Dolls) that Ben Folds is producing and playing on her upcoming solo album being recorded at Ben's Nashville studio. Awesome, awesome news. For those out of the loop, Ben's my favourite artist/band and The Dresden Dolls are up there too. Ever since Ben randomly called up Amanda last year, which lead to the Dresden Dolls opening for a couple of Ben's gigs in Australia, I've been waiting for some sort of collaboration to come of this new musical relationship. And for the project to be Amanda's debut solo album after a hiatus of sorts from the Dolls is absolutely brilliant. Ben's own solo album should be coming out this year too. With Andrew Bird's latest already out, The Polyphonic Spree's coming up, The White Stripes back in action... it's shaping up to be a great year in music (for me at least!).
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Amanda Palmer - Night Reconnaissance Ben Folds - Side of the Road [originally by Lucinda Williams] Amanda Palmer - Material Girl (feat. Meredith Yayanos) [originally by Madonna] Ben Folds - Them That Got (live) [originally by Ray Charles]
By the way, if you want to check out Amanda covering The Rolling Stones' Satisfaction with a puppet, you should go here.