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But, it actually works pretty well when one is improv-ing and one is enslaved, because the improv-ing one can hop over and visit the enslaved one, and then they can switch roles six months later. I’ve been happy with the records that I’ve made, and I loved both Dresden Dolls records, and I thought that my first solo album was pretty killer, but this is…this feels…This feels different and more special because it really is a record unlike anything that I’ve done before, and also, it’s a record that really is a piece of art created in the studio, as opposed to just documenting of a live band, which is sort of what it felt like with the Dresden Dolls, you know? They were great, but if you had seen the band, it was drums and piano and a lot of energy, and you bought the recording and that’s what you got and you were very satisfied. I’ve never really put out a record like that before so, for me, it’s very exciting. I knew that I wanted to put a backup band together.But this record has a lot of surprises on it, and it’s full and layered and beautifully, crazily produced by John Congleton, with a lot of input and programming from my band, who are all weird geniuses in their own right. I didn’t know who it was going to be, and I was just starting to think about it, and…I was in Boston with my ex-boyfriend Michael Mc Quilken, who I had originally met because we were going to collaborate on theater stuff together, and then we wound up dating.We both sort of learned that we actually get on a lot better if we’re both working. I mean, for instance, I’m working on this huge new record, and working on a huge new record with a backup band, with a tour, with a staff, means that my life pretty much has to be scheduled down to the day for a year-and-a-half. And I’ve had periods of my life where I don’t know what I’m doing next month and I don’t know what I’m doing the month after, and Neil has seen me in those periods, and he’s in one of those periods now, where he doesn’t know what he’s going to be doing next week or the month after or the month after that.Amanda: Which is what most people’s normal relationships are. He has a vague idea, but his schedule is very, very improvisational right now, whereas mine is super strict.Yeah, I think the hardest thing about being in a relationship like this is that none of the rules and the assumptions that seem to apply to everybody else’s relationships really work for our relationship.So, talking to other people about it and expecting to grab rules and regulations from other people’s lives and relationships, which is the way most people do it— Most people who get married or have relationships kind of look around and say, ‘Well, this has worked for everyone else in the world. ’ And, you know, not to say that people who have day jobs and live together and do more of the ‘traditional’ marriage aren’t creative. But, we have to be especially creative because we don’t live together, we don’t even have a home together, and we both have lived the kind of lives up until this point where we prioritize our career, and so balancing all of that out, there’s pretty much no one I can ask and say, ‘So, how did you do it? So, you end up trying to find out for yourself, which is…Amanda has said that "I may never experience love at first sight, but I can imagine how it feels. The duo went through several name changes, going by the names The Left, Finishing School, and at the time of their debut concert as the Zeitgeist Gallery in Cambridge they were known as Out of Arms, before settling on the superlative The Dresden Dolls.
As a result, narrowing down her 10 best songs is tough.Neil says they “were as happy as any two people had ever been.” The next day Amanda had to jet off to Australia, and the newlyweds won’t see each other for ten more days (when they reunite in Tasmania.) : ( In case you need a little Dresden Dolls education, they were/are a alternative rock/pop group highly influenced by German cabaret and burlesque.Since her career began with drummer Brian Viglione in the punk-cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, singer Amanda Palmer has courted both controversy and devoted fans, carrying both with her into her solo career after the duo went on hiatus--and that fanbase ultimately led to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign and her current Patreon supporters, who regularly contribute money for each "thing" Palmer releases.It's probably impossible to underestimate the import of indie's pianist in chief Ben Folds as co-producer and guest musician.
Palmer is very noticeably no longer intent on battering her instrument into submission: tunes like the stately 'Ampersand' dreamily roll and surge on glittering, graceful musical tracks.The couple had been engaged for one year and one day when they exchanged vows in San Francisco (where Amanda was scheduled to perform her Dresden Dolls partner Brian Viglione (the pair once dated.) The couple broke the news via Twitter, and later Neil posted this sweet message on his Facebook page: UPDATE: Neil wrote more about his wedding on his blog.