Amanda Palmer To Release EP of Ukelele-Strummed Radiohead Covers

    Dresden Dolls frontwoman Amanda Palmer is feeling so triumphant about negotiating her way out of a contract with label Roadrunner Records that she’s got Radiohead syndrome. Her upcoming EP, which will be her first release since cutting ties with the Warner Music Group subsidiary, will be sold for pay-what-you-want donations In Rainbows-style via Bandcamp. Did I mention the whole thing is comprised of Radiohead covers?

     

    The EP, called Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead On Her Magical Ukulele, features stripped-down covers of “Idioteque,” “Creep,” “No Surprises,” “High and Dry,” “Fake Plastic Trees,” and a live version of “Exit Music (For a Film)” featuring piano and string quartet. She’s also printing a thousand copies of limited-edition vinyl, which will come with assorted goodies like Radiohead-themed ukuleles hand-decorated by Palmer. The one caveat? The download’s minimum price is 54 cents, which covers Radiohead’s royalties fee and allows Palmer to release the songs legally. 

     

    The EP comes out online on July 17. If you can’t wait until then to hear Palmer croon like Thom Yorke, download the “Idioteque” single now or catch one of her upcoming shows:

     

    06.10 New York, NY: Lucille Lortel Theatre

    06.11 New York, NY: Lucille Lortel Theatre

    06.12 New York, NY: Lucille Lortel Theatre

    06.13 New York, NY: Lucille Lortel Theatre

    06.17 Washington, DC: 9:30 Club

    06.18 Philadelpha, PA: Theater of Living Arts

    06.19 Boston, MA: House of Blues