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April 20, 2015

CHEERIO COMRADES!


there will be a few more dates to come – including a handful of FREE bookstore signings in the major cities – but this is bulk of my upcoming, and last, tour (for a while at least).


these solo shows will be sort of a combination of my last two USA tours…some eclectic combination of book-readin’, piano-playing, chatting with guests, ukulele-slaying, and mostly unabashed emoting as i say goodbye to touring for a while to go…you know, give birth n’ stuff.


in cities where I *don’t* have a separate bookstore signing, i WILL be signing after some shows (but be forgiving, i’ll be 6 months along and tired as a pregnant lady). we will have copies of “the art of asking” for sale, along with AMANDA _____ PALMER shirts for sale. shit got downright bizarre by the end of the US tour…i was writing things on those shirts that *i* didn’t even want to ask about….AND we will have (wait for it) boxes of the infamous “dear daily mail” nudie pen. because of course. i will personally post one to the daily mail upon arrival in the UK.


as with the states (where everybody did a fantabulous job…) PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THESE GIGS! word of mouth is where it’s at, and you guys tweeting, emailing, facebooking and otherwise spreading the word about these shows really, really helps. i’d love them all to be as beautiful and successful as this run i just did in the states.


this exact info went out to the mailing list earlier this morning – if you want to be on the list to get things like this FIRST, sign up here: http://amandapalmer.net/emaillist/


 


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(photo by wojo4hitz, via instagram)


29 May*

St. George’s in Bristol, Avon, UK

Ages: 14+

Tickets


1 June*

Queens Hall in Edinburgh, UK

Ages: 14+

Tickets


3 June*

RNCM in Manchester, UK

Ages: 14+

Tickets


5 June*

City Varieties in Leeds, UK

Ages: TBD

Tickets


8 June*

Union Chapel in London, UK

Ages: 16+

Tickets


13 June

Academy in Dublin, Ireland

Ages: 18+

Tickets


13 June

Dalkey Book Festival in Dalkey, Ireland

Tickets


14 June

Limelight in Belfast, UK

Ages: 18+

Tickets


the dates with asterisks will be available for pre-sale beginning Wednesday April 22 at 9AM GMT. tickets for all dates will be available on Friday 24 April at 9AM GMT. (more information for the 02 and Live Nation pre-sales can be found at https://www.o2priority.co.uk/tickets and http://help.livenation.com)


to avoid confusion….MY FIRST SHOW EVER IN WALES at Hay Festival is already announced! may 30th, and only £8.00: https://www.hayfestival.com/p-9890-amanda-palmer.aspx


….and my News Statesman co-gig in london on may 28th with Neil Gaiman is already sold out: info here.


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(photo by cyndaelle, via twitter)


AND


I’m thrilled as all hell to get out to announce that I’m opening up for MORRISSEY on june 25th in San Jose. info here.


if you’re in the Bay Area, or you’re a massive smiths fan, I hope you come to this, it’s going to be super special. bring your gladioli.


maybe I’ll give morrissey a nudie pen. maybe he will like it.


i love you guys – hope to see you out there.

x

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p.s. the patreon is ON FIRE and there’s a full, free dolls webcast from this past weekend’s free show in brooklyn at Rough Trade coming out soon thanks to all the patrons. stay tuned. if you haven’t joined, come on over, we’re at almost 4,500 people…! http://patreon.com/amandapalmer


p.p.s. i am getting HUGE.


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(photo by enigmaarts, via instagram)


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April 18, 2015

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yes!!!!!! by popular demand! THE RECORD STORE DAY DRESDEN DOLLS NYC SHOW *WILL* BE WEBCAST TO PATREON BACKERS ONLY! watch twitter or expect a patreon email from me when we go live! aiming for 6 pm, whether we’re on stage or not!!!


if you haven’t joined patreon yet, here’s a damn good reason. you can join for as little as $1 a thing: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer


the stream will be archived and released to the Whole Wide World in a week or so, but only patreon backers can watch it live today!


THIS WILLL BE EPIC!



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here we are, this morning at rehearsal in Manhattan. We are ready to SLEIGH YOU!!!


 



people have been posting pictures all day of their vinyl scores… keep them coming!


 


@amandapalmer THANK YOU!! No, seriously, thank you. This thing is overwhelmingly beautiful (and I have yet to open) pic.twitter.com/LnGYrOjt1S


— Tonius Maximus Voda (@TonyV433) April 18, 2015




Got some great exclusives for #RSD15 including this 3LP beauty. @amandapalmer @DresdenDolls #LongLiveThePunkCabaret pic.twitter.com/upxPEOHs7k — Nina Glencross (@ChocoNeenz) April 18, 2015



@amandapalmer @mandophoto yay we got it! Good Records Dallas still quite a few copies!! #RSD2015! pic.twitter.com/DXieQ0AmnP


— Leslie Davis (@la_la_leslie) April 18, 2015



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April 14, 2015

updated (4/15/15): SURPRISE !!!!!!!!! yes. yes. and yes. The Dresden Dolls are going to be reuniting THIS SATURDAY, to play a FREE SHOW at Rough Trade Records in BROOKLYN to celebrate Record Store Day !!!! 6 pm. we will be playing a short set and signing for as long as it takes to make all y’all happy. rough trade will have a few hundred copies of “The Virginia Monologues” vinyl and hopefully a lot of other dolls and AFP music – buy liberally!


other guests at the store include the Buzzcocks (!!) and Kim Gordon (!!!!!!!!) who’s going to be promoting her book – EXPECT ABSOLUTE FUCKING MAYHEM. arrive early – this shit is going to be packed. the dolls haven’t played together in years, we’ve certainly never played wig a pregnant member, and this is historic & special.


details on the store here:

http://www.roughtrade.com/events/2015/4/1223


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photo by Kyle Cassidy


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LOOK AT THIS THING OF ABSOLUTE BEAUTY!!! the long-awaited “Virginia Monologues” delicious three-color-LP set is almost here: ALL of The Dresden Dolls second and third albums, “yes, virginia” and “no, virginia” collided into one giant package. for the triple vinyl set, suggested retail price is:

US = $44.98

UK = £34.00

EU = €43.00


 


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yes: Record Store Day is yet again upon us!! this Saturday, april 18th, indie record stores all over America will open their doors to the faithful and the curious, luring you into their stores with the promise of products that you CANNOT GET ONLINE. correct, I support this. I fucking love the Internet but I also love little record stores, I was raised in them – I spent so much of my time as a teenager in dank record stores poring through crates to find rare Current 93, Nick Cave and Cure bootlegs… I cannot imagine a world without record stores. it’d be like a world without bookstores or libraries. it’d be like a world without coffee shops. it’d be like a sad world where we all just sit in isolation and order shit off amazon, never interacting with another human.


this is the fourth year I’ve participated in Record Store Day: the first time found me making paintings of Neutral Milk Hotel album covers in the Harvard Square newbury comics, the next one see the 7″ Release of nirvana’s “Polly” by me & the grand theft orchestra, and last year was the glorious release of The Dresden Dolls debut album on vinyl for the first time ever.


Mr Brian Viglione, my musical soul brother and the fabulous drummer of The Dresden Dolls, and I were really excited to put this project together, along with Amanda from rhino records, who’s a huge fan and could have chosen any other band to spend her time re-releasing.


we chose the artwork together (the cover artwork is from one of our first real photoshoots EVER with boston photographer Kelly Davidson), we worked very hard on the design and packaging and I even crowd-sourced the project title on facebook if you were around that magical day a few months ago.


I hope you are inspired enough by this effort to plan your Saturday around getting your physical self to an indie record store near you and communing with your fellow music lovers.


just as it’s important to keep music alive by actually going to shows, it means a fuck to these little record stores if you take the time to go into their stores and browse their aisles, talk with them about releases, and keep the human ecosystem of recorded music rolling so that amazon does not completely swallow the planet. do it today and remember how much you love the smell of a nice new vinyl.


ALSO… if you happen to be in the New York area on record store day… you might get a special surprise. just sayin’.


ALL PARTICIPATING STORES are on the website … if you’ve never been to your local indie record store, THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO BUST YOUR CHERRY. seek and ye shall find: http://recordstoreday.com


and one more thing…if you don’t own a vinyl record player but have been thinking about it…I highly recommend it. it’s a really nice ritual to pop on a record, free of software and programs, put the needle to the groove, and listen to music while you cook/clean/work/pat a cat.


crosley is a nice bunch of hipsters selling cheap, pretty, ready-to-go record players that you can set up anywhere in your house: https://www.crosleyradio.com/Turntables


 


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Published on April 14, 2015 10:54 • 6 views

LOOK AT THIS THING OF ABSOLUTE BEAUTY!!! the long-awaited “Virginia Monologues” delicious three-color-LP set is almost here: ALL of The Dresden Dolls second and third albums, “yes, virginia” and “no, virginia” collided into one giant package. yes: Record Store Day is yet again upon us!! this Saturday, april 18th, indie record stores all over America will open their doors to the faithful and the curious, luring you into their stores with the promise of products that you CANNOT GET ONLINE.


 


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correct, I support this. I fucking love the Internet but I also love little record stores, I was raised in them – I spent so much of my time as a teenager in dank record stores poring through crates to find rare Current 93, Nick Cave and Cure bootlegs… I cannot imagine a world without record stores. it’d be like a world without bookstores or libraries. it’d be like a world without coffee shops. it’d be like a sad world where we all just sit in isolation and order shit off amazon, never interacting with another human.


this is the fourth year I’ve participated in Record Store Day: the first time found me making paintings of Neutral Milk Hotel album covers in the Harvard Square newbury comics, the next one see the 7″ Release of nirvana’s “Polly” by me & the grand theft orchestra, and last year was the glorious release of The Dresden Dolls debut album on vinyl for the first time ever.


Mr Brian Viglione, my musical soul brother and the fabulous drummer of The Dresden Dolls, and I were really excited to put this project together, along with Amanda from rhino records, who’s a huge fan and could have chosen any other band to spend her time re-releasing.


we chose the artwork together (the cover artwork is from one of our first real photoshoots EVER with boston photographer Kelly Davidson), we worked very hard on the design and packaging and I even crowd-sourced the project title on facebook if you were around that magical day a few months ago.


I hope you are inspired enough by this effort to plan your Saturday around getting your physical self to an indie record store near you and communing with your fellow music lovers.


just as it’s important to keep music alive by actually going to shows, it means a fuck to these little record stores if you take the time to go into their stores and browse their aisles, talk with them about releases, and keep the human ecosystem of recorded music rolling so that amazon does not completely swallow the planet. do it today and remember how much you love the smell of a nice new vinyl.


ALSO… if you happen to be in the New York area on record store day… you might get a special surprise. just sayin’.


ALL PARTICIPATING STORES are on the website … if you’ve never been to your local indie record store, THIS IS A WONDERFUL WAY TO BUST YOUR CHERRY. seek and ye shall find: http://recordstoreday.com


and one more thing…if you don’t own a vinyl record player but have been thinking about it…I highly recommend it. it’s a really nice ritual to pop on a record, free of software and programs, put the needle to the groove, and listen to music while you cook/clean/work/pat a cat.


crosley is a nice bunch of hipsters selling cheap, pretty, ready-to-go record players that you can set up anywhere in your house: https://www.crosleyradio.com/Turntables


 


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March 9, 2015

hey denizens of The Blog!!!

NEW SINGLE TODAY. my first official release in…actually, years.

i know a LOT of you have supported the patreon – thank you.
it’s incredible to me to see almost 3,000 people (and counting daily) hopping on board to support
my ability to keep music free for everybody. it’s just so fucking awesome.

a word about how it’s going to affect this blog.

as you’ll see from the link i’m about to give you, i’m going to be doing some degree of blogging over on patreon now.

i’ve been talking about this with friends (and neil, who used to be a more avid blogger) and the numbers are in….
the comments and hits on the blog are going down, down, down due to people migrating over to facebook and twitter and
the like. it’s not just me, it’s the system. but it’s also me, i don’t write a daily blog, i’ve been spreading my content all over
different platforms, trying to reach everybody…it’s been kind of a pain in my ass. i want everybody in one place, and i
don’t want that place to be facebook. (i think facebook is evil).

the blogging/writing i’m going to do on patreon is going to be limited, i think, to a couple things.

i’m going to be writing/posting some LONG-FORM stuff: interviews/essays/lost book passages that i decide to finally
re-write, edit and publish as stand-alone pieces. those will live on the blog, and i’ll send patreon over here to read.
i’m also going to release writing ABOUT THE THINGS i’m releasing there. it’s mostly read-only content anyway, not really
fodder for discussion and comments other than OMG I LOVE YOUR NEW SONG, and you can tell me that here, or on twitter,
or on facebook. as usual, i read everything.

my day to day THIS IS WHAT I’M DOING AND HOW I AM FEELING blogs will mostly still live here, because as much as i’m loving the community vibe on patreon,
it feels to weird to paywall my blog comments. i just don’t want to do that ever, i always want the conversation open to everyone,,,,yes, even the right-wing republicans who will come and post limericks about how i should have a bomb shoved up my c*nt. they deserve their voice too. that being said: there may be times when i want to talk about something that i just don’t feel like giving up to the world-at-large…some personal, intimate, vulnerable, possibly politically incorrect, who knows piece of content. THAT may go on patreon, because you know what? i don’t always want to deal with the entire world reading my shit. sometimes it’s nice to just talk to friends. if i ever do anything like that and the content feels significant, i’ll holler over here. i don’t want this blog to feel neglected.

so, before i get to feeling insecure. please comment below. y’all on board with this concept?

and with that short, gulpy, speech out of the way, here’s the link to the story and the stream of the new song.

GO GET IT, AND BE THE MEDIA FOR ME AND SHARE THIS TRACK EVERYWHERE!!!
the lyrics are up there too.


i recorded the track this fall. i’d written it a year or so prior when things with anthony’s cancer and my internet kerfuffles really hit the shitfan.
i asked zoe keating (who was, at the time, dealing with her own husband’s cancer battle) to record a cello part for it.
her husband, jeff, died a few weeks ago. it’s a particularly weird and beautiful time to put a track like this out, the poetry of life doesn’t stop.


https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer

it’s nice to be back at work.
next up, i want to make a video for this song.

it will be the saddest video in the world.


x
afp

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March 4, 2015

here it is, the patreon video.




a little story behind it….if it isn’t obvious, the video was shot in the exact same spot we shot the kickstarter video – almost exactly two years later to the day…it was shot RIGHT as i was finishing up the five-week-marathon during which i wrote “the art of asking”, in february of 2014.

i was lucky that my original kickstarter film-patrner-in-crime, jim batt, happened to be in melbourne at the time. it was like groundhogs day: i sourced a keytar, went to same shop (deans art in fitzroy, on gertrude street) to buy some fatty markers and posterboard, spread those fuckers out on the floor of the same rental apartment i was in during the making of “theatre is evil” (which was when i made the kickstarter video), and went to work.


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 jim writing on me


this time we had help: jim brought along his brother tom batt, and i brought my friend fiona koski, and they helped us dodge oncoming automobiles. fiona also sat and helped me decorate ALL THE THINGS – i did the lettering, but that poster with the spangly sparkles and ribbon on it was ALL HER. i cannot take credit.

also, the Game of Life was donated by @marsofanne from twitter – i asked if anybody in melbourne had one and she popped over.
i am dead serious about wanting to write a short book/story about how truly fucked the Game of Life is.
it was one of those moments i had when i couldn’t believe i wasn’t stoned or tripping and it occurred to me HOW FUCKED UP IT TRULY IS.
it’s so fucked up.

anyway.

THANKS ANNE!!!

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we also, if you can see towards the end of the video, started to RUN OUT OF LIGHT, because we didn’t start filming this sucker until later in the day. we therefore reverted to the old “let’s use the car headlights” trick (i’ve done it in videos before – it works!) but neglected to think about the poor car battery.

we therefore have one more person to thank: david gates (from the band Tripod​), who was the only other person i knew in the neighborhood with a car. he came over and gave us a jump.

so thanks to all these people, ESPECIALLY jim, who edited the shit out of it and waited A YEAR while i got my shit together.
you’re a trooper, dude. if you want to follow jim on twitter, he’s @battsignal. (better yet, hire him to make a video for you).


now


why did i wait so long after making the video to launch, you ask?

it’s a good question.

i really wanted this to WORK, and i wanted to have enough free time to launch in correctly, and THEN to not keep everybody waiting too long for The Things.

launching it while i was working on the book seemed absurd: i barely had time to answer my basic emails. and then, because the book was turned in so incredibly 11th hour, i had no time off: i went straight to bard (literally the DAY after i handed the manuscript in) and started daily work on The Bed Show at bard. then it was the holidays. then it was the australian book tour (and on top, the south african house party trip).

now feels like the first time in over a year i actually have my head back and can start thinking about Making Things again.

so that’s why.

the response so far is insanely wonderful: there’s over SIXTEEN HUNDRED patrons, and i’m looking at a salary of over $16k per piece of content. i cannot wait to start working, honestly. this is going to kick my ass.

if you haven’t supported yet, i hope you do.
this is going to be awesome.

i’ll be sending out my first message to all the supporters later today/tonight.

za link:

https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer



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March 3, 2015

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HOLA COMRADES!!


well, here we are.


the next internet moment.


the new frontier.


kickstarter 2.0.


last night at my show for PEN american DIY at the ace hotel in new york, an NYC artist named jules banks handed me these flowers he made for me, out of dollar bills.


it was such a beautiful fucking gesture (these dollars will never be spent, they’ve transformed into art forever) and it seemed so fitting given today’s announcement…


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i’ve been hinting for over a year about launching a patreon, and BLAMMO, i just did it.


last year was eaten writing and putting out “the art of asking”, and this year i want to GET BACK TO MAKING ART.


i have lots of plans, lots of projects, lots of ideas for videos. i want to get back into the studio with john congleton (who produced and engineered “theatre is evil”, the kickstarter record, and just WON A GRAMMY for his work with st. vincent).


 


i want to finally get to berlin and make a collection of songs in german.


i want to do the same thing in paris, and make a bunch of french-language recordings.


i want to finally release “bigger on the inside” (which i just recorded with zoe keating on cello) and “the thing about things”,


and i want to make videos for them.


 


i want to finally, as i’ve been promising, do a collection of recordings with MY DAD.


i want to put all this music out on the internet.


 


i want to start a podcast.


 


i want to do a LOT of things. they’re gonna cost money.


 


some of you may already know (or be using patreon)…if not, here’s your primer.


this is basically the same text that i’ve posted up on my patreon page.


i also made a video (filmed in the exact same alleyway where i made my kickstarter video in melbourne…..


with the same filmmaker, jim batt).


to see it, and if you want to support me, click here: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer


patreon is basically like kickstarter, except it….never ends. it’s more of a SUBSCRIPTION site, where your backers (patrons) agree to give a set amount of money every time you release a piece of content. that piece of content can be free to the world (a lot of vloggers and daily web-comics use it). it’s true patronage – you’re not paying to get secret access to the art – you’re just stepping up and telling the artist you’re willing to give them a steady salary while they Make Shit.


if you’re a fan of mine, and really want to support me in the creation of new songs, film-clips/music-videos, long-form writing and more random, unpredictable art-things (comics? podcasts? who knows)….this is your chance.


here i am again, asking.


i’ve been struggling since i got off my label in 2008 to find the right platform for ongoing support, through which i can release constant material (and get paid). i think this is it.


i’ve gotten to know myself. as a creator, as a songwriter, and as a recording artist, i thrive on instant gratification and a direct mainline to my audience without having to go through labels, distributors, the machine, the mass media. i love making things and INSTANTLY sharing. and i know my fanbase: you’re smart, kind, supportive, future-embracing people.


i think patreon is a revolution in music-release and art patronage: i’m planning to release pretty much ALL MY CONTENT for free: on youtube, bandcamp, my site, wherever.


it’s yours, it’s everybody’s, you can take it, you can share it.


but i need support, true patronage, from you you YOU if i’m going to take the plunge and have money to live and make art.


i’m friends with jack (the CEO) and the fine folks at patreon, as i was pals (and still am) with yancey over at kickstarter. i really believe in what these people are doing, and i’ve been really astounded and inspired to see what all these other artists, from writers to cartoonists to singers, are doing with their patreons. it isn’t making world news, because it is what it is: a quiet, underground network of artists connecting directly with their fans, bypassing the entire commercial system. this is AWESOME. it is, eventually, how the internet can really save art. it also means YOU need to step up and support the artists you love, the political cartoonists you want to see satirizing the system, the painters you want to see reflecting their realities, the musicians you want filling your hearts and your speakers, the journalists you want to see writing about the state of the world.


almost 25,000 of you supported my kickstarter, and i don’t expect those kinds of numbers here – this is more of a commitment: though you do get to road test it if you’re scared (you can pull out before you’re charged at the end of any month – so it’s risk-free).


my kickstarter was a one-time all-in deal, this is more of an ongoing commitment to me and my music and spontaneous art-making. kickstarter was like dating, this is like….going steady. it’s not exactly like getting married, because…yeah. it’s not that hardcore. maybe someday i’ll start bandmarriage.com and make a killing: one patron, one artist enslaved for life. (maybe not.)


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now, backstory: i’ve been flailing (often happily, for sure) since i left my label in 2008. self-releasing and distributing vinyl and CDs isn’t easy, and isn’t always super-profitable. giving my music away for free online has been an adventure, but not as profitable as i expected. you may be surprised to know that “theater is evil”, even though it had 25,000 backers and was given nothing but rave reviews in the press, sold very, very few? copies in stores. that wound up sinking me financially…even though it was the best record i’d ever made.


i really believe that putting content up for free on the internet is Fundamentally Good: it means everybody can share….but i honestly don’t make enough through that method alone to support a recording studio and video-making habit…there are months when my pay-what-you-want revenue from bandcamp and my website combines totals less than a few hundred dollars. that means the only way to pull in money is to tour, sell merch, or…to do another kickstarter to call upon everybody’s support and goodwill. that’s what i’ve been doing.


the problem with kickstarter is that, while it’s great for huge projects, i don’t want to do get repetitive, or exhaust the fanbase with “HEY I’M MAKING YET ANOTHER RECORD, PRE-ORDER HERE”…..i just want to be able to go into the studio, make music with friends, call a film director, make a video, take a few months off, write, record, and press PUBLISH when i’m done, the way i can with my blogs. bam, bam, bam.


i also don’t want to have to think up clever merchandise (i know we love fuzzy posters, and t-shirts, and photo books, and signed things, and mugs and tea-cozies, and and and….but how much Stuff is too much Stuff before we don’t need any more Stuff cluttering up the earth’s future landfills and want to just get back to the music, which was supposed to be the point, right?)


don’t get me wrong: i’m not going to give up on physical or merchandise (i mean, manufacturing my own nudie pens has been the highlight of my cold winter), and i’m not going to give up on collecting my music into “albums”… i think that’ll make itself clear once i’ve recorded a bunch of stuff for patreon and released it. i’ll be HAPPY to use kickstarter or other forms of crowdfunding to see what the demand is for “ALL THESE SONGS AND MORE on VINYL”…that’s easy. then if 1,600 people want vinyl, i’ll make 1,600 vinyl. bam.


i know i’m addicted to PUTTING OUT THE THING NOW. i’ve seen what’s happened to me when i’m able to slave all night on something and wave it around immediately the next day online or at a show. without that drive, 8in8 (the all-night record i made with ben folds and damian kulash and neil) wouldn’t have happened, and i don’t think i ever would have written “gaga, palmer, madonna” if i hadn’t been able to upload it directly to YouTube that night.


i don’t find it as inspiring to work for two years on a bunch of songs, know that i’m going to have to spend time raising funds for a record, a few more months (or years, in some cases) going through the record-biz “recording cycle” it’s boring. i mean, all respect to the artists who do it, and i may choose to do it with one project or another, but mostly, fuck it, i just want to MAKE STUFF AND PUT IT OUT. and get paid, and then keep going. does it mean i won’t ever get a grammy. yes, it does. but who cares? who am i making music for anyway….you, or the grammys committee? right. back to the point: i like fast, now, bam. getting paid for doing things Fast Now Bam is usually impossible.


here’s the key: i have no idea how much money is going to filter in. i may wind up getting $5,000 per thing, or $50,000.


i can already hear the backlash: “BUT AMANDA, A UKULELE SONG DOESN’T COST $50,000 TO RECORD”.


 


you’re right. but videos cost a huge amount, and make nothing.


and you can’t really put a price tag on how much it costs to write a song. it’s priceless.


 


this is where the trust comes in. making art costs a lot, and also nothing.


 


you’re not just paying for the studio time, you’re covering EVERYTHING.


my office rent. my travel. my food. my new york times subscription. my phone bills. my staff. the hours i blog.


you’re basically paying for me to live, and work, ALL THE TIME.


 


if a lot of money comes in, great. i’ll spend it.


it’s up to you to trust me whether i’m going to spend it on the right stuff.


if it weirds you out – don’t do it.


 


here’s the other key: THIS IS A HUGE EXPERIMENT.


we can keep tweaking this as we go. if the patron levels seem too high, too low, aren’t working….we can shift and change them. if anybody comes up with a brilliant idea of what would be wonderful to include in a new level, we can ADD it. if i decide that i want to spend a year doing cover songs, we can build in a system by which i can take requests from all patrons.


this is a platform where we can be in constant communication.


i’m hoping to drop my first piece of content (a newly record song) within a few weeks, and do my first webcast (for patrons of $10+) in about a weeks time.


if you guys know me, you know i LISTEN. we’re here to make this sucker work together, and we will.


even if you’re a one dollar backer, i want to know what you’re digging about the platform and what’s bugging you.


i’m really excited to see what happens with this, guys.


whether you’re backing me for a dollar or ten dollars, i’m happy.


every patron person who’s supporting backing me is important to this community, you’re who i’m creating for, and i’m glad you found me here.


let’s DO THIS SHIT!!!!!


love,


AFP


p.s. if you DO decide to become a patron: TELL PEOPLE! tweet! facebook! share the info! as with kickstarter, the way to make people feel safe about this system is to show that you’re willing to take the plunge. others will follow.


…………


THE FAQ (frequently asked questions)


if you have questions, COMMENT BELOW!!!!!!!!!!!


please submit them on twitter, on facebook, on my blog, or here on the patron stream once you sign up.


Q: “i’m kind of confused by the Things you keep referencing in your video. what other Things are you talking about besides songs?”


A: well, videos is the obvious one. making music videos can be way more expensive than recording music, and i still love making them.


one of the first songs i’m planning to release here on patreon (i just recorded it) is “bigger on the inside”, a song i’m really proud of, featuring zoe keating


on the cello. i see a really beautiful music video for it in my head, but i can imagine it costing at least $20k to film when all is said and done.


i’d also love to experiment with what art and patronage really is….maybe i’ll write something, maybe i’ll decide to do a marathon recording webcast, maybe i’ll start doing an interview podcast with special people i meet or know, maybe i’ll decide to lock myself in a room and spend five days creating a painting using content from the feed…..i really have no idea. i think i’m going to push the limits and see where the pushback happens (if any). it’s this lack of knowing that makes patreon so exciting to me. i like not knowing things. :)


Q: what if i all of a sudden go broke and can’t afford the $50 i’m about to be charged?”


A: all patrons are charged at the end of the month. if you’re in a financial jam, or if you decide i’m satan’s spawn on may 29, even though you loved me on may 1, you can cancel your patronage. you’d be charged nothing.


Q: “wait….does this mean everybody can game the system, get everything for free, and cleverly cancel their patronage on the last of every month?”


A: yeah. but only real dicks would do that, and i trust everybody, pretty much.


Q: “you asked about charging Per Thing versus charging Per Month in your blog, and I want to pay Per Month, it’s easier! Why Per Thing?”


A: i thought hard about charging per month instead of Per Thing, because patreon lets you do either, and a lot of artists are successfully charging per month.


however, that makes me nervous: what if i’m traveling and touring and/or taking off time for three months in a row and don’t have output to share? i’d feel guilty.


i know me well enough to know that i don’t work consistently: this isn’t a weekly web-comic, i’m a sporadic weirdo. Per Things seemed safer.


here’s the way I figured it: patreon has a MONTHLY CAP, so if you want the security of only EVER paying $10 a month, because you don’t want to think about it, and that’s what your budget can afford, you can CAP at $10. that way it’s like paying $10 per month, WITH the added advantage that if i decide to post No Things


in a given month, you’ll be charged NOTHING. so it’s technically better for you, and i won’t feel guilty, ever.


Q: “but if i cap my backing at $10 a month, does that mean I won’t get ALL THE THINGS? i want ALL THE THINGS”


A: lucky for you, i’m treating everybody equally. you don’t lose access to ANYTHING when you hit your cap. you’ll still get EVERYTHING emailed to you if you’re backing at the email level, and access to all streams even if your cap is $1 a month. you don’t get punished for capping.


Q: “when are you going to put out an Actual Record I Can Touch? call me old school, but i just want to buy a simple record.”


A: i dunno. check back in about six months. meanwhile, you can purchase one of the gazillions of physical records & CDs I’ve released if you’re super keen on touching things: http://shop.amandapalmer.net/


Q: “um….what if i want to just donate money to you once? this is weird.”


A: um. that’s fine. you can make a one-time donation to my site’s music page here…down to the right where it says “support my art”. thanks. (http://amandapalmer.net/music/)


Q: “i love you. i just wanted to say that.”


A: “i love you too. here’s a hug ((((((((((())))))))))))”


patreonherewego


 


 


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March 1, 2015

hey lovers…most of you weren’t braving the bitter boston cold to see the show at cuisine en locale this past thursday, only like 400 of you were…

but if you WERE, you’ll have noticed that among the awesome spectacle of doing an almost all-request set and

singing the saddest version of “chandelier” known to man, i FORGOT to do two things:


i forgot to answer the “ask amanda” box that you all put questions in at the merch table

AND

i forgot the announce the winner of the “name a sad winter cocktail for next week”.


i am a bad rock star, but we were having a lot of fun on stage, i forgive myself…dude…and i wasn’t even drunk. maybe i’m getting old.


anyway: this blog is my penance.


first, here’s a few awesome pictures of my opener, PWR BTTM, they were amazing:





and here was the set list:

– do you swear to tell the truth…

– the thing about things

– coin-operated boy

– in my mind

– leeds united

– delilah (w/ oliver from PWR BTTM)

– massachusetts ave (attempted and aborted! next week, we promise…)

– mrs o (w/ oliver)

– spontaneous birthday rock song for cassie (by ben mostly, with PWR BTTM)

– me and the minibar

– chandelier (sia cover)

– thirteen (big star: via elliott smith cover i sat out, JJ and PWR BTTM sang it)

– the killing type (with PWR BTTM)



i will answer some of the ask amanda questions here in bloggy form, but let’s start with the cocktails, shall we?


as you may know, i named three cocktails at the bar:


THE FUCK THIS ENTIRE WINTER (Slow and Low Rock and Rye, Absinthe, Fig Orange Bitters and Orange Peel)


THE FUTILE HOPE FOR SPRING (*PICTURED BELOW*) (London Dry Gin, St. Elder Elderflower Liqueur and Sweet Vermouth)


THE CAPE COD IS ALSO DEPRESSING AND HOPELESS IN WINTER (Bog Monster Cranberry Gin, Honey Simple Syrup, Ginger Shrub and Lemon Juice)



and these were PWR BTTM’s – not so winter-themed, but fabulous nonetheless:


THE JESSE TYLER FERGUSON (Ginger Shrub – ginger, salt and cider vinegar- Suerte Tequila and Candied Ginger)


THE LUMBERSEXUAL (Damnation Alley Bourbon, Muddled Mint and Maple Simple Syrup)


THE MX PIGGY (Bacon Infused Bourbon, Sweet Vermouth and House Fig Bitters).


the contest was simply to name a new cocktail and include at least TWO ingredients…

and the winner would get given a free drink at the bar (and of course, have the honor of being next week’s drink…)


after going through a giant pile of possibilities…


…i’ve picked the winners:


grand prize:

THE DUG OUT AND PLOWED BACK IN

(gin, limoncello, orange bitters)


runner up:

THE SO COLD MY TESTICLES RETRACTED

(jäger, vanilla vodka)


second runner up:

THE I WOULD LITERALLY CRAWL INSIDE A TAUNTAUN TO ESCAPE THIS SNOW

(vodka and more vodka)


honorable mentions:

THE T

(vodka, bitter bitter bitters)


THE TOO SHORT TO SEE OVER THE SNOW PILES

(vodka, rum)


THE S.A.D. (SEASONAL AFFECTIVE DISORDER)

(saffron simple syrup, amaretto, drambuie)


SMOKE ON THE RED LINE

(oak-aged bourbon, grenadine, single cube of dry ice)


THE SOUTHIE SPACE SAVER

(whatever is left on the barmat)


THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE WARM AND GREEN AGAIN

(no ingredients named)


THE FUCK SHOVELING

(jäger, goldschläger, red bull)


if you were one of the winners or runners up, i trust you, and if you’re at the show this thursday, grab me and tell me, and i’ll get you a free drink and give you stupid big hug.

if you aren’t going to be at the show…just feel happy.


also: we’re going to release just a handful (about 50) extra tickets for this coming thursday’s show…

link will be sent first to the original ticket holders for both shows, then we’ll release to twitter if there are any left, keep an eye out (or have a friend who tweets watch out for you). here’s me: @amandapalmer





as for “ask amanda”…


here were my favorites:


1. as pictured above: “what is niel’s (sic) favorite position?


fuck. if you’d just spelled his name right, i totally would have told you all about our sex life, including every position we’ve ever tried, plus our favorites.

but too bad for you.


2. “i am 8 3/4 months pregnant. what should i name my baby?


really? well…that’s an honor. if you’re reading this: i vote max, for either gender. it’s a bad-ass name.


3. “what is usually the last thing you do before going to sleep, and first thing after waking up?


it depends if i’m alone or with company.

if i’m with company before bed, it’s usually talk, and occasionally, have sex.

and waking, it’s usually the same.


if i’m alone, and being bad, before i’ll work on my phone until sleeping…fiddling with email and twitter.

if i’m being better, i’ll read. lately i’ve been reading “whip smart“, by my old ice-cream shop co-worker melissa febos, who went of to NYC to become a pro domme. it’s super entertaining.

if i’m being really good, i’ll meditate and drift off to sleep thinking about nothing.

if i can’t get to sleep, i whack off. nature’s sedative.


when i wake up alone, i usually get out of bed straight away and, again, if i’m being good, i meditate for 10-30 minutes before i do any phone or computer checking. if my life’s a mess, i know, because i go for the phone first.

for this reason, i try to keep my phone away from the place i am sleeping.


and 3a. (from a totally different person)

“how do you feel about people who sleep with their socks on”.


i feel fine about them, i’m one of them. it’s fucking freezing in boston.

HOW CAN YOU BE FROM BOSTON AND ASK ME THAT??


next…


4. “can you ever make it as an artist in boston…and STAY?


wow, what a painful question.


well, it is true. artists leave boston. i have, mostly.


it’s not the most artist-friendly city, but some people do manage…there’s a balance/eco-system between audience and artist that’s fascinating to me.


boston, i’ve found, is mostly an artist-unfriendly city not because the people here don’t love art in theory, but because it’s a city whose main enterprises are medicine, academics, academics, more academics, and other smart stuff. that means that the population of the city is very focused in their walled fields of study and work, or transient, which makes for venues and bars and cafes (there are some exceptions to be sure) that don’t seem to care very much about pleasing their clientele, because their clientele don’t care very much about them (because they’re leaving in a few years anyway, and one bar is as good as the next and will be patronized anyway). and when that scene isn’t great, the art scene diminishes.

that’s theory one.


there’s also the talent-drain to new york, where there’s just a shit-ton more work for artists of almost any stripe, and, i’ve found, there isn’t quite as much guilt or shame in being an artist, since it’s more common. that’s theory two.


theory three is that with boston’s puritan roots, and general attitude towards the art (heavy on the classics and the acceptable and not so much on the late-breaking and the risk-taking), there isn’t a lot of breathing room and space to play and grow. boston is known for producing people thinking outside the box when it comes to math, science and nuclear physics, but it isn’t historically known for it’s crazed downtown art scene. that lack of history has made it harder for boston artists to not throw their hands up and go “new york is four hours away, fuck this”. i’ve seen it happen to so many friends.


HOWEVER, in the spirit of hope, it means that anybody who DOES stick around to brave the slightly more soul-sucking elements can burst forth like a large fish in a small pond. brian and i dealt with this in the early days of the dolls by rooting ourselves firmly in boston and driving to new york a lot. the boston press paid attention to us because we were so totally different than anything that was going on in the boston bar scene (in 2001, it was mostly plaid-clad indie bands, and we were running around in kimonos and facepaint, we stood out, indeed). the new york press probably would have taken scant notice of us (ho hum, “another flamboyantly odd band”), but in boston, people really appreciated us, our smart, sharp and intellectual lyrics, our weird, punny, academic humor (this is, after all, the town that birthed tom lehrer). so score for us.


and let’s not forget: it’s also a COLD city, and artists have to be really convinced to stay in an inhospitably cold city when they have the choice of where to live…that’s the nice thing about art, it’s portable.


i still have a real fondness for boston, especially my old haunts in harvard square, but i definitely find myself feeling that, as an artist, it isn’t the most hospitable place.

if i ever chose to stay here, i know, i could make it work. i’ve been living with one foot out of boston for five years now because of anthony’s cancer situation.

sometimes i wonder if it’s a chicken-egg issue and if i kept all these thoughts to myself and just waxed endlessly about how wonderful and supportive and amazing and nurturing and fertile the boston art scene was, i’d be likewise somehow cosmically embraced and everything would change and i’d see the city through new eyes. but that mostly hasn’t been my experience, and my boston friends share their ups and downs with me. so, i’ll be honest with you: it’s not that hard to make it as an artist in boston if you’re willing to build your career here while you travel elsewhere to carve your place in the world. and LOTS of people have done it. i think it’s about attitude, embracing, and finding the good in everything. and when you create something where there exists a vacuum, people love you for it. so if you’re a painter and there are no good galleries or everyone is slamming a door in your face, FUCK IT, call a friend, organize house parties (that’s what we did). if you’re a musician and all the crusty rock clubs won’t book you, FUCK IT and waltz into a cafe that has nothing to lose and tell them you’d like to curate an open mic night (and then book your band. we did). where there is no scene, create one. then you’ll be happy, at least for a while, and you can spring out of here any ol’ time you want, or stay and reap the benefits of what you’ve created.


and, if in true doubt, aerosmith managed. so there’s that.


the end.



love.

afp


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February 19, 2015

interesting and somewhat painful/awkward Media Moment. it involves Cadillac and Brené Brown, who you may know from writing the fantastic forward to “the art of asking” but hopefully you’ve also read her powerful book on shame and vulnerability “Daring Greatly”. the quote was taken from a Teddy Roosevelt speech, and it’s a great one:


“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”



thanks teddy – this helps us all daily with everything from painful family members to jealous co-workers to evil Internet trolls.


anyway, Cadillac just launched an ad campaign using ‪#‎DareGreatly‬ as a hashtag. they wrote to her to thank her for the inspiration. ouch.


its clearly in the public domain, but it’s Brené’s best-selling book at the moment, and of course the masses are wondering if brené has sold her vulnerable ideals down the river to pick up a fat check from a car company.

spoiler: that’s not the case.


brené, being the classy chick she is, wrote an open letter.


please read it, and enjoy daring greatly in your honda, toyota, volvo or on your skateboard/bicycle/local underground subway…

in case Cadillac had you fooled, do not need a specific brand of car (or any car!) to be a brave and daring individual.

love,

your friendly neighborhood communist


http://brenebrown.com/…/daring-belongs-us-thoughts-cadilla…/


p.s.


tickets for the ‘evening with amanda fucking palmer’ short tour of the u.s. go on sale TOMORROW at 10am local time!


head to http://amandapalmer.net/shows/ for tickets and info


ALL SHOWS ARE ALL AGES


see you there.


x

x

a



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February 17, 2015

*this blog was sent to the mailing list in advance. if you’re not already on the mailing list, you can sign up here. if you’re on the mailing list but didn’t get an email, check your spam folder first. if no dice there then contact “emaillist@amandapalmer.net”*


 


HOLA COMRADES!!


having now written and promoted a book (did you miss that?), and having spent over a year doing the things that one must do to have written and promoted a book (hint: lots of sitting on my ass in front of a computer, and very little sitting on my ass in front of a piano)….i am fairly crawling the walls to go back to music.


also, it is a depressing state of affairs to be confronted with people everywhere telling me: “i’ve never heard your music, but…”


this is, and would be, a lovely sentence if it were commonly completed with “…but i’m rushing to the internet this very second and downloading your entire catalog, after which point I plan to open myself a large bottle of wine and sit in a darkened room for 5 or 6 hours, bathing in the profound emotional tsunami of witty, cryptic, heartbreaking and yet ultimately accessible and universally touching songs you have written and recorded over the last dozen years.”


instead, i am confronted with:


“i’ve never heard your music, but i’ve watched your TED talk like 80 times…”

“i’ve never heard your music, but I love your book and I’ve bought like seven copies of it for my friends….”


…which I can only assume would be finished off with “…and I have no intention of ever hearing your music.”


why do I think this? because I am, at the core base, an incredibly insecure songwriter and control freak who wants people TO LOVE ME FOR THE RIGHT REASONS GODDAMIT, which is ridiculous when you think about it, seeing as Love is Love, and what IS my TED talk if not a 13-minute dramatic monologue delivered by a person dressed in a rock-star costume on a well-lit stage? right? it’s theater at the end of the day. so. okay. i did a Theater Thing.


the book…maybe the same.

i did a Writer Thing!


truth: i am still hungry for a certain love.

i want people to love me for doing the Music Thing.


so i figure

there is only one way to really fix this problem, and that is TO GO ON TOUR.


i’m still reeling from the basically-no-days-off-in-an-entire-year schedule of 2014, my life at home is a catastrophe….

and things are a bit of a mess pretty much any way you slice it, but i’m going on tour.


and


having just done the book tour, we picked cities that I haven’t been in for a while.

only eight cities.


i am not bringing the band.

i am not bringing any performance artists or extra stage dancers.

i am not bringing anything, really.


i am bringing a piano and a ukulele, and i am am going to go back to what i do:

make songs for people in a room.


i miss it.


i’m also going to design a new line of merchandise to sell at the shows (and nudie pens! and i’ll probably have copies of the book).

i’ll be signing every night, these halls are small enough.


…………


a favor. i am not hiring a publicist to get me into all the local newspapers.

at this point, i am going to try to trust that using THIS BLOG is going to be enough

to fill the houses.

this means i need you, so please spread word for me.

forward this blog, share the links to the show dates, find people to come with you.


i think these shows are going to be very, very special.

i miss playing solo. i’ve played most of these venues before, i love them, and i’m incredibly excited to get back to my catalog of songs (some old dresden dolls stuff i haven’t played in ages, some covers, some solo stuff, some mysteries)….


so please, help me fill these houses.


also: if you ARE from the press or know somebody who works for a magazine/local newspaper

who might want to preview the show or get in an interview, i’m open for business…just not using a publicist.

just email press@amandapalmer.net and include what outlet you write for.


…………………


on sale now:


Thursday, February 26::  Somerville, MA – Cuisine En Locale - *SOLD OUT*


featuring PWR BTTM!! (if you want to know more about the somerville shows, this blog here is for you!)


Monday, March 2::  New York, NY – Ace Hotel


w/ host Mike Albo for an hour-long talk and Q and a session. More info and tickets on sale now here. (Tickets are $10 or $8 with the discount code: judyb)


Thursday, March 5::  Somerville, MA – Cuisine En Locale – *SOLD OUT*


featuring PWR BTTM!! (see blog above)


Wednesday, March 18::  Vancouver, British Columbia – Vogue Theatre


AMANDA PALMER & FRIENDS FROM TED present a night of random music, ideas & mayhem. all proceeds to benefit the Vancouver Food Bank.


tickets on sale now here.


Monday, March 23::  New York, NY – Carnegie Hall


THE MUSIC OF DAVID BYRNE & TALKING HEADS!! 100% of the net proceeds to benefit Music Education for Underprivileged Youth


tickets on sale now here.


Friday, May 8::  Chicago, IL – How to Design Live Conference


AMANDA PALMER in conversation with maria popova (you know her from the essential brainpickings.org) at the How to Design Live Conference in Chicago. more info here.


on sale on friday Feb 20th at 10 am local time:


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AN EVENING WITH AMANDA FUCKING PALMER

 


Saturday, April 4::  DC – Lincoln Theater


tickets will be available friday Feb 20th,10am EST here.


(9:30 Club/I.M.P. Member’s pre-sale starts 10:AM, Feb 19th. join their mailing list before Wednesday the 18th for presale details: http://www.930.com/mailing)


Sunday, April 5::   RICHMOND, VA – The National


tickets will be available friday Feb 20th,10am EST here.


Monday, April 6::  RALEIGH, NC – Fletcher Opera Theatre*


Thursday, April 9::  ATLANTA – Variety Playhouse*


Friday, April 10::  BIRMINGHAM, AL – WorkPlay Theatre*


Saturday, April 11::  NEW ORLEANS – Civic Theater*


Tuesday, April 14::  AUSTIN – Paramount Theatre


tickets will be available friday Feb 20th,10am central here.


Wednesday, April 15::  DALLAS – Granada Theater


tickets will be available friday Feb 20th,10am central here.


*ticket links tbd. follow http://amandapalmer.net/shows for updates!*


ALL SHOWS ARE ALL AGES


see you there.


x

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a


apkurzweil


fuck prada….amanda palmer for kurzweil


(credit: Jayme Thorton for Paste magazine)


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