it's been quite some time since last i poked my head in here.....mais VOILÁ, here's an update mostly covering "the bed song book" (which was a $1,000 backer reward) as well as some general little newses on what i've been up to…thank you mofos for being so patient.
me & kyle cassidy filmed a little clip (way below) just for you....to explain where things are at with THE BED SONG BOOK. hopefully you'll understand. it's taken AGESSSS.
first, NEWS. FUN newses, even:
.......neil and i are going to be releasing "an evening with neil gaiman and amanda palmer", our epic 3-CD live recording we kickstarted several years ago and never put out for the public. a lot of you were probably OF the 4k people or so who backed that project, and may already own the kickstarter edition; to you, THANK YOU, and expect an update in your inboxes just for y'all....as for the rest of you, we'll give yah a holler when the project goes live for pre-order, we figure you guys might want it.
since last we spoke, i've been bouncing around the globe (maybe not bouncing...more like manically shuffling) and mainly just communicating via twitter, tumblr, and instagram. we are now officially back into tour-world; festival shows, club gigs, a smattering of things quick in the states, and then down under for the make-up dates from last winter. i'm going to post ALL of the dates at the bottom of this so please have a look. we wanna see your beautiful faces (and we could also use help street team'ing if you wanna check out the info HERE).
and somehow in there, eric (@southships) has been tetris'ing me into the always wondrous kickstarter house parties. he reaches out to everyone to try to do the massive DATE / PLACE / ARRANGE game. he's a hero…this is him. yay eric.
last week i delivered one of the two $10k "art sitting" packages....here's a vine of the mural that neil and i painted in chanie and patrick's bedroom - they have a little girl on the way so we decided to DECORATE.
the other $10k package will get delivered this september in PERTH, australia. BEACH ART, MAYBE??
while i was in the UK last month, i had a little bit of a "tussle" with the daily mail (a tabloid newspaper who pretty much seem to be despised by everyone over there)…i blogged about it all HERE but here's my video response which people seem to really, really love.
and here's me and the band doing a random cover of "smells like teen spirit" in edinburgh (warning epileptics!!):
…and then last weekend after getting home from overseas for a mini-break, i played the newport folk festival…this was the banner on my dressing room:
and here's me and newport folk with MY DAD (photo by @timneedles on instagram)....we're covering a leonard cohen song :)
ANYWAY, i have some blogs i'll be posting spanning the past month or so - as always, you can find them and much, much more on my site.
when i post the new kickstarter house-party blog/round-up, i'll hit you guys. i think you'll like it. they've been AMAZING.
here's the video update that me & kyle filed FOR YOU to explain the deal-io with "the bed song book"…
and here's a message from march that kyle wrote (but some people didn't see because of a glitch with the update). it's basically a text version of most of what we just explained in the video, but it exists, so…HERE:
Hello everybody -- just wanted to do a quick update about the progress on the Bed Song book, because it's been a while. We've had a whole bunch of telephone meetings with the people at Girlie Action and Andrew Nelson at Down In The Valley Designs (who are making all our ideas come real) about what we wanted the book to look like and we're in the stages now where we're getting some designs back and we can see how it's going to look, and it's wonderful.
Really early on Neil & I decided that this has to be the most mind-boggling book anybody could ever own and it has to be a special book, and a book that attracts people's attention when they come into your house but they tantalizingly cannot look at without your permission. In all the meetings Neil and I would start listing increasingly extravagant (and expensive) things that we'd like in a book and Andrew and Kevin would just say "ok" and scribble something down with a pencil and I kept thinking they were going to say "no" at some point but they never did.
This book, in my mind, is about trust, and it's about secrets. Everybody in the book is sharing a personal secret with the viewer and I wanted to protect that, so the opening of it is a special thing, it's not the sort of book you can pull off the shelf and flip through, there's a ritual you need to go through, starting with a lock and a key and going on from there like the layers of an onion, each, bringing you closer.
The book contains all five of the original prints that illustrate "The Bed Song" and it's also got a bunch of outtakes in it -- images that didn't get used and variations on some that did get used, plus the original emails between Neil & I about what the bed song photos should be, the script that Neil made for me and a pair of essays about the making of it.
It's going to be enormous, it's going to be the biggest book in your house. We've seen some wonderful typesetting and are looking at an enormous selection of custom slipcases right now.
I'm not sure what the time frame on delivery is at the moment, the fabrication is going to take a while because everything is being done custom, from the boxes, to the covers, to the paper.
Thanks so much to all of you -- and if you have any questions, let me know and I'll do my best to answer them.
so there you have it!!!!
watch some videos, come see us out there somewhere in the coming months (dates below)…
be excellent to each another…
and love. love. love.
p.s. PAINTED TURNTABLE BACKERS….it seemed like lots of people got theirs, but we didn't see as much feedback as we'd have expected/like we did with other bundles…did they arrive...working? pretty? sounding ok? did the paint job hold up in the mail?? hit me in the comments here or over on twitter with feedback about how that went. we tried to pick the best brand of turntable for the money....i want to know if you guys like them in case i ever do something like that again.
p.p.s. and now…*DRUMROLL*
ME and THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA ON TOUR around ZE WORLD!!!!! note the FREE SHOW in NYC next week!!!!
9 Aug | Lincoln Center Out of Doors | NYC, NY
4 Sep | San Francisco Bath House | Wellington, NZ
6 Sep | Kings Arms | Auckland, NZ
8 Sep | Astor Theatre | Perth, AU
12 Sep | The Tivoli | Brisbane, AU
14 Sep | Enmore Theatre | Sydney, AU
20 Sep | Forum Theatre | Melbourne, AU
22 Sep | Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, AU
29 Oct | Gruenspan | Hamburg, Germany
31 Oct | Pumpehuset | Copenhagen, Denmark
1 Nov | Gloria | Cologne, Germany
2 Nov | Botanique/Orangerie | Brussels, Belgium
4 Nov | Kesselhaus | Berlin, Germany
5 Nov | Proxima | Warsaw, Poland
6 Nov | Klub Studio | Krakow, Poland
9 Nov | Factory | Milan, Italy
10 Nov | A38 Ship | Budapest, Hungary
12 Nov | Ampere | Munich, Germany
14 Nov | Bluebird Festival (AFP solo) | Vienna, Austria
ALL TICKETS/ADDITIONAL INFO/RSVP LINKS ARE AVAILABLE HERE: bit.ly/SeeAFP