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"the bed song book" is not imaginary, it's coming!! (soon, we promise)
lots of newses + a video from me & kyle cassidy about THE BED SONG BOOK!
the art book & the art auction for a non-profit + a video from me saying hi. HI.
the make-up tour dates (UK! EUROPE! OZ/NZ! FESTIVALS!) and a house party question.
you, me, and the TED talk.
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
my dear ones.....
i've missed you.
real quick like: i've still been semi-based in cambridge for the past few months....running around doing one-off house parties...i'll send you guys a bunch of tasty house party pictures (and links to blogs) in one big she-bang when i get my shiitake more together.
MEANWHILE - you may have gotten this info via twitter or the blog, but i wanted to let you guys know that ALMOST ALL OF THE ART FROM THE ART BOOK is up for auction to benefit PS122, a great non-profit performance art space in NYC. they need help.
you can find it all here: http://bit.ly/PS122Art
the dresden dolls played there waaaay back in the day, and it's been an incubator and safe haven for a lot of my new york-based art friends.
the art is all in one section, and the auctions close TOMORROW NIGHT - FRIDAY - at midnight, EST.
here's just a tiny fraction of the art:
…and what a few of 'em are currently selling for:
• two of my drawings for about $100 each
• three of DAVID MACK's pieces for between $130 and $300 each
• original MICHAEL ZULLI's for $100 and $200
• CASSANDRA LONG's “do it with a rockstar” cover art for $100
• MOLLY CRABAPPLE's “the killing type” for just over $200
and many, many more that are still affordable…
and here is me. in a video. talking to you. about this.
if you haven't peeped the art book in actual printed-realness, this is where you can SEEEEEEEE it in all its heavyweight glory...we are very proud of it:
and in almost no time...we hit the road, all over, everywhere (tour dates HERE).
i'll share more with you soon. promise.
p.s. there's a big update for “the bed song” book backers specifically that needs to be reposted with some news from all of us on where things are at. we'll try and get that up here in the next few days. thank you for being patient and awesome.
at long last, the tour dates i cancelled are re-scheduled (plus there are some awesome EXTRA appearances all over the place)!!! hopefully everyone will be able to come to the make-up shows but i DEEPLY apologize in advance if anyone can't. if you need to turn your tickets, please go to the original point of purchase and you’ll be fully refunded.
i talk more about it ALL - the nature of the tour, who's coming (we've got a new DRUMMER), who's opening up for us, the re-birth of THE BRIGADE, and more, more, more - in a brand new blog HERE. it's overflowing with the nitty-gritty if you want it. i'm also doing a bunch of festival dates (glastonbury! newport folk! pridefest in milwaukee!), a show in northampton MA later this week (and then at bard with neil the next day), a free show at wesleyan university on april 13th, and many other one-offs. all of 'em are below, but read the blog if you want to get the WAY-low-down on the details. i didn't want to just cut and paste all that into this backer update.
IN KICKSTARTER-RELATED LAND…
we're working slowly but surely on putting all of the kickstarter house parties together, but all you house-party people: i have a question for you.
i'd love for you to hit me in the backer comments so that i can keep this specific to kickstarter.
ondi timoner is a filmmaker i met at SXSW...and while you might not know her name, you might know her as the chick who made "dig", the 2004 documentary film about the dandy warhols and the brian jonestown massacre. i saw it back in the day and was deeply impressed - i recognized a lot of myself and my band in that film.
she also made an amazing documentary i'm watching right now called "we live in public", about the "darker effects" of social media.
(it's incredible....and disturbing as fuck.)
both of her films won the grand jury prize at the sundance film festival. she is a TOTAL bad-ass with a profound heart and she's smart, smart, smart.
she and i hit it off like houses on fire in the australian outback…
i was talking to her about how i felt one of the TRUE revolutions this kickstarter campaign - an element which was pretty overlooked - was the house-party aspect: the fact that SO many people made facebook pages, bonded and banded together, and trusted each other with huge sums of money to make these parties go. and it's working. it's incredible when you think about it. and now i get to fly around the world and meet all of these people in south africa, israel, norway, and australia...all these people who trusted each other.
…and then, something wonderful and obvious (?) happened: she approached me about documenting as many of our house parties as possible, for a new series on atotaldisruption.com. if she can find the funding, of course (she'll probably try via kickstarter…poetic).
to her, the primary reason for doing this is in hopes that she can capture how i'm trying to leverage technology to connect directly with people - in this case, all of YOU. i do it for a lot of reasons, but the big'un's because i want to bring people together in places where we can feel safe to exchange ideas and emotion…and ondi wants to show how we built up from a mailing list to a message board to social networks and now to a goddamned GLOBAL community. a community where we've learned so much; mostly, how to trust and work together. it makes the world so much better as we're able to not only make it a little bit smaller, but also the way we hope and will it to be.
she got it.
and i trust her. nobody has ever been so close to me & a piano with a camera (the video is HERE if you're curious):
so....while filming this shit seems, on the one hand, like a fabulously fabulous idea...i also see the downside. the house parties that are huge and drunk and ruckus-y probably wouldn't suffer at all (in fact ondi's energy might even make them more fun) but for the parties that are planned to be teeny-weeny and intimate, i can see the idea of a camera changing the vibe. i know at the VERY least, *i* am different when a camera is anywhere near me, and i'm honest about that...i go into a slightly different mode. so while i'd never let ondi bust in on any of the parties without getting express permission from the host: i just kind of wanted to throw the idea out there and get a sense of how you guys feel about it in general.
ondi - and of course me - want you to feel comfortable and have fun…the documentation would be done in hopes to shine a light on this fucking revolution we are in together, but a part of that is and always has been about feeling good. and safe.
i was chatting to one of the seattle house party host-folks over the phone right after ondi fell into my life with these ideas....and i asked her how she felt - she had a "the more-the-merrier" attitude about it.
so…all y'all…please give me input. agreed? exciting? invasive? good? bad? indifferent? hit me. maybe it's history. maybe it's annoying. it's hard for me to say.
back to your regularly scheduled backer update. here are ALLLLL the upcoming dates.
additional info, openers, ticketing info, and all that fun stuff can be found on my SHOWS page and in the BLOG. sorry that we do not have direct links for all of the shows, yet. we will update my tour page as soon as we do. whee!
US FESTIVALS & SOLO ONE-OFF SHOWS
• Fri 5 Apr | Calvin Theater | Northampton, MA - ON SALE NOW
• Sat 6 Apr | Bard College | Hudson, NY - Sosnoff Theater w/ Neil Gaiman - SOLD OUT
• Sat 13 Apr | Wesleyan Humanity Festival - DETAILS HERE
• Thu 2 May | The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA - ON SALE NOW
- VIVA HITCHCOCK! A Tribute to Robyn Hitchcock
• Sun 9 Jun | Pridefest | Milwaukee, WI – ON SALE 4/15
• Mon 10 Jun | PS 122 Event - DETAILS HERE
• Fri 14 Jun | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO – ON SALE NOW
- Opening for Devotchka
• Sun 23 Jun | Firefly Festival | Dover, DE – ON SALE NOW
• Fri 26 Jul | Newport Folk Festival | Newport, RI – ON SALE NOW
EUROPEAN SUMMER SHOWS
• Fri 28 Jun | Glastonbury Festival | Glastonbury, UK – ON SALE NOW
• Tue 2 Jul | Rock For People Festival | Český Brod, Czech Republic – ON SALE NOW
• Thu 4 Jul | PPC | Graz, Austria – ON SALE 4/5
• Fri 5 Jul | Arena Open Air Harvest of Art | Weisen, Austria – ON SALE NOW
• Sun 7 Jul | Tivoli | Utrecht, Holland – ON SALE NOW
• Mon 8 Jul | Rockhal | Luxembourg, Luxembourg – ON SALE NOW
• Tue 9 Jul | La Cigale | Paris, France – ON SALE NOW
• Thu 11 Jul | The Ritz | Manchester, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Fri 12 Jul | The Roundhouse | London, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Sat 13 Jul | The Concorde 2 | Brighton, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Mon 15 Jul | O2 Academy | Bristol, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Tue 16 Jul | The Institute | Birmingham, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Wed 17 Jul | The Picture House | Edinburgh, UK – ON SALE 4/5
• Thu 18 Jul | The Academy | Dublin, Ireland – ON SALE 4/5
NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA SHOWS
• Wed 4 Sep | San Fran Bath House | Wellington, NZ – ON SALE NOW
• Fri 6 Sep | Kings Arms | Auckland, NZ – ON SALE NOW
• Sun 8 Sep | Astor Theatre | Perth, AU – ON SALE NOW
• Thu 12 Sep | The Tivoli | Brisbane, AU – ON SALE NOW
• Sat 14 Sep | Enmore Theatre | Sydney, AU – ON SALE NOW
• Fri 20 Sep | Forum Theatre | Melbourne, AU – ON SALE NOW
• Sun 22 Sep | Thebarton Theatre | Adelaide, AU – ON SALE NOW
EUROPEAN FALL SHOWS
• Tue 29 Oct | Gruenspan | Hamburg, Germany – ON SALE TBA
• Thu 31 Oct | Pumpehuset | Copenhagen, Denmark – ON SALE NOW
• Fri 1 Nov | Gloria | Cologne, Germany – ON SALE TBA
• Sat 2 Nov | Botanique/Orangerie | Brussels, Belgium – ON SALE NOW
• Mon 4 Nov | Kesselhaus | Berlin, Germany – ON SALE TBA
• Tue 5 Nov | Proxima | Warsaw, Poland – ON SALE TBA
• Wed 6 Nov | Klub Studio | Krakow, Poland – ON SALE NOW
• Sat 9 Nov | Factory | Milan, Italy – ON SALE TBA
• Sun 10 Nov | A38 Ship | Budapest, Hungary – ON SALE NOW
• Tue 12 Nov | Ampere | Munich, Germany – ON SALE TBA
hope to see you all out there, somewhere,
p.s. those local to my area of new england: enjoy the warming. this is the first day i have switched to an iced drink.
hola kickstarter comrades -
dear lord, okay....if you missed it, i did a TED talk called "the art of asking":
....it's been up on the TED website and youtube for about 5 days and between them it's had over a million views. (and if you don't know what TED is...it's awesome, browse around the site....i especially recommend this talk by jill bolte taylor about the experience of having a stroke and WHY WE ARE ALL ONE. it's HERE).
i threw my name in the TED hat a few years ago but it's no secret: the TED folks probably invited me because of the success of the kickstarter (and maybe even because of the controversy surrounding it, i.e. the musician kerfuffle). i was up there because of you.
i wrote a long, long, thank you blog about it today, and posted it HERE, please read it - a LOT of people helped in creative ways.
but you guys deserve a message of your own:
you did this. we did this.
the response i'm getting from people about this talk is just...incredible. i made the talk thinking it would resonate with artists and musicians who are having a hard time using crowdfunding and kickstarter (it IS hard to ask, and a lot of artists are really embarrassed to do it...i know, because i talk to them).
but i didn't know that the theme would hit so hard and deep with other people on all sort of levels....fundraisers, businesspeople, moms, dads, people in tech, people...everywhere. people everywhere are looking over here at what about 25,000 people did and saying "wow...i never thought about the world like that and now i'm going to change how i do things."
artists have been tweeting me that they've finally plucked up the courage to ask for help making their new record, or that that they've decided to make their content free but ask their fans to kick back.
a woman after the TED talk, who works for TED, came up to me, crying, because she said she's finally changed her mind about asking for help from her friends, who have been offering but she's always refused out of guilt. she said she's finally going to take them up on their offers to help her with her new theater production and just needed to feel like it was ok.
by having backed this kickstarter, whether for a dollar or a hundred (or two of you who i haven't met yet, $10,000)...you are actually changing the world.
the way people see things. the way they WANT and ALLOW themselves to help each other, and to ask for help.
you did this. you you you you.
so....congratfuckinglations, friends. all 24,833 of you were up on that stage with me.
it's a beautiful, beautiful thing and we're all part of it and i'm so happy:
this one isn't about me, and about my record, or about you, and the nice fact that you wanted to help me make it.
this is about people not being so afraid of each other...and, if i may say so, this is a really good time for that to happen.
and if i may ask a favor, and i'll ask it again on my blog as i continue chronicling the story of the TED talk, how i made it, and what is happening....
don't forget to help spread the music. the songs. the videos. the art. the POINT. it's awesome to have a gazillion people watch your TED talk, but it doesn't hold a candle to people loving the art itself.
i don't think i was put on the planet to give speeches, i was put here to make music, to make art. don't let people forget that....remind them with your own megaphones. this is a REALLY good time to tell people that the project was funded for a reason. not just because i'm a good, convincing marketer. i may be, but i'd like to believe it was because the art brings us together.
and it does, more than i ever thought it would when i first started making music.
thank you for being here with me.
thank you for backing me.
thank you for.....everything.