today’s head-explodin photo for ya: me, Regina Spektor and Cyndi Lauper backstage at cyndi’s annual benefit for the True Colors Fund, which raises money for and awareness of homeless LBBTQ youth. these two women have effected me in such profound ways at different points in my life. cyndi was my first female idol when i was a little 9-year-old amanda learning piano and figuring out how to play songs from “she’s so unusual”, and her MTV videos forged my early understandings of music and image and freedom. cyndi was always beyond madonna: unapologetically emotional, unapologetically freak-flag-flying. her voice carries so much truth, and fun, and pain. i wore out my cassette tape copy of “true colors”...and she was my very first concert, ever. i was 10, and i sat in nosebleed seats in the worcester centrum, with five 4th grade friends and my stepfather john (BLESS), feeling the holy communion of live music for the first time. when she invited the dresden dolls to tour with her in 2007, it was the honor of a lifetime. regina...where to start. when i first discovered her music, via a burned “soviet kitsch” CD in 2004 given to me by Anna Vogelzang (who’s become a powerful songwriter in her own right), i felt like i had found a long-lost-song-sister i didn’t know i had. her songs made sense to me in a way almost no other music at the time could manage. she came on tour with the dresden dolls for a little while and then we watched her explode, achieving the success we were so happy to celebrate - one of us weirdos made it to the big-time. regina is still one of my favorite songwriters - she never stops speaking to and surprising me - and i’m always goose-bump excited to hear her new music. i got goosebumps last night watching her slaughter “apres moi” on stage. and last night, backstage, it felt like my whole life came full circle when i showed regina the new album cover and asked her to push the button (literally, she pushed the button that sent out the post) on my announce to the patreon, as we sat in catering downstairs a half hour before the show at the beacon theater in NYC...the very same theater i’ll be playing this spring when i tour this album. (oops did i just accidentally announce that sorry). loves - this is the most emotional record i’ve ever made and it didn’t happen in a vacuum, nor do i think it would have happened without the constant, go-further, try-harder, dug-deeper influence of both these ladies in my life - as a woman, and as a songwriter. we never stop learning from - and being inspired by - our peers and idols, and there are no coincidences. full circle coven magikal wytch powers 4eva. i drop the album cover & tour dates publicly this tuesday, the 11th, and i’ve never been more excited to drop a project in my life. i love you all. gonna go have a little cry now. if you’re a patron and missed the post yesterday, it’s here, or join to unlock it: https://www.patreon.com/posts/drowning-in-shh-23166325 (photo by my gal hayley rosenblum, who’s killing it in the photo dept lately)
NYC! if you’re around on december 30th - just believe me and go see this show, hosted by my friend Gene Sxip Shirey...it’ll be emotiobal send-off to one my songwriting and performing heroes, new york legend Baby Dee, the gender–dysphoric, medievalist carny from Cleveland, Ohio...who is making herself “permanently unavailable” beginning January 1, 2019. i’ve written songs inspired by her. she is a unique force....a talent unlike any other i know. you will weep. and laugh. and feel the love. come say goodbye and hear her sing about predestination, elevator guys, manic depressive snowmen, and disgruntled reindeer. also, National Sawdust is awesome. and so is sxip. https://nationalsawdust.org/event/baby-dees-big-swan-song/
out of the TV frying pan and into the multimedia fire - i am juggling 4 different projects this week. yesterday: TV set, today: in a recording studio to play-to-picture for this gorgeous “art of asking” audiobook-based animation by caroline rudge - produced and edited by creative connection animation UK. you can’t hear the narration because it’s in the headphone only...but the orchestration you hear is based on “the perfect fit” (from the dresden Dresden Dolls’ first album) because the sequence is about the Eight Foot Bride and it’s just perfect (if you know the song, you’ll get the reference)... it’ll hopefully be out later this month via the patreon if there are no snags. video by christopher bittner - my engineer at applehead studio in woodstock. oh and i have to work on my fucking book text for the rest of the day because it’s late. it’s a very coffee week this week. 🎬🎡☕️ also: join the patreon ffs. it’s so amazing to be able to work like this. i never could have/would have been able to do projects like this without it.
and....surprise! this is the secret TV show that i’ve been working on: the absolutely bizarre and beautiful Happy! based on the comic by Grant Morrison with Patton Oswalt, Chris Meloni, Lili Mirojnick medina senghore, patrick fischler & ritchie coster. the first season is about to go up on Netflix, and the second season (this one), will be up on SYFY in early 2019. how did this weirdness come about? randomly! brian taylor, the director, is a fan and asked me to come cameo. not like i have a record or a tour to roll out or anything. but cmon seriously who wouldn’t want to don a silly costume and be around TV people for couple days. it’s a fantastic crew, i feel honored to be here. 🎬
good morning (afternoon?). i love you. a few things from the housekeeping and life department. there was a hilarious thread on twitter yesterday between Stephen King, Neil Gaiman and a ton of other writers talking about where we write. (prompted by some idiot saying that JK Rowling having a dedicated writing room was “pretentious”.) poetically, i have driven 50 minutes from my home today to get the text for my photography book written today (and when you’re me, text for a photography book means writing your miscarriage and abortion memoirs, wheeee). i don’t like writing long-form memoir at home, ever. it’s too lonely. yes, writing is real. it’s a real job. we get paid to do it, and we find places to do it. i don’t take for granted as i sit down to write today that i’m actually doing my fucking job. and that my patrons give me my salary, which also helps me afford a support staff and the coffee which fuels me. and i work hard for it. in other news, i just got my own monthly bill from patreon and counted the number of other creators i’m supporting: 32 other writers, musicians, photographers, journalists, podcasters, etc. this is quite an incredible community of direct exchange and support we have built with each other - without storefronts and without the government handing us grants. it’s also my monthly reminder to all patrons that on the 1st every month, i lose about 5% of my patrons because of credit cards being declined so please please do go check your account and make sure it’s active. i know these reminders work because i rey to do them every month and i always see comments from people saying “oh shit yeah k switched credit cards thanks for the reminder.” you’re welcome. also: this is the month i’m rolling out my record and book and putting my tour on sale - it’s when your status as a patron really kicks in and gets you the VIP goods, including your name printed in the book. not a good month to let it lapse, even if you’re only in for a dollar. and with that...i’m gonna go write some personal-ass shit. to all my patrons: your support means the world to me. it’s everything. i hope to make you all proud as hell with this particular writing project. here’s the link to the patreon: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
MY NEW YORK / BOSTON / UPSTATE GOTHS & NEW WAVERS....DO NOT FAIL ME....THIS WEEKEND come join me and a bunch of other devotees of new wave & goth music and drinking and dancing and AND PARTY WITH US IN THE WOODS! THEN DO HANGOVER GOTH YOGA WITH US! there's still a handful of tickets for friday night and the yoga class (limited to 40) is filling up fast. there's a whole blog about everything here, including travel info and hotel recommendations!!!! https://www.patreon.com/posts/all-you-need-to-22962182 FB events page for: party: https://www.facebook.com/events/251147768865784/ hangover yoga: https://www.facebook.com/events/255811025088943/
TODAY'S the LAST DAY of the AFP & DRESDEN DOLLS HOLIDAY MERCH BONANZA!!!! get your loved ones (or yourself) some new and old favorites in the AFP and The Dresden Dolls merch shops with special discounts and free shipping. details, HERE: http://amandapalmer.net/holidaysale2018/
our front yard is red. the sun is setting. the last of the 30 guests are gone. ash asked me, on our walk in the woods, if he could make it sunny. i said: no, you cannot make it sunny right now. i said: it is getting dark. he said: it is not getting dark. i said: okay. pause. he said: it is getting dark, mama? i said: maybe, we will have to wait and see.
thanksgiving, woodstock NY, 2019 style. Neil Gaiman and i are about to spend the day shopping, cooking, burning, hollering, talking, carrying wood, drinking, and staying off our goddamn phones (after this post, it goes in the drawer) with 27 local/semi-local loved ones...and their dogs, and their children. i love these moments like none other. from our house to yours: love, peace, plenty and most of all, gratitude; at all levels, in all ways, for all beings - in these strange times more than ever. i love you all. #thanksgiving
watching them live as a teenager was one of the biggest influences and driving forces into getting me onto a stage and performing songs with abandon. their shows are like religious experiences.... if you're in mainland europe and you've never seen The Legendary Pink Dots...THIS IS YOUR CHANCE. many of you may have seen my collaboration record "i can spin a rainbow" with my songwriting hero, edward ka-spel of the dots....or seen our short tour together, but if you've never THE ACTUAL BAND, live, it's an incredible treat. somebody back me up here. go go go. edward just told me there are plenty of tickets for a lot of these shows. GO SUPPORT!
WHEEEEE!!!! tits by demand. i censored them myself for this facebook post!! the deadline to join patreon to order this holiday photo/message card (for yourself or your loved one) is 6 PM NYC TIME - TODAY. this gorgeous photo was voted in by patrons (joy! tits!) - it was taken outside me and Neil Gaiman's house in woodstock by the photo geniuses Kahn & Selesnick. we are already printing about 1,000! all patrons - even the $1 ones - can order this for $15 and it’ll come in time for xmas. $25 patrons get it for free, and $75+ folks get a personalization. log into patreon to unlock the post, all the details are there. expires at 6pm sharp. https://www.patreon.com/posts/holiday-card-is-22805433
do we remember this dress? ten years ago today i was working on the photoshoot for the cover of “who killed amanda palmer”, my first solo album - and this antique dress (my guess is 1890s), which was a gift from my publicist at the time, elizabeth freund, wound up unexpectedly on the cover of the album. it’s been in mothballs since then. it returns. today i’m at photoshoot #5 - two years worth of shooting - with the incredible art/photo team Kahn & Selesnick at our home in woodstock, NY. i am working on a photo & storybook that is going to travel out into the world with me on tour next year, alongside the new solo piano record. shooting with this team (which has included regina harris on make-up, hair and extra styling) has been one of the most comfortable and rewarding art-making processes in recent memory. yesterday we worked & shot from 10 am and went non-stop until 7 pm. the images are incredible and it’s so hard not to pop up all the goodness here - i gotta wait. the book will be available for pre-sale sometime next month along with all the usual vinyl/CD/etc. options for the record itself. the patrons will be able to order a super-special patron-only hardback copy of the book with extras - even the $1 patrons. i wouldn’t have been able to afford all of these shoots without the backing of my patrons - this one is a deep reciprocity. and my patrons will be represented in so many ways in the book itself...something that i wish i’d done with the kickstarter. also, my phone tried to correct “photobook” into “phytoplankton”.
HAPPY SATURDAY EVERYONE. if you hate ukuleles, you will love this video. if you love ukuleles, you will love this video. if you could care less about ukuleles but you hate capitalism and what it has done to our planet, you will also love this video. EVERYBODY WINS. full clip: https://youtu.be/sflf0S66BxA directed by Andrew O'Neill (and a massive thanks to my 11k+ patrons - there’s no way we would have had the budget to make this giant, silly piece of art without your funding - anti-capitalist art has to get paid for SOMEHOW🤘)
hot damn!!! YOU NEVER KNOW. the fact that Kyrsten Sinema just took the race in arizona - after a recount and a narrow margin, against a really horrific and hateful republican opponent - makes me feel all warm and fuzzy about the fact that we took the time to stump for her from stage when we were in tucson right before the election. who knows, arizona, it may have been your vote, your phone call, your offer to drive your friend to vote that made the difference. THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE !!!! VOTE VOTE VOTE AND KEEP ON VOTING. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP WORKING AND VOTING AND SHOWING UP. to everyone in arizona who’s been working tirelessly for human rights, healthcare, equal pay, and a better future for *everyone*, THIS IS A HISTORIC DAY. SINEMA FOR THE WIN
what do you give the man who has everything on his birthday? a surprise gluten-free vegan pancake breakfast in a greenhouse, obvs. Neil Gaiman: i love the living bejeezus out of you forever. happy 58th birthday, darling. (and thanks to my surprise-comrades, justine & mariss for helping me making it all awesome starting at 7 am ffs).
It is painfully obvious that there is no shooting appalling enough to make American politicians stand up to the National Rifle Association and gunmakers... ...Our leaders think and pray their way through the horror. - right on, there. how horrible does it need to get before things change ? we ask again and again and again and again. https://nyti.ms/2DcrrlD?smid=nytcore-ios-share
GOOD MORNING AMERICA, i wanna tell you a little story. esp y’all in ARIZONA & the SOUTHWEST. the race in arizona is critical...so when i was in tucson last month to visit my dad - and for a show - i tweeted out to try to connect with supporters of kyrsten sinema, the democratic candidate. and through that tweet, i was lucky to meet alma hernandez (on the right) who got on stage at the rialto theater, grabbed the mic, and told our crowd how she quit her job to run for office. she was just like: if nobody else is gonna do this, i’m gonna do it. and she’s TWENTY-FIVE. she’s now not only the YOUNGEST elected rep in arizona but she’s also the ONLY LATINA JEW in office down there. can i get an AMEN for people having the power. this midterm vote is going to - i hope - shake the foundations of listing america to its slowly-teetering-apathetic core and prove that inspiring people like alma - and her sister consuela, on the left, who’s also joined the political ranks - are CHANGING THE COURSE OF AMERICAN HISTORY. there’s energy and hope and compassion everywhere. the time to act is now. every voice, every vote counts. and it doesn’t work unless you participate. EVERYBODY GET OUT AND VOTE TODAY. ARIZONA/SOUTHWEST: please pass this around so *everyone* you know in arizona sees it....we are looking to YOU to get kyrsten sinema into office. if you’ve been following, her republican opponent is a nightmare - a weird military rah-rah who spent her entire debate kissing trump’s bum and denying that climate change was Even Worth Debating. IN ARIZONA. cmon. and all of you::: let us know when you’ve voted so we can cheer you on ... LET’S DO THIS (photo taken backstage @ the rialto in tucson with the amazing alma & consuela hernandez) #TeamSinema #vote
whether or not the #bluewave is really gonna happen, i made it real with this Public Announcement Kimono...for a few seconds at least. here’s a slapdash gallery from the @dresden Dresden Dolls show at troxy in london. the band hadn’t played london in 12 years, and we talked about everything: brexit, the trans rights shitshow in the USA, brazil .. one world, one human family, people. AMIRITE??? hundreds of people in london got shots of the public announcement kimono - which belonged to costume designer Andrea Lauer’s grandmother and was exhumed TO SEND A MESSAGE TO THE UNIVERSE - then people posted the shots back over to the states to encourage USA people to vote. the soundtrack that played: “know your rights” by the clash. WE CAN DO THIS, PEOPLE. i’m on a plane @ Heathrow Airport right now about to fly to new york just in time to do an after-vote throw-down with @jherekbischoff, @brainpicker and many others at City Winery NYC tomorrow night (the 6th) - see their website for tickets. they’re cheap ($10+) and ALL PROCEEDS go to HeadCount. and i’ll be really tired. go vote and then come hugh me and listen to us rage with beautiful quartet political punk rock. HEY HO LETS GO see you new yorkers tomorrow night #votethemout #vote #blue #votevotevote #publicannouncementkimono. photos by kenny mathieson, Gabrielle Motola Photography, hayley rosenblum & @ mrdanimelow (instagram).
two of my favorite women of all time, musician Storm Large and writer/life-guru Cheryl Strayed, collab’d on this video. listen to your high priestesses and VOTE LIKE A MOTHERF*CKER!!!!!!!! tomorrow. november 6th. i will keep reminding you. also, new york: there are just a few tickets left for my after-vote throw-down party @ city winery with many many friends - including maria popova and jherek bischoff. get tickets - they’re as little as $10 and all proceeds go to headcount.org so more people can VOTE. #Vote https://youtu.be/WCRBB25XV7k
my friend Amy Cuddy on “envious prejudice.” “...when times get tough, envious prejudices can ignite. Societal breakdown, harsh economies or political turmoil can activate resentment toward high-status minorities, who are seen as competitors for limited resources or even dangerous enemies.” worthwhile read. https://nyti.ms/2yKY2vC
a special selfie with a london-small-world story. this is @ kathybolt from instagram, who managed to get a mystery box delivered to me at one of the The Dresden Dolls shows last week. it was a box of halloween-themed marmite with my name / neil’s name (pictured here as posted on insta the other day. which is how we found kathy). i hate marmite. (and vegemite. it is a known fact. there are songs.) anyway: last night Neil Gaiman and i headed to the thick of london to see sondheim’s new gender-bent version of “company” (my general review: A+ production, C- politically & emotionally relevant in 2018) and she was WORKING AT THE SHOW and spotted us here in the lobby. this is my expression for people who give me gifts and those gifts are marmite. neil, of course, being british and marmite-loving, is happy af. dresden dolls photos are coming. i am still recovering it was epic
HAPPY HALLOWEEN! **drum roll, muted by a soft, ominous blanket** ... my friend Jason Webley & I made you a very special halloween music video present! the video is directed by Hoku Uchiyama, shot all over the city of los angeles. funded by my amazing patrons (thank you to all 12,000 of this! your dollars made this). watch, ENJOY, INTERPRET. i expect an essay on my desk by 5 pm. and...gift it forward to your halloween-embracing loved ones. we had a ton of fun making this one. thank you to everyone who loaned space/time/talent, to the entire cast & crew (and especially to genius hoku) for TOTALLY KILLING IT (no pun intended)!!!! happy halloween y'all.