2013.10.15-blog

all about the “evening with” album…plus some news & links from the intellectual twerking front.

hola comrades!

greetings from boston, where i took one of those pathetic tour breaks that wasn’t actually a break because i basically just had time to do laundry and answer email. and now i’m getting back on a plane.
neil is already over in england (his “fortunately the milk” big-ass released party is on tuesday in london, and super-sold-out, hooray). i’ll be heading there later this week to play a benefit in cambridge (UK that is) for a local non-profit arts charity called Squeaky Gate (also sold out). then we both head to the shows in tel aviv and i move on alone to do the last grand theft orchestra tour of the project. lots of the euro-dates aren’t sold out yet, especially poland and hungary. tickets and dates all over europe are HERE. more personal intellectual-twerking news down below, but FIRST….all about the “evening with”.

if you MISSED the mailer that came to your magical email inbox (if you’re not on the email list, FIX THAT)…here’s the longer story:

neil and i did a kickstarter about two years go, to sell pre-orders/pay for a tour recording of our “evening with neil gaiman and amanda palmer” tour up the west coast in fall 2011.
the kickstarter raised over $100k with about 3k backers, and we took two engineers on the road with us (many of you know jaron luksa, my veteran sound guys…he was one of them, and he brought his pal ken). they recorded every show in HIGH FIDELITY and then neil and i spent the rest of the fall and winter picking out our favorite tracks from what was probably about twenty+ hours of recordings. (that was slightly agonizing). that tour was pretty magical, and lots of unexpected things happened…including a fan of ours dying at occupy vancouver a few days before we got to town. one of the songs is dedicated to her. neil combatted his stage fright. i tried to work on my stage-control issues. we both learned to give each other space. we took questions every night from the audience and surprised ourselves, and each other, with some of the answers (so now there’s a “best of ‘ask neil and amanda'” on the record). mostly, we watched our fanbases merge, like a giant family wedding, and were relieved that no brawls broke out.

on the contrary, there was lots of making out.


photo by mr. peterman


photo by elisa sherman


photo by anja weber


photo by elisa sherman

and this happened……

that was when someone asked us about our first kiss. no shit.

and here’s a few less-kissy pictures from various shows:

photo by laura anne anderson


photo by chad elder


photo by paige k. parsons

and, as you can see from the tracklisting (below), there’s a special cameo but a good friend of mine, evel…i mean, jason webley.
we wrote a song about a blanket together a few years ago and FINALLY recorded it for this tour.

we asked our friend cynthia von buhler to make the art (it’s a hand-made cut-out, and gorgeous) and we packaged the whole she-bang onto 3 CDs.
around christmas 2011 – to tide them over, since the kickstarter backers were waiting for their discs (it took a WHILE) – we sent everybody a digital collection of material that didn’t make the final cut. it was called “a prelude to an evening with…”
here’s the variant cover (still cynthia’s art, adapted by @indeciSEAN):

and then eventually everybody got their discs in the mail and everybody was pretty happy, so yay.
this was the original artwork on that first kickstarter-edition:

then we didn’t do anything…..we didn’t release it online to the public or put it on sale in stores….no iTunes, no bandcamp, no topspin, no nothin. we wanted the kickstarter backers to enjoy it and i was already in the full throes of preparing “Theatre is Evil”. so we waited.
NOW – or, well, next month – is the moment we’ve picked (ta da) to release it to the general public…ALMOST the same tracklisting, but all-new packaging (so that the kickstarter edition stays super-special).
we also made VINYL. the whole album would have taken up (gulp) 6 sides, so we pared our favorites down even further and condensed everything onto two records.

this is the NEW packaging:

we also thought long and hard about what kind of merch to offer along with the album – since we know you love good merch, and christmas is coming.
we picked things we’d give each other and our friends and families: moleskine jounrals (blank, of course, cuz fuck lines), teapots & tea towels, mugs, and fuzzy velvet posters. we tried to bundle things in such a way that made the ordering pretty simple. the pre-sale of these bundles will end around november 1st. some of these items will make it to the webstore, but some may not – it all depends on order quantities. here’s the “super deluxe” bundle with all this awesomeness:

SO, your best bet is to order NOW before halloween night…all orders placed during this period will definitely arrive in time for the holidays.
(while we’re on the topic: all orders made from the webstore by december 1st SHOULD also be good for holiday delivery, but we can’t control international customs so…)

i deliberately chose songs for this tour that i HADN’T ever released but was aching to…songs like “dear old house”, “gaga, palmer, madonna”, “i want you but i don’t need you”, and “look mummy no hands” have been huge live favorites but didn’t quite fit on “Theatre is Evil” so they were burning a hole in my pocket. i consider these the official versions.

there’ll be plenty more noise on the socials to remind you, and i DO hope you all pre-order, but if you’re holding out for any reason…
on november 19th, the album should be available in stores (more on where as we get details) and online in the usual spots (bandcamp, amazon, iTunes, etc.)
we’ll have the ENTIRE digital collection (the three disc’s-worth and the “prelude” EP – over 5 HOURS of material) up on my webstore for $10+

if you *ARE* one of the 3k kickstarter backers, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH for making this project possible. we wouldn’t have done it without you.
and if you want to help the cause and push the album forward, write some thoughts/reviews about it all (you’ve had it for a while, you’re entitled) down in the comments (or anywhere on the web) to help us, please. and include the pre-order link – bit.ly/EveningWithPreOrder – anywhere you are talking up the record.

here’s the final track listing:
Disc 1: NEIL SOLO
1 – My Last Landlady
2 – The Rhyme Maidens
3 – The Day The Saucers Came
4 – Feminine Endings
5 – The Winter Gardens
6 – In Relig Odhráin
7 – The View From The Cheap Seats
8 – I Will Write In Words Of Fire
9 – The Man Who Forgot Ray Bradbury
10 – Making A Chair
11 – 100 Words

Disc 2: AMANDA AND NEIL
1 – Margaret Cho Introduces the Show
2 – Makin’ Whoopee
3 – (Introduction to “The Problem With Saints”)
4 – The Problem With Saints
5 – Jump (for Jeremy Geidt)
6 – Ask Neil And Amanda
7 – (Introduction to “Broken Heart Stew”)
8 – Broken Heart Stew (by Amanda)
9 – Poem for Amanda (by Neil)
10 – Poem for Neil (by Amanda)
11 – Electric Blanket (a duet, feat. Amanda Palmer & Jason Webley)
12 – Psycho
13 – (Introduction to I Google You)
14 – I Google You

Disc 3: AMANDA SOLO
1 – I Want You, But I Don’t Need You
2 – (Introduction to “Dear Old House”)
3 – Dear Old House
4 – (Introduction to “Gaga, Palmer, Madonna: A Polemic”)
5 – Gaga, Palmer, Madonna: A Polemic
6 – (Introduction to “Judy Blume”)
7 – Judy Blume
8 – I Don’t Care Much (with Lance Horne)
9 – Map Of Tasmania
10 – (Introduction to “Do You Swear To Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth So Help Your Black Ass”)
11 – Do You Swear To Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth So Help Your Black Ass
12 – (Introduction to “I Will Follow You Into The Dark”)
13 – I Will Follow You Into The Dark (for Ashlie Gough)
14 – Look Mummy, No Hands
15 – Ukulele Anthem

Bonus: A PRELUDE TO AN EVENING WITH… (which is available with the digital)
1 – Intro
2 – Ampersand
3 – Runs in the Family
4 – Shoggoth’s Old Peculiar
5 – Blake Says
6 – Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire
7 – Do You Swear To Tell The Truth, The Whole Truth & Nothing But The Truth So Help Your Black Ass
8 – Zombies and Shy People
9 – Drinking With John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester
10 – Making Mixtapes
11 – Everyone Should Have a Hobby That Could Kill Them
12 – It Was All Going So Well
13 – On-Stage Dating Service

YOU CAN ORDER HERE.
AGAIN, ORDER BY NOVEMBER 1st FOR THE XMAS DEADLINE!!!!!!!!!
if you have any questions not covered here, eric’s being a dear and helping out HERE on the forum.
also, do us a solid: ONCE YOU ORDER, share the joy & link, spread the word! please? make friends jealous of velvet posters!

BONUS for OZ/NZ: @POSstore has 1 of 10 LIMITED EDT 7″ vinyl that you have a chance at winning…more info at bit.ly/AFP7inch

OH!! and ONE MORE LAST THING!!
NEW YORK (and surrounding areas): to celebrate the release of the record, we’ve added a (second) EVENING WITH NEIL & ME show on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 22nd at town hall (since the first night sold out super-quick). there ARE still tickets available, but they’re moving fast. you can grab yours HERE. it’s gonna be a fun couple o’ nights.

ok.
exhale.

MEANWHILE in REAL LIFE:
things have been going at an interesting intellectual clip since i posted that sinead letter, and the best thing to spring out of miley’s twerk-gate has been an unprecedented amount of discussion in the old-media news and online about MUSIC and FEMINISM. this weekend i took part in a round table discussion on BBC4 about work, music and gender equality (leave it to the brits, them’s a smart bunch). a few of the other amazing guests? kathleen hannah (bikini kill/le tigre/julie ruin) and laura mayberry, the singer from chvrches who just wrote THIS fantastic piece in the guardian after getting ambushed by online trolls. when she talks about sitting on the toilet backstage and reading the hateful comments on her phone, i related and wanted to hug her. one of the problems of new age of pocket-love-hate-technology right there.

you can listen to the bbc4 roundtable HERE.
the host was lauren laverne (@laurenlaverne) and the whole collection of guests were: @charlottechurch, @kathleenhanna, @AnnieMac, lauren mayberry (of @chvrches), annie nightingale (@aanightingale), and me (@amandapalmer)

UND
i spent the better part of the last week agonizing over a 2,100-word article that russell brand invited me to write for his guest-edited issue of the new statesman, which is a super-smart political/cultural magazine in the UK. i can’t reveal the other writers/artists involved (hint: they’re awesome) but i’m STOKED AS FUCK for this issue to come out, and i’ll share all links online. i said yes to writing the article somehow thinking that i’d done many things like it before, and then realized that was bullshit. i’ve blogged. i’d never written a long piece for a legitimate magazine. i froze, crumbled, wrote, rewrote, and enslaved my husband and at least five other friends into being my editors. it’ll be out in about two weeks. pray for me. also, if this 2,100-work piece caused me so much agony and made me consider smoking again: HOW THE FUCK AM I GOING TO WRITE A BOOK?

speaking of the book, i’ve written NOTHING. i forgive myself hard; i’ve been touring and traveling. the current plan is to hole up in australia for the better part of the winter and write it in melbourne, where the coffee is better. i SEE YOU, melbourne. don’t distract me, you fuckers. i know all about you and your tantalizing offers of free vegan bread and anarchist bike rallies. my only plans are to write, go to yoga, and then sorrowfully, drunkenly pore over my pitiful day’s writing by candlelight at night in various watering holes, pretending i’m as cool as charles bukowski. if you see me, just RUN. or throw electronic cigarettes at me and run.

also, if you haven’t seen RUSSELL BRAND DOING THIS, drop everything and watch. i wanted to stand up and applaud the fucking screen. THANK CHRIST someone is doing this shit, someone needs to…”russell brand on morning joe”:


and if you’re curious, he wrote an editorial about the appearance HERE for the guardian.

right. off to research more history of the israeli–palestinian conflict.

love,
AFP

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  • http://www.jonathanpeel.co.za/ Jonathan Peel

    In the video Russell said that he is coming to South Africa.
    I hope you do as well ;)

    • EverybodyElse

      Preferably, one-way.

  • Cat

    I remain in love with your fantastic white-with-black-flowers-and-a-magnificent-train dress.

  • Josh Fonner

    I find solace in the fact that anyone who buys the Evening With… set on wide release won’t get the special extra disc that came with for KS backers. I had never listened to Velvet Underground before that. FUCKING. AMAZEBALLS.

    P.S. Orlando fucking misses you.

    • Félix Marqués

      Wait, what did that extra disc contain?

      • Josh Fonner

        Each night on the tour leading up to Neil’s birfday, Amanda sang him a Velvet Underground or Lou Reed song. That disc had all those songs on it. It’s amazing.

        • Luci

          Aw. that’s lovely.

          • Fanbot

            OMG OMG OMG… Neil! I don’t care about this amanda person, but anything to do with NEIL is so dreamy!!! I love NIEL!

        • Félix Marqués

          Oh my God.

          I guess I’ll have to hunt it down on eBay some day. I had no money when the Kickstarter came out. D:

    • RiverVox

      Me too. I love that Velvet Underground disc. I listen to it more than the actual record!

  • Jude

    Enjoy Israel. I love that country. Drink lots of limonana!

  • Robyn

    Yes PLEASE come to South Africa!

    • Stacy

      PLEASE go to South Africa. Anywhere but here.

  • Skyler Corbett

    Solidarity.

  • J

    Lol I live in the US but I’m from South Africa so I feel obliged to throw in another vote for touring in SA. But write your book first, and then come visit Portlanf again. There are several house parties here that miss you! :)

    • Cindy

      Oregon house parties. Cleveland fashion shows. All these fine places and we are not there!!! Unfair.

      • Billy

        Oregon is great as long as you like being part of a UFO cult.

  • DrLennyR

    The Abrahamic religions ( Judaism, Christianity, and Islam), have the story of Abraham bringing his son Isaac to sacrifice because god commanded it. Isaac was complicit as well. This set the foundational tenet that it is good to kill and die for god.
    Next, much misery in the Mid-East and Africa can be traced to expedient borders drawn by colonial powers that disregarded native cultures. Why are the Hutu and the Tutsis in the same country of Rwanda? Why does Iraq consist of Shia, Sunni, and Kurds….these nations were carved up by foreign interests that valued the resources there: Not the people.
    A global war is being fueled by petro-dollars, that pits the Sunni ( Muslim nations ruled by Mohamed’s descendants) versus, the Shia ( Muslim nations ruled by clerics). They create antagonism, then send arms, then aid to pose as allies. All to increase their influence. Very similar to the distorted world polarization we had during the “Cold War”. Our country propped up all kinds of horrific leaders in the name of Capitalism and Democracy.
    There will never be peace in Jerusalem as long is there is no true separation of church and state.
    Yet, I love going to visit my family in Israel, though it took them a decade to accept me as a Buddhist, and six years to accept my wife whose name Cristina doesn’t sound very Jewish.

  • saharajinni

    I just love the look on Neil’s face when he looks at you – especially when he doesn’t realize cameras are looking. True love is a wonderous thing!

  • Kalycia Jennifer Urquhart

    I agree with Jonathan, South Africa loves you. She is a beast you have yet to tame, and I promise. You will never look at the world again after falling in love with Africa. We’re a lot like Australia but less 1st world, and way better. Come learn about Ubuntu, I am because we are. The shared collective conscience and true love of the human spirit :-)

    • Anon

      I think Amanda should move to South Africa. Permanently.

    • Ben

      Now i wanna go to africa…

      • Timmy

        I think I need to take a bath now.

  • Zozi

    “the best thing to spring out of miley’s twerk-gate has been an unprecedented amount of discussion in the old-media news and online about MUSIC and FEMINISM…”
    … And RACE. Please don’t forget that.
    Twerking appropriates an element of black culture. Miley used Black women’s bodies as props in her performance, and is clearly using ghetto culture as a way to make herself look edgy and dangerous. This isn’t just about “MILEY IS EMPOWERED” vs “MILEY IS A SLUT”, there’s a strong racial element that white feminists are not speaking about.
    (But after all, it’s impossible that SEXISM and RACISM could overlap in any way, right?)

    http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2013/09/the-pervading-influence-of-em-uncle-toms-cabin-em-in-pop-culture/279281/
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kia-makarechi/miley-cyrus-race-vmas_b_3817286.html
    http://salonsatstowe.blogspot.co.uk/2013/09/implicit-racism-in-miley-cyrus-vma.html

    • Jas

      Thanks for the links. I’m not American, and this history of unacknowledged appropriation of black women’s bodies is unfamiliar to me, and shocking.

      • Stacy

        I’m uninspired as a performer by Amanda Palmer. Taking money from people that need to make a living for themselves. Trying to benefit from others by their own tragedy, pain, and desperation. I hope this is your last tour.

        • Luci

          what’re you on about? “taking money from people that need to make a living for themselves”? how has she *taken* money (rather than people given willingly) and pretty much everyone in the 99% needs to make a living for themselves :S

          Also, have NO idea how your points relate to Miley Cyrus and black culture…

          • Abigail Rose

            Meh, pay this commentator no heed.

            I love it when people claim they’re a struggling performer or an artist or a musician followed up by their monotonous trolling. Like it gives them any credibility for their prattle. Pretentious gits :)

  • gothicgunslinger

    your book is going to be amazing. i have faith in you. happy writing. :)

    • rachel

      hopefully it is better than her last album. quite the stinker

  • kmwilliams

    Looking forward to the New Statesman issue. Previous guest-edited editions have been excellent (Richard Dawkins, Ai Weiwei..) Love that he got you involved, AFP. It’ll be interesting to see what Russell does with it. Do you know when exactly it goes on sale? (My brain is currently enjoying a session of rampant speculation as to who else Russell might’ve drafted in to write for his little corporate takeover.. first guess is Morrissey, second Caroline Lucas.. third guess.. maybe Eddie Izzard..? Ah! I shiver with anticip-)

  • MishL

    There’s a TARDIS on the table :P

    • Stacy

      oh that is so re-tardis

  • Kelly Adlington

    Amanda, I cried out loud “OH MY GOD,” when you said you were writing a book. It’s going to be stellar. And thank you for sharing all these things with us, your musings, Russell Brand videos, and the like. Love always <3

    • Anon

      OMG she is writing a BOOK!!! OMG OMG OMG OMG!!! A book! I can’t believe it!!! She is writing a BOOK! Of all the things I hoped for in this life and Amanda is going to give us another BOOK!! Not music. Not more creative stuff she is known for, but YES! Another BOOK! So we we we we we excited.

  • Rebecca Horne

    I love pictures of you and Neil, especially when you’re performing. The way he looks at you is one of the few things that rivals you for beauty.

  • truthiness

    A book written by a vain narcissist? Sounds revolting. You don’t seem to understand how human beings feel, as evidenced by your idiotic poem for a terrorist. Your book will be just as shallow.

    • Anon

      She doesn’t have to understand how anyone feels. This is just an echo-chamber to reinforce her own ideas regardless of logic, common-sense, etc. She can be wrong as long as enough people pay attention then she must be doing something right.

      • Luci

        Nah, she listens and engages people with differing opinions. Whether she agrees or not is a different matter. She’s an individualist, but that doesn’t mean she lacks empathy. While I don’t think getting attention or controversy for the sake of it is a positive, I *do* think that you can’t please everyone all the time and nothing worth saying is inoffensive to everyone.

        If this was my blog, at this volume of traffic, comments would be moderated. All opinions would be welcomed, but disrespectful trolling gets a ban. She’s way more tolerant than I would be. Maybe when she was lesser known and more of a cult figure it was an echo chamber, but now she’s had a lot of exposure there’s enough people following every blog post willing to stick a boot in.

    • kingdombeyondthewaves

      You really didn’t understand the point of the poem, then. How exactly has Amanda proven to be vain or narcissistic in any way?

  • Hulky23
  • SweetTits

    Well, I am glad to see that there is nothing catastrophic happening in the news for Amanda to make it about herself lately, so that is a good thing I guess.

  • Amanda Palmer’s Ego

    Jezuz Christ on a Cracker,

    Is this the most narcissistic blog entry ever?
    Yes, Amanda – post anything else so we all forget about you and your sugar daddy Neil going to Israel to perform. I certainly will NEVER forget.

    As for all your Cafe Press China Printed slum, please. Stop.
    Just stop.

    • Anon

      I know stop reminding us.

    • Luci

      narcissistic blog entry seems a bit redundant, given the nature of blogs (which mostly seem to be self-promotion via recording and communicating what the blog writer is up to…)

  • Lucy Merriman

    Why are there mean comments again? Usually the non-fans show up when her blog has been posted on Gawker or something, why are they back again now?

    I honestly don’t understand why you would read a whole blog of someone you dislike only to post a mocking comment.

  • Lucy Merriman

    P.S. Getting the journal edition for a friend for Christmas, so it’s nice that this stuff has been put out. Looking forward to your article in the magazine!

  • SweetRPea

    RE: Hateful comments

    I just wanted to give you kudos for offering a forum for fans to have discussions on your website and also to allow comments on your blogs. You don’t HAVE to offer either of these ways for community engagement. That you do is a bonus for fans that should not be taken for granted.

    While posts don’t always have to be over-the-moon, overwhelmingly positive, inevitably some will be unnecessarily critical, thoughtless or harsh to the point where it simply is not in any way constructive.

    I guess that’s just the nature of people and what they seek to get out of contributing to an online dialogue this way. But, I for one really enjoy this perk. I enjoy reading your thoughts, how your fans respond to them and contributing to the discussion. I hope that these are both features you plan to continue.

    Thanks very much!

  • Darren Robinson

    Brand on the Joe was AB FAB! One of those magical moments when watching TV can make you smarter.

  • ishai

    Hi Amanda,

    As you are (a) in Tel Aviv, and (b) a fan of well-dressed men serving cocktails, may I recommend the Imperial? It’s a tiny 1920s cocktail bar that takes both its craft and its male grooming habits seriously. Happy hour is six to eight.

  • kingdombeyondthewaves

    This is all very well and good, but is there any hope in getting proper recordings of the songs on Amanda is Busting Out All Over (so glad to see Provanity on the newest album) and A is for Accident? What about Kaledrina?
    I’m poor as hell (this is a library computer, my family doesn’t own one) and could never get to one of your shows; this and bad youtube videos are the only ways I will ever hear these songs properly. Not that i’m saying I feel like you owe me anything. This is going badly. I’m an English girl, please understand the awkwardness.

    • lentower

      The released music is at

      http://dresdendolls.bandcamp.com/

      and

      http://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/

      for free/what you can pay.

      I don’t remember the songs you asked about,
      being released on an album, but you can check.

      a fellow fan -len

      • kingdombeyondthewaves

        I meant a non-live, or at least easier to hear, version. I was asking if there were any plans to record the live and unreleased songs so the lyrics are audible. Thanks anyway.

  • x

    Amanda Palmer, classic condescension pose. Yup.