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dressing up amanda fucking palmer, and a new sandy fishnets video

hola comrades!!!

just about to leave boston for NYC – via new haven – to record a song for the SPIN magazine “nevermind” 20-year anniversary compilation, and realizing i’m totally out of practice at this touring thing.
piecing together equipment, piecing together songs, piecing together some kind of costume…

actually…i just gave up on that last one.

twitter inspired me, and i’ve decided to crowd-source my stage costume.
so if you’re coming to either of the sold-out NYC-area shows (hoboken, NJ / brooklyn, NY), bring exciting things for me to wear.
i did this in london one night – i actually ended up with an outfit i QUITE LIKED.
chances are, i’ll sweat on it and give it back to you at the merch table, since i’ll be signing.
but don’t throw your family heirloom bloomers on stage and then yell at me when they disappear into the night.
dress size 8. bra size 38b. bring things that are easy to put on and take off. bring accessories. think about how YOU would feel if you had to play a sweaty piano in that shit.
and bring stuff for the guys. they’re both TALL, but that does not mean we cannot ACCESSORIZE THEM TO DEATH.
shiny things are always nice.

i like this concept. it’s like being a human paper doll.
i will start out in my underwear and wind up in…..something.

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while google-searching for a hot-looking paper doll…i found THIS one:
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what the fuck is that?
that’s the most CLOTHED i’ve ever seen a paper doll start out.

COME ON
the whole POINT of it is that you get to dress somebody in their undies.

anyway….i’m sure the amanda palmer paper-dolls are something you’ll see on the merchandising table.
but they’ll be TOTALLY DIY amanda palmer paper dolls, which means we’ll simply be charging you $10 for a stack of blank paper and encouraging you TO USE YOUR IMAGINATION.

if rothko could sell
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for over 70 million dollars, i feel like we’re totally in business.

this brings up an entire concept: IMAGINARY MERCHANDISING.
we’ll have @cassandralong behind the table as usual, with everything priced, but all the merchandise will be PRETEND.
she’ll still sell you a shirt, a hoodie, and a sticker for a sum total of $65, but you’ll get to imagine that it’s EXACTLY WHAT YOU WANTED IT TO LOOK LIKE.
something tells me there may be holes in this plan, but i swear, people thought warhol was nuts, right?

in all seriousness…casey WILL be vending at the merch table, selling REAL LIVE shirts and a new poster she designed (below) just for these shows, so go visit her. we only made 100 of the posters, so don’t wait.
i’ll be signing after both shows. also i will give you back your clothes.

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……………………………

AND NOW, in honor of the twins’ run of shows in edinburgh (tickets/RSVP HERE), we have a BRAND NEW beautiful music video that the animator vince mascoli made for the Evelyn Evelyn song “sandy fishnets”…

vince had originally used the instrumental only version of “sandy fishnets” on a beautiful animation about a trans girl trying to connect with her father…it’s called “dear dad, love maria.” watch it here on vimeo (or here on youtube).

we were so touched (and impressed) by the little film, we invited vince to make an actual animation for the song itself.

this song is one of my favorites on the album, but it never got a lot of love since it was long, dark, and sad. i wrote the main structure and jason came in an tweaked and (i think) wrote the bridge.
that piano-sound you hear that sounds sort of like a harpsichord is actually an old upright piano with tacks pushed into the hammers, so that the had of the tack strikes the strings instead of the felt part of the hammer. we tracked the main tack-piano (i played it) in a little shed in santa cruz during the early days of the recording. all of the heavy orchestration was done much later in seattle, under jason’s conduct-y flailing…i think there might be footage of that somewhere.

and now is probably an excellent time to tell you the story behind this song.
long before the discovery of the evelyn twins, the dresden dolls played a show in asbury, new jersey at a joint called the stone pony.
some of you were probably there. a bunch of fans and me and jason all traipsed over to the beach.
jason stood shaking his head at the hilarity of my barefooted-in-fishnets fans.
and after the crowd has dispersed and it was just us standing there, gazing over the gray new jersey sea, jason said, “sandy fishnets is an EXCELLENT name.”
and i said, “yes….yes it is.”
and then, years later, she became the sad little canary in the coal-mine for the ill-fated evelyn sisters.

so, the video…here she is.
i especially love MRS. BULGER. she’s just like i imagined her.

(embed not working, for you? click here to watch on vimeo, or here to watch on youtube)

and don’t forget: tour dates….
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WED. AUGUST 17th
EDINBURGH @ ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE TWO

DOORS: 9PM | AGES: 16+ | TIX: £12-£13
TICKETS | RSVP

THURS. AUGUST 18th
EDINBURGH @ ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE TWO

DOORS: 9PM | AGES: 16+ | TIX: £12-£13
TICKETS | RSVP

FRI. AUGUST 19th
EDINBURGH @ ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE TWO

DOORS: 9PM | AGES: 16+ | TIX: £12-£13
TICKETS | RSVP

SAT. AUGUST 20th
EDINBURGH @ ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE TWO

DOORS: 9PM | AGES: 16+ | TIX: £12-£13
TICKETS | RSVP

SUN. AUGUST 21st
EDINBURGH @ ASSEMBLY GEORGE SQUARE TWO

DOORS: 9PM | AGES: 16+ | TIX: £12-£13
TICKETS | RSVP

Love
AFP

p.s. best photo EVER from the vancouver riots:
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Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images, thanks @kellyoxford for tweeting it over

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  • apt9000

    http://browse.deviantart.com/?qh=&section=&q=amanda+palmer+dress+up+doll#/d289klu
    Someone on Deviant Art made an interactive AFP dress up doll it is a couple years old, but still pretty nifty. 

    • Aearhodes

      Hehe, that somebody was me! I was wondering if someone would post a link. Thanks!

      • osita

        love your work, lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/FelixMarques Félix Marqués

    I love it, and it comes at a great time now that Gaga’s “The Edge of Glory” turned out to be one of her worst, most simple and less ambitious works.

    It’s somewhat odd—for these last weeks, a friend and I have been drawing mermaids, then Pirates of the Caribbean 4 has mermaids, then Gaga dresses like a mermaid for performances, then this video has Sandy morphing into a mermaid. Is it a phenomenon explainable by world-brain-like theories of Simultaneous Invention?

    Either way it’s really beautiful, and well-done. The abyss creatures sequence is amazing, and it actually looks like what I had in mind.

    • kelly shea
      • http://twitter.com/FelixMarques Félix Marqués

        Oooh, true, I forgot about that too! Though it’s a bit older.

        Awesome. Looks like it’s Mermaid Time.

        • http://twitter.com/carolinebasile Caroline Basile

          better mermaids than vampires :P 

          • http://twitter.com/FelixMarques Félix Marqués

            YES.

  • kelly shea

    Should I bring some accessories from my daughter’s dress-up closet?  A tiara?  Feather boa, perhaps?

  • PolitelyOffend

    That is such an amazing picture. I’m bringing socks, stockings, a garter belt, a petty coat, and whatever else I can fit into my bag of tricks.

  • http://twitter.com/laimelde Kris Apolony

    Oh Amanda, I don’t think I’ve giggled my way through one of your blogs posts so much as this one. I can see imaginary merch becoming the Next Big Thing for sure! Can’t wait to see the pics from these shows and find out what you end up wearing…

  • Dionne Simone

    Ahhhhhh!!! Poop! I will not be at any of the shows and I have an awesome 2 piece aluminum chain maille outfit. Bah, humbug! *stupid mid west/lake Erie town*

  • cateflamingo

    i really liked the sandy fishnets video

  • http://twitter.com/KateinGlasses Kate Scott Daly

    That’s a beautiful photo from the riots-the song fits it beautifully as well.

  • FrivolousRogue

    I’ve always pictured Sandy a little different. Maybe due to the condition of the twins and the uncles having “unique tastes” I always thought Sandy in a similar physical situation. To me Sandy has her legs connected to each other from thighs to ankles, a mermaid “caught” in her fishnets. A gorgeous little girl confined to a wheelchair, explaining why she didn’t do chores and her fascination for stories revolving the sea. But that’s just me :)

    • Laura Maier

      I love that!  :D

  • Tiffany Gray

    Thank you Evelyn Evelyn and Vince. As a cross dresser, who has been happily in her closet for decades, but is starting to spread her wings, even letting a gal friend see me and help with makeup, the video was nicely done.  I have always hidden not just because of society but also bad overbite recently corrected.  With this video I can hope society can be corrected.  I know  one thing. The smile  in the picture after the make over was my first full smile  since the braces came off.  I look forward to more smiles 

    thank you again Tiffany 

    • Vince

      I very rarely post replies to my wonderful fans and commenters (I feel it dilutes it generally, it’s like interfering with time and space #doctorwhonerd) but yours is different tiffany. You are partially who I made the film for, the closet cases who are afraid of being who you are. It is inspiring to here of someone’s life made better by my work. I feel humbled. The other people I made this for were the naysayers, the ones who don’t want you to be who you are. To give you an idea of where I came from consider this. Dear dad, love Maria is not about being transsexual, it’s about growing up and at person happens to be trans. I was relating to my graduation from college and growing up when making that. That’s what the song conveyed to me, transformation and growth and all the ugly shit that comes with that. I think this helps those folks see the other side. I’m sure you’re blossoming into a beautiful woman. You make me remember I still have work to do.

  • Mollymoon

    Sigh… all these lovely concerts in places no where near me.

    You know, I think that your Mr. Moxy is missing you…why don’t you go do a ninja gig somewhere close to his home in the wilderness… the Twin Cities would be great… I’d ask for Duluth, MN but (1) my luck isn’t that good and (2)I’m not quite sure we have some place funky enough for you.

    So yeah, please go ninja on the Twin Cities soon!

    /puppydog eyes/

    • Blusterscud

      I second this!

  • Ilia

    Oh man, I can’t wait for the Brooklyn show. You should’ve seen me frantically refreshing the ticket page the day they went on sale. It’s entirely possible I was the first to buy a ticket, even.

    Now, if you could work your distinct flavor of magic and somehow get the twins to play New York….well, that would be something truly incredible.  And deserving of getting taken out for food and drinks by people. Though that’ll probably happen regardless.

  • Zee Kesler

    hot. wow. i saw the smoke and helicopters from my studio. crazy what sports does to people. why cant we care this much about politics..or things that actually matter.

    • kate shanahan

      why cant our collective populous care as much about life & love? > forget politics, remember common sense & compassion? – let us travel that road…we will all be better for it – I know I am (and i work for the state gov in australia, but i let my voice be heard & i DO persist with what i believe is right, no matter how BIG OR SMALL!)

  • http://www.ruthsmakeup.blogspot.com Ruthy

    I loved Sandy Fishnets, great animation… but I’m feeling really dumb now as I bought tickets to see AFP in London thinking it was also Evelyn Evelyn but looks like I was mistaken. It’s not that I DON’T want to see AFP, but when Evelyn Evelyn played London the one I saw was at Koko (fuck the ashcloud) and I love Evelyn Evelyn and really really really want to see them. The Edinburgh dates are impossible for me because that time period is fully booked off at my work (mostly because of Leeds festival) and well… I can’t really afford that AND London. Double whammy of sad.
    Sigh.
    Evelyn Evelyn is pretty much my favourite, I got the signed cd and tshirt and bag bundle.
    Ruth x

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      road trip to edinburgh.

  • Unkindloving

    :) I was at that lovely new jersey show, though I didn’t hang about afterward.
    It was my first time seeing all of you perform, and it was fucking Beautiful. It gave a whole new meaning to your music, as well as what a show with such fantastic people could do for the soul. Ridiculously glad to hear that an idea was born on the shores of new jersey :p.

    Will be rummaging through my things for the Hoboken show!

  • Loreleï_L

    I showed  this photo to a friend last night when you retweeted it. When he saw it, he cried.

  • Isabella

    I’m still puzzled wether that is a couple kissing, or whether he is actually supporting the girl who is hurt in some way.

  • Veronica

    Amanda!!!
    I love the idea of your fans dressing you up. Actually, would you consider doing the same thing at your shows in London? I can bring you some really cool non-sweaty stuff for you to wear…
    Which brings me to the main point of my comment:  I’m going to see you for the first time in London this September. I am the girl from the Canary Islands you talked to last summer, the one who thought couldn’t see you live in a million years… I’m not sure if you’ll remember me,  it’s fine. What’s important is that I am going to see you. You are going to exist beyond my headphones and my screen. You are going to happen to me, for real. I’m so excited I can’t even write this properly. I guess life can change, even mine.

    Thank you.

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      of course i remember you!!!! make sure you come say hi after the show, i’ll be signing almost definitely. xxx

      • Veronica

        I will for sure!!!

  • aenFgreetcrhG

    GEILE BITCH! 
    one question which has nothing do do with this fun shit but it would be really fucking geil of you if you answered: do you want to make film music for a friend of mine? a shortfilm. 
     actually i had a second question but i forgot it…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nina-Baron/1532425680 Nina Baron

    This video was beautiful. I have been working on a shadow puppet music video of this song that will never ever be done but this video is just as I pictured it. This is my favorite song on the CD and I hope that some day I will be able to see a show with Amanda Palmer related antics… Sadly your most recent Boston show is ages 21 up… Please preform in Boston again sometime soon for an all ages crowd. I love you very much.

  • http://www.facebook.com/asha.sanaker Asha Sanaker

    Amanda!  So, Jason came through Ithaca recently, which was amazing because, really, why would someone come to our tiny, little college town more than once?  I got to see him and finally pick up the Evelyn Evelyn CD, which has become the favorite of my 8 year old.  We listen to it in the car over and over.  He talked about taking a break which, like you, seems a fairly active pursuit.  It might even seem un-breaklike to those of us who conceive of a break as an opportunity to sleep and/or stay at home in our jammies all day. :) Anyway, I hope that we can entice you both here, separately or together as the twins.  I promise we will give you many standing ovations and much love.  Wanted to road trip down with friends to Brooklyn but work schedules and kid obligations did not allow this time.  I hope you have an amazing time and publish lots of pics of the improv-ed outfit.  If I were coming I would bring you fairy wings. With two little girls under the age of ten I have multiple sets.  And they wouldn’t get in the way when you’re playing piano like some things.  I hope someone brings you a pair.  XO! Asha

  • lentower

    a

    if you don’t already know how,
    you should learn Rothko’s visual language

    the rest of the abstract expressionists are
    amateurs by comparison
    (or maybe i just remain ignorant)

    the first time i got him,
    he wrenched my soul out of me into tears
    it took me minutes to wrench my eyes away

    the curator had hung one of his most joyous
    paintings on the adjacent wall

    i was very grateful

    there were eight of them there,
    it was an interesting memorable afternoon

    -len

    sadly, the reproductions don’t speak the same language
    originals are needed

    i can tell you how to learn the language,
    but it takes time looking at originals

    oh. if i had the money, i cut a deal with the Fogg
    to have 24/7 access to my rothko’s there.
    art like his should always be in public view.
    but i’ll never have custody of even one

  • gattopardo

    dear amanda I think the idea of crowd-sourcing your stage costume is brilliant and I hope you consider doing it in London as well. I am going to see you there for the very first time with the dear dear friend who introduced me to you (musically speaking of course ahahah) and I would be happy to take some choice items of apparel. If they end up on stage, on you, then they will have not have existed in vain. 
    I am so excited at the prospect of seeing you live. Apart from your own outstanding talents – as a musician, performer, composer, writer, thought-provoker – I do so admire the way your nurture and instil in all of us the motivation and passion for being creative, for using our own resources and tools to transform our lives and our expand our minds. And connect to each other, in a positive, enriching way.
    I find your generosity and belief in the creative potential of anyone with a genuine desire to reach out to others so very inspiring. Thank you very much, you have been a great incentive for me and my vague attempts at writing/mangling of the English language.  
    All the best for your upcoming concerts and cannot wait to see you in London. !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ms. McD

    Hi Amanda, this is off-topic of your blog post, but I wanted to let you know that listening to your music in the car late last night reaffirmed that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be. I’m a high school English teacher in Boston (we actually met at your Patriot’s Day ninja gig — I was the nerd — clutching a well-worn copy of American Gods — who had her photo taken with your husband), who is also the only out Queer in my school and co-advisor/founder of the Gay-Straight Alliance. Last night was my school’s graduation. Our GSA president’s parents told her that they would NOT be attending her graduation, and that when she went off to Hampshire College in the fall (on a FULL-ride James Baldwin scholarship), she needed to take everything with her because she would not be welcome back. So last night, my co-advisors and another teacher took this girl and her friend out to dinner before graduation, cheered her across the stage, gave her a graduation gift, and treated her to Finale at the end of the evening.

    I have been angry and resentful all week about having to do this for this girl. Not because of her, obviously, but because her family would not. Teaching is hard, and after ten years I’ve been thinking of doing something else — finish that novel I started 10 years ago. Anything that didn’t get so deep into my soul because it is draining me. But as I drove home after dropping her friend off, I started listening to Yes, Virginia, and then Who Killed, and it suddenly struck me as I was screaming along with you, that this — being that teacher who guides the Queer kids through all the bullshit in the world —  is my passion, my art. I am where I am supposed to be. What I create may not end up being published, or on Bandcamp, or go on tour, but it touches people, and in the end, what else could I ask for?

    Thanks for being you. Thanks for your music. Thanks for putting your arms out to the world and welcoming all comers, just as they are. You’ve reminded me to do the same.

    • gattopardo

      THANK YOU ms mcd for writing this and for doing the work that you do, with the commitment and dedication that you so clearly put into it. What you do is amazing. As a person who’s also found guidance, help and a sanity-saving glimpses of clarity in the teachers and mentors, all I can say is … you are amazing and you are making the difference. My heartfelt admiration and respect and a great big hug. 

    • RiverVox

      What a horrible story. For some reason it shocks me that this would occur in Boston. Thank you sharing it and waking me up. The work you are doing is SO important. I love the Teddy Roosevelt quote “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” If we all do that, in our lives and on our jobs, we will make things better. 

    • Mitholas

      You know how the best songs save lives?

      The best teachers do too. I think it’s great that you see the value in what you do, even though it’s draining. Don’t underestimate what it means (and will mean) to that girl that you were a surrogate parent to her for her graduation. She’ll remember that for the rest of her life. I can only applaud you.

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      fucking bravo, you. 
      the high school teachers that gave me what other adults could not were the guiding lights of my high school years. i’m so glad you realized that your call is loud in that direction – THAT’s the whole point of this exercise. it doesn’t have to be anything specific: making art, teaching, leading, following, talking listening, fixing toilets. the point it: do it, and know you mean it and that whatever you’re doing is fitting into the whole to make this world a more compassionate and passionate place. 

      • Ms. McD

        Thank you, Amanda, and thank you everyone for your kind words. I needed the psychic hug today, and boy did I get it! Much love to all…

    • mera

      Tell your brave, awesome student that there’s a beautiful queer family waiting at Hampshire with cookies and open arms. It’s a wonderful college.

    • r-team

      this is exactly the kind of teachers we need! its about passion no matter WHAT you do. but you cant do your job without passion especially when other people depend on you!
      so thanks for being a good teacher and send some of your kind to germany ;)

  • Jade

    That photo isn’t what it seems to be.  There are other photos of that couple from different angles & you can see in them that the young woman is actually seriously hurt. She was sent to the hospital. 

    • Christy Norton

      It really bothers me that this picture is being shuttled around without the actual story attached. 

  • gattopardo

    forgot to say… the poster is amazing! love it!

  • http://twitter.com/Esmertina Esmertina Bicklesnit

    Hey Amanda — with such small venues for these shows, is there any hope of getting fat chick merch? 

    I love my red EE shirt, my Cabaret shirt actually fits like a dream, and if I keep working out I’m hoping to fit into my fat chick DD reunion tour shirt by the end of the year. 

    I would Love Love Love to add to the collection, but I do understand how t-shirt ordering goes, and it may not pay off for you to do the 3-4X sizes.  I will love you regardless.  But!  Please know there will be at least one eager fan squealing and jumping up and down if you can :)

  • RiverVox

    On the subject of costumes, I f0und myself in a store this morning buying some fun clothes for your Arlington show (which I may not even get into). It struck me that three years ago I would NEVER be out buying clothes for myself and certainly nothing with sequins!  I thought as I shopped, I can wear this for an Army of Toys show, or to Porgy & Bess at the ART in August. Three years ago, I would not be thinking of going to a rock show, or a theater or anywhere except Target. And the reason that my life has expanded in this way? Your music and the music of your friends,the community of fans and the way you have reconnected me to art, theater and culture & reminding me that this is what I love and this is who I am.  Thank you.

  • Liz

    I’m coming to see you in september in london. My first time ever seeing you and hopefully meeting you. You are a beautiful inspiring person Amanda!

    Kind regards

    Liz 

  • Pi

    Just wanted to say how beautiful the Sandy Fishnets video is!  I love Evelyn Evelyn.  When I got my copy of the cd  I played it obsessively  in the car for days and think it’s brilliant…

    also that poster for the june 22/23rd shows is beyond fabulous…only 100 copies?  I’m too far from Maxwell’s!

  • sebhf

    Video was AMAZING- you should get each song from that album animated and compile a DVD… seriously though

  • Tina Bits

    I made a picture inspired by this paper doll idea:
    http://tinabits.deviantart.com/art/dressing-up-AFP-213612060
    Too bad I won’t be able to see Amanda live any time soon (if ever).

  • ichwarnochnieinamsterdam

    BOMBE AMANDA!
    und ganz nebenbei bringst du tausende frauen dazu ihre haare abzurasieren und mit genügend selbstvertrauen durch die welt zu spazieren!!
    fucking knorke!
    darüber solltest du einen extra blog schreiben.
    wie schaffst du das nur alles? hast du klone?

    wir sehen uns am 7. september in amsterdam! ich freue mich sooo so hart! (ich bin das mädchen, das leute von norden bis süden gesammelt hat und 500 km fahren wird, um amanda fucking palmer in amsterdam zu sehen, ich habe eigentlich schule in dieser woche… aber: #fuckplanB ) amanda palmer sehen und sterben.
    bleib wie du bist!

    • r-team

      this comment was supposed to be  under your latest blog about the nirvana cover. i mixed that up. nevermind. now you know ;)

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