2012.05.23 blog

KICKSTARTER, SMURF-TITS & SCIENTOLOGY OH MY (the KICKSTARTER Q&A part 2)

hola my dear comrades.

oi vey.
oi.

at the moment i’m posting this blog, the kickstarter totals:
17,572 BACKERS
$834,377 PLEDGED
8 DAYS TO GO

it’s gone pretty well, i’d say. eh?

the weirdest thing right now is that everybody KNOWS about it. i’m now famous for my kickstarter.

which is a little depressing. i wish that i could steal all that enthusiasm and high-fiving i’ve getting from strangers in the street (literally) and re-route it to the album when comes out.
i don’t want this album to be remembered as “the kickstarter record.”

i do want this record to explode. and i want this record to explode because it is awesome.

anyway….jesus, i’m not complaining.

this kickstarter is a fucking game-changer.

what i did NOT expect to happen was to come under fire from so many sides.
while 90% of people out there are so supportive i want to cry most of the day, there’s a lot of bitching.
the bitching can be broken down into three categories, in order from least ridiculous to most ridiculous:
– people bitching that i shouldn’t be using kickstarter and i should leave it “to the artists who need it”.
– people bitching that i’m just shameless and tasteful in general and “begging” for money for my record.
– people bitching that my kickstarter campaign is actually a front to siphon money into the church of scientology.

(i love that last one).

some of the bitchings above will hopefully be covered in the answers below.
except for the scientology one, which i’ll answer with a naked picture including smurfs at the end of this blog.

the most common question i got was THIS: “are you rich now?? what are you going to do with ALL. THAT. MONEY?”
i already answered that one…and if you missed it, i suggest you read that (link below), then go pee, grab a second cup of coffee, and return here for part two.

WHERE ALL THIS KICKSTARTER MONEY IS GOING, BY AMANDA FUCKING PALMER 

……………………….

now, to the nitty gritty:

Q: @DDMikeWard
Sounds like 100K was too little. How much did you really need and what were your actual expectations for first week?
Q: @klausfuture
Even knowing how awesome your fans are, did you have any anxiety about not hitting the initial goal?

A:  i picked a goal that i was 99% sure we would exceed. if you do the math, and you look at my sales history, it wasn’t a big stretch of the imagination.
i knew that we had people excited to buy house parties (we’ve been getting emails asking ALL YEAR) and i knew that the radiohead EP alone got about $100k worth of orders when I put it on sale. so making the goal $100k was a nice, big, round number that we knew wouldn’t look too low or too high but was still, in itself, pretty random. when i met last week with my business manager, i asked him to remind me what i’d sketched in a few months ago as my “realistic estimate” of what we’d hit on kickstarter, so he could know for the cashflow report. i’d told him $480,000.


Q: @GriffenshireStu
I’m not buying anything until I can at least hear it.

A: HA. i just released a track. fund me.


Jones, from the blog:
Q (of sorts): Believe me when I say I have a great deal of respect for you Amanda, and maybe I am a huge cynic – but right now I am among a group of musicians within the south west in the UK who living a very different reality to the seemingly wonderful opportunity of crowd-funding for music making/distributing.
I’d be really interested when you’ve had the time to make and put out the new record to read the blog you write with links to unknown musicians for whom crowd-funding has been their start and success. At the moment, for us, it’s a new form of Payola where there is no immediate benefit differential from indepedently funding and distributing our work through any means available to us.

A: payola? payola is BRIBERY. this isn’t bribery. this is artists taking control over their own work and distribution. it’s NOT a magic bullet. if your band or the bands you know can’t crowdfund, it’s not because anybody’s muscling you out of the game. i’ll tell you one really huge thing: you need to have a small fanbase first. if you don’t have that, crowdfunding WILL NOT WORK. you can’t crowdfund without a crowd. you have to have some sort of audience already built and ready to help you. what you’re saying to me doesn’t sound that different to any other complaint a smaller band has when it comes to getting shit done. it’s WORK. you have to play a shit ton of shows, you have to play for free, a lot, you have to slave, you have music people care about, and THEN…THEN you have to ask for help. nobody is going to fund a band they don’t give a shit about.

as for an example: i’ll hand you tom dickins. he’s teeny compared to me, but i’ve been watching this kid working his ass off for the past three years. he quit his day job, has been living at the poverty line, playing every gig he can fucking get, getting in his shitty broken down car and driving all over australia to play house parties for his few fans, and growing things bit by bit by bit. he just launched an australian crowdfund for his new record – GO HERE FOR IT – and hit his goal of about $10k in the first few days. and if you emailed him and asked him for advice, i guarantee you he’d answer. because he’s a sweet fucking guy who likes helping people. which is a huge part of why people are lining up to help him back, alongside the fact that his songs are great.


Q: @JariPeltola
Are the donations tax-free income?

A: this is a good question mostly because of the way it’s worded.
to answer: no..all the money i’m making on CD and LP (and book, and everything) sales via kickstarter is taxable.
AND
these aren’t DONATIONS. that drives me crazy. they way we generally define “donating” is that you are giving something without any return: it’s a selfless, one-way gift to a cause. this is not that. every single person who’s backed the kickstarter is getting a product or a service (like a show) that they’ve paid for.
it’s more of a pre-order than a “fundraiser.” the language here gets important. it makes me cringe to read in the press that people have “donated $600k to amanda palmer’s kickstarter.” that makes it seem like i’m getting away like a bandit. as you can see above,i have to PAY for and manufacture (and pay the staff to help me create) all the products that are for sale. it’s almost as ridiculous as newsweek proclaiming that “people donated over $56 million dollars to apple in order to own the new iPhone 4G”. that would sound DUMB. this is a marketplace. an art marketplace, but still. it’s a real exchange. i have A Thing (it’s A Weird Thing, but still) and people are buying it….via the vehicle of kickstarter.


Q: @gabakulka
deep/pressing: Doesn’t it scare you just a TINY bit? The overwhelming success? (I’m a total chicken, I think I’d have freaked)

A: hi gaba. you’re a musician, so this isn’t a theoretical question – i know you already know what it feels like to play in front of a thousand people. and you are not a fucking chicken.
I AM AMANDA FUCKING PALMER, I AM SCARED OF NO THING.
well. lies. ok. a little bit. but my scared-ness has to do with one very specific thing, and it doesn’t have to do with the kickstarter as much as the success of the record as a whole. it’s so good.

i’ve talked with a lot of my indie-band-comradery who zoomed overnight from 700-seat to 3000-seat venues and found the transition miserable (mostly, you lose your connection to the awesome-ness of your hardcore fanbase, because flake-y fairweather fans who don’t know you trample out the old-school ones who hate your new fans and don’t want to see you in a 3,000-seat venue because Fuck That). i don’t EVER, EVER want that to happen. that’s the only thing that slightly scares me. that if i got too big too quick there would be a loss of quality in the fanbase. but i have a feeling i’m clever enough to deal with it well if it happens. my team is strong, i am strong, i think our collective arms are strong enough to open and hold a lot of people and bypass the bullshit.


Q: @KatWithSword
When was the earliest in your career you would have attempted something like this, and why?

A: if you go back to my grumbly response to jones above, who was in turn grumbling about this not being viable for his band community, you’ll see i already sort of addressed this.
if i got back to the dawn of the dresden dolls, this would have been PERFECT for us. i was already crowdfunding back then. i borrowed the money we needed for our first record from six different people (including some relatively well-off fans who’d come to see us play 12 times and were happy to loan us five grand). if i’d been able to simply plug into our boston fanbase and ask them for help, i would have. but back in those days (2003) we couldn’t. but it would have worked, of that i’m certain. you’re talking to someone who’s been passing the hat for various opening bands since the dawn of touring. it ALWAYS works. sometimes it works great, sometimes not so great. but it always works.


Q: @seb_inthecity
When did you decide that KS could be a viable solution for financing a new record? After or before last year’s tour?

A: i tried out kickstarter for the first time about a year and a half ago, when i produced tristan allen’s record (you can see it, here). it was funded to the tune of about $8,500 and had only 437 backers (but we ran it for a VERY short time). after that, and feeling the direct connection with the people who’d supported, i was SOLD on the process. there WAS a question about whether to just do a sort of DIY-crowdfund on my own website. i could have done that and saved the 5% commission that kickstarter takes. but i’m convinced that people trust kickstarter as a system and are less shy about jumping on board a big ship than a little speedboat. also, kickstarter in ITSELF is a little community. a lot of my friends are using it, and it’s really nice to have a common template, a common language, a common system.


Q: @MrTubes
Deep question: how long, how much time have you invested, to get to the point where this is possible?

A: i could answer this two ways.
or
1. all my life. for real. everything i’ve done and made and learned has brought me to the point where something this huge is possible.
2. every minute since 2000, when i started touring in the dresden dolls.
either way: a LOT OF TIME.

this kickstarted is the culmination of YEARS AND YEARS AND YEARS of connecting with my fanbase and my community.
some people who read this blog have been following my movements for years, and don’t need to hear this part. others are brand new and REALLY need to hear it.
in a nutshell: i have a connect-at-all-costs policy 24/7. brian and i, as the dresden dolls, toured for three or four years SOLID and signed after every. single. show. we hung out with our audience. we got to know people. we stayed in touch. we cared that they cared about our band and we showed it. the internet is an extension of that. the twelve years of blogging i’ve done and the 25,000 tweets haven’t been for strangers. they’ve been ways of connecting with my crowd…all over the world. every city i’ve ever played a free show in, every house i’ve crashed in, every band i’ve hand-selected to open up for us on the road because i refuse to let the promotors have control over our night. every night off tour that i didn’t go out to see a show, or hang out with my friends, or bother with a lover….because i was up to my eyeballs in emails with fans and bands about our next tour. i’d never do it differently, ever. because i was doing what i loved.
you know that 10,000 hours theory? i’ve spent more than 10,000 hours connecting with my fans, figuring out how to be with them. so i’m an expert in them.


Q: @cynicalinternet
deep question: didnt you feel guilty asking for handouts? like you should be able to get the money on your own somehow?…why not just do it low budget, release mp3s online, skip the expensive promotion stuff/etc and do it for 20 grand? why 500K?

A: as i said above, i wrote a huge BREAKDOWN of pretty much where all the money is going. if you really wanna know, go look.
as for, you, @cynicalinternet, your name is just perfect.
ask me that question again….slowly. and this time listen to yourself.
“like you should be able to get the money on your own somehow”?
are you FUCKING KIDDING ME?

THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I FUCKING JUST DID.

instead of signing up with a label, taking their advance money and enslaving myself to a contract…….
I GOT THE MONEY ON MY OWN SOMEHOW!
I FUCKING USED KICKSTARTER!

and as far as “why not just do it low budget….”?

well, i could’ve done that.
you’re right.
i could have recorded this on my computer. at home. on piano. alone.
and it would have cost nothing.

and you know what?

i didn’t do that.

and you know what else?

MY RECORD IS AWESOME.
IT CAME OUT JUST THE WAY I WANTED IT.
MY BAND IS AWESOME. THEY KILLED IT.
THE RECORDING STUDIO WE RENTED WAS AWESOME.
I AM SO GLAD I SPENT MONEY ON ALL OF IT.

as you see, i don’t have many regrets about this matter.

maybe i’ll make the next one in my bedroom. if i feel like it. and that one will probably be awesome too. (and if it’s not awesome, i’ll probably never release it, so don’t worry.)


Q: @sledgecallier
Your Kickstarters have gone really well, but any advice for people kickstarting without an initial fan base to call upon?

A: yeah, see above, don’t do it. seriously. not right away. most kickstarter projects that fail do so because people are screaming into a void.
HOWEVER: you may have a fanbase out there that you don’t know about, or that you’re not thinking about.
if you need to raise $1,000 for a project, and you can call to mind 16 friends or acquaintances who’ll pitch in $50, and two relatives who’ll pitch in $100, you’ll hit your goal.
but really: i maintain that crowdfunding, at least for musicians, is for musicians who’ve amassed at least a small crowd already.
runaway projects on kickstarter that are offering a gadget, like the pebble watch (which has funded over 10 million on kickstarter) don’t need FANS. they just need CONSUMERS who want their product.
but artists and musicians need REAL supporters. people who believe in their work and want to lift them up, who want to see them succeed and want to own a physical piece of the history that goes along with it. i think this is a subject for a longer blog someday, but you get the gist. do the groundwork first, the old fashioned way. in music, that’s playing open mics, friends parties, touring endlessly, hanging out, opening up for acts and not getting paid, making decent youtube clips, connecting with your audience online….and so on….the same old story. it’s work. and if you’re good, you’ll gather a little crowd who like you. then go ask them for funding. then check back with me.


Q: @nicholasbuzzrad
Why the angst [from the outside world]? I think you and your art is great, why do people not agree so angrily?

A: people hate change. this is making a lot of people really uncomfortable…especially because there’s a long-standing shame around mixing ART and MONEY.
artists for ages have felt weird about having to mix commerce with their ART….their ART, which is, in essence, un-priceable. i mean, honestly…how do you put a “price-tag” on….MUSIC? it’s MUSIC.
it’s ridiculous. but we do, all the time. it’s absurd when you think about it.

musicians of the past few decades have been especially prone to hide behind tinted-limo-windows and not get their hands dirty with the business of exchanging cash for products. and they haven’t had to. a gazillion middlemen at labels, marketing houses, radio stations and record stores did the “dirty” work for them. but it’s not dirty. there’s nothing dirty about asking to get kicked back for giving someone your art. i made my living as a street performer for YEARS. we’re the top of the line of happily taking cash in exchange for our art and feeling not a moment of weirdness about it. and after years of street performing, i can can tell you from first-hand experience how happy i’ve seen it MAKE people to give money to artists. people LOVE TO HELP. my major label used to laugh at me when i tried to convince them of this.

the music business for years has seen the fanbase as a bunch of faceless consumers who were going to have to be TRICKED into parting with their cash. whereas i see them as people who love art and want to help. attitude is everything.

watch. it’s going to change. it’s already changed. it’s changing right now, in this moment. it FREAKS people out. and i love it. i mean it. i’m really, really, loving watching this happen.

people who are angry at me for doing this because i should leave kickstarter to “the people who need it” are missing the point entirely.
that’s like telling U2 not play concerts in stadiums because there are coffeeshops all over the world who need people to go to their open mics.
or like telling an indie record store that they shouldn’t stock the beatles because, like, everybody already knows the beatles and why the fuck should an indie store help them out.

EVERYTHING IS NOW POSSIBLE FOR EVERYONE.

THIS IS WHAT IS SO AWESOME.

and people will continue to go to stadium U2 shows (well, maybe) and people will continue to go to coffeeshops to hear acoustic guitar.

it takes all of this to make a music scene work.


Q: @meganbrophy11 Is it faith in yourself or faith in your fans that brought you this far?

A: both. big time. do you see? neither would work on its own.

music community is an ecosystem.

both.


Q: @LahnaMouse
your opinions on sourcing music in an illegal fashion? (big fan by the way hello :D)

A: i think music should be shared. all the time. by everybody. i think it’s pure insanity to make music filesharing illegal.
and with that said, i have, for years, encouraged my fans to burn, download and share all of my music with each other and with strangers.
and i will never stop doing that. all that sharing eventually comes back to me in all forms of income and goodwill.



Q:
@TVSven
how many CDs did WKAP sell in stores? (officially)

A: my last solo album “who killed amanda palmer”, sold about 35,000 via soundscan, which is the retail-store way of tracking things.
in reality, if you count all the legal and so-called “illegal” digital downloads, plus the number of plays those songs have had on youtube…it’s way way more. 100,000?
200,000? nobody will ever know. it’s impossible the way things are set up right now…and that’s fucking fine with me. this isn’t a race or a contest. it’s music.


Q: @SKWillustrator
Let’s say that kickstarter works for every musician/band. Do u think theres any reason for someone to have a record company?

A: GREAT. yes let’s say that.
YES, i think, but i think the nature of WHAT these labels do, and maybe what they’re called, will change.

there’s always PJ harvey. I use PJ as my default artist when trying to explain these things.
PJ will probably never blog.
PJ will probably never twitter.
and PJ harvey may never want to crowdfund a record.
but then again, she may look around at what people are doing in three years, when she’s done with contract at epic or matador or merge whatever hip label she’s on.
and she may ask herself (cue talking heads), “do i need to keep giving this company a huge percentage of my income?” and the answer may be NO.
if the answer is no, and PJ still doesn’t want to blog, twitter or create a PJ-tastic tumblr, she still has a chance. YES! she can magically hire someone to take to the internet on her
behalf, cut her a distribution deal, and help her run her own business. which is what the VAST majority of artists nowadays are starting to do.
and you may see the likes of PJ harvey kickstarting a record, with a team not unlike my team behind her, helping her organize the giant task-list.
but she probably will not post naked pictures of herself. WILL SHE SUCCEED? WILL SHE FAIL? WILL SHE DECIDE THAT NUDITY WORKED FOR AMAND PLAMER AND POST ARTY NAKED TWITPICS FROM THE BLEAK BRITISH SEASIDE?? we will have to wait to find out….

meanwhile.

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p.p.s. that third-to-last line says “SMURF-TITS”. fuzzy iPhone is fuzzy.

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  • http://twitter.com/neverwear cat mihos

    go get ‘em, tiger. 

  • http://twitter.com/JoelDurhamJr Joel Durham Jr

    This post made my week. Can’t wait for the naked pictures (oh, and the music)!

  • http://twitter.com/nomebueller13 Naomi Buell

    It’s pretty ridiculous that people think your kickstarter is charity.
    Are they so full of themselves that they think buying a product is charity?  Like they should get a house party for free?  Dumb ass hoes.

    P.S.  I was totally expecting a blue Amanda Palmer at the end

  • Abby

    I cannot wait to listen to this record. !!!!

  • http://twitter.com/ChayleeNBrock Chaylee Nicole Brock

    I’ve been following you since I bought the debut Dolls album around… 2004? I’ve followed pretty hardcore, and, to be honest, the success of the whole kickstarter thing scares me. Yes, I think it’s totally awesome (especially as an artist myself), but I guess it makes me sad to think of all the bandwagon-jumpers that have heard about this experiment via the media. I’ve met you a few times at shows (Chicago and Kentucky), and it makes me sad to think that maybe all of that is going to change now? An irrational fear? I’m not sure. I’m guessing you’re not sure, either. But the fear is there.

    Still sending you mad love, though. No matter what happens, I will always be a huge fan. 
    <3<3

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      STAY. PLEASE. I NEED YOU. 

      • http://twitter.com/ChayleeNBrock Chaylee Nicole Brock

        You couldn’t pay me to leave – I’m along for the ride, no matter how bumpy or uncomfortable or strange it may get.

        Amanda Fucking Palmer + Fans = A Bundled Package

    • insignifikunt

      i don’t think it will … she is already playing to audiences of about 1,500-2000 in the larger cities australia and to be honest i actually thought there’d be more than 20,000 backers by now. 

      i think she already has a larger fan base than what has backed/taken notice of this kickstarter. sure there are some people who’d never heard of amanda before this, but i think that is outweighed by actual fans who’ve backed it, and fans who refuse to back it but will no doubt torrent the album once it’s out and go to gigs when she tours like they always have.

      i just think the majority of people who would decide to follow an artist after this sort of thing would already know about amanda anyway as she has been doing this sort of fan-funding type of thing for so long already.

  • Lisa

    Is it bad that I scrolled all the way through the Q and A’s for the smurf tits?

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      no. it is not bad.

      • Lisa

        Yay

      • John B

        Lucky blue buggers… :)

    • http://twitter.com/Czarmorte Katie

      I did so as well.

      • http://twitter.com/KodaFett Cody Banning

        Yup. Me, too…

  • Joey O.

    I totally had that skydiving Smurf growing up…

  • insignifikunt

    if this wasn’t a “serious record” i’d say name it smurf tits!

  • Pants

    Smurf Tits.

  • http://twitter.com/YanaYans Yana Allum

    As a rule, I am not an instigator of conflict. BUT, at this point in time, I will give ‘The Two Fingered Salute’ to parties that don’t attempt, to at least TRY and understand the greatness in all of this. To my fellow believers in FREEDOM, BEAUTY, TRUTH, FAITH, LOVE, ART and MUSIC, I will bake cookies and share them all with you.

  • http://aaronjshay.net/ Aaron J. Shay

    I thought the “smurf tits” actually read “share tits,” which is in perfect congruity with your stance on file sharing.
    Share tits.

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      i love the idea of ShareTits being like a ShareHouse. we just need…a volunteer.

      • http://aaronjshay.net/ Aaron J. Shay

        Are you suggesting the suggestion that I think you are suggesting?

  • Kate Ten Pas

    Amanda Fucking Palmer is in the KNOW when it comes to Kickstarter. I totally love the idea of Kickstarter. Who says you need a label to create music and get it out to the masses? You have proved that you don’t. It’s awesome that you genuinely care about your fans. I think a lot of famous people pretend like they do, but really don’t. They have a “holier-than-thou” vibe about them and it ruins one’s image of them. It’s important that famous people remember who got them to where they are, US THE FANS.

    I’m rambling, where was I? Oh yes..

    It’s kickass that you adore your fanbase and are connecting directly to them and communicating to them about this whole album thing. Love it. [Insert some clever sign-off here]

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

    Your answer to CynicalInternet would have made me gigglesnort Diet Pepsi out of my nose, if I had been drinking Diet Pepsi.

    I think it’s awesome that the KS folderol is introducing you to new
    people.  I’ll never be one of those old fans who look down on the new
    fans because they aren’t REAL.  (After all, I was a new fan with WKAP,
    but I caught on fast).

    But what the new folks may not know is that you DID do the low-budget,
    quick-turnaround projects, and you funded them without a KickStarter. 
    You did Radiohead, the “inside joke that went too far and ended up an
    album,” and it was amazing.  You did Down Under, which makes me laugh
    and cry and is still my favorite go-to when I need cheering up.  You did
    8-in-8, which is genius.  Not to mention Uke Anthem, Gaga Palmer Madonna, Truth.

    And when you were doing those small projects?  The critics were all,
    what’s happened to Amanda Palmer?  She doesn’t have what it takes any
    more to be a serious musician.  All she does is funny little ditties. 
    She’s phoning it in.

    But you weren’t!  That whole time, you were also percolating on your
    next big studio album — writing, planning, revealing titillating
    glimpses but keeping things largely under wraps, to the point where we,
    the fanbase you have spent your 10,000 hours on, who you could write a
    doctoral thesis about, are literally SALIVATING for this album.  It’s
    right up there in our most anticipated events with The Hobbit and season
    3 of Sherlock where we discover how he faked his death.  We’re THRILLED to participate.

    So now of course the critics resent you for shaking down your fans to create high-budget art.

    You know, when you were on a label, the ruckus was all about armpit hair and whether or not you had a paunch.  I think it’s another advantage of going it on your own — now the controversy is about your business, rather than your body.

    (Speaking of which, congrats on the well-placed smurfs.  Took me to a crazy mental place imagining getting spirit gum off my nipples!)

    • http://naturallydotty.wordpress.com Dragonsally

       This a zillion times  (and oh, how I am looking forward to Season 3 of Sherlock Holmes)

  • Mycandleburns

    As someone who found out you existed via Neil’s twitter feed a couple years ago, just listened to “Do it With a Rockstar” and doesn’t really know what to think (not bad thoughts, just hmm…music I have to think about), I don’t think your album is going to be known as “that kickstarter” album – you’ve got too much of a rep, and too much personality, for that to happen. But even if it is, is that so bad? New people have found you, they’ve connected with you and your band and your music, does it matter so much why?

    Oh, and I’ve funded you for the art book. And to support free reign creativity, which I’m all about.  But mostly for the art book. And I definitely don’t consider it a donation.

  • pete

    In which Amanda Palmer accidentally types her name as AMAND PLAMER, and in doing so, creates The War Cry of Kickstarter!

  • http://twitter.com/Simonjenkin Simon Jenkin

    So, you’re NOT a scientologist? For real? Or you are but you’re just not funding them? Both are fine. Tom Cruise seems like a pretty nice guy, even if he’s a bit crazy-town-banana-pants.

    Also, I’m going to ‘kick’ in my funds tomorrow. I’d do it now but I’m in bed. Fuck you for being so impatient, Amanda Palmer. 

  • http://twitter.com/Simonjenkin Simon Jenkin

    Also, nice smurf tits. I’m not going to let myself not say that.  Not in this universe.

  • http://twitter.com/Warburtron Brett Warburton

    You’ve got 555,000 follows on Twitter and only 17,000 Kickstarter backers?  What gives?  Are there 530,000 people getting sick of hearing you talk about your new album?

    • Guest

       Just because people follow her on Twitter doesn’t mean they necessarily like her music. I know that may sound ridiculous but I follow a whole load of people whose “art” I am not interested in but whom I find amusing/intelligent/interesting tweeters.

      And to state the obvious, Twitter is free.

    • http://twitter.com/sidbranca Sid Branca

      To speak to personal experience, some of her followers are huge fans of her music, but literally don’t have a dollar to spare right now. 

  • KMW

    Another annoying question from the sniffy huffing don’t-know-you contingent: “her husband is a millionaire, why can’t he pay for everything?”

  • Taran

    I’ve been with you since I was blown away watching you and Brian perform on Jimmy Kimmel. But, it’s not just your kickass music that makes me love you. It is how hard you work to stay approachable. The love for your art and the love for your fans shines through to anyone paying attention. Thank you. This is me hugging you back.

  • Rachel Hobbie

    I just finished writing a mammoth letter to my step-sister about my love for you and your music (she was looking for new artists to delve into).  You have my dollar, you have my love forever Amanda.  And if I won the lottery the first thing I would buy would be one of the dinners with you.  Dinner at the Virginia Renaissance Fair in the Fall maybe….or for my belated 25th birthday party next spring, a la Marie Antoinette style with Shampain (Marina and the Diamonds kind) and pastries, just you and close friends, laughing and playing cards against humanity.  You are amazing and wonderful…and just fucking fantastic.

  • Katy

    Amanda, I read somewhere that the only reason you’re successful is because of your “privilege” (ie: She benefits from her location, her class, her race, her social status in a way that a lot of hardworking minority creatives don’t.).

    Could I get a comment on this?

    • Bethburnett70

      Come on. Do you think there is a harder working musician out there? Well, yes, MOST musicians are pretty hardworking, but how could you look at Amanda’s career and accuse her of having it handed to her? 

      Also, I think Smurf Tits would be a great song. I’m working on it as we speak. 

    • Kay

      Well, religion’s already been mentioned so why not race too?! But seriously, you’re making her success about the colour of her skin?

    • Luci

       …that’s pretty insulting tbh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sarah-Pogson/700307896 Sarah Pogson

    I am a pretty new fan, who re-discovered you because I was a fan of your husband. I love, love, loved WKAP and then went on to rediscover the Dresden Dolls, just over the last 12 months.

    I was honoured to be invited via your blog and twitter to be part of a group of people who could pre-order your new album, and select from such fabulous goodies, and get the first glimpse of this wonderful ride. 

    I personally feel we are getting excellent goods/products/services for our money, and  I cannot wait for what my mailbox and inbox will explode with this year.

    Nay sayers will always say nay. But you just keep riding on past them… On your Pony.

  • Amy K

    Dearest Amanda,

    Since experiencing your WKAP tour in 2008 (in Philly!), you sold me. By that I mean, I went to the concert to actually hear the opening act, Zoe Keating, and she was not able to perform that night. So, as any fan would be, I was pissed and wanted to leave. It was at that moment, you literally walked by me in a wedding dress of sorts to take the stage and I had no idea you were in fact, Amanda Fucking Palmer. Between your vocal/piano talents, creative use of the Danger Ensemble, and a violinist, I was BLOW THE FUCK AWAY. Literally did not move from my “standing room only spot” till the show ended. I laughed, cried, got chills, but mainly, fell in love. Not just with you, but your presence and the ability to take your music to a whole other level and share it with the world (well, philly). I can honestly say I will never forget  my experience at that show. 
    So, thank you for your beauty in ALL art forms. That’s what makes you so unique and worthy of the out pouring of love your fans are showing you. Plain and simple, what you (AFP) have put out over the years and 10,000+ hours of connecting with your fans is now coming back to you. This is no secret people, what you give is what you get! 
    Enjoy the shit out of it AFP!!! Can’t wait for my CD and album art!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Kiera

    why do people keep assuming you are a scientologist? not that your religion is relevant but considering the work you’ve done with gay rights causes and stuff it seems sort of arbitrary that you’d belong to the CoS

    • http://twitter.com/raliel robin stevenson

      I think it’s do with Neil’s family links to Uk Scientology that everyone assumes he is one and thusly so is Amanda…..and despite Personal Religious beliefs no matter strange they may seem to outsiders are everyone’s right, I suspect that Neil and Amanda are not actually into organised religion at all….and even if they were it would not be anyone else’s business….. Conspiracy theorists love to bring this up a lot though….

      • Kiera

         not gonna lie, i’m not a fan of scientology, but its peoples rights to believe what they want.

      • Anonymous

        I doubt the subject of much of Neil’s writings would fit with Scientology’s moral framework, and certainly Amanda’s behaviour would put her at odds with the cult’s 1950’s, conservative values.  If they were in Scientology, I can guarantee two things – A) It would be heavily advertised that one of the world’s great writers is a Scientologist, and B) We’d never see Neil and Amanda as they’d be in ethics trouble and assigned to lower conditions continually for their activites.

    • Marzipans11

       Thank you very much for asking this (and for the hypotheses in the Replies below.) I really am curious to hear the logic behind this from the horse’s mouth, as it were (I’m a psychology major like that. :P) If anyone has any links, please share? Should we make a flame/no flame agreement while we’re at it? ;)

  • Art

    I have the words “Smurf Tits” stuck in my head now…I can see myself thinking “Smurf Tits” every time I hear a AFP song now…not that it’s a bad thing.

  • http://twitter.com/Radlein Ray Radlein

    I, for one, would welcome our new naked PJ Harvey Overlords.

  • insignifikunt

    in response to you answer to the last question about whether there will be a need for labels anymore-

    there will always be people who just want to be famous, and will base their career on auto-tuned vocals of songs they didn’t write, which they’ll lip sync on the road, and there will always be an audience for that. people who are happy to listen to whatever they are fed because they just don’t care enough to find music themselves. it’s ok, not everyone are “music fans” just like not everyone are film/tv/reading/art fans.These fame seeking people don’t believe in their art (lets face it, it’s not their art), not like you do, so they need a label to manufacture a false belief to make fans think that person who just wants to be famous IS an artist when in fact, and i am going to be really fucking harsh, they are glorified strippers with a microphone rather than a pole, although these days they also have the pole. people say art is art, and i think a singer who doesn’t write his/her own songs are still artists, but not when autotune and lip syncing are required.

  • RandomGit

    Wow, those are some serious ‘come get me’ eyes.  And Smurf pasties, GENIUS!

    Yep, preorders, based on integrity.  Integrity that has been earned long before the kickstarter.  Its not just filling in a form on the internet, no magic bullet.  I can’t begin to imagine the shitful logistics you are facing in getting all this product together.  Why are haters so dumb?

  • http://twitter.com/KodaFett Cody Banning

    Now that I have officially finished oogling you and praying that Neil Gaiman comes along to kick my ass for it (I would embrace that ass kicking with open arms…), I must say, having failed funding a production of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” recently because we didn’t have the fanbase to do it, I must say, you are absolutely right on all points, and, why the HELL when people are PURCHASING THINGS with their pledges do they still view it as donations/handouts. Do people not realize things take time and money to make? I think everyone who is up in arms about everyone I know using KickStarter (I know I don’t KNOW you, but through your music, et al, I feel like I KNOW OF you… And I have a good friend who is a stand up comedian, Cheril Vendetti, who has recently started a KS to fund a comedic cook book and gotten a lot of flak for it…) to fund making the things these people love have made me realize, people want awesome art, they just want it for free… That’d be fine if props/sets/costumes grew on trees and we could eat pretend food like the lost boys, which I sometimes have to do anyway. The point I am longwindedly coming to is: People of the world, SUPPORT THE STORYTELLERS AND MAKERS OF AWESOME!!! I always re-quote Melanie Tem to say that “Stories are Masks of God”, because that’s exactly how I feel. The world would be poorer with out you, AFP, I hope people will now shut up and realize that. Jesus loves you and so do I!

  • Tina

    Okay, I may be the slow one but I think I’m finally ready to back your kickstarter. Even though I’m broke and don’t know what to do with my life. But this here is important.

  • Andrea_M

    What do you think Road Runner is thinking right now? I know they would think 17,500 backers isn’t a lot if you think about actual number of cd’s sold…and 850k…well that’s a lot. Even they should give you props for that and the light switch should turn on….but probably not. But even though they might still be shaking their heads at you do ever think deep down they know you’ve got something figured out that they don’t and they are jealous because you are succeeding on your own terms and not theirs?….and yay smurfs!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/YanaYans Yana Allum

      Road Runner is no more. Sold out. Gone. Kaput. 
      Google it.
      This makes Amanda’s Kickstarter even more delicious!
      Happy Reading :)

  • Tianna

    Amanda,

    I recently discovered you through your husband’s tumblr. However, it is only recently that I discovered his work as well. I have ready many of his books, but I never connected them to one another until less than a month ago. Someone reposted one of his tumblr posts and I dove in, loving the wisdom that he was willing to share. When the kickstarter began, he posted it up and I was curious, so I clicked the link. I started following you both on Twitter. I loved the idea of what you were doing, looked up a couple of youtube videos, liked them, and immediately backed $1. I then moved on to your website and actually listened your music. And it was wonderful! I couldn’t believe that such a talented artist has escaped my attention for so long. I immediately upped my pledge so that I could get the actual disc. And that’s not just because I love holding a physical copy of an album I like in my hand (which I totally do), but also because I wanted, and still do, desperately for you to succeed. You are such an open and honest person, you don’t try to deceive people. You tell things like they are. I wish I had enough money to back at a high enough level to go to one of the concerts (or was close enough to one of the cities you will be in). I would jump at the chance of seeing you live.I guess what I’m trying to exemplify here is that yes, I may be a new fan. And I know that you probably have a ton of new fans at this point, but I don’t think the quality of your fanbase will diminish greatly. Because mostly the people who support this kind of thing WANT you to succeed. And mostly the people who want you to succeed love your music. So thank you. For spreading your music wide enough that I have been able to be exposed to it. Because I think that it is absolutely brilliant.

  • http://twitter.com/iamed2 Eric Davies

    Smurf tits make me really, really happy. I can’t explain it. #SMURFTITS
    I think some people are thinking about Kickstarter as a pool of money. If someone makes loads of money on Kickstarter, then there is less money for everyone else. 

    That’s silly, of course. Kickstarter isn’t even a closed collection of fans. Personally, I would never have used Kickstarter if it wasn’t for this album. 

    I think it’s also rather insulting that people think you’re swindling our money out of us. We’re not stupid. We know where our money goes, and we’re giving it to you because that’s where we’d like it to go. I’m sure there’s many of us who would just give you $20 for nothing. If you put out a tip bucket after every show, there would be money it in every time. That’s an interesting idea actually. People don’t tip musicians. Maybe they could. It’s probably better to just buy a whole bunch of albums and give them to random people though.

    I just had an awesome idea. Time to buy albums and leave them on the Skytrain and in coffee shops.

    I think I have the same fear as you. The first time I heard about you was two years ago. I live in Canada, and usually in the very uncool part of Canada (although right now I am in a cool part of Canada). I worry that by the time you play a show where I am or I get the opportunity to travel to one of your shows that you’ll be big and famous and have More Important Things To Do. The more and more you stick to playing big/Australian shows, the less I think it will happen. I just want to come and sing and dance and love and be in a whole group of people that want to see you, because those are the cool people I haven’t yet met. I want to hug you. Well, what I really want to do is read you the essays in my mind about how amazing your music is and how I can pour so many emotions in and get so much out and about how much I love about the ART that goes into each and every creative endeavour you endeavour to create that reaches far beyond just playing a song and also about how awesome your tits are, even without smurfs.

    But that’s weird and selfish and maybe a little creepy and not very fair to you or everyone else. So instead I’ll hug you. If you want. :/

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AFCBOXJ4WZOQQZJOOKWWQRQIMI Amber

    We need to make this hit a million bucks baby!  If everyone who’s already put in increased their current amount by just $10 think of it!!!

  • http://twitter.com/TeslaBeauregard Kim Lawson

    I don’t care who loves you or who hates you. You could play to an audience of millions of “flake-y fairweather fans” and I would still go to see you. 

    PS- Come back to Texas. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/theo.radomski Theo Radomski

    I HAVE THOSE SMURFS!!!

    And it’s sad you have to put up with some of these questions, but more power to you for actually answering them. Stoked about the new album. <3

  • http://twitter.com/Xanthrax_ Xanthea O’Connor

    I promise this story has a point. 

    I’m not going to pretend that I’ve known you since the beginning of your career…I was a hermit in my own art form from childhood to 18.  Fucking ballet. It is a cruel, harsh mistress. I DESPISED it. The way we were told to live our lives, what we ate, how we considered our own bodies. It screwed around with my mind but I didn’t know how to get out of it. There was so much expectaion from my family, teachers and I suppose…myself. I didn’t know any better. When I finally had the courage to break away from my own label (which was being a quiet, beaten down husk of a ballet girl) I found you and your music. I’m not sure when exactly…2 years ago now? I cannot begin to explain the strength you have given me. The inspiration. The very will to live… I’m sure every one of your fans has a story and that’s a bit of mine. I’m also certain you’ve heard a lot of them. 

    So…I may not be one of the old, hardcore fans…but I am definitely a fan. Just as valid I think. So…I don’t think people should be worried about the bandwagon jumpers. Most of them will jump off as soon as the initial excitement dies down. The rest may find what we have all found in you and your music and I see only good things in this. 

    I think I made my point? People who don’t really get it will leave, the haters will hate until they find something else to hate on, and we (your fans)will continue supporting you doing what you love in whatever way we can. Even some of the ones that have only heard of you recently. 

    Much love.

    • http://twitter.com/YanaYans Yana Allum

      I’d like to think that somewhere in this world, there is an “Amanda’s 10 Fucking Commandments” granite stone in existence. 
      Rule 1. “All older and hardcore comrades are to take *ahem* all Amanda Virgins, under their wings and show them how to have a Fucking Good Time”…or,something like that…anyway. :P

  • http://twitter.com/raliel robin stevenson

    can we start a Crowd funder to get PJ to do the naked seaside pics?

    Seriously wonderful as always and as I have pointed out to people..No one would buy in to you kickstater if No-one  thought it was going to be an AMAZING album…..
    It will be known as The Kickstarter Album but it is the Kickstater Album because it will be AWESOME and because you are AWESOME (why do I feel ok writing that word when i would never use it in conversation?) Oh and we all know that the money is being used to fund the temple to Nyarlathotep in your basement…..but that’s ok

    P.S. Had those smurfs back in the 1970’s I think

  • http://twitter.com/marcosfaria70 Marcos

    “Her latest multimedia project, the most ambitious in her carreer, has also the biggest budget. In order to finish the work, she will have to, among other things, collect samples from the Moon, record a symphonic orchestra in Antartida and set fire to a saffron crop.
    The only mean she found to collect the necessary funds was to sell her body. In separate parts.
    Each funder receives a certificate that grants them a piece of the artist’s body, to be delivered as soon as she dies (no warranty on how soon that will be, although). Organs shall be delivered in mint condition, proper for using in transplants, cooking, mere display or any other way the buyer finds fit.
    Her brain, naturally the most desired part, was split into shares. Left occipital lobe was the most expensive one.
    She’s just three fingers and the spleen short from her goal.”

    Sorry for the poor translation. This is called “Turana Doll” (original in Portuguese at http://bit.ly/JYc4uY) and it was obviously inspired by you.
    By the way, if you did a body-parts based Kickstarter, I’d definitely buy some AFP flesh. Maybe an eyebrow. If available.

    Love,
    Marcos

    • Marzipans11

       I would buy an AFP finger.
      (…Does this sound as creepy as I think it might?)

      • Frubs

         Yup.

  • Melinda Sutton

    Dear AFP, You have really nice boobs! And I am extremely proud to be part of this process. Happy Thursday from Canada!

  • Angel B79

    Hallelujah sister…amen! :D

  • Amy

    Somewhat irrelevant, but thanks for the tip about Tom Dickins’s project. I think I’m in love! I also never made the connection between him and Bad Wine and Lemon Cake, but oh my gosh the version he recorded in his bedroom is so beautiful. Bless you, Amanda. 

  • http://twitter.com/venusorbiting Alicia Curtis

    You’ve won back an old, lost fan from the DD days with all of this. I adored WKAP, but in the spirit of honesty, I’ve been really turned off by your side projects over the last few years. It was mainly because I felt like there was much more ego going on than artistic output. But these last two blog posts have displayed so much intelligence, thought, vision, real confidence, and gracious humbleness. Also, the new song is killer. So I finally backed your Kickstarter yesterday and I’m glad I did. I’m really excited about what you’re doing, and it’s good to be back.

  • Joe Klemmer

    This won’t be known as “the kickstarter album.” It’s obviously going to be “the Smurf Tits album.”

    • Kae

      I personally will forever refer to it as such.

      • Art

         The “Smurf Tit Kickstarter Album”…I kind of like the ring to that!

  • Gaba

    Amanda – thank you for answering – I almost forgot I asked that question, so much has happened since then in the whole New Album saga!  Anyway “byassing the bullshit” – yes!  That’s why I asked whether this scares you a bit or not: What would freak ME out about being this successful in any given venture (like your kickstarter launch) is the mass of misguided expectations and consequent pretences/bitching of a far greater amount of people than…um..usually?  I love the way you address the negative side of the response, I guess this whole blog is the best reply to my “are your freaked out” quesion. No, you fucking well are NOT. I love you.

  • Karl Swift

    Thanks for doing this. And all your other art. And for taking the time to connect and explain things that you shouldn’t have to. And everything else.

    Are you familiar with Brian Fargo’s Kicking It Forward project and, if so, what are your thoughts?

  • http://www.facebook.com/emceeFigment Figment The’emcee

    you sound cynical and a bit angry/angsty answering these questions. i dont blame you. feeling the need to explain yourself and your actions constantly can be tiring. But thank you for taking the time, -some of us sincerely appreciate it.

  • Mandy Grathwohl

    UGH I STILL LOVE YOU. I WILL NEVER STOP. ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME. Question, though, if you can possibly answer it: I’ve already rambled on the previous blog about my best friend and I, we’re not together, we want to start a band, blah, once we DO get together, transcending boundaries of space and time, what would you recommend? Of course, we need to YouTube, do open mics, and all else – but how would you suggest we find bands to open for? I’m not the kind of person who believes in waiting for things. I like to take shit into my own hands. So of course I can’t expect us to play at some shitty nightclub where this fancy, snazzy man will suddenly pounce on us and say HEY OPEN 4 ME OK because that’s just ew. But after reading your blog and that amazing article about why record companies screw you over, I really don’t want to involve the future band with any of the record company bullshit, but like you said, Kickstarting is NOT for the barely beginning. In all honesty, I just want us to perform. It’s been so long since we’ve been together that the simple thought of playing in a shoddy club makes me super, super excited. What would you recommend? Just whore ourselves out as much as possible (in the good way)? Send CDs everywhere, ask all local bands, email the brigade, etc? Sorry for this novel comment. Again. Thanks for reading/responding/existing.

  • simonjlord

    Amanda fucking Palmer, Everyday I go to work in a suit and tie. I feel like a fraud but it pays the rent. I’m involved in some good social causes as I work for local government in London and with that knowledge have a degree of job satisfaction. Sometimes I see/help make happen near objectively good things. I don’t believe in everything I do though, and I think this is where you come in.
    This kickstarter, your belief in the output and your commitment to doing what you do just for the love of it is absolutely the most inspiring thing in my life at the moment. I love the entire thing. Every ounce of cynicism in me has evaporated through following this and I’m so grateful to have something that feels so purely positive to engage with. I believe in everything you are doing.I’m SO proud to be a tiny part of it, would love to be a larger part but yeah, that rent thing. The self-belief and the knowledge that with this following anything is possible is golden. I share some of that confidence, but seeing its product in action reinforces the idea that I can do anything. And it basically goes without saying, but your engagement with fans is on another level and near enough all other artists could learn a ton from it. Just reading the outpouring of love in these comments can make my day and restores my faith in a portion of humanity. If anyone is ever tricked in to putting me in charge of anything, I hope to be able to speak to people in such a way that they believe in what I’m saying to a remotely similar degree.Gutted to have missed out on the public tickets for the London show, and not to have the funds to hit the art show up but keep this up for another five years or so and maybe some of that rent money will have become spare…Oh and that Down Under album was, in the Queen’s English, the fucking tits. Sure you don’t need Neil to know that translates as ‘really rather good’…

  • JustJasonSherry

    First, I think smurf-tit-tastic is going to be my new adjective of
    choice when confronted with something so smurf-tit-tastic it defies any
    other interjection. Like your Kickstarter. Or your smurf-tits.

    Second, I like your point about needing to already have a “crowd” before
    crowdsourcing.  And when you’re talking about $100,000, yes, you need a
    pretty big crowd.  But I also think it’s important for some people to
    remember that they may already known enough people who believe in you to
    get a start with a smaller project.  Know your crowd.

    For example, I made a feature length movie for under $2,000.  I got an
    investor to put in $5,000 for post-production costs, promotional costs,
    and festival funding.  From the festival circuit, I had a few offers
    from small distribution companies, and went with one.  After 5 years,
    they have managed to gross more than the costs I would need to recoup to
    make my film profitable.  However, they charge out their marketing and
    promotional costs, which my contract caps at around $45,000.  So even
    though they might have grossed $15,000, on my tiny little film, I will
    never see a penny.  Most people would never have heard of the film,
    although it’s available on Netflix and has aired on TV overseas (in
    primetime on the NBC affiliate in Turkey – go figure).  But through the
    festival process, I met people.  People who liked the movie.  They said
    they would buy copies if they were available (we didn’t have a
    distributor back then).  And then there are a few hundred local people
    who came to the early screenings here.  They liked it.  They said they
    would buy copies if they were available.  Also, I’m a teacher and a
    director of drama and digital film at a college prep school.  I know a
    lot of very grateful (and wealthy) parents who appreciate what I’ve done
    for their kids. I’d feel a little weird about approaching them, even
    though some have even offered to fund projects of mine.  But I would
    feel perfectly comfortable putting a link on Facebook and letting them
    think about putting in to a Kickstarter fund.  So when it comes time to
    fund my next film, I have a fairly good sense of my crowd’s potential. 
    They’re a pretty smurf-tit-tastic bunch.

    Third…er, I just scrolled back up to look at the smurf-tits and lost my train of thought…

  • Maryvernau

    Please do NOT shed tears over negative comments made by ignorant people. Continue to follow your dream and share your passion with those of us who love your music!

  • http://www.facebook.com/runester Stephen A. Jarjoura

    “and after years of street performing, i can can tell you from first-hand experience how happy i’ve seen it MAKE people to give money to artists. people LOVE TO HELP.”

    When thinking of all the money I’ve poured into my gas tank, or paid in taxes, or for lousy fast food, or for some toy or gadget that didn’t live up to expectations … the option to spend $10 or $20 or $50 to fund art is a steal. I’m helping, in a tiny way, to bring more human culture into existence – culture that will live on long after me and my junk are buried and composting. The thought, that long after I’m forgotten, some kid will be downloading an AFP/ GTO track that I helped make possible (in my own, ant-carrying-a-grain-of-sand way) makes me very happy.

  • b_wag

    There is something out there for everyone, that’s what makes this world so great. It’s the diversity and more importantly… We get a choice. Nobody can force us to help, to give money, to follow someone on Twitter. I chose to support this because because I believe in it. I believe… no… I know this record will be fucking ace! Ladle me a giant spoonful of the awesome sauce and keep it coming.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1763607065 Tarena Simon

    So ridiculous. . I live in Minnesota, and Scientologists just used millions of dollars to turn an old building in St. Paul into a Church of Scientology. OMG. The last thing they would need is your money. REGARDLESS, as long as I get more music from you, I dont care.  . . . . and if you’re a member of the church, which I am not, you can use their spa. I hear it is amazing. So please, Amanda. Spa me. :)

  • Ruanej90

    You freaking rock Amanda, I reallllly enjoy these blog posts so keep ‘em up!!!

    A question/request for you, I am not too sure how big of a fanbase you have in Ireland but I for one would travel anywhere in the country to see you, the new song is fantastic and on the off chance you are actually reading this.

    YOU FUCKING ROCK, MUCH LOVE! :)

  • N R Cisi

    Thanks for doing this, thanks for explaining it so well, and I liked the picture, too.  This is a revolution here!  The good kind!

  • Xavo

    loving you since I saw you on youtube on some video with Panic! At the Disco (which totally sold itself to the “Music Industry” Monster).

  • Fernando Mostacero

    nunca vi unos pitufos (smurfs) en mejor lugar ;)

  • Freak Fandango

    Ok, now really, there are very good 10 reasons why all the money will go to Scientology:

    1.) Because the internet says so!

    2.) Because there is no evidence, no connection between Amanda Palmer
    and Scientology, not even a tiny little hint. So, isn’t this
    suspicious??

    3.) Tom Cruise is a scientologist
    and he looks pretty much like Amanda Palmer. Actually we believe that
    Tom Cruise IS Amanda Palmer dressed as a women (and her poor husband
    still has no clue…)

    4.) Because her husband isn’t that innocent! Isn’t he a fantasy writer? So was Hubbard (ok he was a sience-fiction
    writer but isn’t that the same?). So her husband is the new
    chief-leader of Scientology and Amanda Palmer is his slave. Actually
    after finishing her campaign she will be sacrificed and eaten alive (Not
    be Tom Cruise so, he is a vegetarian, isn’t he?)

    5.) Because God is almighty

    6.) See no. 5.

    7.) Because otherwise he wouldn’t be God

    8.) Because this is completely nonsense and it’s obvious that I am a
    member of Scientology who want to make everyone believe that the money
    isn’t for Scientology

    9.) Because there is no reason no. 10

    By the way wouldn’t it be much cooler if the money was for Church of Satan?

  • KirraQ

    I really like conversations we are having about your new album, very interesting. We have all pre-ordered your album in reality, you had to get the money to record the album before we funded you through kick-starter. Plus people can wait till it’s released and buy it like normal music as well, just without the awesome extra stuff. Thanks for all your continued effort on writing long blogs too :)

  • Gullychan31

    It’s amazing how some people get when it’s about money. I’m really glad it worked so well for you and your band. That proves that money is not important itself, it’s the way you get it and what you do with it that matters. Can’t wait for my copy of backer-exclusive limited edition CD. I’m glad i could gave a little piece to this project, even if i wish i could order a house party ^^
    Really like the smurf-tits picture :)

  • Shirin

    Hi.
    I’m painfully shy around people I don’t know (even in writing, on the internet). I’ve been quietly following for a good while now. I just wanted to say this:
    I admire you immensely.  You help me dare things I wouldn’t before and make wish to be braver about the things I still don’t. Your music probably saved my life. Thank you.

    Sincerely,
    Shirin

  • Bigshotprof

    Ms. Palmer, there is a man named Gargamel in the lobby. He’s holding a can of paint thinner, and he’d like a word with you.

  • Adam Price

    Amanda Palmer and The Grand Theft Orchestra, the face of modern day mainstream realists!
    Why are so many people asking so many questions, and going on like this kickstarter is fathomable,
    it’s bloody well not, in fact all that needs to cross the mind is that ‘it’s just good business’, essentialy
    Amanda and the band are business of the year in my humble opinion, fund it, keep it forever, it’s yours folk, just revel in this awesomeness now and forever, because how many Rihanna, Florence and the machine or Ed Sheeran fans can say that they are proud to have had a hand in all their artist’s album, tour, track successions! Yes sure you guys downloaded the tracks but did you fund it’s production, did you dictate it’s existence, no, but can you dictate it’s sucess, because you buy into something blindly, hoping you get what you want as an end result, and are you always impressed, well honestly unless your hardcore to the artist then you can’t always say you are! I mean I’m an ed sheeran fan but I hate his new stuff, where as I know that I can feel refreshed with this Kickstarter campaign because I know that I’ve bought into and funded and inspired something that I know will not displease me, I am aware of it’s content, I know what I’ve paid for, and how it will be delievered, I am
    not going to be surprised when I hear it, or maybe I will be but for the reason that it’s more amazing than i would hope for having backed and funded it! Break down the barriers and music industry process and you will have music in your own hands, sure you envy the music for it’s brilliance, but shit you made this one exist, you made it possible (yes a clichae saying but nothing else could be acceptable to say when you fund the magic), enjoy being a part of the movement, enjoy the record and make it happen,
    *inserts propaganda from war time with pointy rude finger* AFP & TGTO NEED YOU!

    Be beautiful enjoy the magic and live through it forever!
    Let the shit hit the fan!
    :)
    much love and respect to Amanda, The Grand Theft Orchestra and you wonderful kickstarters
    enjoy creating. Adhum Panic :)

  • Alice Hsieh

    You are an amazing person for having answered all the inane questions, though some were worth the asking. Not that you weren’t amazing already to begin with. I am happy to fund the Kickstarter because I already know you make an excellent product and it’s even more amazing when it’s got all this personal effort behind it. Happy to be pre-ordering!

  • Teatime

    You are fucking hardcore. I admire it. Respect.

  • Quen

    Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s fucking admirable that you sat down and took the time to explain, with detail, and with respect (if just a touch of sarcasm in places) why your kickstarter is not charity or corporation. But I seriously don’t understand the criticism. It’s fantastic. You’re putting music back in the hands of the people, and more importantly, of yourself. It gives you the power to do all this amazing stuff you wouldn’t otherwise have been able to do – right?! I utterly get what you’re doing, and I’m going to contribute to the kickstarter just as soon as I get paid. 

  • http://twitter.com/Ringwraith10 Judy Maxwell

    One point that I think is VERY important:

    I didn’t even know about Kickstarter until you announced your Kickstarter campaign. After making my pledge, I explored the site and not only discovered other artists that I know and like who were looking for funding, but also discovered some NEW awesome artists I had never heard of who needed funds! If it weren’t for Amanda Palmer’s kickstarter campaign, I wouldn’t have been able to help fund five other artists with awesome music and artwork.

    Basically, your campaign is helping other artists by bringing Kickstarter out into the open for more people to become familiar with. For that alone you should be congratulated rather than criticized. Thank you for helping me help so many awesome indie artists!

  • Smurphy4991

    lol funny… and cute. nice combo

  • Miss Helana

    Dear Miss Amanda,
    I hear you with the names thing, and I don’t even have the excuse that I meet hundreds of people every night.  I’ll look a co-worker in the eye, someone I’ve worked with for years and years, and their name tag in my head is completely blank.  You are not alone!  Also, I’d like to welcome you to the wonderful world of the middle-aged memory.  Fun times ahead!

    Ambien:  Dump that scary shit.  I take Benadryl, which makes and keeps me sleepy enough to get a decent night’s rest.

    I enjoyed your and Neil’s sea shanty–it made me think of my recent adaptation of “What Do You Do With a Drunken Sailor” (http://tinyurl.com/7podhgr) for my seven-year-old daughter, who has trouble waking up and getting out of bed in the morning.  I try to keep the wake-up calls interesting:

    What do you do with a sleepy daughter?What do you do with a sleepy daughter?What do you do with a sleepy daughter?Early in the morning!Way, hey, up she rises,Way, hey, up she rises,Way, hey, up she rises,Early in the morning!Kiss her on the belly until she giggles,Kiss her on the belly until she giggles,Kiss her on the belly until she giggles,Early in the morning!You probably don’t want to hear the rest, do you?

    I also made up a new verse for the regular (non-sleepy-seven-year-old) version:
    Draw him a beard with a purple sharpie,Draw him a beard with a purple sharpie,Draw him a beard with a purple sharpie,Early in the morning!

    Best,
    Miss Helana

  • http://www.facebook.com/PeteJones.68 Peter Jones

    “Smurf Tits For The Win” has to be at around number three on the top ten list of things I never imagined I’d be saying today when I rolled out of bed this morning — but here we are! :-)

    I’m very much in the “new fan” camp — and, at this point, I must admit, not so much of your music (although I’m sure that’ll come; music and I have a strange relationship!) as of your approach. I’m fascinated by your TED talk (and got here from there after some twit posted his scientology accusations… I was more than a little disturbed at the thought that either you or Neil might be scientologists — and just love the fact that the number one answer Google offers to the question “Is Amanda Palmer a Scientologist” is “Smurf tits”!)

    I did intend to waffle on a whole lot more to explain my “strange relationship with music” but for now I’ll leave it at that… :-) I must say though, that (along with the entire internet, it seems) I do love The Bed Song!

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