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MY BIG GAY NEW YORK TRIP by amanda fucking palmer

hola my comrades

arrived home in boston last night via train from new york, where i spent four days in the wonderful hot and rain. today, we start the rehearsals for cabaret.

the record has continued to do really fucking well. i’m so proud…of my team, of you for helping me and donating and spreading the word, of the world for being happy about it. fuck yes, double rainbow all the way.

we’ve had lots and lots and lots of requests for a vinyl re-print, since a lot of people wanted it (and didn’t get before it sold out), so we’re trying to figure out exactly what we want to do next to make sure the people who ordered the limited red vinyl don’t feel in gypped, in any way.

we think we might have come up with something very radicalpants. stay tuned (here on the blog, the mailing list, @AFPwire, etc)

in press news, the blogs and tech music sites last week all caught wind of the fact that it WORKS to put a record out like this.

HOORAH, and onwards.

there is so much we can do now that i know this works. don’t go away. stay here. it’s time to make some new musics.

don’t know how, what, or when, but whatever it is, it’ll be awesome.

(and of course, if you’ve been living under an AFP-proof rock, you should go HERE and see what the hell i’m talking about)

 

………………..

here is a very lucky thing about being with neil gaiman for four days when he has decided to be obsessed with his new VIGNETTE app for his android phone: he takes pictures of EVERYTHING.

so handy for the blog. all the photos below are by himself unless noted.

we showed up in new york thursday just in time to hit WNYC, which was the main purpose of being down there….i did a long-form interview with kurt anderson (who i’d already met, totally coincidentally, at neil’s “stories” event a while back)….we talked all about life, the record, radiohead, ukuleles, neil, the works. it was one of those God Why Can’t All Radio and Press Be Like This moments…interesting, wonderful, beautiful, deep conversations about real shit. i like that. i hate bullshitting on 3 minutes of airtime and just plugging product.

i will definitely give you a heads up when the thing airs…probably in a few weeks.

 

neil got this one of me playing “fake plastic trees” for the broadcast…
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and then we went and got some BIG GAY ICE CREAM from the BIG GAY ICE CREAM TRUCK.

the BIG GAY ICE CREAM TRUCK is EXACTLY what it sounds like.

it all started back when i played with the boston pops and the BASSOONIST started tweeting at me.

i was like: this is awesome. the boston pops bassoonist is tweeting at me? amazing. but why is his handle “BIG GAY ICE CREAM”?

my curiosity was laid to rest when i found out what his day job was (when not bassoonisting for the most well-known popular classical orchestra in the world).

his name is doug and he runs a BIG GAY FUCKING ICE CREAM TRUCK IN NEW YORK CITY.
(sample toppings: wasabi pea dust, Nilla Wafers, Dulce de Leche, olive oil and sea salt. if you are in New York you MUST GO. FIELD TRIP).

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that’s right, bitches.

beth became twitter-friends with him and a trip to the truck became a necessity. here’s beth and her girlfriend kayla, eating a flavor that doug created especially for neil called AMERICAN GLOBS (which doug talks about on his blog, which is HERE):
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he also twitters, obvi: @biggayicecream.

the whole gang: beth, brian viglione the kick-ass drummer of the dresden dolls, big gay doug, me & neil….
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(photo on neil’s phone by kayla)

all love.

all ice cream.

all the time.

…………………..

i had a fantastic long-ass meeting with my publisicts. they don’t usually get much attention, since they’re busy getting me attention, but my downgirl sarah and downboy aleix at girlie action are a huge part of my life, especially now that i’m flying so independent & label-free. they’ve been doing a miraculous job. if you see me in a magazine in the states, chances are, they made the phone call and pitched the article.

a meeting with a publicist sounds boring but with these guys it ain’t…i got to sit down and tell them about all the wonderful going on and strategize about how to tell the world what when. call me a dork, but i acatually love that part of the job.

……………………

then

if you’re wondering where your donations went, i can tell you: many of them paid to take neil gaiman on a date.

we realized we’d never gone on a real date.

we ate sushi and i wore a pretty dress:
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i bought us tickets for a musical. we went to see FELA. (it was really good, too tired to give a full review. fela kuti. nigeria. wiggling bottoms. brutal politics. amazing amazing acting. killer sets and lights.)

…………………..

then we had a brunch (well, first we slept) with the wonderful and fucking hilarious-perfect john cameron mitchell.

he has a new movie coming out this fall (“rabbit hole” and he & neil are working on an adaptation of a neil story called “How to Talk to Girls at Parties”)

john is making his opera face:
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then

in exchange for the date i took him on, neil humored me while i looked at used clothing.

he is nice, did not complain, and while he did not try on all the women’s clothing with glee like some male friends i have, he did photograph with gusto:
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then we went to sxip shirey’s record release party at the city winery.

the venue was wonderful and the food was great and sxip KILLED it with a string of fantastic special guests.

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i know i may have mentioned this on a blog during the evelyn evelyn tour, but GET SXIP’S CD (it’s on bandcamp, too!)

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to (hopefully) encourage those of you who’re on the fence: neil, sxip, and myself signed a copy couple copies of it which we’re gonna be giving away.

there are a few ways to try and win one:
* order the album on bandcamp or CD baby, and FWD your receipt to WeLoveSXIP@gmail.com
or
* click HERE to tell your friends on twitter about it (or write your own tweet, which is actually even cooler, as long as you include the tag #WeLoveSXIP)
or
* tell your friends elsewhere (facebook, myspace, your blog, etc) and e-mail WeLoveSXIP@gmail.com with links to your hard work.

so you know, sxip’s a real-deal-doing-shit-himself-making-a-living-on-his-art dude…you actually purchasing his music=matters a lot.

his album’s truly wonderful, deep, crazy listening.

he’s a bad motherfucker, sxip shirey.

and here’s a picture of me and oneiromantics, who brought a ukulele all the way to the gig because i twittered it.
noble and true, you guys are….
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then it thundered and poured huge bucket raindrops all over us on the walk home, and everyone fled the rain, and we stayed in it and we got soaked and i yelled and the city yelled back and kept raining on us, and man i fucking love it there. you can’t see it in this picture, but the rain was just starting to decimate us here:

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and on the train home to boston i fell in love with a 75 year old man named jeffrey who sat next to me and told me all about his life and love and jujitsu and irish folk music and his dead son.

and when i woke up from my nap he held my hand.

so now i am home, and i am still very happy.

happy the record’s out, happy you guys are here, happy i’m starting work today on a project i’ve fantasized about for fucking years.

 

whatever is next, i am sew ready.

expect a blog in the next week or so ALL about cabaret….i’ve just heard tell that the shows are ALREADY SELLING out and they haven’t gone on sale to the general public yet, only the subscribers (jesus).

 

XXXX

AFP

p.s. UkuleleHead: here’s something i just dug up. it’s me & jason playing “fake plastic trees” on ukulele and accordion on the side of a river in moscow.

the site’s ALL in russian, so sorry you can’t read it. if any of you want to translate, hit me in the comments.

note: those wrinkled old russian ladies in the heavy make-up AGREED to be in the video. we weren’t just fucking with them. they were amazing.

enjoy: http://www.openspace.ru/music_modern/projects/12263/details/16285/

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  • Emily B.

    Amanda, as I’ve sure many people have said millions of times, I’m glad you keep your fanbase so connected to you. It makes me feel like I’m a part of something big (and living your rockstar life vicariously).

  • http://twitter.com/Infamous_Kelso Kelsey Rae

    I’m glad you had fun in NYC. (I still personally believe Boston is the best city ever.) And Thank You for putting out such great music AND keeping us updated in both personal and business life. I’ve never felt this close to a rockstar before in my life. Except for that time you made out with me at a signing….ooh boy. That made my lifetime!

  • http://twitter.com/AndrewEstes0 Andrew Estes

    It’s not perfect, but Google Chrome translated that page for me. It says (direct copy/paste):

    American punk-cabaret-singer sings a song Radiohead in the Silver forest

    “Amanda Palmer, frontmenshu Dresden Dolls, and her colleague on tour, accordionist Jason Webley, we filmed last summer, when they came to speak in St. Petersburg and Moscow. August day, we pulled out a rousing Amanda, comes after a Stage diving and vodka to “Picnic Posters, “airing at Silver Wood, close to the river, and at the same time a song on his famous ukulele. Caught in a forested area, Palmer, for some reason decided to sing a heart-rending song Radiohead. The sound of the accordion Jason and Amanda’s voice to the place hauled solemnly dressed elderly lady, apparently, the inmates of the surrounding cottages. They very much wanted to withdraw from the people of art – and we could not refuse them. By the way, the organizers of “Picnic posters announced that the market received the first tickets for the “Festival of the pleasures of life.” Who this year will replace Amanda Palmer, has not been revealed.”

    So there ya go!

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      A ROUSING AMANDA. nice

      • David

        Don’t forget the three comments:

        SUPER!

        Amanda, I must say, nothing in comparison with those ladies

        Ah … summer, the river, you can walk barefoot … Radiohead someone in the bushes singing to an accordion
        Beauty:)

  • http://twitter.com/Dresjenn Jenn F.

    God, I love Sxip. I was just floored when I saw him perform at the TLA back in June. His fans really respect him and don’t get his stuff from BitchTorrent (got such a kick out of that part). Zebra guts!

  • Santnamor2013

    Hey nice! Ice-CREAM!!! huuuumm…I know were I can a good 2 balls for 60 cents-US$! (dozens of flavours) Yes! cheaper than your downloads…hehehe…favela style! YEAH!
    Always nice to read about your stories (+love+friends!)…today I was so down…it was cool to read…thks!

    ciao…

  • CherriSpryte

    Amanda dear, I can’t help but notice that in 2 of your recent trips to NYC, you’ve met up with Viggie. I know y’all are friends and all on top of being former-bandmates, but this gives me so much hope for what the “save Halloween” business may be that I can barely handle it.

    Love and lollipops,
    Mary Anne

  • http://twitter.com/AmyMazzariello Amy Mazzariello

    Yay! Looks like you had a fun trip, and it was so nice to meet you at Sxip’s show (which I really enjoyed). Congrats on your ukulele success!Amy

  • Kirjavaa

    It sounds like getting to go on a date was lovely for the both of you… By silly coincidence my fiance and I were celebrating the year since our engagement with a musical, sushi and Sxip’s CD release party the same day, so at least by my measure it sounds like you had a lovely time! We both are big fans of you and Sxip and hope you both continue to produce amazing acts of creativity!

  • http://twitter.com/KeiKunGuitar Peter Bergstrom

    so i had heard of the screen writing for Anansi Boys but i didn’t know he was plotting the “How to Talk to Girls at Parties” too, no lie, i just read that last week. Happy you got to spend time together, and if you need another person to dress up in women’s clothing, i’ve never done it but i might be interested should it be to my liking ^_~

    and at the end of this i have two thoughts going through my mind:
    1. i want ice cream now, big gay or otherwise, i want ice cream XD
    2. hope there are still tickets available for the opening premiere of Cabaret i really wanna see it on the first night possible. August 3rd will be a very interesting day to see <3

    I'm feeling O-Kei Today
    Love and Happiness ^_^(/)

  • http://twitter.com/FiendAngelical Ash

    I love that “then we had a brunch (well, first we slept) with the wonderful and fucking hilarious-perfect john cameron mitchell” …kinda sounds like you guys had a threesome before brunch.

    Cuz I mean, who doesn’t these days?

  • http://twitter.com/FiendAngelical Ash

    Also, where exactly does the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck park to sell his delicious frozen homosexual treats?

    • http://twitter.com/em_lane Emily Lane

      He tweets his location out in advance, I think he’s got a schedule up for about a week at a time (but it’s subject to change!) It’s also on his website.

  • Tigger89

    I have a question about the signed cd giveaway. I ordered mine through cd baby, and the receipt it e-mailed me for my purchase has some credit card info on it. If I edit that out when I forward it, will it be ok? Not that I don’t <3 you guys, and I'm sure you aren't keeping databases of all your fans' personal info(right???), but I'm paranoid as fuck sometimes, and it just makes sense not to be forwarding bits of credit card #s, expiration dates, etc all over the interwebs.

  • http://twitter.com/Bardoport Tone’ L. Kinchloe

    damn you made a ‘first’ date seem too easy without the fkn pressure of being under that microscope. Your play by play almost had me feeling like i was right there tagging along, prolly speechless of coarse…maybe a few mumbles and stutters while dogging people running for the ice cream. Enjoyed the pics, the blog excellant, don’t really want any freebies unless by some blessing from the music gods themselves i finally get to see you perform. i’m also glad that I dont have to worry about my potty mouth because I finally met some one, although by blog that likes to use the werd fuck as much as i do lol. On a serious note, i love u guys, Neil is one of my fav authors and Amanda, i would gladly give a kidney to see u any day…ur an amazing artist..pEaCe

  • http://alittlepracticality.blogspot.com/ AmyK

    I’m thirsty.

  • http://reynangsablay.tumblr.com/ Mars Edding

    I can’t stop looking at Beth and Kayla’s picture. Ice cream and girlfriends. ♥

  • http://twitter.com/Delirium129/ Tess

    I can’t tell you how *happy* reading this post has made me. I’m smiling like a dork right now. Just because… you live your life so wonderfully, you capture ordinary moments and make them so magical, that I can’t help but live them vicariously through you. I really admire that in you. You inspire me. Especially that part in which you speak of the old guy you met on the train. It reminds me that I should not close myself so much from the world and actually embrace other people around me.

    Ha! I’m a Neil fangirl and found you through him less than a year ago, and here I am gushing. Ain’t it sweet? :D

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/S54XMXOJ26BO22WPJHNPQ3NQXI Lois

    There is nothing, just nothing, better than being out in a big storm!

    Big Gay Ice Cream Truck!!! Reminds me of a small comics convention I went to, and one of the tables had a big bowl of hard candy out with the sign “Gay Candy”. People walked up, looked at the sign, and couldn’t get away fast enough. I ended up with a whole bunch of gay candy to take home, and the artist got a good laugh at all the “liberal” comics fans’ expense. I wish we had Big Gay Ice Cream Trucks out here…

  • http://twitter.com/kjerstioghvalen kjersti

    double rainbow all the way isn’t just a youtube video. it’s a way of life.
    and I wish I didn’t have to cross lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of water (and only by means of airplanes or boats, which cost MONEY, money I do not have) to buy me some big gay ice cream and see you rock the cabaret. fuck. it. come. to. norway. begging you. you went to the land down under, now come see the freezing streets where polar bears roam daily!

    (they don’t really roam the streets daily. or nightly, for that matter. still. it’s a neat place and WE WANT TO SEE YOU. I’ll CLONE myself and fill the seats, if that’s what you need!)

  • Malte

    Why don’t you just reprint it? Who cares about whether there are 100 or a 100000 copies of the thing they bought anyway?

    I’d be happy for you, that it’s so successful and that you can sell more than you ever thought of before and I’d be happy for me that I was “FIRST!” (:

    Please don’t dwelve too much into that limited bullshit. It’s very fascist and not very punk cabaret (and not very brechtian either (: ).

  • Guest

    Thanks for spreading joy, but not in the paulo coelho way.

  • Olga

    Hey Amanda,

    I’m Russian and I can translate the thing for you if you like.

    x
    Olga

  • insignifikunt

    I don’t suppose the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck have Vegan Ice Cream?

    Who am I kidding… New York is a world away.

  • TD

    AFP-proof rock = AFP Prufrock = a collaborative poetic effort between T.S. Eliot and Amanda Fucking Palmer which MUST happen. Someday.

  • laurieanne

    Awww aww aww I wanted to go to Sxip’s album release party so fucking bad I saw him for the first time at the EE show at the LL Theatre in NYC and I saw him in the lobby at the Intermission and I gave him a hug cause he was so great but I lost my job in the first week of July and I just couldn’t justify the outlay of $ it would have cost to go……FUCK. I hate when something totally unique and amazing happens and I can’t be there. Maybe the universe will give me another opportunity, sometime in the future…….

  • http://maartendas.blogspot.com feeblemind

    I was gonna say how you are the most amazing artist alive today but then I realised, it’s us all that make it happen. You’re a leader, who inspires others and then says: hey let’s do this TOGETHER :) It makes me proud to be a fan of yours because I think this is what makes great artists great: a certain humbleness (humility?) and willingness to share. To be real. To be transparant. Loved what you wrote about the rain there btw. I could totally imagine doing the same. It reminded me of me one night when I had won a poetry performance contest and a close friend of mine had come along and I was riding my bike home and she was sitting behind me, holding the bottle of wine I had won, and all of a sudden it was pouring cats and dogs but because we’d had such a lovely wonderful evening we didn’t let that ruin our fun and my friend just made it perfect by starting to sing He’s got the whole world in his hands… She kept on singing and I joined in and when we got home (she lived a couple of houses from me) we were drenched but so happy. Still I think of that whenever someone mentions either a rain story like that or sings that song. One of my fondest memories ever :) You can’t get sweetness like that on a Big Gay Ice Cream Truck :))

  • Weirdkitten

    You’re so awesome!
    I hope you tasted the dulce de leche ice cream and loved it! It’s is by far the best taste in the world…
    If you ever play here in Argentina I promise to get you a huge jar of it! I Just want to thank you for being so amazing!

  • starsdied

    Amanda, that version of you and Jason playing “Fake Plastic Trees” is STUNNING. Your version on the album is good, but the accordion makes it so much more poignant. LOVE LOVE LOVE. If you ever get a sudden desire to record something random with Jason Webley, I nominate that song.

  • http://twitter.com/biggayicecream BigGayIceCreamTruck

    You make me jiggle with happy. xoxo, your ice cream bassoonist.

  • http://twitter.com/i_justdontknow i_justdontknow

    That is indeed a pretty dress. And I am so glad you ran around the city in a rainstorm. I am living a little vicariously through you, as we’ve not had a decent rainstorm here all summer. Oh, Southern California…

  • Kylie

    Thanks for recommending Sxip’s new CD. I’m listening to it on bandcamp and it’s blowing my mind almost as much as you do. Hot damn. Love you!

  • http://www.searchofficespace.com/usa/office-space/new-york-city-executive-suites.html Executive Suites New York City

    Thanks. I congratulate you for this blog. I’ve really enjoyed. I sincerely thank you again.

    _________________________
    Executive Suites Rockefeller Plaza

  • http://gay-nyc.manpuppy.com ManPuppy Men

    We fucking love you, Amanda!

    – the fucking ManPuppy Men

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