2012.02.09 blog

my earth-shattering news, by amanda fucking palmer.

hola comrades!

first of all….thank you all SO so very much for all the positive response to the “polly” video. holy shit. it had more impact than i’d imagined, for real.
thank you all, deeply, for sharing the link and tweeting it around and generally helping us spread it far and wide….it’s getting tons of views and love online. 
nirvana posted it to their official facebook page (which in my opinion is a seal of approval far superior to getting it played on MTV). thank you, thank you.

now for the news: yes, you guessed it. 

all signs were pointing this way for ages.

i’m pregnant.

not with a child, but….

….WITH A MOTHERFUCKING RECORD ALBUM!!!!!!!

that’s right: i’m about to give birth to a COLLECTION OF SONG-SPAWN that’s going to blow your domepiece off.
me and the new band (the grand theft orchestra) are going to hit the studio in almost exactly one month, in melbourne. 

i have about 20+ songs ready to record. 

almost all of them have never been heard.

they’ve all been written, slowly and in secret, over the past 3 years.
i’ve never made a record anything like this. it will be like….me. but different. the songs are amazing. i’m really, really incredibly proud of them.

the producer/engineer is going to be the fabulous john congleton, who’s produced a ton of amazing indie stuff…including the past few st. vincent records.
(you can geek out/drool over his production credits HERE)

i hope he forgives me for stealing this particular photo from his fan-run tumblr:

i’ve been waiting to make this new record for a long, long, LONG, LONG time.
not the run the pregnancy metaphor into the ground, but it does feel like i’ve been carrying this thing around for longer than is necessary or comfortable.

the last time i went into the studio and made a “proper” studio album was back in 2008 when i recorded “Who Killed Amanda Palmer” in nashville with ben folds wearing the producer hat.

since then, my life has been a mishy-mashy wonderland of bizarre side-projects, theater detours and…other things. 
like finding my wonderful husband (he’s nice) and getting married (several times). 

and writing songs when they came, and tucking them away….sometimes playing them live and testing them out, mostly not.

waiting for certain things to settle. trying to put the right band together. 

and, knowing that this time would eventually come (and that i’d have to work on this record for about two years solid): running full force in my own free, random ninja directions (which is my version of “resting”).

and most importantly (and kind of most boringly; i never talk about this shit) i’ve been re-configuring my behind-the-scenes team and management until i felt i had a team capable of helping me BIRTH this BEAST. and i do now, and we’re ready.

you might have seen one of the little under-the-radar shows i did (when i didn’t allow ANY FOOTAGE to be taken) this last spring or summer with the new band…michael mcquilken on drums (and bass, and more) and chad on guitar and synths and trumpet (and more), with a variety of guest musicians on stage with us…..

here we is (photo by Rene Huemer):

and then on stage, with superkate leading us in AEROBICS (photo by chrisdonia via flickr):

breaking the sound barrier of DANCE with superkate (photo by Bryndís Blackadder):

drew forrest – who filmed us lots in the UK last summer – put this together:

(visit youtu.be/ZZMgRyKDK_c if that embed doesn’t work…)

the edinburgh iteration of the grand theft orchestra before taking stage at the HMV picturehouse……with DREW on camera duty:

AND AND AND…
we’ve added a new thief!!
under cover of night, Jherek Bischoff has joined the band….he’ll be mostly on bass guitar duty, but he plays a ton of instruments:

jherek is a true musical genius….he’s been jason’s touring bassist for years, and i had the pleasure of playing onstage with him and michael at the pre-halloween LA show.
a lot of you already know him. in impressive news: he just finished up a huge night at the ecstatic music festival presenting his own incredible avant-garde-beautiful-classical compositions….with collaborators no less fancy than David Byrne and the dude from Deerhoof. 

so that’s the band: me, michael, chad and jherek. and one more thing:

you.

all y’all.

we’re calling this band AMANDA PALMER & THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA because we plan ALL YEAR on doing what we did over the summer: stealing local musicians everywhere we go and getting them onstage with us. besides the fact that it’s impossibly expensive to tour around with a string section and a ton of horn players….WHY WOULD WE when we can STEAL THEM? so be prepared: we are coming for you. once we cut this record, we’ll be seeking musicians EVERYWHERE WE GO. it may not be limited to brass and strings.

we also want to push the limits of HOW WE CAN INCLUDE people in our art-making as part of the live experience. it’s exciting. we have PLANS. well….maybe not real plans. 
we have IDEAS. (there is also an INCREDIBLE ALBUM ART PROJECT secretly underway….and i’ll tell you all about that soon.)

tour dates, release dates, and everything else will all be in the pipeline in the coming months….the first glimpses of tour will be starting late spring/early summer, once the album’s totally finished.

ho my god.

…………………….

as you know, i’m independent, free of my major label, tra la la!

i don’t have a stock-pile of capital hidden away, and i am going to have to crowd-fund huge parts of the record and the tour….and given everything that’s been going on in internet-land, i’m excited to do it. 
anything we make: the recording, the videos, the costumes, the strange live internet tools, the touring engine, it’s ALL going to have to be either crowd-funded or covered by loans from people who have the spare cash to front me: the scope of the process and the size/scale of the tour will truly be dictated by the fanbase and how much money we can come up with.

i have a good feeling about it, but who the fuck knows: it feels like the first moment of sticking out your thumb when you decided to hitchhike A LONG DISTANCE. terrifying and exhilarating. no idea where this is going to take you, but you’re ready to jump.

we’ll be crowdfunding the majority of the money we need around april by doing a giant outreach and pre-order for the album.

so i’m not asking for anything now, except just….be happy for us!

i sure the fuck am.

……………..

and yes….MELBOURNE, you win.

we thought about making the record in a few other cities (mostly in the states), but i decided, hell….i’m already over here from the dolls tour, and there’s a ton of resources here for the band.
we’ve already had 3 different people volunteer to make us dinner. (if you want to…email us@amandapalmer.net. we’ll take it. no joke.)

the band is meeting up in melbourne in two weeks. we’re going to REHEARSE OUR ASSES OFF, then play run of small shows to get the songs perfect perfect perfect in front of a crowd before putting them down on tape.

thus, our UPCOMING MELBOURNE RESIDENCY at the NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB!

we’re going to do FIVE shows. audio/video recording will be forbidden at all show. 
special guests will be rampant (and unconfirmed at the moment).

we tried to make the shows as CHEAP as humanly possible. 
they’re all $10 ($15 day of show). they’re all 18+ and doors are 7pm.

tickets for all five shows are on sale NOW! here’s the info:

• FEBRUARY 28th
BUY TICKETSRSVP on facebook
w/ DJ DAMEZA (one half of ACUMEN/@dameza on twitter)
DJ DAMEZA is my favorite new DJ – i danced my ASS OFF to one of his late night sets at the MONA FOMA festival a few weeks ago, and i’ve manged to convince him to come up and DJ us into a dancing FRENZY for these two show. hopefully we can convince him to come to some other nights, too…he’s checking. 

• FEBRUARY 29th
BUY TICKETSRSVP on facebook
also w/ DJ DAMEZA

• MARCH 6th
BUY TICKETSRSVP on facebook
guests TBA

• MARCH 7th
BUY TICKETSRSVP on facebook
guests TBA

• MARCH 12th
BUY TICKETSRSVP on facebook
w/ DIE ROTEN PUNKTE and more TBA
die rotten punkte are one of my absolute favorite fucking acts, and i’ve been trying to do a show together with them for AGES!!!
here’s a clip of me joining them for a very bizarre song/interpretive dance in edinburgh a few summers ago:

do not fret, every single night is going to be UBER-SPECIAL…these are bascially open rehearsals with the band…anything goes.

dress to impress….your mom.

if you want to help spread the word about these shows, here’s how…
i am personally going to be wandering around melbourne, handing out these flyers and leaving them on the benches of many an unsuspecting vegan record shop.

i’ve missed doing that. i’m never in town long enough before a gig to be able to.

but i could always use help…we put up a download link for the poster (and handbills) up on the shadowbox, so please: grab the assets HERE (or click the thumbnails below), go get some printer ink and tape, and hit the streets……and if you don’t live in the area but know people who do, let them know? just link ‘em to http://bit.ly/NorthcotePromo

 
………………………………

also, MELBOURNE (and this is getting dorky) if you have any of this GEAR or a music shop/rental hook-up, we need you!!!!
you can save us tons of money if you have any of the following we can borrow (or rent for cheap or barter!):

– a Kurzweill PC3 keyboard
– a Nord Electro 3
– really, ANY kind of sequential-circuit synthesizer 
 
– a Juno 106 synthesizer
– a Moog Voyager
or
– a Korg ms20 synthesizer

and maybe maybe maybe one of you has…
- 2 x Technics 1200/1210 turntables

(would definitely also need the cables, etc to all of the above, but we could source our own in a pinch.)

and this one i really need NOW (before the shows):
- a digital piano (of any kind), with a stand and some sort of speakers for practicing. anyone? we’ll happily trade you show tickets and get you a coffee. or tea. or water…whatever your little heart desires.

if you’re in melbourne have leads on any of this gear, or you think you know someone who can help us….email! us@amandapalmer.net.
(& if you think you have something comparable, talk to us! we’re open)

………………………..

yes, virginia….there are going to be synthesizers on the album.

………………………

i am so excited.

i am so, so, so excited.

i am more excited than rebecca black on a thursday night.

i am so excited i just rubbed one of my eyebrows off by accident.

THAT’S HOW EXCITED I AM

here we go, here we go, here we go

 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LOVE,
AFP

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  • http://twitter.com/derrangedferret derrangedferret

    I am so very, very happy for you! If Pittsburgh is on the radar, I will hook you up. (Just emailed you a starter set of sources)

    squee!

    (dusting off the concertina, tuning up the violin)

  • Allisonbyproxy

    Can’t wait love! I hope when you tour the states you come resonably close to Ohio.

  • http://twitter.com/mrwilliamc William Cooper

    You are so fucking cute. Need an accordi-fucking-ordion for your Melbourne shows?

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      yes!!!!! come busk! get my email from tom if you don’t have it

      • http://twitter.com/mrwilliamc William Cooper

        Busking tomorrow! (hopefully) I shall email you soon, lovely.

  • http://twitter.com/KaH_was_taken Karina

    i am so excited i read this so fast hardly any of it sunk in. SO. EXCITED!

    yay for seeing melbourne buddies again as well!i find it hilarious that you used to imply you’d never get married and now you’ve gotten married multiple times in one year!

  • maria ryan

    SO EXCITED (for you and for us!).  Amazing news.  Hooray!  Should you need ANYTHING when you play in Toronto, I am at your service.

    • RiverVox

      Yay for US!

  • http://twitter.com/mrwilliamc William Cooper

    You are so fucking cute. Need an accordi-fucking-ordion for your Melbourne shows?

  • http://twitter.com/meltinghalo Christine

    I can’t play a single instrument but I’m still down with helping provide monitoring/organizing of preshow music via Turntable with other fans who can’t travel the world with you physically. 

    Also, when you’re in Philly, if you need a tiny little girl in a wheelchair who is awkward and can’t do much except be super happy… I’m your girl!

  • http://twitter.com/heckletitty Tom Greer

    Shit the bed!!!! I’ve been expecting this news for quite some time, and now that it’s here…….. i remain very excited!

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

    I am excited about this crowd-sourced album idea. Seems the only logical conclusion of the Ninja gigs and the crowd-sourced set pieces for the Gaiman/Palmer tour. I can’t wait to see where this obscure little rabbit hole leads!

    If you need a singer, rock banjoist and ukulalien in Seattle, I’d be delighted to lend my talents.

  • Tilly

    So glad you’ll be taking up residency in Melbourne.  I implore you to turn your sights to doing a few ninja gigs on various trams. (Mine is the #86, hint hint). Love.

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      ridin’ around on the 86….so hungover…

      • Zel

        Chromin’

  • Amy

    You are so frickin’ cute. Especially when excited. 

  • Abagail Link

    MY VIOLA AND BODY ARE COMPLETELY READY

    • http://amandapalmer.net/ Amanda Palmer

      I WILL HAPPILY TAKE BOTH

  • Kate

    This is so great! And I happpen to be going to Melbs just in time for the Northcote shows! Great  timing. :D

  • Tina

    Congrats comrade! I hope you make it to Chicago in 2012. We miss you, and would have loved to seen you play in Tasmania. sorry that we missed it.

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

    SEEEE all you people who’ve pooh-pooh’ed Amanda for becoming a folksong singin lightweight who composes clever little ditties when she used to make music?  SEEEEE?

    Four years is a long time to be pregnant.  I do project management, and one of the toughest things is juggling concurrent projects of varying lengths and complexity.  The best way to do it is to do exACTly what you have done — keep steady momentum on the long, hard projects while punctuating the progress with short- or medium-term things and making time for fast turn-around things, so that there is always something hitting the pipeline and always things getting launched. 

    I don’t know if that’s your own smarts, or the smarts of your team (which is Killer.  Seriously.  Helpful and professional 100% of the time and Nice People), but it’s impressive.

    And just think — you won’t have ANYone telling you to edit your belly out of your vids.  ANYone telling you it’s a shame you’re so stubborn because if you would just listen to the executives you could record a pretty good album.  This is YOURS.  Done YOUR WAY.  Which, coincidentally, is my favorite way.

    Gosh!  If I dust off my Junior High cornet now … maybe by the time you get here I can join you on stage for a rousing chorus of Twinkle Twinkle!

  • RiverVox

    Excited to drive around Boston with the windows down and the car stereo on 11 playing “Massachusetts Avenue”:

    Storrow Drive is pretty in the springtime (springtime)
    Storrow Drive is pretty in the fall (in the fall)
    You don’t have to go home in a straight line (straight line)
    You don’t have to take me HOME AT ALL!
    (Pogo. Flail.)

    So happy for you and GTO! (Snoopy dance)

  • Jacyrush

    I want to work for you. 
    That is all I want in my life. 

  • Victoria Eden

    Is this the same album as here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/95940486/chad-and-michael-are-making-an-album ? Or a different project you’re all involved with? Either way, it’s all very exciting and I look forward to the tour!

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

       That’s a different one Amanda posted about a while ago. As you can see, the description says “guest vocals by Amanda Palmer”. But the songs are not hers there.

      • Victoria Eden

        I didn’t think so, but it’s the same people and things evolve. Ya know?

        • http://twitter.com/indeciSEAN indeciSEAN

          The album Chad and Michael did on Kickstarter is their own and will likely be sold while The Grand Theft Orchestra tours in support of AFPalbumNumberNext

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

    I really, really, reallyreallyreally hope you don’t come to Spain on June 22 beause that’s when Björk gives her concert here and my heart would be torn and broken forever if I was forced to choose between my two favourite musicians in the planet.

    (I know, I know—there are starving orphans in Cambodia. But do allow me to get excited and slightly feverish.)

    I can NOT wait, though. I am only concerned that I’m broke and in-debt and I might not have money to buy the album or help fund this, but fuck it I’ll do it SOMEHOW.

    AFP, brass and synths. Does it get any better. Baby I don’t know, but shoot me if it does.

  • Margaret

    So excited you rubbed an eyebrow off. Fuckin A. I can’t wait to help out however I can to get this shit rolling!

  • Molly Halloran

    I’m glad when you’re glad. Sounds like you’re not using woodwinds but if you ever need a clarinet player in the CT/NY/New England area, I’m your girl!

  • http://twitter.com/lizzers_ lizz

    More evidence that things do work out. Much better place to be in now than with evil record company mojo over your head. LOVE IT. This is helping fuel my own wee rebellion of finding work in a different – financially risky – field.  !!! 

  • http://coinoperatedbear.deviantart.com/ CoinOperatedBear

    My baritone ukulele is ready and at your disposal!

  • Qynnv

    LET ME PLAY MY iPAD WITH YOU.

  • Caitlin

    YOU HAVE MY MANDOLIN.

    (and/or my clarinet and alto sax, if it isn’t limited to brass and strings)

  • Dr.Fink

    “i am more excited than rebecca black on a thursday night.”

    That is by far the most I have laughed in a while. Thank you so much, Amanda. And you will play more shows in the US, yes? I haven’t seen you since 2008. Far too long.

  • http://www.laurenhatchmusic.com/ lauren

    Dude.  I’m going to have to learn to play a string instrument so I can be in your stolen orchestra when you come through my town.  Unless your stolen orchestra needs someone to play the fucking keytar… 

  • TK421

    Your excitement is infectious. And I welcome the infection.
    If you need some shitty uke players in The City of Angels, heck! anywhere in the Golden State, I am in.
    Thanks for all the great fucking music and the intro to Die Roten Punkte.

    PS— Not sure if you named your bass pedals like a year ago, but if you didn’t Tallulah would be perfect. After Tallulah Bankhead.  Kinda retro and feminine and futuristic, yet rugged. And I think she even had a sister Evelyn. Plus Tallulah has a cool kind of bass-pedal-ly cadence to it.  

  • Emily

    FUCK YES!

  • rrp

    Polly is amazing. Looking forward to the new work.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jessylou22 JessyLou D’Aprile

    Jesus fucking christ my heart stopped at the “I’m pregnant” thing all i could think about, was ‘but she is supposed to be working on a new album!? What will happen to it!?’

    I was overjoyed to keep reading.  Not that I’ve heard any demos or anything… but this is going to be the best one yet.

    I hope its a spring baby, i can’t wait too long, and i’d like to see that little sucker walking/touring by summer.

  • Milemarkertj

    COME TO DENTON TEXAS I FUCKING GOT YOU, DINNER FO SHO. 

  • Kayci

    So happy to see you so happy/excited to see you so excited.

    Someone on FB posted about how 10 years from the self-titled Dolls’ is coming up. I suddenly realized, holy fuck, I’ve spent almost 1/3 of my life with you (and Brian) as a huge part of it. So thank you. It’s made the bullshit a lot easier to deal with.

    Even if I’m (once again) in a very Glass Slipper place, I’m so glad you’re in this place now. That you have Neil, and excitement, and a new album (you’re so proud of) coming up. This album/tour/happiness of yours gives me (more) huge looking-forward to do. So, thanks again.

    And I posted on your FB, but like many people are saying, Polly is AMAZING. I focus heavily on the war between women, or try to look at it in the ways I look at the one between women and men (and what that means, and how the members of these armies are constantly evolving and re-identifying). After the initial omfyes Amanda covered Nirvana thing, and the watching it and realizing Michael was part of it and getting more excited, I was able to really appreciate the song, the video, and especially the ending (many times, already). I immediately thought of Tori’s video for Spark, how she showed up with her wrists bound to a car with women who drove away. How you ended it with taking the last few words out, saving Polly/helping her save herself, and ending it. I was really only hoping I’d like it, but jesus. 

    Excited to see you on tour, gather musician friends/their instruments for it, and try to come up with any way I can help, too. This album… this tour… yes.

  • http://twitter.com/KaH_was_taken Karina

    i’ll put my hand up to play cowbell … or tambourine.

  • Zyzzyva

    I’m approximately INFINITELY excited to hear that you’re releasing another album.  I’ve listened to your music since ’05, and it just keeps getting better, so I can not wait!  You and your body of work have inspired me to make art a much bigger part of my life.

    If you come to the Tampa FL area, I could hook you up with lodging and food.  My family owns a campground with some cabins/an RV/spare bedrooms, and we’ve played host to travelling bands in the past.  Check out http://www.thecaneoutpost.com to see what we offer.

    You’ve been on the other side of the planet for too long, time to give Florida some love! 

  • Kafkainspringtime

    Good

  • Kafkainspringtime

    I have a guitar fused to my body. Both are yours when you come to New Zealand. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rebecca-Heikkila/1033014370 Rebecca Heikkila

    I will be living in either the Atlanta/Boston area when you start touring. I have been playing violin for the past 7 years. Also, I have been a fan for the past 7 years. Coincidence? I think not. I am so incredibly excited for everything you have in store for the world; more than the coming college acceptance letters (which is saying much more than you realize). Keep on rocking the fucking world on its fucking side, Amanda Fucking Palmer.

  • Poiesis1111

    FWIW, the offspring of you and Neil would be a veritable inoculation for the gene-pool. Just sayin’.

  • http://twitter.com/ferricide christian nutt

    i’m kinda excited to see what might be in the offing for a kickstarter. but my personal request is generally “give me an easy/affordable way to get all of the music” (album + b-sides or whatever you call them these days) and i’m happy. everything else is just “fun”. 

  • Poiesis1111

    Aw man, I have a PC3x but I’m on the wrong continent. Plus a couple of the keys are jenky (it was a refurb). Can’t wait to hear the album, srsly. I also play concert percussion (incl timpani!) so keep me in mind if you come to CA US. *nervous excited twitch*

  • Chelsea

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEEEEEEAAAASSE COME TO DENVER ON THIS TOUR!! 

    You keep hitting the East and West coasts, even a little bit of the middle, but I have never been able to get myself that far to see you! Even Arizona or Utah would do it. 
    Pretty please? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=332601009 Stephanie RaincloudAxberg

    I’m not in Melbourne, but if you come anywhere near Ann Arbor, MI I will pretty much do anything you need.  You guys can crash in my apartment, I’ll cook dinner for you, I’ll make you crazy-awesome one of a kind mixed media art, I’ll sing for you, I’ll make you cool clothes with my sewing machine, I’ll bear your children (okay, maybe that’s taking it a step too far… or not.  You decide.) 

    Anything.  Really.  I’m not kidding.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000364555439 Katt Taylor

    I love,love,love your sweet disease of enthusiasm! Infectious much! And you are going to be playing on my turf…High St at the end of MY street…TYVM….I don’t play but I am Arty and I know shit-loads of excellent musos and cool creatives…will spread the word!

  • http://twitter.com/charlienin Charlie Elliott

    I think my colleague just thought I’d had a heart attack when I read the ‘I’m pregnant’ bit. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/sara.m.novak Sara Maxine Novak

    I’m excited for you too!!!!!
    Happy days in Palmer Springs!
    If/when you zip through the MidWest again, you should have fans and favors plenty. :)

  • x_chemicalism_x

    Holy fuckery this is awesome news.

    I must say, I’m hoping to see some of the older unreleased songs on it (“Please Drop Me”, “I Google You”, “I Love You But I Don’t Need You” etc.) but have abs0lutely NO DOUBT that it is going to be an album of epic, dare I say it, biblical proportions.

    If for some reason you’re required to come to New Zealand (again) let me know. My crippled ass will do whatever it can to help.

    Unfortunately I’m a beneficiary – so I don’t know if I’ll be able to contribute a lot, but will do whatever I can – you can have my spare 75cents each week.

    XOX

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

      “I Google You” was released as a bonus track on some edition of WKAP, and “I Love You But I Don’t Need You” is a cover of a Momus song. Though I’d love to have a recorded AFP version.

  • Dea.G

    so excited! if you’re coming to the UK and you need performers, physical theater troops, dancers, ballerinas anything of that sort, you have a big fat YES from me!!! LOVE Dea 

  • http://twitter.com/RAH_HELL Rahel Kladderadatsch

    It’s fucking important to have confidence in your delivery nurse!

  • http://twitter.com/dezrah dezrah

    If you ever need a magician/sideshow performer in the New England area, my cards, hammers, straitjackets and fake blood are at your service!

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

    Can’t wait to buy the album.  Can’t wait to (hopefully!) finally get to see you live.  So, so happy for you!

  • Brittany

    Finally! Who Killed Amanda Palmer absolutely blew me away; I know this album is going to be just as kick ass, if not more. Can’t wait!

  • http://twitter.com/sussexgamer Mathew Freeman

    Waiting with baited breath for UK tour details. V. happy.

  • Jlevelwind

    Fabulous!!! Congratulations on all your new babies…I definately need some new songs, my Who killed Amanda Palmer CD doesn’t even play anymore i completely wore it out. Love you…and all you do you fucking genius.

  • A M 43

    Amanda and Congleton.
    OHHH AWSOME!
    What a combination!
    I AM excited!

    The Paper Chase is one of my favourite bands an congleton is such an awsome producer  (knives as rhythm section, drunken pianos, collages, screams and Amanda in the middle)

    Oh My! Yeah!

  • Luiza

    YOU ARE SO FUCKING AWESOME!

  • NerdGirl985

    Such kick ass news. Took a moment from my celebratory dancing to pop a little something in the virtual tip jar as a thank you for totally making my day.

  • http://profiles.google.com/youngblood3221 Lexie Young

    congrats amanda and friends!!! i’m possibly more excited than you. and maybe one day when i’m older i’ll be able to work for you or help you out in some way!

  • Kelly Shea

    Wow.  All I can say is Wow.

  • emily

    Don’t suppose you ever come down to the dirty dirty south, eh, AFP ? 

  • http://twitter.com/lajeunefolle Kei

    I think I might have just pissed off a few local dogs with my squealing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jess-Janisse/638497791 Jess Janisse

    YES!!! Now we just have to convince you to come and blow Chicago’s mind with your music making.

  • tarable23

    That is exciting earth shattering news indeed! I am having an AFP-gasm at the moment. Wow!! I can’t wait for you and your amazing bandmates to bring punk cabaret love to SF!. I SO adore you heart and soul Amanda!

  • Darren

    Hey Amanda, Looking forward to seeing more shows in Melbourne! Have you thought about using Kickstarter for your album if you’re trying to source funding?? If not, take a look at: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/fiveironfrenzy/new-five-iron-frenzy-album look at the $$$ and see if that’s not a convincing argument.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-von-Koerber/1437738762 Amanda von Koerber

    Yes yes yes. 

    No amount of punctuation can express my excitement. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Amanda-von-Koerber/1437738762 Amanda von Koerber

    Also, I can’t play any instruments (besides the clarinet poorly), but if you ever need an extra face…..I have one of those

  • eight_of_nine

    I hope you end up needing some woodwinds to play, and that you need them to play in/around NYC! ;)

  • estew

    I’m so happy for you, Amanda! Best of luck with everything. I’m really excited for the new album. If you could come to New Mexico on tour that would be so fantastic, I’d really love to see you live. I would love to help you in some way if I could, unfortunately I can’t play any instrument, but I will always support you!

  • http://alder-knight.livejournal.com/ Alder Knight

    I play the trombone and live in Brooklyn.

    I SHALL BE STANDING BY FOR AFOREMENTIONED MUSICIAN THEFT.

  • PolitelyOffend

    I’m so psyched for the new album. The shows over the summer were fucking awesome. 

    When you tour round here (MA, or New England in general), feel free to steal me if you need an extra uke, or an extra singing voice. I’m up for it.

    Hope the aussies are treating you right <3

    -Sam

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Jakubowicz/100000208676537 Andrew Jakubowicz

    I love being in melbourne! MYSELF AND MY VIOLIN ARE YOURS SHOULD YOU NEED US!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Eden-Anaimia/100000700695337 Eden Anaimia

    If you are in the Washington D.C. area when you’re running around and want an extremely nervous aspergirl reading angry, disheveled, monologistic poetry and prose. :3 I’m ready. Though having aspergers may make it…interesting to say the least!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SY25TZ3WKJX27AVXESAX3VRMHY Britney Raybuck

    stupid pennsylvania. i’m moving to melbourne, where the heroes are.

  • MC

    Ahhhhh (!). Haven’t been driven to comment before, but, Chicago! It’s a nice city! As a just-barely-ex-student, probably no help for lodging anyone, but exxxxtra enthusiastic violinist/fiddler (with a degree and everything :P ). Also if you need any ballroom or swing dancing done, I & acquaintances can be all over that shit. Or teaching others to be all over that shit.

    • MC

      (and, also, if relevant? Most other places in the midwest have buses from Chicago, so violining/dancing/numerous musical acquaintances of enthusiastic demeanor & a large variety of instrumental skills transportable to pretty much anywhere between the Twin Cities and Indianapolis, if there’s any demand whatsoever.)

  • http://twitter.com/bitterfierce & grey

    MY HEROINE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andrew-Jakubowicz/100000208676537 Andrew Jakubowicz

    I’m in melbourne. A poor uni student who has had quite a lot of orchestral work. Can play violin or viola for you. (I’ve played amatuar musicals with both) (However I’m better at violin. If you go by the silly AMEB system I have an AmuS diploma. I’ll happily join in! I’ve always wanted to give something back. Thanks for the opportunity. :)

  • http://twitter.com/sacriliciousjsh Sacrilicious!

    I just thought you should know, last night I auditioned to join a women’s vocal group as a low alto.  In a flash of panicked genius, never having auditioned as a low alto before, I decided in the car on the way there that I would sing “In My Mind” a cappella as my piece.  I wasn’t sure how they would like it, and the two women holding the audition said they’d never heard the song when I told them the name beforehand, but I just flung myself into it.  And a few minutes later, we sang “Amazing Grace” in harmony to test the blend and whatnot.  Talk about a set.

    I got called back for the second round of auditions and am going tomorrow afternoon to sing with the rest of the group.

  • Lg_images

    id just like to say your awesome, thats great news and i second what  
    Christine  wants when your in philly you gotta you just gotta.

  • http://www.corrieancone.com/ mizzcorrie

    AMAZING!!!!!!!! you r!!!! this is fabulous news!!!

  • Ximena

    You have a ready and willing violinist/ukelelist/guitarist/mandolinist in the Philly/NY area!  Best of luck with the album release and looking forward to hearing your work

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1284453804 Cortney Baldwin

    Uggghhh. Amanda you never play anywhere near Colorado. I’m going to have to jump off my roof if this continues.

  • Kristi Keorkunian

    Damn it, I was so excited for a mini AmaNeil! PROCREATE WILL YOU, JESUS – all us cool folk need to supply the coming generation with human badassery, they can’t do it by their lonesome, Palmer! (I’M LOOKING AT YOU TOO, GAIMAN)

  • http://gabrielgrub.blogspot.com/ June_Miller

    Firstly, I love this concept so much that I want to court it, then marry it, then possibly end in a messy divorce but still remain very close friends in the end.  What can I say, I’m an optimist.   Seriously, though: who gives this much love and props to their own fans?  Who else allows them to actually become part of the experience and fuel their fucking dreams?  Way to be a bad-ass, Palmer.

    Secondly, I only caught a quick Facebook update, but I saw the very tail end of your webcast tonight, which was you hugging/kissing a number of fans and sipping a beer.  Everyone looked so warm, and happy.  I can’t think of any other way to say, ‘Valentine’s Day is here, and fuck anyone trying to rub it in your face.  This is the real shit.’  Thank you.

    I may still get into a drunken brawl with an annoying couple, at some point, but my friend resolved to get a group of four or so guys to hold me back as I’m kicking and screaming in a frenzy.

    Third: So uh, hey dudette, DJs.  I would love to spin a show of yours in the Bay Area (ANYWHERE in the Bay Area), whenever you decide to trek this way.  You/the band name it, I will shake it and spin it with and for everyone.  I will bug proper authorities on this as time grows nearer.  I just want to throw it out there.

  • Kate

    Crazy excited for this album oh my
    If you swing by Ireland this summer I promise I’ll  learn to play twenty different string/brass insruments. at the same time. naked.

  • hasnohat

    New album?! Album art project?!  Wooo! I’d love to participate in some way…

  • Amelia Carson

    i can’t give you music but i can cook you dinner: if you need a break from Melbourne how about a trip tp the coutry for some home town hospitality in the Victorian Bush: sweet serene and beautiful… :) Go you marvelous dynamic woman!

  • http://twitter.com/thetephra Sarah Bunting

    Although I love St. Vincent, it’s the fact that Congleton has worked with Bill Callahan/Smog and Okkervill River that excites me. Can’t wait to see what he brings to your work. 

  • ADK

    You must be ecstatic.  I screamed hoarsely for a few minutes straight reading this, especially because my other favorite musicians of all time are Parenthetical Girls, who Jherek Bischoff used to be a part of!  the idea of you working with anyone from them is just, the most beautiful thing and aw god now I’m tearing up.

    You rock.  Keep it up.  <3  

    (And you should definitely come to Buffalo or Rochester, we have a good orchestra ;-; and some rad awesome music schools like Nazareth and Eastman in Rochester.)

  • Hms

    OH BOY OH BOY!
    Please please come to New York!

  • http://www.t8t3.com/ مركز تحميل الصور

     here we go, here we go, here we go

  • Emily

    well,amanda a minor miacle happened.when i wrote me foist woid to the wonderful steveland ludkins..or per klumpety x patooey klumpt,verklimpt! (his sexy nazi name)…you know how the screen goes red?at the la library?o,,i forgot yer one of those girls that still thinks venice is cool,and the ghetto is violent.one day,which is right now amanda,you will wake up in watts or my tent in south central(it’s a pretty cool back yard on a very cool street,for a gangster as we be..and you wil bask in the sun coming through the screen and look at me ,and say ya wanna lay around and just fuck all day?and as acool bonus,stevie wonder says to me i want you to eat my wifes pussyas she eats your wonderful white pussy,and he tells me he wants me on top,in our experimental searching for our boy pussy,together,at night we play the dresden room and occasionally leave the city o f our lady the quing hatsheput tut ut ra akehnaten

  • George

    right ,kids?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dylan-Mckelvey/724341566 Dylan Mckelvey

    You’ve given it away. :P

  • A person named Hava

    I thought I was pregnant w/ a record album for a while too…..but then it turned out to be an Ipad. Needless to say I was dissapointed, but the nice people at Ebay were happy to welcome my Ipad into their lives. Hey, if you’re ever on tour in the states, please come to Spartanburg, SC! I love both your songs and your husband’s books and was suprised to find out you were married! Figures since you’re both amazing at what you do and in general, so it seems. 

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