ninja beach show TODAY in LA!!! / regina video pix / lefsetz letter

quick quick quick……before the espresso wears off….fuuuuuuuuuuuck

god i love it here. i went jogging yesterday for the first time since my foot broke and it was fine….didn’t die. went for another jog today and got TOTALLY derailed by the hot surfers in the water under manhattan pier. holy FUCK. i want my own surfer. they don’t have surfers in new york and boston. i want…a couple of surfers. please let me know if you can arrange this. thank you.

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down to bidness time:
first of all, follow me on twitter. just do it.  everything happening over there. i’m dead serious. if you hate twitter, get over it, or just follow me and don’t do anything else. i twittered the secret beach gig yesterday, it’s ON! 

so here we be:
LOS ANGELES MADDDDNESSSSS: ninja beach party today in LA!!!!!

4 pm, hermosa beach in LA, end of 16th street. we’ll probably go til about 7 pm.

bring ukuleles, snacks, love and whatever else strikes your fancy…..and be ready to do a huge impromptu photo shoot with lindsey byrnes.and she requested that everybody dress like ninjas and bring flowers. she’s got a PLAN. will post pix as soon as possible.
she’s the one who took THIS beauty (below) at coachella, she’s coming to photo us all….

…speaking of this gorgeous image, we had it made into a GORGEOUS poster and will be hocking them at the troubadour, and i am sure lindsay (who’ll be there) will sign for you if you grab her at the show.also….troubadour is way sold out. yay us.note: in a non-AFP move, i probably won’t be signing after the show (i promise i have a good excuse) but i’ll come out beforehand to sign things and if you’re coming today, bring things.i’ll sign my ass off today, promise.
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me, cassandra long and her sister crane made a weird improptu twitter-pony-food-centric  fan video to “eet” by regina spektor.couldn’t get the fucking song out of my head: it was the only solution. we planned it for a day and shot the whole thing in 6 hours on saturday at my house, in the garden, on my street, in a cab and in the public garden in boston.
here are some pictures…..cassandra & la famille long are hard at work editing it. can’t wait to see it.

ROCK ART LOVE

(casey’s site – she’s an amazing artist – is cassandralong.net. she’s also looking for a cool paid internship this coming year in london if you got anything for her email’s on site.)

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LEFSETZ LETTER TODAY: WRITE IN!
earlier today, the indefatigable music-industry nexus bob lefsetz posted my story re: the recent twitter phenomemon as one of his letters…which means it will be read by thousands and thousands of industry people on his mailing list (this is good).
if you guys have any input about this subject, write to him and tell him about your experiences….his voice carries out to the the world music business world and it’s a very good DIRECT pipeline of fan’s voices into industry-world: bob@lefsetz.com
if you want to suscribe to his letter (for any music industry types, i highly recommend you do): http://www.lefsetz.com

and yes, you can find him on twitter: @Lefsetz (that way you can mention him in tweet-speak if and when you tell your friends about this story)

From: Amanda Palmer
Subject: twitter power, or “how an indie musician can make $19,000 in 10 hours using twitter”

this story has just been blowing people’s minds so i figures i should write it down.

1. FRIDAY NIGHT LOSERS T-SHIRT, $11,000

about a month ago, i was at home on a friday night (loser that i often am when i’m not touring, i almost never go out) and was, of course, on my mac, shifting between emails, links and occasionally doing some dishes and packing for a trip the next day. just a usual friday-night-rock-star-multi-tasking extravaganza.

i twitter whenever i’m online, i love the way it gives me a direct line of communication with my fans and friends.

i had already seen the power of twitter while touring…using twitter i’d gathered crowds of sometimes 200 fans with a DAY’S notice to come out and meet me in public spaces (parks, mostly) where i would play ukulele, sign, hug, take pictures, eat cake, and generally hang out and connect. this was especially helpful in the cities where we’d been unable to book all-ages gigs and there were crushed teenagers who were really grateful to have a shot at connecting with me & the community of amanda/dolls fans.

i’d also been using twitter to organize ACTUAL last-minute gigs…i twittered a secret gig in LA one morning and about 350 folks showed up 5 hours later at a warehouse space….i played piano, filmed by current.tv, and then (different camera crew) did an interview with afterellen.com.
the important thing to undertsand here is that the fans were never part of the plan..,i basically just INVITED my fans to a press day, the press didnt’ plan it…i did.
i was going to be playing in an empty room and doing q&a with afterellen on a coach with only the camera watching. 
it was like….why not tell people and do this in a warehouse instead of a hotel lobby or a blank studio? so i did.

it cost me almost nothing. the fans were psyched.

but back to the bigger, cooler story….

so there i am, alone on friday night and i make a joke on twitter (which goes out to whichever of my 30,000 followers are online):

“i hereby call THE LOSERS OF FRIDAY NIGHT ON THEIR COMPUTERS to ORDER, motherfucker.”
9:15 PM May 15th from web

one thing led to another, and the next thing you know there were thousands of us and we’d become the #1 topic trend on twitter. 
zoe keating described it as a “virtual flash mob”. 

the way twitter works (if you don’t have it) is that certain topics can include a hashtag (#) and if a gazillion people start making posts that include that hashtag, the topic will zoom up the charts of what people are currently discussing. it’s a cool feature.

so anyway, there we were, virtually hanging out on twitter on a friday night. very pleased with ourselves for being such a large group, and cracking jokes.

how do you “hang out” on the internet? well, we collectively came up with a list of things that the government should do for us (free government-issued sweatpants, pizza and ponies, no tax on coffee), AND created a t-shirt.
thank god my web guy sean was awake and being a loser with me on friday night  because he throw up the webpage WHILE we were having our twitter party and people started ordering the shirts – that i designed in SHARPIE in realtime) and a slogan that someone suggested: “DON’T STAND UP FOR WHAT’S RIGHT, STAY IN FOR WHAT’S WRONG”. neil gaiman and wil wheaton joined our party. the fdnas felt super-special.

by the end of the night, we’d sold 200 shirts off the quickie site (paypal only) that sean had set up.
i blogged the whole story the next day and in total, in the matter of a few days, we sold over 400 shirts, for $25/ea.

we ended up grossing OVER $11,000 on the shirts. 
my assistant beth had the shirts printed up ASAP and mailed them from her apartment.

total made on twitter in two hours = $11,000.
total made from my huge-ass ben-folds produced-major-label solo album this year = $0

2. WEBCAST AUCTION, $6000

a few nights after that, i blogged and twittered, announcing a “webcast auction” from my apartment.
it went from 6 pm – 9 pm, my assitant beth sat at my side and kept her eyes on incoming bids and twitter feed.
while we hocked weird goods, i sang songs and answered questions from fans. we wore kimonos and drank wine. it was a blast.

people on twitter who were tuned in re-tweeted to other fans. the word spread that it was a fun place to be and watch.
we had, at peak, about 2000 people watching the webcast. 

at the suggestion of a fan early in the webcastm anyone could, on demand, send us $20 via paypal and we would chew,
sign and mail them a postcard. we sold about 70, and we read all those names at the end of the webcast and thanked those
people for supporting us. here’s how the sales broke down:

all the items were signed by moi and hand-packed by beth and kayla.
the items and highest bidders were as follows:
hilary, ukulele used on the european tour: $640
jake, “guitar hero” plastic guitar controller used in album promo shoot: $250
lary b, copy neo2 magazine, plus two post-war trade slap-bracelets & a crime-photo set: $230
devi, glass dildo, with subtley-sordid backstory: $560
liz b., “hipsters ruin everything” t-shirt, made by blake (get your very own here!!!!): $155.55
shannon m., my bill bryson book, a short history of neary everything: $280
nikki, huge metal “the establishment” sign, used at rothbury festival for the circus tent i curated: $450
j.r., purple velvet “A” dress used in the dresden dolls coin-operated boy video shoot: $400
jessie & alan: who killed amanda palmer vinyl: $100
nikki: wine bottle, auctioned BY REQUEST!!! $320
shannon w., torn-to-shit vintage stockings used in the who killed amanda palmer/ michael pope video series: $200
jodi,
school-note-book break-up letter, written to amanda from jonas woolverton in 7th grade (i still haven’t emailed him about that….): $250
daryl, ANOTHER wine bottle, by request, that we had LYING AROUND: $320

and…………..

reto emailed, having barely missed the wine bottle, and asked us to send him “something funny” for $129.99. we sent a heath ledger statuette.

total made on twitter in 3 hours, including the postcards, was over $6000.
again, total made on my major-label solo album this year: $0

3. TWITTER DONATION-ONLY GIG, $1800
a few days later, i twittered a guest-list only event in a recording studio in boston, to take place a week later.
the gig lasted about 5 hours, all told, with soundcheck and signing. i took mostly requests and we had a grand old time.
first come, first served. the first 200 people to ask got in, for free. i asked for donations and made about $2200 in cash.
i gave $400 back to the studio for the space and the help. we sold some weird merch. i think we should call it an even 2k.

total made at last-minute secret twitter gig, in about 5 hours = $2000
major-label record blah blah blah = $0

…..and for fun, and to thank my fans for being awesome, i’ve been doing some twitter perfomance art, including answering their questions by magic-markering my body until it’s covered, and displaying time-lapse make-up application advice….but that’s another story.

TOTAL MADE THIS MONTH USING TWITTER = $19,000
TOTAL MADE FROM 30,000 RECORD SALES = ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

turn on, tune in, get dropped!!!!!

love,
amanda fucking palmer
http://www.amandapalmer.net
http://www.dresdendolls.com

p.s.
if you want to read the full blogs and see the pictures from the #LOFNOTC events, i blogged here:
the friday night that started it all: 
http://blog.amandapalmer.net/post/111667948/twitter-the-beautiful-losers-lofnotc
the webcast and magic-marker/make-up mayhem: 
http://blog.amandapalmer.net/post/127401792/wasnt-this-supposed-to-be-my-fucking-week-off

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and…..and i twittered looking for a keyboard when i landed in LA, since i decided i needed to practice, and a few hours later….voila. this awesome and lovely girl sarah showed up with one in her trunk. i love my fucking life….

(here’s sarah in my cousin’s house, delivering the goods…)

god bless her.i practiced this morning for an hour because i felt to guilty not to.
i’m so excited for the show thursday, very excited to see jenny owen youngs after almost a year of not seeing her…and very excited to see my wonderful neil tomorrow, because i miss him when he’s not around.

going to get ready for beach gig.

must find sunblock.
loveAFP

coffee bean and tea leaf, stealing internet, hermosa beach, CA.

Cross-posted here on MySpace.

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