Amanda Palmer & Edward Ka-Spel have announced the release of their eagerly anticipated new album.
AMANDA PALMER & EDWARD KA-SPEL TOUR 2017 MAY
17 – Boston, MA – Middle East
AMANDA PALMER & EDWARD KA-SPEL
1. Pulp Fiction
2. Shahla’s Missing Page
3. The Shock of Kontakt
4. Beyond The Beach
5. The Clock at the Back of the Cage
6. The Changing Room
7. The Jack of Hands
8. Prithee: Liquidation Day
9. Rainbow’s End
10. The Sun Still Shines *
11. Subway *
Last night, Violent Femmes performed at Ford Amphitheater on Coney Island during their brand-new co-headline tour with Echo & The Bunnymen. During “Kiss Off,” a standout track from their legendary self-titled debut album, Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls) joined the band onstage as a guest vocalist. A clip of that performance, which Palmer streamed on Facebook Live, can be found HERE.
In addition to recently kicking off this unparalleled co-headline tour, Violent Femmes recently released their groundbreaking new live album 2 MICS & THE TRUTH: UNPLUGGED & UNHINGED IN AMERICA, which sees the band reinventing their own extraordinary canon with all-new live performances, including rearranged classics, songs played live for the first time, spontaneous requests, and random improvisations. The album was recorded last year as the band visited public radio stations and music media outlets across the country in support of their acclaimed ninth studio album, WE CAN DO ANYTHING. Always eager to push their sound forward, the Milwaukee-based combo brought with them a pair of Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina microphones, specialized bluegrass mics that allowed Gordon Gano (voice and guitar/banjo/fiddle) and Brian Ritchie (acoustic bass guitar and vocal) to play and record in close proximity. Percussionist John Sparrow’s innovative use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument enabled Violent Femmes to stand close together around the two mics and play in perfect balance, the metallic tones meshing with Ritchie’s acoustic bass and Gano’s strummed guitar.
VIOLENT FEMMES TOUR DATES
14 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage
15 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
18 – Detroit, MI – Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
19 – Columbus, OH – Express Live Outdoor Stage
21 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
22 – St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
23 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion
25 – Kansas City, MO – Crossroads KC
26 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
29 – Costa Mesa, CA – Pacific Amphitheatre
30 – Saratoga, CA – Mountain Winery
1 – Portland, OR – Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
2 – Seattle, WA – Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheatre
3 – Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
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AMANDA PALMER – WITH THE HELP OF HUNDREDS OF FANS –
PENS AND RECORDS SONG IN HARVEY AFTERMATH
“DROWNING IN THE SOUND” AVAILABLE NOW
TWO-DAY SONGWRITING AND RECORDING SESSION TO BENEFIT TEXAS DIAPER BANK
Amanda Palmer has released a new song, “Drowning in the Sound,” written as a two-day songwriting exercise on August 29th and 30th, 2017, using input, inspiration and comments from over 600 patrons. “The song wound up being a response to the insanity of internet politics melded with the recent total eclipse and the devastation of Hurricane Harvey…and y’know…other stuff,” Palmer said.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from the download of this song until September 30th will support the Texas Diaper Bank to help victims of Hurricane Harvey across Texas.
“Drowned in the Sound” credits:
Music, Lyrics, Piano, Vocals: Amanda Palmer
Engineer: Eli Winograd at Lone Pine Studio in Kingston, NY
Special thanks to Ben Folds for texting with me before his show in Little Rock, AR,
and making me change one rhythm and cut two useless repetitions before the first chorus
For more information, please visit:
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AMANDA PALMER RECORDS AND RELEASES INSTANT SINGLE
TO SUPPORT HURRICAN RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO
WRITTEN AND RECORDED EARLIER THIS WEEK IN BOSTON
ALL DIGITAL PROCEEDS FROM PATREON-SUPPORTED TRACK
TO BENEFIT MARIAFUND.ORG
“SMALL HANDS, SMALL HEART” AVAILABLE NOW
Amanda Palmer has unveiled a new song recorded earlier this week to support immediate relief efforts following the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.
All digital proceeds earned from “Small Hands, Small Heart” over the next month will benefit the
Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund. One hundred percent of all funds raised will be
used to support immediate relief, recovery, and equitable rebuilding for the
communities in Puerto Rico hit hardest by the storm.
To contribute, please visit mariafund.org.
“Small Hands, Small Heart” was both written and recorded in Boston over three days earlier this week, supported by Palmer’s more than 11 thousand followers on Patreon. Inspired by an especially active Patreon thread, the single was produced at Somerville, MA’s Q Division by longtime collaborator Sean Slade and lead engineered by James Bridges. “Small Hands, Small Heart” features
exclusive artwork by Palmer comprising an arrangement of objects that includes an original work
by sculptor Lee Barron as well as a copy of the groundbreaking early-20th Century
African-American newspaper, The Chicago Defender.
“Given the horror in the news, and given that everybody keeps asking where the artistic revolution is, I don’t feel like I want to mince words anymore, or wait 18 months to put out a ‘politically charged’ album,” says Palmer. “Fuck that: I’m trying to respond in realtime, making songs about now for the people now, and using my patrons comments and personal despairs as song-fodder. This is also the first time I’ve ever used the word ‘dick’ in a song, and I’m pretty proud of that. The fake news media is always free to ask me anything about this insane and beautiful process: I’m just a call away on my fake artist telephone.”
For complete details, please visit amandapalmer.net/smallhandssmallheart.
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“MOTHER DO YOU THINK THEY’LL DROP THE BOMB”AMANDA PALMER RETURNS TO THE WORLD STAGE WITH PROVOCATIVEANTI-TRUMP VIDEO, “MOTHER,” SHOT WITH FEMALE-LED CAST & CREW7″ Single Out November 15 via amandapalmer.netWorld-Wide FREE Webcast from London’s UNION CHAPEL7:15pm GMT TOmorrow Nov 16 via amandapalmer.netTwo years after the birth of her son, Amanda Palmer returns to form with her first high-production video since her Kickstarter-record-smashing album Theatre is Evil was released in 2012. Scripted and conceived by Palmer and independently crowdfunded by her 11,000 subscribers on patreon.com, Palmer’s new song is a daring piece of art which is, in her words, “dedicated to the current administration.”Shooting on location in upstate New York at the iconic sculpture park, Opus 40, Palmer collaborated with a female director (Jordan Rathus) and choreographer (Coco Karol), in addition to an all-female string quartet and two of her fellow mother-musicians (Zoë Keating and Melissa Auf der Maur, ex-bassist of Hole and Smashing Pumpkins).In a reversal of the traditional process, Palmer’s idea for the video inspired the recording for the song, and she tapped long-time friend/composer Jherek Bischoff (Strung Out in Heaven, Purple Rain) to join her vision and supply a bittersweet and poignant string quartet arrangement of Pink Floyd’s Mother. Zoë Keating stood in for David Gilmour’s searing guitar solo on cello.Amanda explains: “The lyrics to ‘Mother‘ haunted me during the inauguration. There’s a surge in female power right now: Trump and co. can prattle on about how they’re going to build a big, beautiful wall, but the mothers of this nation have a different agenda. We don’t want our children to grow up in a world of fear, separation, and scarcity.I’ve made over a dozen big-production videos with massive casts and crews, but I’ve never felt this way on a set before. Ever since having a baby I’ve been continuing to work on producing content, and I often bring my baby to recording studios and video sets where it is cheerfully tolerated. But this time it wasn’t just tolerated, it was celebrated.Everybody on the set – from the film crew to the dancers – stood by the spirit of the script. All of the children cast are children of friends of mine. Chris Wells, who plays “The President”, is an openly gay actor and peace activist and it meant a lot to me to be able to cast him in this role.”Wells is involved in the video’s shocking final moments, of which Palmer says: “That finale-scene could not have happened if it weren’t for our deep respect for one another; I couldn’t have done it with just any actor and it took a massive amount of trust. Melissa Auf der Maur and Zoë Keating have both been my guiding lights as fellow mothers and musicians. This video is as much an homage to them as it is a statement about the current administration.”Amanda is set to release Mother as the physical b-side to the 7″ vinyl pressing of In Harm’s Way, the original song which Palmer penned and produced in response to the world’s growing refugee crisis, and which premiered last month on NPR’s All Songs Considered. NPR shared the powerful and stark video for In Harm’s Way, shot on location in Tarragona, Spain. The video, which echoes the now infamously painful photograph of 3-year old refugee Aylan Kurdi, features volunteer performers from across Europe and was directed by Spanish performance artist/provocateur Abel Azcona. The 7″ vinyl single will be sold exclusively via amandapalmer.net on Novemb er 15.10% of the profits of the physical single will go to the charity Because We Carry, a charity close to Amanda’s heart after spending time on Lesvos in 2017, where she witnessed the impact their work had on refugees arriving on the island daily.
Please watch the video forIn Harm’s Way here:Amanda is performing a one-off show at London’s Union Chapel on November 16 with a grand piano, a local string quartet, and special guest arranger/conductor Jherek Bischoff. Tickets are sold out, but the show will be webcast live, for free, online from amandapalmer.net. There will be a limited amount of copies of the 7″ single for sale at this show.To donate or for more information on Because We Carry please visit: http://www.becausewecar
ry.org/en/# # #Amanda Palmer is a singer, songwriter, playwright, pianist, filmmaker, and blogger who simultaneously embraces and explodes traditional frameworks of music, theatre, and art. She first came to prominence as one half of the Boston-based punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, earning global recognition for their wide-ranging theatricality and inventive songcraft. Her solo career has taken her to new heights, including such groundbreaking works as the fan-funded THEATRE IS EVIL, which made a top 10 debut on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its 2012 release and remains the top-funded original music project on Kickstarter. In 2013 she presented “The Art of Asking” at the annual TED conference, which has since been viewed over 10 million times worldwide. The following year saw Palmer expand her philosophy into the New York Times best seller The Art of Asking: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Let People Help, which is now in its 5th English-language printing.# # #
AMANDA PALMER AND DIRECTOR NOEMIE LAFRANCE UNLEASH VIDEO FOR “MR. WEINSTEIN WILL SEE YOU NOW”
UNAPOLOGETICALLY GRAPHIC PATRON-FUNDED MUSIC CLIP IS A COLLABORATION WITH 60 WOMEN
TODAY, OCTOBER 5, MARKS ONE YEAR TO THE DAY SINCE THE NEW YORK TIMES
EXPOSED HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S DECADES OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT
Several months ago, Amanda Palmer and co-singer/writer Jasmine Power released their quickly assembled song, “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now,” as a visceral artistic response to the sexual assaults being discussed in the news cycle. The profits from the song were donated to #TimesUp.
Then, this past July, a group of women from all walks of life gathered one Sunday in a former Episcopalian rectory in Brooklyn, NY under the direction of choreographer Noemie Lafrance to create an explosive video to accompany the song. The cast, production and set crew were comprised of over 60 women from the New York area working on both sides of the camera. Many of the cast were performers with little or no film or stage experience from Palmer’s extensive internet fanbase.
Today, the music video for “Mr. Weinstein Will See You Now” is released. Palmer wanted to release it on October 5 to mark one year to the day since the New York Times exposed Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual harassment.
WATCH THE VIDEO FOR “MR. WEINSTEIN WILL SEE YOU NOW”
“For an entire day, a congregation of women worked together to create a collective battle-cry response to this moment in time,” says Palmer. “Working on this project fundamentally changed me inside. The act of running, sweating, laughing and filming with this group of powerful, determined, and shamelessly naked women was a stark reminder of what we are capable of doing when we join forces, roll up our sleeves, take off our masks, and create.”
Director Noemie Lafrance (who Palmer tapped for this project after seeing her work with fellow songwriter Leslie Feist) says: “How does one talk about rape, or even harder, illustrate it in a music video? It is too painful of a subject, and in many ways a taboo subject. What inspired me about the song is that it dared talking about rape in all of its different shades of grey. There is a line in the song that particularly moved me: ‘…let’s get this over with’ because it explores the fine lines of coercion. I felt that in the context of the Weinstein story it encapsulated the real sadness in this for all parties. I wanted the video to reflect that and be about the sadness, rather than the atrocity.”
Palmer utilized her crowdfunding resources to create both the song and the video: she is supported by over 11,000 people on the newly minted crowdfunding platform patreon.com, where she is paid an average of $3 per patron, per month, to create ambitious, collaborative and eclectic multi-media work.
“The fact that this video was essentially crowdfunded through my patreon is no coincidence,” says Palmer. “Female artists are grabbing back creative control by going straight to the people who want to hear their stories and voices. My old major label would have never, EVER signed onto this idea. I can just imagine going into their offices and saying ‘Hey, I want to make a strange, operatic duet about sexual assault and just release it to the Internet next week, for free to the public. Oh and the video – which will also make no profit and be totally unplayable on most channels because it’ll be nude and graphic – will cost about $40k that you’ll never see again.’ They would have laughed me out of the room.
That is why crowdfunding and patronage are becoming so insanely powerful right now: feminist art and expressions like this are essential, and cannot be about making a profit. We need to be able to create powerful artistic statements without having to appease a toxic and corrosive marketplace.”
Jasmine Power, who co-wrote and sang the song with Palmer (and appears, as Palmer does, as an ensemble player in the video), says: As we directed the chorus members through our song chorus, I felt this overwhelming emotion come over me as I gazed into the eyes of each and every woman singing along. There were moments while watching the monitors where I felt shudders of pain and sparks of excitement run through my entire body. The day felt powerful, dark, fearless and then light when I would respond to a grateful smile of another woman on set, as she would say ‘thank you for writing this’. I hope my children will watch this video one day and be relieved that times have changed.”
Palmer adds, “We rented the space from an Episcopalian church – which felt poetic to me, having been raised as a little choir girl in that lineage. We were worried for a minute that the minister – who was a woman – was about to shut down the production, because she was looking at our outdoor warm-up from across the street and looking concerned. Then she came over to the set, watched what we were filming, and asked if we would please come back to screen the finished video for all the women of her congregation. Women are rising up, everywhere. Change is happening at every level.”
For more information, please visit: amandapalmer.net/mrweinstein.
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Here are statements from some of the cast members:
“Sweating and screaming and running and repeating carved through parts of me that have been stagnated and congealed for ages. Trauma runs deep in this body. So does connection and creation. I bonded and felt and lived. Since the shoot I’ve written new songs. I’ve cried, a lot. I’ve made choices. I’ve changed. Healing and integration are happening.”
Vie I. Paula
“Through the tears, I sang as loud as I could for all women across time. What a chilling, moving and oh so empowering experience. We stand strong, together.”
“Choosing to get naked on camera is always a big happy fuck you to the horrific ‘purity culture’ I was raised in, which pits women against each other and shames them for virtually everything.”
“At 49, I thought I was immune, but no. Breastless, facedown, alongside my husband in couples massage, I was sexually assaulted. First time since gang rape at 19. Men of this country, shut up and step up.”
“Women are powerful. Women working together are unstoppable.”
“We didn’t lip sync – we sang our fucking guts out. The energy in the room was palpable and radiant – strong enough to move fear and shatter the emotional entrenchment, the forced compartmentalization and the shame. This wasn’t just a video production – this was change happening at the most fundamental level.”
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photo credit: Hayley Rosenblum
AMANDA PALMER AND DIRECTOR NOEMIE LAFRANCE UNLEASH VIDEO FOR "MR. WEINSTEIN WILL SEE YOU NOW"