surprise, my loves. i’ve been working on this project for over two years, and it’s finally ready.
it’s a short film culled from about 25 hours of footage taken all across america on a hi-8 camera by my friend alina simone, when we were in our early twenties. the older i get, the less i take this shoebox of footage for granted. it caught something usually uncatchable: a brutally honest portrait of the artist as a young man (woman, bride, whatever).
the original video for “Strength Through Music”, which was on my first solo album Who Killed Amanda Palmer”, was shot on location at and featuring students from Lexington High School, Lexington, Massachusetts, USA. we filmed it back in 2008 as a response to the mass shootings at columbine high school. people were shocked and horrified at columbine, and gun laws didn’t change. newtown happened, and laws didn’t change. since then, school shootings have become regular. commonplace. part of “life”. there is a school shooting in the US ALMOST EVERY DAY. it’s got to stop. we made this new version of the song and video, featuring the names of those murdered at marjory stone man douglas high school – and newtown elementary, and columbine high school – as a response to this ongoing insanity. the thousands of dollars that this remix will earn on my patreon page will all be donated to March For Our Lives (marchforourlives.com/) which is taking place on march 24th, and the song is also available on bandcamp for $1 – all of that money will be donated to the march as well. i hope it helps. we have had enough. #NeverAgain
shot, cut & directed by Michael Pope
produced by BriAnna Olson
music and lyrics by Amanda Palmer, from “Who Killed Amanda Palmer”
produced by Ben Folds
engineered and mixed by Joe Costa
piano and vocals – Amanda Palmer
synthesizers – Ben Folds
2018 vocal engineer (recording of list of names) – Marco Benevento
it’s judy blume’s 80th birthday and i have a brand new awesomesauce video and essay up today on the huffington post.
this is jason’s directorial debut for another artist and i think he KILLED IT. a local new orleans filmmaker, sean o’grady, also came on super-last minute and did a stupendous job with a fantastic local crew (on almost no notice).
JUDY BUME OVERLOAD. but that’s okay. it’s her goddamn 80th birthday and why not. so you get to watch…and read.
some of you may have noticed on The Social Media that i was part of a podcast series last week called “I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats” with Welcome To Nightvale’s joseph fink and john darnielle (who is the gorgeous songwriting force that is The Mountain Goats). i covered a song called “The Mess Inside”. there’s an official video. read more about the making of the video HERE
this is an odd one; a documentary(ish) about the trip that i took last christmas (2016) to cuba with jason webley, jherek and mayumi. the trip was a shot in the dark…i barely knew anybody down there, and through various connections through TED (mostly through meeting andrés levin, an artist who helped me out on the ground with just about everything), i flew down and made a lot of shit up as i went along. we played a show with an all-female string ensemble named camerata romeu, we made a bizarre music video with a ton of cuban artists using my patreon funding, and we explored what was happening.
this was webcasted LIVE from Union Chapel on november 16th featuring jherek bischoff, plus a quartet! this show was immensely powerful: it felt like a perfect culmination of all the Things this year. jherek and i did some newly-arranged and live material we’ve never tried before. the feeling in the room was warm as warm can be and the audio and visual quality is IMPECCABLE!! patrons can view the full webcast HERE.
while the headlines blare on about the distractions du jour, we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement **on record**. an unprecedented 65.6 million people around the world have been forced from their homes. among them are nearly 22.5 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. this past spring of 2017, i traveled to lesvos, greece, where i worked with a small NGO and saw the continual plight of families and children living in limbo with a scarcity of help and resources while the world marches on without paying attention.
meanwhile, i worked on this song recorded in tasmania, australia, with generous assistance from the MONA museum and began an brainstorm and partnership with the spanish performance artist abel azcona. we recruited dozens of volunteers from across spain, france, the UK and elsewhere in europe to take part in the performance. these volunteers weren’t professional actors, they simply answered our call and wanted to loan their time and hearts to this cause. the video was filmed on location in tarragona, spain. we cannot thank the volunteers enough for their travel, time and generosity in making this clip.
the entire film crew and all the production costs were funded/backed by my 11,000 patrons. without them, nothing. if you’d like to join our tribe and help us make more art all around the world, join here: www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
ALL digital proceeds until Nov 30th will go to BecauseWeCarry.org, a small dutch NGO that helps feed, clothe and assist refugees landing and living on the island of lesvos, greece.
song – amanda palmer
direction & performance art – abel azcona
video art – abel azcona with the special collaboration of cameras and edition team: polarizador estudio; kiko prado, carlos coronado
photography abel azcona with the special collaboration of cameras and edition team: polarizador estudio; kiko prado, carlos coronado
syrian actors – sally el boukhari + kaoutar el boukhari
artist assistants – sara berga + anna crespo
video & photography assistant – alba rodriguez
hair & makeup – amanda ariza
THANK YOU TO ALL THE PERFORMANCE ARTISTS:
emilio josé miras
sthéfane de souza
jon de los arcos
ricardo de pascual
mª laia velázquez
maría belén martínez
aimee van vliet
aino julia lópez
the official video for Grown Man Cry, directed by australian director Steven Mitchell Wright (The Danger Ensemble). made RETROACTIVELY THANKS TO THE BEAUTY OF PATREON….
this video was powered and paid for by a community of over 11,000 people. if you’re one of them: THANK YOU! WE MADE A THING. if you aren’t, we would love you to join our art-family HERE: http://patreon.com/amandapalmer.
grown man cry appears on the kickstartered-album Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra: Theatre Is Evil which you can download for FREE/pay-what-you-want on bandcamp: https://amandapalmer.bandcamp.com/alb….
Music, piano, lyrics, vocals: Amanda Palmer.
Guitar and Synths: Chad Raines.
Drums & Programming: Michael McQuilken.
Bass: Jherek Bischoff.
Directed and Designed by Steven Mitchell Wright
Shot and Edited by Andy Green
Costumes by Arnavaz Lindsay and Steven Mitchell Wright
Lighting by Ben Hughes
Featuring: Chris Beckey, Joshua Brandon, Nicole Harvey, Jack Hutchison, Thomas Hutchins, Jo Loth, Cienda McNamara, Elle Mickel, Shynae Ryder, Lucinda Shaw, Peta Ward and Bridget Webb
Assistant Director: Damian Tatum
Stage/Set Management: Jeremy Gordon and Tamika McDonald
Assistant Camera Operator: Dion Smith-Phasey
Associate Producer: Bri Zammit
Executive Producer: Eloise Grace
recorded live for webcast at the legendary HEAVEN nightclub in london on june 13, 2017 during the “i can spin a rainbow” world tour.
Amanda joined Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots, to co-write an entire record of songs from scratch in the summer of 2016. For the streams/downloads and story behind the album, go to http://amandapalmer.net/icanspinarainbow.
Amanda Palmer: Vocals & keys
Edward Ka-Spel: Vocals, Keys & Electronics
Patrick Q. Wright: Violin
Joep Hendrikx: Live Sound & Live Audio Recording
Audio Mix by Petra Randewijk & Joep Hendrikx at Studio in the Nude
Vision Edits by Phil Andrews at Streaming Tank
Special Thanks to Dan Rabin athttp://www.thecircusspot.com.au for the use of his venue, to Jens Altheimer for the use of his equipment, to Tim Elliott for behind the scenes photography, to Tim Elliott and Lauren Cruickshank for props and assistance, to all the people who donated clothes and fabric, and to Deborah James and Robert Murray for baby wrangling. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Directed by Chiara Ambrosio “”http://www.acuriousroom.com”
Puppeteer: Mikey Kirkpatrick
Lighting: Julius Beltrame
Set and puppet design and construction: Chiara Ambrosio
Shot on location at The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury, London
this song is based on a poem by margaret rucker, who was an obscure poet from everett, washington, and who was
discovered in the bottom of a dumpster by chicken jon and brought to life by jason webley in his kickstarter project “margaret”.
a video postcard from havana, december 24th, 2016. This video production was made with funds from 9,000+ patrons.
THANK YOU TO ALL YOU PATRONS…i mean, look at this. using your patronage, we employed about 50 local havana artists, actors, painters, costume designers, dancers and film crew to make this, and we also filmed a ton of behind the scenes and we’re currently doing interviews with a ton of these (and other) havana locals…we’ll release that documentary soon. if you want to become part of this amazing art family and support more work, we would LOVE TO HAVE YOU. join at: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
This project, which brought together over 50 Cuban and American crew and visual/performing/costume artists, was made possible through direct patronage from over 9,000 people.
To my patrons: THANK YOU. To everyone else: please consider joining us so we can keep making All The Things together forever.
Conceived by Amanda Palmer & Andres Levin
Directed by Andres Levin with Jason Webley and Amanda Palmer
Produced by Andres Levin/Habanico/Music Has No Enemies
“The Angel Gabriel” – Traditional Basque Carol, Paraphrased by Sabine Baring Gould. Setting: Edgar Pettman.
Recorded by Amanda Palmer at Mad Oak Studio, Allston, MA.
Engineer: Benny Grotto.
Production Coordinator – Verónica de la Torre
Director of Photography – Tousaint Avila
Editor – Joaquin Portocarero
Costume designer – Celia Ledón
Art Direction – Andres Levin
Hair and Makeup – Rogelio Conde
Production Assistants – Roque Carlos
William Ulises Gascon
Camera Assistant – Douglas Fernandez
Assistant to Painter – Carlos Jimenez
Assistant to the Queen – Julio Alcala
Drivers – Jose Gandul
Jose A. Soto
Making Of – Juan Carlos Zaldivar
Jesus – Andros Perugorria
The Angel Gabriel – Roxana Macia
The Man – Jose Alvarez Calero
The Kids – Jorge Nonell
Maria Fernanda Gavilan
The Queen – Juan Felipe Sanchez
Amanda Palmer (as herself)
The Archangel – Guadalupe Blazquez
Jean D’Arc – Justine Marzack
The Tourists – Laura Sanford
Anna & Ingrid Mattinger – (as themselves)
Tatoo Women – Mercedes Ciria
The Musicians – Jason Webley (as himself)
Jherek Bischoff & Mayumi Heider (as themselves)
The Dancers –Zeleidy Crespo
(courtesy of Acosta Dance Company)
The Painter – Alejandro Pińieiro
…and a special appearance by Ash (as The Baby)
The finished painting will be available soon announcing further art-driven collaborations with Cuba…stay tuned.
Special thanks to Neil Gaiman, Livia _____ Hugh Howey, Maria our AirBNB hostess, Nick & Courtney at Fame House, and Superkate, Bill H & Hayley at AFP central.
Limited prints of this original artwork by Vladimir Zimakov, with *all proceeds* benefitting PEN america (an organization that defends and protects the rights writers and journalists, sorely needed in the upcoming era of Trump) available here:shop.amandapalmer.net/products/limited-edition-cohen-print
a special treat for you on halloween…here’s a stop-animated version of “wynken blynken and nod”…
with special thanks to the generous folks at https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer who funded this collaboration.
Directed, designed, animated, by Chiara Ambrosio
with the invaluable help of Mikey Kirkpatrick
with many thanks to Kim in Hudson
and special thanks to SuperKate for all her help
“It had been a few years since I directed the “Evelyn Evelyn” animated video, and when Amanda sent me the recording of “Wynken, Blynken and Nod” with her dad, I was immediately transported to the charmed space of childhood, where dreams and nightmares mingle, where curiosity, tenderness, fear and wonder all collide to transform and enchant the world.
My short animation became a journey through these spaces: the mercurial landscapes of childhood, the familiar corners of home magnified, subverted and transformed into mysterious new lands through the lens of the imagination.
A paper moon, a match-box vessel, a paintbrush forest, a mythical land of milk and glass, a painted bedroom jungle!
Combining analogue, handmade animation techniques- drawing, cut-out, stop-motion, and life-size painting- Wynken, Blynken and Nod escape the pages of the book that contains them and become the surreal and bizarre embodiment of a child on an intimate quest to conquer his own vision.
The film follows full circle and ends where it begins, but, as in the best of stories, nothing will ever be the same again!”
video concept by amanda palmer, art & costume direction by nicholas kahn, jim batt and kim boekbinder behind the camera!!!
shot over one, long, beautiful and crazy night in upstate new york with a little help from our friends jason webley and the cast from “welcome to night vale”.
no babies were given any sedatives for the shooting of this video.
this video was funded by the good people of https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer! thank you so much, my patrons!!!!!
this cover (originally by Phil Ochs) was included on the folk-y covers album i made with my dad, Jack Palmer: “You Got Me Singing”.
the song was originally written after the harlem riots of 1964. my dad, who also re-wrote a few of the lyrics to the song, wrote a bit about it on Medium here: http://bit.ly/2aZYFDv
it is with extreme glee that i present ‘You Got Me Singing,’ which is my very first fully-patron-backed album. listen / read the whole back story on the official project page/home: bit.ly/JAFP-YouGotMeSinging
DAD RECORD DOCUMENTARY TIME. directed by none other than michael pope….who came and visited us in the studio while me and my dad made ‘You Got Me Singing’, a collection of cover songs (leonard cohen, sinead o’connor, richard thompson and many more). i wrote a deeper story (and its available on CD / vinyl and whichever service you use to purchase or listen to music) HERE: http://afp.lnk.to/DADRecordID
Here I am again, thing in hand….and this one is quite personal and beautiful. listen / read the whole back story on the official project page/home: http://bit.ly/AFPLaura
Performed by Amanda Palmer and Brendan Maclean
“Laura” Written by: Natasha Khan, Justin Parker
Piano: Amanda Palmer
Vocals: Amanda Palmer & Brendan Maclean
Produced by Paul Mac
Video Directed and Edited by: Larry Heath
Cameras: Johnny Au and Larry Heath
Filmed in The Spiegeltent at Sydney Festival 2014
Photo: still from the film of “Laura” live at Sydney Festival 2014 by Larry Heath
Design: Brendan Maclean
A huge THANK YOU from me & Brendan to the 8,000 PATRONS on https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer who funded this recording and are giving these artists a salary.
(And ….this is a good time to thank Brendan for being so patient (TWO YEARS) for this recording to finally surface. All Things in their own time.)
i just released a cover of “purple rain”, with the added lyrics from the intro of “let’s go crazy”, with my brother Jherek Bischoff. listen / read the whole back story on the official project page/home: http://bit.ly/AFPurpleRainpage
this project was made possible by over 8,000 people supporting the making of true independent art at https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer.
please join so that we can make more of the things we love.
all proceeds of this download (until further notice) will go to the ELEVATE HOPE FOUNDATION, a non-profit that provides therapy through music for abused and abandoned kids…supported by prince and founded by sheila e: http://www.elevatehope.org/
from the covers collection “You Got Me Singing” by Jack & Amanda Palmer, available for pre-order NOW exclusively to my Patreon supporters. you can become a patron and access the pre-order for as little as $1 at http://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
Album pre-order will be available on iTunes and Amazon starting may 16th!
Jack & Amanda Palmer – “You Got Me Singing” tracklist:
1. You Got Me Singing (Leonard Cohen and Patrick Raymond Leonard)
2. Wynken, Blyken and Nod (Lucy and Carly Simon)
3. Again (Melanie Safka)
4. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning (Richard John Thompson)
5. Louise Was Not Half Bad (Tom T Hall, written by Paul Siebel)
6. Black Boys On Mopeds (Sinead O’Connor)
7. All I Could Do (Kimya Dawson)
8. In The Heat Of The Summer (Phil Ochs and Jack Palmer)
9. Pink Emerson Radio (Kathleen Edwards)
10. Skye Boat Song (Traditional)
11. Glacier (John William Grant and Thorarinsson Birgir)
12. I Love You So Much (Noah Britton)
this work was made possible by the amazing 5,000+ supporters at my patreon,
who are all pitching in as little as $1 to allow us to MAKE ALL THE THINGS!
join our patreon community to support more art like this, and to get the blogs & content
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here’s the link: https://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer
thanks to maria popova for the connection to Logan Smalley and Gerta Xhelo at TED.com for leading me to avi!
and special thanks to Neil Gaiman for hearing this voice memo, laughing his head off, and
supporting the idea. may he come out from behind the trees someday, or at least have a fun party
convention with all the other Ones of Him
hola comrades!!! here it is, for all to enjoy…the FULL edited/cleaned-up webcast from the dresden dolls free show april 18th, 2015 – at rough trade east in williamsburg, NYC, for record store day.
this filming/webcast would NOT have existed without the patrons over at http://www.patreon.com/amandapalmer waving us down the DAY before the show and asking if they could pay for a webcast to happen – so a huge-ass special thank you to all you guys for footing the bill so that we could do this show, get paid, pay the crew, and have it preserved forever! LIFE IS WONDERFUL. if you want to join the patreon, please do, it’s bringing our community together really beautifully.
and thanks to nick from fame house, eric, superkate, chris from streaming tank, the folks at funkadelic NYC for the rehearsal space, and the rest of our team for being so awesome and making this all happen!
sex changes (from “yes, virginia”)
Ultima Esperanza (from “no, virginia”)
Mandy goes to Med school (from “yes, virginia”)
lonesome organist rapes page turner (from “no, virginia”)
half jack (from “the dresden dolls” self-titled debut)
war pigs (black sabbath cover)
coin operated boy (from “the dresden dolls” self-titled debut)
sing (from “yes, virginia”)
girl anachronism (from “the dresden dolls” self-titled debut)
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art by Malleus Rock Art Labs THE DRESDEN DOLLS RETURNETH, and this time we mean fuckin’ business. we’re gonna play in our old stomping grounds and then go show donald trump and the rest of the clowns in that swamp what the fuck is up. and if i may say so myself: if you’ve only… Read more »
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