pixies piano covers
best house party ever
pixies piano covers
best house party ever
SAN FRANCISCO AREA - TOWN HALL MEETING, this tuesday at 5pm.
dear comrades…i is calling a Town Hall meeting. the folks at BitTorrent have been kind enough to offer us their space, and will also help me pick our brains.
this idea just emerged a couple days ago…BitTorrent invited me to their offices, i’ve been wanting to hold a town hall, and bam, we’re doing it.
goal? to talk openly about how i’m going to release music over the next year (i’m wide open to ideas), about the Internet in general, streaming vs downloading, its impact on artists, and the future as built by us, motherfuckers.
December 10, 2013
5:00 - 7:00pm
303 Second Street, 6th Floor
space is VERY limited: we’ve only got room for 30-40 participants, plus there will be a handful of BitTorrent folk. we will be filming the event and hopefully streaming, stay tuned for that. yes i’m going to bring the ukulele and play some songs because obviously.
it looks like we’ll also be joined by fellow DIY music-ally and old touring friend of mine (and poetry brothel mistress) @ZoeBoekbinder.
if you want to come, listen, share, throw down…there’s a survey here. we’ll pick a handful of folks who seem like a good mix.
(needs to be in by 5:00 PM PST on Friday, December 6, 2013.
guests will be notified by 2:00 PM PST on Monday.)
"You can make a performance better in the editing, but you can sure tear passion to tatters with the scissors.
What would you do if you were a painter, and you gave your painting over to someone, and then you saw it in an exhibition and they’d cut seven inches off the top of it? And the corner was painted red. We thought it would be better red. But that wouldn’t happen.”
"A few years ago, my mother asked what I’d like for my birthday. I had enough socks, slippers, and ties. So I said: "I don’t know, get me a ukulele." It kind of fell from the sky into my head. And she got it for me. I started playing it and now my kids are into it. So we’ve gone ukulear in the house.")
-Gary Oldman in this @EsquireMag interview “what I’ve learned”:
FELLOW BOSTONIANS. voting has ended for the 2013 Boston Music Awards. THANK YOU for all your support. there are still a limited number of tickets available for the actual event on december 8th.
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the dresden dolls with three fans after an all-ages ninja gig in christchurch, new zealand.
Anonymous asked: Aren't you concerned that this concept album is offensive to disabled people and abuse survivors? Personally, I'm sickened by the thought that this is going on.
This is a touchy subject, and not an easy answer. It took a while for me to respond to this, and I spent a few days mulling this over.
A lot of Amanda Palmer’s work is about context and knowing her purpose, which is especially important for Evelyn Evelyn. This album and this show were never meant to offend in its portrayals of abuse and disabilities.
A lot of people were upset by Amanda and Jason’s backstory when the album came out (and the articles debating it still exist if you google them), mostly saying how the story that Amanda and Jason found and are helping the sisters perpetuates the stereotype that disabled people need help from able-bodied people. While this may be apparent if you dig deep enough into metaphor, it is not done with that purpose.
If you’re going to dig into metaphor, try this: the sisters aren’t conjoined just to be disabled, but their condition is used thematically to push their objectification as women, children, and celebrities. It should be noted that their story involves a search for a personal identity, something we touch on in the show in relation to the song “Evelyn Evelyn”. Separated identical twins often struggle with identity in real life, so their conjoined nature exaggerates this facet of twin life to an ironic extent.
This show, and AFP and Jason’s backstory (if seen offensively), does not have a real happy ending…because adolescents’ search for an identity doesn’t work like that. The girls are put through abuse and controlled by crazy adults consistently, and in the duo’s conceit perhaps that doesn’t end. Trauma takes much longer to recover from; you can’t just upload music you made secretly and get famous from it and be happy forever.
As for the hinting at child porn and physical, mental, and sexual abuse…I’d have to quote Amanda and say that “art making people uncomfortable isn’t’t a good thing, or a bad thing. it just is.” In our retelling of the tale, we will not censor the story. There is a lot of implied abuse; from being raised in a cage, to porn/sex slavery, to objectification as a sideshow, to working in a motel boiler room in exchange for shelter…these girls go through a lot. But every time they are faced with an awful situation, they become strong enough to overcome it, and that’s what’s important. That’s what an audience should take away.
Strength comes from overcoming difficult circumstances
Adults don’t always know what’s best for their child, and often forget that their child is more important than their needs
Love is not always innate, we often find our own families
This story at its core is also…..not real.
It exhibits a lot of elements of Absurdism (like A Series of Unfortunate Events or Kafka’s Metamorphosis), where things don’t always happen for a reason, but the characters have to deal with the situation. My point - sometimes there is none.
I’m not glad that art can offend like this, but I am glad when it creates discussion
I’m sure you remain steadfast in your opinions, but I hope I quelled something and we can continue with a clear conscience
Peace, love, and theatre,
Henry Willis Ballard
(blog moderator, writer, producer, and asst. director)
literallyadeadperson asked: Do you still have your Amanda Palmer tattoo flash designs? I'm thinking about your sweet The Killing Type one...
Yes! I intended to do a series, but I never got past these two.
You have my blessing to have it tattooed - I just ask for pictures!
Reblogging to make sure Amanda sees it…