"It's probably one of the weirdest thing if not the weirdest thing that's ever happened to me," said Simone. "I was not even on the cusp of writing a book, or an article or a short story or anything."Brooklyn singer/songwriter Alina Simone is not only celebrating the release of her new album Make Your Own Danger tomorrow (6/9) at Joe's Pub, but also her first book of personal essays, You Must Go and Win. She'll be reading from her book in addition to performing with a band that includes Conrad Doucette on drums. Alina's longtime friend Amanda Palmer will be a special guest at the show. According to Amanda's twitter, tickets are almost sold out.
The resulting book is a collection of funny, cynical essays on meeting sketchy producers off of Craigslist, her obsession with Skopsy, a Russian castrati set, and battling fleas in her Williamsburg apartment. [The Brooklyn Paper]
Alina Simone is also performing at Largehearted Lit: Singers Who Write, Writers Who Sing tonight (6/8) at WORD in Brooklyn with Wesley Stace (aka John Wesley Harding). In July she'll appear at the second Girls Write Now benefit at Brooklyn Winery (7/14) with Deb Olin Unferth, Jami Attenberg, Maud Newton, and Kio Stark.
Amanda Palmer has some of her own upcoming shows as well. She plays a show at a secret location in Boston on 6/25 (details at her site), and NYC-area shows at Maxwell's on June 22 and The Bell House on June 23. Both of those NYC-area shows, both with Sarah Borrello and Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, unfortunately sold out before we even realized they were announced to famous Amanda's 500,000+ Twitter followers.
Speaking of which, Alina started videotaping her friend Amanda 12 years ago. "She wanted to be famous" and "succeeded", says Alina in the video of lost 1999 footage she recently posted to Youtube. Check that out below.
All dates, some videos where Alina's friend Eugene Mirman gives her book marketing advice, and Alina's video of Amanda Palmer, below...
Alina Simone 2011 Dates
6/8/2011, WORD, Brooklyn, NY Largehearted Lit w/John Wesley Harding (and traditional Doukhobor treats prepared by the Brooklyn Baker) 7:30 PM
6/9/2011, Joe's Pub, NY, NY, CD & Book-Release Party, 7 PM w/. guest Amanda Palmer
6/13/2011, The Make Out Room, The Rumpus Monthly Reading/Music Series, San Francisco, CA, 7:30 PM
6/14/2011, Alexander Book Company, 12:30 pm
6/15/2011, The Record Room, Portland, Oregon
6/16/2011, Los Angeles Public Library ALOUD series, In conversation with Eric J. Lawrence, KCRW DJ and Music Librarian, 7 pm
6/20/2011, Brookline Booksmith, Brookline, MA
6/21/2011, Space Gallery, Portland, ME
7/14/2011, Brooklyn Winery, Girls Who Write benefit, Brooklyn, NY w/Deb Olin Unferth, Jami Attenberg, Maud Newton, and Kio Stark
8/18/2011, McCarren Park, 3 Minute Story: Sex, Drugs and Rock n Roll, Brooklyn, NY
9/17/2011, The Book Mill, Montague, MA with Jedediah Berry. 8 pm.
Amanda Palmer 2011 Dates
06/09/11 New York, NY Joes Pub (as part of Alina Simone's show)
06/22/11 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell's
06/23/11 Brooklyn, NY The Bell House
06/25/11 Near Boston, MA ???
08/25/11 Edingurgh HMV Picture House United Kingdom
08/26/11 Glasgow The Arches United Kingdom
09/01/11 Brighton Concorde 2 United Kingdom
09/02/11 London Heaven United Kingdom
09/05/11 London ??? United Kingdom
09/06/11 Vienna Arena Austria
09/07/11 Amsterdam Melkweg (The Old Hall) Netherlands