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NY Super Week, the lead-up to NY Comic Con, is almost upon us, running from October 3 - 12 at places all over NYC. Since we last posted about it they've added a LOT more events. Among them:

--James Murphy and Pete Tong at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 7 (tickets): Coffemaker James Murphy and famed UK DJ Pete Tong will trade sets after a conversation with Endgame: The Calling author James Frey.

--"Rock Comic Con" at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on October 9 (tickets): High-concept geek-friendly bands Kirby Krackle, Harry & The Potters, and Math the Band play songs about comic book characters, Harry Potter and...math.

--Cast Of Star Trek: The Next Generation Moderated By William Shatner at Hammerstein Ballroom on October 10 (tickets): Jean-Luc, Geordie, Data, Q, Troi, Dr. Crusher...pretty much everyone except Whoopie Goldberg and Will Wheaton.

--'Harmontown Live' at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets): The creator of Community (and writer of cult pilot Heat Vision & Jack), Dan Harmon will record a live edition of his popular Harmontown podcast featuring roleplaying games with special celebrity guests TBA.

--"Ask Me Another" at 92 Y on October 10 (tickets). The popular WNYC show (a mix of gameshow, music and comedy) tapes live with special guest Neil Gaiman.

--The Karate Kid 30th Anniversary Cast Conversation and Screening at 92 Y on October 11 (tickets). Has it really been 30 years since The Karate Kid? Join Ralph Macchio, William Zabka ("Sweep the Leg" Johnny), and Martin Kove (Sensei Jon Kreese) as they talk about the making of the film after a screening.

Super Week also boasts the Nickelodeon reunion with Polaris, Startalk Live! with Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Mirman and Malcolm Gladwell, and and a whole lot more Super Week. The full schedule is here.

Matt Groening

The Brooklyn Academy of Music has announced:

Bestsellers, trend-setters, celebrities, visual wizards, and story-tellers converge at BAM in three wide-ranging, one-night-only events in the winter of 2015. Filmmaker Miranda July discusses her debut novel with Lena Dunham; legendary cartoonists Matt Groening and Lynda Barry compare storyboard ideas; and authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler present a no-holds-barred evening of camaraderie.

Tickets go on sale September 29 (September 22 for Friends of BAM). For ticket information call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100 or visit www.BAM.org.

The exact schedule is listed below:

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Amanda Palmer at Terminal 5 on NYE 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Amanda Palmer

As mentioned, Amanda Palmer and her fiction-writer spouse Neil Gaiman are doing An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer, "an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises," in NYC at Town Hall on 11/23. That show has sold out, but they've now added a second show happening on November 22 at the same venue. Tickets to that show are not on sale yet, but you can check Ticketmaster for updates.

Updated Amanda Palmer tour dates are listed, along with a video, below...

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Amanda Palmer just played the closing weekend of the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival. She's going to be spending the next couple months on tour overseas, but upon return she's teaming with her husband for a special night called "An Evening With Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer" at Town Hall on November 23. It's "an intimate night of spoken word, songs, stories, chats with the audience, and more than a few surprises." Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/23) at noon with an AmEx presale beginning Wednesday (8/21) at noon.

All Amanda Palmer tour dates are listed below...

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photos by Amanda Hatfield

Amanda Palmer
Amanda Palmer

There were a ton of great New Year's Eve shows in NYC, but no doubt one of the craziest ones was Amanda Palmer's Terminal 5 show. The show began with a set from Jherek Bischoff (who also plays as a member of Amanda's band) joined by string players, followed by The Simple Pleasure (which included members of Amanda's Grand Theft Orchestra), who were then followed by Skella (aka bellydancers Belladona and SuperKate). Then finally Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra came on for their first set, which included mostly original material from Amanda's solo project and Dresden Dolls, in addition to the theme from '60s kids show Fireball XL-5 (in tribute to its creator, Gerry Anderson, who just died) with help from husband Neil Gaiman and a cover of Bat For Lashes' "Laura."

Then Amanda left the stage for a set by Ronald Reagan ("Boston's Premiere '80s Pop Saxophone Duo") and then finally the clock struck midnight and confetti cannons were shot off into the venue. Then Amanda and her band returned to the stage to perform Prince's Purple Rain in its entirety and a two-song encore. She was joined by John Cameron Mitchell of Hedwig fame for two songs including Prince's "Darling Nikki" and a cover of Hedwig song "Midnight Radio" in the encore. During the Purple Rain portion. And before the encore the venue was graced one more time with confetti.

The full setlist and more pictures from the show below...

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photos by Bryan Bruchman

Amanda Palmer

In a Gowanus parking lot Thursday evening, author Neil Gaiman was standing near the adult-film star known as Stoya, discussing fundraising techniques.

Mr. Gaiman and Stoya were at an impromptu party thrown by Amanda Palmer, cult favorite singer/songwriter and Mr. Gaiman's wife, to celebrate the end of her campaign on Kickstarter, a crowd-funding website. Ms. Palmer, best known for founding cabaret punk band the Dresden Dolls, had asked for $100,000 to fund her next album, but she'd wound up raising over $1 million. Stoya, a longtime friend, will star in Ms. Palmer's next music video. [WSJ]

After her surprise Gowanus block party on Thursday (3/31), Amanda Palmer switched to rock show mode for a private loft performance for her high-level Kickstarter supporters. (She also revealed the name of her new record: Theater is Evil.) It sure looks like it was fun. See for yourself. More pictures from Amanda's loft performance are below.

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Evelyn Evelyn

Evelyn Evelyn, Amanda Palmer's new project with Seattle musician/busker Jason Webley, NYC composer Sxip Shirey and other artists know for their vaudevillian and just general wacky ways. They'll be hitting the road this April, May and June. The show travels Europe and North America, and includes a six-night run at NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre from June 8-13. Ticket info coming soon.

The album is co-produced by Amanda Palmer and Jason Webley, and is out now in a bunch of different packages (including an 11 million dollar offer to travel the world from Himalayas and Antarctica to Western Massachusetts). The concept behind the project is that the two Evelyns are a ("fictional"?) pair of conjoined twins.

EVELYN and EVELYN NEVILLE are a songwriting duo performing original compositions on piano, ukulele, guitar and accordion. The sisters are parapagus tripus dibrachius twins, sharing three legs, two arms, three lungs, two hearts and a single liver.

Born September 11, 1985 on a small farm on the Kansas-Colorado border, the Evelyns have traveled the greater part of North America performing with "Dillard & Fullerton's Illusive Traveling Show". Their unique musical style is inspired by their many eclectic influences - from 80's music to showtunes, Joy Division to the Andrews Sisters.

The sisters currently reside in Walla Walla, Washington. They are fluent in chicken and their favorite colors are purple and yellow.

Songs are streaming on the project's Myspace.

The record's extensive list of guests and all tour dates (with details on how to hook the touring band of 5 people up with lodging and food) are below...

Continue reading "Evelyn Evelyn is Amanda Palmer & friends - new album & tour dates including 6 nights @ NYC's Lucille Lortel Theatre"

photos by Zach Roberts

Amanda Palmer

"She did a mix of her solo songs with Dresden songs, some old cabaret standards. A really sad song about a woman growing up and missing her mom now that shes gone. It made me cry. She did a funny song about a pirate too.

It wasnt just a regular concert though. Amanda read snippets from her boyfriend Neil Gaiman's book titled Who Killed Amanda Palmer. Its a really cool book that I totally need to get. Its basically a photo book of Amanda dead in different scenarios and stories that go along with the pictures. She read a story about a guy in a hot air balloon with his girlfriend and he was typing a novel with a typewriter and the picture is Amanda in a field with a typewriter on her head and groceries to the side. It was cute.

She also did a question and answer period. I was bummed because I found out there was a fishbowl where people could submit questions and had I known I would have put in a few haha. She answered about 4 which was awesome.

Also during the tour, at every show she has artists doing drawings and painting during the concert. Towards the end of the show, she auctions them off. Well there were two artists and both paintings went for 300 each! Pretty damn nifty." [Natalia]

Franz Nicolay and Sxip Shirey joined Amanda Palmer and the Nervous Cabaret for the show at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Saturday night (11/14). Franz played a show at Southpaw on the same night and he plays again with Demander and Hoots & Hellmouth at Mercury Lounge tonight (11/16).

Amanda and friends covered "That's Not My Name" by the Ting Tings at the show. A video of that and more pictures below...

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photos by Dese'Rae L. Stage

Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman

[Wednesday] night after an impossibly drizzling/humid day, Neil Gaiman & Amanda Palmer performedat Housing Works Bookstore as a part of SPIN's "Liner Notes", an event that combines a musician and an author to discuss creativity. This was the second event of the series, the first being Augusten Burroughs with Tegan (of Tegan & Sara).

The set opened with Gaiman reading a section from he and Palmer's soon-to-be released book Who Killed Amanda Palmer? The piece seemed to be a preface or at least an opening story to the book, a collection of photographs of Amanda Palmer dead with short stories by Gaiman.

After the story, Palmer launched into "Astronaut", the first song off the "Who Killed Amanda Palmer?" album, a great choice. [cupcake witch]

Amanda Palmer plays a much bigger and proper music show tonight, June 5th, at Highline Ballroom. Housing Works is having a street fair this weekend. More pictures of Amanda and Neil at Housing Works, including one of what looks to be Amanda holding up a naked picture of herself, below...

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Amanda Palmer & friends @ Coachella (more by Darren Kim)
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"Musician Amanda Palmer and author Neil Gaiman will co-headline Liner Notes, an event at Housing Works Bookstore Café on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, to celebrate the cross-pollination of music and literature and raise funds for Housing Works, a New York-based nonprofit organization. The event will be presented by SPIN and its SPIN.com Book Club, and will celebrate the upcoming release of Palmer's photo book Who Killed Amanda Palmer, with text by Neil Gaiman and photos by Kyle Cassidy & Co. "
I don't see tickets yet Tickets are on sale. The show is two days before Amanda Palmer plays Highline Ballroom. Her high school play shows are this weekend.

Bjork and Dirty Projectors are playing Housing Works this Friday.

Amanda Palmer

As previously reported, Amanda Palmer is hard at work preparing her own high-school musical...

I am going to be performing in an original play with music titled "WITH THE NEEDLE THAT SINGS IN HER HEART" at lexington high school. the show is inspired by the album "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel and is being written (and we're almost done!) by me, the cast and my former drama director and mentor, steven bogart.

performances are May 7, 8 and 9 at the LHS theater. doors at 7:30. show at 8. $5 for students. $10 for the general public. come. come come come.

Tickets for With the Needle That Sings in her Heart are on sale now. Palmer has been posting frequent updates on her blog and Twitter account about the production of the show and other tidbits, such as this description:
using "in the aeroplane over the sea" by neutral milk hotel as an inspiration, the kids (a cast of 20) have been putting together a play through improvisation. the process started about a month ago and i've been in the last two weeks of rehearsals helping shape the plot and characters and create the musical accompaniment, mostly songs from the record played live. often with me playing the instruments, but the whole cast and some extra musicians will be presenting the music....
Palmer's next live show is at Coachella on April 18th. She also has a show scheduled at NYC's Highline Ballroom on Friday, June 5th (tickets on sale April 17th).

As Pitchfork recently reported. Amanda is also making a public effort to get dropped from her Roadrunner Records contract. She even sings a song about it to the tune of "Moon River". Check out the video below. In a letter to Bob Lefsetz she wrote:

my label-dropping game has become very fun. please pray for me.

it's a lesson in how the future of music is working - fans are literally (and i mean that....literally) lining up at the signing table after shows and HANDING me cash, saying "thank you".

i had to EXPLAIN to the so-called "head of digital media" of roadrunner australia WHAT TWITTER WAS. and his brush-off that "it hasn't caught on here yet" was ABSURD because the next day i twittered that i was doing an impromptu gathering in a public park and 12 hours later, 150 underage fans - who couldn't attend the show - showed up to get their records signed.

no manager knew! i didn't even warn or tell her! no agents! no security! no venue! we were in a fucking public park!
life is becoming awesome.

Cellist Zoe Keating, who toured Australia with Palmer in early March, will be performing with Palmer at Coachella. The pair recently covered Muse's "Time Is Running Out" live (video below).

Palmer is also releasing a Who Killed Amanda Palmer book -- "a fine art hardback book of "photographic evidence" with contributions from celebrated blogger and photographer Kyle Cassidy, Beth Hommel, Tegan Rain (of Tegan and Sara) and many others. Fictional stories to accompany the photographs have been penned by best-selling author Neil Gaiman." That book will be available for pre-order on Palmer's website starting Monday, April 20th at noon (cover art above).

Full With the Needle That Sings in her Heart press release, plus Palmer singing an impromptu song with John Wesley Harding at SXSW and other videos, and all tour dates, below...

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Stephin Merritt

MCC Theater presents Coraline, a musical with music and lyrics by Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Merritt's delightfully creepy and playful melodies and droll lyrics tell the story of lonely Coraline's discovery of another parallel world that is identical to her own -- with some scary differences. An animated film version of the story, based on the popular children's book by Neil Gaiman (author of the international sensation Sandman and 2009 winner of the prestigious Newbery Award) is currently in theaters. The production, which was adapted for the stage by celebrated downtown actor/playwright David Greenspan is the world premiere of Coraline for the stage.

Performances will begin at the Lucille Lortel Theatre (121 Christopher Street, NYC) on May 7 and continue through June 20, 2009. [press release]

Tickets for the show are on sale, as are VIP tickets. (There are also student & under-30 rush tickets available the day of each show). Samples of Merritt's Coraline songs can be heard above.

Spider-Man Turn Off The DarkIn other rock musical news:

Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark, featuring direction by Julie Taymor (Across The Universe, Frida, The Lion King on Broadway) with music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy Award-winners Bono and The Edge (from U2) will be holding open casting calls at major cities across the country starting next week. [press release]
The NYC audition is scheduled for Monday, April 13th at The Knitting Factory. Details on the casting call and info for other cities, below.

Advance group tickets are already on sale for Spider-Man, set to open February 18, 2010 at the Hilton Theatre.

Other bands with musicals in the works include Green Day, who are turning their 2004 album American Idiot in a Broadway show. About the adaptation, Billie Joe said to Entertainment Weekly:

It's about coming of age in a really politically-driven climate. It's pretty chaotic, and it's not by any means a conventional way of [doing] a musical. And that's why I liked [American Idiot director] Michael Mayer so much because of what he did with Spring Awakening. When I saw that for the first time I was like, this is not your grandparents' musical. He's going for it. He has a sense of anarchy in the way he approaches his craft.

Will the show have dancing?
Not "dancing" dancing. I don't know how to really explain it. It's got physical and violent moves. It's not like a Lion King thing. It's dirty and it's got a lot of heart and it's got a street mentality. There are no singing cats. No little girls with big curly red hair. It should be pretty cool, man.

Those aren't the only acts making the switch: Yeasayer guitarist Anand Wildeis working on a musical as well. And Amanda Palmer is in the process of producing an Airplane Over the Sea-themed high-school play, opening May 7th at Lexington High School in Lexington, MA.

Full Spider-Man press release below...

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Amanda Palmer

As a way to flesh out the story and evidence of her upcoming solo release, Who Killed Amanda Palmer (scheduled for release on September 16 on Roadrunner Records), The Dresden Dolls' Amanda Palmer is teaming up once again with long-time video collaborator Michael Pope. The pair has scripted and shot six music videos that collapse together into a short feature film with mysterious segues and recurring clues and objects, which will be posted on a bi-weekly basis on YouTube starting July 1st. Simultaneously, an audio-only version of the song will be streamed on her Myspace page - http://www.myspace.com/whokilledamandapalmer - to allow her fans to hear her new material as soon as possible.

Throughout her career, Amanda has worked independently of her record company to supplement her record-making activities. An album-companion picture book, penned by best-selling author Neil Gaiman and featuring the works of several photographers, including many self-portraits of Palmer herself, is slated for a fall release. Additionally, Amanda will be playing five solo piano shows in the US and three international shows in August, spotlighting songs from the upcoming album.

Four of those solo shows already happened. The fifth one is tonight (August 11th) in NYC. All dates below...

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Tori Amos comic book

Okay, so the blood part is just a rumor (that I just started)....

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