Due to the Shadowbox's 20,000 character limit this Q&A session has been split up into two parts.
(Note - Amanda started this Q&A on her Blackberry phone in the van before switching to a computer at the venue. For now this will only have the ANSWERS from the Blackberry Q&A part as Twitterberry, the Blackberry application Amanda uses to access twitter on her blackberry, does not show which tweets Amanda is @ replying to. I will edit them in here as I get them, please bare with me.)
[EDIT - wow, can't believe I'm able to actually find these Questions. After this I'm going on a twitter hiatus, fuck you twitter! It's a love/hate relationship. Haha this is taking over two hours to do, but at least I'm listening to some new music
.]TUESDAY MARCH 24, 2009 - Boredom in van on the road with @vermillionlies spawns a spontaneous @amandapalmer twitter Q&APart 1 of 2
(This I believe is the first Q&A)do you get the same amount of profit off online purchases as purchases at the merch booth at shows?
@Leerie good question. Whether you buy shirts at shows or online, I make approx the same $. Very different from CDs&vinyl, which you(more)Amanda says:
(...more) should ALWAYS buy at shows or direct from my webstore. I make much more money from the those sales vs. buying @ bestbuy/walmart.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383227185How about purchasing CDs/vinyl from smaller, locally-owned shops? Do they cut you any more than large chains, or is it about the same?
@mspotamus buying in indie shops is heaps better than from evil bigboxes, but buying direct pays me waaay more. It cuts out all middlemen.What about buying through Amazon?
@lovehound buying through amazon is the equivalent of a bigbox. Anyplace the label supplies cds to another outlet, I lose profit. (More..)Amanda says:
....The reason buying is better at indie/local shops is purely karma. I don't make any more $ than if you bought the same thing at bestbuy.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383309106(Question unable to be retrieved due to user's account being protected/locked updates)
@miklos believe it or not, i see no profit from itunes or any other legit digital outlets. not telling you to download shit for free. but.Amanda says:
....Also its important to know why this is the case....jason webley or @zoecelloe DO make profts from itunes b/c they're independant...http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383349883Amanda says:
I am on a major label trip. This means they will take all of those profits until they pay themselves back the money they spent on the dolls.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383355800Amanda says:
This is getting ridiculous, I should write a blog about this, its too complicated to squish into 140 character blocks. Meanwhile...http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383359894Amanda says:
I'm so fucking bored in the van. Anyone have any questions that can be answered in 140-character blocks?http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383363161does it work the same buying concert tickets from your site instead of ticketmaster
@cobra427 its better to buy your tickets direct through my site than through ticketmaster. But there's not always the option.(Question unable to be retrieved due to tweet being missing/deleted)
@HeatherAdlerMSN here in the van of love we've been listening to the lisps, the shins, new orleans bingo show and shenendoah daviswill you have free tickets for st pete show on thurs?
@stalkingcat yes. I'll be giving away tickets every show day for the rest of this tour....where is brian?
@polkadotfaerie brian is currently in nyc and rocking out with world/inferno friendship society. Amazing band, go see them.how many miles are on your van?
@riskybizness there are currently 94,951 miles on the bio-diesel friendly @vermillionlies van of love[note- original question tweet exists in two parts]Since you're on the subject of album sales, would you consider putting out a "tip jar" at your shows, a'la Danger ensemble...
...for any of us who pirated the album, and want to make good with AFP?
@Rev_Sputnik just you wait. I have a fantasy that my next tour will involve a very creative tip jar element for all those who have pirated.Amanda says:
You guys will never believe this but abc news in new york literally just called to interview me about twitter. This shit is on fire.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383549538When will tickets go on sale for the LHS spring show and how can the general public get them?
@Shakti672 tix for the neutral milk hotel play at lexington high school with afp won't go on sale for a few weeks. Get on mailing list....I'm an editor at MSN...we should do an interview about Twitter over Twitter some time. It will be totally meta.
@HeatherAdlerMSN totally meta! Email beth to set up an interview: email@example.comBuying direct from the artist always makes the artist more money, but best buy is good for spreading to a bigger audience.
@mikalg soon, when I write the musicbiz blog to end all blogs, I will explain how everything works from agents to publicists to money.How did you originally meet Annie of St. Vincent? It was a bonny surprise to see you on stage together last year.
@matthewglidden I met annie of st. Vincent through our mutual friend (and my soundguy) dave "psycho" hughes about 2 years ago.Amanda says:
Ok, gang. Everybody tweet it: @amandapalmer is taking live questions until about 4:30 EST because she's really bored in the fucking tour vanhttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383634723Amanda says:
RT @Dissentertainer @amandapalmer money quote for ABC: "It's not necessarily healthy to know 50,000 people" :-) http://tinyurl.com/c2qdqnhttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383640140Amanda says:
In fact, EVERYbody needs to be on the mailing list. Fuck twitter, fuck myspace & facebook. I need your email. http://bit.ly/afpemailhttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383642063Will there be another Album released soon?
@hom0milk i have to wait and see if I can get dropped from my godforsaken label. I will find out in mid-june. Then I will make plans.I sometimes forget that mailing lists still exist.
@lollerskating DO NOT FORGET about the importance of The Mailing List. essential. twitter, facebook: these thingsare fleeting. Email stays.What's it like working with Pixie Vision? I have the opp. to buy a photoshoot with her soon.
@prismkitty she's fantastic to work with. its a personal style question. Her aesthetic has to turn you on. Look at all her stuff and decideWhat is your definition of "art" OR how do you feel art connects people with each other/with themselves?
@Thatcrazywyles "art" is anything you call art. Love works the same way, kinda. The minute you start defining it, you've missed the point.Amanda says:
all you asking "when are you going to play in...."?....sign the mailing list. I sometimes give updates on the blog before I confirm dates.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383680996how come you sing with a brittish accent?
@tommysinartra if it sounds like I sing with a brit accent, blame robert smith, depeche mode and my other heros. Its awful when I'm drunk.Biz question: Do you know what your breakeven point is for a gig? Do you split the door? Or play for a flat fee? Or...?
@cjplaysbass can be a door deal, sometimes flat fee, or a combo. Sometimes that flat fee is $1k, sometimes (festivals) its as high as $15k.I'm about to go to the library, can you recommend a book for me to check out?
@_rubberducky_ read "the unbearable lightness of being" by kundera.how is your foot these days? (Saw you in October when all crutched up.)
@skittledog little foot's been sad, healed but then in australia I started limping. It needs a real rest, off the road. Thanks for asking.what was your favourite puppet/stuffed animal/toy as a kid? still have it?
@sylviaaa_k nothing got as much serious love as joey (nee gabriel herbert) my cabbage patch kid. I still have him and he still smells yummyA fun one: If you could be raised in any family of celebrities (from the Kardashians to the Manson cult), which would it be?
@helloxjed if I could be born into an art family? Maybe the coppolas. I'd kill to be the progeny of lou reed and laurie anderson.how come i can't find any of the dresden dolls music videos on youtube?
@jinx81558 all dresden dolls have been lifted from youtube because of a penis war between youtube and marner music. See my blog for detailsi get tons of velvet underground allusions in "blake says". intentional?
@katy_cakes yes, intentional. There was a verse of david bowie references too, but I cut it. How many can you count?another student (Hanah) wants to know if you have ever fallen off the stage. It's our lunch break and we have joined the tour.
@csdaley I have never fallen off stage but my seat has collapsed beneath me....several times. Sort of funny but also not.boycut, bikini, or thong. which is best, andwhy?
@doll_revolution I personally prefer boxerbriefs. For myself AND my loved ones.[note- question asked in two tweets]
What do you think Eraserhead represents?
Or means, rather.
@xironsiderx I think its dangerous to spend time interpreting the work of @david_lynch. Just take it in,no questions. For real. He'd agree.which of your songs do you enjoy the most?
@its_confusing depends what you mean. There are ones I love listening to and ones I love playing. Half jack is one of my all time faves.how long have you been playing piano? Lessons vs self-taught? First song you learned?
@captainkimothy I started playing piano when I was three. My mom sat me on her lap and I copied her hands. I never learned to read music.You, Zoë, and Jason should do a version of La Valse d'Amélie.
@frankispeace funny you should say that. Me, jason and @zoecello are planning a musical jam-out week this fall. We will webcast.I'm curious, why do you feel that way? Because it's his work and his alone to interpret?
@xironsiderx you can feel free to interpret, but yes, I don't think his work works that way. Its like trying to nail down a dream.What do I tell people who ask about the "WHO KILLED AMANDA PALMER BOOK" we did -- release date and how to preorder?
@neilhimself The afp/neil gaiman book will be ready for pre-order within next fewweeks. SIGN THE MAILING LIST at amandapalmer.net to (more)Amanda says:
get the word, since we're only printing 10k copies. And neil, I want a better question. That was boring.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383847476When you're on tour, do you get to do what the fuck you like, or does the label try and organise everything?
@ForsakenDAemon the label actually has nothing to do with my tour, except occasionally setting up promo/radio and press. Touring is all me.is it weird when people dress up to look like you at shows, then try to make out with you?
@Justdusted the funny thing is that making out with someone dressed in a black dress & striped tights is like kissing myself in 2005. Hot.Any piano players you admired growing up?
@KoffeeGuy you know, I had very little concioussness of other piano players as a kid. The only one I looked up to was thelonious monk.Mac or PC?
@PirateDave89 are you kidding me dude. Mac. Mac. All mac all the time. Mac party.Amanda says:
kim from @vermillionlies is going to tweet a picture of my current position from her iphonehttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383882619****************************************@vermillionlies tweet**************************************
This is @amandapalmer twittering away.. It has nothing to do with boredom. We are really exciting 24/7! http://twitpic.com/2eyodhttp://twitter.com/vermillionlies/status/1383898014***********************************************************************************************[note- question is in 3 tweets/parts]
don't you think twitter is a bit creepy? i read tweets (?)from demi moore and now it's like: well, i always suggested that...
she is a little dumb and now she proofs it to the whole world and can't take it back! and almost is doing it! i don't like it
almost everybody of course
@Seeraeuberoma yes, twitter is totally creepy. I also thought myspace was creepy. People in the 1940s also thought phones were creepy.what was the name of your old college radio show? Did you use a DJ name?
@sourlullabies my old radio station was WESU, 88.1fm in CT. I was a dj there for 2 years. Someday I'll dig up old recordings and stream.if you had to be one, would you be deaf or blind?
@BananaPeelVinyl I've often wondered this. I think I'd rather be blind. Then I could be like ray charles or stevie wonder. Not beethoven.at your Seatlte concert, I got on a mailing list. Are there multiple lists for different cities?
@corprew there are different mailing lists for every city, but usually I address them all at the same time.what is the last thing you want to do, right before dying?
@AnneAnnebelle right before dying? I'd like to hold the hand of someone I love and say nothing.Amanda says:
my blackberry just died but is now resurrected.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383962520Amanda says:
Kim posted photo of right now at @vermillionlieshttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383965366
[***note: @vermillionlies' twitpic is posted above between the *'s]okay. A not-boring question. Why make art?
Thank you for your more interesting question, mr @neilhimself. Because if I didn't make art, I'd be trying to get love in much scarier ways.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383976166are you wearing your fucking seatbelt?
@corsa180 yes I am wearing my fucking seatbelt for fucks sake.What sort of yoga practice do you manage while touring?
@MarcLehman my yoga often suffers on tour, but I often drop in to local studios I find online. If I'm good, I roll my mat out wherever.Amanda says:
Currently listening to betaband. Amazing.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1383994323[note- this question exists in two tweets/parts]
You mentioned you met just Tori Amos. As you are both pianists, how would you describe the difference between your styles?
By which I meant, "you just met Tori Amos". And etc.
@tiffanymaxwell I could go on about afp vs tori amos.I think you can hear the main style difference is that she comes from classical world.Amanda says:
Kim of @vermillionlies is now officially fielding twitter questions from the backseat of the van on her macbook. Go go go.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384015450Blackberry... where is the iPhone?
@PCDS I had an iphone for one month and I hocked it. I couldn't type as fast as on blackberry. But, camera was better and I miss the apps.When do you ever sleep?
@bekitty its not that I don't sleep, its that I don't do anything while I'm awake but twitter anymore.(Unable to retrieve question as user has since protected/locked their twitter account)
@brainy I'm using my blackberry and kim is using a verizon wireless modemAs a huge Ben Folds fan (like, his BIGGEST fan), how much were/are you inspired by his music?
@mrseb I wasnt actually an educated ben folds fan when we met. I think that was useful for being able to work with him, I didn't fan out.who is driving?
@lanceperkins zoe from @vermillionlies is driving and jaron (my soundguy) and kim are in the backseatAmanda says:
My thumbs are sorehttp://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384052155Does it weird you out to know there are at least probably 50 unshowered and naked people waiting on every update from you?
@mitrepeak are you kidding? I'm in alabama & just went to a gas station with t-shirts for children saying "I am a miracle of god" on them.whos ur favourite artist in the charts right now?
@ismiseciara I don't know who's in the charts now but I can assure you I ain't heard of 90% of it. I like that coldplay song from 2003.where do you want to retire to some day?
@whittles half the year in new york city, half the year in melbourne australia, baby.Hey AFP, do you think you'll ever turn to acting? I could see you doing a Björk film like Dancer in the Dark...Rich Eno x
@RichardEno I've thought about doing filmy things, but its kinda boring, I'd rather do stage. But only short runs of something awesomeAmanda says:
We're almost at the venue.....http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384092172(Unable to retrieve question due to user changing their account settings to protected/locked updates)
@markwforbes the bible belt is scary and the gas stations ominous. But the people are fucking nice & the shows are loud and outta control.do you think there are limits to what can validly be considered art? if so, what are they?
@billyocracy again, art has to be subjective. The minute you define, you kill. So answer it for yourself and ask your friend. That's it.do you ever have to block creepy people on twitter?
@BeckySmithster I don't block anyone on twitter. Anyone annoying just gets ignored.when/where was the first time you felt you had really connected with an audience, weather it was 1 person or 1000+?
@krystlewallis the first time I felt connected with an audience was playing with brian in early dolls days. Before that I was terrified.Amanda says:
We have arrived at the workplay theater in alabama and I have to load in. But we've gotten so many questions (thousands, literally) that....http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384138174Amanda says:
....We're going to do a live webcast from here at 7 til 730 after soundcheck. Partyontheinternet.com. Send questions, we'll pick and choose.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384143154Amanda says:
I fucking love the future. Fuck everything. Fans => twitter => artist => twitter => fans. End of story.http://twitter.com/amandapalmer/status/1384156632don't stop twittering, you make my day.
@RANDALLLLLLLLLL must stop twittering. i have to eat. i really shouldn;t eat and twitter. but it's SO MUCH FASTER now that i have my mac up.When you are staying at hotels have you ever stolen, towels, teapots or copious amouts of biscuits and tea?
@Starlighthair can't stop. eating&twittering. it's like drinking&driving. somebody help me. the answer:YES. i steal towels & all bath items.