Shiver Me Timbers

Amanda Palmer: The new RECORD, ART BOOK, and TOUR

A project in Boston, MA by Amanda Palmer

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Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra are putting out an album. Pre-order it / get more info on the art book & gallery tour, here!
Backers: 24880
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Funded: $1,192,762 of $100,000
Dates: Apr 30th -> May 31st (32 days)
Project By: Amanda Palmer
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The crowdfunded cult of Amanda Palmer

December 13th - via:
You don't set Kickstarter and Patreon records without genuine connection. And controversy. (Read More)

The New Era of Independent Artists

January 10th - via:
In 2012, Amanda Palmer broke the Internet and became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. With the rise of crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter has come a deeper democratization of the arts, where art is no longer reserved for the elite few. (Read More)

Is Amanda Palmer the Prototypical Artist of the Future?

April 29th - via:
Is Amanda Palmer (who turns 40 today!), queen of pop-up concerts, kickstarter, and social media, the prototypical artist of the future? (Read More)

Amanda Palmer: $1.2M Kickstarter “Was Actually A Loss Leader”

April 21st - via:
There’s a new Amanda Palmer feature at Forbes in which she discusses her recent crowdfunding exploits at Patreon, Spotify, Taylor Swift, and much more. But the most interesting (read: outrageous) part of the story is when Palmer reiterates that she “pretty much broke even” on her much-criticized $1.2 million Kickstarter and characterizes it as a “loss leader,” i.e. the ultra-cheap CDs and DVDs Best Buy sells to get you in the door and sell you appliances: “The dirty secret of my Kickstarter is that it was actually a loss leader leading to Patreon.” (Read More)

The Heart of the Matter: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking

December 31st - via:
Part artist manifesto, part confessional, part feminist memoir: Amanda Palmer's The Art of Asking, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Let People Help is a thoughtful treatise on the spectrum of giving and receiving help from others, in whatever shape that may take. (Read More)

What Amanda Palmer Learned From Stripping And That Kickstarter Backlash

May 10th - via:
In addition to writer, musician, performer, ex-Dresden Doll, Ted Talk-er, Twitter superstar and Kickstarter millionaire, Amanda Palmer has had some other interesting job titles over the years — though the one that best led to her success in the new music economy was her stint as a stripper. (Read More)

"the bed song book" is not imaginary, it's coming!! (soon, we promise)

February 6th - via:
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Crowdfunding 101 for Entrepreneurs

January 15th - via:
This concept has made the traditional method of trying to raise financing -- from wealthy individuals or big corporations like Warner Bros. -- on its ear. And that is a godsend for entrepreneurs! (Read More)

Amanda Palmer: Musician, Nude Model, Scientologist, D#*$hebag

September 16th - via:
I realize that there is a lot going on: the Middle East is in flames, our Presidential election is coming down to the wire, the economy is sputtering, magazines are publishing nude photos of British royalty....let's talk about something important. I was recently made aware of the Amanda Palmer phenomenon. (Read More)

lots of newses + a video from me & kyle cassidy about THE BED SONG BOOK!

August 2nd - via:
hola comrades! it's been quite some time since last i poked my head in here.....mais VOILÁ, here's an update mostly covering "the bed song book" (which was a $1,000 backer reward) as well as some general little newses on what i've been up to…thank... (Read More)

Does Amanda Palmer have all the answers?

July 5th - via:
Web-savvy musician Amanda Palmer has become an oracle for a frantic music business treasure-hunting for answers. The street performer turned- Dresden Doll-turned-solo act-turned-Kickstarter million dollar fundraiser- turned TED talk sensation talks about her DIY philosophy (Read More)

Amanda Palmer: visionary or egotist?

June 22nd - via:
She gets her fans to play in her band for free, retweets praise and wrote a terrible poem about the Boston bomber. Is singer Amanda Palmer a free-spirited visionary – or a deluded egotist? (Read More)

the art book & the art auction for a non-profit + a video from me saying hi. HI.

June 6th - via:
my dear ones..... i've missed you.real quick like: i've still been semi-based in cambridge for the past few months....running around doing one-off house parties...i'll send you guys a bunch of tasty house party pictures (and links to blogs) in one... (Read More)

Kickstarter America's next war!

June 4th - via:
Got an email this morning from the pressing plant down in OC that is stamping a three-song vinyl single I recorded earlier this year. Ready next week--hoo-hah! As I did one of these last year also, the drill begins again--mailers to vinyl specialists and radio and first and foremost, to the backers of this project. "SHE" is the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign that I did last year. (Read More)

PS 122 Gala Honors Kickstarter, Amanda Palmer and More

May 23rd - via:
The Performance Space 122 Spring 2013 Gala will celebrate three pioneering women: celebrated chef and author Gabrielle Hamilton, Councilwoman Rosie Mendez and musician Amanda Palmer. The Shining Star Award, PS122's community award to those who greatly support the performing arts community, will be presented to Kickstarter and its co-founders Charles Adler, Perry Chen, and Yancey Strickler. (Read More)

Zach Braff on His $2 Million Kickstarter Project: 'I Had Nothing to Lose' (audio)

May 3rd - via:
The "Garden State" director talks "Veronica Mars," anxiety over hitting the crowd-funding goal and answering all his critics. Zach Braff has heard the arguments about why he shouldn't be using Kickstarter to fund his new film. But he doesn't buy his detractors' logic. (Read More)

Loic Le Meur breaks down the ‘sharing economy’ that is driving superstars Lyft and Kickstarter

May 2nd - via:
Recently at the TNW conference in Amsterdam, Loic Le Meur regaled the audience with a detailed keynote on the sharing economy, its growth, and how, whether or not you want to, you cannot avoid it. What is driving the sharing economy? Not to spoil the excellent speech, but a few of the key reasons include a sluggish economy and problems involving choice. If you want to get your mind around a key, and rapidly growing sector of not just the technology market, but also the economy as whole, Loic has you covered. (Read More)

the make-up tour dates (UK! EUROPE! OZ/NZ! FESTIVALS!) and a house party question.

April 3rd - via:
hola comrades! at long last, the tour dates i cancelled are re-scheduled (plus there are some awesome EXTRA appearances all over the place)!!! hopefully everyone will be able to come to the make-up shows but i DEEPLY apologize in advance if anyone... (Read More)

Kafka on Kickstarter: Crowdsourcing, Capitalism and Art

April 1st - via:
From the Kickstarter-fuelled resurrection of Veronica Mars to Amanda Palmers art of asking, the influence of crowdsourcing is impossible to ignore. Can it provide a new perspective on the relationship between art and money? (Read More)

you, me, and the TED talk.

March 7th - via:
hola kickstarter comrades - dear lord, okay....if you missed it, i did a TED talk called "the art of asking":'s been up on the TED website and youtube for about 5 days and between them it's had over a million views. (and if you don't know what... (Read More)

here it is....the BED SONG VIDEO, plus the NEW RECORDING of the track.

February 14th - via:
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Why Would You Ever Give Money Through Kickstarter?

February 8th - via:
For about three years, between the ages of 12 and 15, I spent much of my free time on Internet forums devoted to the collectible-card game Magic: The Gathering. It became an obsession, consuming my mind and becoming the only thing I wanted to talk about. (Read More)

Who Backs The Backers on Kickstarter?

February 8th - via:
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding site where creative people ask for money to complete projects. “It’s the creator’s responsibility to complete their project,” says Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler. Not every project will pan out; “that’s just the nature of making things.” But Jason Pointin, editor of MIT Technology Review, says the lack of a refund mechanism makes it ripe for a scam. (Read More)

the STATE of THINGS, five months on...the BED SONG, and HI....I'VE MISSED YOU.

February 7th - via:
HOLA COMRADES... how the hell are you beautiful 24,883 people?first of all, hi, i love you. i've missed you. in this update, i have Many Things to Share!!!: 1 -the new "bed song" video and track.2 -what the hell i've been up to for five months.3... (Read More)

Is Kickstarter a band’s path to total creative freedom, or just a lazy shortcut?

January 27th - via:
Kickstarter gives bands a chance to wave off traditional record labels and record or tour the way they want to. But as some indie musicians filled us in, even with a smooth-talking talent scout, the site comes with plenty of its own pitfalls. (Read More)

How Fund It and Kickstarter turned artists into artistic chuggers

January 26th - via:
The fundraising sites are great resources for great ideas, but what happens with less inspiring plans? It didn’t take long to kill the golden goose. When crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Fund It initially emerged, a couple of years ago, they were widely welcomed. Here was a fantastic, innovative way to raise funds for cultural and artistic projects. (Read More)

Kickstarter launched 18,000 projects in 2012; 17 raised more than $1 million

January 11th - via:
Kickstarter reports that its 2.2 million members pledged more than $319 million in 2012, up 221 percent from the year before. But more striking, perhaps, is the scale of some of Kickstarter’s latest success stories. While no project had raised $1 million at this time last year, 17 projects passed that mark in 2012. (Read More)

Kickstarter Guy Wants $5M to Get Daniel Stern to Play 'the Spin Doctors Guy'

January 11th - via:
After all of the drama caused by Kickstarter campaigns last year — re: Amanda Palmer, and Animal Collective's Deakin — it's nice to see someone using the crowd-sourcing service for what its makers intended: as an avenue for unknown entities to make their dreams hilarious jokes come true. Atlanta resident Daniel Nadolny is attempting to raise $5 million in a month so that he can write and film a Spin Doctors biopic that stars bumbling Home Alone villain Daniel Stern as singer Chris Barron, because they look similar. (Read More)

It's Time For The Backlash! Is Kickstarter Becoming An Etiquette Problem?

January 11th - via:
I now receive a minimum of one Kickstarter campaign solicitation in my email in-box every week. It feels a little like blackmail. I’m torn. Really torn. If I don’t do you, will you ever do me? I’m talking about funding your Kickstarter campaign, of course. (Read More)

Digital Music News - Good Morning! Kickstarter, CES, eMusic,, Pandora, Winehouse...

January 9th - via:
Music was a gigantic part of a gigantic 2012 for Kickstarter, according to year-end stats shared by the company. Amanda Palmer was unsurprisingly among biggest success stories, though music has the most successfully-funded projects of any other category. In total, 5,067 music projects were funded, out of a broader total of 18,109 (with a pool of $274 million contributed). Overall, Kickstarter funding more than tripled in 2012, which means now might be a great time to pitch a music-related project. (Read More)

Kickstarter Pledges Topped $320 Million In 2012; Site Names Year's Top Projects

January 9th - via:
Kickstarter, the crowd-funding site that pairs indie-minded entrepreneurs with online investors, funded more than 18,000 projects in 2012, according to its end-of-year analysis. The site says more than 2.2 million people pledged nearly $320 million, with 17 projects raising more than $1 million. (Read More)

Kickstarter Campaigns Reap $319M in 2012

January 9th - via:
While Kickstarter’s hardware projects made headlines in 2012, film and gaming ideas (of both the video and board variety) were the real cash magnets for the crowdfunding site, raising a combined $176 million. (Read More)

What a year Kickstarter had in 2012

January 9th - via:
What a year Kickstarter had in 2012. Tim Schafer's Double Fine kicked the crowd-funding website into orbit back in March, raising more than $3 million to make an old-school adventure game. (Read More)

The Best of Kickstarter 2012

January 8th - via:
From groundbreaking projects to inspiring stories, 2012 was a year of many memorable moments on Kickstarter. To celebrate the year that was, our team put together this look back at some of our favorite projects and moments. We hope you enjoy! (Read More)

The Best Kickstarter Projects In 2012

December 31st - via:
Three years in, has Kickstarter lived up to its promise to disrupt entrepreneurship and artistic patronage? We look at some of the top Kickstarter projects from 2012 to find out. (Read More)

17 Million-Dollar Ideas On Kickstarter

December 29th - via:
Kickstarter is a place where entrepreneurs and artists can post ideas and raise money from other users. (Read More)

A Kickstarter Year in Review: Boston’s Best, Coolest & Weirdest Kickstarter Campaigns of 2012

December 19th - via:
Since its inception on April 28, 2009, Kickstarter–the powerhouse funding platform for creative projects of all stripes–has, by its own account, seen over $350 million pledged by more than 2.5 million people, funding a total of more than 30,000 creative projects. In 2012 by my tally, 378 Boston-area Kickstarter projects have reached their target funding goals. Quite likely more still have joined the ranks since my count. That’s the beauty of Kickstarter–boundless opportunity, openly decided upon by your peers. (Read More)

In My Room, KS help, live WEBCAST from NYC, and THE KILLING TYPE video...

September 7th - via:
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August 29th - via:
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THE KILLING TYPE: vivisected

August 9th - via:
(written august 8th, for delivery august 9th to kickstarter backers before anyone else) hola comrades. the whole band just spent 3 CRAZY FUCKING days in oklahoma city at flaming-lips-land with wayne coyne and his amazing video crew and arty entourage... (Read More)

The State Of Projections

August 2nd - via:
Hello my fellow data addicts. Today I wanted to touch on the progress of the experimental projection cone chart. As some of you may have seen a few weeks ago, I added a tabbed interface to the charts so the experimental charts were a little less top-secret. (Read More)

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