Wednesday, May 22, 2024

A free download of the new Amanda Palmer single, “Do It With a Rockstar” is here, and her new album with her new band, The Grand Theft Orchestra — the first in four years, since splitting from her record label — can be pre-ordered at her website.

It was all done through social media and Kickstarter, and Kickstarter is now the only way to get tickets to her otherwise sold-out six-city tour. It’s planned as a series of intimate performances alongside a visual exhibit featuring 30 artists, including Shepard Fairey, Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, David Mack and Cynthia Von Buhler — all part of a two-year global release plan along with the usual burst of videos and remixes.

“I’ve been waiting what seems like ages to release this album, trying to figure out how to serve it best, since I think it’s the best material I’ve ever written,” Palmer said. “I’ve been experimenting with self-releasing little projects for a while, learning as I go, and my team knows enough now to self-release a massive record.”

Her Kickstarter also offers the album in different formats for a variety of prices, including a deluxe CD and LP version of the album with 7-inch singles, hand-painted turntables and two coffee table books featuring art from the group exhibit. Fans can get “house parties” ($5,000), VIP tickets to private, semi-acoustic performances during the art gallery tour ($300 per ticket) and a chance to spend the entire day with Amanda (solo, or with her band) during which she will wine and dine the fan and stage a day of art involving portrait painting or a professionally shot, fully styled photo shoot with the band and the fan ($10,000). In some ways, Palmer’s come a long way since her Harvard Square performance art roots; in other ways, same Amanda Palmer.

This post was written from a press release.