Saturday, September 25, 2010

Impossible Girls Collide

On September 14th I checked into a rented room in Brooklyn, NY. The room was in a warehouse complex of studios, filled with artists from around the world working in different mediums who were all staying for varying lengths of time. On the desk I found an informative sheet that listed everyone who was staying and what they were working on. The first thing that caught my eye was: - "Hey," I thought to myself, "I'm impossible, that sounds like a place for me." So I checked it out. And that is where I found The Impossible Girl. The (other) Impossible Girl is a 36 part melodrama about a fashion designer and her rockstar boyfriend. Which has deliciously painted art and has just been published into a book.

My brain did this really neat thing then that felt like collapsing and expanding all at the same time. As though suddenly everything made sense and stopped making sense at once. As it comes together it falls apart. KABOOM!

Ok, look: "The Impossible Girl" is a good name, I'm totally willing to share it with other creators. Of course other people will think of these things, and have, and will again. But there are two Impossible Girls, one is a book, one is an album, and they are both being launched at the same time. And their respective creators - from different places in the world - all ended up staying in the same house in Brooklyn at the same time. 

Of all the gin joints in all the world in all of the universes and all of the time had to walk into mine. 

There are differences of course. But damn. And SHAZAM!

I started to write an email to the creators of the story but then I felt really strange; like I was a fictional character writing to my authors. Suddenly unsure of how to proceed I abandoned the missive and just went for a lie down while my brain did laps around the universe.

A few days later I met one of my authors on the rooftop garden. Nikki, the writer, was delighted and took me down to meet her partner, Chris, the painter. We walked into their studio where he was engrossed in painting a large canvas.  Nikki announced, "Hey, I've brought The Impossible Girl."

Chris turned slowly from his work, said, "Yeah...right..." Then looked at me startled as I handed him the postcard with my album art that states clearly who I am. And he looked a little bit like his brain was doing what my brain had been doing when I first discovered his art.

Then we drank vodka. And they came to my NY show and I went to their book launch/art show closing party and we all marveled at the world and talked and had a lovely time. They're off to Mexico next and I'm off to Berlin. And I may never see them again. But we're linked in our imaginations. We both dreamt up the same girl.

And she is me. And not me.

She is The Impossible Girl.


And The Impossible Girl has RAD t-shirts!

In pink or green ink on black organic cotton, for girls and boys and everyone else too!

Buy them HERE

Thursday, September 23, 2010

My first music video with Jim Batt

 Vimeo: Watch full screen HD!

Or Youtube: Watch full screen HD!

In July I flew to Melbourne, Australia to work on music videos with the wonderfully talented Jim Batt. This is the first of five videos we shot in July. We're also working on an animation for "The Organ Donor's March" with Molly Crabapple.

Collaborating with Jim has been a wonderful experience and I am incredibly happy with our first public outing, "Impossible Girl #2." I'm looking forward to the continued collaboration and new art expeditions.

There are no computer effects in this video, all the magic happened as it was shot. Nature conspired with us that day and made some extra swirly things happen. The wonderful matador jacket came from Rose Chong's Costumes in Melbourne.

It is always helpful and wonderful to have comments on the video pages. So leave your thoughts on youtube or vimeo if you please. And, as always, sharing is caring.



Wednesday, September 15, 2010

The Impossible Girl - Chapter Two

Chapter Two is out today with wonderful art for each song and a music video by David Westway!

<a href="">The Impossible Girl - Chapter Two by Kim Boekbinder</a>

Downloads of Chapter Two come with high quality copies of all this amazing art. And there are t-shirts!

Art: Tim Smith -
This art is also available as a T-Shirt - order on Bandcamp

(Video for "Stalker" by Jim Batt will premiere on October 6th)

Impossible Girl #2
Art: Kate Rannells
(The song is inspired by Kate!)

(Video for "Impossible Girl #2" by Jim Batt will premiere on September 22nd)

More and More
Art: Mary Larsen

(Video for "More and More" by Bri Olson coming soon!)

Sex, Drugs, & Nuclear Physics
Art: Jim Avignon

Video for "Sex, Drugs, & Nuclear Physics" by David Westway:

Chapter Three releases on October 15th.
Full Album releases on November 15th.

And here is the full photo taken by Lauren Goldberg of Fairytale Vegas

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Pants are Heavy

Chapter Two of The Impossible Girl will be out on September 15th! Rejoicing!


While checking my bag at the airport I was asked to remove something so it would be under 50 pounds (sequins + gear = big bag.) I took out an item of clothing which bumped me down just below the line.

"Pants are heavy!" I blurted, with far more volume and enthusiasm than the situation warranted.

Awkward silence surrounded me.

But pants. They're heavy.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My First Music Video

Open/Avocado, directed by Brianna Olson, is so fancy! Watch it full screen!

Loopy and layered and wonderful.

Also on youtube. Share, comment, know how it goes!

p.s. I hear if you watch through old style red/green 3D glasses it looks extra nifty. Haven't tried yet because I don't have any!