Friday, March 25, 2011

We Have Your Heart

Molly Crabapple, Jim Batt, and I have been working on an animation together for the past year. Not full time - life keeps getting in the way - but we've worked on it steadily and today we launched a Kickstarter to raise money so that life can stop getting in the way and Jim can devote himself to animating.

We've already gotten over the 50% mark of our initial $7000 goal. Huzzah! The support has been wonderful. Thank you so much.

We hope to reach our goal in the next few days even though we have 29 more days to go on the Kickstarter. And we can always use more money. Art sucks up money faster than anything (except maybe drugs or gambling habits.) Any money above the initial goal will be put towards making the project even better - all the while allowing us to keep eating, and sleeping in beds.


Today I went to hang posters for my upcoming Melbourne shows. I came across a poster from my last show and concocted this little scene.

I called it, "The ImpossiPole."


I have a residency in Melbourne - Every Wednesday in April - each week with a different, amazing, musical guest. And each week I will play different songs - some songs will get played often, but others will only be played once during the residency. Come to one, or come to all, I'd love to see you.

I also have a show in Sydney, on April 21st!

And a show in Ruffy - about an hour and forty five minutes from Melbourne at the Ruffy Hall, a tiny community in the country. Rumor has it that the denizens of Ruffy bring cake to all the shows. I am very much looking forward to this!

Find out more about the shows: HERE

And I have started booking my return to the US:

May 14th - Nevada City - more info
May 15th - San Francisco
May 27th - Fredericktown, MO

If you want me to come to your town send me an email!  kim - at -

More show info: HERE

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crowd Sourced Concert

This idea has been skittering around my skull for a while now. I think I've been flirting with it for years.

The idea is still a little nebulous, but it is taking shape as I'm facing the giant blank wall of booking tours. The surface of this wall is absolutely smooth, with nothing to hold onto to help the climb. It leaves me feeling stupid and ineffectual. I should know how to do this, but it's a struggle every time. How do I book the good venues, how do I get people to the shows?

And I think, "If only I had help." And people keep offering help, but not 'real' bookers, with networks and contacts for venues all over the country or world. But maybe I don't need one booker. Maybe I can have a different booker in every city. And maybe that booker can be you. Or your mom. Or your friend, Sassafras. Or all of you.

I've been doing house concerts for years and what I'm thinking of is a little bit like a house concert, in the way that the hosts are the promoters are the audience. But these could happen in all kinds of venues.

What if the concerts were crowd sourced? Maybe one person has a venue contact, someone else does great sound, your cousin likes to hang posters, your dog can interview me for the local paper.

I put on a great show, the problem here is not lack of talent or appeal, the problem is that I am only one person. And hard as it might be to admit: I can't do everything. At least, I can't do everything all at once all the time.

So what if I came up with a number? I can break it down. I can say how many people need to attend a show for me to break even.

And what if I pre-sold those tickets before I even booked the show?

It might be crazy, it might not work, but it might also be the only way I can tour. Because I am an artist, busy making the art, and managing about a million things in my career. I do it all myself: the websites, the posters, hanging the posters, the booking, the social media, the blogs. I don't know any other artists who do as much as I do alone. I know some amazing and successful artists that work very very hard. Not a single one of them works alone. And this is why: because it's impossible. It is impossible to have a successful career without help. It cannot be done. I know, because I'm here, working with every ounce of everything and not getting anywhere until someone helps. I get intermittent help here and there. Someone books a show, someone else puts up posters. Even something as simple as a retweet, or a mention in a personal blog. And then my career moves forward.

It's so simple. Help = movement. And I'm too self sufficient for my own good, too good at working by myself. Which doesn't work. Not really. I need the crowd, and not just as passive audience, I need the crowd management team, the crowd bookers, and the crowd promoters.

I've always done things differently, found a new angle, tried a new way. I pride myself on discovering new paradigms. But the truth is that while I have done things my own way I have also spent years waiting for the right person to "discover" me, to think I was worth something, to believe in me.

And what I've realized is that the right person has discovered me. The right person is you.

This post, as you have discovered, is not a finalized thought, it is just the beginning of a thought. I hope you'll join the discussion.


I realized a few things

1.) I do know someone with a successful career who does everything on their own. Jason Webley does everything on his own. But he's the only one I know who does. And I love him, but he's crazy.

2.) I do have help. I have a lovely assistant who mails things for me and really does all the things I have ever asked and does them well. My real problem is not getting help when I need it. Not knowing how to ask for help and not knowing how to let people help before it's too late.

I didn't mean to lie. Or leave anyone out.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Happy Anniversary to Molly and Me

Two years ago I met the incredible, Molly Crabapple, at SXSW. Our friendship changed my life for the better. In celebration of this I will be holding a 24hr sale of the Paper Doll that Molly drew for me.

For the next 24 hours the paper doll will be only $10 for two copies with free US shipping and cheap international shipping ($1 to Canada, $3 international.)

Printed 11x17 inches on matte paper - limited edition of 100. With two copies you'll get one to frame and one to cut out and play with.

Buy it here:

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Paper and Dust

Feeling very physically ill after watching two youtube videos of the tsunami destroying towns in Japan. I have to be very still and breathe very slowly or I will be sick. Crying isn't enough. Nothing is enough.

The cumulative impact of disaster after disaster these last few months is taking its toll. My grief has no outlet. The tragedy is not mine. It belongs to us all.

Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdown.

Our walls are made of paper and we are made of dust.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Custom Song #2

In 2010 I launched an album pre-order campaign to raise $20,000 to record my solo album - The Impossible Girl. For extra generous supporters I am writing custom songs.

This song was written for Yuri Long.

Written, performed and recorded in one afternoon with electric guitar, loop pedal, and one ZOOM portable recorder.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Melbourne Love (Possibly NSFW)

We have reached the end of the Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under tour. Amanda says it was her best tour ever and I'm so happy to have been a part of it. I met some very talented and wonderful people, and reconnected with Amanda, while getting to know the country I now call home.

Future Plans!

I've extended my visa and will be staying on in Melbourne until May 3rd. I have a residency at The Empress Hotel - every Wednesday in April - which I am very excited about. My show at The Empress on February 27th was absolutely wonderful. Thank you to everyone who came down and made me feel so very welcome in this beautiful city. It was the first official "Impossible Girl" show and it was better than I would have wished.

I'll also be booking my next US tour - starting in May! Finally bringing The Impossible Girl to visit all my beautiful American friends.

I'm almost out of CDs! Hurray. Thank you all for this. It keeps me eating and means I get to do another round of printing. You can get my CD here: Kim's Bandcamp

Been working hard on a project that will launch in a few days. It's SO good! Stay tuned…

Here are some photos from my escapades over the last week of the tour.

I'll leave you with this video of Amanda Palmer and me singing "Such Great Heights" in a men's bathroom in Geraldton, Australia.  




All photos by Jim Batt

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Fan Mail - Pink Hair

Hi Kim,

I downloaded your record last night and I wanted to listen to it this morning. The problem is my 2 year old is obsessed with Tori Amos for some reason, and it's hard to get him to agree to anything else.

Me: How about Kim Boekbinder?
Him: How about... Tori Amos?
Me: Kim Boekbinder first?
Him: No. Tori Amos.
Me: Kim Boekbinder has pink hair.
Him: Oh. How about Kim Boekbinder?

So thank you Kim for having pink hair. You've made my morning go a bit smoother.