It’s almost midnight, and Amanda Palmer is naked. advertisement advertisement We’re down to the final minutes of the singer-songwriter-provocateur’s month-long Kickstarter campaign, a crowdfunding effort that shocked the entertainment world by becoming the site’s most successful music-based project to date. The pledges–which had an official target of $100,000, and which had privately been budgeted to hit $500,000–have already topped a million dollars. To celebrate the countdown, Palmer, who the Huffington Post called “the social media queen of rock & roll,” is throwing a six-hour, block-party-style celebration in a parking lot behind some warehouses along Brooklyn’s Gowanus Canal. To a surprisingly “classic pop” soundtrack (the Jackson 5, the Who, Ray Charles), she and her crew dressed up in old-time bathing suits and frolicked in an aquarium-style clear box on the back of a truck, scribbling the names of … [Read more...] about Deep Inside Amanda Palmer’s Crowd-Powered, Naked Creativity Machine
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The museum director stands at the windows of his 14th-floor apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and surveys his domain from a distance. The view is spectacular, with Central Park lying below like a tapestry, unrolling lush shades of green all the way to the towers and manors across town. advertisement advertisement “Right there,” he says. “Do you see it? No?” To be honest, it’s a bit difficult to pick out. “Of course you see the Guggenheim,” he adds helpfully, motioning to that building’s distinctive round silhouette. “Now look to the left. There’s the museum’s roof.” He is pointing toward the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, housed in the stately Andrew Carnegie mansion on Fifth Avenue and 91st Street. And if it is not easy to figure out exactly where it stands, it seems even more difficult to truly identify it–to describe not just its profile but its purpose, too. The Cooper-Hewitt … [Read more...] about Mister Moggridge Has Mad Ambition
I haven’t always been interested in collaborating. It’s a bit stressful sitting down with someone and hoping you each like what the other creates. These sorts of things can bring out the best in people or the worst. But if I ask anyone to make something with me, and they’re willing to take the chance, the project automatically becomes more interesting. When I recorded with some of the artists on The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, I didn’t know what they were going to be like. The worst thing that could happen is it doesn’t go well, but then we can just try again. advertisement advertisement Wander Aimlessly Heady Fwends was born last February when we began putting out new recordings each month. We decided every other month was going to be a collaborative track with whomever I could find. The Flaming Lips have always had guest spots from friends who make interesting noises and have interesting voices. So I didn’t start out thinking of this … [Read more...] about Confessions Of A Collaborator: What I Learned From Bon Iver, Ke$ha, And Yoko Ono
Last December, Louis C.K. shook up the comedy industry by eschewing the traditional network deal for a new business model in which he grossed a reported $1 million by streaming his self-produced stand-up comedy special, Louis C.K. – Live at the Beacon Theater, on his website for $5. advertisement advertisement Buoyed by his success, other comics are following suit: last month, NBC’s Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari, made his special, Dangerously Delicious, available for download. And on April 11, New York comic and actor Jim Gaffigan will do the same for one-hour comedy special, Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe, he taped at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. in February. The setup is the same. Like C.K., Gaffigan will charge $5 for a DRM-free download through his website, and donate a portion to charity. In Gaffigan’s case, a dollar from each download will go to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which provides resources and support to injured service members, … [Read more...] about Can The Louis C.K. Distribution Strategy Work For The Everyman Comic?
Twenty-four people were held hostage today on a bus in Manila by an ex-policeman — nine were released and 15 remained, when the police stormed in and killed the gunman. Among those released were mothers and children and the bus driver managed to escape and reported that everyone else on board was dead, which is still unconfirmed. As we speak, the hostages are being taken out of the bus. Varying reports have been made on twitter and across news channels; one tweeter, in particular, has been live-tweeting the latest updates. It’s unclear if he’s actually on the scene or picking up updates from local news stations, but here are a few tweets from @TLWH. The former policeman accused of bribery and extortion put up signs on the bus windows demanding his job back. The shootings started when the police brought out his brother to try to negotiate an exchange. advertisement advertisement advertisement … [Read more...] about Tweeting a Hostage Crisis in the Philippines