Things I did in 2011

December 30th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Australia, Neil Gaiman, organ donor's march, rap of tasmania, Warren Ellis, year review

2011 was a year of collaborations and innovation for me. With projects that caused ripples in the music industry and projects that got me working with some wonderfully talented people.

I started my year in Australia with Meredith Yayanos and Jim Batt. And then…

- I wrote a song for Twitter:
 


 

- I toured Australia with Amanda Palmer:
 

 
- Released my “Rap of Tasmania” in answer to Amanda’s “Map of Tasmania.”
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- Played a residency in Melbourne, Australia.

- Launched a Kickstarter for “I Have Your Heart” – animated film short film set to my song “The Organ Donor’s March”
 

 

- Did a small US Tour – That tour was so poorly attended I came up with a new tour strategy: Pre-Sold Shows

 

 

The pre-sold show strategy changed the world. Just a tiny bit. I was on BBC World’s Service Radio, CNN Money, Boing Boing, which all started when I wrote a guest post for WarrenEllis.com
 

- I got printed out in 3D by MakerBot and I wrote them a song:
  

- Then I released my first 7″ record. It’s lavender. It’s really pretty.
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- Released a music video by Jim Batt:
 

 
- Back in Australia I put together a band and wrote songs for the next album. HOLY FUCK. AMAZING. Next year is all about the next album.

 
- Then I did the pre-sold US tour.
 
- I wrote about Occupy Wall Street for Coilhouse.
 
- My OWS videos got played on The Daily Show and Rachel Maddow’s show.
 
- Made friends with a wild turkey on Thanksgiving:
 

 

- Released an OWS inspired song. It is dubtstep. It is different. 

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- Released “New York City” with Molly Crabapple 

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- Released “Music For Stray Days” with Juan Santapau (with violins by Meredith Yayanos.) 

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- Wrote 20 custom songs:
 

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- Made a music video in Janice Cable’s bed:
 

 

There are things I have left out, some on purpose and some not. Some good, some less good.

 

 

 

People who contributed to my wonderful year:

 

Jim Batt, Molly Crabapple, Meredith Yayanos, Oliver Boekbinder, Kate Rannells, Shannon Marshall, RoseAnn Fino, Karina Cetin, Bri Olson, Melissa Dowell, Malcolm Doherty, Kate Black, Katelan Foisy, Jessica Bloom, Audrey Penven, SF Slim, Nicole Aptekar, Warren Ellis, Clare Saint Clare, Mikelangelo, Sean Francis, Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer, Oh gods this list is going to be long… Autumn Adamme, my family, Janice Cable, Fred Harper, Travis Louis, The Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band, David Rule, Anthony Cleave, Jess Daly, the entire Batt family, the turkey I met on Thanksgiving,  Lachlan, Murray Lorden, Cynthia Von Buhler, Occupy Wall Street, Bonnie Dennis, Ted Thibodeau, Christopher Daly, Nathalie Boisard Beudin, Salvador, Elizabeth Zibilich, Robert Starnes, Ramona Cat, Helen Gillet, Rita Burkholder (Helen Keller’s Ukulele), Teetering Bulb, Chris Grady, Myles Boisen, Hope Kodman, Laura Kidd (She Makes War), Jesse Von Doom, Myrrh Larsen, there are so many more… I’m stopping now, but if you are reading this then you probably belong on this list. I love you.

 

Thank you!

 

 

 

 

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One Comment so far ↓

  • Theremina

    Thank YOU.

    Spending so much quality time with you was definitely one of the big highlights of my year. To more of the same (and better!) in 2012.

    xoxox

    Mer