Happy Valentine’s Day

The Washington Post

 

The Washington Post has run a very lovely piece about the animation I did with Molly Crabapple and Jim Batt. The story also includes a bunch of history of how Jim and I fell in love while working on the project. READ IT HERE

 

Jim and KimHe has my heart! He has my heart! He has my heart!

The Impossible Girl’s Possible Gift Guide

A personalized and signed gift-card and pre-order for my album, “The Sky is Calling.”

http://music.kimboekbinder.com/album/the-sky-is-calling

 

An early x-mas gift: Tickets to my San Francisco show on Dec. 13th.

http://www.dnalounge.com/calendar/2012/12-13d.html

 

T-shirts and DVDs for “I Have Your Heart”, the animation by me, Molly Crabapple, & Jim Batt.  SELLING FAST

 

 

http://music.kimboekbinder.com/album/i-have-your-heart

 

This amazing silk screen print by Molly Crabapple

http://www.etsy.com/listing/115907423/red-silkscreen-print

 

Spooky chamber music by Meredith Yayanos. So beautiful.

 

 

Vagina Dentata underwear by Melissa Dowell

http://www.etsy.com/listing/88028436/vagina-dentata-underwear

 

CAPES! Everyone needs a cape. Or two. Or three.

 

 

High-quality, handmade jackets by my gorgeous friend Bex

http://www.etsy.com/listing/110137478/sale-earth-maiden-cropped-lined-jacket

 

And last, but certainly not least, the gift of freedom: The Rolling Jubilee purchases defaulted medical debt, and then forgives it, freeing people from the burden of debt. Amazing.

http://rollingjubilee.org/

 

 

 

I Have Your Heart

Ladies and gentlemen! The animation we have been working on for over 2 years is done and gorgeous! Be sure to watch it full screen in HD and then share, share, share!

 


 
I’m very proud and happy and thankful to have worked with the incredibly talented Molly Crabapple and Jim Batt.
 

It got premiered on BoingBoing.net yesterday – head over there for some behind the scenes photos. And check out the website here: www.ihaveyourheart.com and if you want some wonderful merchandise related to the film go here: http://bit.ly/TUOtxh

On a far distant planet…

…because apparently I live in a French sci-fi graphic novel.

These photos were taken by Jim Batt at The Lowline in NYC. This is their proof-of-concept exhibit for a planned underground park located in an abandoned subway station. It is very lovely. I’ve suggested that they host a community of ocelots to keep the rat population down. (No rats in this exhibit, but I know about NY subways…) And everyone loves ocelots.

 

I’m launching the first song and Kickstarter project for my SPACE! album next week. Which means this week is a gloriously busy mess of getting everything ready.

 

Feeling: Electrogalactic!

 

The secret to life: Wearing a gold cape wherever you go.

   

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My First Comic!

 

 

Download it now. It is free (or pay what you want.) And it is really really really really good.

Collaborations unfold in surprising ways. I’ve always been interested in comics. When I was a teenager I wrote and drew several and if I ever dig them out of storage I will share them with you. My main character was called Super Vague, she was a punk goth bad ass who did, you know… stuff. I’ve read many comics and befriended several (very talented) comics makers though I don’t call myself a comics nerd because I don’t have a collection of my own or follow any comics or creators in particular. But last year Jim Batt pointed me towards The Secret Knots which is a really wonderful webcomic by Chilean author/artist named Juan Santapau.

In June I wrote to Juan. I told him how much I enjoyed his work and that if he ever needed music for a story he was working on I’d be happy to write something for his story. Juan thought that was pretty interesting and wrote me back the next day saying that he liked my album and we should stay in touch. Later that day he sent me the outline of the story which was to become “Music for Stray Days.”

When I originally contacted him I thought I might write some instrumental music, something that went along in the background. I never expected him to write a story about a song but I loved the story and set to work on the song right away. The challenge was to write something catchy, something that would get stuck the heads of an entire population. But also something beautiful, ethereal, and compelling. And catchy is not always all of those things.

I finished writing the song on September 16th and began the recording process a few weeks later. The guitar and voice tracks were laid down in October. I then asked Meredith Yayanos, a wonderful violin and theremin player (and editor of COILHOUSE Blog and Magazine) to add a violin part. Meredith added 17 violin parts! Creating a breathtaking symphony of strings that swell and break like a tide of sound.  She recorded her parts in New Zealand and sent the files through the magical internet.

I also put out the call for people to sing along to the chorus of a secret project and released a 15 second clip of the song for people to sing along to. 16 people sent their parts in.

Chorus voices by:

Alex Marteen, Andrea Kaplan, Carl Salbacka, Caroline “Dirty Carrie” Willis, Daryl Davis, Helen Perris, Holly Caldwell, Ian Gazzoti, Lisa Waters, Lisa Scrivner, Lizzie Westbrook, Myrrh Larsen, Nate Chambers, Serpa Sas, Viki Ostrovsky, and  Wayne Watrach.

As the song unfolded and I became involved and enraptured by the Occupy Wall Street movement I began to feel that the song, written one day before OWS began, was a wonderful soundtrack – not to the movement, but to the feeling of compassion and awakening that I was seeing in the world. This feeling ebbs and flows now in the difficult times, but I still feel hope.

In November I finished mixing and mastering the song as Juan was finishing up the final art for the comic.

I love this collaboration. Meredith did such a fantastic job making the song cinematic and extra magicalicious. Juan’s work is really inspiring, be sure to read his other stories:  www.thesecretknots.com

The title to this blog is “My FIRST Webcomic” because now I want to make more. This is just the first. I love storytelling and I want to keep doing it with pictures and words and music and drawings and well, any way I can. Forever.

So Long, Australia

Last day in Melbourne. Corner of Smith & Gertrude. 
Being really cool.
Australia was exactly what I needed. Good shows, good people, staying in one place for longer than two months. I built up an audience, my show got better, I made art, I made friends, I made love. For so many reasons I needed to be right where I was.
And now I’m back in America, sitting in a room in Carmel Ca at my father’s house, surrounded by my old things and ready to be back here, putting on shows, being the Impossible Girl, doing what I do best.
My next gig is tonight (Friday May 6th) in Monterey. DETAILS HERE.
Next gigs are in Nevada City CA and San Francisco. DETAILS HERE
Here is a little photo essay of my last weekend in Australia. I went out to the country and played at the Ruffy Community Center to about 50 people who live out there in the wild. 
The fairytale house where I stayed.
Fairytale garden.
Fairytale Oak trees. Seriously.
I go looking for kangaroos at dusk.
Wearing my camouflage.  
Skipping.
Down to the swamp.
This is the face I make when I see kangaroos.
Excited. Also a little hungry.
My show at The Ruffy Community Hall. 
They served cake and coffee during intermission.
(Hello, Twin Peaks.)
A quiet moment in the garden.
Back in Melbourne, I have a going away party.
And then I pack.
Australia, I love you.
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Even if you do have scary unicorns.
I’ll be back.
Photos by Jim Batt www.jimbatt.com

The Rap of Tasmania

Backstage iphone snap while at a photo shoot for MX 
(look for it next week in Sydney and Melbourne.)
Costumes by Rose Chong’s
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My musical compatriot, Amanda Palmer, wrote a song called ‘The Map of Tasmania’ which is about pubic hair. Mostly it’s about having pubic hair, and that having a big bush is great and shaving or waxing is painful and crazy and makes you look like an 8 year old. Those lyrics are funny, and thought provoking, and also necessary in a culture where the public pubic is mostly quite sparsely hirsute.

While we were on tour together I wrote a rap for the song, the rap evolved and grew and I got better at rapping – which I’d never done before. So when Amanda decided to release a remix album with a whole bunch of radtastic folks like PEACHES remixing her song I was happy to record my rap.

Here is my ‘Rap of Tasmania.’

My Name is Gus helped me record and write the beats and grooves – he is awesome.

Lyrics:

Hey Amanda I don’t mean to be rude
but I think it’s kind of nice when it’s all slippery and smooth
Some women just don’t have a lot of hair 
and to say they all look eight years old is really unfair
Yeah, I dig the jungle, 
I dig the Rubyfruit, 
just like a pirate, 
I dig the boot-y.
You say you got the map, 
I say you got the treasure, 
your hair can mark the spot 
where I can dig for pleasure.
I like it fuzzy, yeah I like it bare, 
uh-huh, but most of all, I really don’t care.
So let me clarify what I’m trying to say: 
There’s a thousand ways to shape it, 
do it your own way.

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And something I wrote for Amanda’s blog about the song:

 I grew up around a lot of hippies who had an almost mystical belief in the power of the human body in its completely natural form. I don’t think anyone ever said this outright, but what I learned was that women should not shave or pluck or wax any part of themselves and to do so was an affront to nature. Women who submitted to popular beauty trends were seen as anti-feminists and idiots, subjecting themselves to the will of the patriarchy; all men who preferred their lady lovers with less body hair were porn obsessed pedophiles. The judgements were harsh and I was happy to look down from my hairy high horse at the idiotically smooth bottoms of the porn obsessed rabble below. Hair free legs were one thing, but leave the pubic mons as wild and free as nature intended. That was until I got an accidental Brazilian in Berlin (oh language barriers) which was the first step on a long road to the realization that I was a judgmental asshole who should shut the hell up about other peoples’ pants regions. We all have preferences and we all pick and choose which popular aesthetics to adhere to. 
Given my history, it is with a certain irony that my rap is in defense of the bare ‘down there.’ 
Body hair is political, but it’s also personal. And yeah, I like it all kinds of ways on all kinds of people.

You can read Amanda’s blog about the remixes here: http://blog.amandapalmer.net/

Here is Amanda’s fantastic and colorful original song and video:

Here’s another Amanda video that Jim Batt made:

Space Barbarian and Marie Antoinette

As I reached 2,500 followers on Twitter yesterday I took a poll as to what I should do to celebrate. I had people pick a costume, and which artist’s song I should play. Then I got dressed up with my friend Saint Clare and we sang “I Want to Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles.

Credits:
Filmed by Jim Batt
Edited by Kim Boekbinder
Costumes by Rose Chong’s in Melbourne

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.  
Love!

Kim

p.s. SPARKLY CUPCAKES!

All photos by Jim Batt