Archive for April, 2010

Volcano, Twit & Gifts

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not only does the power of magic mountains dwell in the underworld, but she tells us what to do.
(to say nothing about the fire and lightning that hails from the explosions! see above)
just landed home, still electric and sleepy from the freak of nature event that occurred on my european mini tour in support of OOOM release….
as there was no life casualties, the end result of this chaos, is a beautiful gift for us mere humans. a wake up call from the earth goddess.
check us out with our little plans; trading goods, music tours, airlines to run… we don’t stand a chance if she says “when”. in the midst of the mayhem, in my little world we cancelled a important OSLO, London & chicago shows, lost some sleep and some cash, created delays in Full OOOM mail outs… BUT things of much deeper value came with the chaos: Class of Hope 2010 was formed in Helsinki and a collaborative lo-fi video / rock show made. the wonder talent & force of Amanda Palmer and I were brought together through the volcanic ash and twitter- in our chaotic schedule we had magic time for tea, sleep and guest appearing on one another’s shows in london … well worth landing upside down and walking from Finland to England.

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A & M on stage at KOKO doing “Would for You” by Jane’s Addiction -iPhoto by Katie Harkin!

now spring is here and lots of plans being hatched for future OOOM missions…. please stay tuned. i am making plans to come to YOU YOU and YOU x (montreal just received 5 inches of snow today!)

some other fun MAdM Stuff coming down the pipeline..

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HOT TOPIC, the bringers of GOTH to people in need, invited us to play their lunch break at their headquarters in los angeles and it was FUN! here’s the session …. MAdM on SHOCKHOUND!

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art work from “Crack the Skye” by Mastodon….
Today i was rushing to pack my bags to leave for toronto via a MASTODON show in a city on the way. crack the skye- mastodon’s concept album about astral travel and much more, is one of my favorite albums of the last decade. i have traveled out of my way to see these guys play this album a lot this year…. i kissed isis goodbye, and the minute i got in the car to drive- i got a text saying the show was cancelled, due to guitar player bill, being hospitalized. i hope he gets well soon- i feel for him, as touring is NOT an easy place to heal the body… that last minute chaos and wrench in my plans, felt familiar… similar to the volcano. disruptive, last minute, unknown, confusing, and something that you have to submit to. i decided to use this extra time to get to this long overdue blog and catch up on emails…… the moment i sat down, this odd email was forwarded to me from my coffee friend NORA. i guess she knew it would resonate. i don’t know much (yet) about this fellow human who claims he is transmitting communications from an alien force in another dimension… but it also felt familiar. this self called “SOUND HEALER” is reporting that we are entering a CHAOTIC NODE in the celestial planes, which is affecting our bodies and earth. he speaks of an energy flow similar to our human body meridian nodes (chakras), that are paralelled in the earth and her energy lines. as volcanoes and earthquakes occur and travel through those energy lines, they are reflected in our own bodies… some of his words:

“The Earth has her own grid or grid-work of subtle energy channels. Some of these are called ley lines. They are conduits for the flow of subtle energy through Earth’s body, similar to your own subtle energy channels. But, of course, the energies that move through the Earth’s subtle energy channels are much more massive than those energies that move through your body. But there is, nonetheless, a relationship between your meridians/nadis and the ley lines of your planet.”

he goes on to explain, that despite the difficulties on our 3-D planet, there are inner opportunities happening within the chaos….
“We understand and appreciate the dire consequences of earthquake and volcanic activity on your three-dimensional reality, but we wish you to know that these same events create energetic openings, evolutionary portals that you can enter.”

and gives advise on how we can connect / benefit from these profound portals and times….
“These are times when Earth herself is shifting levels of planetary consciousness, and you can ride on her coattails, so to speak. Since the planet is shifting consciousness herself, you can enter into deeply profound states of consciousness in these moments. Our advice is to let the world go and surrender to the experience of falling into yourself. Some of you will enter inner worlds of reality that have immense healing and nourishing effects.”

he ends with describing some sounds he has been channeling during this, that are available on a CD called “Ascension Codes”, that reflect and can help us with this passage into the chaotic node ….
“With this communication we are releasing the Heart Dimensional Attunement. This is an unusual attunement, for it comes from the future and an energetic of Earth that is not yet in your present time.
This ascension code will help your heart to stabilize and find solace and comfort from a future aspect of your Earth. It’s purpose is to help sustain you through the chaotic and volatile events that are unfolding before you. ”
hmmmmmm. again, i just came across this newsletter today. i do not know this man, nor to i endorse what he is saying, i am simply saying, that it felt very familiar. more info: http://tomkenyon.com/

i am always looking for the connection. since i was a young girl trying to comprehend infinity in the sky, i have understood that one of my favorite things to do, is find ORDER in CHAOS. writing a song among endless available chord progressions or words, taking a photo, and seeing systems and a clear emotional grid work in life decisions. it’s the way i am wired. this odd newsletter sent chills down my spine and made me think. connect the dots:
i just released an album and film that start with a HEARTBEAT, and act as invitations for you leave your mind behind, and transcend into the inner heart and language of dreams world … an invitation to join in a collective multi media experience called OOOM in 2010………. possibly even find some healing in it, as i did while making it.
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pure bliss – holding mic for “amanda-does-radiohead-on-ukelele” number…. photo by FAYE LEWIS

i do not mean to alienate any of you realists out there (no PUN intended) with this NEW AGE Futurist blog entry, but i am just being transparent and honest in this here blog of mine ….. that’s why it’s here. xoxo

the future has arrived. it’s a pleasure to see you again.

xMAdMx

VOLCANIC FINLAND SHOW Part 1!

Due to Icelandic Volcanic Cloud,
Shows in Oslo @Mono and London @Cargo,
were cancelled…. Underworld spoke, and we were grounded in Finland.
(NEWS FLASH! JUST MANAGED TO REBOOK LONDON IN LESS THAN 24HOURS!
WED APRIL 21 ST JAZZ CAFE 10:30 AFTER ICA SCREENING!)

Can’t fly? Then play where you are. Put out a call for Space, Gear and video cameras and fly onto the waves of the Internet.

Next time will learn about WebCast, promise!
Organizing footage and audio while in 48 hour boat and bus transit is tough!
Sorry for delay… Now Presenting:

Last Minute Lo-Fi Volcanic Cloud Show – April 17 2010
Shot by YOU! Attention! Class of Hope 2010 – Peace & Party forever!!!!

MAdM FINLAND from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

More coming soon….
(Tony is editing the footage as fast as he can! takes long time to upload footage from Finland through ASH!)

Shot last minute with kindness by:
Jussi Helttunen
Aarni Vaarnamo
Samu Karlsson
Bruno Lorentin
Veera Leppänen
Tuija Kurula
Juha Hytönen
Fred Baube
Antti Luostarinen

Location :
Suburban Tribe rehearsal space in “Nosturi”
April 17 2010 – Finland, Helsinki

Recorded & Mixed by the “Dutch Pirate” Remco Frijns
Audio & Video Compiled and Edited by Tony Stone overseas in the New World

Kiitos! Janne, Jone, Milla, Dany and the good strong people of Finland
#ClassofHope2010 The Future…. x

xMAdMx
….Meanwhile the Volcanic Activity looked something like this….. Lightning is my Girl x

VOLCANIC HUNT Day 2 & 3

Off line for my 48 hours of travel. by water and land we crawled.
from an over sold luxury cruise liner to sleeping on floors of buses.
hitchhiking with Vikings was the ideal plan, and we did get a nice lift from a large nordic man, but a van not a glorious row boat….
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5 am Fresh off the boat….
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some desperate floor sleep…
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back on another boat…
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getting fresh on the boat…
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see the sweet Dutch windmills and sheep of holland… hope!
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Amsterdam Herring specialty….. hits the spot, now got to get to London Town x

More soon
xMAdMx
meet the creature from the Underworld that has grounded us x nice to meet you!
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VOLCANIC HUNT Day 1

Cancelled the last two Shows of the OOOM Mini Tour… Gutted. Now on a HUNT …….
First day of Unknown destination began, after our impromptu Lo-Fi Volcanic Cloud Show- waved goodbye to Class of Hope 2010, outside of Notsuri in Helsinki…..
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We then boarded a MASSIVE Scandinavian Cruise ship “SilJia Europa” – 12 stories of Restaurants, Casinos, Clubs and Redrum Shinning hallways…………..
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As a Baltic Sea sunset echoed the eruption that had grounded us,
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we were greeted by an ODD red witch.
good to know she is aboard this ship should we be in need.
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little bit of red everywhere – the HEART pumps and pushes us together.
as the cloud gets bigger, i am wondering how many more Impromptu Lo-Fi Volcanic shows we will play.

Heading towards England…………
xMAdMx

GROUNDED BY VOLCANIC STEELE

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good people – just a few days into the tour in support of OOOM release,
we are grounded in Finland. Shows in Oslo @ Mono & in London @ Cargo have been cancelled. we’ve looked into every boat and driving option out there, grounded in Helsinki, considering a ferry to Sweden, but don’t quite know where we are heading….. but first we are playing a last minute lo-fi show to film for you ~ WISH YOU WERE HERE & WE WERE THERE VOLCANIC CLOUD SHOW X
stay tuned to twit & FB for details.

this explosion from the UNDERWORLD, has offered a moment for us to think.
get grounded.
also yesterday, beyond the news of the ICELANDIC volcano, was the loss of Type O Negative leader, Peter Steele: one of my few singer / bass player roll models, and a man of mythological proporsitions inside and out. his heart stopped (also of icelandic roots! he is surely SWIMMING IN THAT LAVA UNDERWORLD as i type…) sad sad loss of a unique music man. in light of my unknown weekend, and love of him …. the boys in my band and i, gave him a tribute…. of his incredible tribute to Sabbath.
(thank you for passing on your footage Samu Karlsson!)

for more on my love of Steele and my chance to meet him … ME & STEELE

so, i come all the way to europe to play most places for the first time in many years, and after utter perfection in Berlin, Paris & Amsterdam…… after a great Helsinki show, we are stopped in our tracks. we crossed this ocean to play, it was already a limited tour, so to loose OSLO & LONDON is heartbreaking.
after the helsinki show, i had some time to meet some amazing people. i recognized very quickly these like minded people, are the people i see in my minds eye, as i write and make things to share.
you are everywhere. these dreamers. these sweethearts. these lovers of sound.
in light of the Volcanic troubles and the fear about ice ages, and never being able to cross the ocean easily again…. i looked at these faces, full of passion, hope and excitement about the outside world…
and i group photo was taken, and someone made a joke of being a school photo…
making this the first CLASS OF HOPE 2010.
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#ClassofHope2010 united in believing and listening x and we are everywhere. let’s connect.

via the magic of facebook & twitter we found each other for a class reunion today. we met in the rain at the foot of a massive white church. thanks for the view of the city!

LAST MINUTE HAND MADE LO-FI SHOW FOR ALL! NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF BEING HERE! GROUNDED BY VOLCANIC ASH SHOW ~ LIVE TOMORROW IN HELSINKI!
1pm at NOSTURII CLUB / VENUE / FLEA MARKET ETC…
open to the public x BRING VIDEO CAMERA OR ANY KIND! IDEALLY DIGITAL FOR FAST TRANSFER!
keep eye on twitter & facebook for up to date details!

WE WILL RECORD AND FILM IT FOR YOU:
THE DREAMERS THAT WE MISSED IN OSLO AND LONDON AND THE REST OF YOU… IN SPAIN, ITALY, SCOTLAND, PORTUGAL, AUSTRALIA, CANADA, USA, JAPAN ETC… ALL THE WAY TO SOUTH AMERICA!!!)
I’D RATHER BE THERE FOR YOU IN THE FLESH, BUT WHEN A VOLCANIC CLOUD KEEPS YOU DOWN, YOU BETTER FIND A WAY AROUND IT….. MORE ON THIS SOOON XXXXX HOPE HOPE HOPE

Class of Hope 2010, will be in the house! helping where they can.
more on their details soon….
xMAdMx

DEAR EUROPE…

i know i know, it’s not all of you at all… but i am close!
i wish it were the extensive tour, but that will come in time.
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FINALLY BACK TO DANCING WITH THE GHOSTS OF THE OLD WORLD…
CRAVING MORE MORE !

for now, on the heels of the OOOM release, he have pocket full of intimate sweaty rock shows and screenings coming to you dreamers living in:
BERLIN, PARIS, AMSTERDAM, HELSINKI, OSLO AND LONDON X
SEE SHOWS!

with the exception of my scandinavian hide aways, i have not played a live show for you in these cities in over 5 years (wow a lot has happened in that time.. for one, i discovered the internet!). i’ve been living underground in a rabit hole cocoon, and some may have forgotten about me and my bass, so i have a lot of time to make up for. i am sweating and singing harder than i ever have… as i and OOOM have been finally set free.

Starting tonight in Berlin- at club WHITE TRASH. last time i played berlin in 2004- i was invited to a VICE party at white trash after then show – i ran into fellow canadian-living in berlin, PEACHES there and my bag caught on fire. So funny story with tonights show, is:
it’s my father’s birthday- he would’ve turned 67 today – and just two weeks ago, i saw we had a day off before our PARIS show (demain mes amis!!) so i called Peaches and asked her if she could find me ANY room to play or show OOOM film- and she found me BOTH!
THANK YOU PEACHES for bringing me and OOOM to BERLIN!

At all the shows i will be screening the film, selling the DVD, Comic and VINYL!
i am thrilled to be here and thanks to digital technology, some of you may even know what “Your mother’s girlfriend” said to me in “ISIS Speaks” x it’s yours now too.

LAST SHOW OF THE RUN IN LONDON AT CARGO! VERY EXCITING NEWS JUST IN!
great band SKY LARKIN from LEEDS, have accepted my invitation to play with us that night, and preview their brand new songs!!!! they just got back from recording their NEW album in seattle (via MAGIC ART PARK visit with me!)
good story about how i met Katie Harkin of Sky Larkin…. years ago, she and her sweet friend gave me hope about the future of magic women in music….
learn more here….
MEET THE LARK!

Next stop CHICAGO!

THANK YOU ALL FOR LISTENING X
xMAdMx

ROADRUNNER RECORDS! MY ALLIES IN THE ALBUM RELEASE IN EUROPE, WILL BE OUT AND ABOUT SO POKE THEM AND THANK THEM! MAdM MEETS RR!