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MAdM Summer Festivals 2011 from MAdM OOOM on Vimeo.

so happy to be invited to play the following summer festivals. all very different and special in their own right.

Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland – July 4th :
Established in 1967 by legendary founder and director to this day Claude Nobs (not to mention old friends of Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Frank Zappa). Held in one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, with an impeccable artist friendly reputation, this festival invited me back again this year, after the HEART BREAKING EMERGENCY LIGHT FLIGHT CANCELLATION NIGHTMARE MERCI, see you next week!!

Festival d’Ete de Quebec – July 13 :
Quebec’s BIGGEST 10 day long festival hosting Metallica to Elton John has invited me to participate for the first time. It’s a pleasure to share the stage with fellow fantasy freaks and European label mates, Coheed and Cambria. As a native Montrealer and Quebecoise, it took me until last year to play Quebec City for the FIRST TIME! Hole, The Pumpkins, my first solo tour never made it up there, so was i ever blown away by the support and enthusiasm when i arrived there for the first time last fall. MERCI Quebec, je me souvien et va etre de retour bientot!

HEAVY T.O!!!!!!!! – July 24:
Where to i begin????? i am so honored, excited and exploding with i-can’t-fucking-wait energy, to participate in a mirror of the same incredible bill from last year’s HEAVY MTL: SLAYER – ROB ZOMBIE – MASTODON – ANVIL and more…… and what’s even more…. is that i, again, am the sole female front person of the day. representing the feminine love of all things HEAVY and the universal love of magic, myth, metal and mayhem. it’s beyond gender, it’s music. for those of you who missed it last year, please take a peek at MAdM TV Meets Heavy MTL – a half hour of interviews and backstage footage of Team MAdM exploring and loving the grounds of Heavy MTL. stay tuned for the next episode… post HEAVY TO…. this time, not only will i be the only WOMAN on the bill, but the only person capable and currently building life inside. METAL Meets THE MYSTERY OF MOTHERHOOD at HEAVY T.O………… more life coming soon!


hope to see some of you there – as these will be my last shows before i dive into writing my next album and experience true metamorphosis.
2012… around the corner! x



finally, after years of not even knowing this should exist… MAdM TV is born.
born out of love of music, weird people and wanting to share it with YOU.
when a woman is invited to be the sole female front woman on a weekend of 34 HEAVY bands, in the sexiest city in the north east of the americas, she better equip herself with a modest camera crew and entourage, to feast on the moment… and so we did! Slayer, Mastodon, Molson Beer, need i say more………

dear land of heavy music lovers,
this is an ode to you, in a snapshot of what i think is the best HEAVY MUSIC festival in the world. you can not ask for a better city to host it, and a more passionate (French Canadian!) audience. proud that my home town can bring this life, and obligated to share it. MAdMTV meets HEAVY MTL, Pour Vous, in 4 parts x hope you enjoy as much as we did being there x

PART 1 – Featuring the Lay of the Festival Land, Skeletonwitch and more

PART 2 – Featuring the “Ladies” loving Lamb of God, Rob Zombie and more!

PART 3 – Featuring my love of all things M and Mastodon and Much Much More!

PART 4 – Featuring Dave, magic drummer of Slayer and the HEAVY MTL CROWD!

i was not prepared for making my first televised report. in an attempt to be prepared, i #ASKED the tweeters and facers to help me come up with questions last minute. there was a slew of great questions that came in from mariano, amal, adam, ricky, matt, james, katalyze, en apariencia, jj87, the real osmium, antonio, sarah, sweetice, mayvelin, hate the hate AND MORE> THANK YOU for all your collaboration, but i was scrambling and lost the paper. ended up winging it off the cuff.

Going Live, From Austria!


On a HEAVY Personal Note….

RED (A study of Salome) by Michael Zulli

I’ve been in the delicious comfort of my own home since the Belgium – Comic Con – Heavy MTL explosion overload week. In this time at home, we’ve worked on the next music video for OOOM… involving smoke machines, haunted tunnels and veils, more soon on that… but i’ve also had a chance to reflect and review the last many busy weeks, months. traveling with with and for music, feeds me with the need to connect with other humans. there’s the performance part, which is the Number One HOLY part, then there’s the one on one, which is the HUMAN part. on that last journey out to sea, these people stood out to me, and are sources of profound inspiration that will affect my future work. now that’s HEAVY serious ! x

it’s very exciting to meet people who’s unique inside vision is manifested on the outside in such a clear way. the extra-ordinary, bonus feeling comes when you feel that person is pulling from the same eclectic puzzle pieces (an odd rhythm or painting movement) as you, but laid out in a completely different pattern, so much that hardly anyone else could see the connection, but you. maybe it’s that you feel the connection in the intention of how the person and their works is put together, or it involves similar themes but in a different melody, or maybe it’s familiar emotional or intellectual message at work…. very hard to peg, but you feel the connection instantly. that is the feeling when you find a new band or film or artists to love. it’s as if you found something you were looking for. it’s a great feeling, and i know we all experience it –

So i was lucky to experience that a few times in my big zig zag europe / california / canada week….. Starting with meeting some Jazzy Vikings from Norway in Belgium, at the Dour Festival….. may i introduce to you SHINING
you should dig into their new album BLACK JAZZ immediately. it’s amazing and way out there on their very unique and heavy sonic journey. my dutch friend BOB, who’s never wrong about quality and originality, had told me about them, and luckily got me to the tent where they were playing. it was INTENSE! then i had the pleasure to meet the humans that make SHINING. their intelligence, work ethic and genuineness – struck deep. now they are in my cd player and radar for eternity x
Bel Canto by Michael Zulli

from music festival to comic convention……
the beautiful Century Guild booth that hosted me at comic con, was also the place where a man that legends are made of, held court too – they call him Zulli, Michael Zulli. he is a phenomenal painter, illustrator, with a striking blue suit and matching boots. we had an instant connect, as if he’d known me entirely, in a distant life, or maybe we met in a world in his paintings…. he gave me words of hope and encouragement. a total stranger knowing exactly just how unique this intense year of my creative mission has been. the challenges and the freedom…. i was deeply touched. he gave me a gift of one of his prints, and i gave him OOOM…… this week in his blog i found one of the more thoughtful reviews of this year. thank you zulli x

“I was given a package by Madam Auf Der Maur at Sdcc, that contained the video of “Out Of Our Minds”. It was one of the the single most disturbing, beautiful and fierce artistic statements I have seen in years. I still can’t quite digest it’s implications. THAT’S art my friends. That is just what art does.” – Michael Zulli

Full Entry HERE
Dive into HIS WORLD

in between these phenomenal forces, i united with my southern soul brothers MASTODON when sharing the stage at HEAVY MTL, but you’ve all about my love of those wormhole travelers before AND SOON SOOON SOON WILL HEAR MORE ON MAdMTV reporting from HEAVY MTL – stay tuned!

mind boggling drummer Brann & I (two fish in ray bans) MAdMBrann1
merci pour la photo kristof @ BANGBANGBLOG

it’s meetings like these, with the other creatures who crawl and screech the creative landscapes and gather the fire and strength (and organization!) to share it with others, that gives me hope and inspiration……. and of course, then there is YOU > the ones who receive and show support by listening, watching and feeling.
i am YOU to some, and you are ME to others!

we need each other…… although i know there are some who think NEEDing is weak … i think it’s strong.

call me new age, sappy or uber fan….
i hope to see you soon


Volcano, Twit & Gifts


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.


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..

i have joined forces with some of my FAVORITE music tools, and we’ve created gifts for you!!! please enter to WIN NOISE MACHINES!

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!

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:

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.
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.