As Palmer herself noted in a follow-up post a few days after posting the poem, “there are 1,947 comments on a poem that took me—no exaggeration—about 9 minutes to write. many of the comments have been confused, many of them understanding, many of them angry.” Indeed, dozens upon dozens of readers have called Palmer out for what they perceive as her self-interest and arrogance in the wake of a tragedy. One particularly popular comment, signed “A fan,” argues that “this isn’t a poem for Dzjokhar, it’s a poem for yourself because you imagine you know how he feels.” The comment currently has 770 up-votes and 12 down-votes, if that gives you an indication of what the reaction has been like.
“So play your favorite cover song, especially if the words are wrong ‘Cause even if your grades are bad, it doesn’t mean you’re failing”
After a mysterious week or so of trying to guess exactly what this Humanity Festival was all about— between the unexplained promotions, the flyers, and the recruitment — the one constant was the promised presence of Amanda Palmer ’98. And, combined with the excellent organizing efforts of Raechel Rosen ’15, that was more than enough to draw a huge crowd onto Foss Hill this past Saturday afternoon for the “one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.”
After performances by Don Minott, a group comprised of Jess Best ’14, Mel Hsu ’13, and Sam Friedman ’13, Siren, and Oz Rhys Langston & Izzy, Palmer finally arrived, unaccompanied except for her ukulele. After releasing Theatre is Evilthis past year, Palmer booked herself for a large slew of international shows with her new backing band, The Grand Theft Orchestra. Here, though, was more like a large scale, heavily-planned ninja gig. Like her impromptu performance in 2011 at Eclectic, her appearance at the Humanity Festival was an intimate affair, despite the large crowd. Her stage was just a few carpets on the grass, a monitor, some speakers, and a stool. Her orchestra was that beaten-up ukulele.
Some commentary, some more photographs, and a high-quality recording of the entire performance (!) after the jump.
If you’re a senior and you’re reading this: you’re too drunk or too tired to read this (or both). Go to bed. Otherwise, check out this big thingamajig that Raechel Rosen ’15 has put together, apparently with some inspiration from Dar Williams ’89:
Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity
against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.
Foss Hill. Saturday. 3:00 pm. Come dance,sing, discuss, and smile
Don Minott (with Wesleyan student accompaniment including Matt
Chillton, Leo Grossman, Zach Kantor, Angus Macdonald, and Jacob Masters)
Jess Best, Mel Hsu & Sam Friedman
Oz, Rhys Langston, & Izzy
Along with many talented spoken word artists. There will be time
between sets, called SOAP BOX, for members of the audience to say
their piece about the divisions present in the Wesleyan and greater
Sponsored by Gibson Guitars and the 1Love foundation.
Did we mention that Amanda Palmer ’98is coming on Saturday? Raechel Rosen ’15 wants to take you on a flyering adventure down the rabbit hole:
The Humanity Festival is this Saturday and we want to engage as many Middletown residents as possible. So come meet at at the UOC tomorrow at 4:00 PM to flyer with us and Vittorio Lancia! Get some sunshine (or rain) while engaging with your neighbors down the hill. Humanity Festival is a one-day musical celebration in solidarity against bigotry, racism, and social divisions within a community.The Wesleyan Humanity Festival will take place on April 13th, 2013 on the bottom of Foss Hill and intends to bring all members of the Wesleyan and greater Middletown community together through music, art, and spoken word. Bands include:
Palmer has been in the public eye constantly this past year, mostly raising conversation and controversy regarding her radical business model and crowd-sourcing tactics, which was the topic of her recent TEDTalk. Last time she was at Wesleyan, in 2011, she gave a surprise “ninja gig” in the Eclectic dining room, performing everything from Dresden classics “Coin-Operated Boy” and “Leeds United” to a radical reimagining of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” from the point of view of a truck stop hooker. Here’s video of that performance, via Will Feinstein ’13at Aural Wes. Hope she includes it in her Reunion & Commencement set!
Most recently, she gave a speech to TED on her crowdfunding campaign, titled “The Art of Asking”:
The speech itself is both informative and inspirational. It’s idealistic, yet it has also proven itself to be pragmatic. It is the true spirit of the arts that we would like to see replicated by all. How many times have we passed on an exhibition because we didn’t want to pay $25 dollars for an admission ticket? How many concerts have we missed because the tickets were too expensive? How many of us has felt guilty for downloading music instead of buying it?
I bet you guys called each other up and coordinated it. Don’t lie. I know you did.
Himanshu Suri ’07 (Heems) andVictor Vazquez ’06 (Kool A.D.) were Das Racist, Wesleyan (and critic)’s favorite slack-rap duo. And then suddenly they weren’t. That’s about all the history about those two I’m gonna give you, because let’s be honest, you know all of this. It’s not like we don’t post about them every other day or something.
So, the two decided back in December to call it quits, go their own ways, and pursue their already-blooming solo careers: Heems making music as Heems, and Kool A.D. as KoolA.D.
Momus, in case you didn’t know, is a Scottish musician with an eyepatch whose interests, according to Wikipedia, include identity, Japan, Rome, the avant-garde, time travel and sex. He almost had a hit in 1987 with “Hairstyle of the Devil” and has been doing his bizarre thing ever since. In 1998, he graced the “so-called Eclectic House” with his presence and fortunately for us kids, he wrote this spectacular account.
Although he (jokingly?) refers to Wes as the University of Connecticut, his description of our “Oasis of distilled hedonism”, our “self-righteous, temporary, trust-funded student escapism” may be more on point. From Eclectic, he proceeds to Womanist House, where he muses on identity politics and our “pseudo-liberal, politically correct puritanism.”
Not your mother’s video about having sex with rock stars.
The newest video from Amanda Palmer ’98’s crowdfundedalbumTheatre is Evil, “Do it with a Rockstar”is a brilliant, overwhelming send-up of your everyday girlie music video. Palmer has quite a bit to say about how it was made on her blog. There are groupies, men in drag who spend more time on their appearance than the band members, and girl-on-girl make-out scenes.
“Bitch doesn’t shave and what’s going on with her eyebrows,” quips one of the drag queens, and Palmer is subsequently found rockin’ some major armpit hair. There is a circle of particularly repugnant specimens of our generation (in her blog post, she calls them “phone drones”) who end up at Palmer’s show despite the fact that she is “a scientologist, an ableist… she hates men, she hates women, she hates everything.” This is probably Palmer’s way of addressing the controversy over her crowdsourcing her touring band, as well as the kind of critical crap that gets hurled at every unconventional-looking woman on YouTube. The girl who says this is later found pulling a salami out of a band member’s pants and eating it.
After seeing the amount of glitter that goes flying in the video, it’s perhaps unsurprising to know that the Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne is the director behind the video.
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