Sunday, January 29, 2012

5 Dresden Dolls library ninja gig tweets by YOU

List by Tosca

"All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls!"
- Thomas Carlyle

Friday. Wow. Friday. I can't thank Auckland people enough for Friday. Most certainly I cannot thank Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione enough, either. Friday afternoon's library ninja gig at Central City Library was everything I wanted it to be and then some. (I often tell people that my idea of customer service is built on that idea - you give customers what they want, and then you give them something they didn't know they wanted, and the ninja gig was a lot like that). I get such a buzz out of live music. You hear a song, or a group and you listen to them enough that you know every single lyric by heart. You know where to pause, which words to put emphasis on, how to vocally (and emotionally, too) build the song up to this moment of great intensity...and then let it fade away. And start it all over again. Know what I mean? It's a beautiful thing but, let's be honest, it's nothing compared to hearing it live and in your face and, for a little bit there when Amanda Palmer crowdsurfed a seated audience, literally over your head, too. And right then you're shocked out of your musical complacency and you remember why you adore the drama and the theatricality of a group such as the Dresden Dolls, and the words of their songs combined with the outright fun-ness of it all make it that much more real and special. Gah *flails*

I could go on and on about how fantastic it all was (you know I could), but I'm not going to. Instead I've rounded up some tweets that floated across our stream that capture the mood and the feeling of the library gig so much better than I could on any given day. You know that moment when everything comes together and you have the right band, the right crowd and life is good-fantastic-I'm-gonna-be-smiling-for-days? That. So much that. THANK YOU, Auckland, for sharing all of that with us. And, just quietly, thanks Corin (Manager Digital Services, Auckland Libraries) for arranging the library ninja gig. Tres cool, boss man, tres cool :P And thank you to those who allowed me to highlight their tweets :)

Made it to the Auckland Library with a bit of time to spare - cigarette then the NINJA GIG TO END ALL NINJA GIGS. 21 hours ago via txt · powered by @socialditto

This tweet? This tweet right here? THAT is what I was hoping everyone else was wanting, too, the NINJA GIG TO END ALL NINJA GIGS. Thank you, @x_chemicalism_x, for putting it in words.

If you get the chance I'd really love for you to check out:
  • Kat's blog post - Dresden Dolls at the Auckland Library - my favourite line 'It was the perfect amount of nerdy and naughty.'
  • Entertain Me's Q&A session with the Dresden Dolls - I wonder if they really *do* get their ideas that way...?
  • Brian Viglione in one of our Auckland Libraries t-shirts - he quite happily posed for my shot
  • Amanda!Librarian and her gangstah librarians - quite scary, actually :)
  • Matthew Finch's Tumblr post


    Wish I was at the @dresdendolls show tonight. #regrets. The ninja gig at the library was amazeballs 11 hours ago via TweetDeck · powered by @socialditto

    #amandapalmer in full vocal flight @ Auckland Public Library - bliss. 42 minutes ago via Photos on iOS · powered by @socialditto

    @amandapalmer just crowd surfed over a seated audience at @Auckland_Libs. Priceless. 19 hours ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto

    LOVED LOVED LOVED the Dresden Dolls ninja gig at Akld Central Library #aldresdenninja #aucklandlibsninja thank you @Auckland_Libs 18 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    Oh Wow! what a day! First time seeing @DresdenDolls live at @Auckland_Libs ninja gig + in concert. Amazing experience. 10 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

    An extra tweet for two reasons:
  • my ability to count has always been appalling and...
  • because I can :)


    Kelly M said...

    Just tweeted the link to this post to he enjoys it :)Fab post as per always :)

    Lin said...
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    Lin said...

    Thanks to Dresden Dolls, CorinH, Auckland Library + anyone else who helped make the ninja gig happen! It was amazing!

    There was also a seated mosh pit before the seated crowd surfing was tried!

    Here's a link to a youtube vid of Dresden Dolls singing Mein Herr at the Central Auckland Library Ninja Gig Thanks to whoever shared this!

    Lastly both Amanda + Brian wore Auckland Library Ts while signing autographs!

    good idea, Kellly M!
    Saw Amanda Palmer posted a pic on her blog of the Neil Gaiman books at Unity bookshop. If @neilhimself aka Neil Gaiman reads this and wants to know if Auckland Library has any of this books, the search URL is
    (or enter into search prompt: author:"Gaiman, Neil." )

    Aimee said...

    So jealous I could cry! :(

    catatonia said...

    @Kelly - whoa. Scary heh

    @Lin - thank you so much for reading/commenting! Was reviewing my own vid footage of the gig and it's not really usable. Heads keep popping up in it in odd places and there's lots of squealing and screaming and laughing. But oh, I wouldn't undo it for anything :) I thought it was just the greatest thing ever that Brian and Amanda were happy just hanging out for a bit afterward and talking with people and just, you know, chilling. It was so cool. So very, very awesome.

    @Aimee - I almost *did* cry and I was there :) It was...gah it was one of the most fun-nest things I've ever done in a library. I could oh so easily do something like it again.

    kowhai reader said...

    I definitely think you should do it again then... but this time on a day I can make it into the library. I am soooo jealous of you all - sounds like it was amazing.

    OneLifeLiveIt said...

    Gutted I missed this. Will be keeping my eye out for other 'events' in the future.