Amanda Palmer & Neil Gaiman Join Muruch’s RAINN Benefit

I’m so excited and honored to add Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman to Muruch’s RAINN Benefit Album tracklist!

Gaiman’s Sandman comics helped me through a dark time 15 years ago, around the time I first started sharing music on Muruch. And longtime readers are well aware of my obsessive love for Amanda Palmer’s band The Dresden Dolls, whose image and lyrics were once part of Muruch’s layout.

Our growing list of contributors also includes Concrete Blonde’s Johnette Napolitano, Hannah Fury, Elysian Fields and Heidi Saperstein. My first release as producer/curator is going to be my new favorite album and help a very dear, very worthy cause. The album’s liner notes will also include some incredible artwork by Amber Ortolano.

We’re still accepting images, spoken word poetry and music submissions until June 15th. See the benefit post for details.

Current Read: “The Art of Asking” by Amanda Palmer

The Dresden Dolls, The Brigade, The Rebellyon, Kickstarter…this is like a trip down memory lane. Part memoir, part love story and all funny and inspiring. Amanda Palmer’s book, The Art of Asking, gave me the courage to turn my RAINN benefit album dream into a reality and reminded me of why The Dresden Dolls are my all-time favorite band. There’s never been anyone like them and I doubt there ever will be.

Call for Music, Poetry & Art Submissions for RAINN Benefit Album

Submissions are now closed & the album press release is up.

Muruch is curating a nonprofit, digital album of music, spoken word poetry and art to benefit RAINN, the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network organization and National Sexual Assault helpline founded by singer Tori Amos.

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Neil Gaiman at WV Book Festival in October!

As if the resurrection of our beloved WV Book Festival isn’t exciting enough, The Charleston Gazette reports that Sandman creator Neil Gaiman is among the featured authors! Whether his wife, The Dresden Doll’s Amanda Palmer, will join him remains to be seen.

The book festival will return October 23 & 24 at the Charleston Civic Center during the fall edition of FestivALL.

The Storyteller author Jodi Picoult and Brown Girl Dreaming author Jacqueline Woodson are also on the festival lineup, which will feature several writer-oriented workshops.