Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (October 29, 2010): Amanda Palmer wants to save the music industry, Rachel Maddow gets her man

This week, Amanda Palmer talked with The Huffington Post about her insane schedule, discovering a street musician and her theories about saving the music industry.

Basically, the woman’s been beyond busy and more like a real-life superhero in the past three months. She’s starred in a Boston production of Cabaret (which was sold out for three months), organized a 10th Anniversary Tour of The Dresden Dolls, self-released an EP (Amanda Palmer Performs the Popular Hits of Radiohead on Her Magical Ukelele) and participated in multiple other recording projects and after-hours performances.

So how does she do it all? Palmer explained that the key to not getting run down and staying focused is a daily yoga and meditation practice. “You have to make the time to take care of yourself in that way or your insides get chipped away,” she said

The future of the music industry, a hot topic, has also been weighing on Amanda’s mind. She thinks Radiohead was brilliant for releasing their last album for free, and the industry should move towards a more patron-based business model. After all, digital sharing of content is not likely to go away anytime soon.

“I don’t think people give enough credit to people who love music and that they actually like supporting it. [The music industry] doesn’t have enough faith in people to see that … it’s not just about money and the bottom line, and dollars and cents, and I don’t think they realize how good it makes people feel to support artists. People actively love giving money to artists who touch them and change them, or make them dance,” Palmer said.

Palmer recently started a Kickstarter (online crowdfunding project) for Tristan Allen, a piano player she met on the street. The kickstarter goal was $3,000 to produce his album, but they ended up raising $9,000.

“It’s also such a web 4.0 phenomenon with Tristan because I think a lot of the people who funded the album were literally reading my Twitter feed when I ran into the kid on the street,” Palmer said.

Amanda has about half a million followers on Twitter, and you could say she’s something of a “celebrity favorite” because she actually interacts with her followers and has from day one. Her reason for starting a kickstarter for a kid she met on the street: Why not?

“Maybe I should take my one weekend off and — in parentheses, this is why I f–king suffer, but that’s fine — and make a record with the kid; why not? And that’s also where I get into trouble, that’s where we veer into the conversation of Amanda, why are you such a wreck. It’s because I want to do everything. So much is possible, and I want to do it all!”

Palmer said that, at any given moment, she’s not sure if she’s doing the right thing but that all options seem open and possible and she tries to go for what makes her happy.

“I find it hilarious,” Palmer said, “especially when young musicians come up to me and say, you obviously have all the answers, what am I supposed to do? And I just look at them and laugh heartily — because if they think I’ve got it figured out — I mean, good God.”

The Dresden Dolls 10th Anniversary Tour kicks off on Halloween night in New York.

Megan Hargroder