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Wearing this tonight for the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, the start of women getting the right to vote.
reproductive freedom must be understood and protected as a civil (or even human) right, without which women cannot be free or achieve equality within society. religious leaders can try to convince women that they should not have abortions but they cannot force all women to subscribe to their patriarchal religious creed. it is not the job of government to enforce religious creeds but it is the job of government to protect the civil rights of its citizens. any court worth its salt should find these new abortion bans unconstitutional.
Full video of Play God with Petah from @thebabefest at the link in bio.
some audience questions from berkeley and portland...
The book tour for No Walls and the Recurring Dream kicked off one week ago today @thenewschool with moderator @cecilerichards! Here are the remaining stops:
May 14 - Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church of Berkeley (SOLD OUT) +
May 15 - Portland, OR - @revolutionhall (SOLD OUT) %
May 16 - Pasadena, CA - Pasadena Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT) ±
May 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church (SOLD OUT) #
May 19 - Greensboro, NC @greensborobound (SOLD OUT) $
May 22 - New Orleans, LA @neworleansjcc ~
August 1 - Anchorage, AK - Barnes & Noble ^
+ in conversation with @hilary_saunders
% in conversation with @cari.luna .
± in conversation with @valariekaur .
$ in conversation with @rhiannongiddens
# in conversation with Rachel Rascoe
~ in conversation with Gwen Thompkins
Photos by Ben Ferrari/The New School
hanging @amazon talking No Walls and the Recurring Dream
so here is my mixtape for you, like the kind that i would make you on cassette if it was, like, 1993 and i was really into you. it’s a flight of ani songs that i took the liberty of revisiting, solo stylie, twenty… (thirty?!) years later, songs that factor (either literally or figuratively) into my memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream. these songs take the same stumbly trip through my formative years that the book takes — except for To The Teeth. To The Teeth has nothing whatsoever to do with the book; i just wanted to include it.
i took a few liberties with my own lyrics here; in other words, the me that i am now sang these songs in the present, even though they are old songs. i also took some liberties with the chords, mostly because i couldn’t remember the right ones. i pulled out two microphones to record but, weirdly, i didn’t put one on my trusty Gibson and one on my face, i just put them next to each other, somewhere out in front of me. not sure what possessed me to do that. further explorations in phase cancellation were apparently necessary. then i ran my pickup to my beloved magnatone amp in the next room to give my guitar some balls. i left the recordings mostly as straight up performances, but with a few, i took the liberty of adding a few crude orchestrations. i used my old friend the avocado green telephone handset mic to be my own Greek chorus... and an occasional electric guitar or vibraphone. i couldn’t help myself.
the most radical thing for me about these recordings is that i didn’t wear my heavy-duty press-on nails when i made them (the ever-present right-hand suit of armor that i wear on the gig, with the electrical tape and all). that was weirder for me than you think. it’s probably been twenty-five years since i played for anyone but my cat with naked fingers.
i am blessed to have three very special guests ( @amyraymusic, @maceoparker, & @billybraggofficial) join me on this otherwise solitary outing. All are musicians i love, people who make appearances in No Walls and the Recurring Dream in some form or another. they are people who have already given me gifts along my journey and now, here is one more.
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derrick tabb received a well deserved award last night on international jazz day... and the roots band rocked it!
We are excited to announce a few new August tour dates for Ani and the band with special guest @pieta_music! Tickets on sale Friday at anidifranco.com/tour
August 6 - Spokane, WA @BingCrosbyTheater
August 7 - Missoula, MT @thewilmatheater
August 9 - Calgary, AB, Canada - Mt Royal University Bella Concert Hall
@hadestown broadway premiere last night was absolutely exquisite. five folksinger stars. -ani
my heidi ho is on the road with @amandapalmer! babeolicious synergy! -ani
Clearwater Festival has announced its lineup! Join Ani at The Great Hudson River Revival this June!