Album 3 Kickstarter launches April 11

We are full of SQUEE because our final preparations are coming together and we're very happy to announce that the Kickstarter for our third album is launching April 11!

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We have diabolical plans for the launch, and will be unveiling several surprises over the next couple weeks. If you want to be in the know AND get handy reminders from everyone's favorite evil social media overlord, RSVP for this Facebook event.

Behind the Music: "Bunnies in My Brain"

By “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc

1. It took me the better part of a year to write this one. Who knew it would be so hard to write about something that I deal with every single day of my life? I ultimately had to set a hard deadline for myself to get it done.

2. When I only had a couple fragments of lyrics, this one started in my head sounding like a big-bandish, loungey sort of classic swing song. One of the things about writing music, though, is that you have to write the type of music your band can actually perform - and a song in that style wouldn't sound right without several instruments backing it up, and we just don't have that, unfortunately. Not only that, I wasn't sure my range/vocal talents were up to the task of a big, rich, sweeping jazz song.

3. Unfortunately, I couldn't think of another melody that would work with the song, and with my self-imposed deadline looming, I decided to make it a parody instead. I looked around for folk songs that had a frenetic pace, and I remembered performing "Chicken on a Raft" with Pirates for Sail. Once I figured that out, the lyrics came together pretty quickly. (I find lyrics a lot easier to write when I have a rhythm in mind first.)

4. The concept of this song is that the song itself is a long, anxious overthink of a concept - in this case, being in love with someone who tends to ease your anxiety when they're around, but being conscious of the fact that you can't rely on them to ease your anxiety (co-dependence is never a solution, kids!). As someone pointed out, sometimes being in love increases your anxiety, and that's VERY true, but I decided not to work that into the song because I didn't think it was as interesting or complex as the idea that sometimes you have people in your life who decrease your anxiety just by being around, but knowing you can't get dependent upon that effect, that you have to manage your own mental health and be able to do it independently.

5. I did a songwriting stream on Twitch for this song - the first and only time I've done that. It was really fun and I want to do that again sometime.

6. The song was written by the end of June 2018, but we didn't actually start rehearsing it until early 2019. One of the delays was the need to learn a couple of new songs that were written specifically for Dragon Con, and then we focused on other music we had to prep for studio recording first, and then we had a bit of a holdup where we were trying to find a version of "Chicken on a Raft" we wanted to emulate for the purposes of building harmonies.

7. I wish we had a good recording of us performing this at the Limerick Pub a couple weeks ago - Saber added the cajone (drum) to it, and it makes the song even better.

8. Yes, the song will be on the new album coming out this year (and it will include the cajone).

Behind the Music: "Bibliophilia"

By “Lucky” Annie LeBlanc

"Bibliophilia" is my favorite song I've ever written (and I love the photo below that Saber took for the cover art!). I'm so psyched everyone can now buy it as a single.

Some background on the song:
1. My mom is awesome and took me to the Rochester Public Library, pretty much weekly, from a very young age (I think my earliest memories of it were when I was 3 years old or so). We also visited the Bookmobile every other week when it came to my neighborhood, though I preferred the main library because they had a dollhouse that changed seasonally, and puppets you could check out! I've had a library card of my own as long as I can remember (and now I have cards for three different county systems, whaaaat).

2. I've always been in awe of libraries - even more so today, recognizing that in our consumer-driven culture, libraries are one of the only places you can go without having to spend a single cent, and you can come away with education or entertainment. You don't even have to physically GO to the library to gain its benefits - through services like Overdrive (which is name-dropped in the song), you can get ebooks and audiobooks delivered to your electronic devices for free. And there's usually a reference librarian available by phone or email to help you answer questions, which is phenomenal.

3. I was inspired to write this song as I was getting ready to go volunteer at a local library for a day. I was flirting with my boyfriend and we started coming up with terrible and wonderful library and book-themed double-entendres and puns, and...well.

4. The song originally had a completely different melody, but when I sang it at rehearsal, it clearly wasn't working. I went back to the drawing board, and came up with the melody you hear today.

5. I do not advocate having sex in libraries. Consent is mandatory, and that includes the consent of people around you in a public place who might hear you, see you, or have to clean up after you. And note that the punchline of the song is that we are actually singing about reading erotica in the library.

6. I had to change one of the lyrics after we'd started performing the song (and after the YouTube video of it was released). Originally we said "I'll meet you in 649.65" because when I Googled "Dewey decimal sex education books," that's what came up. Repeatedly. Buuuut then when I was looking around at my library I realized that section is embedded within child psychology, and consists of books intended to teach very young children about where babies come from, and I was kinda horrified. Not the vibe I was going for at all. So we've since changed the lyric to "Shelf 306.7's where I feel alive," which is the adult sex education book section, my original intention.

7. One final note as a pitch for libraries: libraries may be taxpayer-funded, but have been subjected to massive budget cuts over recent decades. Most libraries have a foundation you can donate to, and sometimes there are special perks for being a monthly contributor. And if you're trying to de-clutter, most libraries accept donations of new and used books for their Friends of the Library program, and possibly for their collections. One of my habits to support my favorite authors and libraries is to pre-order hardcovers from my favorite authors, then donate them to the library as soon as they arrive. The benefit is threefold: 1. The library gets a new release they can either throw into their collection or sell for a decent amount at their Friends bookstore, 2. I'm helping my author friends boost their sales numbers (since hardcover orders count more than ebook orders, and I always order the ebook too), and 3. If it's added to the collection, it can help my favorite authors find new audiences, especially if the library hadn't already ordered a copy.

Video Submissions Due 2/28!

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Just a friendly reminder that your Kickstarter video submissions are due Feb. 28!

We’re looking for very short (a few seconds) videos from as many folx as possible! Details are below.

How to Submit a Video:

  1. Read the logistical notes below!

  2. Take a 5-15 second video of you saying:

    1. Why you like the Misbehavin’ Maidens OR why you’re excited for the new album (or both!)

    2. Your favorite swear word (this probably won’t be on the Kickstarter itself because of content restrictions, but we’d like to make a compilation video for YouTube) (this part is optional)

  3. Send us the video, via google drive or dropbox, to: misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com by Feb. 28.

  4. Fill out this form to give us your name and permission: https://goo.gl/forms/tBFAGxq2KtPcPoHN2

LOGISTICAL NOTES:

  • MOST IMPORTANT ONE: Please turn your phone sideways! You can film this video with a camera, a phone, whatever (high quality is great within reason)—but PLEASE make sure it’s horizontal, like a movie, not vertical, like a selfie.

  • Look for the best possible lighting—brighter is better!

  • Make sure there’s a minimum of background noise.

  • Acceptable formats: 3GP, AVI, MP4 and Quicktime. And don’t make the final over a gig, for the sake of our precious hard drive space.

  • If you’re using Dropbox, please send us a link to the FILE, not the FOLDER, that makes it easier!! Make sure it’s got open permissions.

  • CONSENT is mandatory. Don’t take a video of someone who doesn’t know what’s happening! Please!

  • Don’t send us multiple takes or options, just pick your favorite for each person/group! We trust your judgment!

  • Don’t overthink it! We just want to see your face and hear you talk. You don’t need to launch a full-scale film production. A selfie video of just your face is fine!


(BTW thanks to The Doubleclicks for having this process down to a science so we knew what to ask for and how to ask for it. Go tell them they’re awesome on Twitter.)

Love Libraries? Get “Bibliophilia” (new single!)

As a Valentine's Day surprise for y'all, we've released a single FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER. "Bibliophilia" in all its professionally-recorded-and-mixed glory is yours to own as of TODAY!

It’s available on Bandcamp now. We've submitted it for distribution on iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Pandora, but it can take up to a couple of weeks to be available on all platforms. So if you prefer to buy on those avenues, keep checking back and it should be there soon! (Update 2/21: the single is now available from: Bandcamp | iTunes | Amazon | Google Play | YouTube Music | Spotify !)

It WILL be included on our forthcoming album, but, uh, we’re impatient, and thought you might be, too. So you can enjoy this little “taste” of album 3 early!

Also, remember: you still have until Feb. 28, 2019 to submit a video for our 3rd CD Kickstarter campaign! Details are in our previous blog post.

Oh and in case you missed it, we posted on YouTube a video of a song we just started performing in January. It’s all about having anxiety and being in love:

CD 3 is Coming, and You Can Help Make It Awesome

If you were one of the lucky folks at our MarsCon shows this weekend, you heard our big news: We’re making a third album! HOLY SHIT!

Many diabolical plots are happening behind the scenes right now, but here’s what we can tell you, to start:

  1. Recording is IN PROCESS. Thanks to all you wonderful folx buying merch and being so supportive, we’ve been able to hoard enough funds to start the recording process early. You are AWESOME.

  2. To whet your insatiable appetites, a new single will be released SOON on Bandcamp. Keep an eye out!

  3. We’ll be launching the Kickstarter in a few months (April-ish). The Kickstarter will be raising money to print the actual CDs and get you some really cool new swag!

  4. We’re planning to have the album released before September of this year (maybe sooner!).

We’d love you to be a part of this amazing process! Here are some ways you can do that!

  1. Sign up for our e-mail list! As anyone with a brand presence on social media will tell you, the algorithms (the evil robots that decide what content you see) have been getting worse and worse over the last few years. The mailing list is the way you can ensure you’ll know when we launch our Kickstarter and when the CD is released. (We promise not to spam you. We only use the mailing list for Really Important Stuff.)

  2. Tell us what kind of rewards you’d like to see!

  3. Send us a video! For our Kickstarter video, we’d like to include our amazing fans! We’re looking for very short (a few seconds) videos from as many folx as possible! Details are below - deadline is Feb. 28.

How to Submit a Video:

  1. Read the logistical notes below!

  2. Take a 5-15 second video of you saying:

    1. Why you like the Misbehavin’ Maidens OR why you’re excited for the new album (or both!)

    2. Your favorite swear word (this probably won’t be on the Kickstarter itself because of content restrictions, but we’d like to make a compilation video for YouTube) (this part is optional)

  3. Send us the video, via google drive or dropbox, to: misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com by Feb. 28.

  4. Fill out this form to give us your name and permission: https://goo.gl/forms/tBFAGxq2KtPcPoHN2

LOGISTICAL NOTES:

  • MOST IMPORTANT ONE: Please turn your phone sideways! You can film this video with a camera, a phone, whatever (high quality is great within reason)—but PLEASE make sure it’s horizontal, like a movie, not vertical, like a selfie.

  • Look for the best possible lighting—brighter is better!

  • Make sure there’s a minimum of background noise.

  • Acceptable formats: 3GP, AVI, MP4 and Quicktime. And don’t make the final over a gig, for the sake of our precious hard drive space.

  • If you’re using Dropbox, please send us a link to the FILE, not the FOLDER, that makes it easier!! Make sure it’s got open permissions.

  • CONSENT is mandatory. Don’t take a video of someone who doesn’t know what’s happening! Please!

  • Don’t send us multiple takes or options, just pick your favorite for each person/group! We trust your judgment!

  • Don’t overthink it! We just want to see your face and hear you talk. You don’t need to launch a full-scale film production. A selfie video of just your face is fine!


(BTW thanks to The Doubleclicks for having this process down to a science so we knew what to ask for and how to ask for it. Go tell them they’re awesome on Twitter.)

O Hai, 2019!

We’re pleased to announce the dates for several local shows we’ve confirmed for 2019! For those who like to plan waaaaay ahead, here’s where you’ll find us next year:

We’re still confirming some convention dates as well, so stay tuned for those!

Want to book us for a show? Fill out our handy contact form.

Can’t wait to see y’all!

We're Gonna Be Part of the Doubleclicks' October Online Show!

We’re super excited to be special guests on the Doubleclicks’ October Online Show October 18!

We’ll be singing a few of our G-rated songs (yes, we have those, please don’t spread that around) and chatting with Laser and Aubrey. It’s a hangout, it’s a concert, it’s a party you can join from the comfort of your own home, in pajamas (or whatever - we don’t judge).

The link to the livestream will be posted in this Facebook event the day of the concert, so RSVP to stay in the loop!

ALSO! We are stoked to be the special guests for Lysistrata and Other Burlesque Tales of Rage at the Black Cat November 2! Tickets are $15 and available now.

Get your Maidens logo gear!

We've heard the cries from near and far - people want more Maidens merch, and they want to be able to order it from all over the world. So we have launched a brand-new shop on RedBubble with all kinds of print-on-demand Maidens logo merch - shirts, dresses, leggings, throw pillows, phone cases, backpacks, and more.

(For those far away who want our dice, coasters, etc. - stay tuned. We're investigating the possibility of being able to ship some of our "gig merch" in the future. No promises, but we are giving it some thought and exploring how it might be do-able.)

Our DragonCon Schedule is Up

At long last, we can announce a bunch of DragonCon 2018 wonderfulness!

Schedule

First, our schedule is up! You can RSVP for individual events on Facebook, but here's the list:

(All events listed here are in the Hanover F/G room of the Hyatt (Exhibit Level).)

11:30 PM Friday, 8/31/18: CONCERT! We'll be singing nerdy and dirty delights!

7:00 PM Saturday, 9/1/18: GROUP SING! Join us, and many other amazing performers for "The World Of Harry Potter" group sing!

2:30 PM Sunday, 9/2/18: PANEL! We'll be discussing how to Kickstart an album with none other than The Doubleclicks!

10 PM Sunday, 9/2/18: ANOTHER CONCERT! More nerdy! More dirty! Don't miss it!

You will also be able to find us throughout the event at our merch table in the Marriott concourse, and possibly here and there at meet and greets, and open filk events (more on the filk track here)! COME SAY HI!

Our Sibs From Another Crib Will Be There!

We're beyond giddy that the PDX Broadsides, another nerdy, feminist, sex-positive, amazing band from the West coast, will be performing at DragonCon as well. Please give them some love and buy a lot of their merch so they don't have to bring it home on the plane!

Get Hype and Hear Us Squee on the ESO Podcast

Flint and Saber stopped by Earth Station One and recorded a podcast talking about DragonCon. Go give it a listen!

Hey DragonCon: We're Baaa-aack!

We're super excited to announce we'll be performing at DragonCon this September! We first performed at DragonCon in 2015, so we're super stoked to be back (especially since HOPEFULLY this time Lucky won't be in the damn hospital and can actually join us!). When the event gets closer, we should have some schedule details to share, but for now, know that we'll be there, performing and selling our wares!

While we're talking cons, we're also excited to announce we'll be performing at MarsCon (Virginia) for the first time this coming January!

Gigs and Kickstarters and New Music Videos, Oh My!

Greetings!

We've got a couple gigs coming up, two Kickstarters we'd like you to support, and a new music video in the works!

Gigs

Our next performances will be:

You'll note we are on a brief hiatus May-June due to Virginia Renaissance Faire, but that's a great opportunity to see our Saber's other band, Scales and Crosstones, perform!

Kickstarters to Support

Speaking of Scales and Crosstones, they are just about to launch a Kickstarter for their fourth album! You can be notified when it launches by RSVPing for this Facebook event.

We're also super excited to announce that we'll be part of the lineup of a brand-new, Richmond-based geek music festival called RavenConcert in September! But because it's brand-new, it needs your support to make sure it happens. Go back the Kickstarter today!

New Music Video Coming Soon

We recently recorded a new music video for our song "Bibliophilia." We had fun broadcasting the process on our new Twitch channel last week. Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss it when it goes live!

A friendly introduction

Greetings, new fans and followers. Please keep your seatbelts fastened and note these important safety announcements:

We're nerdy, dirty, feminist, funny, and queer, and we sing music representative of that.

 We can be found on:

We have two albums! They're available in digital format on Bandcamp, iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon. The first one is more "Ren Faire folk" and 100% a cappella. Second one is more nerdy/filky and has some ukulele in there.

We do 10-12 live shows a year, at fandom conventions and DC/Baltimore area bars and variety shows. Our upcoming shows are always listed on our website.

At our live shows, we sell merch, including shirts, stickers, drinkware, dice, pins, and more. We don't have an online store for physical merch yet, so be sure to catch us in person to get that sweet, sweet swag!

We have been performing together for five years! How the time flies!

If you want to support us, thank you! Some ways to do that:
1. Tell your friends about our music!
2. Come to a show!
3. Buy our albums and merch!
4. Tell your favorite fandom con you want to see us perform there!
5. Post glowing reviews on iTunes, Google Play, etc.!
6. If you really, really want to, you can tip us via PayPal at misbehavinmaidens@gmail.com.

That's also the email address where you can contact us for booking information, etc.

Got a question not covered here? Hit us up via email, our web contact form, Twitter, or FB messenger.

Thank you for your attention. If you haven't already, go give some love to some of our favorite bands, The PDX Broadsides, The Doubleclicks, Paul and Storm, Jonathan Coulton, Danielle Ate the Sandwich, Lucia Fasano, Molly Lewis, Julia Nunes, Scales and Crosstones, Pirates for Sail, and Amanda Palmer!

Tune In for Our Live Show ON THE INTERNET Feb. 3

Join us from your very own home/lair/dungeon/sky kingdom/underwater base/moon sanctuary for a LIVE SHOW on the INTERNET Saturday, February 3! We'll be singing some music (including a brand-new song!) and then doing our popular drinking game panel. You won't want to miss us rolling D20s and telling our favorite silly stories from conventions!

RSVP for the Facebook event to be alerted to the link to watch the broadcast.

"Ya gotta be there" for the panel - we will only be archiving the concert portion online afterwards.

Got a song request? Hit us up on The Twitter.

**Recommend 18+ audience. We will swear and sing about sex. A lot.**

Update Regarding Wicked Faire 2018

When we choose where to perform, we take a lot of things into consideration. We love reaching new audiences. We're eager to support diverse communities. We want to support events where we both love to attend AND love to perform. But sometimes things change after commitments are made.

In light of recent revelations regarding Wicked Faire and its founder, we have made the decision to cancel our appearance at Wicked Faire this year, and will not apply to perform at future JME events.

We’ve never canceled a con appearance before, and we did not make this decision lightly. We take pride in honoring our commitments. To our fans who had looked forward to seeing our shows and panels, and to con staff and volunteers who will have to make last-minute changes to schedules, printed materials, and room setups, we sincerely apologize.

However, as a band and as individuals, we could not, in good conscience, continue associating our name with this event. Please note that we won’t discuss the accusations on our social media channels, and we will delete comments about the accusations from this thread. There are legal issues at play here, so we ask that you please respect this request. There are other venues where they can be discussed, if you wish to do so.

In lieu of our Wicked Faire performances, we are planning a live-streamed concert and panel discussion Saturday, Feb. 3. The concert will be available to watch on our YouTube channel anytime after the show. We’ll be debuting at least one brand-new song during the show, and we’ll present one of our popular panels after the concert. Grab a drink and join us for some fun!

Thank you all for your understanding and continued support. We know our fans hold us to a high standard, and we work hard to live up to it.