Kim Boekbinder

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Kim Boekbinder
Birth name Kim Kirstin Boekbinder
Also known as The Impossible Girl
Born Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Alternative rock
Dream Pop
Wonky Pop
Occupation(s) Artist, performer, musician, songwriter
Instruments Voice, guitar, percussion, synth, keyboard/piano
Years active 2005–present
Labels None
Associated acts Vermillion Lies
Molly Crabapple
Amanda Palmer

Kim Boekbinder is a Canadian-born musician and artist.

A longtime proponent of direct-to-fan marketing and social media, Boekbinder gained publicity for her take on touring/show-booking via a Kickstarter campaign.[1]

In early 2012 Kim Boekbinder launched "Mission Control" a fundraising platform to finance the development of her second full-length album. Fans subscribe to a private website where songs and writings of the next album are shared.

Boekbinder currently resides in New York City. On July 16, 2014, she announced that she had been granted United States citizenship.[2]

Solo career[edit]

Kim Boekbinder's first full-length solo album The Impossible Girl was produced by legendary Boston producer, Sean Slade, who discovered her when her former band Vermillion Lies opened for Amanda Palmer. The album was funded by a successful pre-order campaign which raised $20,000 in early 2010. The album was recorded at Mad Oak Studios in Allston, Massachusetts with engineer, Benny Grotto.

In June, 2011, Boekbinder pre-sold her first show in New York City. The idea for the pre-sold show received a good deal of attention after she wrote an impassioned post for English author, Warren Ellis.[3] The idea was explained further during a radio interview with the BBC News on June 28, 2011.[4]

Boekbinder's second studio album, The Sky is Calling was co-produced by grammy-nominated engineer Joel Hamilton at Studio G in Brooklyn, NY. The album is described as an electro-gallactic space epic and features data-bent sounds of NASA data and a collaboration with astronomer Phil Plait.

In 2014 Boekbinder began recording and releasing "Ephemeral Songs" on - each song was only available for a few weeks at a time.

On July 18, 2016, Kim launched a Kickstarter project for her album Noisewitch.[5]

She has also been lauded for her collaborations with Brooklyn-based producer and turntablist King's County Lighthouse.


Studio albums[edit]

  • The Sky is Calling (2013)[6]
  • The Impossible Girl (2010)

Other Recording Projects[edit]

  • "The Infinite Minute" (2015) - 169 one-minute songs. One song for every $100 raised on Kickstarter to fund a home recording studio.
  • "Ephemeral Songs" (2014) - a series of singles released one at a time on Each song was only up for a few weeks.
  • "Moon Landing" (2012) - impromptu single with David J of Bauhaus
  • "Music for Stray Days" (2011) - original song to accompany the popular web comic The Secret Knots
  • "New York" (2011) - acoustic single, released in conjunction with original art by Molly Crabapple
  • "Such Great Heights" (2011) - 7" vinyl record with Amanda Palmer featuring a cover of The Postal Service song and Boekbinder's original "On the Other Side of the World"
  • "Thirty One" (2009) - 31 songs written and recorded in 31 days. One song released each day for a month.
  • "First the Bees" (2008) - 5 song EP (as Kim Vermillion)

Guest Appearances[edit]

  • "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" (2012) by The Tiger Lillies - Kim Boekbinder plays toy piano on several songs
  • Say Hi To Your Neighborhood (2009) by Jim Avignon - Kim Boekbinder sings on "smalltalkworld"

With Vermillion Lies[edit]

  • Separated by Birth (2006), Label: A Small Tribe Records, ASIN: B000HD1MZW
  • Scream-Along EP (2007)
  • What's in the Box? (2008), MP3, self-released, ASIN: B001BL2JFQ
  • In New Orleans 7" vinyl (2008)
  • "Sister Magic" (2015) 4 song digital EP


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