Entries tagged with: Andrew WK
Brooke Shields and Tom Scharpling (via Patrick Cotnoir)
Tom Scharpling, Ted Leo, and Marianne Ways put together "A Very Special Benefit Show" on Friday (12/7) at the Bell House with a great lineup of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, Chris Elliott (joined by Adam Resnick), John Hodgman, Jon Benjamin, Julie Klausner (joined by Gary the Squirrel), Andrew W.K., Kristen Schaal, previously revealed surprise guests TItus Andronicus, and a secret appearance by Brooke Shields. The show began with an intro by Ted Leo and Tom Scharpling, and then the many acts began their (relatively short) sets with auctions spliced in between. Later on in the show, Tom and Ted returned to the stage together to interview Brooke Shields, and before Andrew WK's closing set, Ted played a song on stage with the auction winner. To end the night, after Andrew WK's set, he was joined on stage by Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and members of Titus for a killer cover of "Louie Louie." A picture of the setlist from the show is below.
Ted Leo was also added to the previously mentioned Concert & Comedy For Sandy Animals: Benefit for the Sean Casey Animal Rescue, which takes place at Littlefield TONIGHT (12/9) with Michael Showalter, Casey Shea, The National Reserve, Jena Friedman, Colleen Pelletier (video), and Rawan Rihani (art). Supercute were initially supposed to play but they had to cancel. Tickets for tonight's show are still available.
In case you missed it, Tom Scharpling also made the mix tape for the first of Yo La Tengo's eight Hanukkah shows last night (12/8). Last night's openers were The Raybeats and Emo Philips. Any guesses on who opens tonight?
Setlist from the Tom Scharpling benefit below...
"I'm summoning all my party powers from above and below to channel them into your soul... Have the PARTIEST HALLOWEEN EVER!" - Andrew WK
Let's just forget (not really) about this hurricane thing for one second, and try to remember that today is also Halloween! What are you going to be? What were you for Hallowmeme? Need instructions on dressing as a Canadian Indie Musician? Are you dressing up your baby? And are you going to one of the limited NYC events still happening? Or will you just save your costume and hopefully wear it to the belated Halloween Parade that might happen next week.
As you can see in the photo above, BV photographer Chris La Putt (not actually him) found his costume and is going to be Instagram for Halloween (actually, he's stranded without phone, internet or power in Jersey City).
One CT resident got a Halloween-themed surprise when Sandy uncovered a human skeleton under a down tree. They think it was put there hundreds of years ago when the area was a burial ground.
Dum Dum Girls dressed up as nuns and brought out the Dum Dum Boys, last night.
LA band Deap Vally who are currently in Europe on tour with the Vaccines, show off their costumes....
Holy scary Those Darlins:
Paralympic ski racer and cancer survivor Josh Sundquist, who has one leg, dressed up as the Christmas Story leg lamp.
Here's some dudes as the Beastie Boys:
Patton Oswalt is Doc Oc:
Bored? Learn how to carve jack-o-lanterns of Jay-Z, Kanye West, Azealia Banks, Danny Brown, and Action Bronson.
The appropriately named but not actually that scary Vampire Weekend are going to be on Kimmel tonight (which is being taped at BAM).
Diplo made a Halloween mix for BBC Radio 1, which features tracks by Danny Brown, TNGHT, M.I.A., Kanye West, Jay-Z, Destiny's Child, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Angel Haze, Misfits, and more. Stream/download it and check out the full tracklist HERE.
Lil B made a free Halloween mixtape which you can grab.
The Black Lips made a Halloween mixtape too. Stream below.
To quote the YouTube description, "Just in time for Halloween (and Hurricane Sandy, for that matter) "Tears" is a short film by David Altobelli and Jeff Desom, with a score pulled from HEALTH's original soundtrack to 'Max Payne 3' from Rockstar Games." Watch below.
Passion of the Weiss put together a haunted hip hop mix you can go download.
RL Grime released a free Halloween mix too. Listen below.
Heliotropes covered Roky Erickson for Halloween.
Marissa Nadler covered Daniel Johnston's "Devil Town". Listen below.
Kate Nash vamps it up in the just-released, fangtastic video for her song "Fri-end" which you can watch below
John "Mountain Goats" Darnielle and family are dressed "as the 1992 Capcom game Quiz and Dragons."
Jean Grae is slightly mad at Sandy for messing up Halloween. Watch her scary new video for "Kill Screen" and the rest of the stuff mentioned, below.
Even the hardest partier in the world was forced to succumb to Hurricane Sandy. The Andrew WK Halloween show at Autumn Bowl, which was supposed to go down this Wednesday (10/31), has been added to the long list of cancelled shows this week due to the natural disaster that we've been hit with. As mentioned in the tweets above, tickets can be refunded where purchased. And it looks like Andrew will still be partying wherever he is on Wednesday night, so if you were gonna go to the show, you should find a way to do the same. It's what Andrew WK would want.
A video of Andrew WK the weatherman below...
Andrew WK at Webster Hall in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Assuming we all survive the apocalypse, Halloween is Wednesday (10/31), and as you know there are plenty of ways to celebrate in NYC. Another recently announced option is the Halloween Hellraiser at new Greenpoint warehouse Autumn Bowl with professional partier Andrew WK. He'll be joined by Creep (DJ), Ice Balloons, DJ Dog Dick, and more artists TBA. Tickets for the show are on sale now. A gif flyer for the show is below. UPDATE: Halloween show cancelled.
Andrew WK has been keeping busy in NYC the last couple of weeks, having just taken part in a bunch of CMJ events and appeared as one of the guests at Petty Fest. He's also got two events happening close to NYC right before New Year's Eve. He plays Stanhope House on December 29 in NJ (tickets) and Ollie's Point on December 30 in Long Island (tickets). Maybe he'll add a show happening on New Year's Eve in NYC?
Meanwhile, Autumn Bowl has been hosting few but solid shows since opening. Maybe you caught Zomby (10/18) or Kyp Malone (10/20) there during CMJ? Or this past Friday when Four Tet and Jamie xx DJed back to back? If you've been to the new venue, how is it?
A list of all Andrew WK dates, the Halloween show flyer, and a recent live video are below.
photos by David Andrako
Father John Misty / Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney
Petty Fest returned to NYC last night (10/24) at Webster Hall for a night of Tom Petty covers with a huge lineup of contributors backed by The Cabin Down Below Band. Cyndi Lauper, Fred Armisen, John McEnroe and Alia Shawkat were surprise guests. Nicole Atkins, Nick Zinner, and Josh Lattanzi teamed up for "Mary Jane's Last Dance," Father John Misty (who also played his second of two sold out shows in NYC last night and will be back at Webster Hall in January) did "Learning To Fly" and "I Won't Back Down," Har Mar Superstar did "Don't Do Me Like That," Andrew WK & Matt Sweeney did "Listen To Her Heart," Albert Hammond Jr. did "I Need To Know" (Fab played the show too), Caveman (who just played our day party and team up with Albert for a show again this Friday) did "Don't Come Around Here," plus a whole lot more.
More pictures from the Jameson-sponsored benefit show (all money went to Sweet Relief), and the setlist, below...
We haven't completely compared what was announced a month ago, to what the current lineup is, but this is who is playing Petty Fest at Webster Hall Wednesday (10/24):
The Cabin Down Below BandAND:
With Special Guest Stars: Karen Elson, Justin Townes Earle, Father John Misty, Adam Green, Nicole Atkins, Jesse Malin, Sammy James Jr. of Mooney Suzuki, Cory Chisel & Adriel Denae, Steve Schiltz of Hurricane Bells, Ryan Miller of Guster, Har Mar Superstar, Devendra Banhart, Johnny T, Andrew W.K., Matt Sweeney, Danny Clinch & The Tangiers Blues Band, Justin Long, Petter Ericson Stakee of Alberta Cross, Delta Spirit, Caveman, Mikki James, Jody Porter of Fountains Of Wayne and many many more surprise guests!
100% of Ticket Proceeds To Benefit Sweet Relief Music Fund & The Musicians Cancer FundTickets are still on sale.
Brought To You By The Best Fest, Makers of Dylan Fest & Stones Fest
Artists and line-up subject to change without notice
Andrew WK at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We already told you that Andrew WK is hosting The Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ "Conflict of Interest" party at Rebel NYC on Monday (10/15, free with RSVP) but he'll also be making some other appearances next week, though none of them are him playing live.
He'll DJ between bands at the RockStar Motel Showcase at Santos on October 19 with performances from Enemy Planes, bloodnstuff and more TBA. Then on Saturday, October 20 he'll be one of the guest judges at New York Night Train's Soul Clap Dance-Off at Brooklyn Bowl. Other judges include Alexei Perry Cox (Handsome Furs), Daughn Gibson, Mac Demarco, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama), Ultramantis Black (Chikara Pro Wrestling), Cassie Ramone (Vivian Girls). Soul Clap starts late (11:30 PM) and tickets are available.
And if you have a CMJ badge you can see Andrew WK speak on the "Turning The Spotlight: The Power Of Motivated Fans" panel which happens at the Kimmel Center (NYU, Room 905/907) on October 18 at 12:30 PM.
Did you go see Andrew WK play "1,000,000 volts of party music" through David Blaine's body?
Speaking of New York Night Train, Jonathan Toubin has some other NYC appearances coming up. He'll DJ with Kid Congo Powers at Home Sweet Home on October 19 for the "Shakin' All Over" party. Then on Saturday, October 27 he'll host "Haunted Hop" costume party at Brooklyn Bowl which in addition to playing cool spooky 45s will feature horror-themed Burt Bacharach cover band Dionne Werewolf (!) and more. Tickets are on sale now. All upcoming Jonathan Toubin appearances are listed below, along with party flyers.
Video from yesterday's rain-filled performance, "the party-est thing" Andrew WK has ever done, and an interview with Andrew about the tesla coil solo experience, below...
by Fred Pessaro // BBG
Andrew WK at Webster Hall, April 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As part of David Blaine's Ultrabook Experience event, "Electrified," Andrew W.K. will perform a unique keyboard solo using a tesla coil powered instrument in which David Blaine will be imprisoned as 1,000,000 volts of party music surge through his body. Presented by Intel, "Electrified" will find the master magician this weekend standing on a 20-foot-high platform at Hudson River Park Pier 54 in New York, surrounded by seven towering metallic orbs - or tesla coils - that will stream 1 million volts of electricity around him for 3 days and 3 nights. The sounds W.K. creates with this groundbreaking new musical instrument will send electric currents through Blaine's entire body!The "Electrified" event will go down 10/5 - 10/8 but you can look for Andrew WK to play his solo on Sunday 10/7 at 7:30PM at 13th St and 11th Ave. Alternatively, check it out on youtube who will streaming the entire event.
UPDATE: There's an RSVP
Besides that "electrifying" performance (I'll be here all week!), Andrew WK will be hosting/DJing The Syndicate's annual pre-CMJ Conflict Of Interest show on 10/15 at Rebel NYC (251 West 30th Street, New York) alongside performances from Savoir Adore, Team Spirit, Pacific Air and The Hounds Below. Doors are at 7PM and the show is free with RSVP.
In addition to everything else we posted, today, here's some more, and some reminders too...
It's also National Voter Registration Day, as miss Annie Clark has so kindly reminded us above. Did you register to vote yet? We also would like to know, however, what's the deal with the Tiny Tim photo in the background?
Speaking of St. Vincent, it's David Byrne / St. Vincent Week here in NYC. Their first of three area shows together happens tonight at the Beacon Theater, as Kelly Pratt pointed out in the latest edition of his tour diary.
Neil Young has started a Twitter account and will be taking your questions via it in October. Right now, though, @NeilYoung seems to handled by a marketing intern.
Paper Bag Records just released the free David Bowie tribute album, Paper Bag Records vs. The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, with covers by Austra & CFCF, PS I Love You, The Luyas, Yamantaka/Sonic Titan and more. Download it for free HERE.
Speaking of Yamantaka/Sonic Titan, they performed at the Polaris Prize Gala in Toronto last night, but ended up losing to Feist.
Converge is back with "Shame In the Way" a new song from their forthcoming LP All We Love We Leave Behind. Stream that new track, coupled with an interview with vocalist Jacob Bannon in the latest Show Now Mercy at Pitchfork. Look for the LP on 10/9 via Epitaph.
Sweden's Terrible Feelings have released a new video for "Next Round's On You" from their Shadows LP. Check that out below.
Field Report visited the A.V. Club's HQ in Chicago and took on the Sufjan Stevens mainstay "Chicago" for their Undercover series. Check out the clip below.
More stuff below...
Ben Nichols of Lucero & fans in Austin - 9/10/12 (more by Tim Griffin)
We already posted lots of posts today. Here's some more, and some reminders too...
Tickets for the Lucero and The Hold Steady NYE show at Wellmont Theatre went on sale today. Did you pick up yours? We just caught Lucero frontman Ben Nichols earlier this week when his acoustic tour came to Austin. Check out pictures at BV Austin. As discussed, Lucero also play two nights at Brooklyn Bowl (12/28-29) before the NYE show. Tickets for those shows go on sale Friday, September 21 at noon.
The New Yorker Festival and other tickets went on sale today too.
Alabama Shakes are on a tour now which comes to NYC on October 4 at Terminal 5 (sold out). We just caught their tour stop in Chicago earlier this week, a free "dream" show presented by American Family with fellow Alabama bands The Pollies and Doc Dailey on the bill. Check out pictures of that show at BV Chicago.
The rent is still too damn high. Jimmy McMillan will run for mayor in 2013.
The Walkmen played Conan last night (9/13). Check out a video of them performing "Love Is Luck" and "We Can't Be Beat" from their new album, Heaven, below. Tickets are still on sale for their show coming up at Terminal 5 with the Dum Dum Girls.
Wondering which producers contributed to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music album, Cruel Summer? Check out the updated tracklist with production credits for each song. In related news, you can check out the extended version of "New God Flow," which features Ghostface Killah, over at Pusha T's website.
Danny Brown's Bruiser Brigade, Flatbush Zombies, and Kitty Pryde are playing a free, Scion-presented "Open Mic" party in NYC at Paper Box on Wednesday (9/19), a few days before Danny heads out on the road with A$AP Rocky (a tour that brings him back to NYC to play Roseland on 9/27). The free show is a 21+ show and you need to RSVP.
The show is, coincidentally, just in time for a new Danny Brown & Bruiser Brigade EP which will drop next week via the music-minded car company's ScionAV label. You can watch a new-ish interview with Brown (also via ScionAV) below.
Meanwhile, Danny's best bud Kitty Pryde was on The Chris Gethard Show last night which was co-hosted by Andrew WK (who recently guested on new web series 'We Can Do It' and played Coney Island). Kitty performs two songs on the show and you can watch the whole episode below.
Flyer for the Open Mic party, dates and videos, below...
As we mentioned previously, Los Angeles band Lavender Diamond are set to release their first album in five years, Incorruptible Heart, on September 25 via Paracadute. One of the things singer Becky Stark has been working on in the half decade between records is a web series called We Can Do It which features her with such notable guests as John C. Reilly, Damian Kulash of OK Go, and actress Jena Malone to name a few. We've got the premiere of the show's first episode with guest Andrew WK which you can watch below.
Don't forget, Lavender Diamond will be on tour later this month. That brings her to NYC for two shows: Mercury Lounge on September 26 (tickets
Andrew plays Coney Island TONIGHT (9/11).
Lavender Diamond tour dates are listed below, along with the video of We Can Do It.
Bushwick slow food pizza haven Roberta's is throwing a block party (entire block of Moore Street between Bogart and White St.) on July 28 featuring the musical talents of Andrew WK (solo), Heems, Natural Child, Wild Yaks, and Naam. The fun starts at noon and goes till midnight. Roberta's, with its giant backyard, has been doing the party thing a lot this summer, be it hot dog eating contests, viking parties and what have you. There's an '80s style commercial for the block party you can watch at the bottom of this post.
Natural Child will play again the next night (7/29) at Union Pool with Birdcloud, Respect and Hector's Pets and advance tickets are on sale now. The Nashville rockers, who released For the Love of the Game back in April, have a second album coming out this year. Look for Hard in Heaven to drop September 11 on the fine Burger label. You can stream the album's first single, "B$G P$MP$N," at the bottom of this post.
The Brooklyn shows are part of a national tour that just got underway and all tour dates are listed at the bottom of this post.
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Andrew W.K. @ Webster Hall
"Andrew W.K.'s 2001 album I Get Wet is one of those records that tends to polarize people; it combines monster riffs, giddy lyrics about partying and beautiful girls, and living-in-the-red maximalism in a way that either electrifies or makes people reach for the ANYTHING ELSE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD button.Andrew W.K.' "I Get Wet" tour, which ends this weekend in Florida, and stopped in Austin for SXSW, hit a sold out Webster Hall in NYC Monday night (4/2). Here are some pictures. More of them, with the setlist, below...
Monday night at Webster Hall, though, the room was 100% in favor of the keyboard-wielding signer/motiviational speaker/club owner's debut, singing along from word one of "It's Time To Party" and taking that song's plainly stated message to heart throughout the evening. There was pogoing; there was yelling; there was headbanging; there were, at one point, about 40 people on stage who weren't contracted members of the band. A lot of the interlopers got off the stage in the most party-like way: They dove." [Village Voice]
Andrew WK in Norway recently (more by BBG)
today in NYC
* Whiplash @ UCB
* stuff @ Barbes
* Friends @ le baron
* The Ventures @ BB King's
* Hot Tub @ Littlefield
* The English Beat @ Maxwell's
* Ben Howard, Willy Mason @ Bowery Ballroom
* Rusty Lazer, Nicky Da B @ Work in Progress
* Reverend Vince Anderson & His Love Choir @ Union Pool
* Tonstartssbandht, John K, Haussman, Jerry Paper @ Shea Stadium
* Keep Shelly in Athens, Jonquil, New Moods, Behavior @ Glasslands
* Color War, Freak Week, Gregory Stovetop, Morpho @ Vaudeville Park
* Andrew W.K. , MATH The Band, Aleister X @ Webster Hall
* State Champion, Street Gnar, Mail The Horse, Dead Beat @ Death By Audio
* SBTRKT (DJ) Jim-E Stack, Sepalcure @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Andrew W.K. (DJ), Math the Band, Aleister X, Cherie Lily @ Santos Party House
* Jonny Corndawg, Shovels and Rope, Robert Ellis, Colin L. Orchestra @ Mercury Lounge
* Black Box Revelation, Romans, Dirty Fences, Bridget and the Squares @ Knitting Factory
* Dan Neustadt plays Clap You Hands Say Yeah (Self-titled) @ Knitting Factory
* A Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to Benefit The Association of Hole in the Wall Camps @ Lincoln Center
Elvis Costello, Jimmy Fallon, Tina Fey, Josh Groban, Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Simon, Natasha Yvette Williams, and Trisha Yearwood perform at the Paul Newman benefit show at Lincoln Center.
Keep Shelly in Athens & Jonquil kick off a tour at Glasslands tonight.
SBTRKT arrives in town. Tonight's gig is just a DJ set with special guests though.
Andrew W.K. rages on with his "I Get Wet" 10th Anniversary Tour,playing the full-length LP at Webster Hall tonight. The show is sold out. Afterparty is at Santos.
Tenacious D, who recently announced a tour and new album released a new video last week. Watch below...
photos by Amanda Hatfield
"Fun times at @brooklynvegan show last night. Shout out to @titus_ndronicus 4 saving the day. Best thin lizzy cover since Ted Leo." - Caged Animals
"Shouts out to Caged Animals from Hawthorne, NJ #973" - Titus Andronicus
Titus Andronicus @ Bar 96
One night after our Daniel Johnston show at the Belmont, and after a full day of bands on three stages at "Hotel Vegan", we hosted our 2nd official showcase of SXSW 2012, on Wednesday night (March 14). The venue was Bar 96 on Austin's Rainey St., and the lineup loooked like this:
8pm: Caged AnimalsNJ/Brooklyn's Caged Animals were great and had a decent crowd for being a relatively unknown band playing as doors opened to the six hour, mostly-badges-only show. Bill Pearis, who got to Austin right before this gig, wrote:
10pm: The Young
11pm: Screaming Females
12am: Andrew W.K. (full band)
1am: Titus Andronicus
"You can sit for the first two songs, but then lets get up and dance" said Vincent Cacchione of Caged Animals who opened the set. He played affable host, running into the crowd and dancing (and hugging people). Nice mellow start to my week.2:54, who had just come from being in NYC, followed, and clearly the recently signed to Fat Possum band has some serious buzz behind them because the room, which was actually an outdoor, astro-turfed backyard under a tent, filled up nicely for them. Many in the crowd could be heard talking in English accents. 2:54 call London home. Bill wrote:
After that it was 2:54 who have gotten exponentially better than when I saw them at Pianos last year, a much more confident band. I am a sucker for their dark, moody, shoegazy sound. Good set, though it was cut short a song by equipment problems.2:54's 2011 Pianos show was, completely coinedentally, also with Caged Animals which I forgot until I looked up the link as I was writing this post.
Then Bill left to go catch some other bands, and Austin's Matador-signed The Young, who also played Hotel Vegan the next day, took the stage. Bill was definitely not alone in leaving after 2:54's set, though many were hanging around in the various nooks and crannies of this spacious venue that includes good food, and tables wrapped around an entire house-turned-into-a-bar, adjacent to the backyard stage area.
Screaming Females @ Bar 96
That said, by the end of Screaming Females, the stage area was at capacity. The NJ 3-piece band led by pint-sized powerhouse Marissa Paternoster on guitar and vocals had the place rocking out and going nuts. The talent those three posess is truly mind-blowing, especially with a few Lone Stars in your system. I am positive that every single person at Bar 96 Wednesday night, if they weren't already, left a Screaming Females fan.
Andrew W.W. @ Bar 96
"He opened with "It's Time To Party," because it was time to party. He closed things out with a song that was also about partying. In the middle he urged us to party, and Cherie Lily, acting as the Fergie of the ensemble, handed out fist bumps. Sh*t, how do you even review an Andrew W.K. set? "He came out and was Andrew W.K. He continued to be Andrew W.K. until he left."" [UpRoxx]Mosh pits, fist pumps, and stage diving ensued for the 30+ minutes of Andrew's set. I could see Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles watching from the crowd, and I felt bad that he needed to follow that act, not to mention Screaming Females. It was only after the show that I noticed he was thinking the same thing, and I think he said something similar from stage, including a bit about feeling that way every night on tour with the Scremales (at this point I was completely wiped out from going for so long with almost no sleep and knowing I needed ot do it again the next morning).
Luckily for Titus, not only was there still a big crowd for their post-AWK, 1am set, they opened with a rousing cover of "The Boys are Back in Town" that got people going again. It was an awesome night.
Here are some pictures and a video of the mayhem during AWK. More below...
Andrew W.K. in Norway recently (more by BBG)
Andrew W.K., who recently set up a temporary Santos Party House in Norway, is now on his "I Get Wet" tour which hits Webster Hall in NYC for a show on April 2nd with Math the Band and Aleister X. Tickets are still available for that one.
Don't want to buy a ticket? Rather spend that money in a slot machine? Consider heading to CT on March 31st when he'll perform the album as part of a FREE SHOW at the Mohegan Sun Wolf Den. The venue says "8pm. Come early. Seating is limited. Must be 21 or older."
Meanwhile Andrew will hit SXSW next week where his Austin schedule now includes a midnight slot on the official BrooklynVegan showcase! It looks like this:
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at Bar 96If you'll be in Austin and have a badge (limited tickets may be sold at the door too), come early to see Brooklyn's own Caged Animals and to guarantee your spot in the 300-capacity venue (be prepared to party hard).
8pm: Caged Animals
10pm: The Young
11pm: Screaming Females
12am: Andrew W.K. (full band)
1am: Titus Andronicus
BrooklynVegan also has a Tuesday night official at the Belmont (with Daniel Johnston and Built to Spill - more details TBA), and a heavier one on Friday at Scoot Inn which is where Andrew W.K. is also playing on SXSW Thursday.
All AWK tour dates below...
Santos Party House, Oslo, Norway
I recently spent the better part of two weeks in Norway covering a doubleheader of events in the capital city of Oslo - first the Santos Party House Annex during the World Snowboarding Championships and then the by:Larm Music Festival. The first part of my trip included shows with Turbonegro (who may be heading back to the US soon), Andrew WK & the WSC House Band, and Dropkick Murphys (who have shows coming up in Long Island and CT), and visits to Bergen, Voss (yes, like the water), and Flam. It's all detailed, many pictures included, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Philip Glass isn't the only 20th-century composer with a big birthday this year. Avant-garde composer John Cage would've been 100, and there are numerous chances to see his work (even more than usual) because of it. The shows below cover quite a bit of ground--eg. 1940's "Living Room Music" on the same program as 1991's "Four3"--and the best place to experience the pieces is definitely in a group.
Avant Music Festival, happening February 10-18 at Wild Project (195 E 3rd St at Ave B), explores the work of Cage at several shows. There's an afternoon/evening program on Saturday, February 11th, which includes a 4pm performance by Bang on a Can's Vicky Chow of Cage's "Sonatas and Interludes" for prepared piano, followed by a longer evening set. Tickets are on sale.
Issue Project Room, which just moved into a new home, has some Cage-related shows coming up, such as Stephen Drury playing his "Etudes australes" on February 24 and "On Silence: Hommage to John Cage" which features 13 new pieces that are all 4 minutes, 33 seconds long.
So Percussion hosts "We Are All Going In Different Directions--A John Cage Celebration" at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall on March 26th. They'll be performing Cage's music, as well as that of Matmos and Cenk Ergün (who should be appearing) and Dan Deacon's "Bottles." Tickets are on sale.
It's the last stop in a Cage-dedicated tour, which also visits Boston, Toronto and Austin (info below). On March 27th, recordings from the tour will be released by Cantaloupe Records as Cage 100: The Bootleg Series, a limited-edition package with a blank 4'33" LP, a CD of "tracks chosen by chance operations" and a full archive of the shows online.
Also part of that is John Cage Unbound--A Living Archive, an online project through New York Public Library, which is going to collect performances and talks of Cage's work by musicians and students (and user-submitted videos). It's also going to have an archive of scores, photographs and other artifacts. Two videos from that--one of pianist Margaret Leng Tan showing you how to prepare a piano, and one with So Percussion crumpling paper (they love to do that)--are below.
Check out more videos, including 4' 33" performed by an orchestra, Andrew W.K. and a wall, below...
Emily Wells is moving up in the world and headlining Bowery Ballroom on 4/9. Tickets on sale at noon.
Esperanza Spalding is playing Webster Hall on 4/21. Tickets are on sale.
Tickets for the Jay Farrar, Will Johnson, Anders Parker & Yim Yames show at Webster Hall are on sale at noon.
Yellow Ostrich, Grimes and New Build tickets go on sale too.
Primus Gramercy tickets are on sale too.
Andrew W.K. at LPR (more by Erik Erikson)
Andrew WK will embark on a 10th anniversary tour of his fuel-injected party favorite I Get Wet which he'll be performing at the shows in full, in order and for the very first time.
The tour kicks off in Vancouver (home of Andrew collaborator Nardwuar) in early March, hits SXSW, and eventually makes its way back to NYC on April 2nd at Webster Hall. Ticketing information is forthcoming, so get ready to PARTY and don't forget to wash your whites on hot (or maybe not at all). All dates are lised below.
Andrew WK recently performed with an orchestra at LPR and before Turbonegro at his own club Santos Party House. He also recently released a video with Nardwuar's band the Evaporators. you can watch that video HERE. Other vidoes and all tour dates below...
photos by Erik Erikson
Andrew WK performed with the Calder Quartet Sunday night at Le Poisson Rouge (1/8). The show featured some of his own compositions reworked specially for the evening, in addition to classical compositions by Bach, Cage, Riley, and Glass. Pictures from the show are in this post.
In related news, Andrew WK appears in a new video with The Evaporators called "I Hate Being Late (When I'm Early)". THe track is featured on the forthcoming Busy Doing Nothing" comp LP out March 6 on Nardwuar/Mint Records. Check out the video for that track (which features Narduwar The Human Serviette himself) below alongside pictures from LPR...
Andrew WK at Santos Party House last month (more by Jonathan McPhail)
Andrew W.K. is doing a bunch of things this week to celebrate the holidays. He'll be playing a solo show on Friday (12/30) at Ollie's Point in Amityville, NY with Iron Chic. Tickets are still available.
He'll also hosting a live video chat TONIGHT (12/28) on Stickam. Tune in at 9 PM EST.
Andrew is playing with the Calder String Quartet, who he has played with in the past at Le Poisson Rouge on January 8. The show will include "classical compositions and Andrew performing his own songs with the Calder Quartet, arranged specially for the occasion." Tickets are on sale now.
Some Andrew WK holiday videos below...