Entries tagged with: Andrew WK
by Andrew Frisicano
Hello! I hope you're well. I recently released an album called 55 CADILLAC. The Guardian asked me to write about it here. They requested I explain why I made the album and why it contains only improvised piano pieces. That's somewhat of a tall order for me at the moment (I just had a gag order put on me - really!), but I will do my best to type some words and hope they cover some of the desired bases.Andrew W.K. will be one of the unexpected guests at Gonzales' show at Joe's Pub tonight (9/25). Gonzales plays two sets, but the piano battle with Andrew W.K. will be at the midnight show only. Jamie Lidell will be there as well.
Why and how I made this album is somewhat difficult for me to write about. Allow me to state the following: Over the past 10 years, I've had personal and professional issues with several people involved in my career, and due to formal agreements, I'm partially forbidden from going into detail regarding certain aspects of my recent work and, as a result, the making of the 55 CADILLAC album.
Here's what I am able to say: At the end of 2004, an old friend of mind got in some business trouble and basically decided to take it out on me. To cut a long story short, this person is someone I worked very closely with and had a formal and family business relationship with. Due to various complaints this person had with me, they were able to turn my life and career upside down. I wasn't allowed to use my own name within certain areas of the US entertainment industry and we were in a debate about who owned the rights to my image, and who should get credit for "inventing" it. This made my life complicated and intense for a few years, but I kept working and doing whatever I could to keep moving forward.
By 2008, and after a lot of negotiating, my new business team and I had come to an agreement with my opponent, and I was finally in the clear. That's how this new 55 CADILLAC album became possible - we based the new record label in the UK, so there were no issues within the US. However, as of last week, we've been partially pulled back into the thick of it and I'm getting hourly updates from my lawyer as I type this. I really don't know how to feel about it ñ it's beyond frustrating - it almost feels like a hallucination. It inspires so much rage inside me that my mind has to seek other outlets for that energy and I start to feel dizzy and see stars. Fortunately, I don't have to deal with anyone directly. Thank goodness my lawyers do all the real work.
Anyway, I wanted this new 55 CADILLAC album to sound like freedom. The sound of a piano being played by a free man - nothing more, nothing less. This was the first chance in almost 10 years where I was allowed to simply play and record an instrument - no songwriters, no lyrics to learn, no overdubs, no slow fixes, no remixes, no video shoots or interview practice ñ just the sound of someone sitting in room playing piano for the sake of it. No one telling me what to play, or how to play it. And no masterplans, high-concept visions, worldwide goals with roll-out schedules. No style consultants or acting coaches. No more meetings with sponsors or computerized yelling. No more threats.
Just a huge black piano. And a huge black car.
Andrew W.K. goes on tour with the Calder Quartet starting September 29th - they play Joe's Pub together on October 2nd.
After that, Calder Quartet plays music of Janácek and Fred Frith with Iva Bittová at (Le) Poisson Rouge on November 17th. Tickets are on sale.
Andrew W.K. is playing with Fucked Up in Brooklyn on November 5th.
See Gonzales challenging Andrew W.K. to a piano battle in the video below...
DOWNLOAD: Katie Stelmanis - In My Favour (MP3)
@ the Titus Andronicus show @ Monster Island (more by Leia Jospe)
Along with a link for $18 tickets, which go on sale Friday, September 11th at 10am, there's some new insight into the lineup of Fucked Up's November 5th Chemistry of Common Life show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. The show will feature "Andrew W.K. (Keyboards) / Vivian Girls (Backup Vocals) With Guests: Titus Andronicus / Katie Stelmanis." Sounds good!
You can also catch Titus Andronicus on October 15th at Knitting Factory in Brooklyn. It's the last date of their current tour with So So Glos. Vivian Girls are on tour at the moment too, with the Beets. They play their next NYC show right after they get back, which will also be their first of two shows at a Masonic temple in one week.... it's on Halloween at the Ridgewood Masonic Temple with Crystal Stilts (followed by the F'd Up Masonic show listed above).
Katie Stelmanis's amazing video for "Believe Me" and a recent interview are posted below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Radio Happy Hour 8/8/09 Featuring Andrew W.K. (MP3)
Andrew W.K. adds another page to his rapidly growing repertoire with an album of "spontaneous solo piano improvisations," 55 Cadillac, due out on September 8th. The record will be the first full-length release on his Skyscraper Music Maker label (after the amazing DAMN: The Mixtape! earlier this year). He'll accompany its release with a set of tour dates alongside the Calder Quartet, a contemporary classical group that he's gigged with before. Last year, A.W.K. and the Quartet played a November 15th Wordless Music show at (Le) Poisson Rouge, performing a set that included compositions by Philip Glass, Bach improvisations and a closing set of A.W.K.'s I Get Wet material.
The tour kicks off September 29th, and visits NYC's Joe's Pub on Friday, October 2nd. Tickets will be go on sale this Saturday.
Andrew W.K. appeared as the featured guest at LPR's monthly Radio Happy Hour on August 8th. The podcast of that episode, which is John Hughes themed (planned more than a month before the bad news), is posted above. There's also a video of Andrew W.K. on piano from that gig, with videos from his Calder Quartet performance, 55 Cadillac info, and all tour dates, posted below...
Dead Weather @ Home Sweet Home (more by Ryan Muir)
tonight in NYC
* Cheveu @ Silent Barn
* Paul McCartney @ Citi Field
* Metropolitan Opera @ Crotona Park
* Abe Vigoda, Grooms @ Whitney Museum
* New York Philharmonic @ Central Park
* Gabriel Kahane @ Rockwood Music Hall
* Cinema 16 w/ Nathan Whipple @ Starr Space
* Superchunk, Versus @ South Street Seaport
* Christina Courtin, Aerial East @ 92YTribeca
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty (film) @ IFC Center
* Grand Duchy, The Bunnies, Demander @ Maxwell's
* Frightened Rabbit, Oxford Collapse @ Maxwell's
* C. Spencer Yeh, John Wiese @ Issue Project Room
* The Dead Weather, Screaming Females @ Terminal 5
* Mannequin Men, Davila 666, The Back CC's @ Southpaw
* Andrew D'Angelo's Gay Disco Trio @ Cornelia St. Cafe
* Freedom Party NYC w/ Little Dragon @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* Savoir Adore, Acrylics, Love Like Deloreans @ The Cameo
* Midsummer Night Swing w/ Ponderosa Stomp @ Lincoln Center
* Metal Mountains, Son of Earth, Spectre Folk @ Market Hotel
* LA Riots, Wolfgang Gartiner, Nick Catchdubs @ Webster Hall
* The End (film), Midnight Masses @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Abe Vigoda, Talbot Tagora, Dinowalrus, Men & Women @ Cake Shop
* Kurt Vile & the Violators, Blues Control, Coconuts @ Bruar Falls
* JEFF the Brotherhood, and many other bands @ Dead Herring
* Celebrate Brooklyn w/ Robert Cray, The Sweet Divines @ Prospect Park
* Eyes of Noctum, Malkuth, Shot Heard Around The World @ Studio at Webster Hall
* Died Young, Stayed Pretty after-party w/ BM Linx, Hypernova @ 92YTribeca
* The Spinto Band, Big Band TV, And The Moneynotes, The Swims @ Mercury Lounge
* JEFF the Brotherhood, Narwhalz of Sound, Michael Jordan, others @ Death By Audio
* Cherie Lily, Tatisha Busay, Bad Brilliance, House of Ladosha, DJ Andrew WK @ Santos
Free outdoor music tonight includes a Celebrate Brooklyn show with Robert Cray and The Sweet Divines at Prospect Park, Metropolitan Opera in the Bronx's Crotona Park and Superchunk and Versus at South Street Seaport.
Two bands from Siren Fest, one of several free-music events this weekend, play Maxwell's tonight. Frightened Rabbit and Oxford Collapse (in their second to last show) play an early. Frank Black's Grand Duchy headline the late show.
Abe Vigoda and Grooms play the Whitney Museum's Dan Graham series tonight. Abe Vigoda are on tour with Talbot Tagora. They'll both appear at Cake Shop later the same night, and
Monster Island Market Hotel tomorrow.
The Dead Weather play their second and last night at Terminal 5 with Screaming Females. They are also on Jimmy Fallon tonight.
It's the second night of the Ponderosa Stomp at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. Tonight they host a rockabilly-themed lineup.
Movies tonight include the NY premiere of rock-poster doc Died Young, Stayed Pretty at IFC Center (with an afterparty at 92YTribeca), a screening of The End at MHOW with a set by Midnight Masses, and Cinema 16, which brings "experimental dixieland piano player" Nathan Whipple to accompany a lineup of silent films at the Starr Space.
The Mannequin Men/Davila 666 tour visits Southpaw with The Back CC's opening.
Freedom Party NYC features Little Dragon at (Le) Poisson Rouge tonight. Or catch Little Dragon tomorrow with Q-Tip for free in Central Park.
Passion Pit has a new video. Watch it below...
Handsome Furs @ Mercury Lounge (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Brooklyn Bowl opens
* Sway Machinery @ Hudson Square
* Hector Tricoche y Su Orquesta @ St. Mary's Park
* MNDR, Wagner, Pink Noise, modwheelmood @ Glasslands
* Handsome Furs, Dri, The Cinnamon Band @ Bowery Ballroom
* Scanner, Mountains @ World Financial Center Winter Garden
* Session at Santa's w/ Gang Gang Dance (improv set) @ Santos
* Peter Murphy (of Bauhaus), Modwheelmood @ Highline Ballroom
* Richard Cheese & Lounge Against the Machine, Natalie Gelman @ MHOW
* Secret Life of Sofia, Eastern Midwestern, Jacksonknife @ Cake Shop
* Andrew W.K., TV Baby, Walker & Cantrell, Jayson Green @ Santos Party House
Handsome Furs, the duo of Wolf Parade's Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry, play two shows in NYC this week. Tonight they're at the Bowery Ballroom.
Peter Murphy performs for the second night at NYC's Highline Ballroom. Modwheelmood, a group that features ex-NIN member Alessandro Cortini and ex-Abandoned Pools guitarist Pelle Hillström, will open the show and appear later tonight at Glasslands.
Nine Inch Nails have just announced dates at Bowery Ballroom, Webster Hall, and Terminal 5.
The release party for the Journal of Popular Noise happens tonight at Santos Party House. In attendence will be Andrew W.K. (doing a spoken word set), TV Baby, Walker & Cantrell and Jayson Green. After that, the club's weekly Sessions at Santa's series welcomes a special improv set from Gang Gang Dance. Andrew W.K.'s new Cartoon Network "reality" show Destroy Build Destroy debuted last month. Check out a music video he made for the show, below.
The Dead Weather recently released new videos for their songs "I Cut Like a Buffalo" and "Will There Be Enough Water?" They'll be at Terminal 5 on July 16th and 17th as part of their summer tour. Watch the videos below...
Amazing Baby's new NSFW video for "Headdress" is posted below.
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)
The Journal of Popular Noise is a semi-annual audio magazine inspired by the traditions of pop music, printed periodicals, and the delight of a finely crafted artifact.The Journal's fifth three-7" collection ships out August 1st (there'll also be a zine edition, with additional photos and writing). On Tuesday, July 7th, JPN will have a release party at Santos Party House with contributors Andrew W.K., in his first "spoken word" performance, and comedy duo Walker & Cantrell, as well as TV Baby and Jayson Green. Tickets are on sale.
Within the package are 3 issues, each in the form of 7" vinyl records. Every issue conforms to the same prescribed editorial structures but is composed by a different artist or group. This set contains issues 13-15 featuring (respectively) Andrew W.K., Ian Svenonius, and Walker & Cantrell. The packaging folds out to a beautiful letter-pressed poster containing information about the Journal, the musicians, and the compositional process.
The one contributor not at the party, Ian Svenonius, is represented above with his song "Let's All Dream." The track finds Svenonius with Felt Letters, a band with Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and Tom Bunnell.
At the core of the Journal are the "prescribed editorial structures" dictated by founder and editor Byron Kalet. The structures in question come as a diagram that maps out different points of repetition, tension and dynamics for the artists. As far as graphic notation goes, the map is fairly tame, and the notes make clear that the artists are free to interpret the instructions as they wish.
As a result, the score, which is included in the packaging, ends up providing an alternate way to interpret the music. The listener tries to trace the songs back to the cryptic picture. It should be said, the records come packaged in one ingeniously folded piece of letter-pressed card stock, which manages to delicately cradle the three discs and allow easy access to the liner notes inside.
The three contributions in these new issues weigh heavily on "spoken word" -- and past releases are a mixed bag of styles. The Spring/Summer '08 edition brought together the moody rock of Past Lives, the found sound of Bora Yoon + Ben Frost, and the catchy J-pop of Na + Junko, all working under the same guidelines.
We asked Byron Kalet to explain the motivation behind the sets and give a bit of background on the magazine...
The Drums @ Cake Shop in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
tonight in NYC
* Bilal @ Blue Note
* Old 97's @ Maxwell's
* Mika @ (Le) Poisson Rouge
* John Hammond @ City Winery
* Diana Krall @ Carnegie Hall
* John Hammond @ Hudson Square
* Build, Greta Gertler @ Joe's Pub
* Eivind Opsvik's Overseas @ Zebulon
* Little Joy, The Dead Trees @ Bowery Ballroom
* Bedouin Sound Clash, DeLeon @ Mercury Lounge
* Exact Change 20th Anniversary @ Issue Project Room
* Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Anni Rossi, Pearl & The Beard @ Pianos
* The Legends, The Drums, Soft City, Care Bears On Fire @ The Bell House
* Patrick Wolf, Living Things, Jaguar Love, Plastiscines @ Highline Ballroom
* Patterson Hood & The Screwtopians, Will Johnson, Kevn Kinney @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Gary Wilson, Birds of Avalon, Animal Cruel-T, Silk Flowers, Ted Leo (DJ), Spencer Sweeney (DJ) @ Santos Party House
Little Joy, who opened for Regina Spektor last week, headlines a sold-out show at the Bowery Ballroom tonight.
Drive-By Trucker Patterson Hood plays the first of two NYC solo shows, tonight at MHOW.
New music ensemble Build collaborates with Greta Gertler at Joe's Pub. On the program, "In addition to performing separately, Greta and Build will join forces in premiering new string arrangements by Build's Matt McBane for songs from Greta's forthcoming album The Universal Thump."
Publisher Exact Change celebrates its 20th anniversary at Issue Project Room tonight with music and performances by "Joan La Barbara, Loren Connors, Alan Licht, Till by Turning, Alex Waterman, Barbara Epler, James Hoff, Kenneth Goldsmith, Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang responding to and reading the work of Joseph Cornell, Franz Kafka, Morton Feldman, Stefan Thermerson, Leonora Carrington, Unica Zurn and John Cage."
Santos hosts Stones Throw funk singer and recluse Gary Wilson tonight. Tuesdays are also the venue's weekly Sessions at Santa's parties. This week's lineup includes Birds of Avalon and DJ Ted Leo. Leo just wrapped up his tour with the Pharmacists and Titus Andronicus last night at Maxwell's.
Santos part-owner Andrew W.K. (who tends to hang around the club a lot) won't be there. He's in Vancouver, BC, appearing at the release show for his split 7-inch with Nardwuar & The Evaportors. That record, A Wild Pear, comes out today.
Yesterday, we posted a video of Triumph at Bonnaroo. Another video of the Insult Comic Dog, with clips of Dirty Projectors and A.A. Bondy at the fest, below...
Passion Pit on a boat in May (more by Tim Griffin)
tonight in NYC
* Old 97's @ Maxwell's
* Bebel Gilberto @ Town Hall
* Hatcham Social @ Don Hill's
* Dirty Projectors @ Other Music
* RJD2 @ Rocks Off Cruises
* OJ All Day @ Brooklyn Lyceum
* Phoenix, Amazing Baby @ Terminal 5
* Hunx & His Punx @ Knitting Factory
* Thunderheist, Wallpaper @ Studio B
* Either/Or, David Budin @ Issue Project Room
* Bone Awl, Akitsa, Ashdautas & Volahn @ Fontana's
* Peter Gordon, Don Byron's Swift Boat @ The Stone
* Passion Pit, Bear Hands, Body Language @ Bowery Ballroom
* David Rudder, Samantha Thornhill @ Prospect Park Bandshell
* Locksley, Tres Bien, The Queen Killing Kings @ The Bell House
* Peaches, Drums of Death, Shunda K @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Secret Machines, Dead Combo, A Place to Bury Strangers @ Santos
* 1.6 Band, Memories From The Space Age, Tournament @ Cake Shop
* Nobunny, Hunx & His Punx, Baby Shakes, Beets, German Measles @ Bruar Falls
* Comedy Central Park w/ Gabriel Iglesias & Pablo Francisco @ Central Park Summerstage
* Best Friends Forever, Dufus, Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, The Shakes @ Silent Barn
* The Rosewood Thieves, Borrowed Eyes & The Blood Red Road, The Pizazz @ Pianos
Old 97's kick off their four-night run at Maxwell's tonight.
The Mermaid Parade is Saturday.
Hunx & His Punx play 2 NYC shows tonight.
Peaches kicks it with ex-Yo!Majesty rapper Shunda K at the Music Hall of Williamsburg tonight * . Drums of Death, who did a Peaches remix-tape earlier this year, opens. DoD was scheduled to play at Peaches' Webster Hall show in May, but got stuck at the airport.
* UPDATE: someone correctly pointed out, that despite Shunda listing this show in her tour dates, she is not actually ON the bill. She is only performing a song with Peaches.
At the Issue Project Room, Either/Or plays Morton Feldman's "Why Patterns."
Major Lazer are filming a video Saturday in Brooklyn.
OJ All Day, the Brooklyn independent music fest, runs tonight and tomorrow at the Brooklyn Lyceum. Peggy Sue was recently added to Saturday. Shilpa Ray And Her Happy Hookers headline tonight. The full schedule for tonight's show is below.
Amanda Palmer covered Bright Eyes at that Highline Ballroom show. Video below...
Happy Mondays coming to the east coast?
Andrew W.K. appeared on Fox New's Red Eye last night. That's the same show that has featured Fucked Up's Damian Abraham, Gwar, The Melvins, etc... The Andrew W.K. video below...
by Andrew Frisicano
it's a pool toy
Andrew W.K. and friends launched the free, biweekly Adult Swim Presents Summer at Santos series with a party at the club on June 11th. The show featured sets from Andrew W.K.'s roster of Skyscaper Music Maker artists, including Cherie Lily, Bad Brilliance and Aleister X, all of which appear on that label's only release so far, DAMN! The Mixtape.
Cherie Lily opened the show promptly -- I missed her set, but she re-emerged throughout the night onstage and in the crowd. Next, Aleister X, a Brit goth one-man show, performed with Andrew W.K., who spun from the booth and sang backups.
Bad Brilliance rolled out a red carpet for his costumed spectacle, which featured members of the dance-pop band Tayisha Busay (pictured on stage with Cherie Lily, below) and others dancing in full '80s aerobics gear while photographers in formal dress (also part of the performance) snapped photos a la movie-opening paparazzi.
The synth-pop-punk of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head, the only band on the bill, was energetic and unhinged. It was during their set that the crowd got into stage-diving/manical dancing mode. More than a few showgoers backfliped into the crowd.
Last up, Andrew W.K. performed a set of party-rock singles with a backing track and occasional added piano. It became hard for him to even reach the keyboard though, when at least half of the crowd joined him on stage during the second song. Most stayed there for the rest of the set, which progressed with the house lights on. Cherie Lily hung out stage left contributing hypeman ad libs to songs like "Party Hard" and "I Love NYC." And she wasn't alone on the mic as Andrew passed it to friends (crowdmembers) on stage. Near the end of the night someone cracked open a foam-filled plush toy which was quickly disassembled and rained plastic snow on the departing crowd.
The Adult Swim series continues on June 25th with sets by Jon Glaser, The Woggles, Cheeseburger, A.C. Newman and more. That's the same night Santos hosts the Phenomenal Handclap Band CD release show.
Some of the night's performers, including Cherie Lily, Tayisha Busay and Aleister X, will be at the Studio at Webster Hall on Thursday, June 18th. Tickets are on sale.
Natalie Portman's Shaved Head play Santos again on Saturday, June 20th with Kittens Ablaze and Home Video. Tickets are on sale.
More pictures below...
Tim and Eric prepping for tour...(early '09)
"Adult Swim Summer at Santos", a six-part series of free live shows at Santos Party House in NYC, kicks off tonight, June 11th. The show features the man connected to both the network and the club: Andrew W.K., Adult Swim's soon-to-be-reality-show-host and part owner, respectively. He'll be joined by friends and labelmates (and in one case, spouse) -- Cherie Lily, plus Aleister X, Bad Brilliance & Natalie Portman's Shaved Head open the show.
Each of the bi-weekly events at Santos will be curated by an Adult Swim writer/producer/star. So far, acts on the bill include Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim (of Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!), Aqua Teen co-creator Dave Willis, Delocated!'s Jon Glaser, musical acts Cheeseburger and A.C. Newman, and more.
Full lineup and more details below...
Radio Happy Hour [at (Le) Poisson Rouge] is a live variety show featuring an old-time radio comedy/drama and your favorite guest stars from the worlds of film, music, and letters. Hosted by Sam Osterhout, the show engages its guests in a wildly right-angled conversation that careens between interviews, performances, and trivia. And at the center of it all is a short, old time radio comedy in which the guest stars as him or herself or, in some cases, as Nancy Drew. Audiences will see all of this--the interviews, the corny jokes, the guest performances, and the behind-the-scenes making of a radio drama--from 2 to 3 pm on the second Saturdays of June, July, and August. Radio Happy Hour is an updated, New York version of Hee Haw. With more drinking. And sound effects. Trust us, it'll make sense when you see it.The guests for the three scheduled Radio Happy Hours are Norah Jones, Michael Showalter, and Andrew W.K.. Tickets (only $5) are on sale now.
This summer, Norah Jones, who recently appeared on 30 Rock, is appearing in her second movie, Wah Do Dem, with Sean Bones. She also has a high profile gig with Rufus and Martha Wainwright scheduled for late August on the tip of Long Island, and probably some smaller ones scattered around too.
Andrew W.K. has a number of shows and projects coming up, including a Canadian tour, a gig at Santos Party House on Thursday, June 11th, and Cake Shop show June 12th.
Michael Showalter appears at Bonnaroo with Michael Ian Black this weekend (June 11-14). The pair will celebrate their new Comedy Central show, Michael and Michael Have Issues, at The Bell House with a comedy set and a screening of its premiere on July 15th. Tickets are on sale. Showalter will also be at All Points West on August 2nd.
More Radio Happy Hour info below...
by Andrew Frisicano
DOWNLOAD: Bad Brilliance - Non Tradition Ball Head (Girl Talk Remix) / It's So Fun (Andrew W.K. Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Julia - Cocaine (The Knocks Remix) (MP3)
DOWNLOAD: Aleister X - The Git (MP3)
Bad Brilliance & Andrew WK @ Terminal 5 in November (more by Zach Stern)
If you missed Andrew W.K.'s DAMN! The Mixtape release party at Santos on May 28th, don't worry. You'll have another chance to catch W.K. and his Skyscraper Music Maker friends at the club's first Adult Swim Presents Summer at Santos Series show on Thursday, June 11th.
The lineup for that free gig includes Andrew W.K. and special guests, plus opening sets by Cherie Lily, Aleister X, Bad Brilliance and Natalie Portman's Shaved Head. Video clips of what exactly went down on the 28th are posted below.
Cherie Lily, Aleister X, Bad Brilliance and that crew are all featured prominently on DAMN! The Mixtape -- a comp produced by Andrew WK and B-Roc of The Knocks. Check out three tracks from that album, above. Those include Bad Brilliance's Girl Talk & Andrew W.K. remixes together as one MP3. And speaking of Girl Talk, he has some shows of his own coming up this summer.
Cherie Lily and Andrew W.K. are also performing at the Street Meat show at Cake Shop the next night (Friday, June 12th). It's a free show that's billed as "Character Comedy with Special Guests." Also playing are Terror Pigeon Dance Revolt, Jon Glaser, Trevor Williams and more.
As previously discussed, Andrew W.K. has a bunch of projects debuting soon: a solo piano improv album coming in the fall, a Canadian tour in June with Nardwuar (who recently interviewed Vivian Girls) and his own Cartoon Network show called Destroy Build Destroy.
Well, he also contributed to the most recent Current 93 album, and at a July 7th Santos show...
Andrew will perform several pieces from his voice performance contribution to The Journal of Popular Noise. This will be Andrew's first ever performance of this type, and a special night of new sounds and styles. Featuring TV BABY, Walker & Cantrell, Jayson Green and DJ TK.Tickets for that gig are on sale now.
Flyers for the Santos and Cake Shop shows, with Bad Brilliance vids and live clips from the DAMN! The Mixtape release party, below...
by Andrew Frisicano
Andrew WK takes to the stage of Santos Party House, the club he partially owns, this Thursday, May 28th for a show with Cherie Lily, Height with Friends, Ed Schrader, DJ Dog Dick, Ana Lola Romanhas and host Aleister X. Also appearing will be Julia, Samuel and Bad Brilliance. Tickets are on sale.
That event is a release party of sorts for the first record from Andrew WK's Skyscraper Music Maker label. That compilation, DAMN! The Mixtape Vol. 1, released on May 25th, features "Andrew's work as a producer for Skyscraper Music Maker artists, Bad Brilliance, Aleister X, and more." Check out a streaming sample at RCDLBL, and a trailer for it, along with the video for Bad Brilliance's "It's So Fun" (remixed by AWK), below.
This September, Skyscraper Music Maker (with its partner Cargo Records) will release Andrew WK's new record, 55 Cadillac, a disc of solo piano improvisations. There's an advertisement/preview video for the disc, also below.
Just a few days ago, Andrew WK started his own Twitter, and already he's been dropping news bits (and trying to get people to call him). Along with more prosaic observations about pizza and dusty Diet Coke, Andrew announced that his 2006 overseas-only album, delayed previously because of contractual obligations, will finally be see US release, as well as new disc(?) Young Lord. He writes, "Close Calls With Brick Walls is coming in the winter and Young Lord is next!"
Andrew WK is releasing material sooner than that even. Nardwuar, the Canadian music personality, is putting out a 7-inch on June 23rd called A Wild Pear! split between his own band, The Evaporators, and Andrew WK. The CD release party for that EP is part of a larger Andrew WK summer Canadian tour coming in June. That tour includes Sled Island Fest in June, and more shows with The Evaporators (who killed it at SXSW this year). All dates below.
Non-Canadians get Andrew WK love this summer too, as his new TV show, DESTROY BUILD DESTROY, is premiering on Cartoon Network on June 20th. The program is "a game show involving teenagers and 100 foot high explosions, quadruple wide fire-balls, and the will to create from the ashes!" Check out a preview for that below.
All above mentioned videos, show posters, and a "Learn How to Play Andrew WK songs" clip hosted by WK himself, below...
a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
The Sled Island Music and Arts Festival -- taking place at various venues in Calgary, Alberta from June 24 to June 27 -- is pleased to announce the initial line-up and the inclusion of Olympic Plaza as the main venue on Friday, June 26. This year will include over 200 bands performing at 23 venues plus art shows, film screenings, and a comedy component at the Sled Island Music and Arts Festival.Festival passes are on sale now.
Sled Island 2009 will feature performances by the influential indie rock darlings The Breeders (featuring Kim Deal of the Pixies) making their first Calgary performance, NYC post-punk revivalists Liars bringing the noise, the legendary Canadian metal band Anvil the recent subjects of the critically acclaimed documentary Anvil: The Story of Anvil and the garage rock assault of Tel Aviv's Monotonix known for their incredible live show. New Orleans-based musician and mad genius inventor of the 'drum buddy' Quintron & Ms. Pussycat will bring the party along with blood-soaked party rocker Andrew W.K. and Toronto-based electro tour-de-force Holy Fuck on the more 'offensive' front. Phil Elverum's (of The Microphones) latest moniker Mount Eerie will deliver a symbiotic balance of fuzz and folk matched by Owen Pallett's Final Fantasy surrealist violin stage performance. Calgary-based experimental icons Azeda Booth aim to mystify crowds along with their all-male psychedelic pop counterparts Women making their second festival appearance...The complete festival line-up and schedule will be revealed on June 1. [pr]
As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...
Crocodiles @ Emo's in Austin (SXSW) - March 18, 2009
tonight in NYC
* The Drones, EMOK @ Pianos
* Bang on a Can @ Merkin Hall
* Balkan Beat Box @ Webster Hall
* Ray LaMontagne @ Wellmont Theater
* Questlove (the FANtastic) @ (le) poisson rouge
* Preservation Hall Jazz Band @ Blue Note
* Asobi Seksu, Tyvek, Crocodiles @ Bowery Ballroom
* Japanther, NinjaSonik, Mountain High @ The Shank
* The Black Tie Party, The Giraffes @ The Bowery Electric
* Endless Boogie, Children, Chin Chin @ Santos Party House !
* The Cave Singers, The Antlers, Phantogram @ Mercury Lounge
* USAISAMONSTER, The Library Is On Fire, Pterodactyl @ Glasslands
* Ariel Pink, Vivian Girls, Cryptacize @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Bad Veins, Eulogies, Josh Wise (of The French Kicks) @ Union Hall
* Wizardry, Heavy Hands, La Otracina, Kreisor, Radio America @ Southpaw
* Scrambler/Seequil, Frank Sidebottom, Imaginary Weapons, Lost Boy @ Cake Shop
* Dan Deacon, Teeth Mountain, Future Islands, Miracles of Modern Science @ NYU Kimmel Center
! "ANDREW WK + MATT SWEENEY will be performing a special duet!" at Santos tonight.
Duane Jarvis, RIP
Maurice Jarre, RIP
MySpace Music: What Went Wrong, and What's Being Done About It
Pictures & Black Bubblegum near-death experience story from Converge's Brooklyn show HERE. Video footage and interview from the Philly show, below...
The above flyer points out that there will be a free show this Friday at Santos Party House in NYC with comedian Jon Glaser, Andrew WK, and Cheeseburger all on the bill. The below list contains the special guests that will be appearing at Mike Birbiglia's Sleepwalk With Me show during the month of February...
photos by Tim Griffin
Botanica frontman/keyboardist Paul Wallfisch has taken over booking Thursdays upstairs at the Delancey, effectively creating one of the very few "must-see" nights anywhere in the New York rock scene, especially considering that for the time being it's free. Simply put, New York hasn't had a consistent home for intelligent, challenging rock and rock-related music since Tonic closed two and a half years ago. With this new series, playfully titled Small Beast, Wallfisch aims to change that. Typically, he starts the evening solo on piano, perhaps introducing a guest or two and then bringing up the night's featured artist or artists." [Lucid Culture]Last night's bill (1/29) also featured Erik Sanko (Skeleton Key), Little Annie (who released an album with Paul last year and sang with him at this show), and Baby Dee (currently signed to Drag City and who has shared the stage with Little Annie before). Andrew WK, like he's also done before, sat in as part of Baby Dee's band for the show.
More pictures from the night below...
January, 29 2009 08:00 PM - Main Floor: SMALL BEAST PARTY w/ Erik Sanko, Baby Dee, ANDREW WK & Little AnnieBaby Dee is headlining the free show and will be joined by Little Annie and Andrew WK. Andrew WK interviews Baby Dee in the videos below...
@ The Delancey, 168 Delancey St, New York City, New York 10002 - FREE
Thur., Jan. 29 Main Floor: SMALL BEAST CURATED BY PAUL WALLFISCH [EVERY THURSDAY] MUSIC SALON Presenting an eclectic mix of the world's most creative performers and songwriters !THIS WEEK features ERIK SANKO[from SKELETON KEY!] and very special guests BABY DEE / ANDREW WK / and LITTLE ANNIE FREE!!!!!8 pm doors SELECT OPEN BAR at 12 am!!!
DOWNLOAD: Lee Scratch Perry - Pum Pum (MP3)
Narnack is excited to announce the signing of "The Slits"... this pioneering all girl act is noted for it's influence on many of music's most acclaimed female musician's and was espousing on the riot girl ethic before most of the movements artists had even picked up an instrument.SURE he will.
The band is rehearsing new material now and will be returning to the studio for their first full-length album with all new material in over 20 years. Look for all the original members (Ari, Tessa & Palmolive) to be back in the studio for the new album which will start recording in February. The Slits will also be touring the US and abroad in 2009.
Also, Lee Scratch Perry's "REPENTANCE" has been nominated for Best Reggae Album of 2008. Oo-produced by Andrew WK and featuring Moby, seminal producer Don Fleming and drummer Brian Chippendale of staccato noise duo Lightning Bolt!. The Upsetter will be attending his first ever Grammy Awards ceremony here in Los Angeles on Feb. 8th. Be sure to tune in...
For more Narnack, check out the pics from their CMJ 2008 showcase.
Ted Leo doing indie rock karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
I just gave a hint, but now I can confirm (what I just found out today) - Ted Leo
is the mystery guest at Santos Party House tonight (New Years Eve). Andrew WK, partial owner of the club, is also on the bill.
That's Ted playing his recent show at Studio B in Brooklyn in the above pic. Ted played a set and was the backing band for a set of karaoke. The NY Mag-sponsored event was hosted by Andrew WK, who, also did some karaoke with Ted. Video below...
John Joseph (Cro-Mags) @ FFF Fest (more by Tyler Nutter)
today in NYC
* Hanukkah stuff
* Cro-Mags @ Knitting Factory
* Andrew WK @ The Crazy Donkey
* Matisyahu & Assembly of Dust @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* The Gaslight Anthem & The Bouncing Souls @ Convention Hall in NJ
* Yo La Tengo, Metal Mountains & Todd Barry @ Maxwell's
You can also catch Andrew WK on New Years Eve at Santos Party House.
There aren't many more chances to go to Knitting Factory.
John Joseph's book is one of Thurston Moore's favorite things.
DOWNLOAD: USA for Affluence - Cash for Christmas (MP3)
The star-studded video is below...
photos by Tim Griffin, words By Black Bubblegum
DOWNLOAD: Iran - "Buddy" (MP3)
Iran @ CMJ 2008
Iran (WITH Kyp Malone) will play a show at Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, TONIGHT (12/18). Also on the bill: Fakers and Lone Wolf and Cub (Ryan Sawyer of Tall Firs and Stars Like Fleas - not the metal band). Presumably, Iran will, uh, run... through tracks from their upcoming record Dissolver, due on Feb 3, 2009 via Narnack.
Back to CMJ for a second....before 2 Live Crew played, a Kyp-less-and-still-named-after-a-'rogue-nation', Iran, played a renamed-The Soft Pack-less (they cancelled) and Lee "Scratch" Perry-less (he cancelled) Narnack Showcase this year, at Santos Party House, with the Sundelles, Vaz and Restavrant. Check out the overdue pics from that show above and below, and note - that's Doug Anson that sat in for Kyp. That probably won't happen again though, as we're told that Kyp plans on playing many more shows with the band, including as part of a 2009 tour out of NYC.
In related news, Kyp Malone's other band TV On The Radio, is garnering accolades-a-plenty including album of the year from The Onion AV Club, and from everyone's favorite weirdo Eric Wareheim of Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!. The Onion AV Club also cornered Santos Party House co-owner Andrew WK about his favorite record of the year.... Lee "Scratch" Perry's Repentance. Hmm... didn't he have something to do with that record?
In more related-to-Glasslands-tonight news, Tall Firs have teamed up with Awesome Color to play the Knitting Factory on Dec 19th (tickets here). Ryan Sawyer's other band, Stars Like Fleas, are recording a new record and have scheduled a show at Le Poisson Rouge on January 24th with Au (tickets here).
A whole bunch of pictures from the Narnack CMJ showcase, and tonight's Glasslands flyer, below...