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"Sept. 5th, 5:55pm, 55th and 5th in Manhattan - I'll be there with 5 copies of "55 CADILLAC"" - Andrew WK

by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Radio Happy Hour 8/8/09 Featuring Andrew W.K. (MP3)

Andrew W.K.

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...

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Dead Weather @ Home Sweet Home (more by Ryan Muir)
Dead Weather

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* 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.

Paul McCartney is playing another outdoor show tonight, at Citi Field.

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.

Kurt Vile & the Violators (who just played Woodsist Fest a couple weeks ago) and Blues Control (who have a new album out) play Bruar Falls with Coconuts.

It's the second night of the Ponderosa Stomp at the Lincoln Center's Midsummer Night Swing. Tonight they host a rockabilly-themed lineup.

Gabriel Kahane, who had a residency at Rockwood last month, returns for a show tonight.

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.

Grizzly Bear, whose member Ed Droste just guested with Wilco in Coney Island (and rode the Cyclone with Feist), was on Letterman last night performing "Ready, Able." That video, below.

Andrew WK will be DJing at Santos as Cherie Lily headlines a bill of dance-ready acts. Check out Andrew, a frequent guest on Fox News' Red Eye, in a clip from that show, below.

Passion Pit has a new video. Watch it below...

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Handsome Furs @ Mercury Lounge (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Handsome Furs

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

Sway Machinery, which features saxist Colin Stetson, plays at Hudson Square's free Tuesdays series tonight.

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.

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by Andrew Frisicano

DOWNLOAD: Felt Letters (feat. Ian Svenonius)- Let's All Dream (MP3)

Journal of Popular Noise

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.

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 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.

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...

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The Drums @ Cake Shop in May (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
The Drums

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* 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

John Hammond plays a free set at the first Hudson Square free Tuesday show. He'll also play a ticketed late set at the neighboring City Winery.

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...

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Passion Pit on a boat in May (more by Tim Griffin)
Passion Pit

tonight in NYC
* DANCE
* 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

1.6 Band played WFMU last night. Tonight you can catch them at Cake Shop.

Old 97's kick off their four-night run at Maxwell's tonight.

Phoenix played Music Hall of Williamsburg last night.

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.

PS1 announced this year's Warm Up schedule.

At the Issue Project Room, Either/Or plays Morton Feldman's "Why Patterns."

Major Lazer are filming a video Saturday in Brooklyn.

Sunday is Make Music NY which includes Punk Island on Governors Island.

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.

Jesus Lizard tickets went on sale. Naked Raygun tickets went on sale.

July 4th is getting close. Woodsist announced their full festival lineup. Jenny Lewis and Bright Eyes for free is also an option.

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...

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by Andrew Frisicano

it's a pool toy
Andrew WK

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...

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Tim and Eric prepping for tour...(early '09)
Time and Eric

"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...

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Radio Happy Hour

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...

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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)
Andrew WK Bad Brilliance

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...

Continue reading "DAMN! - Girl Talk remixed Bad Brilliance (MP3s) who plays w/ Andrew WK others @ Santos courtesy of Adult Swim "

by Andrew Frisicano

Andrew WK and Nardwuar

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...

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a shot from Sled Island 2008 (more by Rae Holtsabum)
Sled Island 2008

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.

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]

Festival passes are on sale now.

As previously reported, Colin Newman, vocalist and guitarist for Wire, will be guest curating this year's festival. Full lineup below...

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WK CheeseburgeR

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...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Baby Dee
Baby Dee

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...

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Baby Dee and Andrew WK

January, 29 2009 08:00 PM - Main Floor: SMALL BEAST PARTY w/ Erik Sanko, Baby Dee, ANDREW WK & Little Annie
@ 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!!!

Baby 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...

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DOWNLOAD: Lee Scratch Perry - Pum Pum (MP3)

The Slits

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.

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...

SURE he will.

For more Narnack, check out the pics from their CMJ 2008 showcase.

Ted Leo doing indie rock karaoke @ Studio B (more by Ryan Muir)
Ted Leo

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.

UPDATE: Ted is no longer playing the show

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...

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photos by Tim Griffin, words By Black Bubblegum

DOWNLOAD: Iran - "Buddy" (MP3)

Iran @ CMJ 2008
Iran

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...

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Andrew WK (@ Studio B) (by Zach Dilgard) (more)
Andrew WK

New Tears Eve @ Santos Party House in NYC
Serving booze until 8:00 AM, January 1st. Live performances upstairs with Andrew WK, Gang Gang Dance, Lissy Trullie, Bad Brilliance and Lemonade PLUS A MYSTERY SURPRISE GUEST! Upstairs will also feature spinning by Manderson, Andrew Kuo, Josh Wildman and Spencer Sweeney plus more DJ's TBA. Downstairs, Presented by Prime Time, will feature Invisible Conga People, Mike Simonetti, Eamon Harkin and James ^$#*@ Friedman. Champagne toast at midnight featuring an unprecedented 96-second countdown! With your hosts MISSHAPES! Entry is $20 after 4 AM. Please be 21 years of age or older with valid ID.
Entry is $50 before 4 AM, and TICKETS ARE ON SALE.

Lemonade recently played a show at The Annex.

Bad Brilliance recently played a show (with Andrew WK) at Terminal 5.

Knitting Factory recently added different price options for their New Years show.

Who will be the MYSTERY SURPRISE GUEST?

words by Andrew Frisicano, live photos by Ryan Muir, portraits by Zach Dilgard

Ted Leo Karaoke

Ted Leo showed up for Indie Rock Karaoke on December 3rd at Studio B with a set of both old and new R/X material - the new from the forthcoming unnamed record five - the old, his standards and classics: "Where Have all the Rude Boys Gone?," "Timorous Me," "Heart Problems," "Army Bound" and "Hearts of Oak" - the latter also melted the crowd's feet of oak, along with the complimentary vodka (I don't remember the brand, but if you're going to promote something, the drinks need to taste slightly better than mint leaf soaked in cleaning fluid).

Ted Leo's vocals have always ventured into the high falsetto range (especially for someone playing in front of such a loud band); here they held up, but I thought newer songs relied on them less. Material seems to focus more on rhythm and less on melody. I think Ted described one track as "dancehall meets death metal" - forever in Fred Perry, he seems a little more like Mark E. Smith every day..

Ted Leo Karaoke

The band took a break and the evening's emcee , the always entertaining Andrew W.K., gleefully instructed on how to properly sing karaoke by "destroying the ego," then proceeded to demonstrate on a "Louie Louie" punctuated by haymakers and headbangs. The audience karaokers were treated pretty mercifully - anyone who made at least a reasonable attempt was awarded with applause and accolades, with the audience singing along loudly to most everything. Highlights include the first two peformers ("Search and Destroy" and "When Eagles Dare" - the first a spot-on Iggy Pop, the second, a karaoke regular dressed in his Aquaman costume with a plastic trident prop), the impecable Minor Threat and Stiff Little Fingers renditions, and the two guys who, on "Me and Mia," took the guitar from R/X guitarist James Canty and played the chords too. I think only one person actually got booed.

Ted Leo returns, solo, to NYC for a visit to the Market Hotel tonight, Monday December 15th. Opening will be Patrick Stickles ("lead singer of TITUS ANDRONICUS") and CALE PARKS ("from Aloha & White Williams").

In case you haven't been to the Market Hotel before, it's magic requires that it remain somewhat "under the radar," so in order to ensure that no lines form outside the door (thus attracting unwanted attention), they will be selling tickets starting at 6pm, on the day of the show (today) only at Goodbye Blue Monday, 1087 Broadway, Bklyn. They will not be taking money at the door, you must go to Goodbye Blue Monday to get a ticket (it's only 3 blocks away)... - Ted
This will be the second time Ted and Patrick shared the Market Hotel stage this year. More pictures and all dates (including a benefit in CT on Tuesday night) below...

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