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Andrew W.K. Inks Deal To Publish ‘The Party Bible’

Have you ever wanted to party hard, but worried you did not know the correct steps to take in order to achieve such high levels of awesomeness? For years, this issue has plagued men and women around the world, but now there is hope for a better, more fun future thanks to first-time author, Andrew W.K.

According to a story The AV Club ran yesterday afternoon, party rock madman Andrew W.K. has just signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish a book entitled The Party Bible in the near future. The release will be accompanied by an audio book to allow for party training on-the-go.

Michael Szczerban, W.K.’s editor, says the book will be “an unforgettable voyage in search of truth, wisdom, and party bliss,” and that, “in it, every feeling will be permitted, every thought will become prophecy, and humanity’s surging life force will be harnessed and ridden into the abyss.”

At this point there is no release date for The Party Bible, but W.K. did release a hilarious promotional video to help promote the news. You can view the video below. Continue reading ‘Andrew W.K. Inks Deal To Publish ‘The Party Bible’’

Andrew W.K. Unveils “The Human Party Machine” Solo Tour

As concert ticket prices continue to climb to all time highs, it’s hard to know just what you’re going to get when shelling out handfuls of hard earned cash for musicians who may or may not live up to the excellent quality of their recorded materials. However, there is no question what you get when Andrew W.K. comes to town, and that is exactly what he hopes fans will want to see with his recently announced “Human Party Machine” solo tour.

Marking his first lengthy outing in recent memory, “The Human Party Machine” solo tour will find Andrew W.K. partying his way across the United States (and parts of Canada) this Spring. As the title suggest, Andrew will be bringing just a microphone, a keyboard, and according to the press release his “will to survive” as he brings his party to intimate club and bar settings around North America. Continue reading ‘Andrew W.K. Unveils “The Human Party Machine” Solo Tour’

Andrew W.K. To Send One Million Volts Of Electricity Through David Blaine’s Body Using Keyboard

Happy-go-lucky party-rock guru Andrew W.K. will be helping illusionist David Blaine with one of his most daring stunts yet. W.K. will be performing a solo on a keyboard that will send one million volts of electricity through Blaine’s body. SO BRUTAL.

According to Rolling Stone, “W.K. will rock out on a keyboard powered by seven towering Tesla coils that will surround Blaine,” who will be standing on a platform 20 feet above New York’s Hudson River Park Pier 54. “The million volts of rockage will stream around and through Blaine for three days and nights.” Of course, Andrew W.K. cannot wait for this once-in-a-lifetime experience as he exclaims, “I’m absolutely electrified and terrified by the opportunity to play a keyboard solo with so much energy, and to use this incredibly powerful device to send a musical surge through David’s brain! I just hope he can withstand my high-powered party piano playing!”

The event is called Electrified and will start with W.K.’s performance at 7:30 tonight. As part of Blaine’s Ultrabook Experience partnership with Intel,”fans will be able to control the coils through Ultrabook stations located in various cities around the world.” If you want to see it for yourself, the stunt will be streaming live here.

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The Beat Generation – Q&A With Anamanaguchi

Bleep bloop. What’s that sound? Rippling melodic riffage mixed with the sounds of our electronic youth? A sense of nostalgia wrapped up in a coating of fun? Anamanaguchi traffic in a sound that has more depth, is more multifaceted then what one might expect. Currently one of the premiere 8 bit/chiptune groups performing today, they recently had their greatest flirtation with the mainstream after providing the soundtrack for the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.

We got to sit down with lead songwriter Peter Berkman and talk about his bands approach to releases, what it’s like scoring a video game and playing a benefit concert for Four Loko.

OS: I was introduced to your music by the Weezer 8 bit tribute album (Note: the album also features OurStage artists I Fight Dragons). What other bands do you consider to be your influences?

PB: I just like awesome melodies and that comes from a whole bunch of different worlds…Weezer, obviously is a big influence in terms of like the musical side of things. Basically anything with…an awesome melody I totally love whether it be like Weezer or Dragonforce or Andrew W.K. Or, you know Jackson 5 o … some Japanese Pop music or anything like that. Even…pop music on the radio. I… like expressive melodies…especially instrumentals that’s what I kind of do with sounds that express something. Basically I grew up listening to a lot of punk…when I was in middle school and high school but…then I just started to open up to everything.

Photo: Ethan Saks

OS: How did you guys scoring the Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World video game come about?

PB: Basically we just got contacted by one of the producers of the game who knew who we are and thought that it was a really good fit for the project which I think it was especially because Paul Robertson was doing the graphics.…we just sort of let it evolve…we just kind of went on tour and got a phonecall saying, ‘”Hey guys, do you want to do this?” And we were like, “Uh, fuck yeah! ….

OS: Do you guys have any more plans to do video game soundtracks in the future?

PB: Well right now we’re trying to kind of to move away from that just for the time being and put out something comprehensive of our own that’s like a legitimate album. We’ve been around before, the soundtrack stuff, and we kind of want to put up a new catalog of music that’s kind of where were at musically right now. In terms of soundtracks, I love doing soundtracks. Like I said some of my favorite music is soundtrack stuff… from like the ’70s that use electronic elements.…Down the line, if in a year from now, if someone contacts us saying, “Do you guys want to do another game,” if we had an album out by then, I would probably say “yeah”.

OS: ”Airbrushed”, this first single from your online Summer 2010 singles series just got a physical 7″ release. Are all of those singles getting a physical release?

PB: Well they’re all going to have their own thing. We have plans for a skateboard logo. Well, I don’t know if I can say that. But yeah we have plans for to revitalize each single with its own special thing.

OS: I saw that you guys put much of your material out for free. I got your first LP from 8bitpeoples.

PB: Yeah, yeah. 8bitpeoples is the shit. Luke, also, our drummer he has a solo project called Knife City and he’s aiming to hopefully release it in the next month.

OS: What’s your motivation for releasing a lot of your material online for free?

PB: Basically it’s just to get so that you get people to hear it. I am down for people to hear music. I don’t really like the process…I don’t like any extra step, basically.…it’s the Internet anyways, so once someone has it, everyone will have it. So it’s better if… we put it out there in the best way that we can as opposed to people just finding it themselves. It’s a way that we can control. So yeah, we’re down as fuck. And I download free music all the time. I don’t understand why we wouldn’t do that, basically.…we want to put everything out and makes it so that… the fans aren’t working against the band. People should be able to get our music because people are free to do whatever they want. That’s our philosophy.

OS: So you guys are touring with Peelander-Z right now? Have you guys toured with them before?

PB: We’re about to be in about a month. But that’s gonna rule, I’m so excited. They put on the best live show I’ve ever seen. We’ve played with them a couple of times but we’ve never been out on the road with them for an extended period of time. We’ve played a show here and there with them and it’s always amazing. I think that being on the road with them for as long as we are is going to make so that we have to step up our game for our live show because they’ll jump on the ceiling. They’ll go crazy so if we’re not going crazy then we’re not doing a good job. I mean they have human bowling. We have to be able to step to that.

OS: Now I’m not much of a music tech person and I saw one or two articles about your live setup and the “hacked NES” that you guys use. How do you use the NES in your music since 8bit is such an important part of your sound?

PB: I program it on my computer originally and that data gets put onto a chip and that chip gets put into the cartridge. It tells the NES, through the code, what notes to play and how to play them. It’s basically like having an electronic player piano onstage with us.

OS: Related to the touring question that I had, you guys and all the bands in the 8bit/ chiptune scene seem very close even though it doesn’t appear that you guys don’t really share any geographic closeness. What do you attribute the tightness of your scene to?

PB: It definitely has its roots in the Internet and all these Websites that started popping up in the early 2000s that basically were hubs for people from all of the world like the UK, New York, Sweden, Tokyo. Just people who were trying to learn how to do this music in the first place and how to discover it. I mean that Internet acted as a place for these people to communicate and because no one in their nearby radius had any idea what this kind of stuff was. Now that it has a solid base thanks to those people on the Internet and they’re communicating. Freedom to have monthly shows that people would go to and then people would follow that model and be like, “Oh shit, we should do that, too!” And that basically turned the Internet into real life and now these actual real life scenes that are coming up in bigger cities and even smaller cities now. And everyone’s super tight knit because we all obviously share the same interests and have a way to communicate. The Internet’s amazing and it definitely wouldn’t exist without it.

OS: Do you think there’s a scene starting to grow up in Brooklyn where you guys are based?

PB: Oh yeah, there already is. There are four monthly shows here. I think we have probably, I wouldn’t say the highest per capita of chip or 8bit musicians but we have a ton. There’s always something going on; if you really wanted to. you could go to an 8bit show three times a month. Definitely more than that if you really wanted to. If you wanted to see some not that great stuff you could probably go to, like, 20. But I mean 8bitpeoples is based here. The Blip Festival is also based here, it’s an annual three day festival that’s all 8bit music. It already exists, I’d say probably since 2004 even.

You can check out Anamanaguchi’s spring tour dates HERE and place a preorder for the “Airbrushed” 7″ HERE.

Announcing The Show Us Your Hits Mardi Gras Competition

Everybody knows that throwing the best party in town requires some serious dedication, especially when it comes to picking out the right tunes to keep the crowd dancing all night long. This is especially true on Mardi Gras, the biggest party day of the year. We’re willing to bet that come March 8th, you’ll be stocking your pockets with colorful beads, donning some ridiculous-looking masks and heading for a night of dancing and good times. That’s why, in honor of this year’s Mardi Gras celebration, we’ll be throwing a little party of our own.

OurStage is calling out all purveyors of the party song to the “Show Us Your Hits” Mardi Gras Competition. Do you have a song that you know will make the crowd jump to their feet and dance? We’re talking about the kind of tunes that made artists the likes of Andrew W. K., Lil’ John and Ke$ha legendary in the club scene. If so, this channel is right up your alley. At the end of March, OurStage editors will be combing the channel in search of the best songs to add to a special OurStage party playlist to be given away as a free gift to the OurStage community. Enter your song by March 22, 2011 so you aren’t tardy to the OurStage Mardi Gras party! For official rules and competition information, click HERE.

Punk On The Rocks: Punk By Association

Weezer’s new album Hurley was released this past Tuesday on Epitaph Records, a label best known for being founded by Bad Religion guitarist Brett Gurewitz. Weezer’s new label is also home to Every Time I Die, Social Distortion and Bring Me The Horizon. The album’s release has been covered by punk news sites like Punknews.org and DyingScene.com — but why? While Weezer’s 1996 album Pinkerton is considered by many to have been a huge influence on modern emo bands, Weezer isn’t really a punk band at all. Sure. some of their older material could be categorized as “alternative,” but the more recent albums fit more comfortably into the “power pop” genre, or just straight ahead “rock.”

Weezer's Hurley Album

Weezer is part of a phenomenon I like to call “punk by association.” Punk by association artists don’t necessarily make punk music, but have a lot of fans within the punk community. Thus, they tour with punk bands, get coverage in punk press and sometimes end up on punk labels. Weezer isn’t alone in this category.

Andrew W.K. is another artist who’s frequent coverage on punk sites and blogs (like this one) falls under “punk by association.”  While his music can range from stadium party-rock anthems to experimental piano compositions, W.K. has done two stints on the Vans Warped Tour and his identity crisis was documented on both punk and metal blogs, though W.K.’s music is neither.

New wave pioneers Devo also get love in the punk blog-osphere and are often featured in “punk” articles  and books. While some of their early songs featuring analog instruments could find a home on a punk playlist (See 1978′s Are We Not Men? We Are Devo!‘s punchy “Gut Feeling”/ “(Slap You Mammy)”), the majority of their material is…well, it’s not punk, that’s for sure. In fact, when gossip site TMZ labeled the band “punk rock” in an image earlier this year, it sparked a lively discussion on the band’s message board.

So why do self-proclaimed “punk” blogs cover these artists? Why do these artists have so many fans in the punk community? In my opinion, while Andrew W.K., Weezer and others might not have the punk sound, they definitely have the punk attitude. From Devo’s muzak album to Andrew W.K.’s solo piano improvisations to Weezer’s collaboration with Lil’ Wayne—They all make music on their own terms, critics, labels and even fans be damned. In the words of Weezer “I’mma do the things that I wanna do / I ain’t got a thing to prove to you.”

Festivus: Farewell Festival Season

August is closer to over than beginning, which means the same for summer, and this column. And while there are a few festivals left that dare to stretch their wings into the fall months—Austin City Limits and Bumbershoot will be tempting us in the coming weeks— its time to bid our friends on the road adieu and hope that acts touring through the winter will hold us over til spring once more. That said, festival season 2010 brought a lot of good times and memories, with thank yous to be said, apologies to be made and lessons to be learned in the process.

Yours Truly and HANSON at Bamboozle

So to start off, I’m sorry to the Internet Warrior, who asked me to bring him sunscreen from the car while at Bamboozle but I brought back hair gel instead. While I didn’t feel your pain, I could definitely see it in your bright red sunburn.

I’m sorry to one of our interns, who sprinted back and forth and battled out burly security guards by herself to get great shots of acts at SXSW. Though I’m not really sorry, because she was—after all—at SXSW.

I’m sorry to Andrew WK’s T-shirt at Warped Tour, which will not survive the strawberry smoothie that accosted it.

I’m sorry to the people of Toronto, who no doubt missed me terribly when I couldn’t attend the first OVO Festival with Drake because I didn’t have a valid passport. Customs are no joke, kids. And thank you to our Account Manager Alex, who went in my place and rocked it.

Trying to decide who to see at Bonnaroo

Thank you to the cop directing traffic in Mansfield, TN, who led us down a dirt access road that resulted in bypassing the hours of wait time on the highway shoulder waiting to get into Bonnaroo. And thank you to the kid directing cars once in the camp ground that resulted in a spot just minutes from the media tent, where I lugged my lap top every day.

Thank you to the wonderful ladies of OurStage who won opening spots on the Lilith festival, who displayed grace and appreciation when some dates were cancelled.

Thank you to the awesome folks at Converse who hooked up OurStage bands The Appreciation Post and Therefore I Am with sweet sneaks at the Journey’s Backyard BBQ (a mini-fest, but fest all the same).

Mayday Parade at Journey's Backyard BBQ

And thank you to all you crazy music fans who shared in our adventures. Festivals have no doubt changed and adapted in hard times and fluctuating music trends, but your passion keeps us all going. So rinse out your cooler, pack up your tent, put some aloe on that sunburn and we’ll see you next year!

Punk On The Rocks: Q&A with Andrew W.K.

Another summer comes to an end, and so does another Vans Warped Tour. This summer’s tour featured one of the better lineups of recent years, including Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, Dropkick Murphys, Riverboat Gamblers, Reel Big Fish, Me Talk Pretty, The Mighty Regis and more. While there are those who argue that Warped has lost its edge, the tour has found itself a champion in the prince of partying, Andrew W.K. OurStage’s Jay Schneider sat down with AWK to talk about why the Warped Tour is a great experience for both artists and fans and what we can expect from him in 2011 (hint: it involves partying).

When Andrew W.K. speaks, we listen

OS: It’s been years since you’ve been on the tour, right?

AWK: Seven years. The last we did every date on the tour was 2003.

OS: So what’s it like getting back into the Warped “vibe”?

AWK: Well it’s just fantastic to be on a tour that has this much impact; that has this much reach across North America. It has a legacy and a tradition of high quality vibes. Really it’s the mood of this place that’s its biggest achievement. Not only does this entire team of people do this every day in each town, but more than just putting up the stages and organizing the port-a-potties and all the day-to-day work, they are manifesting an attitude; an atmosphere of good vibes, literally, through their mood. That is the most powerful and important contribution that Warped Tour has made to American touring, or just touring in general.

People are open-minded. They’re friendly. They’re kind. They’re hard-working. They don’t complain. It’s just an incredible example of a leader, the creator Kevin Lyman, having such powerful leadership skills, that his mindset of “suck it up, enjoy yourself, work hard and let’s make the most of this day” has carried over even to the audience, the local crew (even the people that don’t work with him every day). Everyone feels that atmosphere. That’s the most delicate and difficult, yet powerful accomplishment to have in any project you’re working on.

OS: Going along with that same concept, bands always talk about the “community” aspect of Warped Tour. It seems to be a “summer camp” of sorts. How has that experience been for you behind the scenes?

First of all, that’s absolutely true. There is a fantastic sense of friendship and kindness backstage, beyond a doubt: a sense of trust, a sense of loyalty. Not to the bands themselves, but to the cause of spreading joy on this tour. Beyond that, your comparison to a summer camp is very, very good actually. I was always terrified of summer camp. If someone said, “Here are some different ways you can spend your time: Going to summer camp, drawing in your room or running around outside,” summer camp probably would have been the last thing on my list.

Interacting with people has always been very intense for me. That’s why I decided to start partying professionally, because it would give me a reason to go out and do something that otherwise I was overwhelmed about or scared of…that idea of hanging out with a bunch of people casually—I never could do it…

It’s not social anxiety. There are people that have that. That’s a real serious condition—agoraphobia, fear of crowds, fear of meeting new people, things like that. No, I’ve just had a general shyness. I just always follow my instincts and try to do what feels right. Standing around and talking with people I haven’t met has always been very strange for me…But, this a great place for me to face those fears.

OS: You have a following of “Andrew W.K.” fans that follow your whole “party” mentality. You’ve set up the “Party House Tent” this year on the tour.

AWK: Yes.

OS: So what kind of interactions have you been getting with kids coming out to that tent?

AWK: This goes exactly back to what we were talking about in terms of that social interaction. In the old days, I was terrified to meet any one person. I would never try to hang out with more than my closest friends, because I was just terrified of the world around me. So I had to find a “cause” that would force me out of my comfort zone, force me to have a motivation. Something to work for, something to go after. So, this idea of “partying” is really what happened. So, any place that I can just create that “official”, designated spot, and really push forward this idea of celebration and partying helps me, and helps the cause.

The“Party House”, which is our tent, is a 20×20 ft tent or 40×20 ft tent, depending on how much room we have. It’s a massive space to come and hang out. The one thing I learned from the last time at the Warped Tour—and this goes back to what you were asking earlier—hanging out backstage is a very fun and very valid way to spend your day.  Since we only play for 35-40 minutes, the rest of the day really is open. Now, we can do interviews like this, which are fantastic. That is why I’m here. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet you and say hello to folks that are interested in having a chat. Other than that, to me the most valuable thing is to go out and spend time with the people who came this one day to be a part of this festival. This festival is a celebration. This is a party. So if I can have a spot to go and meet folks and thank them for being part of this and supporting this cause of fun, celebration and joy. When you join our mission of “partying”, I owe you my thanks. That’s what it’s about. So to me, that’s the atmosphere that I’m most excited about with Warped Tour. That’s the thing that makes it so fantastic. They’ve created such a place where you can meet people and have fun with them.

OS: In terms of your career and this professional “persona” you’ve created to party, where are you going from here? What are the plans moving forward?

AWK: In a way, it feels like a new beginning. In 2005 for a lot of business and personal reasons, things in my life just turned around in strange ways. But, I would not have it any other way at this point. So many new opportunities opened up from 2005 until now. The beautiful thing is that all the issues, all the complications that we were dealing with for those 5 years have now resolved. 2010 was the year of resolution. The universe aligned itself. We’re back and the party is stronger than ever. I feel like it’s a new beginning, a comeback of sorts for the cause, the idea of “enjoying your life”. The positive power of partying is here and it’s getting bigger.

I’ll continue with my full band—my full band is back together after 5 years—doing nationwide tours. We’re going to continue doing that into 2011. New album in 2011, we hope to start recording that as soon as we get off of Warped Tour. I’m also working on a book. I’ve been working on a book for quite some time, but now it seems like it’s the time to do it. We’ve got all these contracts in place. It’s really about contracts. Once you get contracts aligned, really you can do whatever you want. But, if the contracts aren’t there then you can’t really do much. So that’s where we stand.

So come by the Party House Tent. New album, the book, Andrewwk.com has got it all laid out. We actually have a new store there. We’ve got party gear, party wear. The point of this all is to spread joy, and if you can do that in your life then you’re already partying. Spread joy to other people, starting with yourself most importantly. Just party hard! Have fun!

Check out Andrew W.K. website to stay tuned for the new album and his new book. Be sure to catch Warped Tour next year to experience the party for yourself.

 


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