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Andrew WK - live in Vancouver

Andrew WK

Live In Vancouver (08/20/16)

The Cobalt - Vancouver, BC
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Andrew WK is the king of partying.

No one can deny that. Some may say its a gimmick, or a one trick pony – but there’s more than that under the service of the New York by way of Florida by way of Michigan party rocker. The 37 year old is a complex amalgamation of fascinating features. Motivational speaker, Village Voice columnist, TV personality, DJ, entrepreneur and an unrelenting ball of energy. Those are just some elements that combine to form the monster that is Andrew WK who brought his full band to the tight packed Cobalt Saturday night as part of The Vancouver Mural Festival.

And it was – obviously – a party.

WK oozes positivity and energy, very few people could turn a song like Ready To Die and transform it into a jubilant, hopeful anthem. But he does.

In the hour long set that left the crowd tired, sweaty and out of breath, Andrew WK and his band pulled out all the stops. Wearing his signature all-white outfit (that becomes increasingly dirty throughout the evening), the king of parting whipped the crowd into a fury. Pumping his fist, banging the keyboard, swinging his long, creasy hair in every direction. His backing band were equally as enthuastic, bringing their own flare to the performance never letting the front man steal the show completely. For his point, WK stays in the back when necessary, letting his two guitarist duel it off with epic guitar solos and interludes and the entire series is a well oiled machine. From his desire to turn I Love NYC into I Love Vancouver (which was hilariously voted down by the crowd which settled on a mixture of I Love Vancouver! Oh yeah! New York City!) to the tossing of free tshirts into the crowd, every moment was poised to foster most positive, joyful outcome.

Despite being fifteen years old this year, the main focus of the set constantly remains on his breakthrough I Get Wet album. In fact, he only played three songs from other albums: The Wolf‘s Tear It Up, Close Call With BrickwallsYou Will Remember Tonight and The Jackass Soundtrack‘s We Want Fun. The first two of which very few people knew but when he pulled out Party Hard, It’s Time To Party or Take It Off, the crowd went bezerk.

And for She Is Beautiful? Well I don’t think I’ve ever seen as many crowd surfers as I did in those three minutes.

They ended the evening with the titular I Get Wet, said farewell, gave high fives and walked off the stage. No cheesy encore, the lights turned on and that was it – and that’s the way it’s meant to be.

Andrew WK and his band partied hard for an hour straight. He created a sea of positivity and excitement and brought a smile to every single face in the crowd. There was nothing else left to give, no more sweat left to drip, no more heads left to bang. To force an encore would’ve been disingenuous, and Andrew WK is not disingenuous.

So it ended as quickly as it began but no one complained. It was an hour long party, the kind that only The King of Partying can deliver

   

New Photos: Lucero, Make Do And Mend, Anberlin, Knucklhead and Riot Fest Toronto

Lucero

After fixing a little bug in our media gallery, we’re back with a vengeance and have posted a ton of new photos for you to devour.

We’ll start out West in Denver, Colorado as Mike Fajardo captured an intimate Lucero acoustic show at Illegal Pete’s in April. You can check out those pictures here.

Heading up North, Chris Wedman has been busy up in Calgary, Alberta and recently snapped some photos of Anberlin, Make Do and Mend and Knucklehead with The Hockey Fight.

And finally we hit up the East Coast as our resident Toronto photographer got some images of Riot Fest Toronto last year featuring the likes of NOFX, Descendents, Andrew WK, Lawrence Arms, Hot Water Music and Less Than Jake here.

Andrew WK - the Wolf

Andrew WK

The Wolf

Island Records
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Rating: 3/5

 
 

 

 

The maniac known as Andrew W.K. has returned with his second release entitled The Wolf. AWK is well known for his hard hitting vocals, energizing atmosphere and just plain emotion of which he lives his life. I mean who else would scratch their head until it bleeds for a interview? Getting the CD, your expecting to hear songs like Ready To DieShe Is Beautiful and Party Hard of his first release (I Get Wet); unfortunately, that is the farthest from what you get.

Other them some of the lyrical content, most of the musical beat and sound from Andrew W.K. has changed so very much from his first to second album. With his first album being more of the energetic, party type music, his new one is more melodic and piano driven. Don’t get me wrong, the material in I Get Wet was quite piano driven, but more of a motivating type of sound; while the tracks of The Wolf seem to be more of the softer, calmer nature. This steals some of the raw power and uniqueness away from the band.

This change seemed to have been worked really well for some of the tracks on the album, I Love MusicNever Let Down and Really In Love are some of the better tracks with the more melodic sound. The vocals by the band’s frontman fit perfectly in the tune. Overall, there is only approximately 2 songs that really remind you of the old AWK. Track 4 (Free Jumps) and 8 (Make Sex) most bring back memories of the previous sound, each for separate reasons. The first of the aforementioned is similar because of the musical style, while the second is more similar with the lyrical content. Unfortunately, the beat for Make Sex is less then energetic.

Staying true to himself, the band does have some major portions which are similar to the debut release. Like the repeating vocals in Tear It Up and Long Live The Party. But both of them don’t produce the desired effect as the music is slightly too slow for that sort of lyrical content.

Overall, the album is somewhat disappointing. A much more melodic, smooth, softer band then their previous efforts. But some songs do come through well that way. AWK will lose some fans with his latest efforts, but at the same time will gain a few that will join him for his new style.

Video: Andrew WK – It’s Time To Party

Andrew WKParty rocker Andrew W.K. has released a new music video for the song It’s Time To Party. While the song may be over a decade old, it’s getting a new music video treatment in support of  the I GET WET 10th Anniversary Deluxe Edition, which includes a second disc filled with alternate and live version of the original party classics.

The video is below. 

Andrew W.K. has a handful of shows for the remainder of the month for September ranging from concerts to lectures.  Show dates can be seen below.

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Andrew WK To Appear On Conan

Andrew WKEveryone’s favourite party guy, Andrew WK, is performing on the Conan O’Brien show on Tuesday August 28th. Andrew will be performing live with his full band and the show airs at 11pm EST on the TBS Channel.

Andrew WK celebrated the ten year anniversary of his debut album I Get Wet this year. As part of this, the first track from that album, It’s Time To Party has been given a new video. Andrew also embarked on a world tour earlier this year.

   

Andrew W.K. To Give Fans His Pants And Hair

Andrew W.K.Andrew W.K. recently announced plans to release a special 10th anniversary deluxe edition of his 2002 full length, I Get Wet.  He has now additionally annonced a super rare autographed edition limited to 500 copies, which also include personal stage items worn by Andrew W.K. himself.  The items may include a piece of Andrew W.K.’s own personal, stage-worn and filthy white Levi’s 501 jeans that were cut into 496 pieces, and a lock of W.K.’s unwashed hair, with one lucky winner taking home an autographed airplane ticket stub that W.K. used to fly from Prague to New York City.  The man himself explains this unique offering:

“I wanted to give a piece of myself and this party to everyone who got one of these limited editions… Originally, I had wanted to include used tissues and one of my hangnails, but I was told that international customs doesn’t allow sending human flesh or bodily fluids in music packaging.  So I decided to give the party people my dirty white jeans and hair instead.  My jeans and hair give me party power-kind of like Dumbo’s magic feather.  They’re blessed with the power of positive partying, and I hope that these objects bring even more magical partying to anyone who possesses them.”

The anniversary edition includes a double gatefold LP edition and edition 2-CD edition, both set for an August 28, 2012 release via Century Media.  The cover art features a photo-realistic oil painting by artist, Gonzalo Garcia and the packaging includes extensive liner notes and brand new photos spanning W.K.’s career.

   

Pictures: Descendents, Flogging Molly, Andrew WK, Gogol Bordello, Drive By Truckers

Flogging Molly

Today we are pleased to bring a brand new batch of updates to our ever growing Live Picture Gallery.

Our first set comes from party rocker Andrew WK as he takes over The Venue in Vancouver, BC. Those pictures can be seen here.

Afterwards we drop down south to Colorado and see what our resident Denver photographer is up to with new photos from Descendents (here), Flogging Molly (Here), Gogol Bordello (here) and Drive By Truckers (here).

Andrew WK: My Time

Andrew WKAndew W.K. – who’s about to kick off a North American tour in celebration of the ten year anniversary of I Get Wet on March 3rd in Vancouver –  has released a new song to coincide with the launch of the World Snowboarding Championship currently underway in Oslo, Norway.

Andrew WK was named the official “rock ‘n’ roll ambassador” for the event and previously released a theme song for it entitled Go Go Go Go

The new song, called My Time, can be heard here

   

Tours: Andrew WK

Andrew WKParty rocker Andrew WK will be heading on a North American Tour starting March 3rd in celebration of the 10 year anniversary of Andrew’s debut album, I Get Wet.  It is his first headlining tour with his live rock band for the first time in almost 7 years.  They will be playing the entire album from start to finish every night.

Opening for them will be Nardwuar and The Evaporators on the Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland shows. Math The Band are special guests on all USA shows starting in San Francisco. ALEISTER X will also join to play his own sets at the Boston, New York City, and Philadelphia shows.

The dates are below.

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Video: Andrew WK – Go Go Go Go

Andrew WKSpinner has premiered a a brand new music video from Andrew WK.  The video features the song “Go Go Go Go” which was created as a party track specifially for the World Snowboarding Championship in Oslo, Norway.  Andrew WK explained the process to Spinner:

“We filmed most of this music video at my nightclub, Santos Party House… At first, I was wondering if these snowboarders would party hard. And they did! Everyone was so nice, and super awesome to work with. It meant a lot to me that so many talented athletes from around the world would come together to be part of this song — and part of this party!”

Watch the video below.

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Stream: Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, Andrew WK – I’m A Goner

Andrew WKConverse, Inc., has announced the collaboration of Andrew WK, Soulja Boy, and Matt & Kim on the new song entitled “I’m A Goner”. The song is part of a series called Three Artists – One Song collaboration by the famous shoe corporation, and the video will be premiered on August 21 via MTV2‘s Converse Band of Ballers

For now, fans can listen to the track here. If you prefer a free download of the tune, visit Converse here.

Stream: Matt & Kim, Soulja Boy, Andrew WK – I'm A Goner

Andrew WKConverse, Inc., has announced the collaboration of Andrew WK, Soulja Boy, and Matt & Kim on the new song entitled “I’m A Goner”. The song is part of a series called Three Artists – One Song collaboration by the famous shoe corporation, and the video will be premiered on August 21 via MTV2‘s Converse Band of Ballers

For now, fans can listen to the track here. If you prefer a free download of the tune, visit Converse here.

Andrew WK To Release New EP In Japan

Andrew WKParty rocker Andrew WK will release a a new seven track EP on March 30th, 2011, in Japan by Universal Music Group. The release, The Party All Goddamn Night EP, contains brand new songs and artwork and, for the time being, is only available in Japan; however, they can be ordered worldwide from either Amazon or CDJapan.

The EP is being released right before Andrew WK performs the Punkspring festival in Tokyo and Osaka. Some of these songs are from the recent recording sessions leading up to his much anticipated new full-length album, to be released in late 2011, or early 2012. He explained:

“None of these songs have ever been released in Japan. I’m really excited for my friends there to hear them. I’m really excited about the new music. I’m really excited about the upcoming album. I’m really excited!.”

The complete EP track listing is as below.

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Andrew WK To Do 4Chan Interview

Andrew WKParty rocker Andrew WK has announced plans to do a live interview on 4Chan.org next month.

After seeing Andrew WK tweet about the website, the folks at 4chan.org reached out and invited him to do an exclusive, live, Q&A interview. The interview will take place on Sunday, Febuary 13th, at 7:00pm EST.

Like always, the site will be a steady stream of continuousness and anyone and everyone can join in on the conversation and ask questions.

   

Video: Andrew WK – I Want To See You Go Wild (Live)

Andrew WKParty-rocker Andrew WK recently stopped by FuelTV to perform on The Daily Habit. He played the tune I Want To See You Go Wild from his recently released double album, Close Call With Brick Walls / Mother of Mankind.

The album was released last year in North America and was previously only available in Japan. The video of his peformance can be seen below.

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Andrew WK’s TV Show Returns For Season Two

Andrew WK  - Destroy Build DestroyAndrew WK, the man everyone wants to party with, has announced that his TV show, Destroy Build Destroy, will return to the airwaves on October 6th at 8:30PM ET/PT on  Cartoon Network.

The show sees Andrew W.K. serving as the host as twoteams, with the guidance and assistance of professionals, compete by destroying large structures using wrecking balls, human destroyers and real explosions. After the destruction, they must then build something from the wreckage.  Andrew WK had this to say about the new season:

“I’m so psyched about this new season of DBD!  We really went bigger and better than ever.  I love these new episodes.  The team members and I always have so much fun, but this time we really went over the top.  It’s super-destructivity!  And super-buildtacular!  The new season has even higher levels of insanity, originality, teamwork, and of course, massive explosions!  Get ready!”

We talked to Andrew WK last year about the show. You can read that interview here.

   

Andrew WK's TV Show Returns For Season Two

Andrew WK  - Destroy Build DestroyAndrew WK, the man everyone wants to party with, has announced that his TV show, Destroy Build Destroy, will return to the airwaves on October 6th at 8:30PM ET/PT on  Cartoon Network.

The show sees Andrew W.K. serving as the host as twoteams, with the guidance and assistance of professionals, compete by destroying large structures using wrecking balls, human destroyers and real explosions. After the destruction, they must then build something from the wreckage.  Andrew WK had this to say about the new season:

“I’m so psyched about this new season of DBD!  We really went bigger and better than ever.  I love these new episodes.  The team members and I always have so much fun, but this time we really went over the top.  It’s super-destructivity!  And super-buildtacular!  The new season has even higher levels of insanity, originality, teamwork, and of course, massive explosions!  Get ready!”

We talked to Andrew WK last year about the show. You can read that interview here.

   

Videos: Andrew W.K. – I Want To See You Go Wild

Crazy-man Andrew W.K. has released a new animated music video for the track “I Want To See You Go Wild.”  The track comes from his 2010 reissue of Close Calls With Brick Walls, and features various exploding heads and dancing monsters.

Check out the video below.

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Andrew W.K. Brings Own Circus Tent To Warped 2010

Warped Tour 2010 headliner Andrew W.K. is proud to announce the of the “Andrew W.K. Party House” – a 20’ x 40’ circus tent – at every Warped Tour date this summer.  According to the press release, “beneath the tent, fans will be able to meet and party with Andrew in a cool and comfortable air-conditioned room, and browse never before seen A.W.K. PARTY SUPPLIES, including new limited edition t-shirts and exclusive party merchandise.”

Further details can be found over on Andrew W.K‘s freshly overhauled website.

   

Andrew WK & Mike Diamond (Beastie Boys) Run Community Guitar Jam in NYC

Andrew WKOn May 1, Church Street School in New York City will host a Community Weaving and Guitar Jam to celebrate two decades of art and music education in Tribeca.  The day-long celebration will include face-painting, instrument-making, open-art classes, sample music lessons, and frenzy of fun in and around the school located at 74 Warren Street.

Festival-goers will be able to help create a large-scale art installation of woven materials to celebrate the school’s recent expansion and take part in a massive, all-players-invited, Community Guitar Jam led by Church Street School dad Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys. Andrew W.K. will help MC the jam.   Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin will officially dedicate the school’s new facilities, made possible by a grant from LMDC and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

On the outdoor stage at the school, afternoon performances by students, faculty and alumni will culminate in the dedication and the Community Guitar Jam.  The party continues with the New Orleans sounds of The Sugartones Brass Band.

Church Street School Director Lisa Ecklund-Flores encourages everyone to bring their guitars saying:

“Come ready to create, or to bask in the creativity of downtown Manhattan! Bring your own guitar, or just come and sing! We hope everyone who comes to the festival will celebrate our 20th anniversary by adding to our community weaving installation, and grabbing a guitar to play with Mike. You can also take free 15 minute instrumental lessons, or create your own art.  As always, we are devoted to offering everyone the chance to unleash their artistic and musical energy here at Church Street School.”

The full itinerary for the day is below. Read More…

Andrew WK & Mike Diamond (Beastie Boys) Run Community Guitar Jam in NYC

Andrew WKOn May 1, Church Street School in New York City will host a Community Weaving and Guitar Jam to celebrate two decades of art and music education in Tribeca.  The day-long celebration will include face-painting, instrument-making, open-art classes, sample music lessons, and frenzy of fun in and around the school located at 74 Warren Street.

Festival-goers will be able to help create a large-scale art installation of woven materials to celebrate the school’s recent expansion and take part in a massive, all-players-invited, Community Guitar Jam led by Church Street School dad Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys. Andrew W.K. will help MC the jam.   Community Board 1 Chair Julie Menin will officially dedicate the school’s new facilities, made possible by a grant from LMDC and the Department of Cultural Affairs.

On the outdoor stage at the school, afternoon performances by students, faculty and alumni will culminate in the dedication and the Community Guitar Jam.  The party continues with the New Orleans sounds of The Sugartones Brass Band.

Church Street School Director Lisa Ecklund-Flores encourages everyone to bring their guitars saying:

“Come ready to create, or to bask in the creativity of downtown Manhattan! Bring your own guitar, or just come and sing! We hope everyone who comes to the festival will celebrate our 20th anniversary by adding to our community weaving installation, and grabbing a guitar to play with Mike. You can also take free 15 minute instrumental lessons, or create your own art.  As always, we are devoted to offering everyone the chance to unleash their artistic and musical energy here at Church Street School.”

The full itinerary for the day is below. Read More…

Andrew WK Releases Song That Gave Him A Restraining Order

Andrew WKAndrew WK has released a song he recorded when he was 17 for a high school project that ultimately resulted in him being served with a juvenile restraining order. Written about a girl he was “deeply and passionately fixated on”, the song was ended up being heard by the girl in question who called the police. 

WK stated,”Three months ago, I was advised by my personal manager and life coach to finally let people hear it, to resolve the nightmare. So, I am. Now is the first time since the incident that I’ve let anyone hear the song. And I can hear why.” 

In an article with the Guardian, WK explains the song, shares the lyrics and offers you a chance to hear the song, titled My Destiny. It can all be seen here.

   

Videos: Andrew WK – I’m A Vagabond

Andrew WKParty rocker Andrew WK has released a new video from his upcoming double-album, Close Calls With Brick Walls & Mother Of Mankind.

The video is for I’m A Vagabond and can be seen below.

Close Calls With Brick Walls& Mother Of Mankind drops in the U.S. on Tuesday, March 23rd , 2010. Read More…

   

Editorial: Why I Love Andrew WK

Bobby's World Have you ever been listening to a CD and realized my god, I love this band? Not only for their music, but for their spirit, their energy, their persona and their overall attitude? Yes, the music is key, but that’s just the starting gate.

That happened to me a few weeks ago as I sat listening to Andrew WK and realized how much I truly love his music and his personality. This realization excited me and I wanted to share it with the world, and so I did.

So, without further ado, check out my new editorial all about Why I Love Andrew WK right here.