Preview: Rich Russo Has Been Interviewed!

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Last Sunday I was fortunate enough to chat with him for over an hour! Its safe to say that Rich Russo is the nicest dude ever and he thinks highly of us fans! Join the club and be the first to read the exclusive interview from www.AndrewWKMusic.com this week by signing up with our mailing list:

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Community Vs. Property 101

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Before and After

Note: I was inspired to write this post after doing some data analysis this website collects from its visitors. I came to the conclusion that the type of people who frequently visit and return to this website is what I would call AWK collectors. This is to you!

Fundamentals

In America and many other countries, we have the luxury of ownership of our own property. Not every country in the world subscribes to this governmental policy. Luckily we do, because I believe within every human being is an innate desire to have ownership of something. One crucial aspect of the general idea of freedom is the ownership of property. If someone or something is telling you that you can’t own something because it is for the greater good of a community (like communism), I could only imagine how thoughts of discouragement and the feelings of suppression it would breed.

Speaking in general, with advances in the internet I’ve found the ability to get pretty much whatever I want for free whether it was illegal or legal. Now, I’m not here to discuss morals or legalities because that topic has already been hashed out everywhere else on the block. What I am here to do is discuss what happens to a humans behavior once they have everything they could possibly think of with the click of a button, which is more often the case than not. I propose that the person will eventually feel and notice that something is missing in all their newly obtained goods. Remember I said ownership of property is innate, whether that is working for you or against you financially.

Downloading

OK, so within a month you now have every movie, album, photo, software program, or other media you could ever think of downloaded for free! Think of it?! Doesn’t that make you insanely rich? No more saving up your paycheck to get the latest CD! Great news right? Well there is a catch, you are no longer as rich as you once thought you were because rich is a relative term and by participating you just put yourself on the same level playing field as everyone else. These types of downloads are usually available to ALL of the public, its ownership is now shared by a community of people who downloaded it as well. One could rebuttal, Perfect! we now all live in a utopian society and there are no classes of society (haha). Well not exactly, there is one person who is the richest of all, the source. They are differentiated from the rest of the community in two important ways. First, they have an authentic version of the item and second their version is a physical not a virtual copy. Online companies take note, do not underestimate the value of having something both authentic and physical.

I’ll use the example of television-show DVDs. Why is it with websites like hulu.com or ABC.com or NBC.com or Youtube.com which stream pretty much any TV show you want, we still see Best Buys shelves being stocked with various seasons of TV shows? If they were only available on the internet illegally then that would obviously explain the droves of moral people buying these DVDs. Morality has nothing to do with it though, those websites are free (the price is an unobtrusive 20 second ad), legal, and good quality which means no cash, no moral burdens and no getting tangled up in legalities. Isn’t that the perfect solution as a consumer? Obviously not otherwise people wouldn’t be buying the DVDs. One could say that those still buying the physical DVDs are laggards to the virtual market or just haven’t discovered the internet yet. On the contrary I believe those people are simply collectors of something they have a sentimental attachment to. Man, if I was a supplier in the industry that’s who I would be designing a marketing strategy around.

I use to think I was the rich guy by having a hard drive full of whatever I wanted. I’ve since changed my mind this is my story. Whichever subject appealed to me the most I naturally downloaded the most of it, perhaps from a site like this one. Somethings I really cared about having and somethings I was very casual about caring to have it. The more items I got that I really cared about the more I felt like something was missing, a void odd right? So I continued to collect and collect and collect to fill that void/desire thinking I just needed to collect everything to satisfy the craving. That’s when I realized I was a collector and that’s when something switched, in that moment I went from being a down-loader to a purchaser. I realized various subjects had a sentimental value to me and those items will never be the same as a virtual download. The answer to that void was that I needed to see, touch and feel those items. Its proven that people more often purchase on emotion rather than logic (being a collector really isn’t very logical financially)

So how does this relate to AWK and YOU?

From the whole concept of this website to the data I’ve collected and to the people I’ve personally interacted with Ive noticed a theme; they all seem to be collectors of AWK. The casual AWK fan is probably interested in I Get Wet or The Wolf and maybe Close Calls. Once they find that LPs and studio albums aren’t available here they leave and never return. Thats 57% of the people that visit this site. Those who already have purchased those items for themselves seem to stick around and are looking for the more rare items that are related to AWK.

To those that are new to AWK or are in the transition from being a downloader to a collector and eventually a purchaser I urge you to make the leap and purchase AWK related content. Im telling you from personal experience that eventually virtually owning something won’t be good enough, especially if its something you really care about and have a sentimental attachment to. You’ll want to be able to hug and hold something physical rather than some unauthentic virtual copy. I guess my point is that there is a strange irony to this type of site, even though there are downloads to the more obscure AWK items, the type of people who regularly visit are the collectors who make the purchases. Again if you’re somewhere in between GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! GO! GO!

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2 Live AWK Concerts

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Consider these two bookends to your AWK concert collections. Robin has generously donated these two awesome shows! If you already had the NME concert from this website I highly recommend the AWESOME sound quality of this rip, it’s much improved: 2002-02-10-NME Brat Tour-The Astoria-London, UK

Next is a gem from the Close Calls With Brick Walls show, remember there wasn’t a lot of Close Calls shows in Asia so these are special! 2006-08-06-Live In Busan, Korea. Thanks Robin!!!

Fun Night [Single/Promo] —> Found!

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The Fun Night [Single] is such a rare/unknown about release that it was once thought that it didn’t even exist. Speculation and rumors came from the unique track FreeJumps (The Wolf Pre-Mix) thats been passed around for many years now. Which is neither the version from The Wolf nor from the We Want Fun Demo albums. So where did it come from? Since I got it in the mail two days ago I can tell you! Now, I haven’t confirmed anything from awkarchive.com, so the following is just deductive reasoning.

I bought it from a seller in the UK, the Mercury Records stamp obviously tells us that this was released in the UK as well. Also, this technically doesn’t really appear to be a Single, by the lettering For Promotional Use Only Not For Resale it’s safe to say that this is actually a Promo. I know Wikipedia says it’s from 2002, but I’m sorry I just can’t agree with that either. I Get Wet was released November of 2001 in the UK. The track Girls Own Juice on this release is NOT the AWKGOJ version, someone goofed. It’s really Girls Own Love from the album I Get Wet. So it’s not very logical that someone could of messed up the track name AFTER I Get Wet became such a smash in Britain, you would think someone would of been paying closer attention. It is a lot more logical that something like this could of happened just after Andrew was signed to Island and AFTER he left Bulb (whoever messed up obviously knew about the AWKGOJ version) but BEFORE he was relatively known about. So I’m saying this came out sometime before I Get Wet, in 2001.

The track FreeJumps is definitely recorded from the I Get Wet era, making it far earlier than The Wolf recordings. So really this would be better labeled a B-side to I Get Wet (along with Violent Life) rather than the confusing title The Wolf Pre-Mix. I’ve heard about one other copy of this another fan has, his is the exact same as mine. Which means that a Single of Fun Night has never really been confirmed to exist anywhere (unless they were speaking about this release). However, that doesn’t mean that it absolutely does not exist. Hence the reasoning I’ve kind of left the title opened ended.

Many of you probably already have the exclusive track of FreeJumps off this release, but the download includes hi-res pictures and hi-quality rips of each of the tracks. There are 3 known about versions of Free Jumps, here is where they appear:

  1. Free Jumps off We Want Fun Demo
  2. FreeJumps off Fun Night Promo
  3. Free Jumps off The Wolf album

The New Tom Green Show Interview

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Ha! and you thought we weren’t going to post anything today, watch or download this video clip!

You can thank readytodie for this clip, if it weren’t for him being a fan for sooo many years you wouldn’t be watching this!!!

2006 Close Calls With Brick Walls [Promo] V.2

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This is an exclusive release from AndrewWKMusic.com! This release doesn’t really have a name, so I’m going to give it one. CCWBW [Promo] V.2 is to be distinguished from a similar release often called Universal Music Publishing Group Presents Andrew W.K. or as I would call it CCWBW [Promo]. That version came from readytodie and it looks like this.

CCWBW [Promo] V.2 is basically a second version which has never been heard before. What makes it special is that it has an exclusive and alternate version of the track Pushing Drugs on it. You could pretty much label the track a demo of the one that appears on the Close Calls album. The source that I bought it from said that he got it from his friend who runs a record company. So Im just assuming these were sent out to various record companies for free as a promo. I have no idea how many were made but I’m assuming not a lot since this is the first and only one I’ve seen, excluding version number 1. Here is the run down of the tracks:

    1. I Want To See You (alternate from album, same as the 1st UMPG)
    2. Pushing Drugs Exclusive to this Promo
    3. Vagabond (alternate from album, same as the 1st UMPG)
    4. You Will Remember Tonight (alternate from album, same as the 1st UMPG)

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Part 1: I Interviewed Sgt. Frank Werner!!!

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We are seriously super grateful for the time Sgt. Frank (guitar player for the A.W.K. Band) took to speak with AndrewWKMusic.com, over 50 minutes! This is only Part 1 of the interview, we have not conducted Part 2 yet so there is still time to ask Sgt. Frank questions: awkmusic@gmail.com. Also, be the first to hear Part 2 by subscribing to our Email & RSS Feed subscriptions-subscribe now for news alerts!

I thought about transcribing this interview, while attempting it I realized just how long that would take so I’m taking the lazy way out. Just listen to it! Plus I don’t really like reading interviews cause I feel like pieces are left out from the original conversation. Also, there really isn’t any editing done, its just uncut audio. I apologize for the crappy quality audio. I had some technical difficulties during the interview, but all the kinks have been worked out and expect great audio next time around!

Enjoy this exclusive interview with Sgt. Frank from the A.W.K. Band and dickalan from AndrewWKMusic.com!!!!!!!!!!

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Meeting The Band: A Documentary By The Brandons

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The following was written up by Brandon Mullis. Thanks Brandon!!!!

Meeting The Band Background

During the first 24 hours that Brandon Hendrix and I worked as videographers for Andrew W.K. in April 2002, we rolled tape on nearly every waking moment. A month later, I edited that footage into a 50-minute documentary called Meeting the Band, which told the whole story of how we went from fans in the crowd one night, to employees of the band the next. Its a rather unique tale, and I wanted to preserve it for myself and the bands benefit. As time went by, however, people began expressing interest in seeing the story unfold for themselves. So I put it on DVD, made a crappy slimline CD-style cover, and handed a few out. The reviews were surprisingly very positive, but until now, the film has never seen a decent DVD release.

When we began shooting video for the band, it was understood that the footage would end up in the bands possession, and an official DVD would be released in the near future by Island Records. After it was all over in 2003, the bands management tried striking the DVD deal several times, but every time negotiations started to get off the ground, they soon stalled. Two years later, with still only rumors of an upcoming DVD release for the band in the future, I finally decided to give all of this great footage to the fans that wanted it.

I am not doing this to make any money off of the footage I shot for Andrew W.K. and the band; this DVD represents a years worth of my life’s work, and I want to know that my contributions mattered. My aim is merely to give the fans what they have wanted for three years, and I encourage everyone to share this footage freely with each other. There are several sites out there such as AndrewWKMusic.com that exist for this very purpose, and Andrew himself encourages the distribution of live recordings, rare tracks, and video of his work among fans as long as its not for a bootleg profit. Please get a copy of this DVD for yourself, and burn copies for everyone you know who is interested in Andrew W.K..

Featuring exclusive concert footage, backstage access, interviews, candid moments with the band, and much more, Meeting the Band is an incredible experience for the Andrew W.K. fans. I only wish that I had made all of this available much sooner! Please get one and share it freely with everyone who enjoys the music and mystique of A.W.K., and e-mail me Brandon Mullis with any questions or comments you may have. I look forward to hearing any reactions from you! You can also email awkmusic@gmail.com for questions.

Meeting The Band Credits

MULLISMIXES VENTURES Presents A BRANDONS PRODUCTION
ANDREW W.K. “MEETING THE BAND”
JIMMY COUP ERIK PAYNE GREGG ROBERTS DONALD TARDY
FRANK WERNER BIG DADDY music by ANDREW W.K.
Executive Producer BRANDON MULLIS Written by BRANDON MULLIS
Directed By THE BRANDONS

About The Film

Meeting the Band was shot on Hi8 and 8mm video, and was edited before I had DV/firewire capabilities. This doesn’t make for bad video quality, but it’s not up to the standards of the rest of the discs features, or anything I’ve filmed since. The reason such low-quality cameras were used is simple: we had no idea we were going to be asked by a nationally touring band to come along and film some shows for them, so I had yet to upgrade my equipment. Everything after this date, however, was shot in high-resolution MiniDV and Digital 8.

That’s not to say that the film itself suffers because of the video quality; it actually works in favor of the overall effect. It has a gritty, low-profile street feel to it as a result, and you feel like you’re literally part of the action hanging out with the band in a parking lot after a show, rather than watching a slick, overproduced presentation that separates you from the action. Im proud of the film, and if I could go back and change how I shot it, I don’t know that I would.

That being said, you still may not like the film, and there’s nothing wrong with that. To each his own. But it is what it is, a comprehensive document of 24 hours spent on the road with A.W.K. right as the ball got rolling.

Meeting The Band DVD Special Features

The movie is just one part of this disc, and to be honest with you, it might not even be the best part! I spent a full week this past August editing together a great lineup of special features for the DVD, and on this page you’ll find the details of every last one of them.

Tour Til You Puke

Probably the show-stealer of the DVD, Tour Til You Puke is a behind-the-scenes look at the I Get Wet Tour. Included are segments from several live performances, including an inside look at the Motherfucker Party (see below) and Dee Snider’s Radio 104 Fest in Hartford, CT. The band meets and signs autographs for the fans at several venues, and our cameras follow guitarist Jimmy Coup as he gets progressively drunker and drunker in Athens, GA. On a more somber note, you’ll also witness I Love NYC and Andrews tribute speech live on the one-year anniversary of September 11, 2001. The topper is a 3-minute music video montage of some of the greatest moments of 2002, with both video and still shots from the entire tour.

I Love NYC Live at the Motherfucker Party

On May 26, 2002, Andrew W.K. performed at the Motherfucker Partys two-year anniversary at the Roxy in New York City, and you’ll get a fitting rendition of I Love NYC from this event in its entirety. This footage has never been seen before now!

Radio 104 Fest Highlights

Directly following the Motherfucker Party, Andrew W.K. went to Hartford, CT and rocked Radio 104 Fest 02 with 20,000 strong in attendance! You’ll see a highlight montage of the entire intense performance, set to the song We Want Fun as well as an inside look backstage at the event!

Ozzfest 2002 Highlights

Much like the Radio 104 Fest highlight reel, this montage is a closeup look from the front lines of Ozzfest 2002! You’ll see all of the most explosive moments from A.W.K.s all-too-brief set, edited into a music video of Its Time to Party.

This is all in addition to the 50-minute feature Meeting the Band, so in total you’re getting one hour and twenty minutes of Andrew W.K. insanity on this DVD. Please burn and share it freely with other fans, and above all, pass the word along!

A Message to the Andrew W.K. Fans

If there is anyone out there who attended any of A.W.K.s live events in 2002, this disc will be especially of value to you. The dates shown in the film and the featurettes specifically are as follows:

  • April 22, 2002 Charlotte, NC (Tremont Music Hall)
  • April 23, 2002 Atlanta, GA (The Cotton Club)
  • May 26, 2002 New York, NY (The Motherfucker Party @ The Roxy)
  • May 27, 2002 Hartford, CT (Radio 104 Fest)
  • July 28, 2002 Atlanta, GA (Ozzfest @ Hifi Buys Amphitheater)
  • September 11, 2002 Athens, GA (The 40 Watt Club)
  • September 12, 2002 Columbia, SC (New Brookland Tavern)

If you were at any of these events, please get in touch with me and I’ll send a disc out to you immediately. Not only are the live shows represented on the DVD, but you may very well be included in shots hanging out with the band, getting an autograph, or addressing our cameras directly. (This is especially true with the Cotton Club, Radio 104 Fest, and 40 Watt Club shows footage of those events is abundant on the DVD.)

Regardless of whether you were at any of these events or not, you will love the disc as a fan of Andrew W.K., without a doubt. I wanted to piece this project together out of my love for the music, and because I know that as a fan, I have wanted something like this to be available for a very long time I am sure you have, as well. Please contact me for your copy, and be sure to spread the word!

Day 14: 40 Archived AWK Items!!!

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Within two weeks we have archived 40 AWK related items! Party Hard! With 15 of those items posted today. BUT WAIT! We have saved the best for last! Two really rare releases and an unseen documentary made by Andrew’s videographer from 2002 are coming tomorrow, the next day and the day after that! But don’t stop there. If you’ve enjoyed this two week ride expect even better content when you subscribe to our Email and RSS Feed subscriptions! AND you’ll be the first to get them!

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