Nov 11th, 2008 // 13 Comments

Who among us wouldn’t want to be introduced by Andrew WK before our blistering rendition of… well, of whatever songs Ted Leo and the Pharmacists have learned for New York‘s upcoming karaoke night? Tickets are on sale now for this collision of awesomeness, which takes place Dec. 3 in Brooklyn. (Apologies to the non-New Yorkers in the Idolator audience who are probably sick of the parochalism that music-blog posts like these engender, but c’mon, I’d probably be excited if this event was happening anywhere within Amtraking distance. I’d even learn “Ready To Die” for the occasion, you know?) [New York By New York]

  1. MayhemintheHood

    You’d have to learn “Ready to Die”? Pffft. I thought you were a fan.

    Andrew WK changed my life…saw him in 2001 and 2002 in LA, even hung out with him at the Rainbow Room and had a great chat with him back then. However, I’m seriously convinced that he is not Andrew WK anymore. As in he was replaced with a look-a-like or something. I don’t think I’m the only one who thinks this.

  2. Anonymous

    “Apologies to the non-New Yorkers in the Idolator audience who are probably sick of the parochalism that music-blog posts like these engender”
    That’s alright, we have lollaplooza, pitchfork, the metro, kuma’s corner and it doesn’t cost a million dollars to rent an apartment here.

  3. Anonymous

    And we have the Philadelphia Phillies – ZING!

  4. KurticusMaximus

    @MayhemintheHood: AHAHA, nope, you are not the only one.

    One of my friends was huge fan of his first two records (he and his friends are actually on his DVD doing this dance thing to “Party Hard”), and he’s absolutely convinced that it’s all some weird art experiment or something and there are at least 2 AWKs.

  5. MayhemintheHood

    @KurticusMaximus: Yup. My friends and I are the same: first two records were Earth shattering to us, but now it’s just off. My friend who doesn’t even follow him that much but just likes the music even said “Dude, it’s not even him any more!” and for this particular friend to pick up on it kind of solidified the theory for me.

    The DVD rules but is also weird as hell, and that’s pretty much the last time I saw “the real” AWK.

  6. Maura Johnston

    @goldsounds: boooooo

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  8. the rich girls are weeping

    I dunno, I think “the real” Andrew W.K. is the sweetiepants I saw playing in Baby Dee’s backing band a few weeks back, and who occasionally tends the back bar at Santos. Geez.

  9. dyfl

    I think Andrew has never stopped being one million percent awesome since he set the first notes of I GET WET to tape or harddrive or whatever. I already have a ticket to this. Them Pharmacist bitches had best pre-release the list of available songs so I can make appropriate costume choices.

    Seriously, this event is Engineered By Science to make me happy. Even though he plays NYC every three weeks or something, I’ve still never seen Ted Leo live, and he rules almost as much as Andrew does, so I am, how the bros say, “stoked.”

  10. encyclopediablack

    This sounds great.

    And boo! to the Phillies.

  11. ObtuseIntolerant

    @goldsounds: But we can practically WALK from the Philly area.

  12. the rich girls are weeping

    ps btw, I would actually like to hear Ted Leo to do “Ready to Die” — perhaps Maura, you and TL can lead the whole crowd in a group sing-along? BECAUSE OMG THAT WOULD RULE.

  13. MrStarhead

    Screw this, I want to hear about WK’s J-pop covers album.

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