SXSW DAY ONE
12:20 PM. PASTE MAGAZINE PARTY AT GALAXY ROOM. Sneak in the door just in time to learn how to pronounce BASIA BULAT's first name, and to see her play a really great song on a granny harp -- which will be your new favorite instrument if you like to hammer on shit and strum on shit at the same time. I have no idea why there aren't more black metal bands with electric granny harps.
. . . he gets weirder. New album promo for his "lost" third album Close Calls with Brick Walls contains no music -- probably not a bad idea; it was released a few years ago in Japan, and we recall it being pretty just OK. But the video does include Andrew's interpretive-dance recitation of the Darth-Vader-uses-the-dark-side-to-throw-shit-at-Luke scene from The Empire Strikes Back, this time starring a toy santa, a blow-up lobster, and a big white dog.
If the words "new Andrew W. K. song" don't automatically set your mouse a-clicking, then I'm not sure what to tell you. It's even got the word "party" in its title; what else do you need to know, exactly?
W. K., now contractually permitted to release albums in the US and soon to be seen on Adult Swim, will release a two-disc retrospective album later this year.