Sunday, September 2, 2012

WEEK IN REVIEW: September 2nd, 2012

*Andrew WK was on Conan this week promoting the 10th year anniversary reissue of I Get Wet. In this performance you witness Andrew WK sticking the microphone down his pants, making insane facial gestures, and playing a guitar shaped like a pizza. The performance gets really strange in the 2nd half of the video when Andrew and his 7 person (!) backing band attempt to make as much noise as humanly possible.

*In other Andrew WK related news: Pitchfork reviewed the reissue of I Get Wet and gave it a  score of 8.6 and Best New Reissue distinction. This new review is a full 8 points higher than the initial review in 2002. I think at this point it's fair to say that time has been kind to Andew WK and his party fueled butt-rock jams. Check out the brand new video for "It's Time To Party" below.

*When will Odd Future learn to stop letting Left Brain rap? Mellowhype's new single has a pretty interesting beat and a good Hodgy Beats verse but I have an unrelenting urge to kill myself before I even get to any of that.

*Dan Deacon has released an iPhone/Android app for use at his live shows. If you're at a Dan Deacon concert and other people around you open the app as well it creates a sort of light show that is choreographed to the music. The light from a smartphone is one of the more annoying aspects of attending shows in 2012, at least this does something to combat that annoyance a little bit.

*DOOM allegedly sent an impostor to DJ a set as himself in London. This isn't the first time this has happened and you can read a statement from DOOM in Rolling Stone about previous accusations HERE. The promoter released the following statement regarding the incident:

To everyone who came down to our Livin’ DOOM event on Saturday and are questioning whether that was the real DOOM – we are in the same position as you. We had a legitimate contracted gig from his official booking agent and were in contact throughout the booking process with his US management, and label. We were even talking and working with the promoters of DOOM’s forthcoming London live shows in October and November.
As far as we were concerned, the real DOOM was going to appear… we received news from DOOM’s management on the morning of the gig that DOOM wanted more money or he would not show up. This show was done and intended as a very special and intimate show which was not about making money but putting on an incredible party in a very small capacity venue. As we wanted the show to go ahead and was left to ransom to this extortionate request, we agreed this even though this was a breach of our agreed contract. In hindsight, we should have cancelled the show then and there…
At 9.30pm after we had open the doors, we were told by management that he would appear but would not DJ and was just going to sign autographs. We said this was unacceptable as we had agreed and paid for a DJ set… 10 minutes later we received a call saying that he would DJ… Or that’s what we were led to believe.
As many of the people in the venue noticed, there is a very strong possibility the person that was finally sent down was not DOOM himself.
Doing this show has taught us a lot about how some artists operate and how they feel they can treat others and, most importantly, their fans. As fans of DOOM ourselves, this has left a very sour taste in our mouth.
Anyone who has been to Livin' Proof parties always know that we do our utmost to provide the best quality show and we are so sorry for anyone who came down and were disappointed by the DJ set from the artist supposedly meant to be DOOM.
We will do our utmost to make this up to anyone who purchased a ticket for this event. We paid the fee upfront to Daniel Dumile’s bank account and have the receipts to prove this. We will be seeking legal advice and are doing our best to get his show fee refunded from DOOM and his management and will then take suitable steps after this action.
All the best,

Livin’ Proof Crew.

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