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Here he is talking about meeting Lee Perry (video of same above):
I met him in Texas last spring, in Austin, when I was doing interviews for DirecTV, and performers were performing and I was interviewing them before and after. So they gave me a list, and it was very exciting, everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Iggy Pop. And Lee Perry was on there, and somehow I just felt that that was going to be the interview that would be really special. I was very excited to meet him. As we were getting ready for the interview, people were telling me he's very eccentric, so don't be offended if anything strange happens. I had such a hard time believing that considering all the joy people got from his music. But when he came in, I kind of understood what people were saying in the sense that, he's just a very different human being. To the point where I could see some people thinking he is not a human being. But he is just a very advanced human being. He's further down the road, like Tom Smith is. And those who are not down there and don't give him the benefit of the doubt that he could be that far, they just assume that he's different, so he must be crazy. But if you give him the benefit of the doubt that he's further along than you, then all the sudden he's like a God. And he really blew my mind. Because it was all so new to me, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know all there is to know about him, and I didn't have all those facts. There were a lot of people around that knew a lot more about him than me. But I just kind of went with that, and figured, if I'm going to get into him, now is as good a time as ever. And I decided I wanted to do another interview with him again on my own, and so we did that in New York a few months later. And he was just as nice, and very exciting and inspiring.
Let it be said that Andrew WK, himself, is a VERY ADVANCED human being.
And what's this? I hidden discussion of The New Sincerity?
MARC MASTERS: Their music straddles the line between humor and sincerity, which I think your music does as well.
ANDREW W.K.: I've never liked the idea that something has to be either/or, that it has to be binary - that either it has to be a complete joke, and they're totally aware of what they're doing, or that it's the dumbest, worst music ever heard. Can't it be both those things and many more? And don't I get to decide what it is? There's so much that comes from the observer that it doesn't really matter what the person who made it says it is, or what the majority of people say it is. That's what Lee Perry is so good at, looking at things the way he wants to look at them, and having the courage to follow that instinct.
Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein are 3/5ths of Cinematic Titanic. The series of DVDs and digital downloads combines old, terrible films with comic commentary. If the description sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the long-running cult comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which Hodgson was the original host. We talk with Joel, Frank and J. Elvis about their careers in comedy, why they got the band back together, and more. We even delve into their relationship with Rifftrax, a similar outfit run by some other MST3K expats.
Speedy Delivery: March 20th is a day to celebrate the birthday of Fred Rogers, both in Pittsburgh and around the country, by wearing a favorite sweater.
I think you will agree that Mr. Rogers is a man who exemplified everything that's wonderful and important about mass communication. He was a man who lived his life to honor the wonder and beauty of childhood, and to usher children into adolescence with a sense of grace, compassion and morality.
MaxFunster Davey Rothbart of Found Magazine had the chance to spend some time with Mr. Rogers as a child, and he made this amazing piece about the experience for This American Life. I must have listened to it half a dozen times by now, and I cry every time, as I think about the love in that man's heart.
The legacy of Mr. Rogers makes me proud to work in public broadcasting.
Word on the street is that The Foot-Fist Way is the funniest thing since ever. Or maybe since Wet Hot American Summer. We'll see... the people behind it are making a TV series for HBO and they cast Andy Daly, so they've certainly got that going for them.
The blog "Stuff White People Like," which about half a dozen people have forwarded me, insisting that I love it, is OK. The premise and joke are ones I've heard about a thousand times, and I just don't find them particularly insightful or funny. I mean, it's fine. It's cute. But it's not all that.
In other words, "Stuff White People Like" are no Black People Love Us, which I just visited for the first time in years and love perhaps even more now than when it first debuted. Now that shit is funny. (Co-created by Chelsea Peretti, by the way).