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I discovered Andrew WK's music through his work with David Tibet/Current 93 (AWK played bass, I believe, on Aleph on Hallucinatory Mountain). In terms of any Thelemic influence or content in his work, AWK appeared contemplating Liber AL in the music video for Vagabond. This week he drops a new single, the lyrics of which seem to comprehend (or convey) Crowley's philosophy with a little more finesse than some. 

The video makes references to various AWK tropes while playing with some fun, strange and cryptic symbolism around the theme of duality/non-duality.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI8y36733ag

 

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Aleph on Hallucinatory Mountain

That would be Aleph AT Hallucinatory Mountain. Title corrected. It remains a great album. As do the two book-ending it.


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I discovered this guy synchronistically just a few days ago through hype for Babalon. He has been a very fascinating, impressive and funny rabbithole to dive into. His art is super-meta beyond describability. Comparing him to Any Kaufman even doesn't quite get at what he is with his art. 

Anyway, he has had Thelemic themes throughout his work which is awesome, although only in this new single is it very overt. He holds the awesome Magick Childe edition of Liber Legis in the video for "I'm a Vegabond". 

He also featured in this conference: https://thelemanow.com/thelema-now-blood-music-sex-magick-65-minutes-

A notebook of his leaked a while ago and apparently he may or may not have planned his whole career before even releasing the first album ("I Get Wet"): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10K2vShW0x8

Anyway his art is incredible, even though the music of most of his earlier albums doesn't interest me (hair metal, arena rock etc make me run away in any other context).

I like how he's started veering towards Progressive Metal with the single Babalon, it greatly impresses me.


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@kidneyhawk

 

I remember this guy from back in the day when this was a big hit on the radio/TV: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQ9xveRsWxo

Circa 2001.  Then he was kind of a flash in the pan, popularity wise and pretty much fell off the charts by 2010.

Surprised he is still doing stuff. I will have to check out that Babalon video.

One thing he did which always sticks in my head for the sheer oddity is , you gotta eat , to liiiiive. But I can't find it. This one is a good view into his weirdness but smartness https://youtu.be/MPFxMbLowJ8  


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I remember this guy from back in the day

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Surprised he is still doing stuff

AWK has been astonishingly prolific and diverse over the years. I'm glad you shared the Pizza Party vid. That's only a sample of the AWK Gospel (which he calls “Party”-and which is very much in tune with DWTWSBTWOTL). In terms of “public outreach," Andrew might be doing a better job “giving the Law” than Aleister ever did. He was named person of the year by the American Association of Suicidology for his contributions to suicide prevention. His method? Connecting people with their own Party Path (or True Will).

 

I will give high recommendation to the double album Close Call With Brick Walls/Mother of Mankind to anyone interested in exploring the AWK landscape. This album gives good expression to Andrew's diversity, creativity and skill. But there is so much more beyond this: there are the Necronomicon demos, the 55 Cadillac piano improvs, the Gundam album, all the endless stunts and promos (like getting into the Guinness Book of World Records for drumming for 24 hours straight). From Cartoon Network to Current 93, the man gets around.


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This is a good interview where he gives some pointers as to what he is into;

Andrew W.K. on Conan O'Brien 2007 - YouTube

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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Posted by: @kidneyhawk

 through his work with David Tibet/Current 93

 

Was he part of the entourage of "weak and pathetic girlfriendless Nazis" as described by Ignant 666?

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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No, Andrew WK hung with those guys much after the era my UK pal was describing; you are paraphrasing (but not quoting) me quoting another person FYI.


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No, Andrew WK hung with those guys much after the era my UK pal was describing; you are paraphrasing (but not quoting) me quoting another person FYI.

Oh I see, they maybe grew out of that phase I wonder.

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In terms of “public outreach," Andrew might be doing a better job “giving the Law” than Aleister ever did. He was named person of the year by the American Association of Suicidology for his contributions to suicide prevention. His method? Connecting people with their own Party Path (or True Will).

 

I see he's been part of the Jackass crew; Wee-Man, Steve-O, Knoxville etc. 

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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It'll be interesting to see if kidneyhawk (and others) try to rationalize away the W.K. Jackass connection or maybe he thinks that the Jackass crew are Thelemic Saints. 

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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It'll be interesting to see if kidneyhawk (and others) try to rationalize away the W.K. Jackass connection or maybe he thinks that the Jackass crew are Thelemic Saints. 

What is there here to "rationalize away?"

 


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Had the same thought.


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It'll be interesting to see if kidneyhawk (and others) try to rationalize away the W.K. Jackass connection or maybe he thinks that the Jackass crew are Thelemic Saints. 

What is there here to "rationalize away?" 

Nothing, in my opinion.  Looks like you agree.  

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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Looks like you agree

With what, Dom?


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Posted by: @kidneyhawk
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Looks like you agree

With what, Dom?

I don't necessarily think that the Jackass crew are a bunch of idiots and it looks like you agree with me on that.

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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I don't necessarily think that the Jackass crew are a bunch of idiots

But why on earth do you think kidneyhawk (or anyone) would suppose

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that the Jackass crew are Thelemic Saints [?]

Why should they be?

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Why should they be?

Alternatively, why shouldn't they be?

Why should we assume what conclusions others might reach about the Will-doing and nirvanas  of Steve O, Johnny Knoxville, and Wee Man? Not to slight any other Jackasses, but those are the ones i can remember the names of; i mean all of them.

This is an idiotic topic, david.


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@kidneyhawk

 

Got to listen to that Babalon song finally. It was really good.

Spotted the Rosicrucian cross there.

Wondering about the significance of the skinny mannequin of Andrew.

 


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Posted by: @ignant666

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This is an idiotic topic, david.

...Ok and scuba-diving in  a sewage farm, electrocuting each other's testicles and wearing a poisonous jellyfish on one's face is totally non-idiotic. 

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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Wondering about the significance of the skinny mannequin of Andrew

I'm not sure if the mannequin has appeared in other performances but the first time I saw the "Andrew Mask" was in the video for I'm A Vagabond which fraterihsan alludes to above.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CAZ_ndQeHPE

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This is an idiotic topic, david.

I don't think the merits of Jackass-or lack of merit in Jackass (I've only seen snippets-have never sat down to watch the movies) really bears upon the merit of Andrew WK's sweeping career which has been been passionate, zany, creative, curious and uplifting...with some interesting little allusions here and there toward Thelema. Hence, my sharing of the Babalon song and vid on this forum.  

 

 

 

 


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Posted by: @ignant666
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Why should they be?

Alternatively, why shouldn't they be?

Why should we assume what conclusions others might reach about the Will-doing and nirvanas of Steve O, Johnny Knoxville, and Wee Man? Not to slight any other Jackasses, but those are the ones i can remember the names of; i mean all of them.

Indeed no reason why they shouldn't be, at all - just very very improbable that they would be.  I mean, for all I know the whole Jackass crew could be Masters of the Temple (not just the three of them so popular they were actually named a few posts above as well), it's just not the first thing one would associate with them or imagine they might possibly be. 

Which was why I wondered why anyone (i.e. dom) would assume that they were (or more correctly, would assume someone else [i.e. kidneyhawk] might assume they were)... and to which there is still no answer - not that I'm going to be suffering any sleepless nights over.

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Indeed no reason why they shouldn't be, at all - just very very improbable that they would be.  I mean, for all I know the whole Jackass crew could be Masters of the Temple (not just the three of them so popular they were actually named a few posts above as well), it's just not the first thing one would associate with them or imagine they might possibly be. 

Which was why I wondered why anyone (i.e. dom) would assume that they were (or more correctly, would assume someone else [i.e. kidneyhawk] might assume they were)... and to which there is still no answer - not that I'm going to be suffering any sleepless nights over.

N Joy!

The universe is busy with nothing else so on.  It's like a Wester Aghori path..sort of to an extent.  In fact they even worked with that tribe.   

https://www.lashtal.com/wiki/Aleister_Crowley_Timeline


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