Saturday, February 23, 2013

Songs On The Street - Vol. 5


In 2013, Andy Warstar got back on the horse, spurred it's sides, and galloped into town with more busking gear than he could carry. Actually, Warstar rode the city bus, but you wouldn't believe how much stuff is required to make amplified sound down there on the street! Thus, volume number five in the "Songs On The Street" series has become a reality. And this time, Andy Warstar is featured jamming on the streets of Brisbane, Australia, the city of his birth.

Sure, that all sounds pretty cool, hey? Andy's first time busking on the streets in the city where he was born. A brand new, battery powered busking amplifier to play through, a nice guitar to strum, and a big old fashioned chrome microphone to attract the attention of the passers by. And yet, not one single person dropped any coins in Andy's case! Andy was offering his latest compact disc (home burned and signed, and the first to feature a jewel case with a sticker album cover) on a sliding scale basis, or Free for those who had no money. But nobody even stopped for a Free compact disc!

The problem is that Brisbane is a city overrun with buskers, and the worker slaves in the CBD don't like to acknowledge the artist as Human any longer. With that realization, Andy Warstar said "F__k it" and did whatever songs came to mind, regardless of what anybody thought. It also happened to be Kurt Cobain's 45th birthday, and so Andy Warstar performed a few Nirvana songs, along with a few originals and some Bob Dylan stuff as well. It doesn't really matter that nobody is buying folk music anymore, because the performance got recorded anyway (in two different locations, first at King George Square, and then at Queen Street Mall) and it's FREE to listen and download. Enjoy & Rock On!

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A Hard Year's Life


In 2012, The Shift predicted by the New Age gurus everywhere was imminent. Mr. Andy Warstar was ready. It was time to ascend, and reach higher planes of consciousness! When demons attacked instead, Andy was taken completely off guard. In meditations and dream states, they appeared to Andy as government agents, and Warstar wasn't sure if he was being mind controlled by the U.S. government or if he was losing his mind. It seemed like a bit of both.

Andy Warstar sold all his life's possessions, which at the time was not much. With a hundred bucks in his pocket, Warstar began hitching south from Oregon, all the way through California, and walked across the border of Mexico. After passing through Tijuana, Warstar caught a bus south into Central America, then caught another bus to Costa Rica in hopes of getting help from his Canadian friend who was there on vacation. But Andy's friend couldn't help. It was Andy's friend's friend who told  how he had experienced similar phenomenon, only to be diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Andy's fair weather friends went off to hike up volcanoes with their rich parents. Warstar was left in the small town of Jaco wondering what the heck was happening to him. Working for two dollars an hour washing dishes, it the fourth night after work that a man wearing a rosary led Andy to a hostel near the beach. Warstar meditated all night long, when a spirit named Hare Ananda appeared and told him to go to the airport first thing in the morning, then call friends back home in an effort to get a plane ticket to Australia. The Krishna spirit told Andy Warstar to just leave town, don't give notice at work, go straight on to the airport, and that it would take a number of hours to find someone who would help, but not to give up until success was achieved.

Warstar was given a mantra to repeat during this time: "I am a great ball of golden light expanding through the Universe" Hare Ananda told Andy to repeat this over and over until he got on the plane. After some time, a friend did come through with money for a plane ticket, and Andy Warstar has been in Australia getting therapy and reassembling the pieces of his life ever since that time. "A Hard Year's Life" is a compilation of the songs recorded during this, the most harrowing spiritual journey of a young musician's career. From rarities about the plight of homelessness, to ad-libbed songs done on stage in Australia with no rehearsal whatsoever, this is a special album containing unique songs that are in a category all their own. Enjoy and Rock On...

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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Live @ Grill'd


In 2013, Andy Warstar moved back to Australia to rehabilitate. Due to an intense "spiritual" experience after eating marijuana cookies (and visiting with the Lizard People) it was time to get the facts straight. It was time to go straight edge again, write some new songs, put out another solo album and play some supporting gigs. A gig at a hamburger stand on a desert island was the first attempt at a supporting effort for the new album entitled "Ethellen".

Unfortunately, the video camera on Warstar's phone shut off 10 minutes into the set due to an incoming text, so only half of the first song got recorded. The sound girl noticed that the recording stopped, but said nothing, only continuing to sit in the corner, zombie-like, occasionally snapping unthoughtfully composed photographs. One of these was chosen for the album cover by Mr. Warstar, though this isn't an album cover because it's not an album. It's half a song and a ten minute spoken word explaining why Mr. Warstar will not be scheduling any more shows himself.

Oh sure, all of the songs came off wonderfully. It's anti-folk! It's impossible to fuck up, and fuck ups just add to the mystique. But it was equally as sucky that the sound girl absent mindedly dumped Warstar's harmonicas all over the floor just before his songs kicked off. You can even hear this on the recording just before Andy is introduced. Even more disturbing was the band that followed, doing horrible Grateful Dead covers! Absolutely terrible. One of their groupies was seen chatting it up with Warstar, who gave away seven copies of ETHELLEN. He is said to have given a groupie his phone number, but is not expecting a phone call any time soon. Enjoy & Rock On!

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