Radio Happy Hour Shares a Compilation of Exclusive Live Cuts From Andrew WK, Norah Jones, Tunde Adebimpe and More

(L to R: David Bazan, Tunde Adebimpe, Norah Jones)

If you follow our Twitter feed, then you’ve probably noticed how much time we spend frequenting strange bills at (Le) Poisson Rouge. One ongoing event we keep forgetting to catch, however, is Radio Happy Hour, an “updated, New York version of Hee Haw, with more drinking and dirtier jokes.” At least that’s how the show’s creator/host, Sam Osterhout, sees it. We prefer to look at it as a place where we can see intimate performances and impromptu acting from such comedians, musicians and/or madmen as Michael Showalter, Andrew WK and Tunde Adebimpe.

Case in point: the following two clips…

Radio Happy Hour recently shared both of the above as part of a special mixtape featuring nine live performances from the past year. We’ve zipped ’em all for you here. Once you’re done downloading that, you might want to read this track-by-track breakdown from the RHH site:

1. Tunde Adebimpe (TV on the Radio) – “Young Liars” (solo a cappella)
Tunde Adebimpe was a part of Episode 4, “Kumbaya of Terror,” with Kumail Nanjiani. During the show Adebimpe performed two TV on the Radio songs a cappella with loops. You might have heard that Adebimpe has a pretty damn good voice. If you haven’t: exhibit A.

2. Cursive – “From the Hips”
Tim Kasher and crew came by Radio Happy Hour in March for “The Great Nebrassacre” with author Arthur Phillips and comedians John & Molly Knefel. Cursive played two tracks from their latest album Mama, I’m Swollen including a fantastic rendition of “From the Hips.”

3. David Bazan – “Flirted with You All My Life” (Vic Chestnutt Cover)
That’s right, David Bazan covered Vic Chestnutt’s “Flirted with You All My Life.” The song was performed during Episode 9, “Bobbledead,” with Jesse Eisenberg and comedian Max Silvestri. It’s beautiful and terribly sad.

4. The Hold Steady – “Multitude of Casualties”
Craig Finn and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady made an appearance in Episode 5, “Stabbed in the Ascot.” The episode also included author Chuck Klosterman appearing as the father of Craig and Tad. The duo played an acoustic set with Kubler on guitar and Finn singing. Here they played “Multitude of Casualties.” They also played “Cheyenne Sunrise” later in the show.

5. Norah Jones – “Man of the Hour”
This one is from the very first episode of Radio Happy Hour. Norah Jones appeared as a motel manager in an episode called “Terror in Teaneck,” which co-starred a foul-mouthed parrot. Jones played a couple of songs acoustic including this one about a dog.

6. Tapes ‘n Tapes – “Omaha”
Radio Happy Hour went on the road in April for Episode 8, “The End of Tender Loving.” This episode was taped at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Tapes ‘n Tapes performed a new track, “SWM,” that can be found on the podcast, and the also played “Omaha,” off of their album The Loon. This episode also featured Chris Koza, Jeremy Messersmith, and author Geoff Herbach.

7. Chris Koza w/ Jeremy Messersmith – “Hummingbird”
Chris Koza appeared alongside Tapes ‘n Tapes at the Minneapolis episode of Radio Happy Hour. He performed his song “Hummingbird” from the new Rogue Valley album Crater Lake. Koza is joined here by Minneapolis based singer-songwriter Jeremy Messersmith.

8. Andrew WK – “Party Hard” (solo piano improvisation)
Party master Andrew WK came to Radio Happy Hour for the John Hughes tribute, “The Killer Club,” in August 2009. WK performed two songs on piano that were a mash of improvised material and some of his classic party songs.

9. Jolie Holland & Grey Gersten – “The Time is Right” (Michael Hurley cover)
Jolie Holland and Grey Gersten made an appearance in the February Episode of Radio Happy Hour, “The Curse of Cupid’s Balls.” In this Valentine’s Day themed episode Holland and Gersten chose to cover a pair of beautiful Michael Hurley songs.

The next Radio Happy Hour will be held on Tuesday, June 17, with Nick Diamonds (Islands), Eddie Kaye Thomas (How To Make It In America) and comedian Murray Hill. Advance tickets are available now.