On July 4, TV comedy mavens Rob Kutner (Conan, The Daily Show) and the Levinson Brothers (Tonight Show, Comedy Central) will release 2776, a time-traveling concept album about America, robots, aliens, philosophy, the future, and a bunch of other stuff, performed by an eclectic cast of 82 actors and musicians—including Patton Oswalt, Aubrey Plaza, Reggie Watts, Right Said Fred, Neko Case, Ed Helms, and NPR’s Nina Totenberg. It’s probably the only album coming out this year where you’ll hear Triumph the Insult Comic Dog working with the Rebirth Brass Band, or k.d. lang collaborating with Alex Trebek.
Andrew WK contributes a track called “Party On Your Grave” that combines the epic power and guitar shredditude of a vintage Judas Priest track with lyrics about getting revenge on an enemy, Andrew WK-style: by partying as hard as possible. According to producer Joel Levinson, “Andrew WK came to my garage on a late morning with a bottle of whiskey ready to rock, and we recorded with the door open, you know, for awesomeness’ sake. About the greatest thing I’ve ever experienced was seeing the looks on neighborhood people’s faces as they walked past hearing his absurdly powerful voice screaming, ‘we’ll watch while the vultures pick clean your liver/and we’ll shtup your wife while she’s still sitting shiva.'”
2776 is not only funny and occasionally headbang-worthy—it’s also supporting a good cause. All profits from the sale of the album go to the nonprofit OneKid OneWorld, which provides educational opportunities for kids in Kenya and El Salvador. You can preorder your copy here.