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New "Weird" Al Yankovic Album [Jul. 1st, 2011|03:41 pm]
Al released his latest album Alpocalypse last week! It's a mixed bag, like many of his albums. But he again shows his flexibility on styles. My picks (if you're just wanting to grab a few tracks, for example):

Skipper Dan
My pick for best song off the album. (The video is nothing special, though.) Fun, amusing, and catchy. Despite all the hoopla about Lady Gaga and rights, I don't think the "Perform This Way" track is more than average; if anything, it just makes me want to listen to Gaga's original! "Skipper Dan" has managed to stick with me and rattle around my head.

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It's tough to pick which has the best video. It comes down to whether you're an old "Match Game" fan or whether you like kinetic type videos. And if you like both, as I know I do, then it's a toss up!

CNR (Charles Nelson Reilly)

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Stop Forwarding that Crap to Me

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Yay Yankovic! He and TMBG are the ongoing musical groups that have been presences in my life for multiple decades.. and who are still releasing things that I like. Support 'em today and buy some good tunes! :)

[User Picture]From: orv
2011-07-01 11:37 pm (UTC)
Heehee. The CNR one has been a favorite of mine for a while. Both because I love Match Game and because I love the White Stripes. :>
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-07-01 11:50 pm (UTC)
Ditto! I heard CNR when it was pre-released a while back but didn't see (or think to search YouTube for) the video until I picked up the album. (The Amazon "deluxe" digital version includes video downloads.)
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[User Picture]From: kreggan
2011-07-02 12:15 am (UTC)
As a package of song and video, CNR, definitely. :>
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[User Picture]From: crosscheck_fox
2011-07-02 12:47 am (UTC)
Also agree with this. Far better video and song.

It's just a shame that this planet wasn't challenging enough for CNR to hang out here any longer.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2011-07-02 07:40 am (UTC)
A mixed bag? Sure, a mixture of awesome and super-awesome! Not many other musicians could still put out the level of quality that Weird Al does after 28 years. Usually when someone gets to their 13th album, there'll be one or two good songs, and a bunch that make you say, "Well, it's good that they're keeping busy, I guess." Not Al, nosirree!
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-07-02 04:06 pm (UTC)
Heehee. It is good overall, though there are some tracks that fell a little flat for me. (Partly because of the musical styles.)

But I definitely respect him and consider myself a fan! New styles and still doing good stuff after all these years. It's pretty amazing.
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[User Picture]From: penh
2011-07-02 04:26 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, musical styles is where he's most vulnerable to individual tastes. Even a really clever song isn't going to work for you if you just don't like listening to it. Even I, devoted fan that I am, have some songs that I'll furtively skip when they come up.

Questions of taste aside, I'm astounded at how well he's been able to adapt to every change in the musical landscape, not just in parodying existing songs, but also in mimicing new styles for original songs. I mean, could you ever have imagined the guy who recorded "My Bologna" on an accordion in a bathroom would end up rapping like a pro and crooning like an American Idol on the same album? I mean, assuming you were psychic and knew what rap and American Idol would be someday.
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[User Picture]From: rakhan
2011-07-02 08:44 am (UTC)
I do like the GaGa spoof :)
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[User Picture]From: loranskunky
2011-07-02 02:36 pm (UTC)
I can't believe he keeps cranking out the albums after so many years and he still kicks ass.

Also, totally love that icon, mind if I steal it?
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2011-07-02 03:47 pm (UTC)
Sure sure. If you don't know the source, it's from Shaun the Sheep "Saturday Night Shaun" (this is the only link I could) which is highly charming and worth checking out. :)
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2011-07-03 04:49 am (UTC)
While I agree that Skipper Dan is well done, for someone who lives among the fallen angels it rings as too cautionary a tale for me to revel in it unabashedly.
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