Shut Up, Dude is coming a little early today because I’m at Forecastle (aka the Pitchfork Festival of Kentucky). It’s got OutKast, the Replacements, Slint, and plenty of bands that aren’t just reuniting for the money like Beck, Jack White, Sun Kil Moon, Spoon, Action Bronson, and Sharon Van Etten. Follow Stereogum on Instagram for behind-the-scenes stuff. Anyway, it was Weird Al’s week, but let’s read a bunch of comments about Conor Oberst…
In the YouTube era, Weird Al’s shtick isn’t so novel anymore. The songs he spoofs on his 14th album Mandatory Fun — “Happy,” “Royals,” “Fancy,” “Blurred Lines,” etc — have already been parodied on the Web. But Yankovic realizes that he’d be better off with a more timely release strategy, not beholden to the LP format. The new album is the last under his RCA contract and he tells NY Post he’ll likely pursue digital self-distribution, Louis CK-style. “The album format doesn’t seem to be the best for my stuff,” he admits. Still, Mandatory Fun is enjoyable, especially on the first listen, and “Tacky” (his remake of Pharrell’s chart-topper “Happy”) is a highlight. The video features Yankovic along with comedians Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, and Jack Black all dancing in garish outfits. Not sure why there is no #PharrellHat cameo. (UPDATE: Scratch that, it’s there.) But watch it below via Nerdist, who point out that it was filmed in the space that was Julianne Moore’s apartment in The Big Lebowski.
Last Friday was a federal holiday so there was no Shut Up, Dude. But I don’t wanna leave last week’s winners and losers hanging, so below we’ve got the highest and lowest rated comments from 6/27-7/3 and then from 7/4-7/10 and then a single editor’s choice for the last two weeks. Read ’em and weep/celebrate. Also I have an advance of the new Weird Al album, AMA.
Fixed. Sorry, Avicii.
It’s not a selfie if he didn’t take it himself!
I believe they are announcing the album tomorrow.
We posted about this story only after Conor Oberst released a statement, and we were not the first nor the last to run that statement.
Conor Oberst was not dropped from his label, incidentally.
You’re being irrational, though, and I think I may be getting trolled.
Also please comment with your regular Stereogum account — I see you created a new fake identity just to comment on this post.
You’re not making sense.
We only reported on it after Conor Oberst made a statement. Also, she didn’t post anonymously — she removed the identifying info from her profile after it started getting attention.
Only if you’re Coolio.
Ah! Good catch.
It’s as fun as a Weird Al album normally is. “Tacky” (the Pharrell parody) and “Foil” (Lorde) are probably the most successful. And there’s an amusing original song, “Mission Statement,” that’s all corporate jargon sung in the style of CSN. The polka is good, too: he does “Pumped Up Kicks,” “Gangnam Style,” “Call Me Maybe,” “Thrift Shop,” “Timber,” “Somebody That I Used To Know,” “Get Lucky,” etc…