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Hear Tyler The Creator, Nick Cave, Katy Perry, And Others Cover “Daisy Bell”

Though it was a lovely little folk tune originating in 1892, “Daisy Bell (Bicycle Built For Two)” has been the subject of strange interpretations at least since Hal 9000 sang it in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Now artist Mark Ryden (whose influential album artwork includes Tyler, The Creator’s Wolf cover) has put together a compilatio… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 12, 2014 - 10:28 am

Watch Liz Phair, Ben Folds, Weird Al Audition For Star Wars’ Cantina Band

In honor of Star Wars Day (“May the fourth be with you, revenge of the fifth…”), CollegeHumor rounded up some musicians to audition for the Mos Eisley Cantina Band. The sketch sees artists assuming Star Wars alter egos like BF-1138 (Ben Folds), Liz Ph’Air (Liz Phair), and Weird Al’Attacka’Duwacca (Weird Al). Reggie Watts, Rick Springfield,… More »

By: James Rettig / May 5, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Tyler, The Creator, Katy Perry, Weird Al Cover “Daisy Bell” For Mark Ryden’s The Gay Nineties

I don’t know if any actual music-industry figures could’ve made this happen, but Mark Ryden, a pop-art painter who’s done a ton of album covers over the years, has lined up an impressive and all-over-the-place lineup of musicians to cover the same song on one album. This past weekend, Ryden opened a show called The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 5, 2014 - 9:16 am

Watch Long-Lost Postal Service Audition Footage

The Postal Service has never exactly been a wellspring of comedy, but they did have the good sense to recruit Tom Scharpling, who is extremely good at this sort of thing, to make them a pretty amazing video. Scharpling’s video purports to be the lost 2002 footage that led Ben Gibbard to join Jimmy Tamborello’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 11:44 am

Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup

Unlike Coachella, who had us waiting in suspense for weeks — analyzing the economics of the festival industry and trying to divine insight from fake posters — before dropping their 2013 lineup at night, totally unannounced, Bonnaroo is doing this the old-fashioned way: by having Weird Al host a live stream on YouTube. The Tennessee… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 19, 2013 - 12:58 pm

The 10 Biggest Band Beefs Of 2011

Back in the day, when two artists didn’t like each other, they’d deal with it in relatively low-profile ways: A snippy backstage comment, or a pointed interview comment. Maybe they’d toss in a lyrical jab, the way Lynyrd Skynyrd did toward Neil Young on “Sweet Home Alabama,” but that would be just about it. That’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 29, 2011 - 10:19 am

“Weird Al” Yankovic Gives Lyrics To Conan’s Theme Song

When life champions collide:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 30, 2011 - 10:18 am

“Weird Al” Yankovic – “Polka Face”

Weird Al has a new album out next week and as you might’ve guessed it includes a medley of polka versions of recent pop hits. Check out the song below and see if you can name all fourteen songs he’s covering. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 15, 2011 - 10:27 am

Gaga Vetoes “Weird Al” Parody: Hear “Perform This Way”

Weird Al told the New York Times that Lady Gaga personally said no, but the always-vague “sources close to the singer” told TMZ that she hasn’t even heard the “Born This Way” parody yet, let alone vetoed it. Weird Al put the parody on YouTube, so you can judge it yourself. Think Lady Gaga should… More »

By: jessica / April 20, 2011 - 5:15 pm

Evelyn Evelyn – “My Space” (Feat. Amanda Palmer, Jason Webley, Frances Bean Cobain, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Andrew W.K., Neil Gaiman, Et Al)

As mentioned, Dresden Doll Amanda Palmer’s teamed up with Jason Webley for the concept album Evelyn Evelyn, about a pair of fictional conjoined twins who have a really stocked rolodex. The guest list is sprawling, a lively slice thereof — including Andrew W.K., “Weird Al,” and graphic novelist/Palmer fiancé Neil Gaiman — turn up o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 30, 2010 - 1:38 pm

Pixies With Weird Al, Flea, Tenacious D @ Echoplex, LA 12/8/09

Well, this had to have been the the best thing to attend on so many levels. Background: Jennifer Bertrand, a friend of Frank Black’s wife Violet Clark, has a son named Winston, a ten-month old born with “two rare and complex malformations called lymphatic and venous malformations.” They threaten his life, and his health care… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 10, 2009 - 4:09 pm

“Weird Al” Parodies The White Stripes

So far on his Internet Leaks EP, Al’s played around with T.I. and the Doors before actually getting weirdly serious, but for now he’s back to the good times pop cultural mishmashing shtick, bringing a Jack and Meg-styled thump to “CNR” — as in Charles Nelson Riley, whose virtues are extolled Chuck Norris facts style. More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 4, 2009 - 12:55 pm

New “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Skipper Dan”

Divya Srinivasan made an animated video for the latest single from Al’s “Internet Leaks” collection. While not a parody of anything and actually kind of depressing, it sounds a lot like Fountains Of Wayne. Watch at Videogum. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 14, 2009 - 9:17 pm

New “Weird Al” Yankovic Video – “Craigslist”

There are very few constants in life. Friends move. Loved ones die. Americans lack the job security they once considered a reliable fact of quotidian life. But through it all there is Weird Al. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 16, 2009 - 11:29 am

New “Weird Al” Yankovic – “Whatever You Like”

With the Western world’s financial system crumbling, it’s notable that our nation’s #1 single is T.I.’s ode to getting his girl high priced tequila and bottle service all night long (among other things). The irony’s not lost on me, and the irony’s never lost on “Weird Al.” In honor of the moment, Yankovic has rush… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 8, 2008 - 2:53 pm

New Presidents Of The United States Of America Video – “Mixed Up S.O.B.”

Always good to hear from these dudes around election time. A couple interesting things to note about the Presidents’ catchy-ass new tune from the forthcoming These Are The Good Times People: The video was directed by Weird Al, the elastic vocalist dude hasn’t aged a bit (a benefit of going bald young?), and the “she’… More »

By: brandon / March 4, 2008 - 10:08 am

Aimee Mann Mockumentary Starring John Krasinski, Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell

For someone who says so much through sad songs, Aimee Mann’s live shows are surprisingly comedic affairs. Patton Oswalt has pinch-bantered for Aimee in concert for over ten years now. The singer/songwriter’s part of Jon Brion’s Largo family, and it’s always fun to watch that talented crew of comedians and musicians in new configurations, especially… More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2008 - 6:35 pm

The Simpsons Revisit The ’90s, Reveal Homer Invented Grunge

Fresh premises don’t come easy for a show 19 years into its existence, but hats off to last night’s The Simpsons, mining nostalgia for the decade after the show was created. It was That ’90s Show: Marge and Homer taught the kids about the decade of Zima, the Soup Nazi, and money machines. The episode’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 28, 2008 - 10:21 am

The New Pornographers’ Challenge You To Get “Weird Al” With Their Tunes

Who’s been working on their Michael McDonald’d New Pornos covers? Just in case’s those trademark vocals are a bit outside your range, the Pornographers have one again thrown the gauntlet, but this time the only limitation is your acuity of wit.

Bleeding farts funnier than leaving farts? Agreed. Now, we wanna… More »

By: Stereogum / October 1, 2007 - 4:42 pm

New “Weird Al” Video – “Trapped In The Drive-Thru”

R. Kelly’s serial saga “Trapped In The Closet” is the ripest terrain a video parodist could hope for; hell even Santa got in on the action with the blasphemous “Trapped In The CLAUSet”. So it’s mildly disappointing “Weird Al” took a cue from Claus and shunned a live-action spoof, but you’re still bound to laugh… More »

By: Stereogum / March 20, 2007 - 11:09 am