Everyone has had the experience of listening to a Weird Al Yankovic parody song and thinking it was the original. Heck, I would even go out on a limb and say that Weird Al has introduced more people to Rock and Rap than the radio. Come on, tell me you have not listened to “Amish Paradise,” “Eat it,” or any of Weird Al’s neverending catalogue of comical songs. Cracked.com, a humor and video site, asked Weird Al to write them an article about his favorite parody songs and to make a list of stories behind songs he wanted to parody but couldn’t. And, in normal Weird Al fashion, he went well above and beyond the call of duty.
Notable November 17th CD Releases
John Mayer: “Battle Studies”
- Mayer’s fourth studio album mixes blues and stories and track 7 is his own version of “Crossroads” based on The Creams version. If that is not enough to buy this album I do not know what is.
The Chairs: “Nine Ways”
- “The Chairs released its first full-length last spring, and has since produced two EPs, and now a second album. Due out on the 17th, Nine Ways is simply an incredible album, something not even the outstandingly high quantity of work The Chairs produced this year could stifle. The album showcases nine rather unique ways to die, or more accurately, to be killed, not only in each of its tracks (during which a total of eighteen people pass away) but on the various album covers (yes, there are multiple covers), each corresponding to a track and method of death. But Nine Ways is not just more morbid than the band’s last album: it is also more experimental, more detailed, and more intelligent. Nine Ways is nothing short of an amazing album.” Review from Plumbiferous: http://plumbiferous.com/1312/nine-ways-the-chairs
Them Crooked Vultures: “Them Crooked Vultures”
- The much anticipated debut album from the supergroup that includes vocalist and guitarist Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss), bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and drummer Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana). An interesting combination of hard rock that is certainly worth checking out