“Weird Al” Yankovic announces Comedy Central live concert special and DVD. HAHAHAHAHA. I love it when things get parodied!

"Weird Al" Yankovic announces Comedy Central live concert special and DVD. HAHAHAHAHA. I love it when things get parodied! http://www.tinymixtapes.com/sites/default/files/news-11-09-weird-al-yankovic.jpg

Our heroes in the hot British rock combo Radiohead may be great at doing hilarious, revealing, and poignant song-parodies of such beloved rock icons as CAN and George W. Bush, but even their recent announcement of a special appearance on an hour-long episode of the Comedy Central show The Colbert Report pales in comparison with what “Weird Al” Yankovic has in store when he retuns to the small screen with his first cable special in 12 years. I mean, unless they plan on doing some polka stuff on there, in which case, fuck.

First of all, Comedy Central will debut the World Premiere of Al’s new special, entitled “Weird Al” Yankovic Live! — The Alpocalypse Tour on Saturday, October 1 at 9:00 PM EST. Then, on October 4, it’ll be released in North America via Comedy Central Home Entertainment on a variety of hilarious formats, including DVD (a parody of LaserDisc), Blu-ray (a parody of HD-DVD), and digital download (a parody of computer porn). Shot this summer at Toronto’s Massey Hall because of that venue’s renown for accordion-friendly acoustical specs, the DVD and Blu-ray are “extended editions” that include almost 60 minutes of axed concert footage and over 30 minutes of bonus features, including music videos for the new Lady Gaga-spoofing “Perform This Way” and “Polka Face,” three extra live performances, and some of Yankovic’s personal (hopefully not too personal) YouTube videos. Here’s hoping accordion music is still funny to you!

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Alpocalypse is his newest album, released this past June by Jive/Sony. Thanks to the already-pretty-much-a-parody status of top 40 radio’s current hucksters (Justin Bieber, Ke$ha, Brittney Spears, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, et al.), it debuted at #9 on Billboard’s Top 200, which makes it Yankovic’s highest-charting album ever. In fact, “Perform This Way,” (which parodies Gaga’s “Born This Way,”) garnered over six million views in its first week, which puts it right up there with such past classics as “White & Nerdy,” “Amish Paradise,” and “Fat.” Meanwhile, Radiohead is out there hand-cranking a bunch of scary newspapers like a deranged, fear-mongering cat-lady and willfully leaving their coolest song off their record. Sheesh. Take some notes, Thom. Learn the accordion, Jonny.

Alpocalypse tour:

09.22.11 - Grand Prairie, TX - Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
09.23.11 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theater
09.24.11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live
09.25.11 - Longview, TX - Belcher Center
09.28.11 - Mobile, AL - Saenger Theatre
09.29.11 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery PAC
09.30.11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
10.01.11 - Atlanta, GA - Cobb Energy Center
10.04.11 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock
10.05.11 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Orlando
10.06.11 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
10.08.11 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
10.09.11 - Durham, NC - Durham PAC
10.11.11 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
10.13.11 - Allentown, PA - Allentown Symphony Hall
10.14.11 - New Bedford, MA - Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
10.15.11 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre
10.16.11 - Concord, NH - Capitol Center for the Arts
10.18.11 - Albany, NY - Palace Theatre
10.19.11 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
10.21.11 - Morristown, NJ - Mayo Performing Arts Center
10.22.11 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre
10.23.11 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre
11.02.11 - San Luis Obispo, CA - Christopher Cohan Center
11.04.11 - Santa Cruz, CA - Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
11.05.11 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre
11.06.11 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre Oakland
11.07.11 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
11.09.11 - Modesto, CA - Gallo Center for the Arts
11.11.11 - Anaheim, CA - City National Grove of Anaheim
11.12.11 - Los Angeles, CA - Pantages Theatre

• “Weird Al”: http://www.weirdal.com
• Comedy Central: http://www.comedycentral.com
• Jive: http://www.jiverecords.com

Planet Mu releasing two new juke/footwork compilations with DJ Roc, DJ Rashad, and other people named DJ

Record scratches. Jazz horns layered over the jitters and crashes of a drum machine. Deconstructed electro-pop that sounds as though it’s been beamed down from outer space.

What the fuck, right? When I think of electronic dance music, I usually think of video game beeps popping in between drum beats, not meticulously constructed clashes of style and history that occur at speeds I can hardly fathom. Planet Mu has shattered my assumptions to smithereens.

The electronic label will be further showcasing the wild variety of Chicago’s footwork producers (following the outstanding Flight Music by DJ Diamond and The Crack Capone by DJ Roc) with two upcoming releases: Bangs & Works Vol. 2 and the Ghettoteknitianz EP. The former, a follow-up to last year’s Bangs & Works Vol. 1, offers a glimpse of the myriad styles pulsing through the Chicago scene, cramming an entire galaxy of soul, hip-hop, pop, and jazz elements, and featuring not only the work of established producers such as DJ Rashad, DJ Spinn, Traxman, DJ Roc, and DJ Clent, but also that of younger artists such as Jlin, Young Smoke, DJ MC, and DJ Rome. The latter focuses on a smaller group of producers but still shows the way such short tracks can somehow stretch back through music history and jump forward into a strange future at the same time. (There’s some insane dancing that goes along with all of this too.)

Bangs & Works Vol. 2 will see a November 7 release and Ghettoteknitianz October 10, but both are currently available for preorder on the Planet Mu website.

• Planet Mu: http://www.planet.mu

sunn 0))) to reissue second album ØØ Void on Southern Lord, just in time for a life spent in eternal hellfire

If you’re like me and you’re already preparing your playlist in gleeful anticipation of the 2012 Apocalypse, then you’ll be delighted to hear that universally-recognized harbingers of doom sunn 0))) will be reissuing their second album ØØ Void November 22 on Southern Lord. The album, originally released through Hydra Head in 2000, has since only received one limited reissue via Daymare Records of Japan in 2008. As such, worshippers of the Seattle-based drone duo have more than likely had somewhat of a difficult time getting their hands on a physical copy of this album. No longer.

In addition to the core guitarists, Stephen O’Malley and Greg Anderson, ØØ Void also features Stuart Dahlquist (Burning Witch, Goatsnake) on bass, and contributions from Petra Haden (Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, The Decemberists) on violin and vocals. Similarly, while the two-disc Daymare release offered a killer collaboration with Nurse with Wound, the folks at Southern Lord are unfortunately not nearly as generous with their gratuities. This 2011 reissue just features redesigned artwork by Stephen Kasner and a layout by Stephen O’Malley. Here are some European sunn 0))) tourdates to make up for it.

09.26.11 - Dresden, Germany - Beatpol
09.27.11 - Karlsruhe, Germany - Jubez
09.28.11 - Fribourg, Switzerland - Fri-son
09.29.11 - Torino, Italy - Carceri
09.30.11 - Rome, Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
10.01.11 - Cortemaggiore, Italy - Fillmore
10.02.11 - Essen, Germany - Denovali Swingfest

• sunn 0))): http://www.ideologic.org
• Southern Lord: http://www.southernlord.com

Bhob Rainey’s BSC to release Manual book/album in late October — if you read this article

Celebrated saxophonist and improviser Bhob Rainey (nmperign) has announced a new album and book release by his eight-member electroacoustic ensemble, The BSC. The album/book Manual will focus on the improvisational nature of The BSC, both within the musical group and outside The BSC, including topics “ranging from genealogy to architecture, the boundaries of sense to the benefits of failure, flows of energy to bouts of guilt,” according to the press release.

The album is comprised of three extended improvisations over the course of six years for The BSC (Bhob Rainey, Mike Bullock, James Coleman, Chris Cooper, Greg Kelley, Vic Rawlings, Howard Stelzer, and Liz Tonne), each significantly unique and showcasing the variety of the ensemble’s talents. The book consists of contributions ranging from analytic evaluations on improvisation to prose poetry from five writers: BSC bassist Mike Bullock, Cornell University classicist Aaron P. Tate, Galaxie 500 alum Damon Krukowski, percussionist Ben Hall, and BSC founder and front man Bhob Rainey.

The release date is still to be determined, but Manual has a rumored arrival in late October.

• Bhob Rainey: http://bhobrainey.com

RIP: Vesta Williams, R&B singer

From The Huffington Post:

Vesta Williams, the 80’s diva known for her powerful voice, was found dead in her California hotel room last night, according to reports. Though news sources have reported the singer was 48 years old, Williams can be seen in a 2010 interview saying she was 53.

Williams scored a big hit with “Congratulations,” a song about a woman who is distraught upon learning that her former lover is getting married. “Congratulations,” with its vocal acrobatics and dramatic story, became a talent show staple.

• Vesta Williams: http://www.vestawilliams.com

Facebook announces real-time music discovery feature, only no one can find it ‘cause now the feed’s all janky

September 22, 2011. A day that shall live in infamy? Nope. The day Skynet became aware? Probably not. The day the internet changed the way Mr P thinks about muffins? Sorry, already happened with Google Buzz. The day after tomorrow? Come on, dude, no. September 22 is clearly famous for being the day that Facebook announced, after months of swirly-dwirly hypnagogic fever-dream rumors, the details of how its new music piddly little music feature thingy will work. Here’s a hint: it involves sharing the music you listen to online.

As you may have noticed and had a subsequent knee-jerk negative reaction to because you’re lame, Facebook up and changed some shit the other day. And, as Consequence of Sound reports, part of that polarizing news feed lube job includes the allowance of Facebook’s 800 million users to “share and discover music in realtime” using that annoying little ‘ticker’ thing that is in the right corner. Basically, when a Facebook user connects their music service of choice (Spotify, Rhapsody, VEVO, Turntable.fm, Tinymixtapes.biz, what-have-you) with their Facebook, Facebook will display the song currently being listened to by that user in his/her ticker feed. Then, other users will see that hip, taste-making shit in their own ticker and they can connect to their respective music service and listen along to that song in realtime. Get it? It’s like watching hot co-eds through a locker room peep hole; only way less sexist, offensive, and misogynistic. Anyway, take it away Zuckerberg: “The key to music isn’t blocking songs, it’s to discovering more music than you’d ever thought you wanted to buy — through your friends,” he says. As true today as when it was written… but the fun doesn’t stop there. The same sharing principles apparently will soon apply to videos, news stories, recipes, and more, which should keep the internet free from productivity and free thought for some time to come. Whew.

Still confused? Check out CNET’s live blog of all the changes in f8. Or, if you’re a Facebook user, Myspace Tom can clear it up for you.

• Facebook: https://plus.google.com

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