by Jac Kern
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Jac's roundup of pop culture news and Internet findings
"Weird Al” Yankovic pulled
a ‘Yoncé last week, dropping eight music videos in conjunction with the release
of his 14th studio album, Mandatory Fun.
As inherently corny as Weird Al may be, you have to commend the guy for
sticking with his schtick for almost 40 years — not to mention finding such
success with it. His parodies are continually accessible without hitting below
the belt. For example, his take on Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” “Word
Crimes,” covers facepalm-worthy
grammatical errors running amok in our current age of emojis and 140-character
declarations — not the rape culture controversy surrounding the original,
Thicke’s pathetic fall from grace following his VMA stunt with Miley or any
other gossipy low-hanging fruit like that.Mandatory Fun, Al’s final album
on his 32-year contract, features riffs on Pharrell’s “Happy” (“Tacky”), Lorde’s “Royals” (“Foil”)
and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” (“Handy”)
along with general style spoofs like “Sports Song” and “First World Problems,”
which resembles like a Pixies tune.
The Queen’s Guard performed
the Game of Thrones theme song outside Buckingham Palace, which is kind of
strange when you remember Thrones is
a show where royals are slaughtered, babies are fed to scary ice zombies and
the queen is an incestuous bitch. Happy Birthday, Prince George!
Maroon 5’s Adam Levine and Glee’s Naya Rivera both got
secret-married this weekend – just not to each other. Levine and Victoria’s
Secret model Behati Prinsloo were wed in a ceremony officiated by Jonah Hill (seriously) while Rivera tied the knot
with Ryan Dorsey, a guy who is definitely not rapper Big Sean (whom Rivera was
engaged to just three months ago). All together now: “We want prenup, we want
In non-news related news, Kanye West continues
his Delusions of Grandeur tour, spouting nonsensical bullshit in his latest
interview with GQ. In the cover story, West talks
Kim K., calls himself a blowfish and quotes Step
Brothers. What is interesting, however, is this video of a 19-year-old
West, Baby 'Ye, freestyling in New York record shop Fat Beats in 1996.Someone
noticed that Joaquin Phoenix has a very expressive forehead that, when viewed
upside down, looks like a second face.
movie trailers to hit the
Interwebz: Dear White People, a satirical look at race relations from millennials' perspectives; Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the British genius/computer science pioneer; and creepy "cabin in the woods" thriller Honeymoon starring Ygritte from Game of Thrones and Dr. Frankenstein from Penny Dreadful.
Spindrift, Bettye LaVette and The Sounds, plus This Weekend in Music
Music Saturday: There's a clinic on modern Psych Rock music at the Southgate House as three disparate practitioners team up for a 9:30 p.m., all-ages show. Headliners The Black Angels touch on the Velvet Underground brand of psychedelia, with droning hypnotics, as well as later artists like Spacemen 3 and Jesus and Mary Chain. D.C.'s Dead Meadow have been working their brand of hard-rocking trippiness for the past 13 years, while L.A.'s Spindrift make soundtracks for desert vision quests, influenced by the likes of The Doors, Hawkwind and Electronic music pioneer, Bruce Haack. The band's cinematic sound has been used to soundtrack several film projects (including the Tarantino-produced Hell Ride), and, this spring, the group released Classic Soundtracks Volume 1, featuring 14 themes from various scores, which were made into short films by various directors, touching on everything from Bollywood to film noir (the films, music videos and trailers from the project have been screened to a national audience on the IFC network). Check out a few examples from Spindrift's soundtracks project below. Tickets for tonight's show are $18 at the door.