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Weird Al Yankovic joins us live as we celebrate the release of his 14th studio LP, Mandatory Fun, out today, July 15th!
The album includes a hilarious take on Pharrell's "Happy" as well as featuring parodies of Lorde's "Royals," Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive," Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" and Iggy Azalea's "Fancy," plus Al's own "style parodies" of the Pixies and Cat Stevens.
In addition to the album, Weird Al is releasing videos for several of the songs this week. Tune in to find out more!
About Weird Al:
Few would have guessed that "Weird Al" Yankovic, who as a shy, accordion-playing teenager got his start sending in homemade tapes to the Dr. Demento Radio Show, would go on to become the biggest-selling comedy recording artist in history with over 12 million album sales. Now entering his fourth career decade, he has won 3 Grammys (with 14 nominations) and countless awards.
In addition to his recordings and world-famous music videos, Yankovic is also well-known for his cult-hit feature film UHF (1989), his late ‘90s CBS Saturday morning series The Weird Al Show and the numerous AL-TV specials that he’s made for MTV and VH1 over the years. With release of his children’s book When I Grow Up (HarperCollins, 2011), Al added "New York Times Bestselling Author" to his resume. An app version of the book for the iPhone and iPad, which recently won a Webby Award, is also available. His follow-up to this title was My New Teacher and Me! , released June, 2013.
Weird Al, along with his band of three decades, has performed over 1,000 career concerts and continues to tour with his rock and comedy multimedia show throughout the world.
Head spinning in a caffeinated fugue, Kevin Bennett once found himself shredding down a Martian ski-slope with a thousand irate Nephilim howling in his wake. On the way, he rescued twenty damsels, had lunch, and fully calculated Pi.
This was all before he learned to play the accordion.
Now he has been banned from France.
And is wanted in several countries.
Which has predicated the need for a serious, nonchalant, unremarkable alias: FRENCH ACCENT.
(...but he will accept "Rip't Mikchete".)
*The above description was stolen from the website of Kevin Bennett, and in no way reflects the thoughts or views of Savage or Starbuck.
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Thursday, April 24, 2014 @ 1 pm (CST) Healthy Mind & Body radio will present “The Tale of Three Turtles or How to Have an Extraordinarily Boring Life…
After 3 weeks for being ill, my voice has finally returned and I think I will be able to speak for a whole radio show without sounding like an accordion with a bullet hole in the bellows.
Hey You, Want to have a Extraordinarily Boring Life? I can tell you exactly how to do that… AND IT’S EASIER THAN YOU THINK IT IS…
Today I’m going to be talking about the # 1 LIFE KILLER… fear
You’ll notice that I said “fear” in small letters because it’s the little fears that do us in not the BIG ONES.
And of course, I may be giving a FEW SUGGESTIONS about how you can rid yourself of these small fears before they add up to a BORING YET UNIMAGINABLE LIFE.
INTERESTED? INTRIGUED? Ever so slightly curious? ... good
I’ll talk to you then
The KUDZOO Radio Hour welcomes I ANTHEM to the big show! With the release of the first LP, "West of Homeland," I Anthem is already finding a pulse in rock audiences and radio with their Billboard top 10 single Enemy and top 15 single Fighting Gravity. Since founding members Edwards and drummer, Tyler Bodkins, began in 2009, the South Carolina based rock band has stayed true to pursuing that vision. The newest record reveals that the rock band has found their true sound through a cohesive and powerful combination of overdriven guitars, infectious melodies, and relentless grooves. We are also pleased to welcome the soulful piano and voice of BETH McKEE. Beth has lived through the South from Mississippi to New Orleans, through Florida, Texas and North Carolina, and has known both the joys and hard times that are necessary to create great music. With these deep southern roots, her music has elements of soul, jazz, blues, rock and roll, gospel and country. She brings her full-hearted voice, skillful piano playing and energetic accordion style to both her recordings and her shows. Don't miss this one, kids
Welcome to the last episode of The JCHC Slam and Dance Show for 2013. Tonight we will be playing Christmas songs that you might not always hear on radio as well as the usual format of JCHC sweat treats of musical fun.
This episodes guests are Tacky Little Hatshop. The two main members that I interview are sisters, Annie and Enya Preston. Tacky Little Hat Shop which is primarly a Christian Indie band was formed by Annie Preston and Enya Preston in the summer of 2008. The sister duo consisted of acoustic guitar, banjo, keyboard, and accordion.
Things from retro video games to antique novels to modern anime influence their experimental folk/indie music.
In their spare time, Annie and Enya enjoy hiking, making short films, photography and sewing. From time to time you will see some of their hand-sewn items for sale at their merch table!
Gunslingers, card sharks, maidens, harlots and rapscallions: Etched in exacting imagery, Nettie Rose crafts lyrics that evoke a vivid cast of characters. The sound is acoustic and authentic, with banjo, lap steel, mandolin and accordion accompanying her sepia-toned songs.
Spanning French surrealistic poets to The Sons of the Pioneers, Nettie draws inspiration from a rich spectrum of influences. “I’m a girl from Santa Monica, there’s only so much I can talk to you about,” she says. “Everything else is stories, imagination, research, reading and meeting people.”
Nettie is the granddaughter of Alan Freed – the legendary DJ who gave the world the phrase “rock and roll.” With a music publisher father and a rock archivist mother, she grew up around the music business, intrigued by songwriters who she characterizes as, “…interesting, educated and incredible.” At age eight, she wrote her first song and one year later met multi-instrumentalist and teacher Fred Sokolow who taught her flatpicking and strumming. With his mentorship, she was indelibly linked with the musical legacy of Hank Williams, Flatt & Scruggs and Ernest Tubb.
Our Special Guest: Grammy Award Winning Singer/Songwriter Dan Zanes!!
Dan's fourth album in the family series is "House Party" (2003), a rambunctious 20-song collection with a diverse instrumentation that, in addition to the usual guitars, banjos, upright bass, and drums, includes such instruments as tuba, accordion, pump organ, djembe and saw. "House Party" was nominated for a Grammy in the Musical Album for Children category. Music video selections from the "House Party" album played during the Disney Channel's morning program suite known as Playhouse Disney from 2005-2007. New music video selections occasionally play on Nickelodeon's Noggin.
In 2007, Zanes received the Grammy Award for Best Musical Album for Children for "Catch That Train"!! And, in 2006 Dan produced a children's reggae CD with Father Goose called "Its a Bam Bam Diddly", which also features songs performed by Sister Carol and Sheryl Crow. Thank you Dan for supporting Autism Awareness!!
Here is the link to Dan Zanes website to learn more.
Recording and performing my music has been my lifelong dream. I hope that everyone enjoys my songs and finds a connection to each and every one of them. My first introduction to music came at the age of three. I remember sneaking into my grandfather’s closet to strum his old acoustic guitar. Later, at the age of six, my family relocated from North Africa to Rome where I was able to enjoy the romantic sounds produced by my father’s accordion. Next, at the age of eight I found myself, along with my family, relocating to the good old USA. Finally, at the age of thirteen, I was introduced to the great sounds of, a well known band known as, the “Beatles”. After that, life as I knew it would never be the same. I guess, that’s how it all started
Born in Montreal, Quebec, PATRICIA CONROY was raised in a strong musical environment, influenced by the French culture, her mother’s Maritime country background and her father’s Irish roots. She credits her early years of performing with her family band, singing in church, and the always visiting musical guests in her home, as being her real musical training. “There was always a fiddle, accordion or guitar being played, and I absolutely treasure those years.” Fast forward: Patricia went on to win CCMA awards and release hits (and videos) like Bad Day For Trains, Mary On The Dashboard, Keep Me Rockin' & My Baby Loves Me. She's had success as a songwriter writing for/with other artists including Here In My Heart (a single recorded by Jimmy Rankin which she co-wrote with him), The Day I Fall (recorded by One More Girl - Patricia co-wrote it with Steve Fox & Lisa Brokop) among many other songs - including ones written with and for fellow Country artist Michelle Wright. Recently, Patricia joined Michelle, Carolyn Dawn Johnson & Beverley Mahood for an acoustic concert/songwriters' round in Exeter, Ontario. Tune in and get caught up with Patricia Conroy & hear some of her great songs.
Tune in Sun June 16th at 5:30 p.m. as MHH Radio hosts musical guests The Goddamn Gallows!
The Goddamn Gallows came from the heart of America's Rust Belt, arising from a night of flophouse violence. Drifting across the states, they cemented their sound in Portland, OR and later in Los Angeles, CA, where they lived in abandoned buildings, squatter camps, storage units and shoebox apartments. In 2007, they left everything behind and spent the next 4 years living out of whatever vehicle would get them to the next town. Building upon their original sound of twanged-out, punk rock gutterbilly (Life of Sin 2004 and Gutterbillyblues 2007), they began picking up stray musicians along the way and adding to their sound; washboard, accordion, mandolin and banjo (Ghost of th? Rails 2009 and 7 Devils 2011) creating a sound referred to as "hobocore", "gypsy-punk" or "americana-punk", while never being stuck in any one sound. Read more http://www.thegoddamngallows.com
Judy is a triple threat in the sense that she has strong stage, television, comedy and film credits with a large fan base. She has appeared in" The Vagina Monologues", "Menopause the Musical" both in LA and Chicago, and she's had her own stand-up specials on Showtime, HBO and Lifetime. Judy was the first female stand-up comic to win "Best Female Comedian" at the American Comedy Awards and is a two-time Grammy nominee for her comedy CD’S, "Attention Butt-Pirates” and “Lesbetarians!" and "In Goddess We Trust". That same year, she became the national spokesperson for a series of Diet Dr. Pepper commercials. The self-described "Love Goddess" and "Aphrodite of the Accordion" has made hundreds of guest and co-hosting appearances on such popular TV shows as "The View", "Late Night with David Letterman", "Larry King Live", "Entertainment Tonight", and "Comics Unleashed".
Judy's stand-up routine is appropriately described as outrageous, mind-blowing comedy. She recently became an ordained minister, and converts her audiences to her signature religion, "Judyism". A strong advocate for gays, children and women's issues, the fun-loving feminist preaches that all women should be worshipped as "Love Goddesses!"