|| New Film: “Weird Al” Meets Mr. Bonzai ||

August 2, 2009

THIS JUST IN: new “Internet Leak” from Al, a White Stripes spoof called CNR: http://tinyurl.com/kno97q

Coinciding with my interview with “Weird Al” Yankovic appearing in RELIX magazine, now on the newstands, I have just posted my new BonzFire Film of the conversation (scroll down for the links).   Here is an excerpt from the text interview:

There is a great tradition of musical parody in the history of American culture.  Such stars as Spike Jones and Stan Freberg achieved huge success through their talent for mocking the classic pop songs of the day.  “Weird Al” Yankovic is today’s reigning king of pop parody, gifted as a comedian, recording artist, concert performer and video director.

In the summer of 2009, Al decided to release four new songs individually as singles on June 16, July 14, August 4 and August 25.  These four and others will be included on his next album, slated to be released in 2010.  It was during the recording of these “singles” that we met up with Al at Westlake Recording Studios, and then again at Bernie Grundman Mastering.

BONZAI: These days are you recording analog or digital?
YANKOVIC: Now I am recording full digital.  For a long time I was deferring to the audiophiles who said there was something about analog tape.  There probably is, but I can’t hear it.  Most people today listen to crunchy MP3s or YouTube versions of songs and seem to be more inclined to getting music that is convenient as opposed to sonically superior.  But having said that, I just enjoy working with digital more.  It’s more convenient, more flexible.  I do not miss the tape.

Click to view the filmed interview in HD on YouTube and at MIX magazine.

To view more of the text interview, visit my Berklee College of Music Blog.

Read my interview with Al in Relix Magazine:  WeirdAl_MrB_RELIX

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Jackie April 15, 2010 at 7:54 am

Hi There Mr. Bonzai, Fantastic Interviews! “Weird Al” was very interesting….and his comments on Michael Jackson. You are so talented. Just Amazing how very much you have done, with so many accomplishments and with such a wide range of interests too. Love it!
Have a great week ! Sincerely, Jackie

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