As the title suggests, four of the tracks on Internet Leaks have already popped up online. "Whatever You Like" is a parody of the T.I. rap hit of the same name. Yankovic's version deals with the struggling economy - "We can clip coupons all
"Weird Al" Yankovic to Release Internet Leaks, an EP of New Material night/ Baby you can have whatever you like."
"Craigslist" is an original song written by Weird Al in the style of the Doors. In fact, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek even plays on the track. The psychedelic music video, in which Al deftly channels Jim Morrison, has been a hit on YouTube since its release in June.
"CNR," an up-tempo rock song written in the style of the White Stripes, is an over-the-top homage to the late comedian Charles Nelson Reilly in which Yankovic sings, "Charles Nelson Reilly won the Tour de France with two flat tires and a missing chain."
"Skipper Dan" is one of the sadder songs Yankovic has ever recorded. The original song tells the story of a man who had great hopes for his life but disappointingly ends up being a tour guide on a jungle cruise ride.
The final track on Internet Leaks is "Ringtone," done in the style of classic rockers Queen. The song is a humorous tale about a guy whose cell phone ringtone annoys everyone who hears it. Like Queen's classic "Bohemian Rhapsody," "Ringtone" opens with a slow piano intro, followed by a livelier rock section, with operatic vocals throughout.
The five songs on Internet Leaks are expected to appear on Yankovic's next full-length album, due in 2010. Internet Leaks is Yankovic's first official release since 2006's Straight Outta Lynwood, which became the first album of his career to reach the top ten on The Billboard 200 and produced his first top ten hit, "White & Nerdy."
8-21-09 NY Times Article on the Hard Rock Cafe
8-22-09 Miami Herald article about Coconut Grove
This month we've witnessed the endless celebration of a musical event that occurred 40 years ago, the one that defined the spirit of love and peace in the 1960s. I am referring, of course, to the Doors concert in Coconut Grove.
That's the one where Jim Morrison got arrested for letting it all hang out. It put our humble village on the map.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry's voice compared to Jim Morrison
8-12-09 Philadelphia Inquirer - Ang Lee's film has a new theory about why the Doors weren't at Woodstock ??http://www.phillybur...an-never-2.html
On Friday, director Ang Lee's gentle fact-based tale, "Taking Woodstock," which uses the epic concert as the backdrop for the life of Elliot Tiber (newcomer Demetri Martin), arrives a couple of weeks after the official celebrations.
Why the wait?
The R-rated picture shows how Tiber, who provided the festival permit for the concert in Bethel, N.Y., was responsible for finding a place for the pressured organizers to hold the three-day celebration. It attracted more than 400,000 people.
During the event, the meek young man comes out of the closet, experiments with drugs, moves out of the home of his controlling parents and looks at life in a new way.
One of the key characters in "Taking Woodstock" is Michael Lang (the enigmatic Jonathan Groff of TV's "One Life to Live"), the forward-thinking young man who envisioned, planned and pulled off the concert.
Those seeking insights into details of the festival should consider Lang's new book, "The Road to Woodstock" (Ecco; $29.99).
Many people can list the musicians - including Richie Havens, Santana, Janis Joplin, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Joan Baez and Jimi Hendrix - who performed, but not many know why certain big-name acts didn't show up.
Lang reveals some interesting facts, including:
? Jim Morrison of The Doors declined the Woodstock invitation due to a fear of being shot on stage.
? Donovan and Johnny Cash simply said no.
? John Lennon planned to attend, but immigration officials denied him entrance to the United States because of drug charges the previous year.
? The Rolling Stones wanted to appear, but Lang and his co-presenters turned them down. They worried the legendary British rock band was so popular, it would change the focus and mood of the event (something proven in 1969 during the Stones' infamous appearance at California's Altamont Speedway).
8-23-09 Pittsburgh Tribune
Forty years ago last week, the Woodstock Festival defined a generation through its music.
At the time, to suggest that mom and dad join the kids in grooving to the Jefferson Airplane probably meant that you ignored those warnings about the brown acid.
Not anymore. Earlier this summer, when Aerosmith rocked out at a concert in Burgettstown, they played their scuzzy, bump-and-grind blues-rock to an audience that included Karen Stynchula, 49, of Unity, husband Edward, 52 and son Adam, 15.
If parents and son disagreed on anything, it was what the band would play for its second song.
"I kept telling her I know the second song is going to be 'Love in an Elevator,'" says Adam, a high-school sophomore.
He was right.
Once denounced as a threat to family values, rock 'n' roll now brings some families together.
Adam Stynchula says the music his friends listen to is too dark for him, too Gothic and scary. He was 7 when he began listening to the Who, the Grateful Dead and other rock elders on a local radio station. He loves the Rolling Stones to death. His favorite Stones song? "Brown Sugar," which came out nearly a quarter century before he was born.
Adam concedes it was "weird," watching his parents dance to songs like "Walk This Way" at the Aerosmith concert.
"Of course he didn't sit by us," his mother says.
Still, research suggests that rock music now unites generations rather than divides them.
A nationwide telephone survey conducted recently by the Pew Research Center found that three out of four age groups named rock as their favorite music: 16-39, 30-49 and 50-64. Rock ranked ahead of country, rhythm and blues, hip-hop, classical, jazz and salsa. The Beatles ranked in the top four favorite artists of all four age groups, including the last group -- age 65 and older.
"This is, we think, the first time kids have ever adopted the music of their parents," says Terry Stewart, president and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland. Stewart has not seen the survey but can attest to an increasing number of families visiting the museum.
"Seven, eight, nine years ago we did not have many families with kids coming here," he says. "That began to turn around in 2005."
Stewart cites a few obvious reasons. Video games like Guitar Hero reinforce certain classic rock songs in the minds of young gamers. And of course, the Internet is a rock geek's dream.
"Younger people are discovering artists and burrowing into them," Stewart says. "They'll get fascinated by the Doors and become fascinated by Jim Morrison."
But these trends only partially account for the two-generation rock fan phenomenon, he says.
"Why (is it happening)? We're not sure."
Visitors to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last summer included Michael DeStefano of Carnegie and his son, Caleb, 9. They went specifically to see a Doors exhibit, which included a Cub Scout shirt worn by future lead singer Jim Morrison.
The spirit of the late singer lives in his son, says DeStefano, who first heard the Doors in college.
"You don't' see too many 9-year-olds walking around saying they like Jim Morrison and the Doors," DeStefano says. "He sort of likes the things I like. ... He probably heard me playing it in the car."
Caleb and his Dad often sing along to their Doors CD collection on the drive to their campground near Zelienople. Caleb has a scrapbook of Jim Morrison and can draw the Doors logo. His father says he wants to dress up as Jim Morrison for Halloween.
"He actually wrote in his letter to Santa Claus that he wanted Jim Morrison's autograph," DeStefano says.