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Accordion Noir 2021-11-17: “Weird Al” Yankovic — the final chapter

November 17, 2021
AccNoir 2021-11-17
“Weird Al” Yankovic with Accordion (Photo by Nick Elgar/Corbis/VCG via Getty Images)

Like “Trapped in the Drive-Thru”, you thought it might never come to an end. And yet here we are, Accordion Noir radio concluding our three-episode salute (episode 1, episode 2) to the unlikely career of “Weird Al” Yankovic. While he taps numerous sources for each of these installments, this week’s focus is on Nathan Rabin, the man who just released The Weird A-Coloring to Al coloring book (along with a Colored-In version 🌈). Also by Nathan — Weird Al: The Book (2012); and The Weird Accordion to Al (2020) detailing every song Al ever released, and its 500 pg annotated sequel that includes all of Al’s video and TV work. All available for sale in time for this holiday season!.


If your Apple or Android podcast subscriptions (strongly recommended!) haven’t alerted you to the episode’s availability yet, you can enjoy listening to it as digital audio courtesy of the Internet Archive. Here, in addition to links to all the related projects of the guests aired and subjects mentioned over the past three weeks of broadcasts, is its playlist:

Weird Al Yankovic
http://www.weirdal.com/

Support Co-op Radio (Accordion Noir’s mother-ship) with a sizable or tiny donation:
http://www.coopradio.org/

Nathan Rabin’s Happy Place:
The Weird A-Coloring To Al Coloring (or colored-in) Book
NathanRabin.com

Lily Hirsch:
Weird Al Seriously
www.lilyhirsch.com

Jon Burmuda Schwartz:
Black & White & Weird All Over
http://www.bermudaschwartz.com

The Beer’d Al Podcast
www.beerdalpodcast.com/

Dave & Ethan’s 2000” “Weird Al” Podcast
https://2000inch.com

Mentioned in Al’s Interview:

Dave’s Accordion School in Los Angeles
http://davesaccordion.com

List of Weird Al Polka Medleys:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic_polka_medleys

Accordion Noir’s Epic Three-Week “Weird Al” Co-op Radio 2021 Membership Drive Series

Accordion Noir 2021-11-03: “Weird Noir” Yankovic (episode 1) with Lily E. Hirsch
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2021/11/04/accordion-noir-2021-11-03-weird-noir-yankovic-episode-1-with-lily-e-hirsch/

Accordion Noir radio playlist 2021-11-10: “Noir Al” Yankovic (episode 2)
https://accordionuprising.wordpress.com/2021/11/11/accordion-noir-radio-playlist-2021-11-10-noir-al-yankovic-episode-2/

Playlist: AccNoir-2021-11-17, “Weird Al” Yankovic A-Coloring to Nathen Rabin

* Bill Davis Trio – ‟Bring the Money In” (1954) – Co-op Radio Member Drive PRA – http://www.coopradio.org/
* ‟The Many Voices of Accordion Noir, PRA 100.5 FM” – tune “Boyd’s Cove Singles” – The Dardanelles (2009)  http://thedardanelles.com/
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Angry White Boy Polka” – Poodle Hat (2003) – Lynnwood, California, USA – www.WeirdAl.com
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Polka Power!” – Running with Scissors (1999)
* Nathen Rabin interview – ‟How Did This Start? / Gift That Keeps on Giving” – Nathen Rabin Weird Al Interview (2021) – https://www.nathanrabin.com
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟My Bologna” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “My Sharona” by The Knack www.WeirdAl.com
* Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Many Many Books / The Coloring Book”
* “Weird Al” Yankovic & Wendy Carlos – ‟Peter & the Wolf/Carnival of the Animals – Part II ” – Peter & the Wolf (1988) –  – http://www.wendycarlos.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_%26_the_Wolf_(%22Weird_Al%22_Yankovic_%26_Wendy_Carlos_album)
* Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Music Today vs 1986 / Self Indulgent Projects”
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Classical Gas (Mason Williams)” – The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour | Night 64, May 24, 2018 (2018) – Eugene, Oregon, USA – http://www.weirdal.com/
https://www.stitcher.com/show/weird-al-yankovic-the-ridiculously-selfindulgent-illadvised/episode/64-eugene-or-54808772
* Ken Emerson & Jim “Kimo” West (w/”Weird” Al Yankovic, acc) – ‟Slack Key Polka” – Slackers In Paradise (2017) – Canada / California / Hawaii – https://jimkimowest.com
https://jimkimowest.bandcamp.com
* Nathen Rabin interview – ‟Accordion on first album / Polka Nonsense”
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Bohemian Polka” – Alapalooza (1993) – Parody of “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
* “Weird Al” Yankovic interview – ‟”Always Have a Backup Accordion”” – 2021-10-27
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Stop Draggin’ My Car Around” – “Weird Al” Yankovic (1983) – Parody of “Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around” by Stevie Nicks with Tom Petty
* “Weird Al” Yankovic – ‟Pac-Man” – Squeeze Box: The Complete Works of “Weird Al” Yankovic (1981) – Parody of the Beatles’ “Tax Man”

Amusing “Pac-Man” Video:

Thanks for reading us here (and hopefully listening to us, there), but if you find you want more, you can always keep up with us on Twitter (@AccordionNoir and @AccordionBruce), Instagram (@AccordionNoirFest), and Facebook at Accordion Noir fansthe Accordion Noir Festival, and the Vancouver Squeezebox Circle. Cheers & squeeze on!

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