Monthly Archives: December 2014

Weird Al Wednesdays 12-17-14

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays! Joyous Winter-time Holiday(s) to you and yours!  For this special edition of Weird Al Wednesday, we have a song no Christmas playlist should go without: “The Night Santa Went Crazy” from the album Bad Hair Day.

This fantastic holiday song from Al features a tale of psychosis, alcohol-induced gun violence, death, and festive cheer.  The song has several influences that culminated in it’s creation.  A style parody of Soul Asylum’s “Black Gold”, with bits of “Mama I’m Coming Home” by Ozzy Osbourne, Greg Lake’s “I Believe in Father Christmas”, and The Kinks’ “Father Christmas”, this song has a little bit of everything.  One of the things that makes this work for Al, is the use of happy & upbeat music to describe the stuff of horror films and killing sprees.  It’s the kind of off-the-wall stuff we’ve all come to expect from Al now and then.  It’s a piece that brings a smile to my face when I hear it and something that will always have a place on my Zune’s Christmas Time playlist.  As a holiday bonus, here’s the “Extra Gory” version that was only released on the “Amish Paradise” single album.  Merry Christmas/(Insert Relevant Holiday Here) to all, and to all stay weird!

Loot Crate Unboxing – November 2014

It’s another Loot Crate Unboxing!  November has some pretty awesome stuff to fit into the theme: Battle!

November 2014 Loot Crate stuff!
November 2014 Loot Crate stuff!

Let’s start with the obvious first piece: the Ninjas vs Pirates t-shirt from Zen Monkey Studios.  This is an awesome shirt! It depicts that age-old battle betwixt the sea-faring thieves and sneaky assassins from the East.  Each side of the shirt is comprise of words that tie into their respective side of the debate with words like “plunder,” “avast,” and “doubloon” for the pirates and “clan,” “sensei,” and “legend” for the ninjas.  Which side are you on?

Next we have a coin from the Brotherhood from Ubisoft’s hit series Assassin’s Creed, as a tie-in for their newest game, Assassin’s Creed IV: Unity.  It even includes a space on one side to engrave your name on it, to make is one of the most personal items Loot Crate has sent out to the Looters!

You probably noticed the Mega Man helmet in that picture too.  It’s a great display piece from CAPCOM.  Looters had a random chance of one of four colors, and I was lucky enough to get my preferred color: classic blue.  Blue just happens to be my favorite color, so this was perfect for me.

We also got a Halo mini figure from MEGA BLOKS.  I’ll admit, I’m a LEGO guy, myself.  However, Halo is such a quintessential part of gaming and battles, that I’m very happy to see this in the crate.

There’s also another bit of classic fighter gaming in the crate: Ryu’s headband!  It’s a great headband that sports the logo of the always popular Street Fighter video game series, also from CAPCOM.  I may have to figure a way to use this in a cosplay.

Again this month we see some cool digital downloads.  We have a code for 50% off Lichdom: Battlemage on Steam, a full download of Street Fighter IV Super Arcade Version from Steam, and a couple digital Mega Man comics.  There’s also a cool way to turn the crate itself into a fight scene, including little stand-up figures of kind-of Mega Man and kind-of Ryu.

What was your favorite part of the November crate?

Weird Al Wednesday 12-3-14 (On Friday, I know)

Hey guys! I know, I’m a couple days late, but here’s this weeks (overdue) Weird Al Wednesday.  For today’s selection, we go back to Al’s first, self-titled album for a classic parody of The Knack: My Bologna.

This is one of Al’s first songs, as evidenced by the exuberant use of accordion.  It’s the instrument that really built his fame and earned him early success.  It’s a great song about the favorite lunch meat of many a school kid across America.  While not as long as the original, many of Al’s parodies don’t match the full length of the originals.  None the less, the silliness of this song cannot be denied.  I mean, who writes a song about bologna?  Weird Al, that’s who!

Though I’ve never learned to play, I have long been a fan of the accordion.  That’s one of the reasons I really enjoy this song.  It also speaks to his creative genius that he could jump to the rhyme of ‘bologna’ and ‘Sharona.’  Certainly, this would not have been a connection I made quickly.  Does this song make anyone else hungry?  I’m also going to leave you with a video of just Al on his accordion playing this wonderful song.  Enjoy, and stay weird!