So far, 2011 has been a pretty good year for “Weird Al” Yankovic. After a heavily publicized semi-battle with Lady Gaga, Alpocalypse, his first record in five years, will see release next week. Right now, though, die-hard Al-oholics can enjoy another new album thanks to music site Bandcamp – a tribute to the Monster of Mock known as Twenty-Six and a Half.
As much as Yankovic’s known for his parodies, the tracks on Twenty-Six and a Half mostly forego the reworked pop songs. Only three parody tributes pop up here – a forgettable, chill “Can’t Watch This” from MC Lars, a relatively straight cover of rarity “Pac-Man” (The Beatles’ “Tax Man”) from Nuclear Bubble Wrap, and a revelatory electronic version of “I Lost on Jeopardy” via nerd-lebrity mc chris. The latter makes me think that some intrepid cover artists out there should reverse-engineer chris’ track to get a really cool cover of Greg Kihn’s original number (“Jeopardy”), but I digress.