It's a tradition only three days old, but one I've fully embraced: waking up and finding there's a brand-new, hilarious Weird Al Yankovic video on the internet. Today, Al skewers Lorde's "Royals"—actually, the parody has very little to do with the song—and the video stars Patton Oswalt and The State/Reno 911's Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant. "Foil" takes a nice twist about halfway through.
This series of eight videos is to promote Weird Al's new album Mandatory Fun, a conventional, 12-song record that is available in physical and digital formats. A piece in Grantland today suggests that it might be Weird Al's last attempt at a traditional record album, and that his brand of parody is much better suited to respond to things in internet/digital time. (For example, Lorde's "Royals" originally came out more than a year ago.) I personally would love to have Al drop things onto YouTube as soon as he's done with 'em; these eight days of Al have been a total delight so far, and it's been an experience wholly separate from that of buying an album, putting it on, and listening. For that matter, I'm probably not going to buy Mandatory Fun, anyway. Should Weird Al videos just show up on the internet at random intervals? Is his music/comedy better suited to the viral medium than the traditional record-album one? I'd suggest yes, perhaps so.
Either way, we've got five more days of Weird Al coming up!