Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 12: In Before the Buzzer

I am riddled with guilt. In any given month, I create two separate podcasts: each usually of 45 minutes in length, give or take. When you consider that sometimes as much as 15 minutes of each of those segments is taken up by me talking shit, this leaves me merely a single scant hour in which to pack an entire month’s worth of kick-ass tunage. This is compounding by the fact that OCD dictates that the bulk of these episodes be devoted to some manner of “theme.” All-in-all, this puts me in quite a pickle. There are many songs that I adore, many tracks I that feel that you genuinely need to hear, but some – no matter their level of individual merit – fall through the cracks. As a result, certain songs and artists are woefully underrepresented.
This episode is dedicated to the tracks that I truly feel you should check out before the year is through. Some of them you may’ve heard before, but good things bear repeating. Others may be totally new to you. Either way, I hope you hear some geeky goodness that you exuberantly agree is worthwhile.
Show Notes
Intro: MC Hawking – “Big-Bizang”
Only the Hawkman could make a Kid Rock take-off work. Bow before his majesty.
Z’s 1st interlude: “Less than legal channels”
As a man who routinely plays illicit remixes on his podcast, this revelation may or may not surprise you.
Track 1: The Worthless Peons – “Underdog”
AKA Ted’s Band. AKA The Blanks. You can see this clip (and a bit where they perform the Speed Racer theme) here.
Track 2: Beefy – “Ego Monster”
I don’t think this can be considered a leak, as this song’s been featured on JALP as well as on Beef’s MySpace. Still, I figured it’d be easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission.
Track 3: Tenacious D – “Break-in City (Storm the Gate)”
With lyrics like “The mission is clear / I'm going over there / I'm going to do the mission,” is it any wonder that Jack Black is the voice of our generation?
Track 4: 14 Year Old Girls – “Dynamite Car Plane”
I can only assume this track is about the freeware game of the same name.
Track 5: Totally Radd! – “Shark Attack Day Camp”
This is another band that I am almost ashamed to admit I only recently heard about. You can find more info and clips at their label’s Web site.
Track 6: Party Ben – “Genius of London
The beauty of the mash-up lies in its ability to polish a turd, making the un-listenable fun and catchy.
Z’s 2nd interlude: “Proven to cause cancer in laboratory animals.”
In a just world, Salman Rushdie would write unmolested and the Black Eyed Peas would have to flee to the underground for fear of their lives. Hey, can a southern white guy call for a fatwa? No? Damn…
Track 7: Oddioblender – “Pip to the Pop Don’t Stop
Odd was nice enough to send me a copy of Gustuf Young is Dead. Expect to hear more from that album on future podcasts, for it is made of win.
Track 8: Castlevania 20th Anniversary Collection – “A Requiem”
I’m really happy with my Portrait of Ruin pre-order bonus, but some folks are fuckin’ nuts.
Track 9: The Advantage – “Castlevania-Stage 3”
The Advantage’s self-titled first album is excellent. You should buy it.
Track 10: Go Home Productions – “Uptight Maggie”
I like Rod Stewart tracks a lot more when Stevie sings over the melodies.
Track 11: My Parents Favorite Music – “Coffee”
My defense for not hearing MPFM sooner? I don’t have a MySpace. Seriously. I don’t believe in it. I disavow the existence of MySpace.
Track 12: Homer intro / Cheap Trick – “Surrender”
There is an all-female Cheap Trick cover band. See? Everyone likes Cheap Trick but you. I admonish you. I admonish the hell out of you!
Z’s final interlude: “A gift, of sorts.”
I gotta give it up to funky49 again for sending me the following track. Y’all feel free to turn me on to stuff you think I need to hear.
Track 13: Next Fashion – “In Space”
This is such a fun track. It simply begged to be included!
Background Music: DJ Snyder – “Contraptions
I’m fairly certain this song has something to do with the Reptilian Conspiracy. (Apologies to everyone save Snyder concerning the preceding in-joke).
So that takes care of some of the songs I wanted to play for you before 2006 is no more. Still, there were countless others that still got passed over due to time constraints. The lack of Jesse Dangerously and Spamtec Crew in this year’s crop of heavily rotated artists fills me with regret. Well shit; there’s always next year.
I hope you enjoyed yourselves, and look for the RFH Holiday Special in two weeks or so.


Beefy said...

The Blanks, MPFM, Snyder, The D, me?!? This is like my favorite line up of music ever! Z...did you make this cast just for little ol' me?

MC Inadequate said...

Yo bro, the ID3 clearly states that you are the good doctor MC Hawking. How could you lie to me in such a blatant way? It's just not fair. After taking the 42 minutes and 20 seconds listening to this audio form of orgasm, I have this bomb dropped on me. W...T...F? Thanks for the cast though, brah.

Z. said...

Truthfully, Beef, the decision to bookend your track with The Blanks and Tenacious D was premeditated; I already had them in the line-up, and I thought you’d get a kick out of it. Speaking of MPFM, Steffo and I have been talking about working out an interview for early next year. It should be a veritable shitload of fun!

Inadequate, you have discovered my deep, dark secret. I am, in fact, the Hawkman. Seriously though, sorry about the fucked up ID3 on this ep. Proper MP3 tagging is a pet peeve of mine, so I’m quite embarrassed to have dropped the ball like that. Thanks for listening.

churchHatesTucker said...

Who doesn't like Cheap Trick? Probably the same freaks who don't like pizza.

And as for nerdiness, Rick Nielsen attends his local Mac User Group's meetings. 'nuff said.

Z. said...

True, there’s really no reason not to like the Trick, but, as we’ve discussed elsewhere, there are some really stupid people in the world. ;)

Antisocial said...

A new Castlevenia game for the DS?!?!?! I may have to look into purchasing a DS for this occation. I'm currently on my third playthrough of Aria of Sorrow for the advance. I just want... nay!... need more Castlevania goodness.

Z. said...

I highly recommend buying a DS. Dawn of Sorrow (the first DS Castlevania) is every bit as good as Aria, and Portrait of Ruin (the new one) is possibly even a bit better. Castlevania is probably my favorite franchise of all time, and 2-d is definitely the way to go.

steve said...

I played some DS on a cruise. It's good stuff. It's one of my fav portable electronix.

Z. said...

Hells yeah! I can’t say enough good things about the DS/DS Lite!