Tuesday, January 02, 2007

New Year’s Nerd News in Brief

I’m surely not the first one to say it, but doesn’t this year look suspiciously similar to last year? You know: same people, same problems, same, y’know, everything. I reckon the only thing you can truly do is change yourself. That’s where the New Year’s Resolution comes in.


Oh, I resolve to continue disseminating the nerd love to the utmost of my abilities. Admittedly, it ain’t much, but I do what I can.

With that in mind, let me shine the light on a few recent geeky developments of which you should be aware.

  • The best thing about blogging nerd music happenings is the community itself. It’s a solid group of guys and gals who are, more often than not, the most interesting, courteous, and all-around groovy bunch you’d care to meet. The artists themselves are notoriously approachable, and those of us on the periphery always seem to find ways to express our appreciation and admiration for these creative souls in a similar manner, but without stepping on each other’s toes. Another blogger that’s ably spreading the good word of musical nerdiness is Glenn over at Nerd-Music.com. Do yourself a favor and be sure to check it out!
  • Another chronicler of the nerdy goodness (who also happens to be a talented musician to boot), the Doctor of Popularity himself, has recently launched his own podcast. And it is, in a word, fan-fuckin’-tastic. Check out the first episode of Doc’s Drown Pirate Radio podcast, and then immediately flood his inbox with threats of bodily harm should he cease to produce such masterful works.
  • Benjamin Bear has recently brought it to the attention of the community that DivX has launched an exclusive channel for nerdcore video content. Bookmark that shit.
  • In other nerdcore news, funky49 and MC Router have just dropped the Star Trek track I alluded to last month. funk is hyping "Trekkie Pride" as the first nerdcore track of the year. Consequently, I am hyping it as the most shit-hot Trek hit of ’07. Feel free to try and dethrone the reigning monarchs. I’m sure they welcome the challenge.
  • Not sure if it is, in fact, your thang, but I’d like to suggest that all my fellow comic book nerds check out Maintenance, a Massey/Rodriguez book from Oni Press that follows the travails of two janitors that work at “the world’s biggest and best evil science think tank.” Hilarity ensues.
  • Lastly, lets talk gigs. We got a double dose of nerdcore goodness at this month's CES in Vegas, and March sees a Portland gig compliments of The Mediocre Show that’ll feature some more of your favorites. Not quite floor-to-ceiling, nationwide coverage, but it’s a damn fine start for 2007.




ChurchHatesTucker said...

Way to start the new year, Z! Your linkapalooza will be a welcome break from my attempts to learn how to make "cute animations."

Nerd-Music is going to have to go into my daily look-see list. Good stuff there.

You (and others) might be interested in comicspace.com, which is supposed to be sort of a myspace for comics fans and creators (presumably with better design sense.)

Doc Pop said...

I'm on Comicspace. [url=http://www.comicspace.com/docpop/]Here is my profile[/url].

I don't really see the point of the site though, it's not very easy to navigate, you can't post tons of art, etc.. I was hoping it would be a great way to network with locals and promote the Cartoonist Conspiracy.

Hey Z., thanks for the link to the podcast. Episode two will be up next week.

Z. said...

Yeah, Church, I pretty much did some hardcore slacking for two weeks there, so I had a lot of ground to cover.

Good to know another DPR is coming down the pipe.

I’m’a hafta take a look at Comic Space just to see what is, in fact, the dealio. Should I opt in, I’ll be sure to friend ya, Doc.

ChurchHatesTucker said...

Hmm. I got 13 friend requests in about 24 hours. Seems a bit much, but doesn't look like obvious spam. Might want to use a disposable email address when you do sign up.

Glenn said...

Aww Z thanks for the link love.

DPR is definitely a nice show. And I'm looking forward to seeing how the CES will bring more visibility to Nerdcore.

Z. said...

Glad to do it, Glenn. I just added you to the side-bar as well... the seldom edited but somehow still ever-growing side-bar!