Thursday, February 22, 2007

More Nerd News in Brief

Believe it or not, there have actually been events that have transpired this week that are totally unrelated to Britney Spears. I shit you not. Here are some of the nerdier examples.

  • I must move to Seattle!: Despite the efforts of a shitty soundman to the contrary, it looks as though Ultraklystron's Romance Language release event was a successful and enjoyable endeavor. J-nerd princess Rai was nice enough to provide a little photographic documentation of the event, and MC Tanuki chimed in with some supplementary audio.
  • A Rock Opera 2001 Years in the Making: Dead Circuit's Mr. Fingers just hipped the nerdcore community to a little musical he and his brother put together. ODYSSEY! is “a parody of the Arthur C. Clarke/Stanley Kubrick novel and screenplay of 2001: A Space Odyssey.” The soundtrack is available for purchase and sample tracks can be found at the project's MySpace .
  • Scriggle-it, just a little bit: Long-time Hipster, please! supporter Antisocial has just informed me of a new tool that many of you nerd musicians should be made aware of. Scriggle-it is, in short, a Web utility that handles mailing lists for bands. Sign-up is free, and it features the abilities to electronically collect fan contact info through your site or MySpace, easily manage email campaigns, track fan demographics, and create electronic press kits. Soc even talked them into adding “Nerd” as a musical genre, allowing for combinations such as Nerd + Rap, Nerd + Punk, Nerd + Emo, Nerd + Metal, Nerd + Pop, etcetera. If you think you may be interested, why not take a look?
  • Now you'll just have to get ‘em as Best Buy!: Super Dragon X recently mentioned this NY Times article concerning the further absurdities of the RIAA-ordered January 16th arrests of DJs Drama and Don Cannon for – and let's be honest about this – making mixtapes . Such compilations are an integral part not only of the hip hop underground, but also a secondary distribution system that major labels rely on to promote artists both old and new. At the end of the day, mixtapes are no more damaging to artists than mash-ups or independent podcasts. This is simply another clear example of industry avarice.
  • Housekeeping: You may or may not have noticed, but there have been some subtle changes made around Hipster, please! Chiefly, I have finally rectified my host URL; I am now officially located at, but fear not, for all the old links citing me as should auto-forward. Also, in addition to the new RSS feed for the blog, I have now cobbled together a functional (and iTunes-friendly) dedicated feed for Radio Free Hipster. Feel free to subscribe if you feel so led.


ChurchHatesTucker said...

I saw that article on "the DJ Drama raid" (heh) It's very disturbing that the RIAA was collecting and inspecting evidence. I'd like to get the cops to raid Mitch Bainwol's place and let me poke around looking for copyright violations.

It's almost as disturbing as "Nerd Emo." *shudders*

Z. said...

Queue MC Lars’s “Rapping Emo.” ;)

Denika said...

w00t! RSS and iTunes. How could this day get any better?

I can confirm that both are working, at least through Google's Reader and iTunes podcast thingyhtt. No more pesky clicking on the link to your sight 20 times a day ;-)

Z. said...

Well now I finally know where those extra 20 hits a day were coming from! ;)

ChurchHatesTucker said...

Now you just have to get listed on iTunes. (And I have to figure out WTF "Radio Free Cyberton" is...)

Antisocial said...

Nerd Emo... hey it could work... I mean losing a girl - sorta worth crying about.... losing a hard drive - now that's worth crying about!

Z. said...

I’ll have to look into being listed on iTunes, Church. As much as I’m not a fan of the service, I reckon it would make things easier.

And I hear you, Soc. “My eyes are black / my screen is blue / Stop 0x000000C2” ;)