Thursday, April 26, 2007

More Nerd News in Brief

Stephen Hawking (the cosmologist, not to be confused with his rapping counterpart) believes that mankind's future is in space.

Who am I to argue? He's Stephen Hawking.

Still, I can't help but worry. Hell, I can't even ride Space Mountain; how am I gonna manage full-on interplanetary travel, or even the more benign low Earth orbit?

Well, I reckon y'all'll need someone to stay behind and monitor the condition of our tired and ailing home world. Maybe I can even manage the transport system. I'll be just like Shockwave only fleshy and southern.

Just promise me you'll write, and always think back fondly upon More Nerd News in Brief.

  • All the way to 11: I begin this edition with news worthy of the top spot: the Tap is back! Now I don't give a good goddamn if you think Spinal Tap is nerdy or not, as they are their own unique brand of awesome. The boys will reunite for a performance at Wembley Stadium as part of the Live Earth concert series. UK nerds take note, and beware of spontaneous combustion.
  • The Majors: And while we're on the subject of the evils of rock 'n' roll, my boy Church just turned me on to an excellent piece written by Steve Albini concerning the dastardly machinations of A&R guys. It's a chilling but informative read that any aspiring musicians should check out.
  • Network Etiquette: Benjamin Bear would very much like to explain to you the elaborate system of politeness and respect recognized while conversing on ye olde Intertubes. No. Not really, but his new release Netiquette dropped earlier this week. Take a listen and share your thoughts, BUT DO NOT TYPE THEM IN ALL CAPS!!!11one!1
  • Sentimental melancholy: Though not quite ready for release yet, my pal Antisocial assures me that his new album, entitled Depressed Nerd , should be wrapped up and ready for the world on May 18th . This is Soc's first foray into the realm of the full release, and I couldn't be more excited for him. :D
  • Femme-Geeks: Nerdcore For Life got some UK and Canadian press this week, with our own lovely and talented Fanatical and Nursehella (respectively) front and center. Sometimes nerdcore is a beautiful thing. Other times it's hairy and smells like Sterno. But sometimes, oh sometimes!
  • Back from the grave and stoned off his ass: Lastly, I'd like to wholeheartedly thank MC Wreckshin for calling to my attention that Captain America was recently arrested at a Florida bar. Battery? Disorderly conduct? Possession of marijuana and destruction of evidence? Oh, Cap, I am so disappointed!


BrĂ¼x said...


It's always good to see Albini get props. That article is the greatest.

I'm also reading "our band could be your life", and it's just chock full of kick-ass - "let just make music" ethos from Mckaye, Watt, Albini - all those guys.

So good to get postivie re-enforcement that you don't have to deal with certain levels of bullshit in any hobby/industry/lifestyle/career/destiny

Z. said...

Well said, brother B.

ChurchHatesTucker said...

Nice to see the ladies get (more) press. That UK article is odd. "There are few ‘officially recognised’ artists, possibly due to the strict guidelines about becoming ‘Nerdcore’"

The Canadian one is better, but there's still a couple of those WTF moments (I don't think I want to know what a "Javascript rhyme battle" is.)

Z. said...

I think Dan said the UK piece was entirely written using shit from the NC4L site; no interviews or anything. That's... odd.

Russell said...

"The super hero was busted after stuffing a burrito in his waistband Monday. "

How can you forget about the burrito?

ChurchHatesTucker said...

The real kicker on that story was that there was more than one pubcrawler dressed as Capt. America, so they had to have an impromptu lineup.

luzid said...

Spinal Tap at the Wembley is pretty tempting, but I'm holding out for the BooberDome.


Z. said...

What, Luzid, no love for the Doozer Center? ;)

Matt S said...

The comment about Albini's article reminded me of the Mechanic's Guide, a pamphlet that was put out by Simple Machines Records in the 90s. The pamphlet was an in depth how to for all kinds of things that DIY artists would need to know. From recording an album to putting the album out, from booking a show to putting together a tour.

The original pamphlet was written by Jen and Kristen of the DC band Tsunami and founders of Simple Machines (both unfortunately now defunct). The project was definitely a DC kind of project.

You can find the current web home of the project here,