Friday, April 04, 2008

Calling All Producers

Nearly six weeks after its initial release date, the new Hipster, please! compilation album Old Nerdy Bastard is still incomplete. Why? Simply put, the project is cursed! At some point in the past, I must have pissed off some gypsy, and the resulting hex has made it impossible for me to round up the final 1/3 of this project’s submissions. Those who have tried have fallen victim to hard drive crashes, scheduling woes, and boils. Okay, maybe not boils, but you get the picture.

With that in mind, I’m going to do the unthinkable; I am going to ask for open submissions. The reason I didn’t do this to being with is because, quite honestly, I hate telling people no. I don’t want anyone to get all worked up about contributing only to be told that the roster is already full, but this has proven a necessary evil. Not unlike the gypsy in the previous paragraph. It's a first-come, first-served affair. Hit me up and, if I've still got a slot open, we'll talk.

So, if you think you might be interested in taking a stab a remixing or mashing up one of the acappellas I have collected for the project – yes, I already have the source tracks picked out; if you don’t mind working under some fairly tight scheduling constraints; and if you don’t fear the supernatural, give me a yell. I can’t guarantee that this album is gonna be some huge hit and that everyone involved will be showered with accolades and tons of favorable press, but I can say that you’ll be taking part in a really cool project with some amazing contributors from across the nerdy music spectrum. I hope that’s enough.

While I’m adamant about including remixes of as many of the artists who were so kind as to share their vocal tracks with me as possible, I feel terrible about making those dozen DJs, producers, and remixers who worked their asses off to get me their submissions in a timely manner wait much longer before I share their phenomenal work. We need to light this candle and we need to light it soon.

So if you think you wanna dance, my card is open. Thanks for your time.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Her code is so clever

“My GF is…,” the debut single from Dual Core’s forthcoming album Lost Reality, has just been leaked on the newest edition of GeekDad’s HipTrax. How do I know? ‘Cause I’ve the fellow what leaked it!

In all seriousness, I’ve got to give mad nerd love to int eighty and c64 for letting me share the track via this geeky new avenue. As I said previously, HipTrax is all about trying to spread the good word of nerdy music to those not necessarily “in the know” about things like nerdcore, Wrock, and VGM.

This brand new Dual Core joint joins tracks from Peeved and The Four Eyes to complete what I truly think is a really fun episode, despite the fact that a lack of sleep made my accent even more nasally and pronounced. The ‘cast is super-short, so take a listen and let me know what you think.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Nerd News in Brief

It’s April 1st, which means I should, by rights, be pranking the hell out of you right now. But, honestly, I’m just too tired. Crafting an elegant and reasonably believable lie is hard work, and I’m a man who’s not exactly getting enough sleep at present.

As consolation, take a gander at this April Fool’s Day on the Web site that Church turned me on to. Just pick your favorite gag from there and pretend that I made it up. Things are always more fun when you factor in self-delusion.
  • Oddly specific: To get me back in the swing of (hopefully) posting regularly again, here’s some nerd ink. Knuckle Tattoos features some tatts you know and some you may not.
  • Looks who’s one!: Congrats to my pal Jason of the ever-so scholarly blog Geek Studies. That site just celebrated its one year blogiversary, and, as an avid reader, I honestly can’t imagine an Interwebs without it.
  • Back and forth: Jason and fellow geeky blogger Matt are doing a little back and forth re: the nature of broader nerd culture. What’s more, it’s starting to pop up elsewhere. Suffice it to say there are ample opportunities for you to add your two cents.
  • Rise from your grave: Last week, mc chris leaked the cover for his new album mc chris is dead. It’s a subtle and humorous piece by comic artist David Mack of Kabuki fame, and you really should check it out.
  • Hawkeye + Ronin = Roneye: In other mc chris/comic book news, the rapper received a little fan service in New Avengers #39. Therein the hero formally known as Hawkeye can be seen wearing an mc chris t-shirt. How cool is that?
  • All aboard the Airbus: Recently, Optimus Rhyme drummer grimROCK was nice enough to point out that Lyricswiki is now housing OR lyrics. While he couldn’t attest to the accuracy of said entries, it’s better than nothing for those of us who desperately want to know what motor-mouth Wheelie Cyberman is saying! (EDIT: Lyricswiki is Rickrolling today, so beware.)
  • I’ve simply run out of puns: Whore Moans has released a new track over at his MySpace. Peep “Big Bad Moans,” produced by Apeman, and be amazed.
  • The Fu is Epic: Random just hipped the RT community to another great SXSW interview with interview with Negin and MC Frontalot. The segment starts around 3:40, and, while it’s pretty short, Front is nice enough to namedrop folks like Jesse Dangerously, YTCracker, MC Lars, and Ran himself.
  • Get me Barack: While neither musical nor overtly nerdy, my pal Church just posted a new vid that does lend veracity to Hillary’s latest claim. Feel the funny.