Sunday, June 28, 2009

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 69: On the Road (Again)

What makes a good driving song? Is it all about tempo? Does everyone need to know it so as to facilitate a proper sing-along? Is it merely a thematic matter?

For me, travel music simply needs to be humorous and/or relatable. It doesn't matter if it's up-beat or laid back, a new gem or an old classic, and it doesn't even need to be remotely related to actual transit. (Suck it, Sammy Hagar!)

My roadtrip mixes typically feature songs that sound familiar even if they aren't: tracks that you can sing even without knowing the words. You won't find a whole lot of serious fare therein. Instead it's fun, lighthearted tracks punctuated by movie clips.

Not exactly cerebral, but the last thing I wanna do on a long car trip is think.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 69: On the Road (Again) [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 49.3 MB Running Time: 53:51

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy) "
A glorious travel anthem all its own!

Track 1: Fanboys dialog/ I Hate You When You're Pregnant – "Sleeveless"
Everyone's seen Fanboys by now, right? Thought so.

Z's 1st interlude: "The eternal 12-year-old."
Yes, my inner child desperately wanted to make RFH 69 a compilation of songs too filthy for even my own loose standards of decency to normally allow.

Track 2: I Fight Dragons – "Why Bother"
Why Weezer isn’t more widely covered within our community is anybody's guess.

Track 3: The Breakfast Club dialog / Selfhelp – "Mantra (feat. Def3)"
"Can you describe the ruckus, sir?"

Track 4: virt – "All Your Clothes"
I picked this one up off Twitter (via @shaelriley, perhaps). It is what we call an instant classic.

Track 5: The Princess Bride dialog / My Parents' Favorite Music – "What If"
Testing the Waters really is a giant step forward for MPFM. I will elucidate regarding this later.

Track 6: Jonathan Coulton – "I'm a Mason Now"
We desperately need a secret handshake.

Track 7: Southside – "Zip Zop (clean)"
I am crazy excited for the new Southside! It features tons of new tracks as well as a couple of remakes from their Please Southside, Don't Hurt 'Em-era material.

Track 8: Starscream – "Space Party Anthem"

Track 9: Adam Buxton vs. NWA – "Help the Police"
This honestly isn't the proper way to experience this piece. Here, just watch the video.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Nothing short of brilliant."
Buy Evil Giraffes on Mars's Cydonia. Now.

Track 10: Das Racist – "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell"
Shael and Zen Albatross first exposed me to this. Blame them.

Track 11: Treephort – "Why Do Fat Kids Like Metallica?"
Shit yeah, Treephort is back!

Track 12: Half-Baked dialog / Epic-1 – "Mary Jane (feat. Quinsis)"
I've got a full review of Epic-1's latest album due out soon, but I'll go ahead and let slip that this is my favorite track.

Track 13: Dr. Noise – "Exterminate Regenerate"
I think I may actually like this cover better than the Chameleon Circuit original. /geek blasphemy

Track 14: Bino White – "Kick Your Ass with Science (feat. Riboflava)"
Is it wrong to combine science, comedy and rap? Maybe, but I still can't help but like this one.

Z's final interlude: "Flying to Argentina."
I am contractually obligated to take the occasional jab at Mark Sanford. I'm just sayin'.

Track 15: 10,000 Spoons – "Astley Gone to Heaven" / Half-Baked dialog
Don't forget to check out Tim's video for this one at Mutant Pop.

Nerdapalooza travel plans may well impede my ability to get the next edition of RFH delivered to you in a timely manner. Instead, I plan on doing one of two things.

I am considering posting the mini-cast I cobbled together for the Parsec Awards judging committee. It's all stuff you've heard before, but it's a nice little 7-minute intro to what the show is all about, if I do say so myself. Maybe it's the kind of thing you can share with friends if they want a preliminary taste of nerdy music. Maybe not. You'll just have to be the judge.

I'm also putting the finishing touches on a new (ir)regular feature within the podcast feed. What is it? Well, I can't say right now, but I think (hope!) you'll find it humorous.

Either way, something should be up before I head down Orlando-way. In the meantime, feel free to share your thoughts on this episode, these proposed offerings or anything else even remotely related.


Marc With a C said...

I love that Das Rascist track!

funky49 said...

Help the Police!!

See ya soon Z!

Z. said...

It is infectious in its silly simplicity, Marc. Also, Pizza Bell (AKA: Taco Hut) is the shit!

When you have kids of your own, funk, that bit is even funnier. There's a whole 'nother level.

paradise dan said...

that virt track is bumpin in my studio, so good!

Vanuch said...

Really?! never would have expected Treephort on here. My band just played a basement show with them a week and a half ago. Even without Kyle in the band, they still put on a fantastic show (balls on fire, male nudity, douche drinking). Hell yeah, Z! Good lookin' out!

DV said...

Oh no! I finished the whole thing already more than a week prior to leaving for Nerdapalooza!

Guess we'll just need to get another episode for the drive down. ;)

Good ep!

Z. said...

virt does amazing work, Dan, and I think that is just another prime example of it.

I know Treephort doesn't exactly scream "nerdy music," Vanuch, but they definitely encompass that same sort of outsider aesthetic. Plus, like you said, they are a holy terror live! :)

I'll see what I can do, 'Vortex. With my own plans currently in jeopardy, I may yet have time for another proper ep.

Fulli said...

Really nice Weezer cover. Nicely done IFD!!

Dave White said...

Hmm... "Kick Your Ass With Science" is pretty damn catchy and is giving me all sorts of bad ideas.

liza said...

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legbamel said...

My children have demanded that Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell be included on any road trip of longer than half an hour. They've also taught it to all the kids at day care and to their grandfather. :P

Z. said...

I agree, Fulli! IFD really knocked that shit out of the park.

Inconceivable! All of your ideas are good ideas, Dave. :)

Thanks for the spam, Liza.

I'm gonna go ahead and admit that I've wholly underestimated the widespread appeal of "Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell," Legbamel. ;)

Mr. Wizard said...


Z. said...

Shit yeah, Southside! :)