Thursday, July 09, 2009

Radio Free Hipster: Special Edition

I promised a little value-added podcastery for this weekend's weary travelers, and I am not about to disappoint. Behold, not one but two supplementary RFH episodes!

Okay, they're a little on the short side, but I hope you enjoy them. With my compliments.

The first is the sampler-cast I put together for the Parsec Awards. I actually struggled with what to include, but in the end I chose a trio of lesser-known jewels. Longtime listeners likely won't hear anything new, but if you ever find yourself trying to explain Radio Free Hipster to a perplexed friend, this seven-minute monster may serve you well.

Download Radio Free Hipster: Parsec Award Sampler [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 6.38 MB Running Time: 6:57

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy) "
It kinda hurt to have to talk over the theme song. :(

Track 1: Computerization - "1.14me"
As featured in episode 45 (May 2008)
"1.14me" blends electro, chiptunes and amazing harmonies into a whimsical love song about a personal computer and his user. It's probably not what you expected, but I think it's quite indicative of a lot of the more electronic-flavored music that I feature on the show.

Track 2: Sugar Fix - "Rule 34"
As featured in episode 48 (July 2008)
Another admitted curve ball! "Rule 34" is a delightful piece of G-rated musical slash-fic about a dragon with an affinity for automobiles. Really. It's also a fine introduction to the lighter side of geek rock. Sugar Fix is a damn genius!

Track 3: Optimus Rhyme - "Reboot"
As featured in episode 48 (July 2008)
What can I say? Ep. 48 was a solid effort! ;) This track is a typical (but often overlooked) piece of cybernetic storytelling from Seattle's late, great nerdcore combo. Knowing my love for Optimus, this one you probably saw coming. And to answer your question, yes, it really does end that abruptly.


And to follow that up, here's a little pet project I've been working on in my spare time.

I've long believed that Radio Free Hipster could do with a spot of class, and so I decided it might be fun to put together a little old school poetry-reading featuring some of my favorite nerdcore lyrics. With the (much appreciated) help of @nose_in_a_book and @talkie_tim, I was able to crank out what I like to call "An Impassioned Reading."

I reckon this one is more a proof-of-concept than anything, but I really enjoyed putting it together. Perhaps it will even become an (ir)regular feature.

First up is YTCracker's "Nerd Love."

Download Radio Free Hipster Presents: An Impassioned Reading Vol. 1 [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 2.03 MB Running Time: 2:13

Show Notes:

Background Music: Jean-Joseph Mouret – "Rondeau"
Yes, the theme from Masterpiece Theater. I said this shit was classy!

Introduction / Closing Dialog: @nose_in_a_book
And I couldn't have asked for a better narrator.

Featured Lyrics: YTCracker – "Nerd Love (feat. MC Router)"
And apparently even YT doesn't have these lyrics written down anywhere!


talkie_tim said...

Nice sampler! And yeah, it was kinda obvious that you'd include some Optimus...

Oh, and nice work on the Impassioned Reading too :)

Z. said...

Thanks, Tim! I owe it all to you and your delightful lady-friend. :)

Brenden Jay said...

These are all songs that really stick out to me from previous 'casts.
In a totally good way.

clockwork said...

I could listen to Reboot on a loop any time any day.

Z. said...

Thanks, Brenden. That's what I was going for. :)

I think the self-titled album got a bit overshadowed by School the Indie Rockers, Clockwork, but it really has some amazing material.