Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 77: Girls! Gurls! Grrrls!

Perhaps not surprisingly, I have a fairly expansive music collection, and I often wonder if I view it differently than others might. I mean, I organize it via fairly banal methods – by artist and title and album and genre – but I also keep extensive notes, both literal and figurative, of a more… compulsive nature.

Between the songs themselves I sense thin golden strings of interconnection. I relate the tracks to each other in a myriad of strange and wonderful ways with the same ease that I attach them to the responsible artists or scenes.

There is some serious A Beautiful Mind type shit going on over here.

And that, my friends, is how we arrive at an episode centered not on a similar theme or musical style, but rather held together by a related title element.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 77: Girls! Gurls! Grrrls! [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 46.9 MB Running Time: 51:16

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"

They know what girls like.

Track 1: Dale Chase – "Coder Girl (Remix)"

Dale's Absodefilutely costs 5 bucks. You'd be a fool not to buy it!

Z's 1st interlude: "And that element is the word girl… or some derivation."
Yep, each of these songs includes the word girl, in some form or another, in the title.

Track 2: Pixelh8 – "The Girl from the Future"
I've already spoken a bit about And the Revolution, but I feel like I can't say enough nice things about it. It's one of those chip albums that should appeal even to those unfamiliar (or heretofore unimpressed) with the genre.

Track 3: The Breakfast Club dialog / Tullycraft – "Girl about Town"
Did we really need indie pop in this episode? Yes. Yes we did.

Track 4: Warp 11 – "Trekkie Girl"
I'm seriously going to try and use the euphemism "separate my saucer" more often.

Track 5: MC Lars – "Hipster Girl"
"Donnie Darko makes no sense."

Track 6: MC Frontalot – "Goth Girls"
MC Frontalot believes that nerdcore needs more goth girls. I would add that it also needs more cello hooks.

Track 7: The Bloodclan – "LARPer Girl"
Congrats to the Bloodclan's MC Diabeats. She was recently brought into the Scrub Club family!

Track 8: The Breakfast Club dialog / mc chris – "nrrrd grrrl"
If all goes according to plans, I'll be seeing mc and I Fight Dragons in Atlanta this Thursday.

Z's 2nd interlude: "A lot of these songs aren't particularly interrelated."
Many of these tracks would otherwise have found themselves relegated to one of my many love song-centered shows, but the title theme allowed me to pull this episode together in a different way.

Track 9: Dual Core – "My GF Is…"
Surely the quintessential nerd love song.

Track 10: Criss Chords – "Nintendo Girl"
I got into DC-area rapper Criss Chords when Ant posted about him at GM4A. He's got a pair of freebie releases, both of them great!

Track 11: The Ranger – "Online Girls (ft. Random & TyT)"
As if The Ranger, Ran and TyT weren't hot enough, this track also ups the ante with a BDP hook.

Track 12: Ultraklystron – "Webcam Girls"
Karl says gams, not cans. Just figured I needed to clear that up.

Track 13: Pretty in Pink dialog / Jonathan Coulton – "Millionaire Girlfriend"
Recorded live in Second Life.

Z's final interlude: "And because it's monosyllabic."
That, in a nutshell, is why I believe the word girl appears more often in song lyrics than, say, the more accurate woman.

Track 14: Mojo Nixon – "Girlfriend in a Coma"
"Don’t blame me; blame Morrissey!"

Look for a literature and writing-themed edition of Radio Free Hipster in 2 weeks. Hopefully it'll provide a little last-minute inspiration for those of you participating in National Novel Writing Month. The track list is coming together nicely, but I'm still more than happy to work in any bookish song requests.

After that, we'll proceed directly into my annual holiday show in early December, and ride the year out in style with one last catch-all episode.

And what will 2010 hold for RFH? Beats me. I reckon I'll just wing it.


eye-shuh said...

Wimminz rule!

I don't mind being called "girl". I think a lot of that might have to do with the term being used as slang rather than insult.

Z. said...

I tend to agree, Eye-shuh. Much like the term "nerd," I think we use it more as affectionate shorthand.

Teh_Rhymerer said...

So you're telling us that MC Diabeats is secretly Zealous 1? :P

Z. said...

Shit! Linked to the wrong post. Nice catch, TR. :)