This week I have experienced illness, a shaky transition to a new job and a total failure of my home network. Thankfully, the other Z – known affectionately as Little Miss Gamer – has more than picked up the slack. You see, while I was busy cursing my router and coughing up Shoggoths, LMG was waxing poetic about personal playlists for iconic player characters.
Okay, so not here, per se, but you can get Hipster, please! t-shirts from our friends at NerdRockstar.
Yes, at long last you can proclaim your undying affection for the web's longest running (and least successful) nerd music and culture blog. And who wouldn't wanna do that?
But wait; there's more!
Not only does this t-shirt cover your naked chesticles and promote hipsterplease.com, it also boasts references to both Harry PotterandDungeons & Dragons. That's right, kids, mix metaphors in a way that only a true nerd would by sporting this attractive tee with the Hipster, please! logo text presented in that undeniable Harry Potter typeface with the flavor text "and the plus one shirt of rocking."
"So," you're saying, "this is also an enchanted artifact that will also give me +1 to rock? But how can this be, Z?"
Short answer: magic. A double dose.
And how much would you expect to pay for such a fine piece of apparel? 10 dollars? 15 dollars? 20 dollars?
Themed episodes of Radio Free Hipster are becoming fewer and far between, but this one was a request, of sorts, so I took the plunge. Plus, it's always fun to have my son help put together the song lists. Even if now he is more interested in Phineas and Ferb than in recording with his old man.
Still, talking about youth and childhood is a double-edged sword, because it also opens the door to talking about aging and the long, rough road of maturity. I tried to hit on both this time around. I hope you're happy with the results.
Track 4: Dave Chappelle dialog / Uncle Monsterface – "Baby Blip"
I long for the day when my own kids will make me macaroni jewelry.
Track 5: Jonathan Coulton – "Rock and Roll Boy"
"When I was born I was a young boy. / Now I'm grown, I am a old boy."
Track 6: Beefy – "Ball Pit"
This song makes me wistful. There's just something about the quality of Beefy's voice in this one that always gets me.
Track 7: Tenacious D – "Baby"
Sometimes it just feels good to follow a Beef Thompson joint with the D.
Track 8: McVaffe - "Yoshi's Lullaby"
Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to raise a young Mario and Luigi?!
Z's 2nd interlude: "I am ceaselessly amazed by the power of music to take me back to the days of my youth."
It is purported that smell is the most important sense trigger for memory recollection, but for me it's always been sound. When I hear a song, I can often immediately recall the very moment when I first encountered it.
Z's final interlude: "Maturity is not a process so much as a battle."
Seriously; adulthood lurks around every corner awaiting the perfect opportunity to strike. Sometimes it beats you down, but never give up the fight!
Track 15: Funny or Die – "The Ballad of G.I. Joe"
Just watch the video. It is well worth the time.
This show turned out a good bit different than I originally expected. It's shorter than usual, obviously, and it also took on more of a somber tone, but with good reason.
I think we as adults tend to think of childhood as being simple, when really it's anything but. Kids feel things differently than grownups: more intensely. Therefore, their victories are twice as sweet and their failures wholly crushing. That's not to say that the life of maturity is effortless, of course. Both are fraught with difficulties, but in totally different ways.
Having kids of your own really drives this home.
But in the end, the magic of childhood is that it is uniquely your own. And the power of memory allows you to rewrite that fucker any way you wish. Maybe that's why it's better that we don't get the chance to revisit all of the cherished touchstones of youth. They often age far less gracefully in real life than in our recollections.