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.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Nerd News in Brief

Apologies for the scant number of posts over the past couple of weeks, folks. It's crunch time at the old day job, and that, unfortunately, means cutting back a bit on other activities. Essentially I had to choose between scaling back my writing here at the blog or dropping one of the final four podcasts of the year.

Suffice it to say I elected to reign in the blogging a bit as opposed to denying you another opportunity to hear my delightful voice. ;)
  • Technological Singularly: Congratulations to my Sea-town homies Southside, the winner of Scrub Club's Versus Mode competition. It was a hard-fought victory, but one that I feel will truly be beneficial to both camps.
  • Our Glasses Are Too Thick (to Get Laid): The Amplified Bard recently directed me to this interesting piece from OK! Magazine. Apparently gamer guys are far less likely to cheat on their significant others than our non-gaming counterparts. Monogamy like whut?!
  • TeacherRapperHero: Late last month Random got a nice write-up in the Phoenix New Times. Give it a look to learn the importance of "Freestyle Fridays."
  • The Other Mr. B: From Matt comes a link to this blurb from Boing Boing about chap-hop pioneer Mr. B. While it's not entirely unexpected to find that the Gentleman Rhymer has charmed BB staffers, it is a pleasant turn of events.
  • I am Your Neighbor: From reader Joshua comes news of a series of chip covers of pop songs by YouTube user bobbyfish1029. Check out his take on "Hey Ya!" and then peep the rest.
  • 8-Bit Dreams: On the new release front, I highly suggest checking out the newest project from chip artist Jay Tholen. Danny's Incredible 8-Bit Voyage, Jay's 2nd concept album, describes itself as "an epic prog-tinged psychedelic chiptune extravaganza." Give it a listen, and embrace the inconceivable.
  • Shit Gets Real: MC Lars recently announced that a track from his This Gigantic Robot Kills album has been licensed for use in the new season of MTV's The Real World. In related news, who the fuck knew that show was still on the air?!
  • One of Us: Church brings us news of Wade Yandall, a 6 feet 4, 295 lb Carson High School football lineman who is also a self-avowed nerd. How's that for defying conventions?
  • Think, Geeks!: Among Church's latest geek chic roundup comes a nerdy affirmation from another high school student, news of Central Piedmont Community College's recent Geek Fest and the announcement of the movement's ultimate demise… which we can assume has been greatly exaggerated.
  • Ghay'cha': For the record, I fear the Klingon youth brigade. For reals.
  • An Honor: Big up to Lance for making me the subject of his latest sketch request from artist Bob Raymond. You'll likely remember both Lance and Bob from the previously discussed piece of nerdcore fan art. Also, someone please make me a giant "NC" ring!
  • Mine, Yours, Ours: For an interesting take on ownership culture within the confines of the nerdy music community, I'd like to point out Grace "Snidget" Kendall's "On media ownership, and sort of on Wrockstock." It's available at Snidge's Facebook, and it's proven itself worth multiple reads from yours truly.
  • I'll Take You There: In case you missed the release of their stellar covers EP Jokey Jingles Ultimate Dance Party Mix Volume 3, Uncle Monsterface has also released a companion video. It features Marty's interpretative dance routine to the Monsterface version of Madonna's "Like a Prayer." (NSFW due to brief instances of a boxer-brief clad angel.)