Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 94: Auto-Tune the N00bs

I'm always a little surprised when I go back and listen to a fully produced episode of Radio Free Hipster. Often I will discover that what I thought was a random hodge-podge of styles and artists actually has some unintentional cohesion.

This time around a few recurring motifs became apparent. The first, as the title implies, was auto-tuned vocals. The second, a heavy reliance on radio rock/pop sampling. And then there were the strange tertiary elements – a pair of references to wallhacks, for example.

I'd love to chalk this up to my own innate understanding of songs and songwriting, but mostly it's just good, old fashioned coincidence.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 94: Auto-Tune the N00bs [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 41.2 MB Running Time: 44:59
Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
I sometimes wonder if my humble podcast is worthy of such a kickass theme song.

Track 1: Mighty Mike – "Imagine a Jump (John Lennon vs. Van Halen)"
There is absolutely no reason at all for this song to speak to me on such a purely emotional level. And yet it does.

Z's 1st interlude: "We kick pop music… right in its taint"
Which might be my new tagline.

Track 2: Positive Attitude – "Electric Saturday"
Occupying an odd space equidistant from nerdcore hip-hop and the Dementia Music of the FuMP is Ohio's Positive Attitude. If you happened to miss them at Nerdapalooza, be sure to peep their 2009 release The New Fresh. It will clue you in to their unique brand of madness.

Track 3: djDOYOU – "Let the Hash Pipe Rock (Kevin Rudolf & Lil Wayne vs. Weezer)"
You may recognize DOYOU from his wildly popular Disney music mash-ups.

Track 4: The Oceanic Six – "Will You Be My Constant"
My pal Matt turned me on to The Oceanic Six. They are one of the acts he likes to refer to as "post-Wrock."

Track 5: MC Frontalot – "First World Problem (Mustin Mix)"
You can never go wrong with a Mustin remix.

Track 6: Brewster's Millions dialog / Inverse Phase – "(Just What I) 2A03'ded"
Of all the things I mispronounced in this episode, I feel the worst about losing the first "d" in "2A03'ded."

Track 7: 04 - YTCracker & Hairetsu – "All I Do is Win"
YT's got a brand new solo album out. Be sure to cop that shit.

Z's 2nd interlude: "He made it just for me."
Big ups to Brux for the custom BGM!

Track 8: ProjektZero – "Dream Harder"
ProjektZero told me this weekend that he's wanted to have a song of his played on RFH since 2007. I reckon that's about the nicest thing anyone's ever said about this show.

Track 9: Shammers – "Keyboard Cat"
From Shammers' Shmix Tape, featuring Left Hand. Dig it.

Track 10: Anamanaguchi – "Densmore"
Go download the Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game soundtrack. Now.

Track 11: ProtoDome – "NO (resub)"
If Scribblenauts' gameplay had been as tight as the music I wouldn't have to debate whether or not to buy the sequel.

Track 12: The Killaz "Flauge Godz (ft. Ghetto Dice) (The Dirty sample Remix)"
Mutha-fuckin' flauge powers.

Z's final interlude: "There's been a lot of auto-tune in this episode."
Take that, Jay-Z!

Track 13: Tetrastar – "Rainbow in the Dark"
There have been a lot of excellent releases over the past few weeks, but Songs We Didn't Write has been in the heaviest of rotations on my end.

And so with the closing of another episode we creep ever closer to number 100. Now that I at least have a rough idea of that show's concept, I'm a bit more relaxed about this impending anniversary.

Still, before I get too excited about that, I have a lot more ground to cover.

September is Drunken Podcasting Month, so I'll be getting sloshed with Matt and Church, as is tradition. And October will see my annual Halloween Crap-Tacular. So feel free to point me toward your favorite ghoulish jams in anticipation of that.


Maneius said...

Holy Shit.

That Tetrastar song...


Z. said...

My sentiments exactly, Maneius.

Dave White said...

Man, this episode was pure auditory delight from beginning to end. Definitely one to save for later...

Z. said...

Thanks, Dave! I was a little afraid that this one would be too poppy for most, but seems like I underestimated everyone's taste. :)

eye-shuh said...

Absolutely fantastic episode!

Z. said...

Glad you dug it, Eye-shuh!