Thursday, January 07, 2010

The Sweet Science

YTCracker has, of late, drawn musical inspiration from a trio of notable sources: science, space and weed. More recently he has fused these three passions into a single dazzling creation, "Take a Knee," which he released on December 31st via YouTube.

While the video is simple enough, just a performance piece staged in YT's own in-house studio, the song itself is truly something special. Another finely hewn illustration of nerdy swagger coupled with shit-hot production from Digital Gangster's own hijinks, it's equally notable for being the first true glimpse of YTCracker's forthcoming project.

Due out next month, the so-called Science & Space album promises to be another weird and wonderful affair complete with tech-heavy allusions, party-worthy beats and obscure references totally lost on those not hip to the ways of the DGs.

Who live like this?

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Witchy Woman

Did yesterday's video from nYgel slake your thirst for all things MC Lars? No?

Well, fuck! I guess I'll just have to treat you to a second helping of that patented Post-Punk Laptop Rap™. Because that is, indeed, how I roll.

This one was originally conceived at last year's Comic-Con by Lars, Random and Beefy, and it concerns recent Hideki Kamiya/SEGA masterpiece Bayonetta. So how does a track about a third-person action videogame centered on a gun-toting witch end up relating the protagonist to Tina Fey?

Consider the source.

High-born goths and mellower rivetheads will no doubt note the voice of Switchblade Symphony's Tina Root on the hook, and discriminating musos will be interested to learn that production was handled by Jason Bazinet (of Sounds of Mass Production fame). Peep the heavily annotated video for more info:

Will this turn into our next Mega Ran, so adored by the game's producers that it's officially endorsed? Or merely result in another hasty YouTube C&D? Only time will tell, but, for now, snag your own copy of the vid and MP3 from MC Lars's site.

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Gruesome Twosome

Next on our whirlwind tour of the notable YouTubery of uber-late '09 is a brand new video from MC Lars. It's his "O.G. Original Gamer" from the phenomenal This Gigantic Robot Kills LP. This one was directed by my homey Nigel Wallace, who many of you know as producer par excellence nYgel.

It was shot after last year's Nerdapalooza in scenic Orlando, and, in addition to co-vocals by our own MC Frontalot, it features another all-star cast of extras including int eighty, YTCracker, Emergency Pizza Party, ZeaLouS1, KABUTO THE PYTHON and Steffo from My Parents' Favorite Music. And there are more. Oh-so many more! This shit is like nerdcore Where's Waldo.

Rounding out the production end are Camera Operator Al Krakosky and Director of Photography Dan Reinecke. I think the trio did a helluva job, and I can't wait to see what else they have up their collective sleeve.

The only question remaining: who's gonna shoot a video at this year's 'Palooza?

Monday, January 04, 2010


One thing I hope to do in 2010 is introduce more of a visual element to Hipster, please! I've been making a concerted effort of late to regularly include images and videos in posts - due, in part, to the horribly skewed picture/word exchange rate - and I want to continue this trend. Therefore, on my first full week back at the keyboard, I am going to focus directly on the task at hand.

Over the next few days I will be spotlighting a number of amazing videos that you may have sadly missed in the waning hours of 2009. (Consider it a YouTube theme week if you must!)

Leading the pack is a brand new vid from my pals Dual Core. It is for the song "Forever" from their stellar 2009 release Next Level, and it was directed by John S. La Valle. John shot all the footage for the project at last year's Nerd Invasion, and it boasts a positively staggering array of cameos, many from some of my very favorite people.

So give it a look-see, a nice comment, hell, maybe even a 5-star rating, should you feel so inclined. And keep a keen eye out for a little shout-out to yours truly right before the one-minute mark!