Thursday, April 08, 2010

JALP Episode 89 - Switching of the Shit (Podswap Edition)

As you've all certainly unraveled the earlier Radio Free Hipster/Just Another Lazy Podcast shenanigans by now, I thought it might be nice to mirror my contribution to this year's Podswap over here at my digs.

Rather than do a regular format JALP, I instead opted to do a "Best of Beefy" style episode. I picked five of my favorite tracks from my ol' pal Beef Thompson, including one that neither man nor beast few have heard before!

Download JALP Episode 89 - Switching of the Shit [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 21.2 MB Running Time: 23:10

Show Notes:

Intro: MC Lars – "Download This Song"

Z's 1st interlude: "I am not Beef Thompson."
But this is truly an experiment in sound.

Track 1: Beefy – "Creative Process"
I love this track. Though I realize I am likely in the minority.

Z's 2nd interlude: "We are gonna fast-forward a year to his Tube Technology LP."
A landmark nerdcore release, to be sure.

Track 2: Beefy – "Nerdcore for Life"
A fine performance by Beefy, and a really phenomenal beat by Snyder.

Z's 3rd interlude: "From an off-the-cuff comment made by YT."
Yet another example of how YTCracker is perpetually wrecking your shit. Unbeknownst to you.

Track 3: The Grammar Club – "Balloon Flight"
A selection from one of my favorite EPs of all time.

Z's 4th interlude: "Probably one of the greatest pop rock/hip-hop hybrids I've ever heard."
For true.

Track 4: Beefy – "Table Top"
It was hard for me to pick a fave track from Rolling Doubles. In the end, this one edged out "Olly Olly Oxen Free."

Z's final interlude: "I am going close out by doing the unthinkable; leaking a brand new Beefy song of my own."
Yep, a leaked track. From me. Inconceivable.

Track 5: Beefy – "20-Sided Rhyme"
From the (hopefully) forthcoming compilation of the same name. I'd love to know what you think of it.

And there you go, folks. I'm on track to bring you your regular scheduled podcast at month's end. There's been a number of exciting new musical developments, so anticipate an un-themed show.

Also, let me publicly thank the JALP crew for doing such an amazing job with this year's Podswap. It is by far my favorite episode of RFH to date… Although it also reveals my deepest, darkest secret; that I am fairly unessential to the whole Radio Free Hipster process! ;)

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Is There a Doctor in the House?

As those of you who listen to the HipTrax podcast over at GeekDad already know, I'm presently putting the finishing touches on a soon-to-be-released Doctor Who-themed compilation. (For those keeping score at home, everything is ready to go save the all-important cover art.)

One of the stand-out tracks from the comp is by my new friend Dale Chase, of "Coder Girl" fame. It's slated for inclusion on his forthcoming release Limit Break, and it puts his own unique lyrical spin on the titular Doctor.

So, while you wait for me to get my proverbial shit together and push out the project-proper, why not enjoy a free download of his fantastic contribution "Who's Your Doctor?"

Give it a listen, spread the word and for fuck's sake give Dale some love for such an unbelievably tasty track!

Download: Dale Chase - "Who's Your Doctor?"

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

Doctor, Doctor

With the world still reeling from the chippy grandeur of Brad Smith's epic Moon8 – which, in case you missed it, recreates the entirety of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon via Famitracker – Doctor Octoroc has unleashed his own inspired 8-bit cover project. The spiritual successor to his 8-Bit Jesus Christmas album, 8-Bit Doctor Horrible re-imagines Doctor Horrible's Sing-Along Blog as a classic NES game.

At 16 tracks strong, the project hits all the musical high points of the Joss Whedon source material including "Bad Horse Chorus," "A Man's Gotta Do" and "Brand New Day." Moreover, Doc has taken the idea to the next level by creating a simply astounding 8-bit videogame mock-up as an accompany piece.

Peep the video interpretation of 8-Bit Dr. Horrible (Act 1) below, and then proceed immediately to Doctor Octoroc's site to download the album itself. And bring extra Wonderflonium.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Couple's Skate

My pal Shael Riley just hipped me to the news that another installment of ThaSauce's famed Double's Dash songwriting competition is shortly forthcoming.

Slated for May 7th from 9:00 PM to midnight, Double's Dash 3 will again invite teams of two to write and record a full track (including vocals) in a scant three hours.

The event is open to all comers via #ThaSauce on, and partners are chosen at the start of the event. A listening party will, of course, follow.

Straight from the horse's mouth:

Teams of two write, record and upload to ThaSauce a vocal pop song in under three hours and twenty minutes. There is no theme, but teammates are not to be chosen until 15 minutes prior to the start of the compo, thereby providing an X-factor.

Typically, one team member handles the instrumental and production, while the other handles lyrics and vocals, but that's not a rule; division of labor can be handled in any way a team sees fit, though it is not in the spirit of the event for one team member to do everything while the other sits idle.

Teammate-choosing happens in #ThaSauce on, 15 minutes prior to the compo's start. Listening party, in the same IRC channel, immediately follows the compo's completion.

After the listening party, entrants and non-entrants alike can vote for their three favorite songs from all entries. Voting is open for 10 days, and is open to anyone.


• Gotta have vocals.
• Gotta have lyrics.
• No choosing teammate until the teammate-choosing period 15 minutes prior to the compo's start.
• No working on your song at all before the compo begins.
• Completed submissions are to be uploaded in mp3 format, encoded at no higher than 192 kbps.

Because of ThaSauce's account-based upload system, either member of a given team may upload his team's submission. However, both should not. If you are your team's designated uploader, make sure you note your teammate in your song's description, and give your team a cool name. (Cool names only. Teams with lame names automatically forfeit.)


By participating in this compo, you should...

• Enjoy a fun game.
• Make a good song.
• Have a rare opportunity to hone your ability as a co-writer.

Presented by ThaSauce and hosted by Shael Riley
For further details, peep the Facebook event page or hit up Shael /your homies at ThaSauce. Most importantly, holler at me when you're done so I can hear your submissions. You know how I do.