Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Last week chiptuner Stenobot (of Supercommuter and Sink or Swim fame) shared a picture of his recently modded DMG. As both a collector of antiquated handhelds and a fan of minimalist electronica I was really interested to see what exactly Andy had done to his childhood gaming system. And now, upon watching the full video breakdown, I have become convinced that sorcery was involved.

Peep the magic:

Custom dye-job, variable backlight, on-the-fly pitch modulation, low battery indicator, internal Prosound – yeah, this thing is pretty pimp. But I think we can all agree that Julian was the brains behind the operation. ;)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 106: Just Because

For those of you that don't follow me on Twitter, I described the recording of this particular episode as "the biggest fucking pain in the ass" I've experienced in a great while. It's important to note, however, that this was solely because of difficulties with my spoken interludes. (I'm beginning to wonder if my laptop is not long for this world, but I'll save that panic for another day.)

The song selection, on the other hand, was a breeze. I mentioned in passing that I was taking request, and many of you let your voices be heard. Thankfully, these requests seemed to flow well with the tracks I already had earmarked for the show, and I'm pretty pleased with the final product.

Please let me know if you feel the same.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 106: Just Because [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 43.4 MB Running Time: 47:28

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
Because you never get a second chance to make a first impression.

Track 1: Kirby Krackle bumper / Kirby Krackle – "On and On"
Much love to Jim and Kyle for the intro bumper!

Z's 1st interlude: "Here's a brand new track that needs no introduction."
On account of it supplies its own.

Track 2: Mike Relm – "SCOTT PILGRIM 'Threshold 8 bit' vs. Ludacris 'How Low'"
Both Luda and @DataVortex are based out of Atlanta. Coincidence? I would imagine so.

Track 3: Harry and the Potters – "Horcruxes"
@kdnewton wanted some Wizard Rock, and I was more than happy to oblige.

Track 4: Parks and Recreation dialog / ZeaLouS1 – "Next Gen 2. (feat. Dr. Awkward)"
Several people asked for something from the new ZeaLouS1… as if I wasn't gonna play that shit anyway!

Track 5: crashfaster – "time"
crashfaster's disconnect EP is phenomenal. Any and all chiptune fans need to check it out.

Track 6: Powerglove – "The Simpsons (feat. Tony Kakko)"
Blame the inclusion of this delightful piece of lunacy on @Proz.

Track 7: mashmike – "I Want You 2 Want Me (Rihanna and Drake vs. Cheap Trick vs. Fat Joe vs. Busta Rhymes)"
How could I not play a Cheap Trick mash-up?

Z's 2nd interlude: "I'm not gonna bore you with any more talk."
The fact that my recording rig was moments away from going tits-up may or may not have contributed to this.

Track 8: Action Adventure World vs. The Plasmas – "They Kidnapped The Princess (Intro)"
@btypemusic asked for some Action Adventure World. I gave him The Plasmas at no additional cost.

Track 9: Being Human dialog / Beefy vs. Mikal kHill – "Sidekick (kHillmix)"
Been sitting on this little beauty since last episode.

Track 10: Chipocrite – "Bizarre Love Triangle"
As featured in a certain wildly popular YouTube vid.

Track 11: oki – "Bizarre Bottom Girls"
This seemed to be the only logical follow-up.

Track 12: Terp 2 It – "Backpack"
New listener David mentioned he was a fan of Terp, so I promised I'd toss him into the mix.

Z's final interlude: "Closing us out today is a special treat."
I get a lot of pre-release versions of upcoming albums, but it's rare the performers actually let me share 'em early.

Track 13: Sci-Fried – "Invasion"
You don't expect a southern geek rock band to bust out an electronic tribute to War of the Worlds, which is yet another fine example of the genius of Sci-Fried.

And that's another show in the bag.

It's kind of strange when I spell it out like this, but while the podcast creation is much more involved now than in its early years I have to admit that I enjoy it in spite of the hardships. Even more now than then, in fact.

I sometimes wonder what I'll do when I retire from this particular project, but I know I'll always want to do something along the lines of Radio Free Hipster.

Well, as long as there are a couple of people still interested in listening. ;)