Friday, April 01, 2011

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 108: Freebootery and Folderol

In my many decades of producing this fine show, it has always amazed me how the creation of some episodes can be more difficult than pulling teeth, whilst others seem to come together almost of their own accord.

This week’s joint is a prime example of the latter, as I, frankly embarrassed by the general seaminess of episode 107, have decided to work clean for once. Having come to that decision, everything lined up for me with a shiny, well-lighted quickness, resulting in the hermetically sealed hour you are about to hear. I know it’s a departure from what you are used to from yours truly, but please give it a chance and I assure you an almost savage level of bliss.

Download Radio Free Hipster Ep. 108: Freebootery and Folderol [hosting provided by Antisoc] Size: 89.4 MB Running Time: 1:01:00

Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
Far messier than the rest of the show, but who am I to fu…break with tradition. 

Track 1: Klopfenpop – "The Pirates Who Don’t Do Anything"
Klopf’s epic remix medley of the entire soundtrack of this Veggie Tales classic really sets the tone for the whole show.

Z's 1st interlude: "Austerity."
Wherein I reveal my new direction to the masses.

Track 2: Citizen Wang "Wide Noise"
I'm looking askance at the band name here, but letting it slide if only because I’d never have thought dueling white noise machines could be so compelling.

Track 3: Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire – "Open Up Your Heart (And Let the Sunshine In)"
Apparently I'm not the only one working clean these days.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Chastity."
Because sex is immoral. Also unsanitary.

Track 4: DJ Roast Beast – "What a Fool Believes/LoveFool Mash-Up"
Michael McDonald AND The Cardigans? Yes, Please!

Z's 3rd interlude: "Sobriety."
Boozers are losers. You heard it here first. 

Track 5: Billy the Fridge – "Alphabet Song"
Billy is famed for his love of gentleman's clubs and fried food, but he also drops rhymes for the children. 

Track 6: mc chris – "Lullabye"
From his new kids' album Marshmellow Playground. Which is totally a thing.

Z's 4th interlude: "Continence."
Have I mentioned my new interest in propriety and self-restraint?

Track 7: YTCracker – "White Lines (Don't Do It)"
I think it's admirable how YT takes a stand against drug use.

Track 7.5 Utter Bullwhip - "BattBonery"
A brand new chiptunes collective combines the Pixies "Bone Machine" and Metallica's "Battery" into unbelievable new whole.

Track 8: Rebecca Black – "Friday"
Apparently, everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend.

Z's final interlude: "Asceticism."
I love it when a plan comes together. Or I would if I wasn’t so very stoic.

Track 9: CheekyBoy – "Revolution of the Heart"
The intro and outtro from Pink Floyd’s Pulse seamlessly remixed with this muzak Beatles classic is perfect psychic cooldown, truly a sigh in music. Actually, I may close every show with this from now on.

And that, my friends, will be more than sufficient for this 1st week of April. Peace, Out, Sentients!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Ah, Super Crap!"

I am a veritable magnet for eccentricity. That is to say that like attracts like and I have a lot of weird friends with a number of strange hobbies and vocations. My buddy Marty, of Uncle Monsterface fame, sells sock puppet portraits in Central Park, which is odd enough on its own, but he recently made the leap to soap operas. Sock puppet soap operas.

Sock Puppet Manor tells of "the trials and tribulations of pickle-canning moguls the Lollybottoms as they cope with, conspire against, and marry the upstart pickle-canning entrepreneurs, The Durtlingers." And like all soaps there are ample opportunities for sex, intrigue and murder. With sock puppets.

Episode 1 (entitled "The Pickle") just became available via the Uncle Monsterface YouTube channel, and I struggle to describe it save to say that it is absurd, surreal and instantly enjoyable. It's like Soap, only with puppets. Make that only with more puppets.

Peep the embed below for your first taste. And, um, don't watch it at work. I can't imagine most workplaces would abide sock puppet fornication, implied or otherwise.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Imagine Mii and You

Yesterday was the proper launch of Nintendo's next generation handheld, the 3DS. In case you've been under a very large rock for the past six months and/or are completely unable to discern from the simple context of its name it is like the traditional DS. Only with the 3D.

Through what I can only imagine was an enormous blunder on the part of Nintendo's PR machine, I received a demo unit early. (Never let it be said that being a GeekDad doesn't have its perks!) Just last week I shared my impressions of the 3DS, and I'd like to reiterate that my favorite piece of non-core functionality is the interesting way in which the Mii avatar system has evolved.

In addition to being able to mingle with passersby using the system's StreetPass, you can also share Miis directly by exporting them as scannable QR codes. I've included mine below along with my Friend Code on the off chance that you would like a tiny virtual Zii of your very own or would care to be my bestest video game friend.

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