Friday, February 03, 2012

Rob the Jewelry Store (and Tell 'em Make Me a Grill)

Mine? Not so much.
Hello, denizens of the internet! This is just a quick personal note to let you know that I will be AFK, as the kids say, for a while next week.

How long? I have no idea.

I have a dental procedure scheduled early Monday morning, and I use the phrase "dental procedure" because saying "invasive gum surgery" just wigs me the fuck out. Depending upon how well the dastardly deed itself goes down, my pain level in the days immediately following and how kick-ass the drugs they prescribe me to deal with the aforementioned discomfort truly are, I'll likely be out of commission for at least a couple of days and at most the bulk of the week.

What this means is, well, I probably won't be doing a lot of blogging. Odds are, however, that I will be tweeting, and, as I'm gonna be whacked out of my gourd on pain meds: guaranteed comedy gold!

Oh and also, specifically to those of you with my phone number, if you call and I don't answer I'm not being a dick; it's just because I can't talk. Or maybe I am being a dick. You'll never know.

I'm not entirely sure how or if this will affect the next podcast, but if worse comes to worse you'll just have to make do with another mixtape episode. Although I know how much you guys hate going an extra couple of weeks without hearing my hillbilly drawl.

In the meantime, long days and pleasant nights.

Oh, and if any Catholics in the audience know of a patron saint of periodontics, hit your boy up with a desktop icon. As they say, there are no atheists in dental chairs.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 126: Pink on Both Sides

Spending the better part of two weeks at home with my wife and kids, all three of which are regular Top 40 radio listeners, influenced me (and this episode) in strange and wonderful ways. I didn't realize it at the time, of course, but those sugary radio hits were worming their way into my psyche. The whole damn time.

You'll certainly notice many musical allusions to current pop tracks in this show, but I also managed to work in some nods to classic material. Not to mention some pop-flavored originals.

I do hope you find it palatable.

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Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah - "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
If this song ain't a radio rager waiting to happen, I don't know what is!

Track 1: Eric "Erock" Calderone - "You Make My Dreams (Hall and Oates Meets Metal)"
I had originally planned to play Erock's Skyrim tribute, but this one sort of crept into the playlist.

Z's 1st interlude: "I've given you a taste of warped pop songwriting."
Which is a theme that continues throughout the episode.

Track 2: Kreayshawn - "Gucci Gucci (K.Flay Remix)"
Tell me she don't sound like mc chris!

Track 3: Regular Show dialog / mc chris - "hoodie ninja"
As heard in a recent episode of AFV. I shit you not.

Track 4: the modrats - "My Ninja"
Check out their newest release, Rocktarded. It is nerdy and punky and certainly satisfying.

Track 5: Supercommuter - "Natural Immunity (ft. Stumblebee)"
It was recently announced that Wheelie and Co. are headed to this side of the country for this year's PAX East.

Track 6: Mashup-Germany - "Top of the Pops 2011 (What the Fuck)"
I'm always impressed by the level of skill displayed in these end-of-the-year meta-mash-ups.

Track 7: Shael Riley and the Double Ice Backfire - "It's My Party"
Come Downstairs collects a lot of covers of traditionally feminine pop songs.

Track 8: Psycosis - "Pinkie Party Anthem"
Astute bronies will notice that the background music of this episode is also Pinkie Pie-related.

Z's 2nd interlude: "I'm not much of a conspiracy theorist."
I am, however, a theoretical conversationalist. Which is kinda the same thing. Right?

Track 9: Death*Star - "Fifty Dolla Word, Y'all"
I’m really digging A New Dope, Death*Star's sophomore release from last December.

Track 10: Donald Glover dialog / R_Garcia - "Seawater"
Resurgens runs the gamut from chippy IDM to this piece of poppy Coulton-esque perfection.

Track 11: Swagberg - "MMI Joint (feat. Navi)"
Of course I had to pick a Swagberg joint that also features my old pal Navi!

Track 12: Rappy McRapperson - "Pink and Purple"
"It's Carl Winslow / y'all brought the Urkel game."

Track 13: Pogo - "Jaaam"
I'm not sure what I enjoy more: Pogo's cut-up videos, or seeing how fast license holders try and get them yanked from YouTube. ;)

Z's final interlude: "The epic sports… ball… anthem… song?"
Just in time for the Super Bowl.

Track 14: Adam WarRock - "Waka Flocka Swanson"
There's really no valid reason that this is the only rap song about Ron Swanson.

We're getting awfully close to Valentine's Day, and that means the next episode will likely be one centered on love. Or lust. Or relationships.

You know: mushy stuff.

Some folks don't seem particularly keen on those types of shows, but I kinda dig 'em. And, unfortunately, I record the episodes alone so there's no one to talk me down off that ledge.

Still, if that shit ain't your scene, feel free to hit me up with ideas for the other February show. I just know you've got something you wanna hear.

Monday, January 30, 2012

The M Stands for Mike

Folks, there are a number of wonderful ways to kick off a week, but this is not one of them. Last night Nerdapalooza mainstay, Nerdy Show co-host and all around FL scene staple "Triforce" Mike Pandel was involved in a traffic accident. His injuries are serious, and he isn't expected to survive.

There's little that can be said or done to abate the pain felt by his family, his friends, his cohorts at A Comic Shop, his longtime cultural co-conspirators Hex and Cap. Instead each is left to reflect and, indeed, to grieve in his own way.

To that end, let us travel back to Nerdapalooza 2008. Specifically to that magic moment when, during the video game audience participation portion of Uncle Monsterface's show-stopping set, Mike earned his nickname. And let it stand forever as a musical tribute.