Tuesday, February 14, 2012


I can't imagine Kyle and Jim planned it this way, but I consider the new Kirby Krackle video my personal Valentine's gift from the band. It's for the latest single from their amazing Super Powered Love album, "Booty Do Math," which you likely realize is one of my very favorite songs.

Like the vids for "Up, Up, Down, Down" and "Nerd Money," this one was animated by Betsy Lee. But unlike those previous efforts, this one plays out like Schoolhouse Rock! gone horribly awry... featuring cartoon R. Kelly and a protagonist that bears a passing resemblance to Assy McGee.


Radio Free Hipster Ep. 127: Boy-Girl-Boy-Girl

Did I steal the name of this episode from my first grade teacher's go-to method for preventing lunchroom horseplay? Yes. Yes I did.

(This one's for you, Mrs. Byrd!)

After my recent trash talk I guess you could say I had a change of heart. If you guys don't wanna hear a straight-up romance episode for Valentine's Day, then who am I to force you?

So instead I went with a variation on a theme, and, truth be told, I'm pretty pleased with the results.

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Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah - "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
I honestly can't tell you which of these fine chaps is the dreamier of the two. #swoon

Track 1: A-1 - "Golden Girls"
More rappers should rhyme over old TV show theme songs.

Z's 1st interlude: "Self, what is it at the root of all these songs?"
Did I still that bit from Bill Cosby? Yes. Yes I did.

Track 2: Random - "City Boy"
Though both his writing and his flow have improved over the years, this is still a personal favorite Random track.

Track 3: Adventure Time dialog / Dr. Awkward - "What's My Otaku Girl's Name (MasDaMind’s Rihanna Mashup)"
I suppose I could've easily gone with the original, but there's something really interesting about this particular remix.

Track 4: DJ Schmolli - "Rude Boy Resort"
Wow. That was a lot of Rihanna.

Track 5: John Anealio - "Steampunk Girl"
This is Mr. Anealio's latest. You should probably cop it for the steampunk lady in your life.

Track 6: killsaly - "Nancy Boy (Placebo Cover)"
I've always admired the strong undercurrent of glam in Placebo's work.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Exploring the story of a relationship in verse."
Which we actually do far less in this episode than even in many non-Valentine's shows.

Track 7: Death-Star - "Any Girl (feat. Brittany Dixon)"
What C0s and 3P lack in traditional vocal power, they more than make up for in raw lyrical acumen.

Track 8: DJ Mashup - "Franchize Boys at Large"
From way the hell back in episode 51.

Track 9: Childish Gambino - "My Girls (My Girls)"
I'm still trying to figure out how I've managed to not pick up Camp yet. It sort of defies logic.

Track 10: Molly Lewis - "My Bioluminescent Boy"
The old school, almost Andrews Sisters-vibe of the vocal layering in this one really plays to Molly's strengths.

Z's final interlude: "Because attraction is wonderfully varied force."
And on a vague, tangential note, let me give it up to Washington State. Three cheers for fairness!

Track 11: Down With Webster - "Rich Girl$"
Wait; is this song about Ke$ha?

With today likely already proving an all-out aural assault of love songs – surely punctuated by the late Whitney's most grating anthem – I hope this show provides a suitable musical alternative.

It's really the least I could do.

Basic math tells me that I have, give-or-take, 21 more shows to do in 2012. And though I've got lots of musical ground to cover I am certainly more than willing to entertain your song requests and show ideas.

Again, it's the least I can do!