Thursday, August 16, 2012

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 138: The Newsroomate

I'm no kinda newshawk, but being online all the damn time goes a long way to keep me abreast of current events. Well, I mean, my version of current events.

And that's what this episode is all about.

Much thanks and respect goes out to my friends Dave and Tim for giving me the idea for this one, and for helping me build it into a proper episode. Because your homies are there to do the heavy lifting when inspiration itself fails to materialize.

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Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
These cats are never old news.

Track 1: Illbotz – "Chick-Fil-A"
I honestly wonder if Stevie D is gonna do a rewrite of this one in light of Dan Cathy's recent statements.

Z's 1st interlude: "Something a little closer to home."
I was a little surprised no one requested "MC Chipmunk" last episode.

Track 2: Optimus Rhyme – "MC Chipmunk"
Whether you agree with the lyrical sentiment or not, you gotta admire the gorgeous noise made by rhythm section Stumblebee and grimROCK on this joint!

Track 3: The Doubleclicks – "In His Honor (Don't Be a Dick)"
Another amazing selection by my two favorite ladies from that blessed intersection of filk and geek rock.

Track 4: Dj RoboRob – "Ressurrection (feat. Doc Awkward)"
As I mentioned, RoboRob was recently welcomed into the Scrub Club fold.

Track 5: Sci-Fried and Warp 11 – "A Good Day to Die"
This track is the musical equivalent of From  Dusk till Dawn; halfway through it totally switches shit up.

Track 6: r_garcia – "The Maestro"
I was really honored to have this guy on my new comp, and this song still totally blows me away.

Track 7: DJ Earworm – "Mama"
I actually missed the Olympics' opening ceremony. And pretty much the rest of the Olympics too.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Is that wrong?"
I actively try not to shamelessly self-promote, but Nerd Up the 90s was such a great experience for me and it featured so many amazing songs that I kinda have trouble not crowing about it.

Track 8: Fiction – "Lay My Love"
There is never a time when I don't want to be listening to this cover.

Track 9: Uncle Monsterface – "This is (STILL) an Adventure"
I've been anxiously awaiting the sound of the new Uncle Monsterface for a while now. It's quite different, but it does not disappoint.

Track 10: Childish Gambino – "One Up (feat. Steve G. Lover)"
I dig the hell out of this song, but the leveling is abysmal.

Track 11: The Hood Internet – "Nuthin' But a Journal Thang (Dr. Dre vs. Class Actress)"
Seriously, y'all; the hell is this?!

Z's final interlude: "The fragile state of the world we live in."
There's nothing like an election year to make you lose your faith on humanity.

Track 12: Sweatshop Union – "John Lennon"
I feel as though I owe a debt to Ryan Singel. Because I really wanted to play this song.

Earlier this week a friend who's been going through a bit of a rough patch hit me up to tell me how much the podcast had helped lift his spirits in these troubled times.

I don't even have a fuckin' snarky comment to go along with that, as it's pretty much the best compliment I've ever received.

So let me just end by wishing good fortune, good music and nerd love to all.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Musics for Your Monday

It's another sunshiny Monday afternoon, and I am stuck at my desk answering (predominantly misdirected) help calls and choking down another lunch of peanut butter sandwiches and carrot sticks. In short, I need a musical distraction, and I reckon you do too.

My current playlist is a two-pronged attack on workplace boredom, and the opening salvo comes from my boy Jesse Dangerously. Recently he reworked a slice of breezy indie rock from Canadian singer-songwriter Krista Muir as the surreal and dirge-like slice of hip-hop introspection dubbed "Slept Through a Landslide" with Noah23. You can cop the single, as well as isolated instrumental/cappella versions and Muir's original track "Tired Angels," via Bandcamp. It's a pay-what-you-want release, but maybe you can slip Jesse a little coin so he and I can hit up Cook Out for some shakes when he passes through Charlotte next month.

On the lighter side, Supercommuter is back with "I Like It" featuring Beefy, MC Frontalot, Itty Bitty Bot and Square Wail. It's a chip-hop banger about personal preference that is, much like Wu-Tang, for the children. This one's also available through Bandcamp, and it comes packaged with its own special Stenobot DMG remix. Again, it's available for free, but maybe you can kick in a little scratch. Because I have it on good authority that Wheelie Cyberman likes food.