Friday, November 30, 2012

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 145: Murder-Minded

I'm really not sure about this one, y'all. I mean, I sometimes have my doubts about individual shows and I personally really dig how this one shook out, but I gots that angst.

Still, I gotta admit it felt good to just throw the thing together, to just start dragging in tracks and slapping them in haphazard order. Maybe it's a little messier than usual—hell, maybe even a tad dissonant at times—but I hope you find something in there you really dig.

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Show Notes:

Intro: Baddd Spellah – "Radio Free Hipster Theme (feat. Beefy)"
I know you can't hate on this one.

Track 1: YTCracker – "Swygar"
Damn, Rygar had an amazing soundtrack!

Z's 1st interlude: "A rudderless ship."
My first and last solid metaphor of the show.

Track 2: Mikal kHill – "Damien (Morrowind to Cyradiil)"
kHill's buy product drops tomorrow, but I've already heard it. It is excellent, and you should pick it up.

Track 3: Busdriver – "Everyday Oblivion"
"Motherfucking penguin suit!"

Track 4: Phil Retrospector – "Killing Kids"
There were a lot of MGMT mash-ups making the rounds there for a while, but I just happened to find this one sitting on my desktop. No idea how/when it got there.

Track 5: Kirby Krackle – "One More Episode"
KK tend to have pretty solid videos, but this one is truly something special.

Track 6: Alestorm – "That Famous Ol' Spiced"
I started to play some Dethlehem here—I'm going to see those guys in Charlotte again next weekend—but went with pirate metal instead.

Z's 2nd interlude: "Ruining your high."
/glances at Larry

Track 7: Dj Moule – "303 is TNT"
I wanna say this particular bootleg is at least a couple of years old. Kinda surprised I've never played it!

Track 8: Abinox – "Absolute No Give Up"
I couldn't in good conscience not play a song called "Absolute No Give Up."

Track 9: rockleetist – "Laika (English)"
Did this one bring you down? It… it brought me down.

Track 10: Klopfenpop – "Prime Obsession"
Oh course then Klopf picked shit right back up again. With maths.

Z's final interlude: "Protracted crock-pot related analogies."

Track 11: Tribe One – "Midlife Crisis (ft. Adam WarRock)"
I sometimes worry that many don't yet realize what an amazing talent Niles truly is. I really wish he could tour more. And release that goddamn full-length!

Next up is my annual holiday episode, so feel free to hit me up with your yuletide picks. After that comes my year-ender; I've been squirreling away tracks for that one for months. And after that?

A whole new year, my friends. A whole new year.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Like a Lever Flips

There have been a few genuinely triumphant—I'd go so far as to say defining—moments in nerd music over the past several years. From the well documented tentative steps of MC Frontalot's first tour to Capcom's licensing of Mega Ran to I Fight Dragons getting picked up by (and just recently released from) Atlantic Records, we've been on the front row as our guys have made a real splash on the national stage. You can talk about geek chic as a trend or nerd culture as a bonafide zeitgeist or even just chalk all these events up to happenstance, but I instead prefer to think of them as fitting rewards for the righteous, as talented people getting the breaks they deserve.

And the time has come to add another name to the list.

As was revealed yesterday, Kirby Krackle has secured a slot opening for patron saint of musical nerdery Weird Al in Alberta. Details are scarce at the moment, with Al's site only listing a handful of dates, but it’s a full-on, full band arena gig with a huge name, and I couldn't be prouder of or happier for Kyle and Jim and the whole crew!

So why not take a moment to enjoy KK's latest single, "One More Episode," and its amazing video? Then take another to say congrats to Seattle's foremost force in geek rock.

Monday, November 26, 2012

The Rappin' Steve Jobs

This morning it is my privilege to share with you the first single from Adam WarRock's forthcoming EP City Beautiful. The project itself won't drop until December 4th, but Euge chose to leak the track "Get Smart" today as sort of an early treat for fans. And also I reckon to give you a break from all that intensive Cyber Monday shoppin'. 

It's a phenomenal selection featuring frequent musical allies Jesse Dangerously and Beefy, and the stellar production comes compliments of Rob Viktum. Oh, and the ongoing lyrical allegory concerning the dumbing down of our music and culture? That shit is straight Don Adams.

So put your shoe-phone on silent, and check out the new hotness.

From the forthcoming EP, City Beautiful. December 4, 2012 - available digitally at
After touring consistently for the past two years, Adam WarRock has returned home to Memphis, TN and recorded a new 8-track EP with Dallas-based producer/DJ Rob Viktum (Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers). A more pensive, introspective and nostalgic album beautifully complemented by Rob Viktum's soulful style, it celebrates a break from the road, a look towards the future, and loving the city you call home.