GeekDad Review: Taco Dual, Stereo Bluetooth Speaker(s)

ideaUSA Taco Dual Bluetoothspeaker

One of the cooler tricks that some higher end wireless portable speakers are able to pull off is pairing two units for stereo sound. I’ve tried out this feature with speakers like the Vers 1Q and various Sonos products and it’s great—having a pair of wireless speakers for true stereo separation adds a lot to the listening experience compared to a single speaker. However, it’s also expensive. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Zipbuds SLIDE, Tangle-Free Earbuds

Zipbuds SLIDE

Last year I reviewed an interesting set of earbuds from Zipbuds, a company that promised “tangle free” listening through use of an innovative zipper system. They lived up to the promise. Zipbuds has a new product they sent for me to test, SLIDE earbuds featuring “Zipperless Zipper technology” that’s claimed to retain the tangle-free appeal of the originals while cutting down on weight and bulk. Continue reading

‘Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad’ Is a Rock ‘n’ Roll Adventure

Odd Schnozz and the Odd Squad

I first discovered Oni Press through the works of Jim Mahfood and Chynna Clugston, creators who painstakingly weave music (and musical subcultures) into their comics. So when I learned that Oni was also to be the publisher of a new project from Jeffrey Burandt, AKA: Jef UK of incomparable synth-punkers the Americans UK, it only made sense. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Grain Audio OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones

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If you follow the world of Kickstarter campaigns, you’ve probably heard of Grain Audio. The brainchild of “two ex-Altec Lansing guys, an architect/furniture designer and a liquor industry operational expert,” Grain Audio raised over $155k (well over the $120k goal) to produce a line-up of premium audio gear featuring solid wood design. I was sent a pair of OHEP Solid Wood Over Ear Headphones featuring FSC certified walnut ear cups to try out. The wood certainly makes for an attractive set of headphones, but does it make them sound better? Continue reading

For the GeekDad Who Has Everything

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Each year we at GeekDad spend the month of June compiling Father’s Day gift ideas, and each year I make it a point to step out and assemble some suggestions for those of us who are, shall we say, difficult to shop for. From the exotic to the plain ol’ pedestrian, here are a handful of gifts for dads with eclectic tastes. Continue reading

Monster SuperStar Speaker Review + Gift Card Giveaway

Monster SuperStar

With summer fast approaching, the timing is perfect for a portable, splash-resistant, wireless speaker–especially one that’s able to pump out some decent quality sound at a volume you can hear outdoors. The Monster SuperStar is a stylish Bluetooth speaker small enough to fit in a hand that’s a definite candidate for seeing summer action at the pool, beach, or in the back yard. Continue reading

Marian Call at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas

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Once again the lovely and talented Marian Call will be performing at Poor David’s in Dallas. If you are in the area this Sunday evening I encourage you to join us. Doors are at 6:30. In past years the show was finished by 9 or 9:30 so it’s not too terribly late to bring the kids. Poor David’s is a great little listening room with a modest bar a bit south if I-30 on South Lamar Street. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: House of Marley Liberate XLBT Headphones

HoM Liberate XLBT

I’m a fan of House of Marley gear, especially the company’s use of natural materials (yeah, I’m a sucker for the use of wood in high tech gear) and willingness to release interesting products like the Roots Rock Bluetooth speaker. Marley audio products don’t just sound good; by combining natural materials like leather, bamboo, and aluminum with recycled cloth and skipping the usual form factors, they stand out visually in a crowd. House of Marley recently sent me a pair of Liberate XLBT Bluetooth headphones to try out. They look good, feel good, and sound good, making for a compelling alternative to some of the more mainstream competitors. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Sound Rise Flower Freaq

Sound Rise Flower Freaq

Soundfreaq originally sent me a limited edition Sound Rise Flower Freaq for inclusion in the GeekDad Mother’s Day Gift Guide. The combination alarm clock and Bluetooth speaker quickly migrated to my teenage daughter’s room, where it has apparently found a permanent home. After three weeks of use, it’s time for a review of this funky, multipurpose device. Continue reading

Aether Cone Gains Voice Feedback

Aether Cone wireless speaker

Last December, I reviewed the Aether Cone, a unique wireless speaker that brings new meaning to the concept of “smart” thanks to its ability play songs based on voice commands and to learn your music preferences. A few months ago, it got even smarter, eliminating my biggest gripe after a free over the air update unlocked the ability to stream music using Bluetooth. Now Aether has released another update, giving the Aether Cone another new feature: voice feedback. Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Rush Gets the Fantoons Treatment in a Book of Comics and Art

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The Holy Triumvirate gets the Fantoons treatment in this Kickstarter project for a book celebrating the band Rush in beautifully illustrated and humorous comic strips, cartoons, and illustrations. Continue reading

Help The Doubleclicks Fund Their Next Album, ‘President Snakes’

The Doubleclicks

The Doubleclicks are a GeekDad favorite: these two sisters from Portland have been making geeky music since 2011, singing about dinosaurs and ‘D&D’ and cats and the internet. Help them fund their next album, ‘President Snakes’! Continue reading

GeekDad Review: SleepPhones Wireless Headphones

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My wife asked for a pair of headphones last Christmas, but the ones she had her mind set on were SleepPhones from Acoustic Sheep. They look like a fuzzy headband and use the tagline “pajamas for your ears.” I tried to talk her into a pair of Sennheiser Momentum’s instead—they were priced the same as the wireless SleepPhones on Amazon at the time as part of a flash sale—but she wasn’t interested. As something of a music geek, I couldn’t fathom choosing snugly over sound, but she ended up with the SleepPhones and has been absolutely thrilled with them. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 4: Never Quite Prepared

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This episode is all over the place. We get a little playlist advice from my 10-year-old, we enjoy a couple of early sneak-peeks at some summer releases, we explore Lich King’s current search for a new vocalist, and we eulogize a friend of the show who is gone but certainly not forgotten. Continue reading