Music Preview: ‘Legend of the Boar Knight’ by Careless Juja

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Video game cover duo Careless Juja has announced that it’s releasing its third full-length album, ‘Legend of the Boar Knight,’ on March 7th. It’s a double album that tells a fun story rife with parodies of video game tropes accented with appropriate video game covers. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 1: Starting Over

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Radio Free Hipster is back, in part, because I offered to return as a feature of GeekDad’s ongoing Patreon campaign. But it’s also back because making and distributing a curated, narrated, custom mixtape for even a few disparate friends and listeners is something I enjoy. I hope you enjoy it too. Continue reading

Music Review: ‘Exactly Where I Am’ by Marc With a C

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‘Exactly Where I Am’ is a strong album that resonates with Marc’s low-fidelity pop sensibility. Marc doesn’t try to obfuscate the theme of the album, throwing it in the Bandcamp’s description: “The intersection between yesterday’s small-town secrets and today’s information overload.” That comes across heavily in most of the tracks without leaving the listener feeling spoon-fed. Continue reading

“Weird Al” Gets A Whiplashing From J.K. Simmons

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With the Oscars less than two weeks away and “Weird Al” Yankovic’s Mandatory World Tour kicking off in a few short months, “Weird Al” is brushing up on his live, musical timing with Best Actor nominee J.K. Simmons. Continue reading

Director Gary Rydstrom Talks About Strange Magic

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Director Gary Rydstrom has a lengthy career in Hollywood, most famously as a sound designer at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, working on films ranging from Saving Private Ryan to Wreck-It Ralph. Strange Magic represents his debut as a feature film director. Continue reading

The Astronomically Correct “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” Is Fun and Factual

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Tired of singing about your confusion as to what stars are–when you know exactly what they are and why they twinkle? Try this new version instead! Continue reading

The Nerdy Dozen: 12 Indispensable Albums of 2014

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I probably reviewed fewer albums in 2014 than I have in, like, a decade. But that doesn’t mean I was at all short of quality music over the past 12 months. With that in mind, let’s take a look at a dozen of my favorite releases from calendar year 2014. Continue reading

Ultra-Long Battery Life Bluetooth Headphones Are GREAT!

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I’ve just spent the last eight days traveling with the wife and kids, and one of the few constants of our travels is bringing along the iPads, a couple of phones, and a laptop for work. And chargers. Argh. Chargers left and right, all different types for a mix of devices.

In the car, the boys are playing mostly pew-pew games and all of them with really annoying music when they’re not watching a DVD movie on the fold-down screen in back. When it’s not my turn to drive, I’m usually watching a movie on my laptop or listening to my music on my phone. As you can imagine, the noise level in the car (and the hotel room) can get a little crazy at times. For this recent holiday travel period, I instituted a headphones-only travel rule. Continue reading

How Great Can This Day Be: Lori Henriques Makes Music for All Ages

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When it comes to music, young children like simple rhythms, funny rhymes and repetition. A lot of repetition. They can listen to the same thing over and over forever. And they will. There’s a good chance you’ll find yourself listening to insipid drivel that will make you want to stab your eardrums with a pencil, unless you proactively seek out the good stuff. Lori Henriques writes the good stuff. Continue reading

Marian Call: Yippee Ki Yay

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Marian Call, my favorite geek songstress, has released a new holiday EP titled Yippee Ki Yay. Like most of Marian’s catalog, this release is an eclectic mix of tracks, eight in all, that emphasize her voice and witty writing style. The album opens with Marian’s acapella rendition of Ave Maria which I’ve had the privilege of hearing live. What follows is a delightful path through the beauty and comedy of Marian’s work. Continue reading

GeekDad Review: Aether Cone, a Futuristic Intelligent Music Player

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I’m a big music geek, someone who follows technology closely and a guy with an appreciation for premium sound and industrial design. I’m the curator of an ever-increasing collection of speaker docks and wireless speakers — always in search of a great listening experience. You can bet I jumped at the opportunity when GeekDad sponsor Aether offered to send me one of its Aether Cone wireless speakers. The Cone is billed as an intelligent music player, one that not only takes your voice requests, but learns your preferences. It looks like nothing else out there, too. I spent a few weeks getting to know the Cone. If you’re a serious music fan, someone with a keen interest in technology or you appreciate interesting design, the Aether Cone should definitely be on your wireless speaker short list. Continue reading

Meze Headphones Review and Giveaway (No, Really, You’ll Want to Enter!)

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I’m a fan of Meze Headphones, indeed a very big fan ever since Antonio Meze contacted us two-and-a-half years ago asking if we’d like to test his new line of high-quality and high-design headphones. Antonio has sent me four different sets now, and each one has been a winner, but the most recent are my favorite. Continue reading