GeekDad Review: Nyne Mini Bluetooth Speaker

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Bluetooth speakers have become a must-have accessory for parents of music-loving kids. They’re also great for using in the back yard, taking camping, and generally getting tunes to wherever a stereo isn’t. While there are some really excellent wireless speakers that can capably fulfill the role of compact stereo replacement (like the Aether Cone I reviewed a while back), there’s also high demand for small, inexpensive Bluetooth speakers to fill those first scenarios I mentioned. These speakers become a balancing act between affordability, decent sound, portability, battery life, and durability. The Nyne Mini Bluetooth Speaker does a pretty good job of achieving that balance. Continue reading

Midwest Media Expo Find: The Geekiest Music

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A write-up of the fantastic bands showcased at the 2015 Midwest Media Expo including: The Harp Twins, Time Crash, Steam Powered Giraffe, DJ Vorteque, Aurelio Voltaire, and the Silent Hill Band. Continue reading

Relive ‘Chuck’ With the Original Television Soundtrack

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In 2007 (wow, has it been that long?), an unassuming Nerd Herd employee named Chuck Bartowski wound up with a supercomputer in his head, becoming the world’s newest (and perhaps most awkward) super-spy. If you were a fan of the show (and particularly of Jeffster), you’re in luck: the original television soundtrack is now available! Continue reading

There’s a Vulcan in My Tolkien

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Last month I found myself spiraling down an internet hobbit hole. Leonard Nimoy had passed (LLAP), and I was surfing the web reminiscing about a man that was aptly described in a tweet as “every geek’s grandfather.” But what does this have to do with hobbits? Continue reading

Music Review: ‘Night Night!’ by Caspar Babypants

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Released today, Caspar Babypants’ latest and ninth album, ‘Night Night!’, is breaking the mold a little this time around. Although the music still has his much-loved sound and feel, the songs are all slower and more toned down to create a peaceful lullaby album. Continue reading

Aether Cone Gets Bluetooth Update

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I had the opportunity to review an Aether Cone “thinking music player” a few months ago. Still one of the cooler looking wireless speakers around, with decent sound and a “thinking” part that was a better stab at voice recognition/music curation than I was expecting. My primary gripe about the Aether Cone was its lack of Bluetooth support. Aether just fixed that. An automatic firmware update currently rolling out offers two welcome new functions: Bluetooth support and multiple Cone capability. The Aether Cone just got a whole lot better! Continue reading

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