Aether Cone Gains Voice Feedback

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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’

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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

‘Prescriptions for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Vol. 2′ by GENTLE LOVE

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Looking for a new album to play for your kids to help them get some sleep? Fortunately, Scarlet Moon Productions just released ‘Prescriptions for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Vol. II’ today, and it might be just what you’re looking for. Continue reading

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