Radio Free Hipster Ep. 9: The Livin’ Is Greasy

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The first Radio Free Hipster of the summer includes talk about Mikal kHill and Tribe One’s ‘two weeks notice,’ commemorates the recent passing of Nintendo’s Satoru Iwata, and gives props to Weird Al’s longtime drummer, Jon “Bermuda” Schwartz. Continue reading

Radio Free Hipster Ep. 8: Joyous Rapture

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The last couple of weeks have been–What’s the word?–oh yeah, brutal. However, in this episode I have elected to play totally against type and focus on the positive. For the most part. Hey, I’m as surprised as you are. 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

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

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

All in the Family: GeekDad Interviews Hip Hop Family Tree‘s Ed Piskor

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Three of my favorite things are comic books, documentaries and hip hop music, so when I discovered Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree I was in heaven. In anticipation of the upcoming HHFT box set, Ed was nice enough to talk with me via email about the project itself and the unique kinship between comics and rap that it represents. Continue reading

Active Listening: SMS, Polk Audio’s New Headphones Move With You

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Like many of you, I work at a desk eight hours a day. This means that I have to keep a keen eye on my activity level for the good of my overall health and wellbeing. I try to walk to meetings whenever it’s feasible and take the stairs instead of the elevator, but my real exercise takes place outside of business hours – and nothing motivates me to move more than enjoying a little music. Continue reading