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

Marian Call in Dallas Tonight at 8pm

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Marian Call is making her annual trip through Texas and is playing Poor David’s Pub tonight at 8. Poor David’s is one of the smaller and more personal listening rooms in Dallas with a long history of booking great acts. Doors open at 7 with a $10 cover. If you’re in the Dallas area, please stop by and say hi!
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Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun is an illustrated tour through cultural freak-outs. The book is a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids activities, from comics, games, technology, play, and thought. It’s a fun, surprising and biting survey. GeekDad has an interview with authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes’ Jason Michael Paul

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Just as video games and video gamers have grown up, so has the video game soundtrack. Whether it’s the tinny electronica of a retro-style beat-‘em-up or the orchestral might of the latest system-selling FPS, game music composers are at long last being recognized for the work they do to help craft the immersive digital experience. Continue reading

Rockabye Baby! Takes on The Clash

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As a guy whose friends routinely release songs about Pokémon and My Little Pony, I know I’m lucky to regularly find tunes that my whole family can enjoy. Still, there are times when my choice of a drive-time soundtrack is inappropriate or just plain unappealing to the kids. That’s why I found the latest Rockabye Baby! collection so intriguing. Continue reading

The New Atlas Headphones — Best of CES 2014

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Headphones get a lot of use in my household. I’ve worn a few out over the years, and a few others have died prematurely due to poor construction. Some have been tossed due to low budget sound or an uncomfortable fit… or both. I’m not an audiophile by any means, but I know what I like when it comes to listening to my music and playing my games. It’s no secret that I’m a BIG fan of MEElectronics sound equipment, and I’ve reviewed a few of their products in the past. So when I read that their new Atlas Headphone was given a Best of CES 2014 award, I had to hear them for myself. Continue reading

Mysteries, Monkeys, Music and More: A Nintendo Review Round-up

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With new entries in the Professor Layton and Donkey Kong Country series and interesting new innovations on both the Wii U and 3DS front, Nintendo is currently monopolizing my daily game time! Continue reading