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Fandomania: Geek Music

The Fandomania: Geek Music podcast features interviews with various musicians in the nerdcore and geek music scenes. Sometimes you'll get extra commentary on subjects related to geek music as well.
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Dec 31, 2015

In this episode, I talk about several of my favorite geek music releases from this year. I’ve narrowed the field to thirty for the podcast, then for the column I’m going to publish the top 15 that I consider to be the absolute best that were released this year.

For the podcast list, I just went with alphabetical order by artist, but the actual column on the web site will be in order from fifteen to one. There’s something satisfying about having a list of fifteen in 2015, plus I tend to like Best Of lists myself, so that’s why I decided to do it this way.

 

Dec 25, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Molly Lewis. In the interview, we talked about Thanksgiving vs. Christmas, being an introvert, playing the ukulele, Christmas specials, and skepticism about hyped up movies.

Songs played in the show:

  • “The Pumpkin Spice Lament”
  • “Thanksgiving > Christmas” (feat. Vixy and Tony)
  • “Road Trip”
  • “An Open Letter to Stephen Fry”
  • “It All Makes Sense at the End”
Dec 24, 2015

In this episode, I excerpted some recent interviews (well, upcoming for the actual podcast) that I conducted just before Christmas in which we talked about Christmas music. Guests for this episode are More or Les, Mega Ran, Rhythm Bastard, and Count Jared.

 

Dec 18, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to half of the band the Yavin 4. In the interview, we talked about Star Wars. What did you expect given the name of the band (and the episode release date)? Well, yeah, OK, there were a couple of other things, but… Yavin 4… I mean… Obviously!

Songs played in the show:

  • “Arfive Defour”
  • “Han Shot First”
  • “Amanaman”
  • “Red 5” (behind outro)

 

Dec 11, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to the great Luke Ski. In the interview, we talked about tons of things. It was a long and interesting one. I didn’t even realize we talked for as long as we did. Despite the length, we somehow managed to avoid mentioning Star Wars. Weird.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Orko, Slimer, Wicket, & Snarf”
  • “I'd Buy That For A Dollar”
  • “Paywutchalike” (w/ Devo Spice)
  • “Fake Adult”
  • “Because of Bob”
  • “Scud Rap”

 

Dec 4, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to MC Breath. In the interview, we talked about how to describe Breath’s music, copyright, rewriting history, early Peter Jackson movies, the Muppets, the 80s, and Star Wars.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Matthew Broderick Killed Some People”
  • “Condoleezza Rice”
  • “Mr. Wizard’s Woes”
  • “976-555-1234”
Nov 27, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Devo Spice. In the interview, we talked about his Kickstarter for the game Sneaky Monster, why comedy music gets such a bad rap, the future of the FuMP, Doctor Who (and, yes, there really are two movies with Peter Cushing as the Doctor), and horror movies.

Songs played in the show:

  • “In the 80s”
  • “Autocomplete”
  • “Shaving Desires”
  • “CUPCAKES!”

 

Nov 20, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Sulfur. In the interview, we talked about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the rebirth of Sulfur, learning and teaching, lock-picking, and Fallout. Somehow we managed not to mention Star Wars. Oh, and yes, I did ask about the ThoughtCriminals. You’ll have to listen to find out what’s going on with them.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Nerd Is Bond” (with Mikal kHill)
  • “Layman’s Genius”
  • “Take Shots”
  • “Never Stop Learning"

 

Nov 13, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Ambush Vin. In the interview, we talked about politics, TARDIS pimpin’, Star Wars (it was the first thing he mentioned when I asked what he was a fan of!), Marvel comics, DC comics, and the economics of music.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Cosmic Balance”
  • “Who? What?”
  • “Geeked Out”
  • “Rage Quit”

 

Nov 6, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Mr. Gee. In the interview, we talked about Fallout, collaborating with Bonecage and others, animation, writing, Star Wars (not me this time!), and graphic novels.

Songs played in the show:

  • “I Love VATS”
  • “The Power of Luck”
  • “Nuka Cola Love Song”
  • “Life in a Vault”

 

Oct 30, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to members of the band Fable Cry. In the interview, we talked about musical theater, Halloween music, and Star Wars (I couldn’t help it! The last trailer was just released!).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Onion Grin”
  • “The Good Doctor”
  • “Dead or Alive (For Now)”
  • “Fancy Dancing"

 

Oct 23, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to King Pheenix. In the interview, we talked about wolves, wrestling, Wu-Tang clan, and wreality shows (er, uh, “reality” shows. Got carried away with the “w” thing…).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Bane” (ft. Schäffer the Darklord)
  • “Insanity” (ft. StarF)
  • “Wolf Pack” (ft. Alpha Riff)
  • “Lone”
Oct 16, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Chris Littler from Chamber Band. In the interview, we talked about The Hunger Games, transformative cover songs, big worlds, and Star Wars (yes, yet again).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Careers”
  • “In the Colosseum”
  • “Old Enough”
  • “One Headlight” 
Oct 9, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Sammus. In the interview, we talked about making beats and how they can tell stories, the fuzzy lines of nerdcore and indie hip-hop, and old technology. Plus I get the script flipped on me and talk about what I’m a fan of.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Mae Jemison”
  • “Three-Fifths”
  • “Cybernetic Armor”
  • “Power Ups”
Oct 2, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Marc Gunn aka the Celtfather. In the interview, we talked about drinking songs, the overwhelming nature of cons, the importance of podcasts, and Star Wars.

Songs played in the show:

  • “The Mining Ship the Red Dwarf”
  • “Doctor of Gallifrey”
  • “Jedi Drinking Song Prequel”
  • “Monahan's Mudder's Milk”
Sep 25, 2015

Geek Music Episode 24: The Library Bards

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to The Library Bards. In the interview, we talked about geeky reality shows, voice acting, parodies, black and red cosplay, and general fandom.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Buccaneer”
  • “Gandalf”
  • “Black and Red”
  • “All About That Space”

Sep 18, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Greg and Steve from the band Lipstick. In the interview, we talked about glam rock, unrequited time-traveling love, anime sitcoms, post-scarcity economies, Finn’s lightsaber, and the new rules of the internet.

Songs played in the show:

  • “We’re Here to Rock You”
  • “Merle"
  • “The Conan Song”
  • “Fight Club”
Sep 11, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Chris Waffle of Going Viral. No, you’re not going crazy, I did state that this week’s episode would be with Lipstick. But as I say in the introduction, Going Viral has a concert on September 19, so I felt like it made more sense to put this out a week before rather than the day before. Lipstick’s episode will appear next week.

In the interview, we talked about hating on movies before they’re even released, Star Trek, Star Wars, geeky and non-geeky wives, and the Pacific northwest and Florida nerd music scenes (yeah, I’m sure I forgot tons of Florida artists – sorry!).

Songs played in the show (I should note that these are not final mixes):

  • “It’s Not Out Yet”
  • “Slave Leia”
  • “Rez Heal Rock”

 

Sep 4, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to a few musicians at Orlando Nerd Fest 2015. First up is Steve Smith aka Fighter #1 from Regdar and the Fighters, followed by Professor Shyguy and then Richie Branson. They’re relatively short interviews which is why I’ve put them together as one episode. I also decided to do very little editing to preserve the feel of an actual conversation a bit better, including some slightly awkward moments on my part. In between, I’ve included a musical sample before each artist to split them up.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Call of Cthulhu” by Regdar and the Fighters
  • “N.E.R.D.” by Richie Branson
  • “My Simple Pop Song” by Professor Shyguy
Aug 28, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to The Blast Processors. In the interview, we talked about Sega vs. Nintendo, mascot-based video games, cheesy 80s movies and music, and comic books.

Songs played in the show:

  • “The Cool Spot”
  • “The Last Stand of Dr. Ivo Robotnik”
  • “Genesis Does”
  • “We Ride”
Aug 21, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Cliff B and DJ Stuck Down a Mineshaft with a Broken Leg, aka 2d6. In the interview, we talked about RPGs, alternate track titles, their Kickstarter for the new album (I did actually upgrade to the Kano tier), secret nerd missions, and the pains of being a Silent Hill fan.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk Hyuk”
  • “Tonawanda Powertrain (feat. Worm Quartet)”
  • “Yolo Toblerone”
Aug 14, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to The Doubleclicks. In the interview, we talked about cats, games, extinctions, and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

It’s definitely shorter than usual, but that’s mainly because I feel like I did a terrible job of asking follow up questions. I started to get nervous part way through the interview and just focused too much on what I was going to say next.

Oh, and Angela did send me an answer about the fictional cats: “Salem! From Sabrina! Of course!”

 

Songs played in the show:

  • Cats at Parties
  • Tabletop
  • Dimetrodon
  • President Snakes (Part 1)
Aug 7, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Mr. Negative. If it sounds a bit weird, it’s because I actually went to Richie’s apartment to conduct the interview. He’s a former student of mine from over ten years ago, and he actually lives not too far from me. In the interview, we talked about working as an indie musician, EDM culture, obsessive geekiness, Joe Walsh, and superhero movies.

Warning: spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and Guardians of the Galaxy from about 34:50 (just after the fourth song excerpt) to about 38:26.

Songs played in the show:

  • Jasper
  • Repentance
  • James Dean
  • Voyage
Jul 31, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Lauren Furze, aka TheFifthSister. In the interview, we talked about Alpha Riff’s Digital Champions project, making music as an indie artist, Pat Benatar, comics, and the UK vs. US geek music scene.

Songs played in the show:

  • Hello
  • No, I’m Not Incredible
  • All Aboard the SS Fangirl
  • Mission Accomplished
Jul 24, 2015

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Peter Chiykowski of Rock / Paper / Cynic. In the interview, we talked about punny names, his awesome new Kickstarter, mixing geeky fandoms, Coheed and Cambria (I’m totally gonna have to look them up now!), and cyphers.

Songs played in the show:

  • Zeroes and Ones
  • Hello NSA (A Love Song of Mass Surveillance)
  • Geeks In Love
  • I Don’t Need You (I’ve Got Netflix)

 

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