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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 30, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk about my top ten geek music releases of the year as well as reflect on some non-geeky releases that I love.

I debated whether or not to do one of these lists this year. The past few years have seen the list expand and expand in order to accommodate more releases, which seems to me to kinda defeat the purpose. But then I started to see Best of 2016 lists from various places, and I got sucked back into the idea. I figured if Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton from NPR’s All Songs Considered can narrow their lists down to ten (well, Boilen did have some “honorable mentions,” too), then surely I can do the same, especially since I have a smaller list to begin with. And I also remembered something that Boilen said last year in regards to his top ten: “There is no ‘best’ in music, just ones we love. There is no right or wrong, just ones that fuel our soul.”

Here are the ten releases (along with the song I played in the episode) in alphabetical order; you’ll have to listen to find out the rankings:

 

Dec 23, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to several artists about Christmas music. This one was a little more deliberately planned than last year’s, which is why it’s an “official” episode. Also be sure to check out my new list of geeky Christmas music and videos over on the main Fandomania web site.

Also check the show notes on the Fandomania web site for a full list of songs mentioned in the episode.

 

Dec 16, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Primordial Emcee. In the interview, we talked about coming to hip-hop later in life, working solo vs. working with a group, Tron concept albums, The Matrix, and manga / anime / comic books / cartoons. There was a definite delay in our connection, plus some odd noises that popped up. I tried to clean it up as best as I could, but if things sound weird, that’s probably why.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Heroes For Hire (ft. Iron Wind & Chief 4syt)”
  • “Insidious Six (ft. Conspiracy, White Fang, Jesse Dangerously, Chief 4syt & Iron Wind)”
  • “The Path of Prime”
  • “The Perfect cRhyme (ft. Wordburglar)”

 

Dec 9, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk again to More or Les. In the interview, we talked about how much 2016 sucked, why certain rap / hip-hop is not for everybody, figuring out how to participate in political discussions, making money (or not) with your art, automation in a capitalist society, the recent U.S. election (yup, talking politics again), Net Neutrality, corporate controlled media, Doctor Who, and comics.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Hate Rap (ft. Wordburglar)”
  • “Don’t Use Rap to Pay Bills”
  • “Cuppa”
  • “Get Shot (ft. Latte D. Kyd)”

 

Dec 2, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to jhm from Neon Shudder. In the interview, we talked about cyberpunk, cassettes, graphic design, and tabletop gaming.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Welcome to Cadence (Feat. Joselynn Monserrate)”
  • “Galvanized”
  • “Follow the Trail of Blood”
  • “Friend of the Devil”

 

Nov 25, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Thomas Quinlan of Hand’Solo records. In the interview, we talked about starting a record label, writing, French puns, memorable album releases, sex raps, physical media, the recent US election (yeah, it gets political for a bit), the origins of Hand’Solo’s name (it’s not merely what I thought!), and Spider-Man.

Songs played in the show (all from the Bassments of Badmen 3 compilation):

  • Backburner – “Burn It Down Again”
  • Birdapres – “Stabcabinmanitoba”
  • Wordburglar – “So It Flows”
  • Eternia ft. Phoenix Pagliacci – “For This Life”

 

Nov 18, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to the PDX Broadsides. In the interview, we talked about drinking and pirates, ex-boyfriends in videos, Nathan Fillion’s butt, lesser known scientists, RuPaul, and Portlandia (seriously, how have I never asked other artists from Portland about this show?).

Songs played in the show:

  • “The Girl Who Couldn’t Even”
  • “Nathan Fillion Please Take Off Your Pants”
  • “Catatonic”
  • “Eureka!”

 

Nov 11, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Beefy (a little later than expected). In the interview, we talked about the changing nature of nerdcore, juggling adult responsibilities, collaborating with singers, being a fan of fans of wrestling, and the three characters Facebook meme (I settled on Richard Mayhew, Simon from Firefly, and Encyclopedia Brown).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Man Without Fear”
  • “Three Initials (ft. Professor Shyguy)”
  • “Dear Valentine”
  • “Long Con (ft. Shael Riley and JPHONIC)”

 

Nov 4, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Mike from Boy Meets Robot. In the interview, we talked about chiptunes, skepticism, social justice, the Invisible Pink Unicorn (I was sort of incorrect about the IPU, BTW. It doesn’t originate with Sagan, he just used the concept in Demon Haunted World), retro games, and podcasts. Also, I seem to talk way more in this podcast than I usually do. No idea why that is…

Songs played in the show:

  • “Side Scrolling Hero”
  • “Social Justice Warrior”
  • “Invisible Pink Unicorn”
  • “Love in the Singularity”

 

Oct 28, 2016

Last year, I talked to a couple of musicians about their favorite Christmas music, and that got me thinking that I should do the same thing with Halloween music. And so as I interviewed several guests this year, I started off by asking them just two simple questions: What are some of your favorite Halloween songs? and How do people find you and your music online? Of course, sometimes the conversation went in other directions, but that’s the main part of the discussion.

See show notes on Fandomania.com for full list of songs mentioned by the artists.

 

Oct 21, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Cameron from The Mad Gear. In the interview, we talked about jazz music, My Chemical Romance and Gerard Way, barrels (don’t ask me what I was thinking with that word – I haven’t a clue!), screaming fans, 90s nostalgia, and the MCU.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Streets of Luxury”
  • “Black Omen”
  • “Stickerbrush Symphony”
  • “Guile’s Theme”

 

Oct 14, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Alyssa from Rhiannon’s Lark. In the interview, we talked about pagan influences, filk music definitions, the weirdness of XP, rebirth, gaming, and old school card games (man, I really miss playing euchre and hearts!).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Corduroy Ninja”
  • “What If Age Were XP?”
  • “Killer Snails”
  • “Addicted to X-Wing”

 

Oct 7, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Ultra Magnus and DJ SLAM!. In the interview, we talked about skeet shooting, colored vinyl, the Toronto Raptors, scratching, and black face in 2016. It was so completely ridiculous, I genuinely wasn’t quite sure if they were joking about switching roles, but, yeah, they pretty clearly weren’t. In my defense, I was listening on pretty crappy headphones (I have since invested in some better ones). And maybe there might have been some alcohol involved as well…

Songs played in the show:

  • “Thirst Trap”
  • “4 the People (ft. Snaggapuss)”
  • “Junglist Soldier (ft. Kondriah)”
  • “North Is in the House (ft. Dyna)”
Sep 30, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Baba Brinkman. In the interview, we talked about rap and poetry, lit-hop, Bill Nye, climate deniers, the limits of libertarianism, the vagaries of patronage and crowd funding, and obsessive reading of non-fiction.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Pardoner”
  • “What’s Beef? (ft. Bill Nye)”
  • “Freedom Ain’t Free”
  • “Run the Joules”

 

Sep 23, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to 1-Up Creative Mind Frame. In the interview, we talked about the complexities of stage names, high school rivalries, jazzy nerd music, Digital Champions, and Power Rangers.

Songs played in the show:

  • “RPG Legend (ft. MC Ohm-I)”
  • “Chrono Trigger”
  • “One Winged Angel (ft. Alpha Riff)”
  • “Shenmue (Ft C0splay, Sir J, SilverJ & JJ)”

 

Sep 16, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to cecilnick and Mikal kHill again. This is a very different type of episode, with no real structure or agenda. It grew out of a Twitter conversation that we had and then just kind of morphed into probably the weirdest episode of the podcast to date. So, uh, enjoy!

Songs played in the show:

  • None

 

Sep 9, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Night Sabers. In the interview, we talked about being in the best band in the world, KISS as a nerdy band, Adventure Time, discovering this world, Pee-wee Herman, and fictional characters.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Adventure Tonight”
  • “Marceline”
  • “Video Games, Anime, and Comic Books”

 

Sep 2, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to members of Oranga Tanga. In the interview, we talked about interesting band comparisons, being freaks and geeks at the same time, black holes, garbage, and being interested in everything.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Blackhole”
  • “Spacebar (UKO)”
  • “Marabunta”
  • “Cheeseburger Cheesburger”

 

Aug 26, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Jesse Dangerously. In the interview, we talked about a lot of stuff. It’s another fairly long episode with a wide range of topics. And, yeah, the Labyrinth Pop Vinyl for Sarah comes with Worm, not Fizzgig. I pre-ordered the Dark Crystal ones at the same time so I just misspoke.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Coming Out Wrong”
  • “A Secret Gay Film on its 30th Birthday”
  • “fml lol smdh”
  • “Pumpkin Spice Illuminatte”

 

Aug 19, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Paul Pescrillo of Geek E Inc., Productions and Toonami Faithful. In the interview, we talked about Toonami, the difficulties of making nerdcore popular, finding venues for promotion and discussion of geek music, and drama in nerdcore.

Songs played in the show:

  • None

 

Aug 12, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Robin Harbron (still can’t believe I messed up his name!) from Bedford Level Experiment. In the interview, we talked about flat earthers, early viral videos, the Timex-Sinclair 1000, the C64, the awesomeness of basements, the freedom of artistic restrictions, and John Wyndham.

Songs played in the show:

  • “History (Commodore 64)”
  • “Buying a Computer”
  • “Sault Ste. Marie”
  • “Love to Prove”

 

Aug 3, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Bluestreak of Beyond the Horizon Radio. In the interview, we talked about Star Citizen (man, the insanity of that whole debacle!), the loss of the soul of terrestrial radio, supporting artists, the varieties of geek music, Transformers (NOT the Michael Bay version), Ghostbusters (before it came out, but… yeah…), Louis CK, and licensing music.

 

Jul 29, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to Ben Nix aka Angrycrow. In the interview, we talked about having various online identities, working on video games, growing as an artist, self-promotion on social media, crazy films, and virtual reality (FWIW, my rig is the Samsung Gear, and I haven’t gotten motion sickness yet!).

Songs played in the show:

  • “Firefly Adaltz”
  • “Journey”
  • “Nicest”
  • “See”
Jul 22, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to The Dedicated Servers. In the interview, we talked about mc chris, getting into hip-hop, the personalization of nerdcore, diabetes, cheating in Fallout 4, Easter candy, being a fan of fandoms, sending art out into the void, and paying artists. And I got put on the spot about how I heard about The Dedicated Servers.

Songs played in the show:

  • “Call On”
  • “Dear Yeezus”
  • “Faying”
  • “A1C”
  • “Greed Is Greater than God”

 

Jul 15, 2016

In this episode of the Fandomania: Geek Music podcast, I talk to O Super. In the interview, we talked about CEO, live shows, J-pop, manga, old school video games, Cuphead, and making clothing (!).

Songs played in the show:

  • “CEO Challenger (Prod. by Mag.Lo, EyeQ, and O Super) (Official CEO2016 Theme song)”
  • “Technicolor & 8-Bit”
  • “Journey”
  • “Nightmare on Trap Street”

 

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