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When I posted on this site over a year ago, and said that I would start posting about things other then music I followed that post up with three posts about music. Since I am nothing if not predictable, let’s make a post about music.

The first sign that you are starting to get somewhere in writing about music is when people start sending you advanced copies of their albums. Well, tonight I had my advance copy cherry popped by my man Z. Z hooked me up with an early copy of his next compilation, Old Nerdy Bastard. The idea behind ONB is to get a bunch of vocal tracks from various geek artists and have them remixed by a bunch of other geek artists. The comp is a pretty good cross section of some of the key players in Geek Rock, WRock, and Nerdcore (sadly, all the Video Game Inspired Music folks that Z approached had to decline or were unable to get their tracks finished).

I’m not sure how much I am allowed to say at this moment, plus I’d like to give the album a few more spins before writing a full review. I can say right this minute though, that this album is destined for must have territory, and is a shoe in for all kinds of end of year album lists. In fact I will be rating end of the year lists this year by where this album ends up placing on them.

Seriously, Z hit up some very talented cats and they responded by bringing their A games to the table. There are some tracks here that are just jaw dropping good. To be completely honest, I knew we were capable of some amazing crap, but this thing is just silly good.

This is it folks. Break out the calendars and make note. This will be the first sign in the pilgrimage that will unite the geek tribes. It starts here. Keep your eyes peeled over at Hipster, please! for the release. You will tell your children about the day this album dropped.

Written by Matt

May 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Congrats

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Thursday turned out to be a big day for my man Z, of Hipster, please! fame.

First, the Wired blog Geek Dads posted the first episode of his new podcast HipTrax. This new podcast allows Z to spotlight geek groups that geek parent’s can listen to around their geeks in training. The first episode features Jonathan Coulton, MC Lars, and Harry and the Potters.

While most people would pull something like that off and, rightfully, call it a day. Z, with a little help from his wife M, not only followed it up, he knocked it out of the park by later that night announcing the birth of his daughter. Little I now joins her big brother X as the first kids of geek music.

On behalf of the geek world, a big welcome to I! And a request to not push daddy to far. The man’s a little fragile already and we kind of need him around for a little longer.

Written by Matt

March 21st, 2008 at 9:46 pm

Posted in News

Stop Standing Still

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So, last month I dropped a couple of hints about a top secret project that I’ve been working on. Well, today’s the day of the grand unveiling.

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Geeks of all fandoms.

I give you…

Stop Standing Still!!!

For those that may be curious, Stop Standing Still is a site that I’ve set up to help promote the idea of geek culture. For now, it does this by providing a listing of geek centric shows that are happening around the world. Overtime, and after I develop an application with a better tool set for users, I’ll expand on this idea to include other things.

Heading over to the site, you’ll probably notice that the listings are a little sparse at the moment. This is just the beginning. I wanted to get a core list of artists into the system so people could get an idea of how things worked. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to work on expanding the offerings available for the geek music connoisseur.

Speaking of which, if you would like to help, please let me know. There’s a breakdown of the kind of help I’m looking for in the FAQ on the site.

OK, if you’ll excuse me, I’m kind of beat. Between the site and work and other things, I’ve been going non stop for the past 4 or 5 days. At the moment, I need to go to bed. More later.

Written by Matt

October 31st, 2007 at 9:18 pm

More on the Top Secret Project

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I really do plan on getting this project off the ground. I really do. It looks like next week probably won’t happen though. I have a reason this time. See, I accepted a job offer with a new company on Thursday. I’ll be starting the new job on the 8th of Oct.

On the plus side, the new job will drastically reduce my commute time. (I’m currently in my car a minimum of 2 hours a day. The new job will reduce that to probably around 45 minutes a day max, unless traffic is completely horrid, probably even less) Which means I’ll have more time in the evenings and won’t be completely useless when I get home. That will make keeping on top of this new project, and may be even getting a little more action here, easier.

On the minus side, the next two weeks are likely to be very busy weeks. I’ve got two weeks to transfer a lot of knowledge to my replacement. I also have a couple of projects that really need to be finished up. And I need to create some documentation to explain the applications that I have created. On top of this, there’s a couple of technical areas, in the new position, where I’m lacking. I just bought a couple of computer books this morning. My hope is to start teaching myself these new technologies so I can make a good impression at the new job. (they are aware of my short comings, which is one reason I don’t want to have them anymore when I start)

I’m going to tentatively push things back to Halloween. I’m not sure what the new job is going to be like though, so I’ll warn you now that it may get pushed back again. It will happen though, that I promise.

In the meantime, I am throwing out a call for information from folks. You’ll probably be able to guess from the below questions that the new project is a new web site. I’ve talked to a few folks about this, and still need to talk to at least one more person. So far, I have received enthusiastic responses from everyone, so this will hopefully be very very cool. Here are my questions though,

1) I need a new register to hold my url and I’d like to just register the new site with them. I’ve sent a couple of questions to the folks that hold tsuibhne.net and have never heard back from them once. If anyone has their URL registered with a company with good customer service, I’d love to hear from you. I’m not asking for anything to tricky. I would like to have someone respond to my emails though.

2) I need a designer. I’m fine when it comes to coding back end stuff, but my abilities to design a user interface that doesn’t look like crap, are lacking. If anyone feels up to doing a little design work, please drop me a line. I can’t pay you, but it could be a decent chance to pad a portfolio. If you’re interested, drop me a line (mattwsweeney AT gmail.com) and please include links to examples, if you have them. I’m looking for a layout that’s very simple and very clean. I can handle the coding of it (though I may have a few questions) or we can work something out. I just need someone with some kind of design talent.

Written by Matt

September 22nd, 2007 at 3:40 pm

Posted in News,site info

Oh now this looks like fun

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The Pedia folks broke the story that a new WRock fest is in the works. And the best part is that it looks like it’ll be local for me! (i.e. general mid-atlantic area)

The name of the fest is Magus and it is being organized by Anna of The Grey Ladies, Grace of Snidget, and their friend Emily. According to the site they are shooting for an April/May ’08 timeframe for the fest.

According to this entry on the fest’s web site, these are the band’s currently showing interest in the project:

  • Catchlove
  • The Cedric Diggorys
  • The Chinese Chomping Cabbages
  • The Grey Ladies
  • Gryffindor Common Room Rejects
  • The Gryffinpuffs
  • Honeydukes Finest
  • Justin Finch-Fletchley and the Sugar Quills
  • The Morphing Werewolves
  • Snidget
  • Tonks and the Aurors
  • The Trace
  • The Whomping Willows

You can be damn sure that I’ll be following the developments of this little story and keep you up to date with any new news I find out.

Written by Matt

September 17th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Posted in News,Wizard Rock

Crap.

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So I was having a decent day today. Nothing amazing. I had a project at work that I was expecting to take hours, that only took about five minutes. Then there’s the saga that is Church’s new found internet celebrity status (more on that later). It was a decent day.

Then Karl went and fucked it all up.

Ultraklystron is taking a break from music.

The short of it is that while his life as a musician/producer is starting to take off, everything else is starting to fall apart. He’s being smart about it and putting music on hold until he gets his personal life sorted out. He’s going to release Rai‘s album and he may release his own album, Open Source Lyricist, if there’s enough interest. And then he’s going to focus on “the basics,” as he puts it.

I can respect his decision. I can even applaud him for it. I think it probably the right move for him to make. It still bums me out though.

Way back in January (god, has it only been months?) I posted an entry here where I basically said that nerdcore is a celebration of the nerd/geek lifestyle. In my eyes, Ultraklystron was the strongest example of this. Nerdcore is still in an embryonic stage where it is searching for a voice to call its own. Its split between borrowing the cultural vocabulary of other movements (namely hip hop) and relying on cliches and gimmicks to express it self. There isn’t anything wrong with this. Rock Around The Clock or Parent’s Just Don’t Understand are not deep songs. And what were the Ramones, if not a 60s pop throw back. This is the way things start. This is the way it is supposed to be this early in the game. That’s cool.

Something like Romance Language though hinted at more. It didn’t quite realize it, but it strongly hinted at a scene that had its own vocabulary. It hinted at a potential for something deeper to come out of the scene.

The reason that I talk Karl up so much here is because, from what I’ve seen, he was one of the guys that was going to come out with something new each and every time. Each new album would be a step forward, advancing things just a little more. May be not raising the bar, but pushing into new areas. In a scene obsessed with video games, he was the guy that released “Well That’s Moe.” An anime centric track that left everyone who wasn’t an otaku scrambling to figure out what the hell he was talking about. That took serious guts. And those guts were what made Karl someone to keep an eye on.

You may not have liked Karl’s dance based beats. You may not have dug his anime and manga centric lyrics. But, you have to admit that the guy didn’t shy away from the inherent risks in experimenting. And for a scene as young as nerdcore to loose someone who was so willing to experiment and take risks, it is a shame. The scene will be poorer for the time that he’s away. Hopefully, that time will be short.

Written by Matt

August 28th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,News,Thoughts

Even Werewolfs Need Love

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So Matt, aka The Whomping Willows, just posted a bummer of a blog post over at his myspace page. It seems that sometime Saturday night the van that he’s sharing with The Remus Lupins while he tours with them, was broken into.

The full post can be found here.

Matt says that while he’s escaped the ordeal with no losses, the Lupins weren’t so lucky. They lost two iPods and a cashbox with around $2K in it. Matt encourages folks who have not picked up the Lupins’ new CD to give some thought about doing so, and I have to agree with that sentiment.

I’m still digesting the band’s latest CD, I Was A Teenage Werewolf (the money I happily paid for it, I guess is now gone), but there are several songs on the disk that have already grabbed my attention, and I can whole heartedly say that it is definitely worth picking up. And if you haven’t picked up the band’s first CD, Spells From A Broken Wand, you really need to do so. A great album full of a lot of great tracks.

Hell, even if you have picked the disks up, may be you know someone who hasn’t, but may be interested in them? With this news it looks like my little brother will be getting introduced to the world of Wizard Rock this October for his birthday.

In my life I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and befriend some of the bands that I’ve followed. And few touring bands can afford to take this kind of loss. My heart goes out to the Lupins who put on one hell of a good show in Vienna on Saturday. If you’ve got an extra $13 lying around, please consider picking up an album and helping them out.

Written by Matt

August 12th, 2007 at 8:12 pm

Posted in News,Wizard Rock

Wizard Rock, meet the world

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So the fine folks over at Wizardrock.org were the first ones to break the story last month when they posted the comment,

If you have been contacted by someone claiming to be from MTV, they are actually from MTV and are planning on doing a segment on Wizard Rock for MTV news.

Now though comes the pay off. The short MTV News clip is now in rotation on MTV. Everyone has posted a comment about this breaking news with a link to the video, but I’m going to give the link here to new Wizard Rock website Everything….Wizard Rock!.

Direct link to the video can be found here after some Fallout Boy commercials. (boy do they look excited to be shilling for a car company)

And when you’re done basking in the glorious validation, go back and hit up Everything….Wizard Rock again. The site is still a little sparse since its new, but they’ve already got an interview with the Moaning Myrtles and their very own cool video.

I mean come on, you’re reading this site, so obviously your bored. Go welcome the girl with some love. She’s already a hell of a lot more relevant then I am in the WR world.

Written by Matt

June 6th, 2007 at 7:35 pm

Posted in News,Wizard Rock

Link Dump Pop edition

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OK, let’s try this again and see if I can post this with out deleting what I wrote.

Here’s a bunch of stuff that’s been sitting in my RSS reader waiting for me to get off my ass and write a post up. Since I seem incapable of that, I’ll just do a little dump here.

  • First up, the NYC Pop Fest has finally gone live with their real web site, www.nycpopfest.com. You can check the site out to get information on ordering weekend passes and information on cheap lodging alternatives.
  • Second, comes word from K Records that the legendary Calvin Johnson is heading out on tour for May and June. The tour crawls over large areas of the country so give the tour dates a look see here and go out to see a legend play live.

OK, I think that’s enough for now.

Written by Matt

April 23rd, 2007 at 2:28 pm

Posted in News,pop

NYC Pop Fest

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Just a quick note that the NYC Pop Fest kids have finally released the line up and it looks like a doozy.

NYC POPFEST 2007

THURSDAY MAY 24, 2007 – Opening Night Gala
98-104 Meserole Ave., @ EUROPA in Brooklyn

  • BMX Bandits (Scotland)
  • Pants Yell! (MA)
  • Yellow Fever (TX)
  • The Metric Mile (NYC)
  • Lispector (France)
  • & Other Surprise Guests!!

FRIDAY MAY 25, 2007 – Kick-off the weekend with Mitch Easter & a Rooftop Afterparty!!!
168 Delancey Street, @ THE DELANCEY on the L.E.S.

  • Baskervilles (NYC)
  • Mitch Easter (NC)
  • The Secret History (NYC)
  • The Smittens (VT)
  • Affair d’Coeur (NYC)
  • The Reverse (NY)
  • & ROOFTOP AFTER-PARTY

SATURDAY MAY 26, 2007 – FREE Daytime All-Ages Show
Astroland Stage – Coney Island Boardwalk, @ ASTROLAND on Coney Island!!!!!

  • Bunnygrunt (MO)
  • Cars Can Be Blue (GA)
  • Best Fwends (TX)
  • The Gritty Midi Gang (NYC)
  • & Special Surprise Guests!

SATURDAY MAY 26, 2007
74 Leonard St., @ THE KNITTTING FACTORY

  • Casiotone For the Painfully Alone (CHI)
  • The Ballet (NYC)
  • Ballboy (Scotland)
  • Harvey Williams (UK)
  • My Teenage Stride (NYC)
  • The Besties (NYC)
  • Brown Recluse Sings (PA)

SUNDAY MAY 27, 2007
361 Metropolitan Avenue, @ LUNA LOUNGE in Brooklyn

  • Pipas (UK/NYC)
  • CAUSE-COMOTION (NYC)
  • Human Television (PA)
  • Michael Leviton (NYC)
  • Pelle Carlberg (Sweden)
  • Dear Nora (CA)
  • The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (NYC)

MONDAY May 28, 2007 – Memorial Day BBQ & Show
484 Union Avenue, @ UNION POOL in Brooklyn

  • Allen Clapp & His Orchestra (CA)
  • The Gazetteers (NY)
  • The Lil Hospital (PA)
  • Surefire Broadcast (PA)
  • Titans of Filth (GA)
  • & Special Surprise Guests!!

If you’re not sure about this lineup, just check out the reaction from the Three Imaginary Girls site.

Written by Matt

April 20th, 2007 at 11:28 am

Posted in News,pop