Thursday, June 21, 2007

More Nerd News in Brief

Consider this the More Nerd News in Brief pre-holiday busywork edition.

In order to guarantee that you are all adequately entertained in my absence, this one is chock-full of suggestions concerning how to spend your precious free time.

Quit fuckin’ around and listen to…
  • The Blue Bomber: Random’s take on Capcom’s Mega Man saga, known simply as Mega Ran, dropped earlier this week. You can pick up a dumbed-down version on the free and enjoy the geeky hip-hop goodness.
  • Full frontal nerdity: Florida poindexters Rocket Propelled Geeks also just dropped their latest offering GOTO 10. It too is bargain priced at $0.00, so you’ve no need not to pick it up. “Crimson Twins” comes highly recommended.
Get off the couch and go see…
  • Front the most: MC Frontalot requests that all NY-area geeks “ATTEND the HECK” out of his upcoming shows. On Saturday, June 23rd he’ll be tag-teaming with the high-toned honky known as mc chris from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Passout Record Shop (131 Grand St., Brooklyn) for the very reasonable price of FREE. Front goes on early, so show up for the duration. Then, the following Wednesday, June 27th, Frontalot will blow the doors off The Knitting Factory in Manhattan; doors open at 6:30 PM, but Front won’t commence the rockin’ until 8:00 PM. This all-ages gig costs 8 bones at the door.
  • She’ll cut ya!: MC Router will be rocking out her own bad self this Sunday, June 24th at Embargo as part of the FW Weekly showcase. She’ll be taking the stage at 6:00 PM; show up early and help her get her pre-gig drunk on.
Don’t watch that! What this…
  • Teh Winna: Ms. Router (with some help from Dan Lamoureux) handily won the Axosoft Geek Marketing contest with her video “Buggin' Out.” Why not take another look at that?
  • Mid-season replacement: Church was nice enough to turn me on to this campaign to resurrect little-known 70s sci-fi farce Quark via DVD release. The same site also offers episodes for download, which, as Church said, “belies the ridiculous claims of the studios about the impact of piracy.”
Get your game on with…
Read cool stuff like
  • Lovin’ the Craft: In this week’s edition of online gaming periodical The Escapist, Allen Varney explores just why it’s so damned hard to make an interesting, functional game centering on H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos. It’s a good read, specifically for slavering fanboys such as myself.
  • White kids love hip-hop: If you’re looking to read something a bit more substantial, I’m gonna throw caution to the wind and recommend Other People’s Property: A Shadow History of Hip-Hop in White America. I picked up the hardcover – for a scant $1647 – from Amazon a couple months back, and I found it to be a fascinating read. If you’re looking for a book expressly about the nature of nerdcore within the realm of hip-hop, you’re gonna be mildly disappointed; but, consequently, if you’re looking for a book that perfectly treads the line between factually grounded illumination and charmingly personal exposition, then this one is sure to please. Jason Tanz explores the incredibly thorny issue of whites in black culture at length, but stops short of A) being preachy and B) giving simple answers to complex (and distinctly subjective) questions.

And that, faithful readers (Matt, I’m looking at you), should ensure that you have plenty to do while Z. and company soak up some fun in the sun. I’ll be sure to keep my camera phone holstered in case I see anything adequately nerdy that warrants sharing. Looks for more musical dorkery next week, and thanks, as always, for stopping by. :D

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What? You're still here?

Okay, fine. Here's Church's latest video project. He calls it "Charity Case," but I call it Frontalot vs. Chaplin.

Enjoy.

I need to start packing.

4 comments:

ChurchHatesTucker said...

Damn, that is a better title. Thanks for the love.

Oh, malformed link to the game. It should be:
http://www.acid-play.com/download/return-of-egypt/

Z. said...

No prob, bro. You always return in kind! Oh, and thanks for pointing out the wonky link. I fixed that one.

Matt S said...

Another book for the 'to read' list (assuming you haven't already read it, since I'm late to the game), World War Z. Picked it up last Friday and just devoured it (no pun intended). How can you not love a book that tells the oral history of a global zombie infestation?

Z. said...

Good call, Matt. I read that one a few months back, and it is, indeed, a fine read. Brooks can really drop some fiction.