Not all of these videos are technically new, and they’re not even all necessarily recent since I’ve been compiling this list for quite some time, but they are new to my lists, so I suppose that counts for something. This time we have a couple of sort-of-but-maybe-not-quite geeky videos, a song based on a poem from a TV show, video game music, and recent videos from some favorite artists.
Mr. B & Prof. Elemental – “Everything Stops for Tea”
Chap-hop and teacore together at last. Because, of course, everything stops for tea.
Darren Korb and Ashley Barrett – “Setting Sail, Coming Home”
I love the video game Bastion, and the soundtrack is a large part of the reason why I love it. So to hear the artists perform it live is really cool. They also include the theme from the upcoming Transistor, which I might actually have to grab on the day of its release, something I rarely do with video games.
Mega Ran and K-Murdock – “One Bad Day”
Mega Ran uses the music from the NES Batman game to create a rap about The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. I love that the line “Despite what I’ve been through, I never lost my smile,” which sounds so uplifting in other contexts, becomes downright creepy when it’s the Joker speaking. Interestingly, Ran avoids the recent controversy over the ending of the book. I’m not sure where I come down on that, but this is an amazing song regardless.
Satellite-High – “Stan Spudowski” (NSFW)
OK, I’m not really sure if this quite qualifies as geeky or not, but given the title (I’m assuming it’s a reference to Michael Richards’s character on UHF), the Robocop cap, the NASA t-shirt, the fact that his music was featured on Welcome to Night Vale as the weather in episode two (“The Bus Is Late”), and the fact that the song is just plain awesome, I’m featuring it anyway. Plus he refers to himself as the “rap game Philip Glass,” and Philip Glass is one of my favorite composers. And surely knowing who that is makes one a classical music geek.
Garfunkel and Oates – “Sports Go Sports”
This is pretty much exactly how I feel about sports, too.
Gail Carriger – “Curtsies & Conspiracies”
I haven’t actually read this series of books yet, but I’ve read the first couple in The Parasol Protectorate series, so I’m sure that I’ll get to these at some point. I love the fantasy elements set in a steampunk universe. And the video certainly makes the series seem appealing. (Credit to io9 for introducing me to this one).
The Doubleclicks – “Ode to Spot”
Remember the episode of ST:TNG where Data composes a poem for his furry feline friend, Spot? Yeah, that’s what this is. Set to music by The Doubleclicks. Yup, you know you’re going to watch it! Oh, and it’s part of their recently finished Weekly Song Wednesday series (which will be revived thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter (it ends on Feb. 18, 2014, so you might be able to get in on it if you read this in time!)), so go check out the rest of them, too!
Dr. Thom and Professor Chrisbee – “Absurdist Liaisons”
Another one that I’m not sure if it necessarily qualifies as geek music per se, but based on their about page on Facebook, Thom and Chrisbee seem to be science geeks, so it works, I think. They also make some pretty spectacular music with loops and other effects that are well worth your time.
Mike Doughty – “Super Bon Bon”
OK, technically this song isn’t at all geeky, but since MC Frontalot is in the video, and this updated version of the Soul Coughing song is really good, I’m including it. And if you’re a fan of Soul Coughing and haven’t checked out Mike Doughty’s new album, you really owe it to yourself to do so.
Marian Call – “Good Morning Moon”
Filmed on location at Space Expo, this video features Marian Call as an astronaut, floating around in space! Well, maybe not actually in space, but we can all pretend!