This month we get videos about Dragonball Z, Blade Runner, and general geek culture. There are also a few artists that I’ve never gotten around to featuring before as well as some upcoming podcast guests. So let’s get to the videos!
An Hobbes – “Away Team”
To start us off, we have an artist who is relatively new to me, An Hobbes. I encountered him when I put out a call for upcoming podcast guests, and his stuff is really good. The song is part of An Hobbes’s Diary of a Space Cadet two-part concept album that’s totally worth checking out in its entirety. Look for his podcast episode in the next few weeks.
Baba Brinkman – “God of the Gaps”
Every once in a while, I like to sneak in some skeptical / atheist tracks that are at least tangentially geeky. This is one of those, about the concept of the god of the gaps, in which the explanation that “god did it” gets inserted wherever there are gaps in our scientific knowledge. It’s part of Baba Brinkman’s Rap Guide to Religion which is also really great.
Tekforce – “Spirit Bomb”
The latest from Tekforce is a track about Dragonball Z. It is, as always, a great track, especially if you’re a fan of DBZ. You can also find the track on Soundcloud and Bandcamp if you want to download it, and it will also be featured on the upcoming Nerdcore Absolution Vol. 3.
Megathruster – “It’s Not Out Yet”
I think we’ve all had those moments where we just know that the newest movie or TV show or book or whatever is going to be terrible before it’s even released. Megathruster captures that idea quite nicely in this awesome video which features real life superhero Guardian Shield.
Megathruster – “Other People Playing Minecraft”
And their second single from 20-Sided Vice is about “kids these days” and how they don’t want to just sit around all day and play video games like we did, they want to watch videos of other people playing them. It’s a nice, subtle critique of the “back in my day” mentality.
Kraken Not Stirred – “If You Post Spoilers I Will Kill You” (ft. Kari Maaren)
Pretty much what it says on the tin. A song for everyone on the Internet, I think.
The Cog Is Dead – “Another Cog in the Machine”
We’re all just cogs in the big machine of life.
Sammus – “The Feels” (ft. Baba Doherty)
It’s tough to balance the need for extreme emotions to feel creative and the need to just feel normal. Sammus walks that fine line in this, her latest single from Infusion.
Thundering Asteroids! – “Hit It & Crit”
From their last concert on Earth, Thundering Asteroids! is joined by Jessica from The PDX Broadsides for this rocker. Be sure to check out the video for “Voight-Kampff Test” as well as the full audio on the Portland Punk Podcast.
Tacocat – “Dana Katherine Scully”
How can you not love a song about Scully from The X-Files? It’s so catchy and danceable, too. If you love clever pop punk with a humorous, feminist bent, then you should definitely check out Tacocat’s latest, Lost Time (which is itself another X-Files reference), even if it’s not otherwise especially geeky.