Over on the Functional Nerds site, John Anealio and I had the opportunity to chat with Z (Hipster, Please) from the Wired GeekDad Hiptrax podcast.

What a fantastic little show that was.

I never know what is going to happen when I hit that record button; I’m sure it’s going to be good, I just never know exactly how good.  This was really, really good.  I think I had more fun editing that show than any other we’ve done so far.  But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Z knows a lot about music, about Nerdcore, about all the little genre’s and subgenre’s – it made for a very engaging conversation.

I didn’t know much about Nerdcore til Anealio tipped me to it. Now I know even more and I am amazed by all these talented people out there making music and releasing it all on their own.  Z pointed out that it’s not really a new thing, that Dr Demento has been out there and pushing this special brand of indy music for a very long time.  This caused a light to go off in my head.  He’s right, this music has been around for a while, it’s just that technology has caught up with us and it’s easier than ever for someone with talent and passion to create their music and then distribute it to the masses.

Kinda like the way authors are now able to reach out and get their words into the hands of fans and potential fans.

Which brought up something that Anealio mentioned re: Balticon.  Something about how older authors tend to go for the ‘Gandalf look’; long beard, hat, bushy eyebrows.  I don’t know about that.  Some of the young ones do it too…

Check out Episode 12 of The Functional Nerds.