…right now, is an Alaskan artist named Marian Call.  Pop open her site in a new browser window, tab, origami chicken or whatever, then keep reading this.

So, “geek chic”…frankly, worries me.  Perhaps it’s because for so long now, geeks have been the subculture to defy direct scrutiny.  At first, no one understood us and tended to leave us alone.  These days, there’s more of us than you’d think…yet we still try to avoid notice, because, well…it might scare some of you to realize you’ve already joined us.

Which is why whenever I see anything marketed to geeks, I tend to get suspicious.  We don’t tend to do that very much.  Not on purpose.  Thankfully, Marian hasn’t…in fact, as you poke around her website, look for a track called, “I’ll Still be a Geek After Nobody Thinks it’s Chic.”  Long title, but sums up what I’m trying to get at here pretty darn well:  it can be tricky to separate “geeks advising geeks on cool, geeky stuff” versus “marketers trying to subvert geeks”.  This is the former, not the latter.

So where did I learn about the lovely Ms. Call?  Well, it’s getting a bit fuzzy…because for awhile, I hadn’t, and then it seemed like everyone was talking about here.  Somehow, it all revolves around something called W00tstock.  After an appearance on their tour, lots of the geeks I follow on Twitter keep talking about her.

What else do you need to know?

  • Vanilla, her debut album, contains lots of goodness.
  • Got to Fly was commissioned by Quantum Mechanix, and is largely dedicated to the Firefly universe of Joss Whedon.  Do you need to know and love Firefly to like this album?  No!  Really, only one song I can think of might seem strange if you don’t know Firefly.  Although, if you know me and don’t like Firefly, I’ll probably pity you.
  • She’s on tour right now, though sadly not near Texas.

So give her a listen, and sometime soon I’ll try and remember to tell you about more W00tstock alum, like Paul & Storm, Molly Lewis, and Jonathon Coulton 1)Who may not have appeared at a W00tstock yet, but it’s only a matter of time….

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1. Who may not have appeared at a W00tstock yet, but it’s only a matter of time…