I am totally in love with this band Goblin Cock, whose entire goal in life is to sing about geeky topics in a register that can only be described as Spinal Tappian. This video from their song "Stumped" contains every possible great thing: druids, comic book stores, women's softball, robots, and street fights. I guess you could call this the other side of nerdcore — the side that's all about rock and roll, man. The side that has its roots in the darkest of the dark geek arts: filk music.

Just yesterday, BoingBoing's Xeni Jardin posted a great show from a local filk convention, where old-school filkers told her the story behind the word "filk" and explained the more traditional side of filking. It's strange to think bands like Goblin Cock have their roots in songs about cats and UNIX, but it's obvious they do. Similarly, heavy metal and hard rock owe a lot to folk and country music.

Now if you want to see some seriously awesome new-school filk, you have to check out this video from Judgment Day. The guys in the band use filky instruments like violins to Completely Rock Out in a way that pleases me all the way down to my bleeding entrails. Call it string metal, or call it zombie filking. Whatever you do, don't let it bite you.