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"Goodbye, Jean-Luc, I'm gonna miss you. You had such potential. But then again, all good things must come to an end."
- Q, Star Trek: TNG

Music and Audio News

Secret Lair #18 Dungeons & Dragons. Wait? What?

by Ken Newquist / December 15, 2008

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition and Star Wars: Saga Edition were the big topics of conversation on my third guest appearance on The Secret Lair podcast.  Hosts Kris Johnson and Chris Miller and I spent about a half hour talking about the latest iteration of the venerable fantasy RPG before launching into why my gaming group decided to ditch it in favor of Star Wars.

Secret Lair Podcast: The Sky People by S.M. Stirling

by Ken Newquist / November 26, 2008

Wish you had a new episode of Radio Active to listen to? Never fear, a new one is on the way, but in the mean time you can listen to Episode 17 of The Secret Lair podcast, in which I talk with hosts Chris Miller and Kris Johnson about S.M. Stirling's alternate history/modernized pulp novel The Sky People.

Jonathan Coulton in the Lehigh Valley?

by Ken Newquist / January 25, 2008

Geek musician/singer Jonathan Coulton (Skullcrusher Mountain, Re: Your Brains) lives in Brooklyn, New York, which isn't all that far from the Lehigh Valley. Yet to the best of my knowledge, he's never played here, which is something I'd like to change.

There's a Lehigh Valley "demand" for him in Eventful:

BioShock Orchestral Score Available as Free Download

by Ken Newquist / September 12, 2007

I've been losing myself in BioShock for the last three weeks or so, fighting my way through a pseudo-Randian dystopia that's as engaging as it is beautiful. Part of what makes the game so exception is its soundtrack, which is by turns cinematic, classical and terrifying. Now you can enjoy composer's work outside of the game by downloading the soundtrack for free from the BioShock web site.

Bum Rush the Charts

by Ken Newquist / March 21, 2007

Bum Rush the Charts is a grassroots effort by bloggers and podcasters to demonstrate the power of independent media by sending one track by an independent artist to the top of the iTunes Music list for a single day (or longer, if possible).

The bum rush begins March 22 at midnight as everyone involved with the effort buys the track "Mine Again" by the band Black Lab. If you buy the track via an iTunes affiliate link on the Bum Rush web site, the organizers will get a cut of the funds, which they're then putting into a college scholarship.

Podcast Roundup for Nov. 2006: Dragon's Landing, Geek Acres, Round Table, Fear the Boot, Geek Fu

by Ken Newquist / December 2, 2006

My iPod finally decided to connect to my PowerMac, allowing me to finally download a bunch of new podcasts to listen to. First up on my list were for Dragon's Landing Inn, Misfit Brew's Round Table, Fear the Boot and Geek Fu Action Grip.

Firefly's Nathan Fillion Introduces Nov. 14 Edition of 7th Son Podcast

by Ken Newquist / November 8, 2006

J.C. Hutchins' podcast novel 7th Son will get a little touch of the Verse on Nov. 14 when Firefly's Nathan Fillion recaps "the story so far" for the book's listeners. This isn't the first time Hutchins has had such notable guest narrators; others include Robert J. Sawyer (Mindscan, Neanderthal Parallax trilogy), Mike Resnick (Santiago, the Starship series), Tracy R. Hickman (Dragonlance series) and Jeph Loeb (writer/co-executive producer for NBC's Heroes, Batman: The Long Halloween).

According to Hutchins:

7th Son is a free weekly podcast novel. The story chronicles the lives of seven strangers who have been brought together after the recent assassination of the U.S. president. These men quickly discover they all appear to be the same man, with identical childhood memories. Unwitting participants in a human cloning experiment, these "John Michael Smiths" have been assembled to catch the man who murdered the president. Their target? The man they were cloned from ... the original John Michael Smith, code-named John Alpha."

Cory Doctorow's "0wnz0red" Available as Podcast

by Ken Newquist / September 28, 2006

Cory Doctorow's short story "0wnz0red" is available as a four-part podcast. He describes it as "a story about trusted computing, geek culture, and getting root on your body", which sounds nicely weird. I haven't listened yet, but I've got it queued up and ready to go for today's workout at the gym.

If listening to fiction isn't your thing (yes, I'm looking at you Berin) then you can always try subscribing to the episodic, RSS-based version of Doctorow's exceedingly strange urban fantasy novel Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town. The feed delivers a few pages to you each day until you've completed the book. Read my review of the dead tree version of the book.