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The Great Random Signal Name Our RoombaTM Contest is still open for submissions! So, to get your creative meat juices flowing, here is an assortment of robot-y songs. The supplier of the winning name will receive an piece of original hand-made robot art and/or craft by Futuregirl (Leah Riley) ! Stay tuned for further details.

Song 1: Pathways to Progress - Eyes To Space (from From The Bureau of Robotic Affairs)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Song 2: Techno Machine (With a Lazer Beam) - Math The Band (from Math The Band Banned The Math)

Song 3: Speed Food Pyramid - Captured! By Robots (from The Ten Commandments/Get Fit With...)

Song 4: Robotacus - Zombies! Organize!! (from Before It's Too Late)

Robotacus by Zombies! Organize!!

Song 5: Automaton - No They Do (from When Robots Rule The World)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [Podsafe Music Netork]

Song 6: Tom The T1000 - Jonathan Coulton (from Our Bodies, Ourselves, Our Cybernetic Arms)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [Podsafe Music Network]

Song 7: FU Robot - Pro Audio (from Make The Happiness Stop)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [Podsafe Music Network]

Song 8: World Robot Domination - Sudden Death (from Fatal Error)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [Podsafe Music Network] [The FuMP]

Song 9: The Laws of Robotics - No They Do (from When Robots Rule The World)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [Podsafe Music Network]

This Thanksgiving, don't forget to thank all the hard-working robots in your life--the security and well being of the human race may depend on it!
Direct download: Random_Signal_80.mp3
Category:podcast - music -- posted at: 3:51pm EST

Better late than never I suppose...

Real show notes to follow.

1. Zombie I - CALABRESE

2. Shoot The Zombies - songstowearpantsto.com

3. Creature From The Black Lagoon - the Happy, Happy Jihads

4. Roy O'Bannon vs. The Mummy - Get Three Coffins Ready

5. When They've Come For You - Beatnik Turtle

6. Ghost With The Most - B-Movie Britz

7. Zombie Swamp - Thee Strawberry Mynde

8. Zombie Highschool - Sidekick Lupchen and The Bad Generation

9. Creepy Kids Club - Creepy Kids Club

10. Giant Robot - Lizards From Afar

11. Zombie Town - Midnight Peacocks

12. Monster In The Canyon - The Dynamite Brothers

13. Song For The Death Eaters - Harry and The Potters

Direct download: Random_Signal_79.mp3
Category:Halloween -- posted at: 4:18pm EST

Hello! We're back and we have lots of exciting news!

What's all this news you ask? Well, you are going to have to listen to the podcast to find out! :p

Speaking of podcasts, you really should be listening to:
Radio Free Hipster
Radio Isopod

All three bands featured in this show were part of this past summer's Unlimited Enthusiasm Expo tour.

Math The Band

Song 1: Let's Hear It For Capitalism!

Song 2: Everyone's Embarassing

(from Math The Band Banned The Math)

Uncle Monsterface

[MySpace] [iTunes]

Song 3: Lobster Building (from Letter Green (I Love You))

Song 4: The Gary Gygax Song (from This Is an Adventure!)

Harry and The Potters

[MySpace] [iTunes]

Song 5: The Human Hosepipe (from Voldemort Can't Stop The Rock!)

Song 6: Save Ginny Weasley (from Harry and The Potters)

Direct download: Random_Signal_78.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:41pm EST

As the summer comes to a close, Ryn and I talk vacation and books. This podcast begins in the mountains and ends at the beach...well, sort of.

Video 1: Why Do You Let Me Stay Here? - She & Him (from Volume One)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Song 1: Human Hands - Bowerbirds (from Hymns For a Dark Horse)
MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Buy Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty!!!

Also, Dragon*Con 2008 is right around the corner!

Song/Video 2: Valentine - Festival (from Come, Arrow, Come!)
MySpace] [iTunes]

FESTIVAL - Valentine from Language of Stone on Vimeo.

Books, books, books! A full list is forthcoming...

Song 3: House of Cards - Lemming Malloy (from Avalauncher EP)
[MySpace] [iTunes]

...and more books!

Song 4: Playing For Keeps - Beatnik Turtle (from The Song of the Day podcast)

Buy Playing For Keeps by Mur Lafferty!!!

Direct download: Random_Signal_77.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:56pm EST

Ryn and I went the midnight opening of Batman: The Dark Knight, and we discuss out thoughts on the movie while driving to my family reunion on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. SPOILER ALERT! We assume that anyone listening has either seen the movie, or doesn't care about having the details of the film revealed.

Outro song: Batmobile - the Happy, Happy Jihads (courtesy of the Podsafe Music Network)
Direct download: Random_Signal_76_5.mp3
Category:movies -- posted at: 8:25pm EST

I'm beginning to suspect that my microphone is dying, and I apologize in advance if I sound like I'm recoring in a tin can. Ryn, on the other hand, sounds great! You'd think after three years I'd have this stuff down...

Also, the crickets...WTF?!

Song 1: Make My Day - Violet Vector and the Lovely Lovelies (from EP 1)
[MySpace] [iTunes]

We kick things of with an uplanned discussion of our favorite member of the Star Trek family: Deep Space Nine. We make special mention of the Season 6 episode "Far Beyond the Stars".

Song 2: We Are All Accelerated Readers - Los Campesinos! (from Hold On Now, Yougster...)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Superhero Move Roundup!

The Marvel Universe:
The DC Universe: and on DVD...

Song 3: Dear Mr. & Mrs. Troublemaker - All Girl Summer Fun Band (from 2)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

And even more movies...

Song 4: The Crash, The Wagons, The Dying Horses - The Craft Economy (from All On C)
Direct download: Random_Signal_76.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:26pm EST

Not only is this episode 75 (it's divisible by 5, so you know it's important), but today is the 3rd anniversary, to the day, of the launch of www.randomsignal.com!

All music in this episode is from the album Clap Along with... by The Dynamite Brothers from Chapel Hill, NC.

Song 1: Bus Stop

Ryn and I share our thoughts on Balticon 42, including...

Geek Fu Morning Show After Dark #13, LIVE!
The Takeover--Now with 100% more Ryn!
The Balticon Podcast

Song 2: My Lover

Ryn and I talk, once again, about one of our most favorite topics: television.

Song 3: One Way Blues

A bit more about TV, specifically, Joss Whedon's new series Dollhouse and J.J. Abrams' new series Fringe.

Introducing Indie Squid Kid, my new cephalopod-focused blog!

Want to get a beet (or maybe a turnip) in the mail? Well, all you have to do is drop me an email. I guarantee it will be, at the very least, Maryland-quality produce.

Song 4: Raw Dawggin' Again
Direct download: Random_Signal_75.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Balticon 42 begins tomorrow! So here's a quick one before I go.

Song 1: The World The People Together (Come On) - The Dandy Warhols (from ...Earth To The Dandy Warhols...)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

And now, some awesome words for your sexy ears...

The Takeover only at ZombInc.net (Zombies!! At work!!)

The Failed Cities Monologues by Matt Wallace and Variant Frequencies

Song 2: I'm Dungeons You're Dragons - The Alligators (from ???)
[MySpace] [PMN]

I'm providing a voice for Chris Lester's awsome new podcast novel Metamor City: Making The Cut

Go see Iron Man, it's really very good.

Song 3: Springtime Can Kill You - Jolie Holland (from Springtime Can Kill You)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]
Direct download: Random_Signal_74.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:59am EST

My wife Ryn joins me once again as co-host. Check out her brand new blog The Suburban Herbivore!

All the music in this episode is from the album Our One Mistake by The Old Ceremony from Chapel Hill, NC.
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Song 1: Get To Love

The Great Bat Incident

Bats my be hella creepy when they get in your house, but they are actually fascinating creatures!
Read more about them on Wikipedia, The Source of All Knowledge.

If you have a wild animal problem, we highly recommend AAAnimalControl.com

Song 2: Believer

Comic book reviews

1. Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Joss Whedon's Season Eight

Publisher: Dark Horse Comcis
Writers: Joss Whedon, Brian K. Vaughan, and Drew Goddard
Principle artist: Georges Jeanty

2. Angel: After the Fall

Publisher: IDW Publishing
Writers: Joss Whedon and Bryan Lynch
Art: Franco Urru

Song 3: Papers In Order

Direct download: Random_Signal_73.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm EST

Hang on to your ear holes, and cover the furniture in plastic, because it's Aprilween and we may not make it out alive...

Song 1: Monster Party - The Powerknobs (from Tomorrow's Never Going To Come)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 2: Where They Wander - Horrorpops (from Hell Yeah!)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Video 1: Ghouls - Horrorpops (from Hell Yeah!)

Song 3: Hunting For Witches (Fury666 Remix) - Bloc Party (from Hunting For Witches [Remixes])
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Video 2: Hunting For Witches - Bloc Party (from A Weekend In The City)

Song 4: Who Wants To Be a Zombie Anyways? - The Mansfields (from Cramp Your Style, coming in May 2008 from Gearhead Records)
[MySpace] [PMN]

Song 5: Vampires of the West Coast - Ghost Bees (from Tasseomancy)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 6/Video 3: Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!! - Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (from Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 7: Knee Deep In Wolf Guts - Two Headed Phantom (from Her Majesty the Witch Demo)
[MySpace] [PMN]

Song 8: Black Cat - The Young Werewolves (from The Young Werewolves)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 9: Demons Are a Ghoul's Best Friend - Ghouls Night Out (from The Mourning After)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 10: Elena's Empty Tomb - Thee Merry Widows (from The Devil's Outlaws)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]
Direct download: Random_Signal_72.mp3
Category:Aprilween -- posted at: 12:16am EST

What's this? A new episode of Random Signal already? Could this be some kind of wonderful dream and/or psychotic break?

Probably. My advice--roll with it...

Song 1: Wreck My Flow - The Dirtbombs (from We Have You Surrounded)
[MySpace] [Emuisc] [iTunes] [PMN]

Comic review - The Twelve
Song 2: Pins In My Doll - The Dynamite Brothers (from Clap Along With...)
[Ask me and I bet I can hook you up!]

Comic review - Project Superpowers
Watch Jon Stuart geek out about Man-Bat!

Song 3: Boogie Chillen - John Lee Hooker (from Face To Face, Volume 1)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]
Direct download: Random_Signal_71.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:53pm EST

Ryn joins me as co-host again to talk about her recent trip to South By Southwest Interactive and her new-found addiction to social networking.

All music in this episode is by one of my new favorite bands, Los Campesinos!

[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Their first full lengh CD, Hold On Now, Youngster is realesed in the US on April 1, 2008 (pre-order here), but you can get it now at Emusic.com.

Song 1: This is How You Spell "HAHAHA, We Destroyed the Hopes and Dreams of a Generation of Faux-Romantics"

Video 1: The International TweeXcore Underground (from The International TweeXcore Underground EP)

Ryn's SXSW report -- "There was a moustache going around."

Song 2/Video 2: Death to Los Campesinos!

Need a new drug?
Get Satisfaction
Good Reads

Song 3: My Year In Lists

A couple of sites that came up during listener feedback...

Andy Lee - www.findandy.com
The Clockwork Cabaret - www.clickcaster.com/clockworkcabaret

Song 4/Video 3: We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives (from Sticking Fingers Into Sockets EP)

Video 4: You! Me! Dancing!

Direct download: Random_Signal_70.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:05pm EST

Being an experiment in tandem podcasting. For more steampunk and dinosaurs, listen to The Voice of Free Planet X (aka Jared Axelrod).

Song 1: The Lives of Captured Scientists - The Craft Economy (from All On C)
[MySpace] [on Boingboing.net]


As definied on Wikipedia

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen by Alan Moore
The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Perdido Street Station by China Mieville

On Flickr - The Guild of Justice-Minded Citizenry! (as seen on Boingboing.net)

Steampunk Spectacular podcast

The Clockwork Ball - Ringside, Durham, NC (Saturday, March 28)

Song 2: Airship Pirate - Abney Park (from Lost Horizons)
[MySpace] [iTunes]


Tetrapod Zoology

On Flickr - Dinosaurs: Ancient Fossils, New Discoveries

Cladistics on Wikipedia

North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences

Song 3: Age of the Fern - George Hrab (from [sic])
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]
Direct download: Random_Signal_69.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:14pm EST

WARNING: This episode of Random Signal contains snarky Liberal ranting about the state of American politics and the 2008 presidential election. Not Safe For Work, Children, or Easily-offended Republicans.

Song 1: Dick Is a Killer - rx

Video 1: Imagine - rx

Song 2: The Happiest Place on Earth - Desaparecidos (from Read Music/Speak Spanish)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 3/Video 2: Exit Strategy - Valient Thorr (from Legend of the World)
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]

Song 4: W's Duty - Jonathan Coulton (from Thing a Week One)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes] [PMN]

Video 3: The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song - The Flaming Lips

Video 4: Dr. Who on Holiday - Dean Gray

Song 5: When The President Talks to God - Bright Eyes
[MySpace] [iTunes] [PMN]
Direct download: Random_Signal_68.mp3
Category:podcasts - political -- posted at: 1:01pm EST

I've been called out by listener Brandt for "shenanigans" because this episode is coming one month and one day after my last show. But you know what, Brandt? I don't care because I got a new job! That's right, I am the newest project manager at Newfangled Web Factory in Carrboro, NC. To celebrate, all of today's music is by local bands.

Song 1: Dark Horse - Bowerbirds (from Hymns For a Dark Horse)
[MySpace] [Emusic]

Song 2: Terrier - The Moaners (from Dark Snack)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Song 3: Say You Will - The Honored Guests (from Tastes Change)
[MySpace] [iTunes]

Song 4: Give It Away If You Can - Tad Dreis (from Play To Remember)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]

Song 5: For All I Know - SNMNMNM (from Crawl Inside Your Head)
[MySpace] [Emusic] [iTunes]
Direct download: Random_Signal_67.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:18pm EST