Episode 9 – Top 5 of 2014: Mystery Guest!


Who will be the final guest for the Top 5 of 2014 series?  There’s only one way to find out!

SHOW NOTES (Spoilers for the Episode):

Intro Music: “Blue Christmas” by Postmodern Jukebox from A Very Postmodern Christmas

“The Final Countdown” by Europe from The Final Countdown

Outro Music: “Baby It’s Cold Outside” by Postmodern Jukebox from  A Very Postmodern Christmas

“Bad Dream (Serial Podcast Theme)” by Nick Diamonds

Incidental Music: “No Diggity” by Postmodern Jukebox from Historical Misappropriation

“We Can’t Stop” by Postmodern Jukebox from Twist is the New Twerk

“Sweet Child O’ Mine” by Postmodern Jukebox from Twist is the New Twerk

The Postmodern Jukebox YouTube channel

Serial Podcast

Attack on Titan on Netflix

Hannibal on Amazon Prime

Hannibal Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD/Blu-ray

Utopia on Channel 4 (UK)

The Thing Read-Along Record Book on YouTube


Episode 8 – Top 5 of 2014: Adron & Wendy Buske


Double the guests = Double the fun!  Whenever I see the Buskes I always get to hear some awesome story about some famous person they’ve just met or talked to on their podcast, Nerd For A Living, and their Top 5 list was no different.  Enjoy, but make sure you avoid all the name drops! (Just kidding, Adon and Wendy!)

SHOW NOTES (Spoilers for the Episode):

Intro Music: “Christmas in the Stars” by Meco Monardo from Christmas in the Stars

Outro Music: “The Meaning of Christmas” by Meco Monardo from Christmas in the Stars

Follow Nerd For A Living on Twitter

Nerd For A Living’s website

The Nerd For A Living podcast

Follow Wendy on Twitter

Follow Adron on Twitter

Adron’s comics on Comixology


Episode 7 – Top 5 of 2014: Tim Briscoe


If you’re talking my Top 5 “Top 5 of 2014” episodes, this one definitely makes the list!

This time around I sit down with Tim Briscoe of the Video ETA website and podcast, where we – surprise, surprise – talk movies!

SHOW NOTES (Spoilers for the episode):

Intro/Outro Music: “R2-D2 We Wish You A Merry Christmas” by Meco Monardo from Christmas in the Stars

Follow Tim on Twitter

Video ETA

Video ETA: Return of the Podcast

Guardians of the Galaxy

Interstellar trailer

Phantom of the Paradise

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer


Episode 6 – Top 5 of 2014: Travis Nuckolls


What’s this?  A three-quel?

Yes, another day, another Top 5 of 2014.  This time I sit down with Travis Nuckolls, a buddy of mine from across the Mississippi.  We talk all things nerdy, but also throw in a recommendation for some good grub, too.

Look for a few more Top 5 episodes next week!


Intro Music: The opening sequence from the Star Wars Holiday Special

Outro Music: Leia’s Life Day song from the Star Wars Holiday Special

Cleveland Heath in Edwardsville, IL

Tony Hawk rides the Hendo Hoverboard

The Veronica Mars Movie trailer

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

Phase 3 of Marvel’s Movie Universe unveiled



Episode 5 – Top 5 of 2014: Jason Tabrys


Thanks to you, the first Top 5 of 2014 episode was a huge success!

And you know what they say in Hollywood – If it works once, why not make a sequel?

This time I’m bringing in Jason Tabrys, freelance writer for websites like NerdBastards.com, Uproxx, Cracked, Comic Book Resources, and more, to give us the rundown on the year that was.

Show Notes:

Intro: “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Billy Joel, Live in Lowell 2011

Outro: “Keeping the Faith” by Billy Joel from An Innocent Man

Follow Jason on Twitter

Jason’s work on Uproxx

Jason’s work on Cracked

Jason’s work at Comic Book Resources

Jason’s Work on Screen Rant

Jason’s Conan O’Brien retrospective on Screen Rant


Episode 4 – Top 5 of 2014: Steve Steward


I had a really original idea for the end of the year – LISTS!

I know what you’re saying – Rob, have you lost your mind? What are you even talking about?

It’s  crazy – ludicrous, even – but hear me out.

See, it’s the end of the year, so everybody is looking back and trying to categorize everything that happened.  But the big twist here is, instead of just keeping a mental catalog of your favorite things to yourself, why not talk about it with other people!?

I know, you guys, I know.

But I think people would really respond to that!  I mean, why aren’t there dozens of year-end lists on the web?  It seems like such a simple concept, but I guess it took a real man of ideas to finally put it all together.

So, up until Christmas, I’m going to bring you a handful of interviews I did with some of the cool people in my life to learn about their Top 5 things of 2014.

Seriously, you guys, it’s going to be an extravaganza of epic proportions!

SHOW NOTES (Spoilers for the Episode):

Intro/Outro Music – “What Can You Get a Wookiee for Christmas (When He Already Owns a Comb?)” by Meco Monardo on Christmas in the Stars

Big Club Digital

Cubicles & Co-Workers, our 2006(?) entry into the 48-Hour Film Festival

Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer

Guardians of the Galaxy

Ender’s Game Alive

East of West

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Agents of SHIELD 


Episode 3 – Mrs. Garret Has a Posse


Podcasts are the new blogs – everyone has one, but not everyone can keep it going for very long.  Unfortunately, I was part of a show called The Drunken Podcast that started with the best intentions, but then, as is so often the case, fizzled before even a single episode was broadcast.  It’s sad, because I feel like there were some really solid shows that are just wasting away, sitting unheard on the hard drive of the creator/host, Steve Steward.

That is until today.

For the latest episode of The Space Monkey X Audio Workshop, I’m bringing you one of my favorite episodes of a podcast that never was.

Music Credits:

Preface – “The Facts of Life” by Gloria Loring on Friends & Lovers: Greatest Hits

Theme Music / Outro – “Kiss Me, I’m Shitfaced!” by The Dropkick Murphys on Blackout 


Episode 2 – The Church of Chuck (Palahniuk)


Since the late-1990s, nearly every angsty, wanna-be writer has gone through a Chuck Palahniuk phase (Fight Club, Survivor, Choke).

I was no exception.

Presented in this episode are three short stories from when I was a devoted follower of “The Church of Chuck”.

Music Credits:

Preface – “Ikea Man” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Intro – “Medula Oblongata” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Segue #1 – “The Necessary Dark” by Ordinary Neighbors on The Necessary Dark

Segue #2 – “Marla” by The Dust Brothers on Fight Club – Original Soundtrack

Outro – “The Choice is Yours” by Blacksheep on A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

Photo Credit: Chris Saunders – chrismsaunders.com


Episode 1 – The Thing: An Original Read-Along Record Book

When I was a kid, they made record books of everything I loved – the Star Wars trilogy, Gremlins, Batman and Robin, Spider-Man, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and even The Last Starfighter! But now that I’m an adult, I look at that time period (circa 1975 – 1989) and think, “Man, there are some really classic films that didn’t get the record book treatment!” Then again, back in the day, movies like Nightmare on Elm Street, Total Recall, and Robocop were R-rated bloodfests made for adults, instead of the neutered, PG-13, slapfights made for middle schoolers that we know today.

Inspired by this notion, I decided to start creating my own condensed, audio versions of these too-hot-for-record-book films. And I could think of no better movie to start with than John Carpenter’s 1982 cult classic The Thing.

Be sure to stop by the show notes at spacemonkeyx.net to download the retro-inspired record book in PDF format, so you can get the entire experience.

In addition, because this project has a visual component, I created a simple slideshow YouTube video for the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop channel.

PARENTAL WARNING: This is The Thing we’re talking about here, so there are a few words, as well as description and images of gruesomeness that might not be appropriate for all ages and sensibilities.


Episode 0 – Intro to the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop

In this intro episode of the Space Monkey X Audio Workshop, I’ll give you some idea of what this podcast is all about. I’ll warn you – it’s a little different. Instead of being “a movie podcast”, “a comedy podcast”, “a storytelling podcast”, or “an interview podcast”, the Workshop is going to be all of these things and more from time to time.