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Episode 62: We've Forgotten James Powell

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Ed Ward: King of Infotainers

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I love Fresh Air's "rock historian" Ed Ward. He really nails it every time out - even when he covers stuff I know a lot about I learn something, and I'm never lost when he covers something I've never heard of.

He's had two great Fresh Air segments recently. This one covered the early days of Sly Stone (aka Sylvester Stewart), when Stone was still best known as a radio DJ and record producer. It even includes some rock records he produced (I had no idea, and I couldn't be a bigger fan).

This one covered another early-70s soul legend, Syl Johnson. I had no idea his career stretched so far back before his days working with Willie Mitchell, as the bluesier Al Greene.

WTF Starts on WBEZ This Sunday!

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WTF on WBEZ from WBEZ on Vimeo.

For you Chicagoans out there, WTF is coming to WBEZ starting Sunday at 8PM. Mark your calendars!

Don't be stupid, be a schmahtee

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Chicago, go to Hodgman's party.

(And get there early, last year they had to turn people away.)

Meetups May 1st in Chicago and LA!

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Hey!

Meetup days are fast approaching.

For the LA meetup, we're meeting at the Ikea food court in Burbank on May 1st at around 6:30 PM. The This American Life Live! show is down the street at eight, but tickets sold out very fast. Please let me know if are planning on going to both Ikea and the TAL show, so I can figure out if anyone's coming with me to TAL :). One way or the other, we'll have some fucking meatballs and lingonberry drink.

In Chicago, Jason aka GymboyUSMC is organizing a meetup that same night. Here are details for that joint:

JJGo/TSOYA Chicago Meet up
Thursday May1st
7:00pm-9:00pm

Sweet Occasions in Andersonville
5306 North Clark
Chicago, IL 60640
http://www.sweetoccasionsandmore.com/

Come hang out and meet up with other listeners. Purchase required. They specialize in desserts and ice cream. They also have sandwiches, salads, and quiche. We will be meeting in their back room. There are lots of good local bars we can hit following the meet up – Mary’s Attic is a lot of fun!

Per Jordan and Jesse’s orders we do have to have at least one hook up at the meet up.

Take the redline to Bryn Mawr and head west to Clark Street.

In my experience with MaxFun meetups, everyone is really nice, and a pleasant time is had by all.

Shellac in Chicago, photographed by Christopher Rogers

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Shortly after Steve Albini was a guest on our live show in Chicago, his band, Shellac rocked the city live in concert. Luckily for us, my friend Christopher Rogers was in attendance, and took some really beautiful photographs that I wanted to share with you. Some samples above, or check out Chris' Flickr stream here. Special bonus: some nice shots of the Kids in the Hall reunion at SF Sketchfest!

Podcast: Live in Chicago: Comedy from Schadenfreude, Team Submarine, The Second City and Hannibal Burress

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The first of two podcasts covering our live show at The Second City in Chicago. Later this week we'll hear my interview with Steve Albini, but first here's comedy from the show.

Schadenfreude open things up with some Chicago jokes (Rick Sutcliffe, anyone?), then Team Submarine duo their way into your hearts. The Second City Tourco knock one out of the park, then Chicago's Funniest Man Hannibal Burress tears the club down.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Steve Albini

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This is the second of two podcasts covering our live show at Chicago's Second City. You can find the first, which includes the comedy performances, here.

My guest on this installment is rock and roll musician and producer Steve Albini. He's the owner of Chicago's Electrical Audio, and has recorded more than a thousand bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and many others. He's known for approaching his work humbly, as an engineer, rather than as a producer.

I talk with Steve about growing up punk rock in Montana, about his college days in Chicago, and how he developed his production skills and ideals. We also talk a bit about his strong ideas on the music industry. He's well known for a piece he wrote in Maximum Rock & Roll on the awful economics of major labels.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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TSOYA Presents: Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman in Chicago Saturday Night

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I don't go around attaching The Sound of Young America name to any comedy show, just the good 'uns.

If you're in Chicago, don't miss Brent Weinbach and Jen Kirkman at the Lakeshore Theater Saturday night. Two MaxFun veterans and two HILARIOUS comics. Brent will blow your mind and Jen will win your heart.

Tickets and more information right here. Below, some older Brent video:

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Del Close Marathon.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week's show The Del Close Marathon, Ian Roberts from the Upright Citizen’s Brigade and Anthony King of the UCB Theater join us to talk about the marathon which took place in memory of the legendary comedian. Jeff Griggs, author of “Guru: My Days with Del Close”.

For over 30 years Del Close was the leading light in improvisational comedy in Chicago, having a huge influence on Mike Meyers, Bill Murray, John Belushi and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, among many others. Following Del’s passing in 1999, the UCB started the annual Del Close Marathon as a means of celebrating their mentor’s life, and passing on his legacy to future generations. Ian Roberts and Anthony King from the UCB talk about the event.

Jeff Griggs’ book “Guru: My Days with Del Close” explores elements of Close’s biography, from his childhood in Kansas, his early years as an actor to his involvement with the Compass Players and Second City.

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