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Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power & Rhett Miller of the Old 97s Live at Bumbershoot on The Sound of Young America

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Rhett Miller, photographed by Chris Graham

Last month we were live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Our shows included three fantastic music performances -- Jonathan Coulton, PWRFL Power and Rhett Miller of the Old 97s (above). In addition to the podcast version of this show, you can download individual songs from the direct links included below.

Jonathan Coulton
is the internet's leading serio-comic troubador. He's blazed a trail for independent musicians everywhere, blending comedy with subtle character studies. In 2006, we interviewed Coulton on The Sound of Young America. Later that year, Coulton performed as part of our Live in New York show.

Jonathan Coulton - Skullcrusher Mountain (MP3)
Jonathan Coulton - I Feel Fantastic (MP3)

PWRFL Power is Kaz Nomura, a classical guitar virtuoso and indie pop stylist. He rocketed to the top of the Seattle Music scene over the last two years with sweet, simple songs backed by sometimes baroque guitar lines. He recently self-released a self-titled LP.

PWRFL Power - A Wonderful Ghost (MP3)
PWRFL Power - Baby Tiger (MP3)

Rhett Miller jumped out of an airplane and onto our stage at Bumbershoot. He's best known as the frontman of the country-rock band The Old 97s, and has also released music under his own name. He rocked our crowd with two Old 97s classics. (Special note: please excuse the awkward mix on Dance With Me, we had a verse worth of trouble with the house sound system).

Rhett Miller - Dance With Me (Into the Ocean) (MP3)
Rhett Miller - Timebomb (MP3)

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Janeane Garofalo, Actress & Comedian, Interviewed on The Sound of Young America

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Janeane Garofalo is an actress and comedian. As an actress, she's appeared in films like Wet Hot America Summer and Ratatouille, and on television series like 24 and The Larry Sanders Show. She was also an early leader in the alternative comedy movement of the early to mid 1990s, and is currently touring with comics like Marc Maron and Greg Proops as part of the Satiristas. She's also well known as a liberal activist, and for several years, she cohosted a leftist radio program on Air America Radio.

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Greg Behrendt & Tig Notaro Live at Bumbershoot on The Sound of Young America

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Last month we were live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle. Our shows included two standup performances, from two of our favorite standup comics - Tig Notaro and Greg Behrendt (above).

Tig Notaro can be seen as Officer Tig on Comedy Central's The Sarah Silverman Program, and of course touring the nation as a standup comic. She performed standup for us in Seattle.

Greg Behrendt is a veteran standup, who found unexpected success a few years ago with the relationship book "He's Just Not That Into You." The success of the book, and popularity of his appearances on Oprah Winfrey's show netted him a daytime talk show. Greg performed, then we talked with him about fitting his persona into the odd format of daytime talk.

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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.

Guests Louis CK, Florian Keller, and Neil Hamburger. Louis CK is one of America's best standup comics -- we talk with him about his new kind of old-fashioned sitcom. Florian Keller writes in his book "Andy Kaufman: Wrestling with the American Dream" that Kaufman's work was a satire of that cherished ideal. Also, America's Funnyman, Neil Hamburger stops in to talk about his sad, sad, sad life.

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Louis CK is a standup comic, writer and director. His newest hour-long comedy special, Louis CK: Chewed Up will soon air on Showtime, and he's on the road now with another hour of comedy called Hilarious. He created and starred in the HBO sitcom Lucky Louie, and wrote and directed the cult film Pootie Tang. He talked with us about how the difficulties of his family life manifest on stage, and about how the legacy of George Carlin inspired him as a comic.

Louis has been a guest on The Sound several times. You can hear him talk about Lucky Louie and his first specials here. Our first interview with Louie, in the College Years, can be downloaded from this link.

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Podcast: Andy Daly & "Nine Sweaters"

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Andy Daly is a comedian, actor and improviser in Los Angeles. He's probably best known for his stint on Mad TV, or his role in the recent Will Ferrel vehicle Semi-Pro. He's just released his first CD of character monologues, called "Nine Sweaters." In the spring, he'll be seen as a co-star of the HBO comedy series "East Bound and Down."

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Podcast: Ratatat

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Ratatat are an instrumental music duo from New York, who just released their third album, LP3. Guitarist Mike Stroud and producer/programmer Evan Mast perform and record music that straddles the line between rock, hip-hop and dance, and have built an enormous following in the world of indie rock.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Future

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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.

The future is here today, in the past on a classic episode of TSOYA. With Guests Chad Trujillo, Paul Moller, and Dippin Dots we take a look deep into the future. We talk with the inventor of the Skycar, with the discoverer of a new planet, and with a representative of the Ice Cream of the Future, Dippin' Dots. Plus the future of scrapbooking, reptiles, and more, and relationship advice from The Evil Computer Bent on World Domination.

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Podcast: Chip Kidd at Bumbershoot

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Chip Kidd is one of the country's best-known designers. For the past twenty years, he's designed book covers for authors like Michael Crichton, David Sedaris, Cormac McCarthy and innumerable others. More recently, he's taken pen to page himself, writing two comic novels, "The Cheesemonkeys" and "The Learners."

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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