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The Lanwhal


Matt writes in to tell us about the lanwhal. This creature is like an ordinary whale, but it has evolved to live on land... so it can smoke cigarettes.

He was inspired to share the animal with us after hearing our discussion of the "Land Narwhal" in this week's College Years podcast.

Have you ever been inspired to create or share a fantastical creature by an episode of The Sound of Young America? If so, please share it with us at!

Metro Santa Cruz knows what's up...


Hey! Almost missed this great piece Bill Forman wrote about the show in the Metro Santa Cruz...

YOUNG AMERICAN: If Santa Cruz radio has chapters, one of them surely came to a close this month with the passing of Jesse Thorn's 'The Sound of Young America' from the KZSC airwaves. Thorn's final show for the station that saw him through those difficult college years at UCSC was titled 'Santa Cruz, You're Not That Far' (after the song by Dublin's The Thrills) and featured two of his all-time favorite segments: the debut episode of Mace Detective: Private Detective and an interview with primal rocker Andrew W. K., who talked about his UCSC professor uncle and gave Brendan Thorn, the host's little brother, career advice on how to be a rock superstar. As a result, Brendan, who's now 10, has a five-song Total Annihilation EP out featuring four originals and a cover of Iggy & The Stooges' 'I Wanna Be Your Dog.' The elder Thorn describes Andrew W.K. as "the most amazing person ever" and raved to Müz about how Andrew somehow combines total sincerity and amazing kindess with the intensity of hardcore punk and "those Swedish death metal bands that implant horns in their heads and kill people and eat them and stuff."

"It's possible," Thorn acknowleges, "that he's crazy."

But we digress. Asked why he left KZSC, Thorn said he hasn't been a student for two years now, and that he wanted to move beyond community-specific programming. After all, his show also airs on stations in San Francisco, Hattiesburg, Miss. and, of course, Walla Walla ("a town in Washington," he explains, "where they have a college and onions"). Thorn says he's in talks with another, mysterious unnamed Santa Cruz station that may end up hosting the show. "Hint," he offers, "it's not KDON." Which is too bad, because, as Thorn himself notes, "I'm in the house like YEEEEEEEEEEE."

Santa Cruzans can still get a weekly Sound of Young America fix by subscribing to the band's podcast through In fact, the show has just launched a second podcast reprising Thorn's "College Years," which will rerun all the old broadcasts in succession, a move bound to appeal to the show's hard-core fans as well as individuals with severe cases of obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The Flaming Lips Live on NPR


I Rock Cleveland has a great rip of The Flaming Lips' appearance on NPR's World Cafe.


Ali LeRoit on The Treatment


One of my favorite podcasts (and public radio shows) is KCRW's "The Treatment." Elvis Mitchell's interviews can occaisionally feel a bit sycophantic, but they're always insightful. And his guests usually merit the respect he gives them.

This week's episode of the show features an interview with Ali LeRoit. LeRoit has been one of Chris Rock's writing sidekicks for many years, since the Chris Rock Show days. In the interview, he talks charmingly about working with Rock, the Oscars, and "Everybody Loves Chris." Elvis even claims to love "Head of State." I saw that flick in the theater, and I can't say I agree (though Bernie Mac was pretty great in it).

Anyway, here's the MP3 of the show.

Rip Torn, Great American


Can you imagine what it would be like to know Rip Torn in real life? This wonderful article in the Times Magazine will help you do just that.

Sugarush Beat Company


I'm feeling this. Apparently a Rahsaan Patterson side project?

I'm against illegal downloading.


But if I weren't, and I wanted to check out the commercially unavailable, critically acclaimed late-90s TV dramedy "Cupid," starring Jeremy Piven, I'd go here.

Brian Posehn: Raw and Uncut


Today's Sound of Young America guest is Brian Posehn, who's best known by the average American for his work as "that guy" on sitcoms like Just Shoot Me and Newsradio. He's also an accomplished standup comic and was a writer and actor on Mr. Show.

I talked with Brian for nearly an hour, and I'll be editing it for broadcast, but I thought some Sound fans might like to hear what Brian had to say about all kinds of things, from growing up in small-town Northern California, to his early days as a standup in the Bay Area, to his first writing gig for MTV, to Mr. Show, to everything since.

Download the Interview

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Free Comic Book Day


Today is Free Comic Book Day. Even if you're not a comics fan, it might be worth braving the vague creepiness of your local comic shop to pick up something you might actually like.

Brian Posehn Has a Posse


Brian Posehn is one of the guests on this coming week's Sound of Young America broadcast. I think I'll release a director's cut of the interview sometime -- he talked a lot about his remarkable history in both comedy and life.

Then he told me this great (breaking) story, about a guy who bragged on the net about spitting in his burger at a Bob's Big Boy the other day. The moral of the story is: don't mess with Brian Posehn. He has people.

Download the MP3 (about three minutes)

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