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You bet your life!

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Two great clips of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life."

I just got done watching Groucho on the Dick Cavett show thanks to this awesome DVD set from the Dick Cavett Show. A real genius, the man was (Groucho, that is, though Cavett wasn't half bad himself).

Buy a piece of Arrested Development

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This weekend in LA, the props from Arrested Development will be sold to the general public. If you live within driving distance, there's no excuse for not being there.

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2006
2032 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
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San Francisco, TOTALLY ANNIHILATED

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Friday night was a momentous night in the history of rock and roll music -- the concert hall debut of punk rock prodigies TOTAL ANNIHILATION. After a few tuneup gigs at house parties in ritzy Pacific Heights, Eddy Demon & Co. hit the stage with alacrity and destroyed all who dared step in their path. And it was all for charity.

Opening the night were the powerful Evil Wikkid Warrior. These one-woman, two-man, once rock star young lady group brought not only the power of rock, but also the power of MONSTERS, SPELLS, HULA HOOPS, and ICE CREAM. They kicked things off with a menacing chant... "We're evil... we're wikkid... we're Evil Wikkid WARRIOR!" Then, when they sent a phalanx of wolf men into the crowd, the audience was stunned... into ROCKMISSION!

Then, accompanied by a home-made backdrop, featuring a surgical-gloved metal hand emerging from the mouth of a GUY ROCKING OUT... came TOTAL ANNIHILATION.


Pietro D'Amato, well known nation wide as the next Kieth Moon, pounded out a steady, undulating rhythm on drums, never breaking a sweat in a stylish suit. Meanwhile, bassist Dorkmeister Harmoniak provided rhythmic and melodic counterpoint...

...to the lead guitar and vocal stylings of the legendary EDDY DEMON (note applauding male AND female groupies in crowd). GOLDEN HITS like "Rock and Roll on a Friday," "Burning Buildings" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" mixed with impromptu Jimi Hendrix jams and all-new material. Drunk women flailed in the crowd. Dads danced comically. Young people ROCKED OUT. A great time was had by all.


ALL BOW BEFORE THE ALTAR OF ROCK!

Big Time Gene O'Neill on the new Chili Peppers album

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Big Time checks in on his blog with this evaluation of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album:

Just listened to the new Aerosmith album

Current mood: Dying on the inside

then i found it was actually the new Chili Peppers album. Yikes.

Blood Sugar was the first album I ever bought, so the C-peps always had tenure in a small corner of my heart. Now they've release Stadium Arcadium, which upon release headed straight for the long line of safe, over-produced, forgettable albums from the intensive-care unit of cultural relevancy--primarily occupied by 90s rock fossils like Audioslave (Rage/Soundgarden) and Velvet Revolver (GNR/STP). Maybe this is why Kurt Cobain killed himself.

I think this latest tragedy puts a bookend on my youth and young manhood, and fittingly so that it should be framed by the Peps, who, like me, went from crazy/destructive/irreverant to predictable/staid/over-sincere. We had a nice ride while it lasted, boys. See you at the funeral.

That's not funny, that's just sick!

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Milton Berle's Cock, the amazing comedy audio blog, just posted another huge update. This one includes the great National Lampoon album "That's Not Funny, That's Just Sick." The record is one of the best in the Lampoon catalog, and it features one my all-time favorite bits: Bill Murray's "Listener Sponsored Radio." In it, Murray portrays a public radio host during a pledge drive. I don't want to spoil the jokes, so head over there and download it for yourself.

NBC Dotcomedy.com

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In the upfronts yesterday, NBC announced that they will be launching a new website/broadband channel called "Dotcomedy.com." The channel will feature clips from NBC comedy shows like Conan, Leno and SNL, as well as a bunch of new media buzzwords. CNet, for example, says it will offer users, "a chance to create their own content to podcasts." The Apiary is reporting that in addition to the comedy clips "DOTCOMEDY.com will also have blogs, podcasts and mash-ups." What even is a comedy clip mashup?

I'm imagining the presentation went something like this... "mashup blog web 2.0 myspace social networking blog blog RSS remix mashup user-generated content vodcast podcast vidcast ipod bookmarking tagging on-demand mobile media thank you, goodnight." And it being the upfronts, it was probably delivered by Jay Leno on a motorcycle.

On the plus side, NBC also announced the pickup of both Tina Fey and Aaron Sorkin's behind-the-scenes-at-a-show-a-lot-like-SNL shows, both of which have a lot of potential. And they announced 30 "Webisodes" of "The Office." Which could certainly be a disaster, but could also be good. Personally, I'm embarassed to even write the word "webisode."

The Kasper Hauser Podcast is coming...

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The Graffiti Community Supports Kasper Hauser (thanks Nathan!)

I recent spent a few hours in the home studio with the four members of the Kasper Hauser Skit Club, preparing some material for the Kasper Hauser Podcast. Oh man is it going to be funny. I can't give you a launch date yet, but trust me, it will be awesome.

Podcast: The College Years: Gene Falls in Love

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On this Sound of Young America: The College Years, a girl calls in for a contest... and goes home with a new boyfriend.

Also, we discuss broadcast decency. And propose some new rules of our own.

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The State: Sherlock Holmes

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This track is from The State's never-released CD, which as they explained at SF Sketchfest, was recorded in the Carribean, while they were really, really relaxed.

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West Coast Live looking for interns and volunteers.

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I just got an email from my friend Kathi Kamen Goldmark, producer of West Coast Live, a syndicated public radio show produced live on stage here in the Bay Area.

WCL are looking for a volunteer or intern to help produce the program on show days. This is something I did for quite some time, and really enjoyed. It entails showing up early on Saturday, helping set up, assisting Mitchell, the engineer, and filling in wherever help is needed. If you're interested in helping around the office of the show, I'm sure Kathi would love the help. You can do it for school credit, or out of the kindness of your heart.

West Coast Live is a great show and a really great bunch of people. If you're dependable and bright, they will help you learn more about radio production. No special skills are needed, only enthusiasm and dependability.

If you're interested, email Kathi at producer at wcl dot org.

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