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Luis Guzman is one of America's most successful and prolific character actors. He's appeared in dozens of films and television series, from Short Eyes in the 1970s to Miami Vice in the 1980s to Carlito's Way, Boogie Nights and The Limey in the 1990s. He made a name for himself playing thugs and cops. A few years ago, he was on the short-lived but beloved series How To Make It In America.
He talks with us about growing up in New York's Lower East Side, and about his work there as an activist and social worker. As a teen, he hung out at the legendary New Yorican Poets Cafe, watching poets and writers like Amiri Baraka, Allen Ginsburg and Miguel Piñero. Piñero ended up casting Guzman in Short Eyes, and got him his first television audition for Miami Vice. Since then, Guzman has become a favorite of directors like P.T. Anderson and Steven Soderbergh.
Ian Cohen, contributing editor at Pitchfork, stops by to recommend some of his all-time favorite heavy rock releases.
He tells us about an album which (in a move unusual for its genre) has an entirely pink cover. Deafheaven’s newest album, Sunbather, has been well-received and is on its way to becoming “an absolute landmark.”
In addition, Ian recommends the most recent Swans album,The Seer. In a bold creative move, the band creates a title track well over thirty minutes long.
If you knew about David Rees in the 2000s, it was probably for his indie political cartoon Get Your War On. When we caught up with Rees a few years ago, he had decided to get back in touch with an old-school writing instrument -- the pencil. Rees started his own artisanal pencil sharpening service, sharpening bespoke pencils, and wrote a book called How To Sharpen Pencils. Rees joined us to discuss the lost art of pencil sharpening.
Be on the lookout for Rees' upcoming show on the National Geographic Channel, Going Deep with David Rees, this summer.
Rap isn't poetry – it's its own thing. But, like poets, many of the best rappers imbue their lyrics with layers of meaning. Need proof? Jesse suggests a close listen to a single verse of Jay-Z's "Threat".
Comedian Peter Carlone joins us to talk volleyball, cutlery, and Step By Step.
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Six nipples, two bodies, one bed. Aw, don't fret none about it, buddy. That's just the algebra of love. Carry the three. Solve for sex.
Suggested talking points: Nonnee Kisses, One Mo' Again, Elevator Fetish, Booth Sides, Tuba Lessons, Shitty Slickers, YHTN
In this episode, we'll get a deconstructed view of the song One Second of Love by Nite Jewel. I spoke to Ramona Gonzalez of Nite Jewel and her partner and producer Cole MGN in their home studio in Los Angeles as they took a break from making a new record. Coming up, they'll talk about the process they undertook, including recording to tape as a creative restriction, and collaborating with their friends and each other.
Comedian and podcaster Dave Shumka joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of millennial television shows, non-sexual fetish videos and Jordan's upcoming trip to Burning Man. Plus, long time listener Ronnie joins in to take some momentous occasions and help Jesse find his next car.
• What should Jordan do at Burning Man?
• What kind of car should Jesse get?
Curious about the latest oral hygiene fad based on an ancient Ayurvedic practice? You know, the one that predates the invention of tooth brushes and floss? By popular demand, Ross and Carrie spend more than a month swishing oil and looking for somewhere to spit. Do they still have teeth? You decide.
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Don’t miss Judith’s Relationsh!t Show. June 23rd at the Comedy Central Stage in LA.
Kim & Jasper discuss their favorite cartoons as a kid. Also another installment of "Name That Ethnicity" and fan favorite "Stump Kim".
Like our postpartum bodies, nothing is where it should be! First, our kids are growing up too fast, and our friends are looking too depressingly perfect on FaceBook. Next, we jump into our topic: we call Jen McLellan of PlusSizeBirth.com, who shares awesome tips for having the pregnancy and birth experience you want -- and loving your body -- no matter your size. Then Biz and Theresa break it down about our own post-baby body feelings and decide to get scantily-clad and take pictures of ourselves. That last part may or may not be true. Enjoy!
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Anthem, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans (www.cornbreadted.com and available on iTunes)
"How to Train Your Dragon 2" is getting a new gay character! Plus, being a wedding guest costs more than $500 per wedding now! It's hard to believe. As hard to believe as Gwyneth Paltrow in "Seven." And finally prepare yourself for the legend of Throwing Shade's latest inspiration - FREDDY BELL JONES!
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