Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.
On this episode: Coyle & Sharpe ask the tough questions. Like what would you do if you found yourself mixed up with a travel scam/human trafficking operation?
Colson Whitehead is one of America's most acclaimed novelists. He was the recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant for his fiction, which includes Apex Hides the Hurt and John Henry Days. His latest novel is Sag Harbor, about the African American beach enclave.
We talk with Whitehead about why he chose to write a coming-of-age novel without any grand revelations - no bodies found in caves, no one hit by cars. We also chat about why he made such a firm turn away from high-concept fiction towards unassuming naturalism, and how he overcame his fear of teenagers and his own teenage years.
Just tearing it up.
Seriously: if you even have a passing interest in hip-hop and you haven't bought Big Boi's album yet, you're missing out on a LOT of awesome. Like POUNDS of awesome.
Now that I've seen this, it's going to be tough to accept videos that don't have any SPACE INDIANS in them.
After a wonderful volunteer day Saturday, all of our thank you gifts for the 2010 pledge drive have been mailed, save for foreign t-shirts, which will go out tomorrow. Some have already arrived, and most should arrive within a week or two. T-shirts were mailed first class, other gifts were sent media mail.
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Comedian Alicia Tobin returns to talk about butchers, Pig Pen, and how drugs are made (we have no idea). Then we play Fake Band/Real Band.
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Harvey Pekar will be missed here at Maximum Fun. His appearance on The Sound of Young America was one of my favorite interviews in the history of the show. His work continues to be an inspiration to me.
Jose James is an acclaimed jazz and soul singer. He has two new albums - a forward-looking, genre-hopping record called Blackmagic and a collection of piano-and-vocals standards called For All We Know. The former features collaborations with producers like Moodymann and Flying Lotus. The latter features duets with the Belgian pianist Jef Neve. James, a native of Minneapolis, lives in London, and has been championed by the influential English DJ Gilles Peterson. He talks with us about the connection between jazz and hip-hop, what one learns in jazz school, and returning to standards after years singing more contemporary fare.