Known as The Godfather of Go-Go, Chuck Brown created a new take on funk music in the 1970s with strong dance beats and an infectious spirit. His early hits as a guitarist and singer included "I Need Some Money" and "Bustin' Loose". He's a local legend in Washington, D.C., where go-go originated.
His new 3-disc CD/DVD set We Got This includes his first Grammy nominated song, "Love", recorded with Jill Scott and Marcus Miller.
He spoke to us about a song he considers very influential -- "Mister Magic" by the jazz-funk musician Grover Washington.
After nearly four years and 100 episodes, we've brought the Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters podcast to a close. We really just ran out of A-list material in the archive.
It's been an honor to be the custodian of all this amazing content, and share this stuff that I think is some of the funniest audio ever put on tape with a new generation. I know Mal feels exceptionally proud, as well, that the response to this material has been so strong and so sustained.
I hope folks will continue to download the show - the archive of 100 amazing episodes isn't going anywhere - but there won't be any new episodes.
So on behalf of Mal and his daughter Jennifer, as well as myself, THANK YOU!
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MaxFun Superstars Kasper Hauser have a new comedy pilot on MSN's "The Bubble" called Pillow Talk. It's a look at the bedtime conversations between three couples who share a multi-unit building. Since this is 1998, MSN doesn't allow embeds, but you can watch the video here.
Comedian and graphic designer Josh Loewen joins us to talk pizza, weddings, and punchability.
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Alison Haislip from G4's Attack of the Show talks with Jordan and Jesse about movies, momentous occasions, and more.
Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evan's things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?
Also: evidence referred to by Judge Hodgman is viewable here.
In a weird twist, we've decided to spend time during this episode to actually provide our listeners with practical advice. You know, things you'll use every day -- like phone etiquette, or tips for naming your Chinchilla breeding business.
Suggested talking points: The Sandiego Slip, Wizard Pizza, PCP Juice, Minus Tephen, Doing the Deed, Vine-Ripened, Chin Deep
Mavis Staples is one of the greatest singers of our time -- a gospel, soul, and R&B vocalist known for her rich, throaty voice. She began as the lead singer of The Staple Singers, a family gospel group formed by Pops Staples and several of his children. The Staple Singers achieved several hits with "Respect Yourself", "I'll Take You There" and "Let's Do It Again". They also became a musical voice of the American civil rights movement with their protest music.
Mavis has reinvented her sound over the decades since The Staple Singers' introduction in 1950 and worked with Curtis Mayfield, Prince, Ry Cooder, and Bob Dylan. Her newest album, You Are Not Alone, was produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy.
JESSE THORN: It’s The Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is one of our greatest singers, Mavis Staples. In her 50-plus-year career with The Staple Singers and as a solo artist, she has really and truly bridged genres from soul to gospel to R&B to country, and her latest record was produced by Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. Mavis Staples, welcome to The Sound of Young America.
MAVIS STAPLES: Well thank you, thank you. I’m happy to be with you.