Perhaps China is a bigger threat than any of us realize. (Video by listener Scott)
If you live in New York, you can go to this WNYC Soundcheck singles event. You fucking lonely record nerd. (PS: I love you)
Dear Roger Clemens: I hate you (and you are fat)
The very funny Brian Regan is bidding to break out of the "as famous as you can be for performing live standup" box with a two-special deal with Comedy Central that may also include a series.
SF Standup interviews the wonderful Will Franken
Kool-Aid pickles are The New Sincerity.
Ten Reasons Why Paul Scheer loves Abercrombie & Fitch
Our main man Jouster interviews our other main man, the Human Giant's Jason Woliner, who was a TSOYA supporter before he was even a Human Giant!
Emdashes gives us more secrets from The New Yorker's librarians
Roger Ebert is on the way back, and I think it's time that all the haters admit that this guy is a great asset to our nation.
Seth Rogen in Mass Appeal
Matt Groening and James L. Brooks discuss the Simpsons Movie.
Am I wrong to think David Cross seems a little sad in this interview? Maybe I'm totally wrong.
Inside with Joe Garden in The Apiary
Simon Pegg on Quickstop Entertainment
Human Giant's Paul Scheer in the Long Island Press
And the whole team in the AV Club
Rob Corddry's House in the NY Times
Patton Oswalt's touching and hilarious thoughts on the best job he ever had (co-starring on The King of Queens)
...on the way to LA from SF, and two songs I actually liked.
Mike Jones f. Bun B & Snoop - "My 6-4"
Bone Thugs N Harmony f. Akon
(I know, I know, no Bizzy Bone, but this song still jams.)
The station I was listening to was doing a live remote via telephone from a beauty parlor, where they were promoting signups for a local semi-pro football team. For a station that was #1 for hip-hop, they sure didn't play a lot of rap music. They mostly just played I'm A Flirt by R. Kelly and T-Pain. Which is an astonishingly goofy song. I kind of like it.
Just got home from SF, where, among other things, I shot some internet TV with my pal Merlin Mann (look for the actual video in the coming weeks). Merlin's profession is nerd guru, and if you look closely, you can see the athletic tape that holds on the arm of those hip eye glasses.
Tree-huggin' Joe Garden here. A friend at work forwarded me a link to a YouTube clip for a film called Plagues and Pleasures On the Salton Sea. It's a documentary about, well, The Salton Sea, a large accidental body of water in southern California that was once a resort destination. And it's a mess. saltier than the ocean, polluted like nobody's business. Massive fish and wildlife die-offs are commonplace, but the residents stay put. The film is also about those residents.
Oh, and it's narrated by John Waters.
Since I haven't seen the whole film–it doesn't play New York until June, and then for only one night–this shouldn't count so much as an endorsement as it should a talking point. First, I'm curious to hear opinions from anyone that's seen it. It looks entertaining and fascinating, and maybe it will shine the light on the numerous ecological disasters in the U.S. Second, check out the Wikipedia entry and click through on some of the links for a crash course in environmental catastrophes. I can't wait to see the movie.
Baby bears, and not just pandas, are my weakness. If not for the insufferable piano music, I could watch this clip all day. It was on the front page of Yahoo today. You know, the spot usually reserved for the latest American Idol results. They know which side their bread is buttered on.
Half Madonna. Half Salt 'n' Pepper. All bratty.
L'Trimm is so hacky, so tinny, so poorly produced, but I'm perpetually charmed by it. I only had this album on tape and used to drive people crazy playing it my own car, which, markedly, did not go boom, but rather wheezed and sputtered until the tape deck finally died. I miss that tape deck. I miss L'Trimm.
Nick Adams here.
Way back when, I shouted out my friend Keven McAlester's documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me over on my site. The film was a hit on the festival circuit and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Finally the folks at Palm Pictures stepped in to give the movie the distribution it deserves. The movie details the rise and fall of psychedelic rock trailblazer Roky Erickson and his decades long battle with drug addiction and mental illness. Fun for the whole family!
Just to show you what kind of a bad ass performer Erickson was before things went haywire, here's a clip of The 13th Floor Elevators performing on the show Where the Action Is in 1966.
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. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.
These 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.
This week, Coyle & Sharpe discuss the merits and difficulties of having an extremely elongated head. The head is elongated through the power of science, and is desirable for social reasons.
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Bob Odenkirk has written for Saturday Night Live, and won an Emmy for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show. He co-created and starred in the sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and directed the films Melvin Goes to Dinner and Let's Go To Prison. He also directed the upcoming film The Brothers Solomon, which was written by and stars SNL's Will Forte, alongside Kristen Wiig and Will Arnett.
Odenkirk's latest project is "Derek and Simon," a series of shorts featuring comedians Derek Waters and Simon Helberg on Super Deluxe. Their casual, conversational tone is pierced by sometimes outrageous premises. Below is the first episode.
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Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally
You might also enjoy these shows:
Joketacular with Mr. Show writer/performer Brian Posehn
Goofaround Gang with Mr. Show writer/performer Paul F. Tompkins and Tim & Eric
Joke Warfare with Mr. Show writer Dino Stampatopoulos
Wow, this pledge drive really exceeded my expectations, and I thank you so much for your support.
Here are some more folks that gave:
Carol M, Jacoy Y, Matthew H, Ellen S, Patrick M, Aniruddah C, Matthew F, Ian M, Jeff, Emily T, Tim H, Marcia L, Eric F, Patricia R, Andrea K, Michelle B, Michael M, Steven C, Kon S, Roy B, Brian D, Guy W, Andrew K, ACCPicks, Anders O, Kyle B, Steven I, Chris W, Ben E, Michelle K, The Burnside Review, John R, Nate H, Kathi G, Matt B, Amy R, Rick P, John P, Bryan E, Scott M, Bryce B, Margaret C, Adam B, LW, Mark I, Ron D, Megan B, Adam S, Harold C, Jeffrey T, Fred C, Matt B, Jason S, Josh A, Jeffrey G, David B, Katie W, Ted H, Paras M, Brian G, Simon F, Paul L, Jude L, Matt M, Brian D, Patrick K, Lance G, Gary B, Brenton F, John Day, Ian B, Jeremy Q, Andy Harwood, Emily H, Adam H, Jason H, Elisabeth R, M Jeffrey B, James O, Brian G, and Ann B.
I tried really hard not to miss anybody, but I was doing this by hand, so if I messed up and left you out -- thanks to you, too.
And of course, thanks to the folks who've been giving for months before this. All of you, your support has been really essential, and I thank you.