Comedian Nick Thune joins Jesse and Jordan to discuss Thanksgiving, driving under the influence and more.
Backstage at Pardcastathon 2010: comedy legends Tom Dreesen and Sarah Silverman, marginal public radio host Jesse Thorn. Photo by Steve Agee. Check out some more here.
Our friends from Never Not Funny are hosting a 12-hour marathon broadcast to raise money for Smile Train, a charity which performs cleft palate surgery on third-world children. The show just began, and ends at 6AM Pacific. Watch and donate!
Keith Phipps and Nathan Rabin of The AV Club stop by to sift through pop culture and present their picks, which include the Apple Records Box Set, a new cut of the classic film Metropolis, A Book of Jean's Own! from The Onion columnist Jean Teasdale, a DVD set of The Six Million Dollar Man and the documentary Best Worst Movie.
JESSE THORN: It’s the Sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. From time to time we check in with our pals at the AV Club to help us find the diamonds among the quartz in the world of pop culture. Joining us this time around Nathan Rabin and Keith Phipps. Gentlemen, welcome back to The Sound of Young America, always a pleasure to have you on the show.
KEITH PHIPPS: Thank you for having us.
NATHAN RABIN: Thanks for having us.
Registration for MaxFunCon is now open. Join us June 10th-12th, 2011 in Lake Arrowhead for the time of your life!
Registration is $790 per person (plus a small processing fee) and includes everything you will need for the weekend - lodging, food, drink, classes and shows. We even offer a $100 discount for couples sharing a room. For a limited time, you can also pay via an installment plan - four monthly payments of $197.50.
For the first time this year, all registrants will receive a special gift package (pictured above) upon registration. MaxFunCon is a wonderful holiday gift for someone close to you - or for yourself.
Registration for MaxFunCon is extremely limited - only 150 guests will experience this special weekend - so register now or risk being left out of the fun.
And we have our winners! Thanks to Zachary, Joe, Vivienne, Patrick, Rhiannon and everyone else who entered.
Brandon Bird offered to give away 5 of his Paint-by-Number kits to MaxFun fans! This kit allows you to recreate three incredible masterpieces. You can take a look at these awesome kits at Brandon's website. Get started early on your holiday shopping!
And listen to a past episode of The Sound of Young America with Brandon Bird.
The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program from our salad days.
Today's theme: The Sound of Young American Splendor
In this episode, Jesse recalls an interview he and Jordan conducted with Colin Meloy, singer/songwriter of The Decemberists. They have a fun Russian-themed question contest with a fan, and Meloy assures us that The Decemberists are a fairly attractive band despite what Pitchfork.com might say. Their new album, The King is Dead, is available January 18.
Then Jesse interviews Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical "American Splendor" comic series which was adapted to film, starring Paul Giamatti. They discuss "American Splendor" in all its incarnations, including the possibility of Rob Schneider playing Pekar.
Zach Miller and Scott McMicken are members of the Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. Their music synthesizes the sounds of the 1960s and 70s with contemporary influences, and they've built a major following over the past ten years. Their latest album is Shame, Shame.
JESSE THORN: It’s the sound of Young America, I’m Jesse Thorn. My guests are Scott McMicken and Zach Miller, members of the band Dr. Dog. They’re a lovely, friendly, happy feeling; although sometimes sad lyricized band from Philadelphia. Their new album is called Shame, Shame. Let’s hear one of the singles from the record, “Stranger.”
Scott, Zach, welcome to the Sound of Young America. It’s great to have you here.
ZACH MILLER: Thanks for having us, Jesse.
SCOTT McMICKEN: Thanks for having us.