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The Knux - Cappucino

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Interesting new group... apparently they're gonna get a big push from Interscope, Iovine thinks they're the next big thing. They're brothers, and this is a good single. The one dude is sweating Big Boi's style kind of hard, though... and the video's sweating De La... we'll see what the LP holds.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go!: Ep. 54: I Dream of Jordan

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This week on the show a listener calls in to tell the story of her erotic dream about Jordan, plus a discussion of the merits of excercise and much, much more.

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The Rossitano Report

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Being a record of all hats worn by Judah Friedlander as Frank Rossitano on NBC television's 30 Rock, which is the funniest show, as compiled by Maximum Funster Craxworth. Visit.

Ashkon - Hot Tubbin : The Video!

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Maximum Fun Pal Ashkon has just released his first ever music video for his Yay Area acoustic hip-hop smash Hot Tubbin.

If you don't know: Ashkon can rap his ass off, but this one is sweet, melodic and fucking hilarious. We're gonna get Ashkon back in the studio for another Jordan, Jesse GO!, because shit is about to BLOW THE FUCK UP.

Ashkon's album, "The Final Breakthrough," is coming to iTunes next month, and it features Mistah FAB and Boots Riley, among others. Watch for that shit.

Breaking: Bob & David's pilot picked up!

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David Cross is reporting that HBO has picked up the pilot he and Bob Odenkirk wrote for HBO. Of course, this doesn't mean it'll end up as a series, but it's a very big step in that direction. These are two of the smartest, funniest guys in the world, and HBO is a network that is dedicated to quality more than any other on television. There's reason for hope, people.

DMX is absolutely not following the presidential race.

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This interview with DMX on XXL.com is the greatest hip-hop interview since this interview with NORE.

Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.

You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!

Barack Obama, yeah.

Barack?!

Barack.
What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?

Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
Barack Obama?

Yeah.
What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.

You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.

I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.

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Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Never Not Funny Primo"

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It's rare that I write about a podcast that's new. It's even rarer that I write about a podcast that technically hasn't started yet. But Never Not Funny Primo is the new version of what I already consider the greatest podcast in existence. Now hosts Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap are asking for $19.99 for 26 weeks of material (or you can pay nothing and get the first 20 minutes of every episode free). This move could pay off for them, or it could lose them a big chunk of their audience. I'm devoting this column to NNF because I believe that $19.99 for half a year of comedy is worth it. Here's why.

Maximum Fun Fantasy Baseball

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Season Two of the Maximum Fun Fantasy Baseball League is getting ready to kick off. Our commissioner this year is Paul Reiser (not that Paul Reiser). I remain Superfluous Figurehead Commissioner for Life.

If you're interested in participating, you have to get an invite from Paul, so post in the forum thread here. The league is open to all MFers in good standing (that means you).

While you're thinking about the Best Sport in America, why not listen to our baseball episode, featuring "Spaceman" Bill Lee and a special baseball quiz from Tim & Eric?

(Photo: Don "Caveman" Robinson, baseball legend)

Podcast: Ben Karlin of The Onion, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report

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Show: 
Bullseye

Ben Karlin was an early editor of The Onion before heading to Hollywood to work on film and television projects. He eventually helped create the Jon Stewart version of The Daily Show as it's head writer and eventually Executive Producer. He was lead writer on the Daily Show's enormously succesful book, "America: The Book." He co-created The Colbert Report, then quit, in part to edit the new book "Things I've Learned From Women Who've Dumped Me." The book is a collection of essays on, well, the subject in the title.

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What's the problem with NPR?

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NPR has doubled its audience in less than ten years, and yet it's in crisis -- crisis enough to fire CEO Ken Stern last week.

What's the problem?

In (very) brief, NPR is largely a member organization -- its board, in large part, is composed of member station representatives. These member stations are freaking out as the national organization distributes more and more content directly to listeners via the web, satellite and podcasting. Ken Stern was a (relatively) aggressive advocate of this direct distribution, and so he got canned. (They said he left by "mutual agreement.")

The question for NPR is pretty simple: how do they satisfy listeners and stations?

Here's how I see it...

Public media's first responsibility is to serve the public. That's absolutely A#1. So both stations and national organizations should most certainly pursue any technology that makes their content more useful or convenient to the public. Making things harder for listeners is a terrible, terrible idea. So that means podcast every fucking thing, and think of any and all other things you can do to serve the public better.

If I was a station right now, I'd do a couple things. One is accept that radio use will decline slowly over the next 10-20 years. That's just reality. One is create programming that sustains itself, whether it's hyper-local, national or niche-oriented, then put that out into the world. The last is the one that I don't hear from NPR, which is that if NPR is making money from podcasts of their shows, and stations are making less from the radio broadcasts, stations should pay less.

I'm not really a public radio insider, so I can't suggest equations. And obviously, stations are a HUGE part of my own strategy for TSOYA for the forseeable future. But it feels like this whole debate is built upon a bizarro-world disconnect. Yes, the situation is tough. So be entrepreneurial.

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