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Goodbye, Woofs.

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I just never imagined I would love a dog like I loved this little guy. Goodbye, pal.

If you're thinking of getting a pet, please adopt, and take care of the little fella for me, huh?

And thanks to the many folks who've sent emails and called and posted on the board such kind thoughts about me and Theresa and the little guy. He was well-loved, and he never suffered.

Podcast: TSOYA: Elmore Leonard

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Elmore Leonard
Show: 
Bullseye

Elmore Leonard is one of America's most treasured and acclaimed writers of popular fiction. He's written 41 novels, having started writing westerns for magazines in the 50s. His latest, "Up in Honey's Room," is set on the homefront during World War II, a war of which Leonard is himself a veteran.

You might also enjoy these past programs:
"Elements of Style" with writer George Pelecanos and illustrator Maira Kalman
Neal Pollack, author of "Alternadad"
Chuck Klosterman & Dave Foley

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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TSOYA Live Photos

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My call for a photographer last week was more than ably answered by Lee Meredith. Lee shot some really wonderful pictures of TSOYA live. Above, Brent Weinbach responds to allegations that he's too creepy on stage by demonstrating what it would be like if he was really creepy. "You know what the biggest problem with poopoo is? ... GOD MADE IT DELICIOUS."

Lots of beautiful pictures here.

Something something iPhone

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I got a call from the blog police, and they threatened to silence me if I didn't post about the iPhone.

So here's a picture TSOYA forum user "lonelysandwich" took at tonight's live show, then flickrd AND posted on the forum DURING the show, all with his new telephony device. Pictured: the great Dan Grayson, singing our theme.

I just got home, it was a lot of fun, I'm going to bed now.

San Francisco, 1940

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San Francisco, captured in full color in 1940 by filmmaker Harold T. O'Neal. Greatest city in the world.

Any LA photogs?

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If you're a pro or semi-pro shooter and you want to get into TSOYA Live tommorow night for FREE, all you gotta do is email me. And maybe include a link to some pro-ish quality shots you've taken before. I would love to have a photographic record. My email, as always is jesse at maximumfun dot org. Something like these shots that Anya Garrett took in NY are what I'm looking for.

The Delegate from Utah

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I'm proud to announce we've got our first new station on board - KCPW in Salt Lake City, Utah. We'll be running Thursday evenings at 7PM there, starting July 19th. I went to Salt Lake City once, and it was very pretty, but the coolest thing there by most accounts is the Mormon Temple, and you're not allowed in if you're not a Mormon, so that was kind of dissapointing.

To celebrate this addition, a song:

Randy Newman - The Beehive State

"We gotta irrigate our desert / and get some things to grow / and we gotta tell this country about Utah / 'cause no one seems to know."

Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girl"

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Went up to the Bay Area about a month ago, and drove home my aunt's El Camino. Well, my El Camino, now. Anyhoo... AM/FM radio, no AC, and I'm on 5 south in the middle of an 85-degree day. I listened to Central Valley pop radio for about four hours, and heard this song about three times. And I liked it every time. Ben E. King and the vocoder (or maybe just heavy pitch correction) on the assist with this one. All hit songs should be this pleasant and charming.

My Nature Documentary, by Jack Handey

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Show monkey in a tree. Narrator says, “The monkey, proud and smart, in his native habitat. But one thing he does not have . . .” Show a giraffe. “. . . is a long neck, like the giraffe. Which is why nature has allowed them to combine forces.” Show monkey on giraffe’s neck. (Note: Monkey may have to be tied on.)

Then the narrator says, “The monkey can now see very far, and has protection from predators. And the giraffe has a little friendly guy to ride around on him.”


May God bless you, New Yorker, for making Mr. Jack Handey a continuing part of our lives.

Podcast: TSOYA: Dave Hill

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Dave Hill
Show: 
Bullseye

Comedian Dave Hill has taken the New York comedy world by storm over the last three years. His stage show, "The Dave Hill Explosion," has hosted celebs like Sandra Bernhard and Dick Cavett. He's also made a name for himself online, with videos for Superdeluxe, among other venues. His most recent project is a television series for the Mojo network, called "King of Miami."

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Michael Cera (Arrested Development)
Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show)
Sarah Thyre (Strangers with Candy)

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

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