Bill Burr is a standup comic. His ferocious style is leavened by the fact that he often trains the ferociousness on himself. His latest special, now on CD and DVD, is Let It Go. He also hosts the Monday Morning Podcast, which is about football and the vicissitudes of the life of Bill Burr.
Burr talks with Jesse Thorn about why he makes it difficult for himself on stage, about shouting down crowds and about fighting to be a better person.
Interesting that DeLaplante assumes a biological creature which has ‘evolved’ for the purpose of survival can know truth. Certainly our adapted faculties will help us to survive better than those of our predecessors, but is in no way our evolved brain a guarantor of known truth. In fact, since we are ‘evolved,’ we should not think that we actually can know anything.Welcome to the world of internet rationality geekage. It’s got its own customs. One of its customs is to always try to appear more rational than the other fellow, even if the other fellow does a podcast about critical thinking. Even if you have to resort to scorched-earth type lines about how human brains can’t get truth.
Our pals The Sklar Brothers have been working for some time on this web series, Held Up. For a web series, it's extraordinarily ambitious. Full feature length (in 9 parts), a wonderful cast (Tig, Steve Agee, friend of SPY Jon Dore), and funny as hell. Check out the rest of the series here.
And hey, while you're at it, check out their very, very funny sports and comedy podcast Sklarbro Country.
Our pal Brian "Back in Business" Lane sent us this video with the subject line "best dad ever." This dad and his son sent a camera into the upper atmosphere attached to a weather balloon, then collected it and made this video from the footage.
BRAVO, DAD. BRAVO.
The other day I ran into Mark Oliver Everett, AKA E, from Eels, at Trader Joe's. He recognized me from his past Sound appearance and couldn't have been nicer.
Eels have (has?) a new album, and this is the single - Baby Loves Me.
Bilal Oliver is a jazz and soul singer; his second LP, Airtight's Revenge, was just released. He broke onto the scene in the early 2000s with the Raphael Saadiq-produced hit "Soul Sista," but he turned to jazz clubs and progressive soul just a few years later, frustrating his record label. In the meantime, he recorded with artists like Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Scarface. His new album is his first in almost ten years.
Jesse and Theresa will be in Washington, DC on Thursday, Oct. 7th for a MaximumFun meetup!
Join us from 5:30-7pm for hanging out and enjoying some snacks and drinks at Science Club in Dupont Circle. All are welcome - whether you're a veteran MaxFunster or brand new to the shows. We always have fun at these things, I promise.
1138 19th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
Subway: Farragut North Station
Conan writer and past Sound guest Brian Stack was a 19-year-old intern at a community TV station when he made this eight-minute profile of Del Close in 1986. Close, if you don't know, remains the great hero of long-form improvisation. Stack accidentally set the camera to black and white, so the whole thing has an oddly artsy look. A remarkable and irreplaceable artifact.
Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! 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. These original 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.
On this episode: Coyle & Sharpe simply want to know how much your children are worth to you.