Dave Horwitz from the WB series "Downers Grove" joins us to talk about shape shifting robots, proper airplane attire, and more.
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 or two from our salad days.
Tyler MacNiven is a filmmaker and in this program he speaks to Jamis MacNiven and Jesse about his trek across the entirety of Japan. That journey would later be documented in Tyler's 2005 film, Kintaro Walks Japan.
Following that, Jesse interviews Steve Almond. In this episode, Steve Almond discusses his candy "freakdom" chronicled in the 2004 non-fiction book, Candyfreak: A Journey through the Chocolate Underbelly of America. His most recent book is Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life: A Book by and for the Fanatics Among Us.
Next, Jesse and Al Madrigal speak with Marc Horowitz. Marc Horowitz is a performance artist, actor, comic and filmmaker. He stops by to talk about a few of his performance pieces, including what happens when you mix burros with picking up the dry cleaning. You might also recognize Marc from one of his recent projects -- a piece that became a series of commercials, "Seven Days in a Sentra". You can find videos of Marc's work at his site, I Need to Stop Soon. He's also a co-host of the new TV series on G4, It's Effin' Science.
And lastly, W. Kamau Bell joins Jesse to interview Tony Goldmark and Jacob Slichter. A musical comedian, Tony Goldmark has been crafting song parodies a la Weird Al since he was a kid, with a debut album when he was only 13. In this episode, he talks about his album Rage Against the Mundane.
Jacob Slichter is a musician and a member of the band Semisonic. Jacob discusses his 2004 book, So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star: How I Machine-Gunned a Roomful Of Record Executives and Other True Tales from a Drummer's Life. In the work, he details the often frustrating experience of dealing with the music industry.
Standup comedy from Matt Braunger, recorded live on The Sound of Young America in Washington, DC. His most recent album is "Soak Up The Night."
Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing visited MaxFun World HQ on Tuesday - I interviewed him about his lovely new book Made By Hand: Searching for Meaning in a Throwaway World. He posted a picture of me and one of Cocoa on BB and was kind enough to call The Sound of Young America "the most consistently interesting interview program on the planet."
He was, as ever, a joy. The interview goes up next week.
A bunch of MaxFunsters are rallying around the charming Zach Anner, who's in the running for a new television program, courtesy of the king of television, Oprah Winfrey. It seems The Big O is giving away a show to the winner of a pseudo-reality show on her show this year, which is preceded by an online vote. Check out Zach's audition tapes above, and vote for him here if you're so inclined.
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 address reports of rock eating.
On this edition of The Sound of Young America, Kyle Ryan and Genevieve Koski from The AV Club meet with Jesse to talk about some of the "hip and happening" things going on in pop culture at the moment.
Join a gaggle of charming MaxFunsters for 2010 Volunteer Day! We'll kick things off on July 10th at 11AM.
We'll be listening to fun tunes, gabbing, and most importantly... mailing out t-shirts! This will be our fourth (fifth?) volunteer day, and they're always a blast. Lunch will be provided.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer.