Above: Jerry Lee Lewis plays "Whole Lotta Shakin" and "Chantilly Lace" on the BBC in 1972. Below, he rocks Shakin' in 1957:
Jerry Lee is releasing his first country album in years, and it's largely written by Kris Kristofferson. You can hear the first single, "Mean Old Man," on the splash page of Lewis' website, and it's kickass (despite the lack of piano).
Lewis is, after all, the Boogie Woogie Country Man.
By the way -- if you've never heard this album, Jerry Lee Lewis Live at the Star Club, Hamburg, you owe it to yourself to buy a copy. Because it is kick-ass.
Rebecca is an intrepid MaxFunster (and a member of Jordan's Platinum Angels) who was one of the most enthusiastic visitors to MaxFunCon.
Like a lot of MaxFunCon attendees, she didn't want to leave the experience in Lake Arrowhead, so she put together the amazing website MaxFun Memories.
It's full of text, photos, and video of MaxFunCon. If you went, you can relive the experience, if you didn't, you can get a taste of what you missed.
Mistah F.A.B. aka Fabby Davis Jr.
OJ Da Juiceman
I'm back in funky LA.
I had a wonderful trip to Puerto Vallarta and Oaxaca, with some nice time spent home in the Bay Area. Great family time, romance time and adventure time.
Now, though, I'm back, and badder than ever.
The good people at McSweeney's, a little literary journal you may have heard of, have seen fit to Officially Recommend The Sound of Young America.
Here's what they wrote:
The Sound of Young America podcast
This is the kind of show people listen to in a more perfect world. We feel better after an episode. The fact that we just found it and that they have an immense back catalog bodes well for everyone.
Thank you McSweeney's! Here's to you!
Sarah Haskins is the correspondent on, and creator of the Target Women segment on Current TV’s infoMania. The segment takes aim at the absurd ways in which advertising on television appeals to women. Haskins, just back from vacation, took some time to talk about comedy, guilty pleasures, and branching out.
Chris Bowman: First off, how would you describe what it is you do on infoMania’s Target Women?
Sarah Haskins: I would describe it as a work of art. No, (laughs). I would describe it as a short segment where I make fun of advertising and marketing trends aimed at women, in entertainment.
CB: Would it be something similar to a pop culture critic maybe?
SH: Yeah. I mean it sort of is a pop culture critic. I very much focus on advertising so it’s sort of just general media messages too. I would by no means say that I am a pop culture expert. I am always a little afraid of using that term. People are like, “What do you think about this?!” And I’m like, “I don’t know, I don’t watch TV.”
Jon Friedman is a comedian, writer, and host of the The Rejection Show, New York City's live showcase of rejected work. His new book is Rejected: Tales of the Failed, Dumped and Cancelled. We'll hear about Friedman's early days screening unsolicited submissions for The New Yorker and Comedy Central, plus what it's like at his new gig blogging for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
One of this week's JJGO! guests Bryan Safi does this great segment for Current TV. It's also available as a podcast.
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