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Day of silence...

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I haven't got the means to shut down the podcast for the day, but I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the day of internet radio silence today. Online broadcasters across the country are protesting the dramatic price hikes for online streaming music royalties by shutting down their transmissions. It doesn't affect me -- I used to use music on the show, but I stopped a long time because there was no way to navigate the treacherous legal waters. But it is an important issue worthy of your consideration.

What vexes me most is not so much that these rules and regulations are changing, but rather that our lawmakers seem to be almost willfully ignorant about issues that are really, really important to our lives. When they do act (see: DMCA), they seem to act exclusively in the interests of the biggest, richest corporations. Courts and regulatory bodies are trying to make decisions based on laws that are woefully inadequate to deal with current technologies, and no one who actually decides (read: legislators) are doing shit.

There's a horrible imbalance, and that's why I've supported the Electronic Frontier Foundation. I don't neccesarily agree with all their positions, but when the big-money lobbyists head to Washington to write the new laws and the big-money lawyers head to court to interpret them for elderly judges who can't program VCRs, it's nice to have SOMEONE on the side of, well, anyone other than the richest, sleaziest corporations.

So the moral of the story is: use today, the day of silence, to think about what YOU think the equitable solution is to this internet royalty business. At least think about what the core values of a solution should be. Then TELL YOUR REPRESENTATIVES. They'll know that there are people who will vote on this issue, and they should just give corporations anything they want.

Michael Palin's Diaries

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Michael Palin discusses his life and diaries on British television. A very good interview and a fascinating man. Excuse the ridiculous host, the interviewer does a very nice job.

Garry Shandling on Conan

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"I'm not against a Mexican person taking my job. I wish George Lopez was here right now to take over."

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Ep 28: Life Improvements

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we do we what we usually do: Talk about things Jordan's doing wrong in life.

Introduction

Jesse and Jordan are in the middle of a Wild West shootout. They talk a lot about Mortal Kombat, and a little bit about Jordan playing videogames in the nude.

Clothing

40 year-olds dressing like 16 year-olds, estate sales put on by the living, and "dilfs" - Could LA be the worst place in the world? Also, Jesse gives Jordan some fashion advice.

Music


We take a look at Jordan's iPod, and discuss "Dude-know-it-alls".

Plugs


Help bring the Sound of Young America to your local public radio station.

Listener Calls

Lots of listener calls this week: Thanks JJ Go!, Jesse gets lied to, Army of Darkness doesn't suck, a sad call, and peeing in Staples vs. graduating high school.

Outro

It's a doozy.
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The Sound of Young America Live in LA 6/30

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Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, you probably already know that The Sound of Young America will be LIVE in Santa Monica on Saturday night. But maybe you're thinking to yourself, "I'd love to go see Eleni Mandell, Brent Weinbach, and the amazing surprise guest. I'd love to stay to see the standup showcase with Andy Kindler, Jen Kirkman, Jarret Grode and Wyatt Cenac. But I wish one of Jesse's closest relatives would buy my ticket."

Well friend, today is your lucky day.

My mom is going to buy ten Sound of Young America fans a ticket to see The Sound of Young America Live!

Here's how you can win a ticket:

Write Tim the Intern an email at tim @ maximumfun dot org. The subject line should be "TSOYA Live," and the body of the email should have your full name, email, phone number, and something nice about my mom.

We'll pick ten winners first thing Wednesday morning, and post their names here on the blog.

Of course, if you want to buy tickets, they're already on sale. Buy yours right here. And Los Angeleans, see you on Saturday night!

My mom will buy you a ticket to TSOYA live.

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Unless you've been sleeping under a rock, you probably already know that The Sound of Young America will be LIVE in Santa Monica on Saturday night. But maybe you're thinking to yourself, "I'd love to go see Eleni Mandell, Brent Weinbach, and the amazing surprise guest. I'd love to stay to see the standup showcase with Andy Kindler, Jen Kirkman, Jarret Grode and Wyatt Cenac. But I wish one of Jesse's closest relatives would buy my ticket."

Well friend, today is your lucky day.

My mom is going to buy ten Sound of Young America fans a ticket to see The Sound of Young America Live!

Here's how you can win a ticket:

Write Tim the Intern an email at tim @ maximumfun dot org. The subject line should be "TSOYA Live," and the body of the email should have your full name, email, phone number, and something nice about my mom.

We'll pick ten winners first thing Wednesday morning, and post their names here on the blog.

Of course, if you want to buy tickets, they're already on sale. Buy yours right here. And Los Angeleans, see you on Saturday night!

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Sound Opinions"

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Freelance journalist Ian Brill offers another quick take on a popular podcast. - Jesse

FM radio, once the home of the personality DJ, is now a wasteland. MTV has all but forgotten what its first initial stands for. MySpace is one of the few places to find new music, but there you’ll find nothing but self-promotion. There seem to be few places that brings audiences new music and put that music in any kind of context. There is, however, one beacon of harmonic hope ,and it comes from a city with a great musical heritage.

Sound Opinions broadcasts from WBEZ Chicago, the public radio powerhouse that produces This American Life. The show used to be found on commercial radio, and it still provides archival material from that time, but since moving to public radio last year the podcasting service has greatly improved. Shows are posted only a day or two after their original broadcast and are easily available on iTunes. The website includes helpful notes accompanying each episode.

The show mirrors the classic Siskel & Ebert approach to criticism, right down to the newspapers the two hosts work for. Chicago Sun-Times critic Jim DeRogatis can be sure to champion rock ‘n’ roll tinged with psychedelic or otherwise intellectual elements, such as The Flaming Lips or Wire. The best glimpse into DeRogatis’s taste would be his book Turn on Your Mind: Four Decades of Great Psychedelic Music. While DeRogatis can be counted on to enthusiastically expound upon the merits of personal favorites, Chicago Tribune critic Greg Kot tastes proves to be far more eclectic in the music he showcases. In past shows Kot has extolled the virtues of Rock en Espanol and soul music legend Mavis Staples.

While the hosts may have their favorites Sound Opinions covers a wide range of styles. Each show usually includes about two reviews. The discussions of albums such as Paul McCartney’s Memory Almost Full and Wilco’s Sky Blue Sky (Kot has written a book on Wilco) are intelligent, passionate and informative. It’s rare to hear popular music engaged with such trenchancy. Because the hosts look for music that is worthy of discussion the show will often spotlight lesser known artists making music that is in someway smart and/or complex. Recent guests on the show include songwriter/producer Jon Brion, known for an improvisational approach to performance that has garnered him a cult following in his home of Los Angeles. Another guest on the show, the experimental group Parts & Labor create music so challenging I wonder what public radio listeners must think when they hear these sounds coming out of their car radio.

It’s such a relief to hear a professional radio show pay so much attention to new music. Sound Opinions doesn’t see artists and songs as “units” that need to be sold as TV commercials or ringtones. For the people who want more out of the music industry this show is there to help them.

Stacy on Late Night

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Back when Late Night writer Brian Stack was on the show, we talked a bit about the Stacy bits, but I had a terrible time finding one. Here's a great one. Amy Poehler, of course, portrays Stacy.

Louis CK - "Ice Cream"

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Best video ever. Louis just put up several brilliant shorts here.

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