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The Killer: Not Dead Yet

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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.

MaxFunCon Memories

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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.

Thanks Rebecca!

My Favorite Rap Names (Current / Up And Coming)

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Glasses Malone
Nipsey Hustle
Mistah F.A.B. aka Fabby Davis Jr.
OJ Da Juiceman
Uncle Murder

You know you better come back...

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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.

McSweeney's Recommends The Sound of Young America

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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, creator and host of Target Women: The Text Of Young America

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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 Interview: The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Jon Friedman

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.

That's Gay - Current TV

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One of this week's JJGO! guests Bryan Safi does this great segment for Current TV. It's also available as a podcast.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "Adventures in Modern Music"

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This is not, to put it mildly, the heyday of the print periodical. Yet your Podthinker has nonetheless managed to, against all odds, acquire a new print infatuation in the 2000s: The Wire magazine. Though not, in fact, a fanzine dedicated to the David Simon HBO drama, it nonetheless brings the awesome. Subtitled "Adventures in Modern Music", The Wire covers all manner of what's commonly called "experimental" music, including but not limited to (quoth The Wikipedia) hip hop, modern classical, free improvisation, "post-rock", and various forms of electronic music. It's smart, informative, unusually probing of corners one couldn't normally reach and aesthetically pleasing in the extreme.

And what does a smart music magazine do, especially one as reliant as The Wire on music that one must hear — and hear closely — in order to grasp? Why, they put out a podcast, in this case, Adventures in Modern Music, the digital version of the analog radio show they broadcast on London's Resonance FM, the freest of freeform stations. (You can tell it's truly free because you hear sirens in the background a lot.) Each program serves up an hour and a half of modern music talk, modern music tracks and modern music sets, hosted by a different Wire contributor, each with a quite different on-air sensbility, every time.

The appeal of the show equals the appeal of the sort of music, sound and in-between hybrids that The Wire covers: unpredictability and experimentalism. Any given episode of Adventures in Modern Music might serve up bizarrely sampled frogs' croaks, black-market remixes of remixes of lost B-sides, field recordings of Japanese forests, totally unorthodox uses of a saxophone, misremembered Chinese revolutionary songs or a bunch of Germans with synthesizers they built in their basements.

When not spinning tracks, the hosts take time to chat solo, broadcaster-to-listener, about what's run in the magazine lately or what they've selected specially for the evening's program. Beyond that, they often invite special, modern music-making guests into the Resonance studio or on the phone to discuss what projects they've got going on. Most recently, Anne Hilde Neset talked to Clive Bell about the thriving, variegated experimental music scene that's arisen among untrained musicians in China since the 1980s [MP3], but there've also been conversations with Roger Wootton of the progressive rock group Comus [MP3], with visual artist, composer and earliest turntablist Christian Marclay [MP3] and about the mainly-U.K. underground genre "funky" [MP3].

All this gets elicits, in the main, one feeling in the listener, as heartening as it is depressing: sheez, there's so much fascinating music out there, most of which one can't ever get around to hearing in their lifetime, and some of which one might accidentally skip over by not not being readily able to recognize it as music. Or at least that's how your Podthinker feels. Now to do some more listening.

Vital stats:
Format: modern music adventures
Running since: January 2003
Duration: ~90m
Frequency: weekly, with occasional breaks
Archive available on iTunes: none (most on web site now and "the full archive will be available soon," it says)

[Questions, comments, ideas, suggestions or threats for Podthinker Colin Marshall? colinjmarshall at gmail.]

Jordan Jesse Go Ep. 108: Party Island

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Guests: 
Bryan Safi
Guests: 
Amy Rhodes

Bryan Safi and Amy Rhodes come by to chat with Jordan about butt shots, Sade, and much more!


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