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Gilles Peterson's Best of 2008

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For quite some time, BBC DJ Gilles Peterson has been holding it down for soulful music in the UK -- from hip-hop to new soul to broken jazz to afrobeat to whatever. His remarkable show Gilles Peterson Worldwide is the nexus for an international community of people making soul music of every stripe.

His taste, like that of his peer KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad, can sometimes run a bit loungey for me, but only sometimes. He's usually right on point, and has championed artists I really care about, like Bilal and Sa-Ra Creative Partners. Peterson also podcasts occasionally, with interviews, performances and mini-documentaries from his show.

Below is his "Best of 2008" list, which is an amazing source for great music with a different perspective (and features Seun Kuti, who was on TSOYA last year, right near the top of the list). I've been listening to an artist on Peterson's own label, Jose James, for the last 20 minutes and am absolutely loving his soulful, Gil Scott-Heron-esque jazz vocals.

Albums of the Year 2008
20) James Pants – ‘Cosmic Rapp’ (Stones Throw) LP: Welcome
19) Cool Kids – ‘Mikey Rocks’ (XL) LP: The Bake Sale
18) Eric Lau ft Rahel – ‘Let It Out’ (Ubiquity Records) LP: New Territories
17) Hercules & Love Affair – ‘Hercules’ Theme’ (DFA) LP: Hercules & Love Affair
16) Leila – ‘Little Acorns’ (Warp) LP: Blood Looms & Blooms
15) Jamie Lidell – ‘Rope Of Sand’ (Warp) LP: Jim
14) Trus’me – ‘Working Nights’ (Fat City) LP: Working Nights
13) TV On The Radio – ‘Love Dog’ (Interscope) LP: Dear Science
12) Portishead – ‘Machine Gun’ (Universal) LP: Third
11) Menahan Street Band – Karina (Dunham) LP: Make The Road By Walking
10) Roots Manuva – ‘Let The Spirit’ (Big Dada) LP: Slime & Reason
9) Raphael Saadiq – ‘100 Yard Dash’ (Columbia) LP: The Way I See It
8) IG Culture – ‘Girl You Need a Change Of Mind’ (Freedom School) LP: Zen Badizm
7) Flying Lotus ft Dolly – ‘RobertaFlack’ (Warp) LP: Los Angeles
6) Quiet Village – ‘Pacific Rhythm’ (K7) LP: Silent Movie
5) Benga – ‘Pleasure’ (Tempa) LP: Diaries Of An Afro-Warrior
Bed: Mama Milk – 'The Moon'
4) Jose James – ‘Winterwind’ (Brownswood) LP: The Dreamer
3) Seun Kuti + Egypt 80 – ‘Think Africa’ (tôt ou tard) LP: Think Africa
2) Q-Tip – ‘Work It Out’ (Universal Motown) LP: The Renaissance

Album of the Year:
1) Erykah Badu – ‘Soldier’ (Universal Motown) LP: New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)

Tracks of the Year 2008
20. Geeneus – 'Yellow Tail' (Rinse)
19. Sun-Ra – 'I’ll Wait For You' (Floating Points Remix) (Test)
18. Kid Cudi – 'Day & Nite' (Fool’s Gold Records)
17. Kjell – 'Dunnshine' (Creative Source)
16. Tribe – 'Livin’ In A New Day' (Planet E)
15. Italo Boyz vs John Coltrane – 'Bahia' (Mothership)
14. Robert Mitchell Trio – 'Teardrop' (33)
13. Katalyst – 'How Bout Us' (BBE)
12. Lil Wayne – 'A Milli' (Universal Motown)
11. Aaron Parks – 'Nemesis' (Blue Note
10. Henrik Schwarz & Amampondo – 'I Exist Because Of You' (Dixon’s Stripped Down Version) (Innervisions) 9. Jose James – 'Desire' (Moodymann Remix) (Brownswood)
8. Lizz Wright – 'This Is' (Verve)
7. LCD Soundsystem – 'Lies' (Theo Parrish Remix) (Test)
6. Erykah Badu – 'The Healer' (Universal Motown)
5. Stacy Epps – 'Floatin' (Japanubiamusik)
4. Morgan Zarate Ft Eska & Ghostface Killah– 'Sticks & Stones' (Test)
3. Afefe Iku – 'Mirror Dance' (Yoruba)
2. Black Pocket – 'You’re A Star' (Martyn Remix) (Fat City)

Track of the Year:
1. Q-Tip ft Norah Jones – 'Life Is Better' (Universal Motown)

Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 52: Underground Death Ritual

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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 attempt to initiate an English gentlemen into their death cult.

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Test Your Brains

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"Chris Elliott: A Television Miracle"

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Me & Ben Karlin on Current

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Here's my second segment for the excellent Current TV. It's part of a larger pilot that may or may not end up being anything, we'll see. It's a video version of my interview with former Daily Show and Colbert Report Executive Producer Ben Karlin. Wow, that's a lot of Capital Letters. Enjoy!

Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me", interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Last time comedian Mike Birbiglia was on The Sound of Young America, he talked about developing the narratives in his work, and leaving behind the joke-joke-joke repetitions that are standard in standup comedy. He recently premiered his first theatrical performance, "Sleepwalk with Me," at the Bleeker Street Theater off-Broadway, to rave reviews. It chronicles his struggles with sleepwalking, and in a long-term romantic relationship.

If you enjoyed this show, try these:
Mike Birbiglia (May, 2008)
Andy Daly
Janeane Garofalo

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B.O.B. - I'll Be in the Sky

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Go ahead and skip past the awkward intro to this video and catch a great talent. Me and Intern Chris tried to book him last summer, but failed. Would still love to have him on the show sometime. Nice to know someone is building on Outkast's legacy.

Worth checking out: his "Hi, My Name is B.I.B." tape from last year.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 86: Octopus Sunrise with the Sklar Brothers

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Jesse and Jordan are joined by The Sklar Brothers (previously on TSOYA). The gang discuss a box of strange candies and foodstuffs mailed to them from Japan, plus Tom Cruise, Werner Herzog and much more.

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Paul Stanley & the Laser Pointer

Werner Herzog Gets Shot on Camera

Ashkon - "Hula Hoop"

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MaxFunPal Ashkon's new video "Hula Hoop" is up on YouTube. You can also check it at ashkonhulahoop.com, or in HD on Vimeo.

Tell a friend, f'realz.

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