I'm planning on podcasting our 2006 holiday special on December 15th. That's two long weeks from now. I'm guessing, though, that you don't want to wait two weeks to hear from Paul Feig, Mike Birbiglia, Kasper Hauser, Tom Lehrer, Jonathan Coulton, Jon Benjamin, The Polyphonic Spree and the Kids Martian Choir (from "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians").
So, what can you do?
Here's the show on PRX, the Public Radio Exchange. PRX is a clearinghouse for public radio content -- stations from around the country get programming here. Stations in Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Cleveland and Santa Fe have all picked up TSOYA shows from the site this year.
What's cool is that PRX is open to the public -- both if you want to listen, and... here's the kicker... if you want to review.
So, go to PRX, register (free, super quick, completely non-spammy), and listen to the show. Then, if you can, leave a thoughtful review. Good reviews mean big things for TSOYA!
Welcome to another installment of the internet's only regular blog feature combining exciting new rap music with the best of public radio: The Sound of Young America has the brand new flava for ya ear.
Eugene Mirman guests (along with Chuck Klosterman and Weird Al) on PRI's "Fair Game" (MP3)
The legendary Marley Marl calls in to the Ed Lover show and puts Jay-Z on blast: why no DJ Premier tracks on "Kingdom Come?" Golden moments.
DJ Premier / Freeway / Termanology - "The Format" Freestyle (via We Eat So Many Shrimp)
Weird Al visits All Songs Considered -- his favorite Randy Newman song is "My Life is Good."
Snoop KILLS the booth on Rap City. Lends some credence to those claims he freestyles like 2/3 of his songs.
Christopher Guest visits The Treatment
Just as I was putting the finishing touches on The Sound of Young America Holiday Special 2006, Chris from the band Challenge Club told me he'd posted their new holiday single, "Let's All Get Rowdy This Christmas" on their MySpace page.
I really like how they bring some punk rock spirit to the Holidays! Drink all grandma's egg nog indeed!
And speaking of Christmas news... our friends in the super-fun, super-great sketch group Elephant Larry are running a special show for the holidays -- "Caveman Christmas." It's the next three Saturday nights at the PIT in NYC... here's more info.
As many of you have noticed, I'm hosting the Slate.com Daily Podcast this week. It's a fun job, and I'm grateful to the regular host, Andy Bowers, for picking me to fill in.
Today's 'cast is a quick interview with Slate's "Middlebrow" columnist, Bryan Curtis. His most recent piece is "Christopher Guest: A Mighty Whimper." He's saying the emperor of mockumentaries has no clothes, in essence. I think he's right, in part at least. The returns have been diminishing for me in the laughs department since Guffman, and by all accounts "For Your Consideration" is the spottiest yet.
Check out the piece, then listen to the podcast.
And let's just say you love comedy (I do).
And let's say this stuff wasn't available in any form in the US of A, but that was just exactly where you lived.
Then I would reccomend that you take action. Like, now. Because I'm coming to a saturation point with reccomending you people watch BrassEye, and this may be your last chance to get on board.
Two things that are very New Sincerity:
A) Recording a whole album in a made-up language.
B) This video.
The first person to email me with the name of the game pictured above (and their name & address) gets free stickers!
Wow. I am totally crushed by George Saunders' stunning Borat piece in this week's New Yorker. Holy mackarel. This is why he won the MacArthur award.
It takes the form of a memo suggesting DVD extras for the film:
SOUTHERN DINING SOCIETY SECTION: Do we have footage of the woman Borat identified as unattractive being consoled in her darkened living room later that night by her husband? Particularly good if, all her life, she’s fought the feeling that she was not attractive, and only recently has come to feel pretty, owing to the steady love of her husband, who does, in fact, find her pretty, in part because of her kindness to him and others in their community—and now all those wounds have been reopened! Also, although she is crying, she tries to cry quietly, so as not to alarm the kids. Super!
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