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Song Exploder No. 26: Ghostface Killah

Song Exploder
Bob Perry
Wes Mingus

In November 2014, Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan released his 11th album, called 36 Seasons. A lot of people worked on it: soul band The Revelations served as a kind of house backing band for the whole thing. Lil' Fame from M.O.P. and engineer Daniel Schlett helped produce, and there’s a host of guest vocalists, including the ones on this track: singer Tré Williams, and rappers AZ and Kool G Rap. But the person who put the whole thing together, came up with the idea, and corralled all of these contributors is someone who doesn’t appear on the record. His name is Bob Perry, and his title is A&R, which stands for artist and repertoire. Nowadays, that usually means the person at a record label who acts as a talent scout for new artists, but back in the day, the A&R reps were often responsible for much more. In this episode, Bob Perry talks about how the Ghostface song “The Battlefield” came together, and Revelations guitarist Wes Mingus breaks down how the beat was assembled.

Buy "The Battlefield" on iTunes.

Other songs in this episode:
The Revelations & Tre Williams - I Forgot to Be Your Lover

M.O.P. - Ante Up

The Revelations - I Love You for All Seasons

Sawbones: Diabetes

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This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin are drinking up a cup of your sweet, sweet pee. Graphic? Sure, but how else will we know if you have diabetes?

You can subscribe to their show right now on iTunes! Then tweet about or follow the show on Twitter (@Sawbones) so all your friends and family can be as horrified and entertained as you.

Music: "Medicines" by The Taxpayers

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: H. Jon Benjamin & Jessica Walter


This week's episode includes content from previous broadcasts! Check out the links below to listen and share each segment.

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H. Jon Benjamin on Archer, Bob's Burgers and an Unlikely Career in Voice Acting

H. Jon Benjamin is a writer, comedian and a prolific voice actor, but he's not exactly the man of a million voices. In fact, he's really the man of one voice, which depending on the setting could be the shiftless son on Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, the misanthropic dad of Fox's Bob's Burgers, or a self-involved secret agent on FX's Archer. Benjamin has appeared in his own physical form on shows like Parks and Recreation, and in 2011 created and starred in the Comedy Central series Jon Benjamin Has a Van.

Benjamin talks to us about and how his career in comedy and voice acting came together, the humble beginnings of the beloved animated series Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, and the perks inherent in voicing the super-spy and super-jerk Sterling Archer.

Archer begins its sixth season this week on FX.

This segment originally aired January 22, 2013.

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Canonball: The Runaways' "Live in Japan"

Over the course of four short years, the teenage members of glam rock band The Runaways released four albums for a major label, toured the world, and unleashed their classic single, "Cherry Bomb". While the group was huge overseas, they never gained the same level of popularity in the US.

Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Joan Jett went on to acclaim with her band Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, but as Evelyn McDonnell tells it, The Runaways have never really gotten their due.

McDonnell wrote the book on the band. She's the author of Queens of Noise: The Real Story of the Runaways, based on interviews conducted with the influential "queens of noise". McDonnell found that the band's manager Kim Fowley had a tight grip on the group's sound, and that their studio albums didn't fully capture their unique sound and chemistry.

Evelyn takes us on a journey to the other side of the Pacific Ocean to hear where the band hit their peak: on a Japanese tour where they recorded their album, Live In Japan.

This segment originally aired March 18, 2014.

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Jessica Walter Talks about Vulgar Lines on "Archer", Love for Lucille Bluth and Showbiz Secrets

If you only know the actress Jessica Walter from her recent work, you probably know her from her role as the singularly-focused, boozy, terrifically manipulative matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development or her voice acting on the animated spy spoof, Archer. But her career stretches back fifty years, with hundreds of TV appearances, from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Love Boat, and Trapper John, M.D. to a starring role in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut Play Misty for Me.

Jessica sits down with us this week to talk about getting line reads for (the often quite vulgar and racy) scenes on FX's Archer, her love of Lucille Bluth and working with Clint Eastwood. She even divulges a few trade secrets from her role on Flipper.

The sixth season of Archer returns this week.

This segment originally January 21, 2014.

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The Outshot: Prince's "Dirty Mind"

Prince is one of the rare artists whose name has become synonymous with an entire era of sound. Jesse explains how Prince's 1980 album Dirty Mind was the turning point in his career, marking a transformation from musician to music god.

This segment originally aired July 2, 2013.

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The Best of RISK! 7

Ben Garant and others share jaw-dropping true stories in this compilation of the best tales told on the RISK! podcast
Ben Garant
Dixie De La Tour
Meagan Voss
Rachel Rosenthal
Justin Hall
Ray Christian

Stop Podcasting Yourself 355 - Conor Holler

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Conor Holler

Conor Holler returns to talk firing people, garbage dumps, and Santa photos.

Download episode 355 here. (right-click)

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One Bad Mother SoCal No-Kids Meet-Up!

02/04/2015 - 20:00 - 22:00
Los Angeles
Venue Name: 
Largo at the Coronet

Leave the kids at home and join us for a much-needed night out! It's our friends "The Pump and Dump" LIVE at Largo in Los Angeles. We'll be grabbing drinks and hanging out before and after the show!

Get your tickets now!

More info and let us know you're coming!


Jono Zalay/Emily Wilson

Baby Geniuses
Jono Zalay
Emily Wilson

Hello babies! Welcome to 2015! To celebrate the New Year we start off with a Ben chunch update and Lisa has just discovered Pinterest! On a different note, have you all heard of "health goths"? Trust us, is pretty great! Our first ever PhD-wielding comedian guest Jono Zalay joins us to talk about farts. Specifically, the writings of Benjamin Franklin in regards to farts! He also tells us about his study of the effects of drugs on rats and the neuroscience of comedy! We are also joined by crock pot expert Caerel Hwhite who teaches us what you can make in a crock pot: EVERYTHING. Join us, won't you?

Emily Heller

Lisa Hanawalt

Jono Zalay

Emily Wilson

MBMBaM 233: Bedtime Thank You


Happy New Year, everybody! We hope you enjoyed your holiday, because the time for wintery relaxation is over. We must all be diligent now, because The Con is On.

Suggested talking points: Gems and Bonds, Mystery Tips, One-Quarter Murder, Kenny's Midnight Channel, Calf Stuff, Bathroom Seat Filler, Animorphs

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 358: Sleazy Like Sunday Morning with Gene O'Neill

Gene O'Neill

Big Time Gene O'Neill joins Jordan and Jesse to celebrate the new year by christening a new catchphrase. Plus, Jesse gets a new calendar and Gene has some resolutions.

Action Item:

• Send in your t-shirt ideas for 2015: Sleazy Like Sunday Morning

Throwing Shade #73: Happy New Year & Cameron Carpenter


Start 2015 off right by watching the hottest of the young organists, Cameron Carpenter, tear his shirt off and play the organ in bedazzled heels! It’s terrifying! Plus, Bryan investigates all the gay kisses being exchanged in Spanish Burger Kings, and Erin reviews the year that was in unnecessarily gendered products! This pickle tastes like a girl!

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