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Stop Podcasting Yourself 186

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No guest this week as we talk about the new TV season, streaking, and Die Hard. Then some Drunk Dials.

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Bootsy Collins with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon - Tonight!


See this week's guest on The Sound -- funk bass legend Bootsy Collins -- with The Roots and Yo Gabba Gabba on tonight's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They'll be funking it up with a great song written by friend of MaxFun Adam Deibert and Jarond Gibbs.

Listen to this week's interview, then don't miss Bootsy's performance at 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

Bootsy Collins, Legendary Funk Bassist: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins is a legend in the world of funk. He's a bassist who came to his instrument by happenstance and fell in love. He was only in his teens when he was discovered and hired by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, to be part of his backing band known as The J.B.'s. Bootsy went on to play with another notoriously inventive and pioneering funk artist, George Clinton, as part of Funkadelic and Parliament.

He continued the funk with Bootsy's Rubber Band and a number of other musical collaborations. He recently released a new album, Tha Funk Capitol Of The World, and he currently teaches bass at his own Funk University.

Bootsy talks to us about being on the forefront of funk, playing with James Brown, doing LSD on stage, quitting and/or being fired from the JB's, joining up with the Parliament-Funkadelic collective, and his own amazing solo career.

My Brother, My Brother and Me 75: Everbuddies


We were on a pretty tight timetable to get this particular episode out, so it may not be the feature-length epic you've been hoping for. Don't blame us, blame the terrorists. (Also, the gourds.)

Suggested talking points: Party Pupa, Homeschooled, Jeans-Vault, Gundammit, Grandpa Cop, Firework, Crocoswine

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 195: Half Saw with Neil Campbell and Paul Rust

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Neil Campbell
Paul Rust

Neil and Paul join Jesse and Jordan to talk about Wyoming, the new Pee-Wee movie and more.

Build Conference in Belfast with Jesse


As long as I'm announcing conferences I'll be a part of, I should mention that I'll also be "compering" the Build Conference in Belfast this November. I'm pretty sure "compere" is European for "host." It will be my daunting responsibility to make sense of the proceedings during the conference's Big Presentation Day, drawing out themes and making off-color jokes. (OK, I added that last responsibility.) My stepmother's from Belfast, and I haven't been since I was 10 to see her ten thousand brothers and sisters, so I'm looking forward to the trip. If you're a designer on the other side of the pond, I hope I'll see you there.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: The New Yorker Out Loud


Vital stats:
Format: New Yorker contributors and the web editor in conversation
Episode duration: ~15m
Frequency: weekly

I can’t quite get my mind around the idea of the New Yorker entering podcasting. Yes, this after I Podthought about their fiction podcast two years ago, but still — it’s the New Yorker, for cryin’ out loud! (Wait until I find out about all that stuff they’ve cranked out for the iPad.) While the fiction show bears the mark of an “old media” outfit’s “new media” venture by taking much of its material directly from the magazine’s back pages — but doing it well, I might add — another of their podcasts, Out Loud [RSS] [iTunes], delivers all original talk. Rest assured, in other words, that The New Yorker Out Loud offers something much more interesting than literally that.

This podcast does indeed feature New Yorker people talking out loud about New Yorker pieces, but with a very clear element of added value: they give you the background, the extras, the stuff that didn’t make it into the text itself. Each week, a host, usually web editor Blake Eskin, takes aside one contributor from the current issue and spends fifteen-ish minutes asking about what they’ve written. While a form that short cuts off the possibility of in-depth conversation and while I remain unsure whether you do best to listen to these episodes before reading the relevant article, after reading the relevant article, while reading the relevant article, or instead of reading the relevant article, I find myself consuming them like potato chips.

Part of this mild addictiveness surely springs from the sheer variety of topics. If you find yourself unengaged with shoplifting [MP3], video games [MP3], or Super Sam Fuld [MP3], just wait fifteen minutes (or less!) and you’ll hear about Harvard’s bells [MP3], say, or medical marijuana [MP3], or the slaughter of songbirds in Europe [MP3]. Sometimes you’ll hear from well-known luminaries who only occasionally show up in the magazine discussing these subjects: your Nicholson Bakers, your Gahan Wilsons (drawing, of course, counts as contribution) your John Adamses. Most of the time, you’ll hear from the hardworking cultural journalists who regularly fill its pages, like Joan Acocella, Alex Ross, James Wood, and David Denby.

But where, oh where, is Anthony Lane? I long for the day that the fadeout of The New Yorker Out Loud’s Gary-Numan-with-a-cellphone-near-an-unshielded-speaker theme music gives way to the plummy accent of not only the Anglosphere’s funniest living film critic but this podcast’s most glaring absence. We’ve heard him on Bookworm and Charlie Rose; we know he makes for a good interview. I can’t give you a precise episode count, but at some point, producing a New Yorker-related podcast without including Anthony Lane verges on perversity.

Or am I simply lobbying for a personal preference? Would I feel the same delight at hearing Anthony Lane on an episode as I did when I buzzed through the archives and selectively downloaded conversations about Haruki Murakami [MP3], Abbas Kiarostami [MP3], and poutine [MP3]? I consider the New Yorker one of mankind’s most effective tools against this awful cherry-picking tendency, a generalist publication of such quality as to achieve near-total subject independence. If that sounds like a high-flown description, let me bring it down to Earth with a question. This is what the New Yorker — and indeed, The New Yorker Out Loud — sternly asks at its very best: “You mean you’re only interested in what you’re interested in? Lame-o.”

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to host and produce The Marketplace of Ideas [iTunes], a public radio show and podcast dedicated to in-depth cultural conversation. Please hire him for something.]

Jesse at TEDxPoynterInstitute


I'll be speaking at TEDxPoynterInstitute, a one-day conference at the Poynter Institute, a journalism school in Florida, on the future of journalism.

The event is October 28th at Poynter in St. Petersburg. I'll be talking about how we used Kickstarter to fund the second season of Put This On, and lots of other media types will be there, like the lady who invented and the obligatory Person Who Works at Twitter and a guy from NPR and a Guy Who Did A Viral Thing. Should be PRETTY SWEET.

You can find more information here. Note that if you're a student, tickets are $25 - email for me details on that.

Rocking with Daryl & Jimmy


Sound of Young America and MaxFun favorites Daryl Hall and Jimmy Pardo get together for an episode of Jimmy's web series over at Team Coco.

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