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Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival

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Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival, held in Central Park in 1969. According to Arthur Magazine the original film has been optioned but never released (they seem think it's a race thing). It's pretty amazing.

My (African-American) aunt Claudia once joked to me that she was pretty sure when she got to Woodstock and saw all the white people that she was the only one there to see Sly. According to this great Smithsonian magazine article, this bill also featured Stevie Wonder, Sly, Mahalia Jackson and Abbey Lincoln with Max Roach, among others. I don't think calling it the "black Woodstock" is out of the question.

Click through for the rest of Nina's performance.

The Trailer Park Boys creator Mike Clattenburg

Mike Clattenburg

Mike Clattenburg is the creator of the Canadian sitcom The Trailer Park Boys. It follows two friends, the scheming Julian (left) and the bumbling Ricky (right), as they plan petty crimes, grow dope, drink, and seek counsel from their wise (but possibly developmentally disabled) neighbor Bubbles (center). It's a surprisingly sweet and spectacularly profane look at life in the maritime provinces of Canada.

Community with Joel McHale and Chevy Chase


I very rarely post trailers and previews on this blog, but this one had me laughing, hard. I'm so excited that Chevy Chase is going to get a chance to flex his prodigious comedy muscles again, and Joel McHale is no slouch, either.

Perhaps the best part of the whole thing (well, maybe second to Chevy Chase) is that the creator of the series is past TSOYA guest Dan Harmon, co-creator of Heatvision & Jack and Channel 101.

Unrelated: someone just reminded me of the part in Fletch where Chevy Chases says his name is Dr. Rosenrosen. That might be the funniest thing in the world.

Our new pledge gift: Andy Daly's Mustache TV!


If you know, you know how much we love Andy Daly, the brilliant Los Angeles character comic. You may also know that we also love Andy Daly's GREATEST INVENTION: Mustache TV!

Mustache TV is the world's greatest party game. The best explanation comes from Andy himself, so here he is talking about it on TSOYA a few years ago:

In short, Mustache TV is a game kit which includes a rulebook and mustache. You put the mustache on your TV, then award yourself points according to the rulebook when the mustache falls on something -- an un-mustachioed face, the front of a car, the Queen of England, whatever. It makes anything you're watching 1000 times better, and any party 20,000 times more fun.

Of course, Andy's a big star now, and he doesn't have the time to make Mustache TV kits, so he hasn't sold them for a couple years now. No matter how many people email him begging.

But we cracked Andy's tough shell, and managed to get permission to be the exclusive distributor of Mustache TVs -- but only as a thank-you gift for our MaxFunDrive.

Between now and the end of the drive, if you donate $10 or more per month, you'll not only get our special pledge drive t-shirt, you'll also get a Mustache TV kit!

And guess what? Mustache TV is also our special existing donor thank you gift! If you were a monthly donor at $5/month or more before the drive, you'll receive a Mustache TV kit from us as our thank you for your continued support.

Jordan Jesse Go at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Video


Jordan, Jesse, GO! - Live from The Bridgetown Comedy Festival from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here's video of me and Jordan at Bridgetown, along with David Koechner and James Adomian as Gary Busey.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "The /Filmcast"

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Long before your Podthinker became a Podthinker, his esteemed predecessor Ian Brill wrote up a movie podcast called Battleship Pretension. Having been sold on the show by that very review, it has thus been your Podthinker's goal to dig up an equally good program on matters cinematic to recommend. When Tyler and David, co-captiains of the good ship Pretension, mentioned that they'd made a guest appearance on The /Filmcast [iTunes link], said /Filmcast emerged as a promising contender.

Is it as recommendable as Battleship Pretension? Quite difficult to say, since never have two podcasts that share a subject been so different in form. Where BP has the purity of two dudes in the same room simply straight-talking about the cinema every week, T/FC is a more exotic, technological beast, combining Skype-based group film discussion with news, reviews, interviews and even movie commentaries. It's like some crazy Horn of Plenty of film talk, an ever-more-various variety show that pushes the boundaries of what can be accomplished in the movie-chat-podcast form.

The plus side is that, what with all the elements, features and wingdings, every film geek's going to find something to love. On the minus side, some of the show's branches necessarily prove sturdier than the others. Downloading an episode at random — actually a semi-episode, since each is broken up into multiple files — you'll get one of a few basic entertainments. One is what I call the "episode head", where the group get together and first mention what they've seen recently, then speculate about the latest word from the film world, then commence arguing out the merits and/or demerits of a single motion picture in current theatrical release, such as Duplicity [MP3], Observe and Report [MP3] or Crank 2: High Voltage [MP3].

As was always the case with Siskel and Ebert, the reviews are as fun as the disagreement is strong. This was well-illustrated on Tyler and David's guest appearance, when everyone but them liked the (pretty lame-sounding) State of Play [MP3]. (If there's a weakness to the discussions, it's that the usual group gives way too much slack to "popcorn" movies.) Many others from the internet film scene also stop by to participate: people from Rotten Tomatoes, people from the Independent Film Channel, people from C.H.U.D., that sort of thing. But things don't truly get interesting until the free-form "/Filmcast: After Dark" segments start up, when guards are let down, spoiler cautions are thrown to the wind and (one assumes) the drinks start flowing. (It's especially nice to hear the group's marginally irritating spoiler fixation stop, since, really, any movie that's literally spoiled by revealing its plot points probably isn't worth watching to begin with.)

All that said and your Podthinker hasn't even gotten to The /Filmcast's interviews, where host David Chen turns roving reporter, going around and conversing with the neato filmmakers of our time like Brick director Rian Johnson [MP3] and Sin Nombre director Cary Fukunaga [MP3]. Though a bit on the short side, the interviews are informative nonetheless. And speaking of, any more information in this column — and much more could be said about such a full-featured podcast — and the short side will recede into the distance, never to be seen again. Even if this isn't your Podthinker's Battleship Pretension, it's got enough variety and experimental brio to extract admiration from any willing cinephile.

(Oh, and they take listener calls, too.)

Vital stats:
Format: film discussion, film reviews, film interviews, film news
Running since: May 2008
Duration: 20m-2h (depending on the segment)
Frequency: one segment every two, three or four days
Archive available on iTunes: last 70 segments

[Fun fact: Podthinker Colin Marshall also writes a film column. Argue with his impeccable points at colinjmarshall at gmail, discuss Podthoughts on the forum here or submit your own podcast for the next by-Max-Funsters column here.]

The Sound of Young America: Five Million Downloads


The Sound of Young America had its five millionth download this week.

We've been podcasting for almost five years now, and while our growth has never been exponential, it has been steady that whole time.

Five years ago, The Sound was the college radio show I held onto for too long. Now, it's my full-time living, and I even pay other people to help me with it. It's not just a popular podcast, it's also on public radio stations around the country.

I'm feeling very proud of the little show that could!

My thanks to you who have been so supportive, and have kept me chipping away at this thing even when I thought maybe I should just go to business school or something.

Behind Him All The Way

Eugene O'Neill

Big Time Gene O'Neill joins Jesse and Jordan for discussion of marathons, prom and more.

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Aziz Ansari on Kimmel


Aziz Ansari has been a highlight of Parks & Recreation so far, and he's hilarious in this appearance on Kimmel.

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