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Best Christmas Ever?

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I have no financial interest in AST Records. I do, however, have a strong fan's interest in supporting an indie comedy label that's supporting indie comedy.

Anyway, AST are offering a really amazing holiday deal: five CDs, a 7" single and some stickers and whatnot for $35. Paul F. Tompkins, The Sklar Brothers, Jen Kirkman, Jonah Ray, Never Not Funny and a special bonus CD from Scott Aukerman... all for thirty five bucks. You can't beat that with a bat.

Congrats to AST Records on a great first year!

Susan Ching's Blog, by Jarrett Grode

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Today was OK. I think Sung has a crush on me because his homiez always try to clown on him when I walk over to their group at lunch, like, “Hey Sung, why don’t you tell Susan about your plans to become a dope MC?” and “Susan, I bet you weren’t aware that our boy Sung here is campaigning to rename our clique Playerz United!” That is embarrassing because their name is already “Tha Remarkable Crew” and it’s not going to get any better than that! Then Sung gets all quiet and tries to compliment my calculator. Hell-o, you have the same one! I guess he’s cute but he’s so shy, but in a way where you know he wants to be cool. And he needs a haircut because his fade does not form right angles anymore. Re-bleach the tips while you’re at it! Ohmigod, that sounded mean. I’m not trying to be, it’s just that I don’t think I like him. More than a friend, I mean.

Susan Ching's blog, by Jarrett Grode.

Podcast: Comedy: Wyatt Cenac

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Wyatt Cenac is a Los Angeles-based standup comedian. This performance was recorded at The Sound of Young America Live! at the Westside Eclectic Theater in Santa Monica, California.

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Geto Boys - I Tried

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This song is from the Geto Boys' criminally underrated album "The Foundation" which came out a couple years ago. I had no idea it had a video until the Geto Boys came up in the forum. This is real soul music right here. Fucked up people in fucked up situations doing their best.

Kasper Hauser Fan Film!

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Two guys apparently named Skye and Steve perform Kasper Hauser's legendary "Spicy Pony Head" sketch.

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Comedy from Schadenfreude, Team Submarine, The Second City and Hannibal Burress

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The first of two podcasts covering our live show at The Second City in Chicago. Later this week we'll hear my interview with Steve Albini, but first here's comedy from the show.

Schadenfreude open things up with some Chicago jokes (Rick Sutcliffe, anyone?), then Team Submarine duo their way into your hearts. The Second City Tourco knock one out of the park, then Chicago's Funniest Man Hannibal Burress tears the club down.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Podcast: Live in Chicago: Steve Albini

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This is the second of two podcasts covering our live show at Chicago's Second City. You can find the first, which includes the comedy performances, here.

My guest on this installment is rock and roll musician and producer Steve Albini. He's the owner of Chicago's Electrical Audio, and has recorded more than a thousand bands, including Nirvana, The Stooges and many others. He's known for approaching his work humbly, as an engineer, rather than as a producer.

I talk with Steve about growing up punk rock in Montana, about his college days in Chicago, and how he developed his production skills and ideals. We also talk a bit about his strong ideas on the music industry. He's well known for a piece he wrote in Maximum Rock & Roll on the awful economics of major labels.

Here're some wonderful photos of the show online! Photos are by David Facchini.

Special thanks to Bossman Graphics for designing our poster, and to The Second City for inviting us!

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Revenge of the Nerds.

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

On this week’s show Revenge of the Nerds, Jesse’s girlfriend (now fiancée) Theresa, has her TSOYA hosting debut. Hip-hop producer Prince Paul and cartoonist and humorist Maria Schneider are this week’s guests.

Hip-hop and comedy producer Prince Paul has produced for the likes of 3rd Bass, De La Soul and Chris Rock. Originally a member of Stetsasonic, Prince Paul has also shown his musical talents as a member of Gravediggaz and Handsome Boy Modeling School.

Cartoonist Maria Schneider (not to be confused with the actress of the same name) is best known for her work with The Onion. She is the creator of comic strip Pathetic Geek Stories illustrating, in a highly entertaining fashion, childhood stories of pain and humiliation sent in by her readers.

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Damn, Prodigy is super scary.

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Prodigy is the scariest guy in hip-hop. On record, at the least. I guess he's been beat up by a couple different rappers, made to look foolish on record and in photos, but damn can he talk greasy.

This is the creepiest hip-hop video I've seen since Prodigy's last lead single.

A note about conflict of interest...

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MetaFilter has been underwriting TSOYA and MaxFun lately (in part, anyway). I gave them a sweetheart deal because I love their site as much as they love TSOYA. It's totally non-exclusive, but you hear announcements in podcasts about it, and there's a link here on the blog.

I sometimes link to stuff from Metafilter and Ask Metafilter, especially in Blast Processing posts. I've done this since before they were sponsoring me, and will do so after (hopefully there's no after).

I realize this is a bit of a conflict of interest. Just know that they've never even asked me to link to them, the fact that I do has nothing to do with their sponsorship, etc. Honest. If this seems weird (or doesn't), let me know in the comments, because I don't want it to be.

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Jesse

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