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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: John C. Reilly and Kristen Bell

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
John C. Reilly
Guests: 
Kristen Bell
Guests: 
Cameron Esposito
Guests: 
Rhea Butcher
Guests: 
Evelyn McDonnell

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John C. Reilly: "Freedom and Anarchy" On Set, and Honesty in Acting

John C. Reilly is an actor with tremendous range. More than almost anyone. For the past few years, he's produced and starred in a bizarre show called Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule. So why does a movie star have a faux cable-access show that runs in the middle of the night on adult swim?

Reilly's comic chops are well-documented in movies like Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. He's also played a number of dramatic roles in movies like Magnolia and Gangs of New York, and was nominated for an Oscar for playing the cuckolded husband in the movie version of Chicago.

This week, John C. Reilly will talk about why he chose to take on the goofy, open-hearted and blustery Dr. Steve Brule with comedy duo Tim and Eric, his summer of fun working on the set of Boogie Nights, and what he thinks his duties are as an actor.

Check it Out! with Dr. Steve Brule airs on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim Thursday nights at 12:30 am.

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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.

Join us as Evelyn takes us on a journey to the other side of the Pacific Ocean to hear where the band sounded their best: on a Japanese tour and a their album, Live In Japan.

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Wham Bam Pow Recommends: Desperado and End of Watch

Cameron Esposito and Rhea Butcher of the movie podcast Wham Bam Pow excel at finding the hidden gems amongst the thousands of action and sci-fi films out there, and this week they join us to recommend two you can watch at home.

Cameron recommends something for your Antonio Banderas fix: Desperado starring Selma Hayek and - you guessed it - a gloriously coiffed Antonio Banderas.

Rhea recommends a cop drama with ample amounts of "bro love": End of Watch, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña.

Both films are available on Netflix Instant or on DVD. For more recommendations from Cameron and Rhea subscribe to their podcast and never watch a boring movie again!

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Kristen Bell: From Chris Rock's Pootie Tang to her career-making role as Veronica Mars

You might know the actor Kristen Bell best from her years on the teenage detective series Veronica Mars, but that doesn't bother her. The way she tells it, she's got just as much love in her heart for Veronica as any fan of the show.

Veronica Mars, a jaded and sardonic high schooler, is following in her father's footsteps as a private investigator. While attending high school in the fictional beach town of Neptune, Veronica solved mysteries and grappled with the murder of her best friend, the absence of her mother, and boyfriends, all at once.

The show aired for three seasons on UPN and the CW, gathering a cult following and critical acclaim. Fans of the show clamored for more after its cancellation, and Bell and the show's creator, Rob Thomas, were determined to bring the series back to life. They were able to bring Warner Brothers on board with a Kickstarter campaign and the Veronica Mars movie came to fruition. It's now in theaters nationwide and available on VOD.

Since Veronica Mars' TV run has ended, Bell has kept busy with a number of movies, like Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Frozen, and TV shows like Party Down and House of Lies.

Bell talks to us about the unique qualities of Veronica Mars, her first movie role in the cult classic Pootie Tang, and transitioning from playing a knowing teenager to a full-fledged grown-up.

BONUS: Kristen talks about her voice acting role in the Disney animated feature Frozen, and the evolution of the Disney heroine.

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The Outshot: The Limey

Jesse recommends Steven Soderbergh's The Limey, a revenge movie that’s really about the way we all fight with our own past.

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RISK! #522: Live From San Diego!

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Show: 
RISK!
Guests: 
Tommy Galan
Guests: 
Joy Keller
Guests: 
Lesley Jones
Guests: 
Justin Hudnall

The first ever RISK! show in sunny San Diego at the Finest City Improv.

MaxFunDrive progress report: 335 new and upgrading members!

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Goal completion: 335/1500 new and upgrading members, 22% there!

It's the second day of the 2014 MaxFunDrive, and 335 fine folks have already joined as new members or upgraded an existing membership. That is a fantastic start, and we want to extend a huge thank you to all of the early birds who have already stepped up.

Our goal is 1,500 new and upgrading members, and we can get there with your help! Sign up as a member or upgrade your membership now, and spread the word!

Sawbones: Oil Pulling

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Show: 
Sawbones

This week on Sawbones, Dr. Sydnee and Justin celebrate the Maximum Fun Drive with their first brush with actual modern relevance as they explore the hot new (very old) trend of oil pulling.

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

#MaxFunDrive Tweets!

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Thanks to everyone tweeting about the #MaxFunDrive! If you haven't donated yet, do it now!

The 2014 MaxFunDrive is here!

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Our annual MaxFunDrive starts TODAY, and we have some really great things in store. First order of business – have you signed up as a MaxFun member yet? Support your favorite shows, get some cool gifts, and help us reach our goal of 1,500 new and upgrading members in ONE FELL SWOOP by simply visiting maximumfun.org/donate. And thank you!

What are these cool gifts we speak of? We have some truly outstanding gifts lined up for new and upgrading members this year. Mornings got you down? We teamed up with Tonx and STACK Soap to help you with that. Need to class up your glassware? We’ve got your back there, too. There's even something for cruise enthusiasts! You can see all of our gifts here!

Don’t forget to spread the word! Tell the world you’re a proud MaxFun member by tweeting with the #MaxFunDrive hashtag. Want to give some special love to your favorite MaxFun show? Give it a shout out with the #MyMFJam hashtag. We LOVE hearing from you!

Finally, in the spirit of beginning with the end in mind, we are closing out this year’s pledge drive with a LIVE Jordan, Jesse, Go on Friday, March 28th at 7:00 PM PDT at MaxFunHQ. If you’re a MaxFun donor who will be in the LA area on that day, we’d love for you to join us! Just email lindsay@maximumfun.org with the subject line "RSVP". If you can’t make it in person, fear not – we’ll be streaming the show LIVE from our website. Grab a few friends and get a viewing party going, why don’t you?

So buckle up – these next couple of weeks are going to be a wild ride! We hope you enjoy all of the great things we have in store. Please take a moment to sign up or upgrade now, and show your support for your favorite podcasts. Thank you!

Stop Podcasting Yourself 313 - Brent Butt

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Guests: 
Brent Butt

Brent Butt joins us to talk about the worst movies, farmer dating, and pigeons. Make sure to donate at maximumfun.org/donate

Download episode 313 here. (right-click)

Email us at "spy [at] maximumfun [dot] org" or phone us at (206) 339-8328.

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The 2014 MaxFunDrive Gifts!

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We are delighted to present this year's MaxFunDrive thank you gift line-up! To get these awesome gifts, just become a new donor or increase your donation by March 28!

If you sign on as a MaxFun member at the $200 per month level, your registration for the second ever Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival (aka BoatParty.biz) is on us. Ask anybody who went last year – this was an amazing time, and this year, we’re on a newer boat with bigger staterooms.

Get the complementary Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival Registration


Become a member at $100 per month or more, and we’ll welcome you into The Inner Circle. Every month, we contact the hosts of a MaxFun show, find out what they’re currently digging, and then we send a copy to you. What album is John Hodgman jamming to? What film has been on Nate DiMeo’s mind? The Inner Circle knows.

Join the Inner Circle, and get a culture pick sent to you each month


Last year’s rocks glasses elicited a tremendous response. We heard your enthusiasm, and this year, we want to help our new and upgrading $35+ monthly members fill out their sets with a beautiful pair of highball glasses. Permanently engraved with the MaxFun rocket logo, these glasses exude charm and elegance, whether you’re hosting a get-together with pals or unwinding after a long day.

Get a pair of rocket highball glasses


Join us at the $20 per month level and above, and we'll send you our MaxFun Morning Essentials Kit. We reached out to our friends at Tonx Coffee and STACK Soap, and asked them to help us make your mornings brighter and better. And they delivered.

[1] A half-bag of Tonx Coffee. Sourced from the best coffee producers in the world and lovingly roasted to perfection, this is serious coffee that will put a spring in your step.

[2] A cobalt blue ceramic coffee mug. You’ll need a vessel for that incredible coffee, and this is a great one, carefully selected for its size, width, and weight. And it sports our rocket logo on the side.

[3] A bar of STACK Soap. You can’t tackle your day if you’re not feeling fresh. We’ve teamed up with STACK Soap, the folks who literally reinvented the bar soap, to make sure you’re squeaky clean.

Get the Morning Essentials Kit


Become a monthly member at the $10 level or higher, and you can tame your busy schedule with the first ever MaxFunCal. Featuring gorgeous watercolor paintings of all of your favorite MaxFun hosts as cats by the talented Megan Lynn Kott, this 18-month mini calendar (May 2014-October 2015) is a great way to keep track of your affairs on the go. We guarantee it will put a smile on your face.

Get the Mini MaxFunCal


And last but certainly not least, all of our members who give at least $5 each month have access to our incredible collection of bonus content. We’ve produced hours upon hours of special episodes, just for you. Join now and start listening!

Thinking about donating? Go to http://maximumfun.org/donate to learn more or sign up!

If you have any questions about donations or thank-you gifts, feel free to email me (lindsay at maximumfun dot org).

Thank you to Brian Fernandes of Brianstorm Creative for these beautiful gift mock ups!

My Brother, My Brother and Me 192: Long Bums

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Happy MaxFunDrive, everybody! Make sure you don't talk while listening to today's episode, or else we'll eat the fingers right off your hands.

Suggested talking points: Goof Taxman, Goofy Movie Free Association Jazz, Wedding Face, TV Talking, Chicken Shipment, Labels, Matters of the Chocolate Heart, Adam Sandler's Secret Tears, Brothy the Blind Soup Man

Song Exploder № 6: DAEDELUS

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Show: 
Song Exploder
Guests: 
Alfred Darlington

In this episode, Alfred Darlington, better known as Daedelus, takes apart his song Experience. This early track of his is made with only acoustic sounds, but Alfred still considers it a piece of electronic music, and explains why. He also talks about the unexpected life the song has had since he recorded it, after being sampled by Madlib for his collaboration with MF Doom, Madvillain. Experience became the beat for Madvillain's Accordion, the first song on their highly acclaimed album, and later referenced and resampled by artists like Drake and Kitty (aka Kitty Pryde). Daedelus deconstructs the song and discusses what its legacy means to him.

Buy Daedelus's song Experience on iTunes here.

footnotes and links:
Madvillain - Accordion
Drake - The Grind
Kitty - Accordion
Tory Lanez - Accordion


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