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Rappers are called "rappers." Or MCs. This is because they rap. If you want, you can call them a "hip-hop vocalist," or "performer" but that sounds pretty dumb.

THEY ARE NOT CALLED RAP SINGERS. This is because they do not sing.

Rapping and singing are two different things.

This post was inspired by the news on my local NPR affiliate.

I'm going to go listen to my favorite song rapper, Mel Torme.

I Am 8 Bit

"Battle of the Heroes" by Brandon Bird (Click to Expand)

Our man Brandon Bird, the New Painter of Light, has this wonderful piece in the I Am 8 Bit exhibition at Gallery 1988 here in Los Angeles. I hit up the opening last night, and it was pure madness -- a line of maybe 150 people snaking out the door of the jam packed gallery, all there to see an art exhibition inspired by video games.

Interpretations and styles ran the gamut, though I noticed a particular fondness for Wario and Joust. If you're in LA, it's worth a visit, as the exhibition runs through May 12th.

Brandon Bird on The Sound of Young America

Kasper Hauser LIVE and FREE in LA!

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Our own Kasper Hauser are performing live in Los Angeles on Tuesday the 24th (my birthday!), and the show is absolutely free!

They'll be at the Comedy Central Stage, 6539 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood. Tickets are free but you must call (323) 960-5519 for reservations. Show's at 8, don't be late!

Podcast: Ted Leo of Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

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Ted Leo is the lead singer and songwriter of the band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists. His songs blend careful songcraft and indie aesthetics with politics and the drive of punk rock. His most recent record is "Living with the Living."

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Not Just the Best of The Larry Sanders Show


A lot of people haven't seen The Larry Sanders Show. It aired on HBO before HBO was known for its original series. The first season DVD release was botched, and there never was a second season release. It ran briefly in syndication, but that was at 1 AM on UPN and whatnot.

But it was really, truly special. Maybe The Simpsons was more important, possibly a little better. Maybe. But besides that, Larry Sanders is the best sitcom of the last 25 years. Perfectly drawn characters, hilariously funny, a truly amazing program.

You owe it to yourself and your family to at the very least buy the new DVD set, "Not Just the Best of the Larry Sanders Show,", which was released today.

Or, to put it another way: if you don't buy it, we can't be friends anymore.

PS: Venture Bros. Season Two came out today as well.

Marco Polo f. Masta Ace - Nostalgia

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Marco Polo's a producer from Toronto, and one of the acts on the new Rawkus Records. Masta Ace, of course, is the New York hip-hop legend, original member of the Juice Crew, and creator of some of the best hip-hop LPs of the 80s, 90s, and of the 21st century.

Here's our interview with Ace, who's as interesting and thoughtful in conversation as he is on record.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep 19: Ask a Republican

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss the misspent youths of others.

Jesse and Jordan are in the jungles of Malaysia. They discuss, among other things, Veronica Mars, The Gilmore Girls and Entourage. Jordan is both drawn to and repelled by the latter. Can you explain it's appeal to us?
Ashley from Lubbock
Our Official Caller Ashley, a 17-year-old from Lubbock, calls in to tell us she's from Lubbock, not Houston as we had erroneously asserted. We don't think she should listen to Jordan, Jesse GO! in class. No one should listen to their walkmen/ipods/discmen/transistor radios in class unless the Giants are in the playoffs.
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We are joined by the gracious and fascinating Richard Martin, a Republican representative from Ohio. Congressman Martin answers questions from us and from listeners.

Jordan Sings

By popular demand, the segment Jordan Sings returns. This week, he sings "The Big Rock Candy Mountain," a song about a hobo's paradise.

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Not only is the very funny Kevin Shea taping his first CD at the Purple Onion in San Francisco Friday night with supporting acts including the also very funny Sheng Wang...

But you can also catch the great Brent Weinbach dropping the BOOMTIME on the Punchline in San Francisco tonight (4-17) and tommorow (4-18). Tonight he delivers BEGINNING WEINBACH, then tommorow... it's ADVANCED WEINBACH. We say GO SEE BOTH! This is a rare opportunity for a COMPLETE WEINBACH SCHOOLING.

And for those of you who don't live in the 'Sco, don't miss BW rocking the M Bar in LA on the 26th and Coachella on the 27th.

Becker Re-run Promos Needed!


It's not often you get a request as ridiculous as this.

Our friend Asterios, who helped arrange our interview with SCTV head writer Dick Blasucci, is working for The Westside Eclectic, a nice comedy theater in Santa Monica, California.

He sent us this message:

I'll soon be launching a blog for the guys I work for that'll be an archive of local and regional commercials for syndicated Becker reruns. If you know of any online, please email me at . If you live in a market where they air and can capture & upload them to youtube, I will mail you a prize pack that will blow your mind. I've also got an FTP site if you want to upload directly.

Bonus points for commercials that say stuff like, "Now Becker's on 5 times a week! That's five times the [clip of Becker saying something harshly]."

Asterios Kokkinos
LA Comedian, Television Enthusiast

Asterios offers us this as an example.

So, do you have any Becker promos? Why you would, I don't know, but I feel compelled to support this effort.

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 13: More This American Life


This week: More stories of This American Life, including The Phantom High School.

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