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Ted Leo - Bottled in Cork

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What's this? A new video from two-time Sound of Young America guest Ted Leo? Directed by two-time Sound of Young America guest Tom Scharpling? With special guest two-time Sound of Young America guest John Hodgman? And two-time MaxFun guest Paul F. Tompkins? And one-time Sound of Young America guest Julie Klausner?

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Below: Ted performs "Bottle of Buckie" on The Sound a couple of years ago. Check out two more performances, plus the interview here.

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: The Chronic Rift

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Vital stats:
Format: Skype talks about genre stuff
Duration: 20m-90m
Frequency: on average, weekly
Archive available on iTunes: all

I worry that Podthinking might lead me into a cultural hall of mirrors from there is no return. So many podcasts aren’t things, exactly; they’re about things. Countless are the net-dwellers who pick up microphones, realize they like and dislike certain things they’ve read, watched, or listened to, and say, “Hey, I could podcast about that!” Though this seems to be one of the most popular class of podcasts, I’ve somehow never known what to call it. But while listening to The Chronic Rift [RSS] [iTunes], a name occurred to me: “Here’s Some Stuff We Consumed”.

Not that The Chronic Rift is run-of-the-mill in this sense; far from it, for a few reasons. This show drives “Here’s Some Stuff We Consumed” to the limit, where it becomes a form of conceptual art. Clocking in around an hour and a half at top flight, its nearly 100 episodes form a veritable avalanche of opinions on, discussions of, and arguments about various books, games, films, and television series. You get roundtables on British sci-fi television [MP3]. You get updates on teen summer reading [MP3]. (One of the Rifters is a librarian for junior-high kids.) You get interviews with someone from Buffy [MP3]. You get chats about Pepsi Throwback. [MP3]. You get a bunch of podcast reviews. (One moment I was sure I had fallen into the void came when they reviewed Edgy Podcast Reviews, meaning I would be reviewing a podcast that reviewed a podcast that I once reviewed that reviews podcasts.)

Eventually, I began to perceive a distinct sci-fi/fantasy/horror slant to the hosts’ cultural selections. My ability to fairly review a podcast turns out, unfortunately, to be inversely proportional to how deeply concerned that podcast is with sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc. Summer replacement television shows, the Justice League, Doctor Who, zombies: in my grumpier moments, I feel these subjects require no further attention. But just as the creators and fans of The Chronic Rift enjoy their time spent in alien, futuristic, surreal, or otherwise fantastical worlds, I admit that I sometimes quite like to glimpse a realm of bizarre inversion where genre entertainment is the interesting kind.

Yet it’s not always pure discussion of genre, mythos, and the continuity of -verses. The show engages in occasional goofy flights of audio drama fancy as well, which is always fun to hear, though I suppose it does take a very specific sort of person to fully appreciate one that merges H.P. Lovecraft and P.G. Wodehouse [MP3]. There are also big chunks of off-topic talk about cats, work, and how we’re not as young as we used to be. Depending on your podcasting perspective, that’s either indiscipline of an endearing look into the host’s personalities; both, I think, are valid points.

So while what The Chronic Rift discusses isn’t exactly what gets me going, I realize there are millions of others for whom it is. To them: excelsior! What I can tell you is that, as a public access television enthusiast, I’m very much drawn by something that sets the show well apart from the other friends-on-Skype affairs. It first began twenty years ago on New York public access television, and now those old shows are being video podcast on iTunes. The distinctive visual effects of early prosumer video gear, the unconventional tonsorial choices, the being from 1990: it’s everything I’ve ever looked for in a podcast. A+, would publicly access again.

[Podthinker Colin Marshall also happens to be the host and producer of public radio’s The Marketplace of Ideas, the blogger of The War on Mediocrity and the writer of The Ubuweb Experimental Video Project.]

Podcast: The College Years: Strong Words

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Guests: 
Chuck D
Guests: 
Tim Heidecker
Guests: 
Eric Wareheim

The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Today's theme: Strong Words


To start things off, Jesse welcomes Chuck D of Public Enemy fame. Listen in as Jesse brings out some passionate words about the state of hip hop, politics, and Black entrepreneurship from Chuck D. For more, make sure to check out some of Chuck D's work.


After that, Jesse interviews Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim, better known as Tim and Eric. In this segment, Tim and Eric discuss their unique and unusual creation, Tom Goes to the Mayor.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Episode 94: Manhunt

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Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: Coyle & Sharpe witness the predator turn into the prey.

Jesse Thorn: Make Your Thing!

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Date: 
09/17/2010 - 22:00 - 23:59
Show: 
City: 
San Francisco, CA
Venue Name: 
The Dark Room Theater

Over the past ten years, Jesse Thorn has built his college radio show, The Sound of Young America, into an independent media powerhouse - and a full-time job. When the show was picked up for distribution by Public Radio International, Thorn became the youngest national public radio host ever. His other media efforts, like the hit podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! and the style blog and video series Put This On have been similarly successful. His work has been featured in Time, Salon, The New York Times and BoingBoing, among other venues.

In his talk, "Make Your Thing," Jesse talks about how he did it, and how 12 amazing people, many of them his pals, exemplify the qualities you'll need to do it yourself. It's a crash course in independent thing-making in the internet age. Put simply, it's "The 12 Point System for Absolutely, Positively 1000% Guaranteed Success."

This San Francisco talk is the first time the general public will be offered this trip through Thorn's wit, wisdom, and something else that starts with "w."

The show will also feature an introduction from Merlin Mann, the writer, blogger and speaker best known for his talks on personal productivity and his website, 43folders.com.

The show is Friday, September 17th at 10PM at the Dark Room Theater in San Francisco's handsome and historic Mission district.

Advance tickets are now sold out - limited tickets will be available at the door.

(If you'd like to invite Jesse to speak at your event, for your organization, or in your city, email our Development Director Theresa.)


Beer supplied by the Shmaltz Brewing Company

Chelsea Peretti: Standup Comedy on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Chelsea Peretti

Comedian Chelsea Peretti performed at our live show in Washington, DC. She was recently named one of Variety's Comics to Watch for 2010. She recently appeared on the FX series Louie, and has also been seen on Last Call with Carson Daly, The Sarah Silverman Program and Comedy Central's Live at Gotham.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 127 - Darcy Michael

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Guests: 
Darcy Michael

Comedian Darcy Michael returns to talk LARPing, getting stitches, and Chuck E. Cheese.

Download episode here. (right-click)

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The Fuggetabuddies

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When it comes to comedy pieces that are barely anything, this is by far my favorite. I can watch this over and over and laugh every time. Fuggetaboutit.

The great Jon Benjamin and Jon Glaser.

Jordan, Jesse, GO! Episode 142: The Power Exchange with Mike Schmidt

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Guests: 
Mike Schmidt

Guest Mike Schmidt, from The 40-Year-Old Boy podcast, joins Jesse and Jordan to talk about high school friends, under-appreciated films and more. You can check out Mike's show Friday and Saturday night in San Francisco.

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