The best comedian in America today, Louie CK, has an hour-long HBO special premiering Saturday night. (Clip is not work-safe)
The excellent hip-hop blog Oh, Word? is good for a hilarious rap-related photoshop every month or so, and today they posted a humdinger. Don't miss that link for the three hilarious cover mockups.
The brilliant standup veteran Marc Maron is quite busy these days. He's scheduled to appear on Letterman this week -- probably Thursday but potentially Wednesday. His Comedy Central Presents special kicks off the new season of that series on Friday night at 10PM. Then he's headlining at Comix in NYC, alongside Janeane Garofolo all weekend. Our old friend Max is the manager there, and we've heard great things. He's even blogging on myspace, hilariously, about his crazy cats (how's that for an edgy alterna-comic topic?).
Maron's been a mainstay on TSOYA... this show features some of his standup, this show features an interview with him, including some reminiscences about Mitch Hedberg, and this now-ancient streaming show features an interview by Jordan and I, while we wore only underwear.
It is a reality show about finding a white rapper.
VH1's distinguished record in the reality arena.
Will it get The Gas Face? Only time will tell.
(Note to rap-nerddom-latecomers... Zev Love X, the skinny black rapper with the big round glasses in the video above is now known as MF Doom)
At the urging of a listener, I've added an Amazon Wishlist to the sidebar. I'm not much of one to accumulate DVDs and such -- the items on the list are priorities for the show equipment-wise. Basically some field recording equipment, an extra mic, and some hard drive storage. I was listening yesterday to Marketplace, which is broadcast from The Frank Stanton Studios in Los Angeles, and if you buy us any of the stuff on the list, I hereby declare that it will be named after you. This will probably mean nothing more than writing your name on some masking tape and taping it on the handle, but YOU WILL BE HONORED.
Also, if you haven't been to the donation page lately, I've added one-time donation and donate-by-mail options, also by popular demand. My strong preference is PayPal subscription -- the regular (if modest) income from these donations is what keeps the expenses associated with the show at bay. However, if you're uncomfortable with PayPal, or with subscriptions, you can now give to the show in another form.
I'm also happy to accept in-kind donations and even barter for underwriting credit on the show. It was the latter that built our forums, for example. If you have some special skills, email me, I may even need them.
Nutsy was cold this winter (odd, given LA's temparate clime), and he asked for some winter clothes for Christmas. In his stocking, he got a sweater and some booties (which I think Santa got from my mom), and in the mail yesterday, he got two hand-knit scarves! The scarves were knit by listener Dylan's mother-in-law-to-be, and were much appreciated.
Jordan and Jesse talk about Del Monte Fashion Peas
Kyle sent in a New Yorker cartoon.
A photoshopped Project Runway cover
Some suggestions from the message board
Even a fashion peas short story
We hear top fives from a few awesome listeners, and a couple psuedo-celebrities, like Patton Oswalt.
Carrie (R) and Amy (L) let us know that they are serious candy enthusiasts, and so they're providing us with their top five candy bars of 2006.
#5 - Abba-Zaba Bar -- Chewy Taffy with a Peanut Butter Center. "A satisfying, toothsome experience." Reccomend in the halloween "fun" size.
#4 - Curly-Wurly -- braided caramel covered in chocolate. A British import, worth finding. Particularly good when refrigerated and smashed.
#3 - Kit Kat White Chocolate - a special edition that's been "mainstreamed"
SPECIAL TASTE TEST OF HERSHEY'S FAST BREAK
(note that the difference between #s 1 and 2 was within the margin of error)
#2 - Take Five Bar -- hailed for including a salty pretzel
#1 - Butterfinger crisp -- the wafers cut the intensity of Butterfinger to great effect
An extensive discussion follows of C&K's habit of calling companies who make products they really like. C&K had a great time talking to the lady on the Nutella help line, and got a lot of cool stuff in the mail. We all point out that we'd love to get free stuff from any of the companies picked as top five, and we would love in particular to podcast from Annabelle Candy in Hayward or Hershey's in Hershey, PA.
Jordan explains that while he really loves video games, he is also extremely miserly. Thus this segment is born. Our guest is Heather Campbell from Play Magazine.
Jesse says all of his picks are Katamary Damacy.
#5 Devil May Cry III - As Japanese and Crazy as Katamari is Japanese and Cute.
#4 Donkey Kong Jungle Beat - In this "2D Platformer," you control a monkey using a pair of bongo drums as your controller, which is pretty much all you need to know. We discuss the crazy ideas of the Nintendo company.
#3 Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater - "The Metal Gear games have two things in spades: great ideas and bullshit."
#2 Ultimate Spiderman - Swing around for hours on end.
#1 God of War - Pornographic violence, pornographic pornography.
#5 Street Fighter Collection - Combines several Street Fighter variants, costs only $14.99. Includes "Third Strike," which Heather says is the best Street Fighter game.
#4 Orbital - Simpler, but addictive. Available only as an import.
#3 Killer Seven (Jesse cuts her off before she even talks about it, whutta jerk)
#2 God Hand - Like Streets of Rage, and lots of fun.
#1 Katamari Damacy - Of course!
* Say hi in the new forums!
* Should we have more or less about our personal lives on the show?
* Who's sadder, Jordan or Jesse?
* DEL MONTE FASHION PEAS. What can you do with that? Personally, I want to know where the songs and poems are.
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Our new theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records
Randy Newman live in 1972 (THANKS DAVID)
The wonderful Jeff Chang (one of the hip-hop journos who A) gets it and B) isn't retarded) has a big-ass piece on Jay-Z in The Nation. Well worth your time. It's one of only two on Jay-Z that I've read that were worth the paper they were printed on. The first was a kelefa sanneh piece in the New Yorker that came out shortly before The Blueprint in 2001. Chang's piece runs down Jay's history and his changing meaning in the rap world.