If Fresh Air's rock historian, Ed Ward, didn't live in Berlin, I'd say he was a national treasure.
His pieces are consistently insightful and full of great music. If NPR's treatment of baby boomer stuff was always this good, I'd be on board 1000%. I think the greatest sign of the quality of his pieces is how much I enjoy the ones on kinds of music I don't care for at all. And the ones on music I *do* like are double awesome.
Check out this recent piece on Westbound Records, the Detroit label that spawned Funkadelic, among others.
And of course, anyone who dedicates eight minutes of national radio to the great Swamp Dogg is a national treasure in my book!
PS: Dear NPR web gurus, I presume based on reviews that your API is super cool and all, but can we get an embeddable audio players? Love, Jesse
All this week, we'll be showcasing video from our live taping at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. Brian Brewer was kind enough to shoot the show for us, and I'm so happy with how it looks. We'll be podcasting the show in about two weeks, but since it's pledge drive time, I thought we'd share one of these awesome videos with you each day this week.
MOUSTACHE GFOS WORLD CHAMPION!
NO SHIRT BILL WITHERS SUPER PERFORMANCE!
A DELIGHT OF GREAT TIME WITH FANIA ALL-STARS!
I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR THIS FUCKING MOVIE!
Well gang, MaxFunCon has been essentially sold out for quite some time now. I've been moving people onto and off of the waiting list, we've gotten a few last-minute cancellations and so on and so forth.
I am now proud to announce, however, that five tickets are now available.
Five lucky people can now attend MaxFunCon. Your ticket includes food and lodging in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, plus all the fun you can handle for a whole weekend.
And yes, there will be s'mores at the Frontier Village.
And of course the jacuzzi has a fireplace.
Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap, the host and producer of the show, will be guests on The Sound of Young America in a few weeks. Jimmy was a guest a few years ago, shortly after he and Matt launched the show.
Above are the first 20 or so minutes of the show, which are free. If you subscribe ($20 well spent), you can get the full episode and for a further five bucks, the video.
You know I represent the Sco down here in the City of Angels, and right now, that means supporting goofy songs about jerkin. And I'm fine with that. In fact, I am on record as an active supporter of all silly dances.
We're now up to 731 new donors, surpassing our goal of 500! Thanks to all the folks who have supported us!
Below, I'll be thanking the folks who've given.
First, I want to thank Doug from Edmonton for becoming our first Jesse's Golden Eagles member, with a $200 per month pledge. Doug said his motivation was a bit of "No one wants Jesse to be homeless, eh?" and a bit of "Game on, MFers!" Rebecca from Seattle was the first Jordan's Platinum Angel. We met Rebecca this past week at our live show and she's a peach. My thanks to Doug and Rebecca.
I'd also like to thank Hampton Catlin and Amy & Alan Starling, who become Jordan's Platinum Angels on the last day of the drive.
Click through for all our thank yous.
Jesse and Jordan are live in Seattle with the Monsters of Podcasting. They make and try the Minnesota Danny for the first time.
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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records
More than 50 existing MaxFun donors have stepped up to the plate this pledge drive to challenge new donors to give.
These good people, who already give to MaxFun, have offered a bounty of $11 for each new donor we bring in. This is vitally important for us, since it helps cover the tremendous cost of the pledge drive (last year we spent $3000 on postage alone). My sincere thanks to all of these good folks, and perhaps most importantly: let this be a challenge to those of you who don't yet donate!
All the challenge donors are after the jump.