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Barry's Gonna Knock It Out!


All Star time in the City by the Bay, and local heroes are colliding: San Quinn: "Knock It Out (Barry Bonds)."


Podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Ep. 29: Hot Tubbin' with Ashkon


This week's show features very special guest Ashkon, who's song "Hot Tubbin'" has been tearing up the Max Fun charts since its debut a few weeks ago.

Jesse and Jordan are in a Dinosaur Park. They say dinosaur names they know, and give you a preview of the show to come.

Listener Calls
Happy pet stories (aka the Cat Came Back), First Time Drunk, Waiting on the Tow Truck, Crying at the Cracker Barrel... no, it's not Jordan's new country album, it's listener calls!

Calls from Listeners

Jordan receives some shoe advice and gets propositioned. He'll also be put on the internet in his underwear, for you to dress up.

People Who Listen to the Show Dial a Number and Leave a Message and Jordan and Jesse Talk About It

Longtime pal Brian shares a cautionary tail about knives, Jesse is corrected, and the definitive White-Guy-Know-It-All theory is offered.

Zoo Animal Showdown!
Monkey vs. Lion

Jesse introduces a new segment called Zoo Animal Showdown. This week's match up: Monkey Vs. Lion. Head to the forum to cast your vote!


Jordan and Jesse chat with Ashkon about wild nights in LA, his connection with Murder Inc.'s Irv Gotti, and, of course, hot tubbin' on the late night. Yadadamean?

Ashkon Performs

Ashkon performs an acoustic version of "Hot Tubbin'" and an awesome freestyle rap.


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Jeff Coorwin's Discount Tires


The tri-county area's ONLY haunted tire retailer!

Part of Eric Appel's brand new SuperDeluxe series, The Subconcious Channel, in which we are treated to a tour of one man's strange dreams. Thanks to Eric for letting me be a part of it, it was the most fun you can have in a strip-mall sound stage next to a body shop in North Hollywood!

Contest: Zach Galifianakis's Bad Art Auction!


Hey NYC area max-funsters/Galifianakers/Indie rock lovers/bad art hounds - this contest's for you! July 10th, at the Hiro Ballroom in New York, Zach will be hosting a charity event for New York Cares in which "really bad, really funny" art will be auctioned off to the highest bidder. And if that doesn't already sound like a blast and a half, the auction will be followed by a full set from reverb-rockers Band of Horses - who's Everything All The Time was, to this Intern's mind, one of the better debut albums OF THE MILLENIUM. I've also seen them live, and they are indeed top notch. IN ADDITION, it's their only show scheduled in NYC the whole summer.

So now you're wondering, "Hey Tim the Intern, how can I win free tickets to this hip shindig for a good cause?" Well that's simple. Just be the first person to e-mail me ( the answer to the following intern related question, along with your name and phone number:

In a classic episode of Seinfeld, Kramer takes on an NYU Intern to assist him at Kramerica Industries. WHAT IS THAT INTERN'S NAME?

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Old Men

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Watch Mr. Wizard

 Shelley Berman We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

This episode features a couple of old fogies. You probably know him best as Larry David's dad on Curb Your Enthusiasm - but Shelley Berman has been a legend in the comedy world since the 1950's. He was a co-founder of Second City and his debut album Inside Shelley Berman won the first non-music Grammy Award...ever.

We also talk with Don Herbert AKA Mr. Wizard AKA Donny Hizza. He was the host and creator of the 1950's children's program Watch Mr. Wizard and its 1990's Nickelodeon revival Mr. Wizard's World. He eats the whole time he's being interviewed.

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"Maximum Fun" Live


One little treat for the MaxFunsters who came by the live show in Santa Monica was a live rendition of Maximum Fun by the song's co-composer and performer, Mr. Dan Grayson. Check out Dan rocking out above (photo by Lee Meredith).

I haven't edited the full show yet, but I did get the raw stereo mix back from our engineer Paul, so here's a little treat for those who couldn't make the show: Maximum Fun Live (MP3).

Steve Albini speaks


Record industry legend Steve Albini speaks in a thread on a poker message board.

Genius is a weird and inappropriate word, and hard work is underrated, but Kurt Cobain had a distinct and personal take on the world, and generally, when someone strikes a chord with his audience, that's what people respond to.

There were a lot of bands the "sounded like Nirvana" at the time Nirvana made it big, but none of them have had the same long-lasting influence. I have to admit that I wasn't particularly a fan of Nirvana when I was asked to work on In Utero, but during the course of making the record I came to appreciate that they were genuine about their band and their music, that Kurt was capable of sophisticated thinking, and that they and their music were unique.

If you think of the other bajillion-sellers of the Nineties, not very many of them have survived as significant influences today. I think there's a reason beyond luck for that to be the case.

Recorded Live From Congress


Live From Congress: Rep. Ingersoll's Murder of a Hobo

Recorded from ONN's live congressional feed. Amazing what your representatives are up to, just amazing.

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing"

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Editor's note: this Podthoughts column, by Ian Brill, has not been edited for grammar. Feel free to point out below everything our author did wrong.

More than any Podthought this is one I worry about writing the most. No matter what I say about it, if this article is rife with grammatical mistakes is it any kind of recommendation? I’ll just hope that between listening to the last six episodes of Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing (oh, and possessing a degree in English Literature) I can come up with something worthy of the Grammar Girl.

Not unlike another Podthought subject, 12 Byzantine Rulers, Grammar Girl’s Quick and Dirty Tips for Better Writing is an educational podcast with a single host speaking into a mic. Grammar Girl a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty devotes each show to one subject that people have trouble with when speaking and writing. Recent episodes tackle “on accident” versus “by accident” and “bring” versus” take.”

I cannot say I noticed dirtiness of any sort in the podcast but the episodes are indeed quick. None pass the length of ten minutes. Grammar Girl keeps it simple. The basic lesson format has our host introducing a subject, laying out the basics, sorting out the wrong way versus the right way and then ending on a review. It’s not just that Grammar Girl’s wisdom comes in snappy chunks; she’s also a fun host. She’s has a very inviting voice and she always has funny, personal anecdotes to go along with each lesson. The accompanying blog has transcripts of each show and supplies references for each episode.

There’s a certain type of comfort to Grammar Girl’s podcast. It’s how she’s able to turn a subject many dreaded in school into something worth listening to every week. The running time means you can fit an episode in the middle of the day’s playlist. That is of course if you’re the kind of person who, whilst jogging, wonders when to use “you and me” and when to use “you and I.”

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