Terrible news that Baatin of Slum Village has passed. A group that changed the path of hip-hop forever, and now Baatin and Jay are both gone.
Let it be known: I'm Jesse, and I can't be locked in a cage like some kind of Manimal.
I'm headed out of town for the better part of this month. My wife Theresa just took the bar exam, and we need a break like nobody's business. I'll be visiting some family, then enjoying two weeks south of the border in a little country called Mexico.
Editor Nick White will be putting up shows and generally minding the fort. We'll have four all-new shows during the month, so there will be plenty of new podcast material for you. If there's any trouble, get at him on Twitter, where he's @npwhite.
Here's some of the guests we've got coming up:
Charlene Yi & Nick Jasanovec ("Paper Heart")
Paul Rust ("Inglorious Basterds")
Greg Kot ("Sound Opinions")
Chris Anderson ("Free")
Rob Siegel ("Big Fan")
Jon Friedman ("Rejected")
Al Madrigal ("Half-Breed")
Brent Weinbach ("Late Shift")
Jordan, with help from John the Intern, will be helming Jordan, Jesse Go! solo in my absence. He's going to put up a couple of new shows with some awesome pals and guests.
Jordan will also be trying to blog here. He has promised to do his best. And Chris Bowman (the former Chris the Intern) will be posting weekly Text of Young America interviews here as well -- there are some cool ones coming up.
One note: if you pledge this month, we'll be mailing your stuff at the beginning of September. Other than that, all should hum along as normal in my absence. Knock on wood.
The epically brilliant illustrator Maira Kalman (a past TSOYA guest, use the search function people) illustrates what's so amazing about an all-time king of The New Sincerity, Ben Franklin for the NY Times
Slick as fuck. The Yay *stays* innovating, and it's not just 40-Water, either.
DID YOU KNOW: Novel's grandfather is soul legend Solomon Burke.
Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon and Ken Marino talk about the history of the sketch comedy group The State.
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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records
The amazing Tom Deja has created an even more amazing screen-printed 12x18" poster for our East Coast tour.
If you're coming to the shows, you can order yours in advance for the discount price of $12, and pick it up at the venue. In so doing, you will not only ensure that you'll get this valuable and limited (250!) keepsake, you'll also help us cover the costs of bringing the shows to the East Coast.
When they're gone, they're gone, so order yours in advance now.
Pay our tour bills: order a poster (only $12!) to pick up at the show!