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Podcast: Bomb It director Jon Reiss


Jon Reiss is the director of the films Better Living Through Circuitry and more recently Bomb It. The documentary traces the origins of graffiti from cave paintings, to the reinvention of the art form in the 70's and 80's through to the global phenomenon it has become today.

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Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: alt.NPR, part deux


We're back to alt.NPR's suite of podcasts for this week's Podthoughts. If you missed my coverage of the first three, check it out here. All of this week's shows range from ten to thirty minutes a podcast, and all are allegedly biweekly. Operative word: "allegedly". If I've noticed one common problem with alt.NPR podcasts, it's that they're a long way from regularity. They sound good and all, so if they could just get the uploading thing down, alt.NPR would be an unstoppable e-radio behemoth. Or something.

As a die-hard Turbografx-16 player — you think I'm kidding, but I'm not — I can't claim to be the target audience for video game news: I suppose commentary about the PlayStation 3, Wii and XBox 360 has about as much relevance for me as coverage of the Uzbekistan Youth Curling League. But as a twentysomething American male, I nevertheless feel that video games constitute the culture of my people. Even if I don't get all the specific references, I can't say I don't enjoy the occasional fix of gamer discourse, whether provided by friends, a Penny Arcade strip, or the more flip-flopped half of Jordan, Jesse, Go!. alt.NPR's Press Start [iTunes link], a "podcast on the art and craft of video games," fills the need equally well. Game journalists Kyle Orland, Ralph Cooper and Robert Holt chat about what they've been playing, which releases they're looking forward to, and what they think of current industry trends. They also do interviews, recent subjects of which include Nintendo's Vice President of Marketing [MP3] and this one dude who built an arcade machine containing every console known to man [MP3]. Even as an owner of zero current consoles, I'm likely to come back to Press Start every so often, but I don't know if I can make it priority one. Let's be realistic; there's a lot of Bonk's Adventure to be played, and it's not gonna play itself.

The Youthcast [iTunes link] is a project of Generation PRX, an online social network — I understand those are all the rage lately — for young, hungry, up-and-coming, health-insurance-free public radio producers. (Would that I could tell you that PRX stands for Public Radio Xtreme, but alas, it means "Public Radio Exchange".) The neat thing is that the pieces are made by high-school- or college-age producers. The less neat thing is that I once again find myself having to break out the term "This American Life-y", which I apply to a regrettably high number of shows. Either I've got to come up with a more catchy term with the same meaning, or Ira Glass has to be less influential. Youthcasted stories are, as one might expect, about pretty standard Young Person Issues: whether or not to go to the prom [MP3], whether to go to college or become a bigtime rapper [MP3], and where to turn now that International Male is no longer flamboyant enough [MP3]. Par for the course, there's also some Iraq stuff in there and concern about teen suicide. Fortunately, none of it's dull. I'd imagine the most fitting audience for the Youthcast is Youthcasters themselves; that is, young people looking to break into the This American Life-y — d'oh! — branch of public radio who want to keep any eye on the competition.

The producers of Love and Radio [iTunes link] must also be aware of the problem of This American Life-yness, because they seem to have attempted to skirt it with sheer weirdness. Recently on the program, we've heard from a guy who makes art out of roadkill [MP3], the owner of a business that cleans up old corpses and "filth" of myriad varieties [MP3], and a performance artist who routinely gives away all her money in the world [MP3]. That's a fine sort of differentiation from the mainstream, although the production is distractingly weird; if I hadn't vowed long ago not to employ the widely, badly misused descriptor "random", I'd be very, very tempted to break it out now. Odd, unsuitable music; herky-jerky, sometimes repetitive speech editing; thin context; it all creates an eerie sort of atmosphere, which sometimes works well but sometimes doesn't work at all. And that's just the story segments; there are other ones, bizarre ones, as when a series of discomfiting voices read out loud scraps of text found on the internet [MP3]. Maybe the word for this is "experimental radio." Beats plain vanilla, at any rate.

[Direct all correspondence to colinjmarshall at gmail. Podthoughts discussion thread available here. I'm working on a special series of Podthoughts on podcasts by Max Funsters; if you do one, let me know about it here.]

You Look Nice Today!


I have gushed a lot about our friends (left to right) Merlin, Scott and Adam and their great show You Look Nice Today, which is really wonderful and great.

They joined us last week at The Monsters of Podcasting Tour in SF, and they've finally posted the results.

Photo: Upskirt by Neven Mrgan

Jordan, Jesse Go! Ep. 66: Monsters of Podcasting


Jordan and Jesse record this show live at the Monsters of Podcasting Tour in San Francisco. Special guests Mal Sharpe and Jim Real, "The Master of Would You Rather" join us for a rousing WYR. Also: a special crossover event as the gang from You Look Nice Today join us for a press conference.

You can download Bucky Sinister's opening standup set here. You can (and should) find You Look Nice Today's set here.



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Jay-Z Destroyifies Glastonbury

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Above: he never loses his flow on Jigga What, then rips into H to the Izzo ("fuck it, I'm guilty"), then some other smash hits. Below: he rocks "Heart of the City" over "Sunday Bloody Sunday." The whole set (in nine parts) here.

Fora and Fauna


There's a lot of cool stuff going on right now on the MaxFunFora, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to introduce you to a bit of it in a periodic feature called FORA AND FAUNA!

Lots of MaxFunsters have already shown us what they've made. So far they include remarkably life-like Jello fruit (by emily), what appears to be a macrame Charles Darwin (by Yuhm) and an as-yet uncalibrated theramin (by irondavy).

I asked for advice regarding conventions. Might I be hatching a half-baked plan? Of course. I'm always hatching half-baked plans. At this point, it's fair to say that hatching half-baked plans is my profession.

These football fans are starting a MaxFun Fantasy Football league. These nerdiness fans are discussing the nerdiest moment of their lives.

If you're travelling to San Francisco or New York, you might want to check out the tips MaxFunsters are sharing.

Over in the Arts & Culture forum, the new Futurama movie is being discussed, as is Wall-E, Pixar's new animated sequel to Short Circuit. NealAppeal claims that a certain comic will take you from zero to crying in 22 panels.

Of course, you don't need an account to read the fora, but you should join in the fun!

Podcast: The College Years: Superheroes


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.

A star-studded episode of The College Years, hosted by Jesse and Jordan, featuring Patton Oswalt and Colin Meloy of The Decemberists, a rock and roll band. Bold statements and double-decker tacos--just two of the many things you'll hear in this blast from the past.

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Pootie Tang's Hit Record


When Pootie Tang set to work on a followup to his hit "Sine Your Kittie on the Runny Kine," he faced a formidable challenge. How could you improve on perfection?

But Pootie found a way. Pootie always does.

Let it be said, now and always: Pootie is the pone tony.

Related: Pootie performs live with the great Missy Elliott.

Monsters of Podcasting Saturday Night


Me and Jordan are headed to San Francisco today for the Monsters of Podcasting. Saturday night at 10PM at the Dark Room Theater on Mission in San Francisco. Featuring You Look Nice Today, Jordan Jesse Go! and surprise guests. Advance tickets are sold out, but there will be some tickets at the door. Yes, my mom is coming.

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TSOYA: The Pixar Touch

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David A. Price is the author of The Pixar Touch: The Making Of A Company. In the book, Price takes a look back at Pixar's humble beginnings as a technology company and reveals how the company developed into the computer animation behemoth that it has become today. Price reveals some major players in Pixar's dramatic history, George Lucas, John Lasseter, and Steve Jobs to name a few.

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