New joint from Devin the Dude, aka Jesse's favorite rapper. Courtesy of The Fader. (MP3)
Kenna is a black rock & roller who works with Chad Hugo of the Neptunes. This song from his new record, "Out of Control" is kind of jammin.
Sean Price of the Boot Camp Click talks about his writing process
Fat Beats Radio's best of 2006 show... (MP3)
Ricky Gervais hits Fresh Air to talk about Night at the Museum, his crowning masterpiece (also stars Robin Williams and animated dinos).
Skillz - '06 Rap-Up... every year the talented Virginia rapper Skillz runs down the year in urban music in rhyme. Always worth a listen.
Jonathan Katz's "We're Back" on Quickstop Entertainment's Holiday Havoc (MP3)
Noz looks at some overlooked records from 2006. He includes one-time TSOYA guest Count Bass D, not to mention G-Funk favorite Kokane (aka Mr. Kane). Includes music, of course.
"When you bringin' the real you don't get rotation / less you take over the station"
Used to get a kick out of playing this on KZSC.
Quickstop Entertainment's doing a great holiday madness thing, with exclusive content from everyone from Neil Innes to the Venture Bros. guys to, Jonathan Katz to... well... The Sound of Young America.
I interview the creators of the crafts-gone-wrong blog Threadbared for the Typepad Books Podcast
Ricky Gervais in Esquire: "American comedy is better. It aims higher."
Nathan Rabin of the AV Club on the false dichotomies created by the MSM to describe black cultural production. And Liz Smith's weird hatred of breakdancing.
The Scientist on WNYC's very interesting program Radio Lab.
As always, be the first to email me with the name of the Genesis game above, get free stickers in the mail.
Above: our new Sound of Young America collection CDs. These are convenient, giftable, attractive, professionally-produced anthologies of Sound of Young America programs. Each CD contains four months of shows -- about 20 hours of programming. And each CD is only $9.
They're also available in sets -- the six CDs you see above contain every Sound of Young America program in the past two years. I've made sure there's a significant discount for sets, so you can pick up every show we've ever done for just $40. Or you can get all our 2005 shows or 2006 shows for $25.
These are MP3-CDs, which you can use in your computer, of course, but also in many DVD players, newish CD players, and car stereos. Or you can just burn them to audio CD or put them on your portable MP3 player -- only without all that boring downloading.
Sound of Young America t-shirts are only $16 post-paid. They're printed on lovely american apparel shirts (in the "cranberry" shade, if you were wondering), and are printed to last by BroPrints in Santa Cruz. Everyone who gets one tells me they love theirs... you or your giftee could be next. You should probably buy one. No more girl sizes (actually, I have one girls' XL, if anyone wants it let me know), but I do have S-XXL in men's.
And of course... SkyMaul! Thirteen reviews so far on Amazon, thirteen 5-star raves. Recently Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing.net wrote that the book "made me laugh until tears streamed down my face," and the Seattle Times called it "Bang-up hilarious... move over National Lampoon." I, of course, concur, and the dang thing's only ten bucks on Amazon. The unexpected (to them, not us) success of the book left Amazon sold out for a week or so, but they're back in stock just in time, and it should be available wherever new books are sold.
Or, shop from our AMAZON HOLIDAY STORE. A selection of items hand-picked by yours truly for your gifting needs, plus anything else Amazon sells. If you go through one of our links, we get a percentage of anything you buy in that purchase -- so buy a car or something, please.
I only very rarely advocate any cause (other than my own) on the website, but I thought for the holidays this might make a worthy exception.
My father is a disabled veteran and long-time veterans activist and advocate. His current project, The Jhai Foundation, works around the world on people-driven development projects based in reconciliation, and began by helping people in the regions of Laos he helped bomb while in the Navy in the 1960s.
He got his start in activism helping to found the west coast wing of Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He has been active with that group (now Veterans for Peace) and in veterans issues for the past 35 years.
Vets for Peace has teamed up with several other veterans' and peace groups to buy phone cards for injured and disabled veterans in Veterans Administration hospitals across the country. As you may know, VA budgets have been slashed over the past few years, and VA hospitals are unable to offer long-distance calls to their patients unless the patients pay, which can be quite difficult for folks living on a military pension.
No matter how you feel about the war, we can all agree that giving our injured vets a chance to call home for the holidays is a noble goal. A $20 donation means six vets get two hours of calls to their families. You can make a donation, or you can volunteer to help personally deliver the cards.
The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast was selected as one of iTunes' "Best Podcasts of 2006!"
Anyway, if you haven't subscribed to the KHCP already... subscribe now!
Well, our big survey determined a very clear answer to the question of what we should name our new podcast. That answer was: none of the names we'd thought of so far.
Yes, you pretty much hated all of them.
Luckily, today, INSPIRADO STRUCK.
The Untitled Thorn/Morris Project is now:
This is from 1988, as Cleese is promoting A Fish Called Wanda.
Everyone is obsessed with the supposed English/American divide in humor... but Cleese addresses it quite well, to the extent it exists at all.
Added note: MacNeil has a stunningly beautiful voice, doesn't he?
The Wire is the best TV show ever made.
I've just started on season four (had to take a break for a few months after I finished season three, as the show had completely overwhelmed me). Many of you, watching on TV, are probably just finishing season four. Those of you who haven't watched it yet should rent or buy season one on DVD and get to it.
It's only been the past year or so that the show has gotten the attention it deserves, which is unfortunate. Luckily, HBO knew what it had and hung on. Hopefully they'll win some Emmys soon, because they deserve them.
Here are some extended interviews from The Fader's blog:
and in the bonus category, here's an extensive interview with Simon in Slate, and a really wonderful one with Ed Burns on Fresh Air. Earlier this year, I talked about the show with writer/producer George Pelecanos.
This week, one of our first ever interviews, with Todd Barry. He gives Jordan acting advice (based on his performance in Pootie Tang). Todd is extraordinarily patient, and at one point starts questioning us. It is worth noting that we discuss Michael Winslow extensively.
We also name official things of The Sound of Young America, and visit with the Evil Computer Bent on World Domination.