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Apelad Original Art for MaxFun

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Our friend Apelad gave a nice last-day-of-pledge surprise: an original art auction to benefit MaxFun.

Last Day To Pledge!

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Hey friends --

The last two days have been really great ones. We've had two of our most successful fundraising days ever. We've surpassed 500 new donors. Now, there's only one day left. Less than 24 hours.

If you haven't donated, do so now:
http://maximumfun.org/donate

Our great friend, mentor and stalwart supporter John Hodgman has laid down the law: he will match all donations today up to a cool $1000. I'm really touched by his generosity, as I am touched by the generosity of all the folks who give to support this operation.

If you or a friend haven't yet, you can here:
http://maximumfun.org/donate

If you have, please accept my sincere and emphatic thanks. I'm really excited about the next phase of MaxFun.

Jesse

Lucinda Slim & the Lonestars - "All This Time"

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Lucinda Slim & The Lone Stars "All This Time" from krewcial on Vimeo.

I've been visiting and posting on okayplayer.com for about ten years now. In that time, I've seen a lot of talented amateur hip-hop producers come and go, even some who made it (9th Wonder, for example). DJW, aka Dan Wally, who makes the music for TSOYA was one of my favorites. Another was a European fella named Krewcial. I found myself wondering the other day what he was up to, so I googled him and came up with this great new record her produced. The artist, Lucinda Slim, is apparently based in London. I wanna say Krewcial is Dutch? Anyway, a lovely track.

Rian Johnson, Director of The Brothers Bloom and Brick

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Show: 
Bullseye
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Rian Johnson

In 2006, director Rian Johnson released his first feature Brick, a hyper-stylized noir set in a Southern California high school. The film was the product of ten years of effort, and the result, produced on a tiny budget, was remarkable. His new film, The Brothers Bloom, is a similarly interesting take on a genre picture: a distinctly fantastical con man comedy starring Mark Ruffalo and Adrien Brody.

Dana Carvey Talks to the Times

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Dave Itzkoff interviews Dana Carvey for the Times today. Dana talks about The Dana Carvey Show, which has just been released on DVD. The show's staff included Robert Smigel, Dino Stamatopolous, Louis CK and Charlie Kaufman, and the stars included Steve Carell and Stephen Colbert.

Besides sketches like "Nauseated Waiters," "Skinheads from Maine," and "Grandma the Clown," it included this tour de force from Heather Morgan, "First Ladies as Dogs."

I watched every episode of The Dana Carvey Show -- from the first to the last. I couldn't believe it wasn't a smash hit, and when it was cancelled I was devastated. My high school buddies Dan Kurtz and John King and I talked about it at lunch the next day every week. Carvey's right, though, maybe opening a sketch show in the family hour with a sketch featuring then-President Clinton suckling barnyard animals at his teats to prove how nurturing he was wasn't long for the network TV world.

Here's what Dana says about the show getting canceled, and about his career now:

The two things that can hurt you are if you need money or if you need fame. Those are the things that can be your Achilles heel. But if you don’t need money and you don’t need fame, then you’re free. You see how that works?

Lonely Island perform I'm On A Boat on Fallon

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This is delightful.

The Lonely Island definitely win the award for best white urban music parodists. They have a real point of view, the songs are consistently enjoyable, and they're very funny. Race or broad stereotypes are never the targets. Kudos to them.

Casey Wilson Reads Internet Comments

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In this delightful video, Saturday Night Live's Casey Wilson reads message board comments about, well, Casey Wilson.

Second Season for Party Down

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Looks like Party Down will officially get a second season from Starz. Jane Lynch may or may not return, depending on how her FOX series "Glee" goes, but Adam Scott, Ken Marino and the rest of the cast are in.

I've been watching the show on Netflix Instant Watch, and have really enjoyed seeing it come into its own. It's nice to see a small show that's driven by such talented people.

Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival

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Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival, held in Central Park in 1969. According to Arthur Magazine the original film has been optioned but never released (they seem think it's a race thing). It's pretty amazing.

My (African-American) aunt Claudia once joked to me that she was pretty sure when she got to Woodstock and saw all the white people that she was the only one there to see Sly. According to this great Smithsonian magazine article, this bill also featured Stevie Wonder, Sly, Mahalia Jackson and Abbey Lincoln with Max Roach, among others. I don't think calling it the "black Woodstock" is out of the question.

Click through for the rest of Nina's performance.

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