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The musician, producer and 73-year-old mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton, has never been shy of the limelight. He started his career singing doo wop, later found himself writing songs for Motown, and finally wound up creating a wholly unique sound and visual experience with Parliament-Funkadelic. They made hits like One Nation Under A Groove and Flashlight and their performances were as funky as their tunes.
In recent years, Clinton has found himself entangled in a series of legal battles over the copyrights of his songs. While fighting in the courts, George found himself fighting for his health as well. The doctor of the Funk gave himself his own prognosis: if he was going to continue a musical career and regain agency in his business affairs, he had to clean up his act, and he has.
The pioneer of funk joins us this week to talk about the evolution of his musical career, getting wild onstage, and putting forward momentum back into his musical career -- and even gives us an update on Sly Stone.
You know those tags you see on walls, park benches and trash cans everywhere? You might not think it's something beautiful, but Christian Acker does. His book Flip the Script is a look at graffiti typography, and celebrates the art of tagging -- one of the last strongholds of highly refined penmanship.
Acker collected writing and spoke to graffiti artists all over the country, to chronicle and analyze hand styles from Oakland to Queens. In a world where people too rarely place ink to paper, we'll look at a typographical expression that reflects your individuality, roots, and even how long you've been practicing.
Highlights from the live JJGo streamed online from MaxFunHQ to cap off the most successful MaxFunDrive ever! Guests include MaxFun hosts Carrie Poppy, Ross Blocher, Dave Holmes, Travis McElroy and John Hodgman.
Hello Babies! This episode is jam-packed with some pretty heady concepts! Like what you ask? How about "butt-stamping"? That do anything for you? And yes, we do talk a lot about Scatman John in this episode, so don't worry! Sierra Teller Ornelas joins us to talk about a parasite that replaces a fish's tongue and it's just as cool/gross as it sounds! She then tells us all about Indian Art Markets and museum stories! Then, we're joined by expert Tabitha "Airmattress" Beacham who teaches us the art of Glamping! One last question: What is the sound of a fish scream?
Sierra Teller Ornelas
With Justin moving to an entirely new residence this week, we've compiled another best-of episode for you to reminisce over. Remember the good times? Remember Skulljockeying? Because, like, we don't remember saying this stuff at all.
7:20 - Giant Scott Bakula
13:30 - Earth Girls are Easy and in Submarines
17:15 - Capri Sun on my Jam-Jams
18:18 - Ladyzoo
20:40 - Ghostbustin'
24:40 - Beaches, The Book of the Movie
27:30 - Cool Urinal Usage
41:54 - Spanking Parties
46:10 - Horse Quotes
52:40 - Dean's Office Sex
54:08 - Baby Law
57:13 - Tree Sex
1:01:59 - Screaming Nursery
1:04:27 - A Text from Our Dad
1:05:44 - Skulljockey
With your help, we broke 5700 new and upgrading members, and we'll be giving over 18,500 meals to Los Angeles families. Thank you so much for being part of the most successful MaxFunDrive ever! If you haven't yet had a chance to join or upgrade, we'll be offering the exclusive gifts through the weekend, so sign up now! This is your last shot at the tote bag, In-Flight Power Pack, and MaxFun shot glasses -- don't miss out!
Let's keep this short and sweet. We're in the final hours of the drive, and it's your last opportunity to support your favorite podcasters, get great gifts, help us contribute meals to hungry families, and guarantee the podcasting event of the year in one fell swoop. We're shooting for the stars with this last stretch goal of 6000, but we think we can do it. Become a MaxFun member or upgrade your membership now to help us get there!
Also, don't forget we're capping off the drive with a live Jordan, Jesse, Go this evening! You'll be able to watch on our Ustream channel here, or embedded in a blog post.