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Congratulations, Jacob!


Our listener appreciation month Grand Prize Contest Award Sweepstakes Delight Winner is Jacob from San Marcos, Texas! He wins a Pez MP3 player, on which he can store his Sound of Young America MP3s! I love you all! Goodnight!

Today's Contest: Dirty Found


Listener appreciation month enters its last week today, and there are still some great prizes on the way. Today, we're offering a copy of Dirty Found #1. Dirty Found is the adults-only spinoff of Found Magazine, though it shares Found's gentle, funny tone, so don't please expect pornography.
To enter today's contest, email contest at maximumfun dot org, and tell us the worst thing you did as a child. I'll share your stories tommorow, no names attached. Make sure, as always, to include your name and mailing address in the email in case you win. A winner will be randomly selected. Please note that you can only enter this contest if you are over 18. I'm very serious about this. Again, Dirty Found is far from pornography, but it does include grown-up stuff like love notes that isn't for kids. If you are a kid, come back when we get to giving away the Mr. T picture books later this week.


Our winner is Sean from Springfield, MO

The last contest of listener appreciation month...


Our very last contest (of 25!) is for these two booklets on being a young person in yesterday's America. One is called "What Teenagers Want to Know" (it includes advice on how to avoid going steady too early). The other is called "First Camping Trip" (it includes advice on how to construct a lean-to). Both are full of amazing stuff.

ALSO! Today is your last day to enter to win our Listener Appreciation Month Grand Prize, a Pez MP3 player. I'm cutting off entries at 5PM pacific tonight, but until then, everyone who enters is eligible to win. I will draw from ALL the entries I have received over the past month.

Just email contest at maximumfun dot org, and include the date in the subject and your name & address in the body.

Ready... set... GO!

** Contest Closed **

Congrats to Miles from Fort Worth, TX!

I'll make it up to ya...


No new show this week, I just don't have time to do the editing.

HOWEVER, I can see that you're enjoying Joe's work, AND... here's a link to a live stream of one of Sleater-Kinney's last concerts.

See you in a week or so!

Signing off, for now...


I'll post the last contest tommorow morning and the big Listener Appreciate Month winner Friday night, but for the time being, I'm handing over the reigns of the blog for a week or so to a friend of mine and of The Sound of Young America, Joe Garden. Joe is the Features Editor for America's Finest News Source, The Onion, and is also a candidate for host of NBC's Late Night. Please keep Joe on his toes with great comments, and please... don't get him started on his cats. I'll be off email for a while, (they tell me my phone won't even be on until next Thursday). I'll miss you all.

Here are a couple of TSOYA shows with Joe involved...

America's Future with Joe Garden and Chris Jackson of H.O.P.E.
The Onion with Joe Garden and Carol Kolb

Kurt and Kristen At Sketchfest


Trying out my first YouTube posting.

Kurt Braunohler and Kristen Schaal host the Hot Tub, a monthly variety show that's packed with hilarious skits and delightful guests. At the New York Sketchfest earlier this year, they performed some of their best
sketches. This is one of them, though it doesn't seem the same without the context.

If you want something with a little less volume, check out this flash animation.

(Thanks to The Apiary for the animation link)

An Early Start


Hello, TSOYA Faithful.

I am very excited and very nervous to guest blog for Jesse while he moves downstream. So nervous, in fact, that I am writing this three days ahead of time in order to assure some quality and quantity. I am also posting this at 5:30 in the morning because I am going to Buffalo this weekend. What. You've never been? Despite my love of MC Chris, I will adhere to Jesse's "no nerd-core" rule, but I will probably tax his "make it pithy" guideline. I also veer toward self-indulgence, but I'll try to temper that with many short posts that are not about me. In the meantime, here's me!

Know Your Guest Blogger
Name: Joe Garden
Born: March 10, 1970
Marital Status: Married
Likes: Kittens, The Sound of Young America, Something Awful, the Nintendo Wii, , Resident Evil Walkthrough Guides, music (more to come on that), good comedy, things that are awesome.
Dislikes: Rules, the man.
Trivia: Joe appeared nude in the Onion (find it yourself). He played a file cabinet named Phil Cabinet in one of the least popular episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and provided commentary on not one but TWO episodes on the DVD release of Season 4 of Home Movies. Also, Joe is into shameful self-promotion.
Fears: You will not like me.

Today's Question: Do people hate Dane Cook because he is so friendly or because he is not funny? Seriously, I do not know. Please let 'er fly.

In the mean time, here is a picture of my favorite graffiti from Buffalo.

Before I forget!


I know I just said I was out of here, but I wanted to post this picture my sweetheart took of an amazing cake our high school pal Jasmine baked for our going-away party. It's an odd angle, but it was a spectacular rendering of a giant eagle landing on (and crushing) the Hollywood sign. In the cake, the eagle represents my girlfriend and I, and the destruction of the Hollywood sign represents us fucking up LA. It was really, really tasty, too.

If you're in the Bay Area, and interested in anything from event catering to wholesale baked goods for your business, Jasmine can help you out. Just visit the Jasmine Rae Bakery.

Today's Contest: Mr. T-stravaganza!


Today's listener appreciation month prize is a full set of Mr. T & Me story books, plus an upright display for the Mr. T vehicle "DC Cab" (not pictured). All you have to do is email us a picture of you doing something cool with Mr. T! Our email address is contest at maximum fun dot org, and be sure, as always, to include your name and address in the body of the email, and to put the date in the subject.

Remember also that tommorow is the last day of Listener Appreciation Month, and all our entries for the whole month will go into a big pool, from which I will randomly draw a winner of the Pez MP3 Player, generously donated by inventor/TSOYA listener Pat Misterovich.


Here's our winner Kyle's picture:

A Tribe Called Quest headed out on tour


Grab your Jansports, Sound of Young America listeners, A Tribe Called Quest are headed out on tour:

9/8 - Las Vegas, NV @ Red Rock
9/9 - Berkeley, CA @ Berkeley Community Theatre
9/10 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern LG
9/13 - Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
9/15 - Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
9/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/Eagles Club
9/17 - Toronto, ON @ Kool Haus
9/20 - Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
9/22 - Washington, DC @ Love the Club
9/23 - Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
9/24 - Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
9/28 - Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues
9/29 - Worcester, MA @ The Palladium
10/1 - Sayreville, NJ @ The Starland Ballroom

I had the pleasure of seeing Tribe a year or so ago in San Francisco, and it was GREAT. They haven't lost a step.

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