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Podcast: Paul F. Tompkins

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Paul F. Tompkins has been performing standup comedy for over twenty years. He's perhaps best known as a castmember of HBO's Mr. Show, and as a talking head on VH1, Real Time with Bill Maher and Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He's just released his first standup CD, called "Impersonal," on AST Records.

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A Quick One While He's Away: Alexandra Lipsitz, director of "Air Guitar Nation," interviewed by Aaron Matthews

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Alexandra Lipsitz is the 3-time Emmy nominated co-producer of Project Greenlight & Project Runway. Air Guitar Nation is the first project she's directed. So far, it's collected several festival awards, including "Best Documentary" at the Whistler Film Festival, the "Audience Award" at Austin's South by Southwest, and "Official Selections" at the Tribeca, Woodstock, and Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Our man Aaron Mathews corresponded with Alexandra via email and asked her to answer some questions about the movie.

First of all, I loved the movie. How has the movie been received so far?
We have had an amazing reception everywhere we took the film- it has truly been a great ride.

What do you think is the appeal of air guitar as a competitive sport?
It is like going to a rock concert and sporting event at the same time, you get the best of both worlds.

Where did you get the idea to make a movie about this subject?
We got it from an article in the Wall St. Journal: where all great rock n roll ideas come from.

What made C. Diddy (David Jung) and Bjorn Turoque (Dan Crane) stand out to you as protagonists for the movie, besides the attention each had received in the media?
C diddy wore a lot of red satin and a Hello Kitty breast plate and was an obvious master of air, Bjorn Turoque had a way of showing up so he was kind of hard to miss.

I really liked how you covered the reactions of the competitors' parents. What was the general reaction from the parents to their offspring participating in the Air Guitar championships? I think the parents reacted like all parents should react when their children are involved in an competitive art form. They want their kids to be the best they can be- doesn't matter what the art form or sport, they get involved and caught up in it. My favorite moment was at the 45 Special bar in Oulu Finland, when Mrs Jung had her first bar experience and the naked guy got up on stage- I think this left a lasting impression.

Air Guitar Nation is out on DVD today.

Kasper Hauser Live Redux

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The Coming just posted some wonderful pictures of Kasper Hauser at the UCB in LA. Great, great stuff. Much respect to the photog, Mike Carano. Above, left to right: John Reichmuth, Dan Klein (ducking), Rob Baedeker, James Reichmuth.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 35: Wedding Bells & the Warped Tour

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On this week's program, Jordan discusses how it felt to visit the Warped Tour as an adult. Jesse takes calls from listeners with wedding suggestions.

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Podcast: John Sellers, author of "Perfect From Now On"

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John Sellers is the author of "Perfect From Now On: How Indie Rock Saved My Life." It's really two stories -- how he fell in love with indie, and how he came to obsess over the band Guided By Voices. Eventually, Sellers met the band, and disaster ensued.

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Fuck Yeah! Fest in LA this Weekend

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If you hear last week's JJGo, then you know that Fuck Yeah Fest is in LA this weekend. You can find a full lineup for the festival here, but we're most excited about the comedy portion. Not only does it include Jonah Ray, last week's JJGo guest, but it also includes a lot of other TSOYA favorites, like Brent Weinbach and Bob Odenkirk. The show's at Taix in Echo Park at 8:30, and features:

HOST Blaine Capatch
Matt Braunger
Anthony Jeselnik
Brent Weinbach
Bob Odenkirk
Jonah Ray
Wyatt Cenac
Cracked Out
Matt Dwyer
Fred Belford

Should be a blast.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep 18: Dizzie Gillespie

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Mal tells the story of how they pranked Dizzie Gillespie.

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The Bees - Listening Man

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I've been trying to get these guys on the show the past couple months. I think they make a pretty compelling argument for horns in non-ska rock bands.

Tivoli/Kloss Table Radios at Target

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I got a hot tip that Tivoli / Henry Kloss table radios are on sale at Target. The Model One radio, with a tuner designed by Henry Kloss, is one of the nicest radios you can buy -- right now they're only $29.99, though only in black. The Model Three is the same, plus a clock -- they're $49.99 (in any color). These are down from $119 and $199. I'm sure they'll be gone soon, but if you live near a target, these radios are what Bose Wave radios claim to be. Wonderful warm sound, spectacular reception, etc etc etc. I just bought one myself.

Edited to add: a commenter asked (perhaps in jest) if this was an advertisement or paid in any way. No, I just like really nice radios, being a radio host and all. And it's neat that I can actually afford to buy one :)

Jay Smooth v. Bill O'Reilly

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I hate to even dignify Bill O'Goofus by posting something about him on this blog, but Jay Smooth's takedown of Big Papa is so sharp and so pleasantly-mannered that I can't bring myself not to post this video.

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