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Brule's Rules


I think I am in love with Dr. Steve Brule, and with Tim & Eric: Awesome Show, Great Job!

What would Newt Gingrich do?


I don't have all that much good to say about Newt Gingrich, but I do enthusiastically support his apparent hobby: reviewing books on


New York, New York!


I have to admit I listened to myself on the radio today. Well... the internet radio.

The Sound of Young America's debut on WNYC is a very proud moment for me and for the show. My girlfriend's best pals called from Jersey City to put their phone up to the radio. It was really great.

If you live in New York, please listen, and please let WNYC what you think of the show. If you have any money, make a donation to them. I did... and not just out of self-promotional interest. I look forward to listening to "On the Media" and "Studio 360" every week. It's a great station, and I think that taking a chance on TSOYA is indicative of a larger vision to be awesome. So support that.

"Let me tell you something, New York City is dope. Please make a f**kin’ note of that one."
- Billy Danze of M.O.P.

The History of Total Annihilation


As some of you know, my younger brother Brendan, best known as Eddy Demon, is a rock star. This is the story of his band, Total Annihilation. They are a punk rock band, Brendan (11) is the lead singer and guitarist. Pete plays drums (he's 14), and Damon and Comte play bass and guitar respectively. Those two are in their mid-30s.

My name is Brendan thorn or Eddy Demon and I am eleven years old. When I was five I used to entertain my mother and father. I would stand at the end of the bed make skits. I demanded attention, with a big orange bat.

When I was one I'd struggle to get out of the car seat and only listening to muddy waters on the car tape player would tame me. At age eight I'd fantasize of having a rock band, at age nine I looked for a worthy stooge, and dorkmisterhormonyact or Damon squire was worthy of such title.

Damon squire is 35, plays the bass, and knows how to… What's the word ah yes ANNIHILATE. I gave dorkmister all the CD's I made, and that's how stooge number 1# fell in to place.

I searched the long dirty road for a drummer, not a lot out there that wants to take the job. I walked far (a block) I didn't know my shoes could take the beating; I heard a familiar sound, a sound I learned to love, the sound of a drum. I hurried to the door of the house of music, I knocked three times, a woman answered the door, and she took one long look at me, and said "take off your shoes." I did what she asked, ran down stairs, and looked at the unused power of ROCK, Pietro D'amato. Pete D'amato is fourteen and knows how to ANNIHILATE. I told the magical boy of my journey, and asked "if you and I could ANNIHILATE together?" He accepted with out another word, I slipped on my shoes and went home.

To rock in a basement, is hard work. You see we like to jump around, and with hardly any space, it was not probable. Denied space, yet denied rocking never. A year passed and the neighbors complained so we moved to a Lennon's studio, a month went with continuing ANNIHILATION but the prophesy was not for filled for internal rocking and finally the last stooge fell into place Camo Spice or James Comte.

He plays guitar like me, he's 35 and he knows how to ANNIHILATE thus ending are lovely experience of TOTAL ANNIHILATION.

You can hear Total Annihilation on MySpace at, where you can message them to buy their debut EP.

You can catch the band live March 17th at The Lab in San Francisco. They'll also be playing the Maker's Faire in San Mateo May 19th. If you'd like to book them, especially in the Bay Area, email me and I'll send it along to them.

Kasper Hauser: Free in SF Tuesday!


The world-famous comedians of the Kasper Hauser Comedy Group will be presenting their book, "SkyMaul: Happy Crap You Can Buy From a Plane" Tuesday at Modern Times Books in San Francisco. This is a really great bookstore down the street from where I grew up that I can't recomend highly enough.

The event is 100% free, and things kick of at 7PM.

"The group will talk about sketch comedy and parody writing, and their attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for throwing a checker the length of the Queen Mary. "

Even if you're not in San Francisco, you should tell your friends who are. And even if you don't know anyone there, you should buy this book, which is one of the funniest I have ever read.



KRS-One, Rakim, Nas and Kanye on a DJ Premier beat? Classic.

Podcast: Rhymefest


Before he'd even released his first album, Chicago rapper Rhymefest won a Grammy award for co-writing the Kanye West hit "Jesus Walks." He's also a veteran of the battle rap circuit, having bested Eminem at the famous Skribble Jam in 1997.

His first LP, Blue Collar, was one of the most critically acclaimed hip-hop CDs of 2006. His upcoming release, "El Che," bears the name his grandfather gave him at birth.

In our interview, 'Fest talks about being a revolutionary, what it means to be a grown man in an industry full of people clinging to adolescence, how battle rapping feels, and more. In our bonus audio (bottom), he talks about what it's like to tour with legends like A Tribe Called Quest and the Wu-Tang Clan. He also reveals an impressive production and guest lineup on his upcoming record, including Ghostface Killah and DJ Premier.

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Anne Beatts on The Treatment

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Don't miss this interview with Anne Beatts, original SNL writer, on The Treatment.

Among other things, she talks about a time when Eric Idle had cats go to the bathroom INSIDE HIS PANTS live on air, then had to go directly to another sketch without cleaning up.

She also talks about 30 Rock v. Sudio 60, and reveals that 30 Rock was originally planned as a behind-the-scenes series about a Crossfire-type news opinion show. Also, lots and lots of other amazing stuff.

Christine Cariati at Hotel Biron

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I know I don't cover art much here, but I want to take this opportunity to highlight a gallery show in San Francisco. Christine Cariati paints spectacularly beautiful works, with dancing colors and a sort of music-box aesthetic that I find stirring. One of her paintings is in my bedroom, and I'm very proud to own it.

Christine's show "Private Lives" opens tonight at the Hotel Biron in San Francisco. The reception runs from six to nine PM, and the show runs through the end of March. Details are here.

If you're not a Yay Area Representative, and can't make it out to the show, visit her site and take a look at her beautiful portfolio.

Richard Feynman: The Pleasure of Finding Things Out


The Official Scientist of The New Sincerity

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