Podcast: They Might Be Giants

John & John

They Might Be Giants are giants in a field of their own creation. Their funny art-rock has it's roots in the New York performance art world, but it's gone through many incarnations in 25 years. The band's most recent record, The Else, is largely produced by The Dust Brothers. They've also begun podcasting and offering free concert downloads.

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Greg Saunier of Deerhoof
Bob Odenkirk
Ted Leo

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

Backpack Picnic: "Spin"


An old friend of The Sound of Young America, Shannon McCormick, is a member of this Austin-based sketch group. I really enjoyed this sketch, called "Spin." Shannon's also a producer of the Outof Bounds Comedy Festival (and Miniature Golf Tournament), of which TSOYA is proud to be a sponsor this year.

Podcast: The College Years: Mace Detective Gets His Man (Or: Jordan's Amnesia!)


The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

Mace Detective, Private Detective is back on the job in this week's trip back to the College Years, as he solves murders and drinks fruity beverages. Jordan Morris later attempts to recover from amnesia caused by an unknown source.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Laugh Riot


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

In anticipation of KZSC's comedy festival, Laugh Riot, we're joined in studio by comic crooners Hard N Phirm. Also, recorded comedy from Brent Weinbach and Jasper Redd.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 14: Human Leech


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, Coyle & Sharpe discuss the prospects of a 7 ft., 300 lb., antennaed Human Leech. Don't worry, he will carry you on his shoulders while you sleep.

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Jordan Morris' Guide to Hollywood


I'm not going to let personal differences between me and Jordan stop me from highlighting his excellent work for the Fuel network. Like this piece, a guide to Hollywood.

Paul F. Tompkins Video Interview


The one and only Mr. Paul F. Tompkins visited MaxFunHQ yesterday. We did an extensive interview that you can hear in audio on the podcast in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, though, I've prepared a VIDEO version of the proceedings.

You can watch it above, or download it directly from Google video, although the quality may be slightly compromised. If you'd like the iPod-optimized high quality download version, you can get that too... due to it's relatively large size, I'm distributing it via torrent here on MySpleen. MySpleen requires an invite, so if you need one, just email me with your email address and (for security purposes) your favorite TSOYA moment. You don't have to go into detail, I just don't want randoms asking for invites.

Here's the embed code for the video, if you'd like to add it to your blog, webpage or myspace:

And be sure to check out Paul's brand new album "Impersonal," which is available at Store.Aspecialthing.com for just ten bucks.

Norm MacDonald: Greatest man ever?

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When I saw this sketch the first time, I think in high school, I couldn't stop thinking about it for about a year afterwards. God bless the internet for bringing it back into my life.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Ep. 30: Jordan, Jesse, Drama!


As the podcast turns...following a call to The Best Show on WFMU, Jesse is forced to make a heartbreaking decision.

Jesse and Jordan are hanging out in the local billiard parlor.
Movie Talk
Jordan gives a "thumbs up" to Live Free or Die Hard, etc.
Listener Calls

This starts out with a discussion of casual racism in LA, but works its way into some miscellaneous calls.
Project Breakout

There's a new comedy competition at projectbreakout.com: Sketch Comedy VS. Stand-Up. Visit the site for details on how to enter!

Miserly Jordan

That miserly Jordan takes a step toward being less miserly when he buys 10 dollar ice cube trays.

Zoo Animal Showdown!
Monkey vs. Lion

Listeners call in with their thoughts on, and we find out the winner of, Monkey Vs. Lion!

Next Match-up:
Elephant Vs. Sloth

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Stupid Listeners, Funny Calls!

We had quite a few responses to last week's stupid challenge, but one takes the cake. We'll give you a hint: It involves peeing all over the floor.

Hang It Up, Keep It Up

Let Jesse Thorn be your moral compass with the long awaited return of HIU-KIU.

A Tough Decision



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Spinning Wheel Gotta Go Round

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For those who remember my recent interview with Dr. Oliver Wang, we had a discussion of "Spinning Wheel," an example of a song O-Dub is so intruiged by that he'll buy records blind just to hear a cover of it.

Today over on Soul-Sides, Oliver posted a set from his old KALX show The Ozone featuring a mini-set of Spinning Wheel covers.

Above you can watch my favorite Spinning Wheel cover, by Mr. Hank Kingsley on the Larry Sanders show. It starts a minute and a half into the clip.

"What can I say, Hank? You're a quadruple threat. You're a singer, a dancer, a raconteur... ... ... and a singer again because you're just that good." - Bob Odenkirk as super-agent Stevie Grant

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