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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ray Suarez & Dan Deacon

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Thanks to everyone who came out to our World Tour of Several American Cities! Here’s our show recorded in front of a live audience at NPR Studio 1 in Washington D.C.

For more photos - including action shots of Dan Deacon's set - click here!


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Comedy: Phoebe Robinson on Break Ups, Cat Calling and Bi-Racial Mathematics

New York comedian and writer Phoebe Robinson opened our DC show.

Her podcast, 2 Dope Queens, will launch soon with WNYC. Robinson co-hosts the show with The Daily Show's Jessica Williams.

You can find more from Phoebe, including live dates at her website, www.phoeberobinson.tumblr.com.


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Ray Suarez on Being the Face of Diversity and Life as a Role Model

Ray Suarez is a broadcast journalist and writer with a thirty-plus year career in journalism. He currently hosts Inside Story on Al Jazeera America. Previously he was a senior correspondent on the PBS NewsHour and before that was the host of Talk of the Nation on NPR.

He has explored the cultural history of the United States in three books which include Latino Americans: The 500 Year Legacy That Shaped a Nation and The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America.

Ray Suarez shared the stage with Jesse to talk about growing up in Brooklyn, frequently being the first non-white hire and how it feels to be an unintentional role model.

Inside Story airs weekdays at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT on Al Jazeera America.

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Dan Deacon on His Love of Aerosmith, Theatrics and Touring with Miley Cyrus

Dan Deacon is a longtime Bullseye favorite -- an electronic musician who's earned a large following for his fun and exciting live shows. He's become known for his own unique brand of audience participation during his sets.

Deacon performed live in front of our studio audience and also talked about his early affinity for Aerosmith, incorporating theatrics into his performance and what it’s like to tour with Miley Cyrus.

Dan Deacon’s latest album is Gliss Riffer.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 400: Dark Millionaire with Dan Deacon

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Musician Dan Deacon joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of specialty sensory deprivation tanks, Dan's upcoming tour with Miley Cyrus, and Cecil Fielder's crippling pog addiction.

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Maria Bamford and George Saunders [R]

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Maria Bamford: Comedy's Orchid

Maria Bamford's comedy is weird and wonderfully distinctive. For example: she recorded her last stand up special at home, in her living room. The seating? Her couch. The audience? Her parents. She performed her set with breaks "off-stage" to take cookies out of the oven and administer medicine to her pet pug. Her comedy takes on a number of difficult issues, ones that are personal to her -- mental illness, suicidal thoughts, or tough family dynamics (she describes her family's favorite pastime as "Joy Whack-a-Mole"). But she doesn't use humor as a shield. She uses it to confront an issue, point-blank.

Bamford talks to us about why she chose to perform a special in front of her parents, processing awful experiences or feelings into jokes, and why she describes herself as "the orchid of comedy".

The Special Special Special is available now and streaming on Netflix. Her new Comedy Central CD / DVD special, Ask Me About My New God is now available.

This interview originally aired on 2/12/13.

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Dan Deacon on "The Song That Changed My Life"

Dan Deacon is a Baltimore-based composer and electronics musician who has released over a dozen albums since 2003. He talks about why a player piano composition by Conlon Nancarrow changed his life and the way he made music.

This interview originally aired on 1/03/12.

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George Saunders on Creative Challenge and Financial Pressure

George Saunders could have been a geophysicist. In fact, he was one. He graduated from the Colorado School of Mines and worked in the oil fields of Sumatra. He came to fiction writing a little later in life, attending Syracuse University's creative writing program (where he now teaches).

Saunders is now well-recognized as one of the greatest short story writers and satirists of our time. He's been awarded a MacArthur "Genius" grant and a Guggenheim Fellowship, along with piles of literary accolades for his collections, which include Pastoralia and CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. His stories often explore a world much like our own, just slightly more grotesque -- societies that are terrifying and recognizable. His writing is incisive, sad, and also really funny. His collection, Tenth of December, is available now in paperback.

Saunders talks to us about how people interpret luck and what they do with it, drawing inspiration from a disturbing dream, and unyielding financial pressure (the kind that doesn't even lift when you win a major award).

This interview originally aired on 2/12/13.

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The Outshot: William Carlos Williams' "Danse Russe"

Jesse ruminates on alone time and... William Carlos Williams' "Danse Russe".

This segment originally aired on 2/12/13.

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The Atlantic Ocean Comedy and Music Festival

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Join your favorite comedians and musicians September 13th through 16th, 2013 for three fun-filled days on the high seas. It’s The Atlantic Ocean Comedy & Music Festival, presented by MaximumFun.org, Splitsider and KCRW!

Our ship sets sail from Miami, Florida for a three-night celebration of good times. We’ll have exclusive parties, a trip to a private Caribbean island, a stop in the Bahamas, and a truly spectacular lineup of comics and musicians, including

Maria Bamford ~ Kurt Braunohler ~ Chuck Bryant


John Darnielle ~ John Hodgman ~ Hari Kondabolu ~ Josie Long


Al Madirgal ~ Marc Maron ~ Nellie McKay ~ Eugene Mirman


Jasper Redd ~ John Roderick ~ Kristen Schaal ~ Nick Thune

And don’t worry, cruise enthusiasts: there will also be shuffleboard and giant plates of shrimp.

Ready to join us? BOOK NOW!

BULLSEYE: Dan Deacon on "The Song That Changed My Life"

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Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon talks about why a player piano composition by Conlon Nancarrow changed his life and the way he made music.

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: The AV Club, Dan Deacon, Downton Abbey and Chris Lilley

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Hugh Bonneville
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Joanne Froggatt
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Chris Lilley
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Tasha Robinson
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Josh Modell

This week! The AV Club: Tasha Robinson and Josh Modell of The AV Club join us to recommend the thriller Contagion, out on DVD, and Daniel Handler's new novel Why We Broke Up. (Embed or share)

Dan Deacon with "The Song That Changed My Life": Baltimore-based musician Dan Deacon talks about why a player piano composition by Conlon Nancarrow changed his life and the way he made music. (Embed or share)

Downton Abbey: Hugh Bonneville, Dan Stevens and Joanne Froggatt from the totally unstuffy costume drama Downton Abbey talk about the peerage system, upstairs and downstairs love affairs that make us swoon, and the show's bridge between the old customs and modernity. The second season of the show begins airing January 8th on PBS's Masterpiece. (Embed or share)

Chris Lilley, Creator of Angry Boys: Chris Lilley, the very funny Australian comedian and showrunner, talks about his new series Angry Boys. The show pushes boundaries with his faux-documentary of characters in different stages of life and scenes of adolescent torment. Lilley plays six characters, both male and female and occasionally side by side, in sort of a natural continuation of his work in the acclaimed show Summer Heights High. You can catch Angry Boys on HBO on Sunday nights. (Embed or share)

The Outshot: And we close with The Outshot -- Jesse's pick for this week, the anthem "F--- 'Em" from Bay Area rapper E-40. (Embed or share)

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Dan Deacon - The Crystal Cat & The Song That Changed My Life

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Our power was out for about 54 hours here at MaxFun World HQ, thanks to WIND SURGE LA 2011. I had to go over to my friend Adam Lisagor's house to record an edition of The Song That Changed My Life with the great Dan Deacon. Dan was a guest on The Sound of Young America a couple years ago, and his music continues to amaze and inspire me. We ended up palling around for half an hour besides the STCML interview. Class act, that Deacon.

Below is the song Dan chose, Conlon Nancarrow's "Canon X (Study No. 21)." Our piece will most likely be out next month.

The Alumni Newsletter: January 14, 2011

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  • Samantha Bee ramps up to live a cynicism-free life with the help of the OWN network.

  • Rapper Killer Mike, aka Mike Bigga, has released a new track from PL3DGE, his newest album due in February. He's also collaborating with El-P on an album -- you can find a snippet here.

  • Gary Hustwit, director of the consumer design documentary Objectified, has launched the website for his newest documentary Urbanized, blogging his thoughts and the progress of the film. Urbanized will explore who designs our cities and is responsible for urban design, and how they do it.

  • Electronic musician Dan Deacon is set to score Francis Ford Coppola's newest film, a gothic romance titled Twixt Now and Sunrise, out later this year.

  • Ze Frank is soliciting photos of people recreating pictures of their parents for his new project, Like Mom, Like Dad.
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