Josh Modell and Andrea Battleground from The Onion's AV Club join us this week with some holiday gift ideas. Josh recommends Tarantino XX, a 10-disc, Blu-ray collection of several of Tarantino's most loved films. Andrea suggests picking up one of the Rediscover jigsaw puzzles of your gift recipient's favorite album covers.
John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton each carved his own warm, authentic, relatable space in the indie rock scene, and their sounds and aesthetics are complementary enough to make a collaboration welcome and exciting. That the collaboration comes in the form of a Christmas album is unexpected, but the end result, One Christmas at a Time, is a fun and charming exploration of familiar holiday themes -- from coping with drunk uncles to the one ultimate childhood gift. Roderick and Coulton join us this week to discuss their first meeting, the challenge inherent in capturing the feelings and emotions of the holiday season while maintaining secular points of view, and why celebrating Christmas in Los Angeles is contemptible.
Navigating the holidays can be a treacherous task; between divining proper party etiquette, appropriately selecting gifts for your loved ones, and just coping with all of the little things that spring up around this time of the year, you're probably aching for some guidance right about now. Fortunately, an ace team of (terrible) advice-giving brothers joins us this week to set us straight.
The choral symphonic band The Polyphonic Spree's new album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays started out as an experiment -- what happens when you take The Polyphonic Spree's ethereal, angelic sound and apply it to holiday favorites? The Polyphonic Spree's lead singer Tim DeLaughter joins Bullseye contributor Daniel Ralston to explore this question, the role of spectacle in the act, and DeLaughter's experience collaborating with his young son on the record.
Daniel Ralston is a co-host, producer and editor of The Low Times Podcast.
Popular Christmas music can be pretty hit or miss, and a relatively small catalog of options combined with seasonal overexposure to the genre can make the hits seem few and far between. One Christmas pop song that never disappoints Jesse: Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas".
Holly Walsh, Rob Huebel, Sarah Thyre and Steve Hall join special guest Jonathan Coulton and host Jesse Thorn to talk baby punk makeovers and Cockney rhyming slang in another bid to work out which country is best.
For Jonathan Coulton, success as a independent musician has come with recording music himself, releasing individual songs online one-at-a-time, and even selling his catalog on a USB drive. So in a way, his new album Artificial Heart is a terrifying turn to the traditional, and a creative risk. It was produced with They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh in a studio with a full band, the old-fashioned way. Jonathan and John talk to us about that process.
The fruit of their labors, Artificial Heart, is out now. To hear more from Jonathan and John, you can listen Coulton and Flansburgh's past appearances on The Sound of Young America. You can also visit them at JonathanCoulton.com and TheyMightBeGiants.com.
Here's where you can find some of our favorite people this week:
Asheville, NC - They Might Be Giants at The Orange Peel on Sept. 28th;
Atlanta, GA - Adam Corolla at the Tabernacle on Sept. 30th;
Baton Rouge, LA - Brian Posehn at the Manship Theater on Sept. 26th and 27th;
Bloomington, IL - The Comedy Attic will feature Jackie Kashian and Maria Bamford on Sept. 22nd, 23rd and 24th and Doug Benson (taping an episode of Doug Loves Movies) on Sept. 26th;
Canton, MA - The Hold Steady will appear at the Life Is Good Festival on Sept. 24th;
Chicago, IL - They Might Be Giants with Jonathan Coulton at The Vic Theater on Sept. 23rd;
Colorado Springs, CO - Doug Benson at The Black Sheep on Sept. 21st;
Des Moines, IA - Demitri Martin will appear at Hoyt Sherman Place on Sept. 23rd;
Detroit, MI - Chris Tucker will perform at the Fox Theater Detroit on October 1st;
Louisville, KY - The Improv will host Marc Maron on Sept. 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 25th and Doug Benson on October 1st; Bob Edwards will be appearing to promote his new book, "A Voice in the Box: My Life in Radio", at the Filson Historical Society on the 22nd;
Madison, WI - Dave Atell will at the Comedy Club on State on Sept. 23rd and 24th;
Miami Beach, FL - Chris Tucker will be at the Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater on Sept. 24th;
Nashville, TN - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at the Cannery Ballroom on Sept. 27th;
New Haven, CT - Das Racist will play at Toad's Place on Sept. 29th;
New Orleans, LA - Chris Tucker at the UNO Lakefront Arena on Sept. 23rd;
New York, NY: Colson Whitehead will be doing a book signing at McNally Jackson Books as part of the New Yorker Festival on October 2nd; He'll also be participating in a panel discussion about Alternative Realities at SVA Theatre on Sept. 30th;
Omaha, NE - Demitri Marin will be at the Omaha Music Hall on Sept. 24th;
Ottawa, ON - Greg Proops will be performing "Whose Live Anyway?" at the Centrepointe Theater in Ottawa, ON on Sept. 23rd;
Providence, RI - Das Racist at The Met on Sept. 30th;
Raleigh, NC - Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson performing "Two Kids, One Hall" at Goodnights on Sept. 29th, 30th, Oct. 1st and 2nd;
Richmond, VA - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at the The National on Sept. 29th;
Salt Lake City, UT - Jimmy Pardo at Wiseguys Comedy Club on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st;
Sayreville, NJ - Brian Posehn at the Starland Ballroom on Sept. 30th;
Seattle, WA - Demitri Martin at The Neptune Theater on Sept. 30th and Oct. 1st;
St. Louis, MO - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at The Pagaent on Sept. 24th
Tulsa, OK - They Might Be Giants and Jonathan Coulton at Cains Ballroom on Sept. 25th;
Ventura, CA - Doug Benson at the Ventura Harbor Comedy Club on Sept. 28th;
Washington, DC - Das Racist at the 9:30 Club on October 1st.
Here is a quick list of cities and venues where you can catch some face time with your favorite MaxFun performers during the coming week. Click on the name of the venue for ticket info.
From time to time, of course, there are shows which are likely to be so popular that I wouldn't recommend waiting until the week of the performance to buy tickets. I'll list one or two of those separately each week. Buy now: