Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Shamir & Pete Rock

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Pete Rock

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Shamir: Adding Light to Darkness With His Music

Shamir is a musician who is really hard to pin down…literally. His countertenor voice adds a distinctive flair to his infectious, sometimes poignant dance music but it’s a quality that’s also led to confrontations with classmates who were unaware of his Taekwondo training.

With his debut LP, Ratchet, Shamir draws inspiration from his life in Las Vegas, a Vegas that has nothing to do with The Strip. Instead, it’s a different Vegas that includes tumbleweeds and the distinctive odor of a hog farm. It’s a life that touches on the passion of youth, but also explores the pain of age and loss.

As Shamir describes it, “I kind of decided to make my music more danceable and lighthearted to take away from the heaviness of the lyrics. Because why not, why does your music also have to be heavy if your lyrics are?”

Shamir joins us this week to share: how he has constructed a creative identity in a city known for producing more entertainers than artists; how his love for country music inspired him; and how his mother’s proclivity for earth magic isn't quite his thing.

Shamir's newest album is called Ratchet. He's embarking on a U.S. tour this fall. You can find more on his website.

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Hip Hop Producer Pete Rock on Finding & Shaping the Perfect Sample

The revolutionary hip hop producer Pete Rock grew up in a house full of records, mentally cataloging the songs that excited him. His parents listened to all kinds of music, from jazz to classical to funk. Years later, he would reach back into his brain and record collection to select and transform the perfect sample.

He started out as half of the hip-hop duo Pete Rock and CL Smooth, later going solo and collaborating with and producing for many of the biggest names in rap, from Nas to Kanye West.

Pete Rock joins us to talk about his earliest music memories, meeting James Brown as an elementary-schooler, and how he took a sample from an album called "The Honeysuckle Breeze" and used it to create a classic hip hop track.

Pete Rock's new album of instrumentals is Petestrumentals 2.

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The Outshot: Summertime Jams

Jesse counts down his top five Summertime jams.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 383 - Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson

Evan Wilson joins us to talk small town politics, happiness, and Aerosmith video games.

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MBMBaM 261: Island Boy Begins

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Justin's back from his beach time sabbatical -- or is he? Like, his body is here. We can see his body. But his mind? His spirit? Those are still nibblin' on that sponge cake, mon.

Suggested talking points: Island Time, Art Appreciation, Vigilanteism, Gom Jabbar, Farm Wisdom, Boy School, The Trough

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 386: Advanced Metrics


Jordan and Jesse go guestless this week and talk about a sexual fitness tracker, Jesse's realized dream of getting a stipple portrait of himself, and Jordan's new career as an everyday guy who does outrageous things.

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Pop Rocket: Episode 28 Storms of Outrage & Summer Jam

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Pop Rocket
Guy Branum
Wynter Mitchell
Margaret Wappler
Oliver Wang

The team share their first videogame experiences, debate what should be done with offensive culture (and shoddy critique) and Guy finally announces his official Summer Jam 2015.

With Guy Branum, Wynter Mitchell, Oliver Wang and Margaret Wappler.

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One Bad Mother Episode 113: Sleep Regression with guest Jodi Mindell

One Bad Mother
Jodi Mindell

Biz and Theresa talk about baby/toddler sleep regressions and how it makes us feel when months of blissfully decent sleep suddenly turn to dust in our hands for seemingly no good reason. Turns out we're MUCH closer to the point of nervous breakdown than we realized! Plus, Biz weeps for the mom life she imagined she’d have, Theresa's son listens to her with horrible results, and we welcome back sleep expert Jodi Mindell to talk us down from the sleep regression ledge.

Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night's Sleep, by Jodi Mindell
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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Bright, Echosmith, Talking Dreams, (http://www.echosmith.com also available on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Ep. 19. Petals to the Metal - Chapter Two


Our heroes attempt to reconcile with Trent the Treant; a task made difficult by the fact that one of them just cut him in half. After that, buckle up y'all, because it's ELEVATOR TIME. YEEEEAAAAHHHHHH ELEVATORS. Merle befriends a crowbar. Taako does a rope trick. Magnus holds on for dear lives.

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TS194:Magic Mike XXL, Marriage Equality, Serena Williams

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Throwing Shade

Back from vacay and all we want to talk about is the most exciting thing to happen to American personal freedom in a long time - Magic Mike XXL. Have you seen it? Erin has. Three times. Find out what Bryan's mom call Hawaiian things, marriage equality, let the haters begin, and Serena Williams, number one tennis super star, number two paid female athlete. Hunnnybun!  

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International Waters: Episode 54 Living the Blap Blap Blap

Zabeth, Solomon and Dave
Baby Geniuses
Solomon Georgio
Zabeth Russell
Susy Kane
Matt Kirshen

Zabeth Russell, Solomon Georgio, Matt Kirshen and Susy Kane join host, Dave Holmes for Noughties nostalgia, superheroes and a which country’s the worst throwdown.

Other useful links this week:

Zabeth Russell wants to plug her upcoming movie Bloodsucking Bastards which comes to theatres September 4th and recommends the webseries F’ed.

Solomon Georgio wants to plug his Twitter, @SolomonGeorgio and recommends the black feminist writer Ijeoma Oluo.

Matt Kirshen wants to plug his podcast Probably Science and recommends his Probably Science co-host, Jesse Case’s new podcast Jesse Versus Cancer.

Susy Kane wants to plug Big Problems with Helen Keen which she can currently be heard in on the BBC and recommends Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell which is currently running on BBC America.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes and hosts his live quiz show, The Friday Forty at LA’s Meltdown Theatre on the second Friday of every month. Dave would like to recommend the Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon which he just saw on Netflix.

Written by Sarah Morgan and Asterios Kokkinos, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and GuiltFreePost in London, produced by Jennifer Marmor and Colin Anderson.

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 218: Troll-o Contendere

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Charlie brings the case against her boyfriend Brandon. Brandon says that if a friend posts an opinion or thought on social media, he's entitled to respond with his own thoughts. Charlie says this "calling out" has gone too far.

Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Charles Pierson named this week's case via the Judge John Hodgman Facebook page. Thanks, Charles!

If you want to be part of a nicer place on the internet, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse @JesseThorn.

You can also follow our fantastic Summer Bailiff Monte Belmonte and listen to him on WRSI 93.9 The River!



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