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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: George Clinton & Christian Acker

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P-Funk's George Clinton: From Doo Wop to Funk, and Saving His Musical Career

The musician, producer and 73-year-old mastermind of Parliament-Funkadelic, George Clinton, has never been shy of the limelight. He started his career singing doo wop, later found himself writing songs for Motown, and finally wound up creating a wholly unique sound and visual experience with Parliament-Funkadelic. They made hits like One Nation Under A Groove and Flashlight and their performances were as funky as their tunes.

In recent years, Clinton has found himself entangled in a series of legal battles over the copyrights of his songs. While fighting in the courts, George found himself fighting for his health as well. The doctor of the Funk gave himself his own prognosis: if he was going to continue a musical career and regain agency in his business affairs, he had to clean up his act, and he has.

The pioneer of funk joins us this week to talk about the evolution of his musical career, getting wild onstage, and putting forward momentum back into his musical career -- and even gives us an update on Sly Stone.

George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic are still touring and recording, and Clinton recently released his memoir, Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You?.

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Andrew Noz on All-Time Favorite Tracks: Organized Konfusion and Ice-T

Hip hop critic Andrew Noz digs way back in the catalogs of past Bullseye guests Pharoahe Monch and Ice-T to recommend some of his favorite tracks.

He suggests taking a listen to the amazing technical performances in Organized Konfusion's "Bring It On", and revisiting a poetic early track from Ice-T, "High Rollers".

Andrew Noz is a hip hop journalist. You can find him blogging at Cocaine Blunts or on Tumblr.

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Comedy: Chris Fairbanks Wonders About Owls

The comedian Chris Fairbanks joined us a few years ago at our annual convocation in the woods, MaxFunCon. And he wondered -- what's up with all these owls?

You can find more from Chris on his official site and on his podcast Do You Need a Ride?, which he co-hosts with Karen Kilgariff.

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Why Tagging is Beautiful: Christian Acker and "Flip the Script"

You know those tags you see on walls, park benches and trash cans everywhere? You might not think it's something beautiful, but Christian Acker does. His book Flip the Script is a look at graffiti typography, and celebrates the art of tagging -- one of the last strongholds of highly refined penmanship.

Acker collected writing and spoke to graffiti artists all over the country, to chronicle and analyze hand styles from Oakland to Queens. In a world where people too rarely place ink to paper, we'll look at a typographical expression that reflects your individuality, roots, and even how long you've been practicing.

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The Outshot: Baba O'Riley

There's at least a couple of good parts of teenagerdom. This week, Jesse shares some of them with The Who's Baba O'Riley.

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This episode originally aired March 11, 2014.

Stop Podcasting Yourself 367 - Allyson Smith

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Allyson Smith

Allyson Smith returns to talk stag films, neighbourhood trash, and second rate dentists.

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 370: Live from MaxFunHQ for MaxFunDrive 2015

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Carrie Poppy
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Ross Blocher
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Dave Holmes
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Travis McElroy
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John Hodgman

Highlights from the live JJGo streamed online from MaxFunHQ to cap off the most successful MaxFunDrive ever! Guests include MaxFun hosts Carrie Poppy, Ross Blocher, Dave Holmes, Travis McElroy and John Hodgman.

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MBMBaM 245: Bro's Better, Bro's Best Ch. 62-71

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With Justin moving to an entirely new residence this week, we've compiled another best-of episode for you to reminisce over. Remember the good times? Remember Skulljockeying? Because, like, we don't remember saying this stuff at all.

7:20 - Giant Scott Bakula
13:30 - Earth Girls are Easy and in Submarines
17:15 - Capri Sun on my Jam-Jams
18:18 - Ladyzoo
20:40 - Ghostbustin'
24:40 - Beaches, The Book of the Movie
27:30 - Cool Urinal Usage
41:54 - Spanking Parties
46:10 - Horse Quotes
52:40 - Dean's Office Sex
54:08 - Baby Law
57:13 - Tree Sex
1:01:59 - Screaming Nursery
1:04:27 - A Text from Our Dad
1:05:44 - Skulljockey

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The Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast Episode 20: Holmes and Watson in The Trial

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Kasper Hauser

Dr. John Watson is on trial for bank robbing, and Sherlock Holmes must help save him from the gallows.

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Ep. 11. Murder on the Rockport Limited - Chapter Two

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Our heroes attempt to make the best out of a swampy situation, and race to Rockport before they miss a fateful train. They also meet a beloved radio personality and spokesperson, and hold him ransom for MaxFunDrive donations. Magnus exhibits his upper body strength. Taako gets charming. Merle takes a stink-bath.

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TS178:Gay Celebrity Sex, Bob Jones University, Mo'ne Davis, Our Fund Drive

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Throwing Shade

Happy Birthday, Erin! Bryan's best gift is the gay relationship description the tabloids have for Tom Cruise and John Travolta. You will wish you never heard it. Plus, Bob Jones III of Bob Jones University finally apologies for wanting to stone gay people, and some jealous college baseball bitch calls 13 year old little league super star Mo'ne Davis a "slut." And hunty! Our fund drive is happening! 1,000 new or upgrading donors and #tspod will put on their talent show! Make it happen by donating here! 

 

 

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One Bad Mother Episode 98: When Only Mama Will Do, plus guest Janelle Hanchett!

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One Bad Mother
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Janelle Hanchett

Biz and Theresa talk about that special time in a child's life when only Mama will do. We aren’t sure it feels as good as it should. Plus, Theresa compliments her partner, coughing drives Biz to the edge of madness, and we welcome back one of our favorite people, Janelle Hanchett of the blog Renegade Mothering, to talk about parenting and the internet.

RenegadeMothering.com
I Became a Mother, and Died to Live, by Janelle Hanchett
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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)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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Judge John Hodgman Episode 203: Habeas Spiritus

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Carrie Poppy

Rachael brings the case against her boyfriend Anton. Rachael believes that psychics with real spiritual gifts do exist, and wants Anton to visit one with her. Anton is "an unshakeable realist" and says all psychics are faking it, and are just in it for the cash.

Should Anton give psychics a chance? Only one man can decide (with the assistance of expert witness Carrie PoppyTfor!)

This week's episode title suggested by Aurora Hannigan! Thank you!

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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Lynda Barry & Tom Arnold

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Bullseye
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Lynda Barry
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Tom Arnold
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Brian Coleman

It's MaxFunDrive time! The production of Bullseye is funded by your donations. Become a monthly sustaining member now, and get cool thank you-gifts, plus unlock challenge funds from other donors and help us meet our goal of 4000 new and upgrading members by March 27th. Just visit www.maximumfun.org/donate!


Photo: Guillaume Paumier, CC-BY

Lynda Barry Inspires Us to Get Creative with Monsters

Lynda Barry is a self-identified "freak", a cartoonist, a writer, and for the last couple of years, she's also been a college professor teaching interdisciplinary creativity at the University of Wisconsin.

What does that mean? Well, she encourages students to abandon their fears of creating and embrace their work and process.

Her most recent book, Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor collects her lesson plans and writing and drawing exercises.

Lynda talks with us about using monsters as a tool, why we're sometimes afraid to draw, and how elementary school aged kids can teach us a thing or two.

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Canonball: Brian Coleman Talks about Mantronix: The Album

Every so often we interview music journalists and experts, and ask them which records they think should be part of the pop music canon. It's Canonball.

This week, we're talking with the acclaimed rap journalist Brian Coleman, author of the series Check the Technique: Liner Notes for Hip Hop Junkies. He chose to talk to us about Mantronix.

In the mid-1980s, producer Kurtis Mantronik and MC Tee joined forces and created the hip hop group Mantronix.

Kurtis Mantronik rocked the TR-808 drum machine, and MC Tee moved the party along with his lyrics.

Together, they recorded Mantronix: The Album, and influenced the producers who followed them.

Brian Coleman's newest edition of "liner notes" is Check the Technique Volume 2.

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Tom Arnold Talks About Shaking Off the Bullies and Making His Own Way

Tom Arnold is a real show business survivor. In the mid 1990s he got famous -- both the kind you want to be, and the kind you don't want to be. His first big job in Hollywood was as a writer on Roseanne. He ended up married to her. He became a regular on the show and their relationship was tabloid fodder for five years. By the time they broke up in 1994, you couldn't make it through a late night monologue without a Tom Arnold joke.

But that was just the beginning of Tom Arnold's ride. A star making performance in a huge hit movie, True Lies, made him a star. Then a disastrous series of broad comedies made his career a punchline again.

But Arnold never stopped working, as a character actor, as a sports talk show host, as a stand up comic, and now in his 50s he's a dad for the first time and he's now been a star in Hollywood for thirty years. His new show is Yahoo's Sin City Saints. Arnold also continues to perform stand up across the country.

Tom talks with us about growing up in Iowa and fighting bullies, the difficulties of working in Las Vegas, his enduring respect for Roseanne, and the way he's found satisfaction with his work.

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The Outshot: MacGruber

Jesse heartily disagrees with A.O. Scott's review of the film version of MacGruber. In short: MacGruber exists, and the world is better for it.

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