The kind folks behind The Longshot Podcast (Sean Conroy, Eddie Pepitone, Jamie Flam and Amber Kenny) invited me over for a recording session the other day, and I had a great time. You can listen to the show here. I'd like to imagine that me complaining about pupuserias was the highlight, but it was actually Eddie talking about calling phone sex lines while subletting. Sean, by the way, will be joining his Asssscat colleagues at MaxFunCon 2011.
This week I visited one of my favorite podcasts, Sklarbro Country. It was my second appearance as the Sklars' Fantasy Analyst. Since the major sports networks have pretty much cornered the market on fantasy baseball, football and basketball analysis, we venture a little further afield. This time around, it was fantasy antiques.
Our thanks to Elianna Lev, who wrote this lovely little piece about the international partnership between MaxFun and Stop Podcasting Yourself. It ran in the Canadian Press, which is like the AP for Canada.
One note: when I said "humour," I spelled it without a "u."
The great indie record store Amoeba, which was outlets in the Bay Area and here in LA, has a video series called "What's In Your Bag?" Various high-cred bands go shopping at Amoeba and talk about why they picked what they pick.
In the episode above, sent to me by listener Paul, the Texas punk band The Riverboat Gamblers discuss their picks - among them Jimmy Cliff and No Age. One of the guys in the band picked out Killer Mike's debut LP, and much to my surprise, he said his inspiration was hearing Mike on his "favorite show," The Sound of Young America!
Thanks, guy from Riverboat Gamblers! That's nice of you!
(PS: I recommend Mike's two indie LPs, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind volumes 1 & 2, over his debut, which has some great tracks but is a bit hit-and-miss.)
While we're mentioning mentions on great blogs... our friend Mark Frauenfelder was kind enough to give a mention to Judge John Hodgman on Boing Boing the other day. Reactions are generally excellent, except for one guy, named "Weatherman," who writes: I'm a big fan of Hodgeman, but any show ranked with Sound of Young America immediately shoots to the bottom of my list. That has to be one of the worst shows on NPR, and I'm including Prairie Home Companion. Thanks, fella!
We're excited to note that Mashable has included The Sound in their list of "7 Essential Podcasts You Should Add To Your Playlist."
Our thanks to Mashable and Zachary Sniderman for including us.
Finally, we have achieved our dream: parity with the audio from the Glenn Beck TV show. Thanks, Stitcher!
(and thanks to Joe for sending this over)
Bill McKibben wrote a lovely piece for The New York Review of Books this week that summarizes the current state of the art in public radio. It focuses on some wonderful producers like Ira Glass, Jad Abumrad and Benjamen Walker and their struggles to make something new and great.
I was immensely gratified to see that McKibben included The Sound in his rundown of "Broadcasts Worth Listening To." It's an immense honor to be alongside folks like Ira and Jad. The whole list is worth checking out - almost every show is one I love, like To The Best of Our Knowledge and Q.
Carolyn Kellog of the LA Times was kind enough to come by the Literary Death Match show I was part of here in Los Angeles the other night. The experience of arbitrarily judging literary readings before a crowd of drunk 20- and 30-somethings was new, but it felt as familiar as an old pair of shoes. Or an old, well-worn metaphor.
In her write-up of the event, Carolyn wrote that I "proved he doesn't need radio's quiet room and a microphone to be funny." That was very nice of her, though I like to think of my work as much more than just my world-famous "Lazzi of the Quiet Room and Microphone." (Admittedly, that's what I'm known for in Commedia Dell'Arte circles.)
By the way - the champion turned out to be Seth Greenland, who was a guest on The Sound some years ago, talking about his novel The Bones, about the comedy industry. It turns out that Seth is now a writer/producer with Big Love. So that's neat, too.