Stars is a band from Toronto, who have been making music together since 2000. Their seventh album was released in October 2014. For this episode, I spoke to several members of the band: singer Amy Millan over the phone, and to Evan and Patty in their studio in Toronto along with their co-producer Liam O’Neil. Coming up, they’ll talk about the inspiration for the phrase No One Is Lost, which is the title of this song as well as the album. And you’ll hear the original version of the chorus: one that they wrote, recorded, mixed, and finished but then, ended up changing completely. Show notes
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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.
Nerds unite! Again! On this episode: Brad Meltzer author of DC comic's Identity Crisis stops by to discuss his work. Sarah Silverman talks about her film Jesus is Magic, and San Francisco's Kasper Hauser perform a sketch and read some fake Craigslist postings .
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You'd better go to the Edinburgh Castle to check out Mary Van Note's awesome show "Comedy Darling," featuring MUSIC from TSOYA favorite Brent Weinbach, who in a previous life was a professional pianist! You can also check out the Edinburgh Castle, the only pub in San Francisco that is VERY CASTLE-LIKE.
Our old pal W. Kamau Bell (remember his piece Sarah Silverman is Racist?) has a gala show coming up in the East Bay (that's the San Francisco Bay Area, sorry Tampa) called The W. Kamau Bell Curve. Kamau's a great comic, but I rarely post show-specific notices here, and I wouldn't have in this instance if it weren't for this policy: "Tickets $20; bring a friend of another race and your friend gets in free."
Now if that's not an awesome ticketing policy, I don't know what is.
I don't usually plug local comedy shows on the blog, at least ones in which I'm not involved as a sponsor, but I thought I'd make an exception. New York comic John Mulaney will be co-headlining San Francisco's Punchline tonight through Saturday, and he's dynamite. He's the best kind of alternative comic -- the kind that takes the craft seriously and has lots and lots of great, suprising jokes. I'd compare him maybe to Dana Gould, another comic who blends the worlds of traditional club comedy and alternative stuff. John takes well-grounded premises and spins them out until they're surprisingly silly, but never self-indulgent. He's a very young guy, younger maybe than me I think, and he's still polishing his performance style, but he'll be a big name in comedy if he doesn't quit to be a big-money writer. I've heard good things about his co-headliner Amy Schumer as well. The Punchline is a great club in which to see a show, and if you're lucky, you might run into MaxFunster/sometime doorman Bucky Sinister.
The fourth in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.
Zach Rogue is the front man of the Bay Area indie rock band Rogue Wave. He performed three songs for our audience, including one unreleased gem and one that came complete with a hilarious story about John McEnroe. The full performance is podcast, you can also download each song individually as a high quality MP3. (Note that the recording has some blips, due to hardware problems on the recording end).
The third in our series of podcasts from our January live show at SF Sketchfest.
Danny Hoch is a multiple Obie award-winning playwright and actor, and the founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival. His newest show, "Takin Over," is currently in its premiere run at Berkeley Rep in Berkeley, California. The show examines the gentrification of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, using character monologues from a variety of community members. It is way, way better than that lame description makes it sound. Hoch talked about being a native New Yorker, how he feels when he's looking at the organic produce in Whole Foods, and how all the women he meets in New York seem to have come to the city from somewhere else to "find themselves."