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Snakes on a Plane official trailer...

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Now normally, I'm against internet meme BS. Actively against it.

But I gotta admit, the whole Snakes on a Plane thing has me hooked. Now there's an official trailer:

The New Sincerity and The New Journalism


I always knew Literary Dandy Tom Wolfe was New Sincerity, but boy howdy, I didn't know HOW New Sincerity he was!

Mr. Castro also suggested covering the white floor mats with clear vinyl to keep them clean. Mr. Wolfe was delighted with this effect, which he compares to leaving the plastic on a new sofa. "It's not worth pimping out a car unless it has something a little tacky," Mr. Wolfe said. "You have to suffer for style."

Tom Wolfe Pimps His Ride

Jesse and Dino Are Nerds


I recorded the interviews for this week's show yesterday. I had to get up early to interview Terry Jones of Monty Python (not that I was complaining). Later in the day, I interviewed Dino Stamatopoulos.

Dino is a real comedy nerd hero, but we bonded over our shared Python nerdiness. It won't end up on the air, and it's only like two minutes, but I thought I'd share it here. Dino met Jones when he was a guest on Conan, and talks a bit about the hilarious book he was promoting.

Bob Edwards in Newsweek


Bob Edwards' XM radio show is being repackaged and distributed by Public Radio International to public radio stations as "Bob Edwards Weekend." It's the first show to move from satellite to terrestrial radio.

I'm happy for him. I get the feeling NPR knows they kind of screwed him when he was dropped from Morning Edition, and they still haven't been able to replace his warmth and gravitas.

Edwards came on The Sound in August, and was absolutely wonderful. He won my heart by saying that his favorite interview subject of all time was Randy Newman.

I will, however, say that he won't get far with me complaining about only having eight producers... I don't have anyone, and I have a full-time job!

Bob Edwards interview in Newsweek

Bob Edwards on The Sound of Young America (MP3 Link)

Andy Dick & Dino Stamatopoulos


One of our guests on the next Sound of Young America is Dino Stamatopoulos, a comedy writer who's written for many of the greatest TV comedy shows of the past 15 years.

As an introduction to Dino's work, I thought I'd share this video of him performing live a year or so ago with his former comedy partner, Andy Dick. Remember that this is live television.

A Night at the Wire


If you ask me, The Wire is the best show on television. It's so astonishingly well written that I almost can't believe it's a TV show. It packs all the wallop of a movie, but it takes advantage of the unique nature of episodic television.

Anyway, HBO is hosting a benefit March 25th for The Ella Fund, a Baltimore children's charity, at the show's soundstage in B-more. For more information, or tickets, visit this page. If you don't live in the area, you can also bid on autographed "business cards" from the show.

And when The Wire comes back to HBO later this year, I promise to try really, really hard to get creator David Simon on The Sound. Or maybe producer/writer George Pelecanos, whose wonderful mysteries set in our nation's capital I reccomend highly.

Ms. New Booty


I posted about Bubba Sparxxx last week... his new single with the Ying Yang Twins, "Ms. New Booty" is shooting up the charts right now. The record company is also running a booty-intensive participatory website.

Tara Henley has some interesting thoughts on the whole thing on

9. If you’re mad at “Ms. New Booty,” it’s worth remembering that we’re all partially to blame—since Deliverance was a stirring, soul-searching work of art and no one bothered to buy it.

I'm still deciding on the song... on the one hand, I find it morally questionable. On the other hand, it gives me the urge to yell: "BOOTYBOOTYBOOTYBOOTY ROCKIN EVERYWHEYAH!" and that can't be all bad.

Also: at one point, of the Ying-Yang Twins has a couple that goes... "Sippin' on Petron... GLUG GLUG GLUG / Shortie's in a thong... WOAH WOAH WOAH," which is pretty f'ing hilarious. And I hate the YYTs.

Brendon Small, Nude


This from Adult

Brendon Small Poses in Playgirl

The April issue of Playgirl, currently on stands, features more than the usual letters to Playgirl, articles, and photos of naked dudes. It features a photo spread of a naked dude we know: Brendon Small, co-creator of Home Movies and the upcoming Adult Swim show, Dethklok.

Brendon poses wearing nothing but a Viking helmet. Playgirl interviews him on a few subjects, including his dog Ernie, his commercial work and a little on the new show. It's all in the April issue of Playgirl, popping up on stands now.

Well how-dee-doo. The issue also includes something on Aziz Ansari.

Yeah, I'm not afraid to visit the Playgirl website if that's what I gotta do for you people.

Brendon Small talks about Dethklok on The Sound of Young America (MP3 Link)

Brendon Small talks about Home Movies on The Sound of Young America (MP3 Link)


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