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The man Wale isn't quite as impressive to me as he is to some, but he does have skills, and that D.A.N.C.E. song is bananas, so the combination is great. A little rapping is great for cutting the general... uhm... Frenchness of the original. Nice to hear someone repping the District, too. Besides these MaxFunsters who are planning a meetup around the Paul F. Tompkins show, of course.

Slick Rick: You Can Stay!

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I'm usually against "Free XXX Rapper" campaigns. Most rappers (not all, of course) have great legal representation, and if they end up in jail, it's because they did some shit they deserved to go to jail for.

My feelings on Slick Rick, however, are completely the opposite. Rick was born in the UK, though he moved to New York as a toddler. Unfortunately, he never went through the many hoops to become a US citizen. In 1990, Rick shot a cousin who the rapper accused of trying to extort and kill him. His plea arrangement in the case was specifically tailored to avoid triggering deportation. After he was released, the interpretation of the rules changed, and the government has been trying to deport him more or less ever since.

Of course, letting Rick become a citizen of the United States is enormously beneficial to our country. He's one of the great musicians of his generation, and he's been working tirelessly to help prevent violence since his release. If you've ever heard him speak, he's an eloquent voice for a better country.

Yesterday, New York's new governor, David Patterson, gave Rick a full pardon. His lawyers will file for a waiver of deportation within two weeks. I couldn't be more pleased.

Hurray for the Rickster!

Here's the full story in the NY Times.

I'm off to Santa Cruz for Maximum Funny!


I'm headed to Santa Cruz -- Saturday night is the big show!

I'll be hosting a performance by Mary Van Note, Brent Weinbach and Kasper Hauser at the Kuumbwa Jazz Center in Santa Cruz. We're calling it "Maximum Funny," and all the proceeds from the show will benefit KUSP, the station that carries TSOYA in the Scruz.

Check out Wallace Baine's really nice piece in the Santa Cruz Sentinel for some more info about the show... or check out Traci Hukill's great piece in the Metro Santa Cruz.

This thing's gonna be a blast, and the money goes to a great cause. Get your tickets at

"Jesse, you only like rap music."


Band of Horses, "No One's Gonna Love You" from The FADER on Vimeo.

WRONG. I also like THE HORSE BAND, and their hit single "No One's Gonna Love You."

Podcast: Reno 911!'s Stars and Creators Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver


Thomas Lennon, Robert Ben Garant and Kerri Kenney-Silver are the co-creators and co-stars of Comedy Central's Reno 911!. The show, a mockumentary in the style of COPS, is headed into the second half of its fifth season. The trio also collaborated on the Comedy Central series Viva Variety, and worked together as members of the sketch comedy group The State.

During our interview, they revealed that The State will be producing a Comedy Central special later this year, along with a DVD release of the full series, including numerous extras.

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Coming up tommorow, an interview with Kerri Kenney-Silver, Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

But for now: Kenny-Silver and AMERICA'S FUNNIEST MAN, Mr. Andrew Daly.

The Masters of Song-Fu


Speaking of Paul & Storm and Jonathan Coulton, our old pal Ken Plume over at Quickstop Entertainment is running a very interesting competition. He's asked P&S, Coulton and Doc Hammer (The Venture Brothers) to serve as "Iron Chefs" for a songwriting contest called The Masters of Song-Fu. They take on 20 challengers, writing a song in just one week on a theme suggested by the site.

This week, it's "Write A Classic TV Theme for Yourself."

Should be interesting.

We dance just as good as we walk!

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This is right up there with DJ Quik's "Pitch In Ona Party" on my list of ALL TIME JAMS. Pitch In is below.

Tighten Up via LonelySandwich

Goodbye Fair Game?


Public Radio Program Directors News is reporting that PRI is pulling the plug on Fair Game. I don't have any inside info to offer, other than that this is a dissapointment. It certainly speaks to how hostile the environment out there is to new public radio programs.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep. 61B: Humiliating Failures


Jesse, Jordan and special guest Dan Kennedy discuss humiliation and suchlike. Part two of a two part show.

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