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Something something iPhone


I got a call from the blog police, and they threatened to silence me if I didn't post about the iPhone.

So here's a picture TSOYA forum user "lonelysandwich" took at tonight's live show, then flickrd AND posted on the forum DURING the show, all with his new telephony device. Pictured: the great Dan Grayson, singing our theme.

I just got home, it was a lot of fun, I'm going to bed now.

San Francisco, 1940


San Francisco, captured in full color in 1940 by filmmaker Harold T. O'Neal. Greatest city in the world.

Any LA photogs?


If you're a pro or semi-pro shooter and you want to get into TSOYA Live tommorow night for FREE, all you gotta do is email me. And maybe include a link to some pro-ish quality shots you've taken before. I would love to have a photographic record. My email, as always is jesse at maximumfun dot org. Something like these shots that Anya Garrett took in NY are what I'm looking for.

The Delegate from Utah


I'm proud to announce we've got our first new station on board - KCPW in Salt Lake City, Utah. We'll be running Thursday evenings at 7PM there, starting July 19th. I went to Salt Lake City once, and it was very pretty, but the coolest thing there by most accounts is the Mormon Temple, and you're not allowed in if you're not a Mormon, so that was kind of dissapointing.

To celebrate this addition, a song:

Randy Newman - The Beehive State

"We gotta irrigate our desert / and get some things to grow / and we gotta tell this country about Utah / 'cause no one seems to know."

Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girl"


Went up to the Bay Area about a month ago, and drove home my aunt's El Camino. Well, my El Camino, now. Anyhoo... AM/FM radio, no AC, and I'm on 5 south in the middle of an 85-degree day. I listened to Central Valley pop radio for about four hours, and heard this song about three times. And I liked it every time. Ben E. King and the vocoder (or maybe just heavy pitch correction) on the assist with this one. All hit songs should be this pleasant and charming.

My Nature Documentary, by Jack Handey


Show monkey in a tree. Narrator says, “The monkey, proud and smart, in his native habitat. But one thing he does not have . . .” Show a giraffe. “. . . is a long neck, like the giraffe. Which is why nature has allowed them to combine forces.” Show monkey on giraffe’s neck. (Note: Monkey may have to be tied on.)

Then the narrator says, “The monkey can now see very far, and has protection from predators. And the giraffe has a little friendly guy to ride around on him.”

May God bless you, New Yorker, for making Mr. Jack Handey a continuing part of our lives.

Podcast: TSOYA: Dave Hill

Dave Hill

Comedian Dave Hill has taken the New York comedy world by storm over the last three years. His stage show, "The Dave Hill Explosion," has hosted celebs like Sandra Bernhard and Dick Cavett. He's also made a name for himself online, with videos for Superdeluxe, among other venues. His most recent project is a television series for the Mojo network, called "King of Miami."

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Michael Cera (Arrested Development)
Bob Odenkirk (Mr. Show)
Sarah Thyre (Strangers with Candy)

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Rock Snobs

The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge
Steven Daly
Ira Kaplan
Greg Proops

We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our Guests: Steven Daly is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the co-author of The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Essential Lexicon of Rockological Knowledge.

Ira Kaplan is a co-founder, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter of the veteran indie rock band Yo La Tengo. We talk with Ira about their 2004 best-of compilation - Prisoners of Love, playing cover songs, and fund raising for WFMU.

In 2006, Yo La Tengo released their 14th LP, I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass to critical acclaim.

Greg Proops is a stand-up and improv comedian, best known for his appearances on both the U.K. and American versions of Whose Line is it Anyway.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 12: Mailman, Give Us Your Mail


In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe try to convince a mailman to let them deliver his mail. They promise not to do any "rifling".

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Kanye West - "Stronger"


Signs of summer: Kanye is wearing some white back-window-of-a-camaro shades.

Question that leaps to mind: Are they louvered?

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