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Cunninlynguists - KKKY


The first video from The Cunninlynguists, for their track "KKKY" from "Dirty Acres." "Dirty Acres" is their third straight excellent LP -- I was lucky enough to get it from my baby brother for Christmas, and I listened to it about five times straight driving around in the car. Kno might be my favorite producer going, and the strong MCs are complimented by some great guest shots -- Devin, Witchdoctor, Phonte. Worth the price of admission.

Podcast: The Wire's Bubbles and Bunk: Andre Royo and Wendell Pierce

Andre Royo
Wendell Pierce

Jesse is joined by Wendell Pierce ("Bunk," above) and Andre Royo ("Bubbles") from HBO's brilliant crime drama The Wire. The Wire isn't just another cop show -- it's an investigation of contemporary urban America that uses the drug trade as a lens to get at even larger issues. Royo and Pierce discuss what its like to authentically portray urban life, and whether a white writer can capture the largely black experience of inner-city urban life in Baltimore.

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Killer Mike
George Pelecanos
Sticking it to the Man with Maz Jobrani and the editors of Bitch

External Links:
Andre Royo's "Property of Bubbles" T-Shirts
The New York Times: Who Gets To Tell A Black Story?
The Believer: Nick Hornby talks with Wire creator David Simon

Recording Phone Calls with Skype


One of the most common questions I get from aspiring (and current) podcasters is how I record my phone interviews. I use a digital telephone hybrid called a Telos One. That answer usually disappoints folks who are hoping I'll offer an answer that costs less than the six or seven hundred dollars they have to pay for the Telos. Isn't there a decent way to record using Skype?

Paul Figgiani and Doug Kaye to the rescue. Paul is the chief engineer at the Conversations Network, and Doug's his boss. I've referred many folks to Paul's superb Podcast Rigs over the years, and he's not only a great engineer, he has a seemingly endless supply of good will and willingness to help those of us who are awful engineers. Now, Paul and Doug have put together a clear and concise guide to recording interviews using Skype. It's a huge service to the podcast community, and thanks to these guys for doing it!

Now, if you only come here for the comedy, we'll be back to that shortly :).

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 48: Crossover


This week on the show Jesse and Jordan are joined by Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap from the Never Not Funny podcast.


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Something is wrong with The Last Supper.

"Is it the disciples? Did I make them look too Jewish? I tried to make Judas look the most Jewish..."

via Kung Fu Grippe

The Sound of Young America Live in SF: 1/14/08


12/20: Just added... Merlin Mann!
1/4: Just added... Bucky Sinister and Danny Hoch!

Just added to TSOYA Live! in San Francisco!!


San Francisco poet Bucky Sinister reads from his most recent book of poetry, "All Passed Out and Nowhere to Go"!

Danny Hoch, actor, writer and founder of the Hip-Hop Theater Festival talks about his new work, premiering at Berkeley Rep, "Taking Over."

Ticket sales are going great, according to my sources, so be sure to buy yours now for just ten bucks apiece.

Lots of new material on Khraigslist


Kasper Hauser's amazing Craigslist parody Khraigslist has a huge pile of new entries. I have hurt myself laughing.

Also, someone posted it on Digg, so digg it now.

Killer Mike album leaked...

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I think my interview with Killer Mike might be the best in Sound of Young America history. I certainly get more emails from folks about it than any other interview, and that's particularly impressive given the fact that I don't think there were a lot of Killer Mike fans in the TSOYA audience going in. Mike is a brilliant guy and a great MC, whether or not you agree with some of his ideas.

At the time of the interview, Mike was promoting I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind, a posse album that was intended to be a warmup for his second major label release Ghetto Extraordinary. Unforunately, Mike's been bouncing around labels ever since, and that album was never released.

Luckily for us, it has leaked, just in time for the runup to I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind V. 2. So... thanks to, enjoy the album. Below, the interview with Killa Kill.

Tracklist for the album:
01 Get Em Shawty f. Three 6 Mafia (prod. by Three Six Mafia)
02 Gorilla Pimpin (Ghetto Extraordinary) f. 8Ball & MJG (prod. by Mello)
03 Bad Day / Worst Day (prod. by Beat Bullies)
04 Mama Said (prod. by Organized Noize)
05 Gonna Go to Ghana (prod. by Andre3000)
06 Niggaz Down South (prod. by Beat Bullies)
07 Shot Down (prod. by Organized Noize)
08 Chose Me f. SL Jones & Scar (prod. by Ron Browz)
09 My Chrome f. Big Boi (prod. by Mr. DJ of Dungeon Family)
10 Leave This Hood f. Jagged Edge
11 Aye-O (prod. by David Banner)
12 Speak Lord (prod. by Organized Noize)

Bonus Tracks:
13 Push Back f. M.O.P.
14 Bad Day / Worst Day Remix (Clean) f. Ice Cube (prod. by Beat Bullies)

David Cross is 100% in the right.


David Cross is one of the funniest guys in the country, and he's absolutely, positively 1000% correct about it being completely reasonable for him to have taken a role in Alvin & the Chipmunks. Anyone bitching about him having done so should get a life. As Cross notes, he makes a good but modest living and lives in the world's most expensive place. He deserves the money he gets for appearing in dumb projects like Alvin, and the only way I'd even be slightly bothered is if he was starring in and wrote it or something. Then, though, it'd likely be funny, and a moot point.

That said... Kyle Ryan of the AV Club starts to make when he writes:

Cross’ Achilles’ heel has always been his smug sense of superiority; he rarely, if ever, points out his own shortcomings in his stand-up act, only the supposed stupidity of others.

But Cross wrote about

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