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5 hours of urban radio...


...on the way to LA from SF, and two songs I actually liked.

Mike Jones f. Bun B & Snoop - "My 6-4"

Bone Thugs N Harmony f. Akon

(I know, I know, no Bizzy Bone, but this song still jams.)

The station I was listening to was doing a live remote via telephone from a beauty parlor, where they were promoting signups for a local semi-pro football team. For a station that was #1 for hip-hop, they sure didn't play a lot of rap music. They mostly just played I'm A Flirt by R. Kelly and T-Pain. Which is an astonishingly goofy song. I kind of like it.

Me & My Little Buddy Merlin

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Just got home from SF, where, among other things, I shot some internet TV with my pal Merlin Mann (look for the actual video in the coming weeks). Merlin's profession is nerd guru, and if you look closely, you can see the athletic tape that holds on the arm of those hip eye glasses.

Plagues and Pleasures On the Salton Sea


Tree-huggin' Joe Garden here. A friend at work forwarded me a link to a YouTube clip for a film called Plagues and Pleasures On the Salton Sea. It's a documentary about, well, The Salton Sea, a large accidental body of water in southern California that was once a resort destination. And it's a mess. saltier than the ocean, polluted like nobody's business. Massive fish and wildlife die-offs are commonplace, but the residents stay put. The film is also about those residents.

Oh, and it's narrated by John Waters.

Since I haven't seen the whole film–it doesn't play New York until June, and then for only one night–this shouldn't count so much as an endorsement as it should a talking point. First, I'm curious to hear opinions from anyone that's seen it. It looks entertaining and fascinating, and maybe it will shine the light on the numerous ecological disasters in the U.S. Second, check out the Wikipedia entry and click through on some of the links for a crash course in environmental catastrophes. I can't wait to see the movie.

Baby Bear!


Baby bears, and not just pandas, are my weakness. If not for the insufferable piano music, I could watch this clip all day. It was on the front page of Yahoo today. You know, the spot usually reserved for the latest American Idol results. They know which side their bread is buttered on.

A Salute To L'Trimm, Rap's Forgotten, um...


Half Madonna. Half Salt 'n' Pepper. All bratty.

L'Trimm is so hacky, so tinny, so poorly produced, but I'm perpetually charmed by it. I only had this album on tape and used to drive people crazy playing it my own car, which, markedly, did not go boom, but rather wheezed and sputtered until the tape deck finally died. I miss that tape deck. I miss L'Trimm.

You're Gonna Miss Me


Nick Adams here.

Way back when, I shouted out my friend Keven McAlester's documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me over on my site. The film was a hit on the festival circuit and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Finally the folks at Palm Pictures stepped in to give the movie the distribution it deserves. The movie details the rise and fall of psychedelic rock trailblazer Roky Erickson and his decades long battle with drug addiction and mental illness. Fun for the whole family!

Bonus video!
Just to show you what kind of a bad ass performer Erickson was before things went haywire, here's a clip of The 13th Floor Elevators performing on the show Where the Action Is in 1966.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 8: Elongated Head


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 discuss the merits and difficulties of having an extremely elongated head. The head is elongated through the power of science, and is desirable for social reasons.

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Podcast: Bob Odenkirk


Bob Odenkirk has written for Saturday Night Live, and won an Emmy for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show. He co-created and starred in the sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and directed the films Melvin Goes to Dinner and Let's Go To Prison. He also directed the upcoming film The Brothers Solomon, which was written by and stars SNL's Will Forte, alongside Kristen Wiig and Will Arnett.

Odenkirk's latest project is "Derek and Simon," a series of shorts featuring comedians Derek Waters and Simon Helberg on Super Deluxe. Their casual, conversational tone is pierced by sometimes outrageous premises. Below is the first episode.

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A final pledge drive thanks.


Wow, this pledge drive really exceeded my expectations, and I thank you so much for your support.

Here are some more folks that gave:
Carol M, Jacoy Y, Matthew H, Ellen S, Patrick M, Aniruddah C, Matthew F, Ian M, Jeff, Emily T, Tim H, Marcia L, Eric F, Patricia R, Andrea K, Michelle B, Michael M, Steven C, Kon S, Roy B, Brian D, Guy W, Andrew K, ACCPicks, Anders O, Kyle B, Steven I, Chris W, Ben E, Michelle K, The Burnside Review, John R, Nate H, Kathi G, Matt B, Amy R, Rick P, John P, Bryan E, Scott M, Bryce B, Margaret C, Adam B, LW, Mark I, Ron D, Megan B, Adam S, Harold C, Jeffrey T, Fred C, Matt B, Jason S, Josh A, Jeffrey G, David B, Katie W, Ted H, Paras M, Brian G, Simon F, Paul L, Jude L, Matt M, Brian D, Patrick K, Lance G, Gary B, Brenton F, John Day, Ian B, Jeremy Q, Andy Harwood, Emily H, Adam H, Jason H, Elisabeth R, M Jeffrey B, James O, Brian G, and Ann B.

I tried really hard not to miss anybody, but I was doing this by hand, so if I messed up and left you out -- thanks to you, too.

And of course, thanks to the folks who've been giving for months before this. All of you, your support has been really essential, and I thank you.

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