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Paul F. Tompkins in Philadelphia


Live in Philly? Want to see a great comedy show? Well here's your chance. As part of my continuing effort to promote great comedy shows in places that don't always get them, here's the details of Paul F. Tompkins' Philly extravaganza:

PAUL F. TOMPKINS, who is a comedian, is coming to Philadelphia to do comedy. Like stand-up type comedy, only funny. This will take place from WEDNESDAY AUGUST 23RD thru SATURDAY AUGUST 26TH, and will also include two other people doing stand-up comedy who call themselves Buddy Fitzpatrick and Ed McGonigal. All of this comedy will occur at a comedy club on SANSOM STREET that your people call HELIUM.

Your instructions are to make plans to see Paul F. Tompkins do comedy, and to share those plans with other people and advise them that they should make a similar plan. There. Stop reading.... NOW.

Suggest a guest thread (mid-to-late August edition)


It's been a while since we've done this, and my tank's running low after a bunch of flat-out rejections, so let's start the SUGGEST A GUEST train movin' again. Suggest your ideas for guests below!

Remember the qualifications:

Anyone really really famous is a great suggestion, but only if you're friends with them and are willing to give me their email address and reccomend us :).

People with books that either just came out or are coming out are great. Same with CDs.

Anyone coming to Santa Cruz, Hattiesburg, or New Concord, Ohio in the future for something is great.

They should be of interest to people in general, not too insidery. (ie the "Probably no web comics or nerdcore rappers." rule)

Triple points for great women, this show has been a real sausagefest lately, and I hate that. And yes, I'm still trying for Amy Sedaris but no promises.

People with movies are tough but especially if it's an indie film, suggest anyway. Same deal with TV. I'll try but I usually fail, unless it's a real small channel.

The last couple of these gave me a lot of really great leads and ideas that I followed up on, and I really appreciate hearing from you all! Please know that I refer back to these all the time when I'm trying to book guests.

I pledged to public radio today.


KCRW in Los Angeles, to be specific. I'm a huge fan of their shows The Treatment and The Business, and I wanted to do my part. I couldn't give a lot of money, but as far as I'm concerned, they've earned something from me.

Which reminds me... are you a supporter of The Sound of Young America?

Maybe one day The Sound of Young America will be supported by a grant from the Ford Foundation or underwriting money from the Gap, but in the meantime, it's supported by people like you. Before every show, you hear the voices of the folks who give a couple dollars a month to help keep the program afloat.

The money you give pays my costs. It doesn't pay my receptionist, or pay for studio time, it just covers the things that come along and cost money. In the next couple months, for example, I'll need to pay for registration to the big podcasting conference, and I'll need a new monitor to replace the relic that occaisionally goes green on me that's sitting on my desk right now.

You can make a big difference for two bucks a month. Even if you're broke as a joke (and I know about that, believe me), your budget can probably handle it. If you're doing OK, you can give five or ten a month. My hope is that whatever you can offer, you'll offer something.

Your radio pal,
PS: To those who already give: thank you. Seriously, thank you.

Dracula's Super-Spooky 9/11 Candle Vigil


Sound of Young America super-fan Asterios and his sketch group, Overtime, wrote and performed this sing-long short, which Jordan sent over my way. Delightful!

Also, distasteful.

Suing guitar tab websites?


Isn't that a bit over the top?

Fun fact: the music publishing industry is not only suing (or rather, threatening to sue) free guitar tab websites, they're not really offering any legal online alternative.

A small handful of sheet music sites now sell guitar tablature. Mr. Keiser, of the Music Publishers’ Association, estimated that, including overhead costs, tablature could cost about $800 per song to produce, license and format for downloading.

$800? Are they gold-plating the downloads? Perhaps they're hiring Eric Clapton to record the tablatures? Holy mackarel.

Dungeon Family Dedication


Over on his XXL blog, TSOYA listener/pal/rap guru Noz offers a great rundown of The Dungeon Family, the Atlanta crew which spawned Outkast, Goodie Mobb and more. He's got bios, videos, songs, everything. I was just listening to the Witch Doctor album and thinking about how many dope projects even the B-team of the DF have put out over the years. For a bit of history on the crew, check out this piece from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

He's even got a video (which I didn't even know existed) from Joi's superb unreleased LP "Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome," on which she channeled the great Betty Davis to funky effect.

Lupe Fiasco - "Daydreamin'" f. Jill Scott


Lupe Fiasco is a real talent... though I have to admit that if this record hits, I'd be surprised. I love it, of course. Also love the E-40 eyeglasses Lupe's rocking :).

"I had to turn my back on what got you paid / I couldn't see - had the 'hood on like Abu Ghraib / but I'd like to thank the streets that drove me crazy / and all the televisions out there that raised me."

Patton Oswalt & Friends in Oakland 8/27


TSOYA is cosponsoring this show because it's Patton plus my two favorite Bay Area standups plus two of the best up-and-comers. It's cheap. It's going to be awesome.

And it's completely un-advertised, so we're relying on you to spread the word. If you live in the Bay Area, or know anyone who does, please come or tell your friends. Post this flier on message boards: or on your myspace, help any way you can think of. Hopefully we can get this thing sold out and everyone will see great comedy and hear about TSOYA.

Patton Oswalt's Favorite Songs


Our pal Patton Oswalt is one of this week's Sound of Young America guests. He's long been a strong supporter of the show, and a couple years ago, he agreed to go on the radio with our pal Emily, play some of his favorite songs, and talk about them.

Here's an MP3 of the show. Warning: it's a bit big.

Playlist (though we didn't get to the last two)
1. Alarm Clocks - No Reason To Complain (2:12)
2. Amy Correa - Life Is Beautiful (3:30)
3. Comsat Angels - Eye Of The Lens (4:04)
4. Wilco - Heavy Metal Drummer (3:09)
5. Shocking Blue - Send Me A Postcard (2:39)
6. Downliners Sect, The - Why Don't You Smile Now (2:08)
7. Bangles - Following (3:21)
8. Los Shakers - Don't Ask Me Love (2:08)
9. My Favorite - Homeless Club Kids (5:09)
10. Holly Golightly - Candle Song (2:26)
11. Rufus Wainwright - Oh What A World (4:25)
12. Marvin Gaye - Yesterday (3:29)

The Sound of Young America Returns to Santa Cruz!


It's a big week for The Sound of Young America, friends... because we're returning to Santa Cruz!

The very good people at KUSP-FM are big fans of the show, and have decided to take a risk on an oddball, underdog, independent program that's produced out of somebody's living room. It's our first NPR-affiliated station, and will be our new "flagship." We'll be airing every Sunday at six, after Weekend All Things Considered.

And in related news, I wrote a cover story for the Metro Santa Cruz which will appear in the next issue. It'll run as "My Life As America’s Radio Sweetheart (The Santa Cruz Years)." Excerpts from my unpublished memoir :).

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