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Two weeks in a row.


Why are Saturdays so crazy on my street? Last week, a big fat rapper is shooting a video. This week, a skinny 12-year-old black kid is riding around on a horse. What is this place?

Podcast: The College Years: Crime and Punishment


Some amazing tales this week. Jordan talks about getting put in Disneyland jail for using a bubble pipe. Gene talks about trying to convince an authority figure that he was holding something other than what was quite obviously a beer. Jesse talks about the time his mother got arrested for robbing a bank. Plus Vanessa sits in, and we hear from the Evil Computer Bent on World Destruction.

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We're huge in British Columbia.


Matthew Mallon has a great little piece on the show, and specifically our George Saunders interview, on the Tyee Books weblog. It includes a transcription of Saunders' fascinating comments on the secret of eternal youth.

Attention LA Metalheads: Brian Posehn Needs You


From Brian Posehn:

I'm shooting a video for my song METAL BY NUMBERS and need headbangers for the moshpit scene. We're shooting this Saturday, June 17 in LA. Darren Doane(Deftones, Shadows Fall) is directing, it's gonna be funny and metal and all you have to do is DRESS METAL(black, cammo, whatever metal means to you) and run around in an old school circle pit. Please come help me out. All types/ages of metalheads welcome. I want old school heshers next to the penny picking metalcore kids. Don't contact me, please contact Jeremy in production at or

Thanks in advance and horns up, Brian

AZ: Modest Proposal Meets Garage Comedy


Here's another one for those of you who want more non-NY/LA comedy show announcements. Garage Comedy is a charming LA comedy show that features everything but traditional standup. Modest Proposal are the guys behind Modest Proposal Magazine, a great comedy fanzine. Lots of good people on the bill, should be worth every penny of the $5.

Tina Fey's "30 Rock": Redux


More evidence that it may actually be pretty darn good.

Previously: 30 Rock: From A Hopeful Skeptic to a Hopeful Hopeful

(special note on that old post: I realized that's not Mike White, that's a guy who does a lot of improv at the UCBT in New York. Don't know his name, but he is HILARIOUS.)

Devin the Dude in Mass Appeal


Devin the Dude is my favorite rapper. I've never heard someone who's more true to himself on record -- I feel about him the way some people feel about Tupac. He's got an easy charm, and almost all of his songs are about either girls or weed, and none of them are mean.

Listener X Amount sends us a link to a great interview with Devin in Mass Appeal. He talks about being with his wife for 14 years, and about his game:

What's your game like? How do you approach women?

Back in the day, of course.
Back in the day, I was a smooth mo'fucka! [Hyena laughter.] I'd try to be kind hearted and honest without being a pushover.

Where did you get your game?
Dolemite! My uncle Terry used to have me tag along with him, serenade his girlfriends and shit. They'd have me sing Shalamar songs, just smile and hug me, big kiss. I was like, I get more of this if I sing? Dang.

Even better, he speaks on his record collection:

What would most surprise people in your stacks?
Paul Simon. All of Paul's shit is cool to me; his voice is just so smooth, just like James Taylor. My favorite music is probably '70s light rock.



I love Ask Metafilter: Planning a Parade


Want to help a guy plan a parade? He needs somewhere to put the beauty queen. Link

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