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Has it all been done before?


Alan Leeds was a longtime tour manager for artists like James Brown and Prince. His brother, Eric, was a key part of Prince's band on saxaphone, and still plays with Prince from time to time today. Anyway, Alan has a fascinating blog on MySpace, full of great stories about life on the road with James and so on (he's the white guy above), but I found a recent entry particularly fascinating. Here's an excerpt:

"Of course I'm humbled that young generations can be fascinated by us children of the 60's and 70's - we who took part in, or at least witnessed that which shaped much of what life is today. It's reassuring to see young folks study Malcolm, remember Kent State and listen to more Marvin and Marley than Usher and Fiddy. BUT here's the rub. One reason there's no Malcolm or Marvin today is that nobody will put down their Blackberry, Ipod, DVDs....or even vinyl collection(!)...long enough to take the risk to go OUT THERE and BE that!"

The full post is an interesting stew of ideas. He says the young people of the 60s and 70s weren't all they were cracked up to be... and he shows an obvious respect for hip hop... but at the same time, he feels like to some extent, it's all been done before.

Here's the link. Something to consider.

Podcast: Two Sides of a Coin


This week on The Sound of Young America: two great New York comedians.

Dave Attell is a legendarily blue standup, but he's just as respected in "alternative" circles as mainstream ones. His charmingly low-key show "Insomniac" made him famous among third-shifters and college students, but he talks with us about why he pulled the plug when it was just beginning to take off.

Michael Showalter has been a member of The State and Stella, and is currently on a national tour as a solo performer. He also wrote and directed the feature film The Baxter, and co-wrote and starred in the cult classic Wet Hot American Summer. He talks about, among other things, the relationship between comedy and semiotics.

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Howard Cosell Interviews David Letterman



Letterman to Cosell: "You're goofy."

SF Sketchfest is seeking applications


If you or someone you know is in a sketch comedy group, SF Sketchfest has issued a call for entries. I've worked with the Sketchfest the past few years, and I think it's the best-run operation in the country. You'll get paid, have great audiences, and meet cool people. The festival is in January.

SF Sketchfest seeks sketch comedy groups, solo sketch/character performers, one-person shows, improv groups, short sketchy plays, alternative comedy acts, musical comedy acts and stand-up comedians for the Sixth Annual SF Sketchfest.
To download a printable application, please visit the offical festival website at

One Heart Press in San Francisco


Just wanted to thank Sound of Young America listener Chad from One Heart Press in San Francisco. When he heard I was moving to LA, he emailed and offered to print me some business cards. I had been putting off getting them printed -- they can be expensive. I couldn't believe it when Chad offered to do them for free, because he loves the show.

One Heart does really beautiful high-end printing -- wedding invitations, custom books and the like. What an honor! Thanks Chad! Take a look at their website, and check out the stunningly lovely pieces they make. I bet if you called and told him you heard about One Heart here, he'd give you a discount.

Conan O'Brien on Charlie Rose


It's free here, on Google Video. A full hour.

Couldn't someone at PBS get up off of a couple grand to get rid of that cable access theme music?

"Thirteen hours ago, I was a different person."


The New York Post reviewed Season Four of The Wire, which HBO has provided in it's entirety to reviewers (where's my copy, HBO? Let's do this thing.)

"The shows are so powerful - so well-written, acted, filmed and edited - that the experience of watching them has left me a complete wreck.

I am so blown away by this show that I will go out on a limb here to declare that these 13 episodes just might comprise the single finest piece of work ever produced for American TV."


Scott Aukerman as "William Perth"


A great audio clip: Scott Aukerman on the airwaves of ClearChannel's Indie 103.1 in Los Angeles as entertainment expert William Perth, offering his analysis of The Emmys. Great stuff. Scott was a writer on Mr. Show and is the co-creator of Comedy Death Ray in Los Angeles -- you may remember him from this Sound of Young America episode.


Kelly Wallace's Art Blog


Sound of Young America listener Kelly Wallace, who sent us this wonderful painting, taken from the intro to our Python footage, has started a blog. It chronicles her effort to paint every day.

My Life as America's Radio Sweetheart


Here it is... my first ever published anything. Like ever, including high school newspaper-type stuff. They asked for it, and two days later, I turned it in.

"My Life as America's Radio Sweetheart: On the cusp of his move to KUSP, 'The Sound of Young America''s dearly beloved radio host reveals all" in this week's Metro Santa Cruz. I hope you enjoy it, but more importantly, I hope that it makes me rich and succesful beyond my wildest dreams.

Here's the introduction:

I was born in 1981. In 1982, I began composing my memoirs, with the able assistance of Presidential Historian, Pulitzer Prize Winner and Accused Plagiarist Doris Kearns Goodwin. Today, nearly a quarter-century later, I've created a 12,000-page tome that I think sums up the first 25 years of my amazing and inspiring life. I hope the book, when it appears, will help historians of the future understand my impact upon not only our nation but upon our world.

I'm currently in talks with a number of (largely imagined) publishers, but in the meantime, I thought I'd share a few excerpts from the larger text, which focus on my time in my adopted hometown of Santa Cruz. I expect these entertaining tales will cement my legacy as a Great Santa Cruzan, alongside other legendary locals like the guy from Survivor and the guy that decided to put a fiberglass caveman on the sky-tram at the Boardwalk.

Read the rest at the Metro website

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