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Heat Rocks EP81: Bhi Bhiman on Sly and the Family Stone's "Stand!" (1969)

Heat Rocks
Bhi Bhiman

The Album: Sly and the Family Stone: Stand! (1969)
When San Francisco’s Sylvester Stewart and his Family Stone released Stand! in the spring of the 1969, it further cemented the group’s reputation as the definitive pop act of the era, whose multiracial makeup mirrored the band’s multi-musical fluency in rock, pop, soul and funk. They captured the post-summer of love optimism of the times in songs like “Everyday People” and “You Can Make It If You Try” and though those good times wouldn’t last in the years to follow, for that brief, shining moment, Stand! thrust Sly and the Family Stone into the spotlight as avatars for a national feeling of possibility and positivity. Can it be it was all so simple then? 
Stand! was the pick of guest Bhi Bhiman, the singer/songwriter from Los Angeles (by way of St. Louis). Armed with an eclectic set of influences, Bhiman's dabbled in everything from songwriting with The Coup's Boots Riley to collaborating with comedian Keegan-Michael Key to releasing his most recent album, 2019's Peace of Mind, as a podcast. Together, we discuss how Stand! reflected the soon-to-be-dashed optimism of its time, how the Family Stone doesn't get enough credit for Sly's sound and ponder how Ike and Tina Turner managed to rip off "Sing a Simple Song" without catching heat. 
More on Bhi Bhiman

More on Stand!

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Stand! unless indicated otherwise):

  • Soul Clappin' II
  • Jimi Hendrix: We Gotta Live Together
  • Sing A Simple Song
  • Stand!
  • Tremaine Hawkins: Change
  • Stand!
  • Sex Machine
  • Don't Call Me N****, Whitey
  • Sing A Simple Song
  • You Can Make It If You Try
  • Bold Soul Sister
  • Everyday People
  • I Want To Take You Higher

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2019 MaxFunCon Scholarship!


Hi friends! We are so excited to announce that we have one scholarship available for MaxFunCon 2019! Thank you so much to all of the generous attendees who contributed to the scholarship fund and made this possible!

The scholarship will be awarded to one individual who has a strong desire to attend MaxFunCon but is financially unable to do so. It will cover the cost of your MaxFunCon ticket, accommodations, food, drink, and activities -- but it will not cover airfare or travel to and from the event.

In order to apply for this scholarship, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • You have significant financial need. Specifically, it would be difficult or impossible for you to attend MaxFunCon if you did not receive a scholarship.
  • You will be able to participate in the entire weekend-long conference. MaxFunCon begins at 4 PM on Friday, June 7 and ends at 1 PM on Sunday, June 9.
  • You are able to arrange your own transportation to and from Lake Arrowhead, CA to attend MaxFunCon.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, please send a short essay telling us a bit about yourself and explaining why you want to go to MaxFunCon. In particular, please describe your creative aspirations and how attending MaxFunCon might help you with your future projects. Application instructions are as follows:

  • Please fill out and submit this google form to provide your name, contact info, and the short essay.
  • The essay must be no longer than 1500 characters. Essays longer than 1500 characters will not be read or considered.

Creativity is always appreciated, but please make sure your essay conforms to all the requirements outlined above in order to be considered.

The deadline for scholarship applications is MONDAY, APRIL 22.

We hope to select and notify the recipient no later than FRIDAY, MAY 3.

Thank you again to all the wonderful MaxFunCon attendees who contributed to the Scholarship Fund! And good luck to all applicants!

Still Buffering: How to Operation Blue Ivy

Still Buffering

Well, our sisters have returned on no day other than National Sibling Day! To celebrate, we're talking about the hippest of controversies happening with teens today: Operation Blue Ivy...or Blue Varsity? Varsity Ivy???

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Music: "Baby You Change Your Mind" by Nouvellas

#215 - Best Competitive Reality Show with Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy

Griffin McElroy joins us to discuss the titans of the industry and the plucky upstarts and the "good lord what were they thinking?" experiments gone awry.
Need more McElroy in your life? Of course you do. See them on tour this year!



Hello Internet! This week we're talking about BABYSITTING! Enjoy and be sure to share! 

Wonderful! 79: The Gooshy Carpet Incident


Griffin's favorite geological feature! Rachel's favorite pre-school study! Griffin's favorite tunes to vibe out to! Rachel's favorite admission!

Music: "Money Won't Pay" by bo en and Augustus -

Judge John Hodgman Episode 410: Life Hacks With Judge John Hodgman


Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about theater worthy movies, snow plowing, traveling while sick, wearing high school letter jackets as an adult, and bed times! Plus a letter in response to a previous docket case on sock folding.


Here's a photo of Steph's sock technique:



Dr. Gameshow Ep 4: Beanception w/ Peter Grosz

Dr. Gameshow Ep 4 w/ Peter Grosz
Dr. Gameshow
Peter Grosz

Peter Grosz (The President Show, Veep) joins hosts Jo Firestone & Manolo Moreno to play listener-created games with callers!

Games played: Mascot or Demon, Hipster Ice Cream Shoppe, and Encino Manolo

Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 579: I'm Not Listening with Emily Heller

Emily Heller
Alan the Dog

Emily Heller (Ice Thickeners, Baby Geniuses) and her dog Alan join Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the tedious training exercises that Emily is running through to help with Alan's separation anxiety and the catchphrase it has birthed, everyone's preferred snack from the Costco menu, and Emily's new stand up special, Ice Thickeners, which is available for free on Youtube! Plus, we introduce a new competition in our quest to figure out the JJGo audience.

Have you ever worn a costume on a non-Halloween date? Have you ever been on an elephant? Let us know -- 206-984-4FUN OR (Please pick one!)

CIPYD 185: Dog Taxes and Alison Agosti

Alison Agosti

Well hello there!
This week we've got a spectacular episode for ya! Renee met a dog petter who will drop anything to pet a good pup. We've got some possible suggestions for dog based tax write offs (Reminder - We are not accountants)! Plus, the very funny Alison Agosti (Brooklyn 99, Late Nite with Seth Meyers) joins us to talk all about her sweet pup!

Squeeze a shaggy dog and tune in!

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