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Podcast: Jamie Hewlett on The Gorillaz and Tank Girl

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Jamie Hewlett is the award-winning artist behind the world's most popular cartoon band, The Gorillaz. Before he created The Gorillaz with his then-flatmate Damon Albarn, he created the seminal punk-rock comic Tank Girl. The Gorillaz have just released a lavish "oral history" of the band called Gorillaz: Rise of the Ogre.

I talked with Jamie about how music has influenced his art, how Hollywood ruined Tank Girl, and why rock star Damon Albarn was sharing a flat in the first place.

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Podcast: Jeff Chang on Jay-Z

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Jeff Chang is the award-winning author of "Can't Stop, Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation," and a journalist for publications including The Nation, Mother Jones and Vibe. In the 1990s, he co-founded Solesides Records, which later became Quannum Projects.

In the January 22nd issue of The Nation, Chang wrote about Jay-Z. We talk with Jeff about Jigga's long career, his most recent album, and how his art fits into the larger context of the history of hip-hop.

In bonus audio (below), Jeff talks about "crack rap," a hip-hop sub-genre that's emerged in the past few years, focusing almost exclusively on drug dealing.

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Podcast: The Original Holiday Special

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This week, it's a classic Sound of Young America -- our original Holiday Special.

Hear John Waters, Christopher Moore, Davy Rothbart of Found Magazine and more on this show.

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Podcast: Holiday Special 2006

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It's the holidays, and that can mean only one thing: HOLIDAY SPECIAL!

On this year's holiday special, we talk with Paul Feig. He's not just the creator of Freaks & Geeks and author of two hilarious books, he's also the director of the new film "Unaccompanied Minors."

We also feature segments with Mike Birbiglia and Kasper Hauser. Also, comedy & music from H. Jon Benjamin, The Martian Children's Choir, Tom Lehrer, The Polyphonic Spree, Jonathan Coulton and more.

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Podcast: Your Brain on Music with Matmos and Daniel J. Levitin

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This week on The Sound of Young America, we explode your brain with the power of music and ideas.

Our first guest, Daniel J. Levitin, is the author of "This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of Human Obsession." Levitin a former record producer, who today is a neuroscientist studying the relationship between the brain and music.

Then we speak with the electronic music duo Matmos. Their new album, "The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast," presents ten biographical sketches of historical figures they admire. The music itself is composed of sounds related to the figures, including a cow's reproductive system played in the manner of a bagpipe.

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Podcast: Wonder

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This week on The Sound of Young America, we rediscover our sense of wonder.

Lawrence Weschler spent over 20 years writing for The New Yorker, often profiling the sorts of empassioned eccentrics who change the world. His new book, "Everything That Rises: A Book of Convergences," examines the surprising overlaps in the world, and particularly in visual culture, as well as the meaning of those overlaps. (Seen to the left: Rembrandt's "The Anatomy Lesson" and Freddy Alborta's "The Death of Che")

Michael Ivins is the bassist (and more) of The Flaming Lips, a remarkable rock band who are perhaps more popular today than at any other point in their 20+ year history. Their sonic experimentation and melancholic comic touch are well known in the indie rock world, and so are their wild stage shows, which often include people in rabbit suits and members of the band rolling over the crowd in a giant hamster ball.

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Podcast: Chuck Klosterman and Dave Foley

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This week on The Sound of Young America: two guys I've always wanted to have on the show.

Chuck Klosterman is one of America's funniest and most perceptive writers on popular culture. His best-selling books "Fargo Rock City," "Sex, Drugs and Cocoa Puffs," and most recently "Killing Yourself to Live" are favorites for hipsters across the nation. We talk with Chuck about what rock journalism means to him, and how he deals with being a grown-up who cares about music like an 18-year-old.

Dave Foley is one of our finest comic actors. He co-founded the Kids in the Hall, whose television show re-introduced weirdness into the world of sketch comedy. Shortly thereafter, he landed the lead role in Newsradio, one of the finest sitcoms of the 1990s. Lately, he's made a living hosting a celebrity poker show as well as acting and writing. Believe it or not, he's a Sound of Young America listener.

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Podcast: Foundstravaganza

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This week on The Sound of Young America, a visit with one old pal and one new pal from Found Magazine.

First we talk with Found co-editor Jason Bitner. Jason is the editor-cum-curator of the book "LaPorte, Indiana." The book is mesmerizing -- a compendium of portraits found in the back room of a diner in the eponymous town. Some are hilarious, some touching, all amazing. We talk with Jason about how he found and chose the photos in this remarkable book.

Davy Rothbart is the editor ("Point Guard") of the magazine. He talks about travelling the country on the Found tour bus, and shares a bunch of great finds. One is from a few small kids, who've started an adventure club. Another is a partnership agreement between some investors in a cafe -- which includes a clause dealing with metal hands.

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Podcast: What's Wrong with America

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This week's Sound of Young America is all about what's wrong with this country. And maybe a little about what could be right.

Our first guest is Henry Owings. Henry's the creator of Chunklet Magazine, and the editor of Chunklet's new book, "The Overrated Book." He talks with us about where he finds enough darkness in his heart to oversee the composition of an entire book about things that are overrated -- and to make a list of 1000 overrated things. Contributors to the book include Brian Posehn, Bob Odenkirk, and Neal Pollack.

We also talk with George Saunders. Saunders has published a number of critically acclaimed books, including "CivilWarLand in Bad Decline" and his most recent, "In Persuasion Nation." George talks about his education as a geophysicist, the stigma of humor in literature, and much more.

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A few suggested links:
George Saunders Land (exhaustive Saunders fansite)
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George Saunders on This American Life, reading "Offloading for Mrs. Schwartz"
George Saunders on This American Life, reading "The 400 Pound CEO"

Podcast: Digital and Analog

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This week's Sound of Young America broadcast looks at the future of media -- and at its past.

Mark Frauenfelder and Xeni Jardin are two of the c0-editors of Boing-Boing.net, one of the world's most popular blogs. Frauenfelder started Boing Boing as a print zine in 1988, and grew to a website in the mid-90s, and a blog a few years later. Today, it attracts 1.75 million visitors every day. Topics covered range from futurism and cyber culture to ukeleles and the just plan weird and fascinating. We talk with Mark and Xeni about the history of Boing Boing, internet culture, and how blogs are changing the world of media, and changing themselves as time marches on.

We also talk with John Vanderslice. Vanderslice is a recording artist, as well as a record producer and the owner of Tiny Telephone Recording in San Francisco, one of the last all-analog studios in the United States. He started his career as a member of MK Ultra, before becoming a solo artist. His most recent record "Pixel Revolt," is a dense, literary journey in song. He's also produced records by the Mountain Goats and Spoon. We talk with John about why he still cuts tape in the studio, and about his remarkable songs. Don't miss the bonus interview and MP3 downloads below.

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Bonus Interview
Kevin Kelly on the Future of Books

Kevin Kelly is the "Senior Maverick" at Wired Magazine, as well as the editor of the blog Cool Tools. We talk with Kevin about the future of books in a digital world, from scanning projects going on around the globe to the copyright issues that are currently in court. His recent cover story on the subject ran in the New York Times Magazine.

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Bonus Interview
John Vanderslice on Producing

John tells us about his production work with artists like John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats.

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Music Downloads
John Vanderslice - "Exodus Damage"
John Vanderslice - "Trance Manual"
Also heard: "Angela"
(all from "Pixel Revolt")

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