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Keep It Up: Dick Van Dyke

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Lovable wit, irrascible charmer: Dick Van Dyke. KEEP IT UP, DICK VAN DYKE!

Keep It Up: Carrot Juice

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My girlfriend says it's good for me, but how is that possible when it is so delicious? And now I can get it at Costco? KEEP IT UP, CARROT JUICE: THE SODA OF HEALTHY DRINKS.

Lebowskifest: Austin

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The good folks at Lebowskifest, the wonderful festival dedicated to "The Big Lebowski," have announced their first-ever Fest in Austin, Texas, which I understand is a very hip town. Tickets go on sale March 15th. They just finished their LA Fest, and the original Fest in Louisville is in September. Truly these are men who believe in something.

Hear the founders of LebowskiFest on The Sound of Young America

Indie Rockapella

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Sound of Young America listener Nathan Smart wears a lot of hats, but one of the most, uhm, interesting is as the sole proprietor of an outfit called "Indie Rockapella."

Nathan, who has little discernable musical talent, plays MP3s of indie rock tunes into his headphones, then vocalizes each track, one by one. Bass... drums... lead vocals... and so on. At the end, he has a bizarre amalgam of hit indie rock tune and outsider art piece.

Nathan recorded a version of our theme song (MP3 Link), "Maximum Fun," (originally written by Dan Grayson and myself). It is ugly and beautiful at the same time.

If you visit the website of Indie Rockapella, you can hear him singing other tunes: Sufjan Stevens and so forth.

Kudos to Nathan, for following his dreams!

You can also listen to our original version of the theme, at it's full length, or read Nathan's interview with me about video games on his blog Ironic Gamer.

Shoelaces and The New Sincerity

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Figuring out and cataloging 16 ways to tie shoelaces is very New Sincerity.

Randy Newman Live in 1977

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Get it while it's hot, folks.

Watch for a Randy Newman appreciation post sometime soon.

Behind the Scenes of "Lucky Louie"

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A few weeks ago on the show, we interviewed Louis CK, the standup-comic and creator of the upcoming HBO series "Lucky Louie."

Some enterprising folks from ASpecialThing.com have tracked down this 12-minute "behind the scenes" short about the show. Louis talked a lot on The Sound about getting back to the roots of the sitcom -- you can see what he's talking about here.

I watched "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" last night, and he made an offhand comment about the contrast between the establishing shots of "The Cosby Show" and "Good Times." You can feel the influence of the 1970s studio-audience sitcom, the legacy of Norman Lear, in this short clip. I've got high hopes for Louie's show.

New Sincerity Classics

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Here are some things that are totally New Sincerity, and don't you forget it...

Best Friends

High Fives

Lemonade Stands

Ron Popeil

Forts

Catapults & Trebuchets

Forty Water Banned in Visalia?

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Mike Osuegeda of the Fresno Bee exposes the Visalia Police Departments (succesful) efforts to prevent E-40 from performing a charity concert there. Luckily the Fresno Convention Center stepped in to help.

This is 2006... we're still dealing with this anti-rap-concert BS? Gimme a break.

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