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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Ishmael Butler, Allison Janney & Michel Gondry

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Ishmael Butler
Guests: 
Allison Janney
Guests: 
Michel Gondry
Guests: 
Todd Martens

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Ishmael Butler on the Short Life of Digable Planets and the Cosmic Hip Hop of Shabazz Palaces

In the early 1990s, the hip hop group Digable Planets broke through with their single "Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)". The single was jazzy and laid-back, and became a crossover hit. The trio were pegged by some as a counterpoint to gangsta rap, but they didn't love the efforts to categorize their sound. They went further on their next boundary-pushing release, the classic record Blowout Comb. The album was critically acclaimed, but didn't sell well, and the group drifted apart shortly afterward.

Founding member Ishmael Butler was only in his mid 20s when Digable Planets broke up. And so he tried other things, like filmmaking. He still made music, but the releases were few and far between. About five years ago, he teamed up with Tendai Maraire to form a new group called Shabazz Palaces.

Shabazz Palaces' new release is called Lese Majesty, and it expands on their interstellar sound.

Butler spoke to us about his days as a indie label gopher, the awkward audition Digable Planets had to endure for a record company executive, and the the transformative sounds of Shabazz Palaces.

Todd Martens Recommends Pop-Punk and Garage Rock: the Muffs and Twin Peaks

Is there still good pop-punk out there? What's the musical equivalent of a drunk text? Music critic Todd Martens of the Los Angeles Times stops by to answer both of those questions!

He recommends a listen to two new albums: the Muffs' first release in ten years, Whoop Dee Doo, and a new record from Chicago garage rockers Twin Peaks called Wild Onion.

You can find Todd's writing in the LA Times and on their blog, Pop and Hiss.


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"The Song That Changed my Life": Director Michel Gondry Gets Nostalgic for "Le Sud" by Nico Ferrer

There's a certain kind of feeling to the director Michel Gondry's films. A little bit of happiness mixed with sadness. Nostalgia for something that you experienced, or maybe something you wish you had experienced. You may have felt it watching Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep, or his new film Mood Indigo.

For "The Song That Changed My Life", Gondry describes the feeling of saudade and how he felt watching Nico Ferrer perform the song "Le Sud" on a Saturday night.

Gondry's new film Mood Indigo is a fantastical story of love and loss, starring Audrey Tatou and Romain Duris. You can find it in theaters now.

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Allison Janney, from Loose Cannon Sitcom 'Mom' to Intimate Drama in 'Masters of Sex'

If you've seen Allison Janney on television lately, it's been in one of two very different roles. On the Showtime series Masters of Sex, Janney guest stars as a somewhat naive, vulnerable 1950s housewife who experiences a breakthrough after many years in a sexless (but not loveless) marriage. Her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. In the CBS sitcom Mom, she plays Bonnie, a recovering alcoholic who's outrageous, biting, and very funny. Bonnie's been down, but she's making peace with her estranged daughter and getting her life back together. Janney's characterizations are versatile; they allow her to be warm, steely, confident, and thin-skinned by turns. Janney is currently nominated for Emmys for both roles; 'Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama' for Masters of Sex, and 'Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy' for Mom.

She spoke to us about her early acting days (including auditioning for an intimidatingly handsome Paul Newman), getting comfortable with the inevitable nude scenes for Masters of Sex, and the ways that her mom's background and brother's struggle with addiction gave her insight and empathy for her current roles.

The Outshot: Orson Welles and 'Touch of Evil'

Jesse explains why the last Hollywood picture Orson Welles directed, Touch of Evil, tells us so much about Welles as an artist.

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Stop Podcasting Yourself 334 - Phil Hanley

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Phil Hanley returns to talk prison tattoos, morning show dancers, and apartment hunting.

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My Brother, My Brother and Me 213: Flavorizer Overload

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Throw on a pot of gumbo and crank up the Flavorizers, because this episode came to play.

Suggested talking points: Drumgate, Auntie Lame, Pee Dance, Roommate Auction, Squirt Magic Squirt, Comic Retirement, Dilbertverse, The Jimmy Buffett Criterion Collection, My Perfect Dakota, Apology Date, Air Taster

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Jordan, Jesse, Go! Episode 337: Whippit Santa with Alex Blagg

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Alex Blagg

Writer and producer Alex Blagg joins Jordan and Jesse for a discussion of the Anal August holiday season, Jesse's new car purchase and Jordan's preparation for Burning Man.

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The World of Spike Lee | EP#24

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The Goosedown

In celebration of Spike Lee's 25th anniversary of Do The Right Thing, Kim & Jasper discuss their favorite characters from the directors filmography.

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Wham Bam Pow Ep. 63 - Lucy

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Show: 
Wham Bam Pow

This week, Rhea and Ricky deconstruct Lucy -- apparently the larger the percentage of your brain you use, the less interesting you become as a character! Plus the hilarious and charming Nathan Rabin of The Dissolve stops by to share the Movie That Made Him, and Rhea and Ricky go head to head regarding the possibility of a Ghostbusters III.

Be sure to check out Nathan's writing at The Dissolve! Here's his piece on Magnolia, which we're all completely jazzed about.

Next week, we will be watching Guardians of the Galaxy, which is in theaters now.

Follow us on Twitter! Cameron is @cameronesposito, Rhea is @rheabutcher and Ricky is @rickycarmona. Discuss the show using the hashtag #WhamBamPow!

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One Bad Mother Episode 67: Even Children Get Older, plus guest Toni Hammer

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Show: 
One Bad Mother
Guests: 
Toni Hammer

Biz and Theresa talk about our eldest kids' birthday parties, what constitutes a momentous age, and how, when kids age, it means parents age! NOOOOOO!!!! Plus, the Universe reminds Theresa she can’t go anywhere…ever, and must be tethered to her baby at all times. Biz moves Ellis into his own room but keeps the emotional baggage with her. Toni Hammer of the blog Is It Bedtime Yet, Stories From a Mom Who Never Wanted the Job joins us to tell us how well people respond to the idea that she didn’t plan on being a mom. (Obviously, everyone is super understanding.)

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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

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One Bad Mother Episode 67: Even Children Get Older, plus guest Toni Hammer

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Biz and Theresa talk about our eldest kids' birthday parties, what constitutes a momentous age, and how, when kids age, it means parents age! NOOOOOO!!!! Plus, the Universe reminds Theresa she can’t go anywhere…ever, and must be tethered to her baby at all times. Biz moves Ellis into his own room but keeps the emotional baggage with her. Toni Hammer of the blog Is It Bedtime Yet, Stories From a Mom Who Never Wanted the Job joins us to tell us how well people respond to the idea that she didn’t plan on being a mom. (Obviously, everyone is super understanding.)

Toni on Twitter @realtonihammer

Toni Online http://www.tonihammer.com

Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amran, Hot Jams For Teens (www.adiraamram.com, available on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

TS148: Nevada City, Homophones, Nicki Minaj's Butt, Burning Man

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Throwing Shade

First and most importantly, Erin went to a place called Nevada City. Less importantly, a man was fired from his job for using the word "homophone" on Facebook and Nicki Minaj is making people upset for the cover art on her new song "Anaconda" because she shows her buns, hun. Get ready for the two worst Nicki Minaj impressions ever.
 

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John Hodgman Live at the Rex Theater

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Date: 
10/23/2014 - 20:00
City: 
Pittsburgh PA
Venue Name: 
Rex Theater

John Hodgman Stars as Famous American Humorist John Hodgman in John Hodgman: TONIGHT. Mr. Hodgman presents an hour or more of all new comedy and also apologizes for predicting that the world will end in 2012.

The Rex Theater
1602 E Carson St
Pittsburgh PA 15203

21+ / Doors at 7pm / $25

For tickets and more information, click here!

Please note: this is not a live Judge John Hodgman performance.

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