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Swamp Dogg Totally Destroys Your Mind: Live

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I was talking to Swamp Dogg on the phone today... seeing if he might be able to perform at a certain event that may be in the works (no comment). Looks like details may preclude a liver performance, but he mentioned to me in passing that he had a full live show on the internet. Not only is that true, but it is GREAT!

Here it is -- Swamp Dogg live in Europe.

You're not up on the Dogg, you say? Well, here's a post on him from a year ago. That one's got some great downloads from Swamp's first couple records. You can also check out our interview with Swamp Dogg -- which was now (I can hardly believe it) five years ago.

Welcome Your Guest Bloggers

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I'm headed out of town on Wednesday, so I certainly won't be doing any blogging from Wednesday through Sunday, and will be working my butt off and unlikely to blog today and tommorow.

Luckily for you, you won't have to forgo your regular awesomeness installments, because we have two awesome GUEST BLOGGERS to tide you over: Joe Garden and Nick Adams.

Joe Garden is the features editor at The Onion. He's been on the show a couple of times, once talking about The Onion, and once talking about his campaign to replace Conan O'Brien in 2008.

Nick Adams has also been a guest on the show. He's a comedian and TV writer here in LA, and the author of the book "Making Friends with Black People."

So, please welcome Nick and Joe!

Teapot

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Podcast: The College Years: Guys in Their Underwear

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every week as we post a new program or two from our salad days.

This week's dip in the archival river of The Sound of Young America makes you come up with leeches in the form of guys in their underwear. First, the guys talk to the mysterious Inspector #14 of underwear-inspecting fame. After, legendary soul singer Swamp Dogg talks about being a cult artist, his transformation into Swamp Dogg and why his liner notes were so great. Also, some of his hard-to-find, great music is played and discussed.

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Happy Birthday Stevie!

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57 today!

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 23: You're the reason that daddy left.

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In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we discuss vacations and more.

Introduction
Jesse and Jordan are kick-starting summer at the beach! Rutger Hauer called in sick, so please send us a get well card or picture for him. Also: Jordan's slang update.
Eros
Jesse and Jordan discuss the bumper sticker that listener SmartBunny designed. Jordan is concerned that everything devolves into eroticism.
Short Hair, Long Hair
A surprisingly emotional discussion of long and short hair.

Movies and So On

Jesse saw The TV Set, and really enjoyed it. Jordan saw Spiderman 3. Also, a listener calls in with a harrowing tale.
Pledge Break
May first through fifteenth is the MaxFun Drive. Donate.
Drinking Game

The final game is here on the forum. We want you to host one and report back.

Lyme Disease

A listener calls in because he thinks he might have Lyme disease. Turns out he totally does.

Outro

We hear a few more big moments calls.

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"Yr Polish Uncle" by The Reid Paley Trio from Approximate Hellhound

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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

Good times!

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As you can see, Jordan Morris, "Boy Detective," met Nathan Fillion, hero to nerds everywhere.

A commenter asked for the story, and Jordan is standing right behind me, so here's the story:

"For my job we went to do a behind the scenes segment on Fillion's now-cancelled (right?) show Drive. I was a huge fan and as nervous about meeting him as I have been about anyone. He's a star through and through. Funny, warm, everything you'd want a star should be. Hopefully this man becomes more famous."

Lil Mama "Lip Gloss"

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It's Poppin!

I like the part where she goes, "It's probably the reason all these boys got cruuuuushhhhhhhhhes." Rap music is a great venue for silly shit like this.

Jonathan Coulton is Artist 2.0!

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Our top quality #1 pal Jonathan Coulton has made the newspaper of record -- check out this great piece about him in the New York Times Magazine!

Betty Davis is ready to rip you a new one.

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Pitchfork is reporting that Light in the Attic Records will be re-issuing the discography of the great funkstress Betty Davis. I couldn't be more excited.

Davis's sound was almost definitional of funk -- with the Sly Stone rhythm section behind her, she pushed the limits of the outrageousness of Parliament-style funk while grounding the whole affair with raw, immediate vocal performances. It's something amazing to hear.

Here's a song from one of the records that's going to be re-released - Nasty Gal.

Betty Davis - F.U.N.K.

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