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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: The Nucular Option

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our first guest is Stanford University linguistics expert and frequent NPR contributer Geoffrey Nunberg. We talk to Geoffrey about his book Going Nucular and all sorts of heady linguistic things.

Then we talk with Michael Showalter, David Wain, and Michael Ian Black, members of the bizarre comic trio Stella - just before their Comedy Central program of the same name debuted.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 16: Vocal Projection

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe introduce a brand new, cutting-edge vocal technique. This is downright silly and ridiculous. Bonus: The "mark" sounds a lot like The Dude.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 17: Run Over My Hand.

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In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. Today, their humor is a cultural touchstone for artists as varied as Henry Rollins and The Upright Citizens Brigade.

These recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

This week, Coyle & Sharpe try to convince a man to run them over. It soon becomes clear that he'll have none of it.

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Podcast: Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: Mick Brown on Phil Spector

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Before he was an alleged murderer, Phil Spector was a mad genius of pop music. His productions, marked by a style known as "the wall of sound," bridged the gap between Elvis and The Beatles. His first hit song, "To Know Him is to Love Him" was as a performer, but he quickly transitioned into production, producing hit records for artists like Darlene Love and the Ronnettes. Even after his career crested in the early 60s, he produced seminal records for John Lennon and The Ramones. Mick Brown was the last journalist to interview the reclusive super-producer before the night in 2003 when he allegedly killed a young actress. His new book, "Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector," documents Spector's life.

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Kasper Hauser in LA Wednesday Night!

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If you live in the Southland, you owe it to yourself to catch the Kasper Hauser show tonight (Wednesday night) at the UCB Theater. They'll be presenting their epic "SkyMaul" show, adapted in part from the book of the same name, which you MAY have heard of if you spend any time reading this here blog.

KH will be performing with red-hot up and comers Hendershaw.

Show's at 8PM, tickets are only five bucks, reservations are available right here. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse, Go!: Ep. 33: Jordan and Gene

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Gene sits in for Jesse while he's camping in the mountains.

Introduction
Gene and Jordan talk about how unqualified they are to be running this week's podcast. One thing is made clear: This is sure to be the "drinkiest" JJGo ever.

Career Choices


Jordan and Gene discuss their dream jobs and backup plans.
Moving Pictures


This week on Jordan Went to the Movies: The Simpsons, The Ten, and a preview of the forthcoming Shoot 'Em Up. Bonus: More discussion of Live Free or Die Hard.
Pets, etc.


The urge to kill the easily killable, why babies and pets don't mix, the joys of unemployment, and Jordan's dad.
Baseball


This week's Forced Discussion of Current Events: Barry Bonds!

Zoo Animal Showdown!
Giraffe Vs. Capybara


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Penguin Vs. Python

Are Penguins played out? Is Python too promiscuous? Weigh in TODAY!
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Show Verdict: C-


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Podthoughts by Ian Brill: Watching the Directors

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In our regular feature Podthoughts, freelance journalist Ian Brill helps you navigate your way through the thousands of podcasts available on the internet.

One thing I enjoy setting up on my Netflix queue is to chronologically investigate a director’s oeuvre. I enjoy seeing how a director grows artistically and what themes are constant over his or her career. Joe and Melissa Johnson have a similar approach in their podcast Watching the Directors. Each show is dedicated to one director’s career. So far the hosts have done shows about Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino and Wes Anderson. There’s a lot of promise to the show but I don’t think it’s all it can be yet.

The first half of the show features interesting discussion about a director. They combine a history lesson with an artistic examination. For the show on Tarantino the hosts bring up the fact that the man behind Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill basically used his job as a video store clerk as film school. From there they note how Tarantino can take something you’ve seen in films before and reinstall a sense of impact to it. One topic that is brought up a lot is gender. The Scorsese shows asks is, since his films feel so masculine, a female lead allowed to be anything other than “one of the boys” to be a valid character. The hosts of the show actually note how the husband of the team is much more attracted to films with strong emotional elements while the wife is happy to watch Die Hard again.

My enthusiasm for the show deflates every time the hosts start with the lists. Besides the fact that I haven’t heard an episode where the “top ten” format is properly explained I find that the lists impede any penetrating analysis. The items go from too broad like favorite movie to silly like imagining what film you’d like to see the director remake. I enjoyed the lists used in Filmspotting because those were jumping off points into greater discussions. Also, they never outweighed their welcome, which is certainly the case for Watching the Directors.

The show wins me back when it ends on a review. Melissa’s reviews of Hannibal and The Departed were strong opinions put forth in a clear accesible way. If only the rest of the show was like that.

Podcast: The Lifesavas

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For the past 15 years, underground hip-hop trio The Lifesavas have blended smartly intricate rhymes with socially-conscious and self-aware lyrics. Hailing out of Portland, Oregon, The Lifesavas worked with many top names in the underground scene before finally releasing their first LP, Spirit in Stone, in 2003. Their new album is Gutterfly: The Original Soundtrack. Released in April of this year, the ambitious full-length is imagined as the soundtrack to a (non-existent) blaxploitation film.

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Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast Ep. 15: Fake-a-Wish

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This week: The California Youth Authority presents Fake-a-Wish Camp, for children who have faked illnesses in order to receive... "last time fun things."

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Tony Wilson

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Tony Wilson, who died last Friday, was one of the founders of Factory Records, and, as anyone who’s seen him portrayed so memorably by Steve Coogan in 24 Hour Party People knows, he was influential within the larger Manchester scene that also brought us The Buzzcocks, Joy Division, The Smiths, and countless other bands that helped define the sound (and business) of indie rock up through today.

Obituaries recalling Wilson's influence, passion, and peculiar attraction for insane money problems abound this week (BBC, Rolling Stone, Idolator), so I’ll just opt for sharing a few of the amazing bands he helped steer my happy way.


Joy Division - “Transmission” (1979)

New Order - “Ceremony” (1981)

New Order - “Blue Monday” (1983)

The Durutti Column - “Never Known” (1981)

Happy Mondays - “Step On” (1990)

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