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You're Gonna Miss Me

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Nick Adams here.

Way back when, I shouted out my friend Keven McAlester's documentary, You're Gonna Miss Me over on my site. The film was a hit on the festival circuit and was nominated for a Film Independent Spirit Award. Finally the folks at Palm Pictures stepped in to give the movie the distribution it deserves. The movie details the rise and fall of psychedelic rock trailblazer Roky Erickson and his decades long battle with drug addiction and mental illness. Fun for the whole family!

Bonus video!
Just to show you what kind of a bad ass performer Erickson was before things went haywire, here's a clip of The 13th Floor Elevators performing on the show Where the Action Is in 1966.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe Ep. 8: Elongated Head

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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 discuss the merits and difficulties of having an extremely elongated head. The head is elongated through the power of science, and is desirable for social reasons.

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Podcast: Bob Odenkirk

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Bob Odenkirk has written for Saturday Night Live, and won an Emmy for his writing on The Ben Stiller Show. He co-created and starred in the sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David, and directed the films Melvin Goes to Dinner and Let's Go To Prison. He also directed the upcoming film The Brothers Solomon, which was written by and stars SNL's Will Forte, alongside Kristen Wiig and Will Arnett.

Odenkirk's latest project is "Derek and Simon," a series of shorts featuring comedians Derek Waters and Simon Helberg on Super Deluxe. Their casual, conversational tone is pierced by sometimes outrageous premises. Below is the first episode.

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A final pledge drive thanks.

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Wow, this pledge drive really exceeded my expectations, and I thank you so much for your support.

Here are some more folks that gave:
Carol M, Jacoy Y, Matthew H, Ellen S, Patrick M, Aniruddah C, Matthew F, Ian M, Jeff, Emily T, Tim H, Marcia L, Eric F, Patricia R, Andrea K, Michelle B, Michael M, Steven C, Kon S, Roy B, Brian D, Guy W, Andrew K, ACCPicks, Anders O, Kyle B, Steven I, Chris W, Ben E, Michelle K, The Burnside Review, John R, Nate H, Kathi G, Matt B, Amy R, Rick P, John P, Bryan E, Scott M, Bryce B, Margaret C, Adam B, LW, Mark I, Ron D, Megan B, Adam S, Harold C, Jeffrey T, Fred C, Matt B, Jason S, Josh A, Jeffrey G, David B, Katie W, Ted H, Paras M, Brian G, Simon F, Paul L, Jude L, Matt M, Brian D, Patrick K, Lance G, Gary B, Brenton F, John Day, Ian B, Jeremy Q, Andy Harwood, Emily H, Adam H, Jason H, Elisabeth R, M Jeffrey B, James O, Brian G, and Ann B.

I tried really hard not to miss anybody, but I was doing this by hand, so if I messed up and left you out -- thanks to you, too.

And of course, thanks to the folks who've been giving for months before this. All of you, your support has been really essential, and I thank you.

So Three Disparate Musicians Walk Into An Exclusive Upper West Side Condo...

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So Bono, Billy ("The Stroke") Squier and Mitch (Sing Along With Mitch) Miller all live in the same building in New York. And they're all upset about smoke. This really is the best of all possible worlds.

Shrek 3 is coming!

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Have you heard about this great family film? If it weren't for Tim & Eric, I might have missed Shrek 3!

Further viewing:
Eric's Testimonial
Tim's Testimonial
Puppeteer David Lieve Hart's Testimonial

Flight of the Conchords Contest

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I know, I know, I'm not supposed to be blogging. But it's a cool contest!

We're giving away two of the ever-popular "prize packs" including a DVD, poster, t-shirt and postcard, PLUS A ROBOT STRESS RELIEVER.

If you have one of these relievers and Old Glory Insurance, there's really no reason for Robot Stress.

HOW DO YOU WIN?

Upload a picture of you rocking out to our Flickr group, and tag it maxfunflight. I will pick my two favorites next week when I return from the Yay Area!

Below: from the Conchords' HBO special, "Issues (Think About It)"

Classic television: Oprah on Letterman

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Nick Adams here.

Every now and then, television transcends basic entertainment and becomes an event. Jon Stewart’s famous bitch slapping of Carlson and Begala on CNN’s Crossfire immediately comes to mind. As does this other gem from the recent past.

After sixteen years of a supposed feud, Oprah Winfrey finally made her way back to The Late Show with David Letterman back in December of 2005. Witness two television legends at the top of their game.

See!

*The legendarily acerbic Letterman talking about reading Runaway Bunny to his son.

*Oprah’s present to Dave, which I won’t spoil for you.

*Oprah’s shock at Dave’s desire to talk about her efforts to build the much-discussed Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for girls.


But the big finale takes the cake. In an incredible bit of showbiz collusion and producorial foresight, Dave literally escorts Oprah outside, down the sidewalk, down the red carpet and right to the Broadway premiere of The Color Purple. It’s not very often that I find myself using the word classy without a hint of sarcasm. Enjoy.

Right under the wire.

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MaxFun Drive, our little pledge drive, ends at midnight tonight. Thanks to the many folks who've committed to supporting the show so far -- I feel like this has been an unqualified success.

If you haven't yet pulled the trigger, there's no time like the present. We're of course giving away lots of cool prizes, but I know that there's an even better reason to support maxfun: you care about the shows, you care about this blog, you care about this site, you care about independent media.

There are support levels large and small. It's the last day of me begging (thank goodness), so please donate now.

SCTV/SNL Actor Jailed

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It's a pretty sad story.
(thanks to Don Smith for the tip)

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