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Hip-Hop Lives - KRS One and Marley Marl

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KRS-One and Marley Marl are working on a new project together, an LP called "Hip-Hop Lives." I think at this point, most hip-hop fans are a little scared to get involved with The Blastmaster, but early returns on this record have been fantastic.

Witness: "Kill A Rapper (MP3)."

Podcast: Brian P. Stack, Late Night with Conan O'Brien Writer/Performer

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Brian Stack is a long-time writer and performer on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. We talk about his early career as an improviser in Wisconsin -- at a theater which produced Chris Farley and Joan Cusack, among others, his masters degree (really!) and of course his time writing for Conan. His characters include the Ghost Crooner and Frankenstein (above).

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David Wain talks about The Ten

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A guy from The Sundance Channel talks with the cast & crew of The Ten (pretty much all of them).

Louis Theroux Visits Pen & Pixel

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Here's a clip from one of Louis Theroux's wonderful documentaries. You may remember Louis' show "Weird Weekends," or his work on TV Nation. In this segment, he visits Pen & Pixel, the legendary hip-hop graphic designers.

The clip comes courtesy of our man Noz at Cocaine Blunts & Hip-Hop Tapes. If you want to learn a bit more about Louis, check out this exhaustive interview at Quickstop Entertainment.

Alternately, you can just wait a week or two and listen to him on The Sound.

Intern needs a home!

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My summer intern-to-be, Tim Noble, is looking for a summer sublet near UCLA. If anyone knows anybody or anything, please drop him a line at tpnoble@syr.edu. He seems very nice, and I have spoken with his references who speak very highly of him.

RIP, Kurt Vonnegut

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Happy 60th birthday, David Letterman. Please don't die, ever.

"Tiny Oscars, here we come."

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Human Giant - Lil' 9-11 Trailer

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This new video from the Human Giant is amazing. Also, a little offensive, so if the idea of something called "Lil 9/11" offends you, don't watch it.

Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe: Ep. 3: The Plank

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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 varies 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 ask whether you would be willing to cross a plank over a rivulet, if your safety was assured. Also -- how do you feel about the possibility of being destroyed by the vice?

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Better than the lottery!

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SPACE CONTESTS!

In addition to the $250,000 NASA is giving away, I will give $20 to any Maximum Funster who wins THE 2007 ASTRONAUT GLOVE CHALLENGE.

Furthermore, I will offer $50 (in addition to the $250,000 prize) to any Maximum Funster who wins the PERSONAL AIR VEHICLE CHALLENGE.

My promise to you is simple: design me a jetpack, win fifty big ones.

Podcast: Jack McBrayer, 30 Rock's "Kenneth"

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Jack McBrayer plays the almost alarmingly lovable NBC page Kenneth in the new sitcom "30 Rock." He's unquestionably the breakout star of the program, lighting up the screen with a 10,000 watt smile. (In case you haven't noticed, I think he's fucking great.)

While Jack is a newcomer to the national stage, he's a comedy veteran. He appeared in the film Talladega Nights, and has graced the boards of The Second City, The Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and the IO for many years.

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By the way, the day after this interview was recorded, it was announced that 30 Rock has been renewed for a second season!

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