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The Best of Radio Lab

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I just got back from the Public Radio Program Directors convention here in Los Angeles. Lucky for you, my trip around the convention floor scored an awesome prize for you guys.

I nabbed three copies of "Behaves So Strangely: The Best of Radio Lab (Volume One)." As you might know, Radio Lab is one of my favorite shows on radio (and podcast), and I'm proud to share a timeslot with the program on WNYC. It's so fantastic. You can listen to my interview with Jad and Robert, the hosts, here.

If you want to WIN one of these CDs, which are promo-only, and you're a MaxFun donor, email your address to Casey the Intern at casey@maximumfun.org. He'll pick three winners on Monday.

One way or the other, I urge you to check out Radio Lab, which is one of the 10 best things ever.

E-40 f. Turf Talk Got Rich Twice

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"Drug terminology, corner talk that's all I know / California mentality, ask about me pimp: I go!"

After that awful first single with Akon, I'm getting excited about 40 Fonzarelli again. It'd be nice to get a verse from Turf, though, speaking of that go.

Attention All Maximumfun.org Donors! Brian Wilson Wants to Give You His New Vinyl.

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To all Maximumfun.org donors: we have a nifty contest for you. We recently came in possession of some copies of the new Brian Wilson record, "That Luck Old Sun," on special edition 180 gram vinyl. But not only that, we also have 7" vinyl singles of Brian Wilson's "Midnight's Another Day." We have decided that the nice thing to do would be to give them away as a package to the wonderful donor's of Maximumfun.org. All you have to do is answer the following question:
What album took Brian Wilson 37 years to complete, and was finally released in 2004?

E-mail your answers to casey@maximumfun.org

Attention Again: We have selected the winners and they will be notified as soon as we figure out how many vinyls we can send out. Thanks for entering. You guys are so smart.

Kids for Peace

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Henry Shotwell, an 11-year-old TSOYA fan from Madison, Wisconsin, emailed me a few months ago asking for some advice on putting together an audio documentary. The piece, which he put together with his fellow students Olive Early and Isak Lund, celebrates Kids for Peace Day.

This is fantastic work, Henry, and I'm so happy you've taken the initiative to create something so wonderful!

Camp Lo - Lumdi

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This new track from Camp Lo (who seem to be calling themselves The Lo) is fantastic. Love it. They are still the kings of hip-hop nonsense talk.

"Me myself and I, keep the nickle blicky, damsel in distress so we drizzle her in drizzy.

FOLLOW! Get the game get the money. GESTAPO! Stop the bank star stunning. Time to stargate brocclay race out the runway, tuxedo on runway Yves Saint Laurent!"

Podcast: The Human Giant's Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel and Aziz Ansari

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The Human Giant are a sketch comedy group whose eponymous series airs on MTV. Since getting their start at the UCB Theater in New York, they've become well known for a cast of signature characters, and for their distinctive, filmic style. Jesse spoke with Aziz Ansari, Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer; filmmaker Jason Woliner was absent.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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Podcast: Adrian Tomine, creator of Optic Nerve and author of Shortcomings

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Adrian Tomine is one of the world's most acclaimed comics artists. He began publishing his own work at the age of 15, and his series Optic Nerve has run continuously since he was a teenager. His work often focuses on subtle, shifting relationships between young people, and his clean, striking art is broadly regarded as among the best in the field. He also regularly contributes illustrations to The New Yorker and other publications. His most recent book-length work is Shortcomings.

This show was recorded live at the Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington.

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Podcast: JJGo Ep 72: Lifelong Learning

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Jesse and Jordan discuss lifelong learning, take calls, and cover the events of Jesse's wedding.

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Dignan's Notebook from Bottle Rocket

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I've been thinking about Bottle Rocket -- LonelySandwich told me his doggy is named Diggy, short for Dignan, the name of Owen Wilson's character in the film.

At littlebanana.com, there's a wonderful transcription of Dignan's notebook, as seen on screen in the film.

I think I would do well to follow Dignan's plan for the gang's next 25 years:

The Next 25 Years

F. Obviously these years will be heavily influenced by the years that precede them.

1. Multiple accommodations

2. When possible

a. Meet people from foreign countries.
b. Find ways to develop properties

Via Kottke

RIP Norman Whitfield

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Last week, I posted a couple of videos from the kings of psychedelic soul, Funkadelic. While Funkadelic were wearing diapers and climbing out of the Mothership, Norman Whitfield was pulling Motown into the psychedelic age with his productions for the Temptations and others. I *love* these records -- there's something amazing about the tension between the orchestral grandiosity, uber-tight vocals and the crazy psychedelic... I dunno... outrageousness.

Above is a favorite of mine, "Masterpiece" from the Temps album of the same name. I used to use that loooooooong intro as theme music for the KZSC News back in college. Below is another classic, "Psychedelic Shack," along with "Cloud Nine," which might be my favorite Temps track.

Whitfield also wrote and produced for The Undisputed Truth and Rose Royce, including the latter's big hit "Car Wash." The former's albums are great -- you can hear Whitfield going apeshit in the studio, with crazy strings and complicated basslines and amazing interplay between the voices. I even like Whitfield's later, disco-yer work -- I have a couple singles by a female vocal group called Stargard he produced that are silly, but great.

Oh, and he wrote "I Heard It Through The Grapevine." Did I mention that? 'Cause he did.

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