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Jeff Garlin will create a new comedy for ABC


Awesome news to start your day: Jeff Garlin just landed a deal to create a new comedy for ABC. The executive producer and star of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will write, executive produce and star in the currently untitled show. Bruce McCulloch (formerly of "The Kids in the Hall" and "Saturday Night Live") will co-write the script and will also serve as executive producer. As you know from Garlin's recent interview on the Sound of Young America, it couldn't happen to a nicer guy. Below is the theatrical trailer from Garlin's delightful 2007 film "Someone To Eat Cheese With".

Otis Redding - Try A Little Tenderness (Live, 1967)


As heard in the new Kanye & Jay-Z video. By the way, if you don't have a copy of Otis Redding Live at the Whiskey A Go-Go, you really should get on that.

Then, shoot, get Solomon Burke's Soul Alive, too. Just get both. Then send me a thank-you email.

Spike Jonze's Hip-Hop Masterpiece: What's Up Fatlip?


With all the buzz over the upcoming Jonze-directed video for Jay and Kanye's "Otis," I thought I'd share my own favorite Jonze video. Actually - it's my favorite video ever.

The Pharcyde had dissolved by the time Fatlip cut this track, and it lived as a one-off single for years before Lip got it together to actually cut a whole record. I don't think the pathetic tone was manufactured or satirical, though Fatlip has always been a funny guy. It's a remarkable inversion of hip-hop aesthetics, and it's hilarious and touching at the same time.

Blitzen Trapper: American Goldwing


Solid plan for cooling down on a too warm summer afternoon: one tall lemonade, a soft backyard breeze and two peaceful new songs from Blitzen Trapper. The band has an album coming out on September 13th called "American Goldwing" and the new advance tracks prove that it will be the perfect soundtrack to summer's quiet departure.

The title track is embedded above and you can go here to download a second song, "Love the Way You Walk Away", directly from Sub Pop Records.

Here's what Blitzen Trapper singer/songwriter/guitarist Eric Earley wrote about the band’s new record:

"When I sing, in the title track, “I know / I know / I’ll be staying if the wind don’t blow,” I’m seeking to invoke the unseen, the spirit that beckons you to saddle up that old 1980 Honda Goldwing, or your uncle’s beat up Ford Bronco, or that Jeep you somehow, and only barely, keep running and leave this lonely town behind, ‘cause that wind’s always blowing. I’m calling you to ride, to take those curves at speed and head for someplace better where love is true, whether that be into the depths of the galaxy or just to the next truck stop where the neon shines, and where the “company of strangers / and the close and the present dangers” are all that really matters."

Starting October 7, Blitzen Trapper will be hitting the open road for a two-month tour with Dawes. If you want to join them, all of the relevant info regarding dates, venues, and tickets can be found here.

Inside the Master Class with Matt Besser


Ever wonder what happens inside a real master class with a legendary improv teacher like Matt Besser of the Upright Citizens Brigade? Well continue to wonder, because this video is a joke version of that.

Patton Oswalt is Malazar the Wizard


If you're tired of comedy films that play out a single premise for too long, then you will love 5-Second Films: succinct but silly exposition, action, conflict and resolution in half the time it takes to type a tweet.  Yesterday's short, "The Final Battle", was awesome not only because it features Patton Oswalt, but also because its creators provided this summary:  "In the Land of Fyffynthoth, most of the demonic winged creatures are actually just friendly dudes who are trying to get you anything you may want - lollies, more TV time, a scoop of ice cream. But Malazar the Wizard was having none of that bunk."

Culture: Noz's Rap Picks on The Sound of Young America, August 2011


Andrew Noz of Cocaine Blunts is back with us in August to tell us about his favorite tracks of the moment. Check out songs from Mellowhype, Curren$y and others.

Mellowhype - "64"

Pete Rock & Smif and Wesson - "Roses"

Curren$y & Fiend - "Televised"

Short Kid f/ Chetta - “Ima Vulcha”

And two more tracks that were cut from broadcast:

Freestyle Fellowship - "Welcome"

Waka Flocka Flame -" Stereo Type"

Alumni Newsletter: August 9, 2011

  • Marc Maron is releasing his fourth CD today on Comedy Central Records. "This Has to Be Funny" is available as a CD or mp3 download. (BTW, for long-time Maron followers, that's his cat Boomer on the cover). Recently, Marc gave the keynote address at the annual Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. (You can find the text and the audio here). The speech is a moving commentary on the importance of continuing to believe in yourself, and continuing to do good work, even when times are hard. It sends an important message to creators everywhere: Never give up.
  • Congrats to the team behind "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia"! FX recently picked up two more seasons of "Sunny" which will make it the longest-running live-action comedy on basic cable. The show will return to your screens on September 15th and later this fall our Canadian listeners will be able to join in the fun as the network plans to launch FX Canada on November 1st.
  • Speaking of FX, we're also getting excited about the upcoming season premiere of the quick-witted animated spy comedy "Archer" featuring TSOYA alums Chris Parnell and H. Jon Benjamin. The network will air the first three episodes of the third season in mid-September reserving the rest until early 2012. If you haven't been following the adventures of Sterling Archer, you're missing some of the fastest and cleverest dialogue on television. You can check out the first season on Netflix, but I recommend buying the DVD of that season as it features some very funny and unusual bonus materials.
  • The movie "30 Minutes or Less" featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Nick Swardson and TSOYA alum Aziz Ansari will be released on August 12th.
  • Kids in the Hall alums Kevin McDonald and Scott Thompson are touring comedy clubs around the nation with a new show called Two Kids, One Hall. The show, which will feature stand up and sketch elements, as well as an appearance by favorite classic character Buddy Cole, will tour for about three months. Their next performances will be August 11th - 13th at the Punchline in Atlanta. If you want to know when the show is coming to your town, you can check out their tour dates here.
  • In order to build anticipation around the upcoming new Dr. Who episodes that will begin airing on August 27th, BBC America is releasing a series of Who-themed specials featuring a diverse plethora of TSOYA alums including Chris Hardwick, Reggie Watts, and Scott Adsit. The first special, "Doctor Who: Best of the Doctor", will air on Saturday, August 13 at 9/8c.

Jascha Hoffman - "Some Hungry Guy" - Little Nemo Video


Our video guy Benjamin Ahr Harrison is in his real life a music video director. Above is his latest project, a mesmerizing Little Nemo-themed effort for an artist named Jascha Hoffman. Great work, Ben!

Singer-Songwriter Bob Mould, of Hüsker Dü and Sugar: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bob Mould

This week, guest host Dave Holmes is in for Jesse! Dave hosts FX’s DVD on TV, performs at LA’s Upright Citizens Brigade, and you can see him on the web with his series A Drink With Dave.

He speaks to singer-songwriter Bob Mould, who is one of the original members of seminal 1980s punk band Hüsker Dü. After leaving the band, he continued his music career with alternative rock band Sugar and his own solo projects.

His new memoir, See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, goes deep into his past, exploring his personal history, his sexuality, band politics and more.

Click here for a full transcript of this interview.
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DAVE HOLMES: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Dave Holmes, and my guest this week is Bob Mould. You might know him best as the founder of the 1980s Minneapolis punk band Hüsker Dü . The band only had modest record sales at the time, but they’ve been a huge influence on alternative rock. After the band broke up, Mould went on to release several solo recordings, and in the mid-90s he formed a new group called Sugar. Here's another fun fact: Mould wrote the theme song to The Daily Show, it's called “Dog On Fire.”

He's now written a memoir along with Michael Azerrad, it's called See A Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody. It follows his fascinating career as a gay guy both in and out of the closet in the alternative rock world of the 80s, 90s, and today.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome Bob Mould!

BOB MOULD: How ya doing?

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