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J. Edgar Hoover Loves Lucy

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Welcome to the fold, Walla Walla!

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Knock on wood, but it looks like KWCW in Walla Walla, Washington will be adding The Sound of Young America in the coming weeks. They've carried some of our special programming through PRX, and I'm really excited to get on board. They're part of Whitman College, and they like our show, so there you have it.

If you'd like your local public, community, or even pirate radio station to carry The Sound, just email or call them and ask for it. It's free to them, so no excuses.

This goes double if you live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, or Osh-Kosh, Wisconsin.

Can You Feel It

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The Jacksons - Can You Feel It
Official Music Video of The New Sincerity

In this video, the Jacksons use magic to create THE ENTIRE WORLD. Then they go around spreading joy (in the form of joy dust) to children and adults of every race color and creed. They also fly through space on wings of song, traverse great Tron-like grids of nothingness, and do cool dance moves. When you think that this video was made in the very first days of music video... stunning.

2006 826 Valencia Comedy Benefit

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An Evening of a Thousand Scowls, 826 Valencia's Fourth Annual Comedy Night
April 1, 2006
FEATURING: Sarah Silverman, Jimmy Kimmel, Patton Oswalt,
Zach Galifianakis, and Al Madrigal

Every year, 826 Valencia, the literacy arm of McSweeney's puts on a benefit comedy show. Every year, it is a great comedy show. I'm only about 75-80% behind 826 Valencia, but I'm 100% behind this show if you live within two hours of San Francisco. I mean, even a psuedo-vanity charity is dramatically better than the people who own a local comedy club. Sorry to see no local comics in the lineup (well, Al is a SF native, but he lives in LA), but still, kind of a murderer's row nonetheless. All but Kimmel have been on TSOYA.

More info
Tickets and info about 826 Valencia

Demetri Martin on The Daily Show

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And don't forget Demetri's awesome appearance on The Sound of Young America.

Win Tickets to see Louis CK!

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Win Louis CK Tickets from The Sound of Young America!

This week, Louis CK will be doing two surprise shows at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. That's right. Wednesday night and Thursday night, Louie will be sharing his unique standup voice with all of us non-geniuses.

For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he's written for Conan O'Brien, the Chris Rock Show, TV Funhouse, The Dana Carvey Show, and more, in addition to his upcoming HBO sitcom "Lucky Louie."

How can you win tickets to Wednesday night's show, courtesy of Louie, me, and the good folks at Cobb's? Add a comment to this post with your real email address and your real name. I'll pick a winner randomly Monday at midnight. That winner and a guest get free tickets to see Louie!

(If you hate the idea of putting your name and email out there, you can email that info to me with Louis CK in the subject; make sure you still add a comment below with some distinguishing characteristic referenced in the email. I need the name and email to get you your tickets.)

One Year of Podcasting!

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I wrote a press release to congratulate myself on a full year of podcasting...

A year ago, The Sound of Young America became the first public radio show west of the Mississippi to podcast. Since then, it has counted over a quarter million program downloads, expanding its reach from three small radio stations (in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi) to a broad crossection of the world. Now, the show and its producer/host, Jesse Thorn, are considering how to transform a credit-card financed non-commercial venture into a long-term sustainable media enterprise.

Check out the full press release...

Best book ever?

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The Go! Team are coming back to the US...

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Pitchfork reports that after an extensive Euro tour, the Go! Team are coming to the US of A in March. Take a listen to them on the July 16th edition of the show, if you haven't already.

03-15 Austin, TX - Exodus (SXSW)
03-19 Washington, DC - Black Cat
03-20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-21 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03-22 Brooklyn, NY - North Six
03-23 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church $
04-27 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
04-28 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel %
04-30 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)

Audio Overload

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This guy loves a little bit of The Sound of Young America with his Indie 103 and KCRW... thanks random guy, for plugging us on your random blog!

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