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Podcast: TSOYA: Michael Cera


Our interview guest Michael Cera starred as "George Michael" on the cult sitcom Arrested Development. He's currently appearing in the web series Clark & Michael, which he and his partner Clark Duke also write. Later this summer, he'll star alongside Jonah Hill in "SuperBad," a film co-written by Seth Rogen and produced by Judd Apatow.

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Common - "The Game"


Produced by Kanye, cuts by Primo

Kind of missing a real snare... the drums have Kanye-itis, but I still love it.

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO!: Ep 27: Sadcast.

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On this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we bring you down for an inordinate amount of time.

Jesse and Jordan eat Tofu Cuties while recording the introduction to a radio show.


Jesse finds out why he wasn't invited to the LA NPR Party, and Jordan sacrifices his dignity (and Jesse's respect) for female intimacy.
DVD Extras
Jordan confesses his love of watching DVD extras, despite their dubious quality.

Rap Concerts

A caller's first rap concert experience, and Jesse divulges a little known fact about 38-year old black women.
In an effort to squelch his rampant miserliness and squalor, Jordan dabbles in decadence with Fluff n' Fold.

Jesse discusses his dying dog for 18 minutes on a comedy podcast, thereby ruining the show and your week.
Norse Folk Songs

Will Jordan's skilled singing of Norse folk songs break up JJ GO for good?

Jesse and Jordan sign off without adding much of anything.


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The Sound of Young America is coming to PRI


Well, how's this for great news?

The Sound of Young America is now distributed nationwide by Public Radio International.

PRI will begin offering The Sound to its member stations July 3rd, and we've already got one commitment: you'll hear the show Saturdays on XM Public Radio at noon pacific, three Eastern.

PRI's team will be offering the show to stations, talking with them about it, pitching it to them. For this venture to be a success, those stations need to be convinced that taking a chance on a public radio show about things that are awesome is a good bet for them. I think you can help us with this, but we'll talk about that later.

This is certainly the first step in a new era for the show. In many ways, things will stay the same. Everything will still come from me. The podcast will stay the same, the feed will stay the same. (And I haven't really been kicked into a new income bracket, unfortunately. )

The most important thing for me right now is to say thank you, to all of you who've supported me and the show for months and years. This has always been a labor of love, and it wasn't just my love that was fueling it. If that sounds unbelievably corny, it's because it is, but that doesn't make it untrue.

So, onward and upward, huh? We've got a big summer planned, starting with the live show in LA on June 30th. Let's get cracking!

Podthoughts by Ian Brill: "The Savage Love Podcast"

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Journalist Ian Brill is offering us a weekly review from the world of podcasting -- "Podthoughts." This week, he examines The Savage Love Podcast, from the Seattle alternative newspaper The Stranger. The program's host, Dan Savage, was once a guest on The Sound of Young America: here's the MP3.

Dan Savage can’t seem to go twenty seconds into his podcast without dropping a few expletives. It’s a bit jarring, but there’s no point in getting offended. In a typical episode, Savage answers four or five pre-recorded calls that seek his opinions on strap-on dildos, rape fantasies, vagina destined Splenda and any other number of matters far more extreme than the simple utterance of expletives. If you’re offended by that sort of content, you probably won’t get anything out of Savage Love. That’s a shame, because there’s a lot of get out of it.

Savage is clearly committed to educating the world on a subject we all deal but rarely talk about directly: S-E-X. The lack of communication about sex between so many people leads to a lot of dysfunctions. Savage brings it all out in the open so people can start living happier lives.

Occasionally Savage will call someone back to get a better handle on the subject. Those times Savage proves himself as being the empathic soul his listeners needs. Even though it’s the stranger fetishes that get the most attention (Splenda? In the vagina?) most of the problems Savage is given concern arguments between lovers and misinformation on certain medical issues.

Not that Savage always plays the Dr. Ruth-like gentle sage when he’s helping out his callers. He’s not afraid to call one an asshole if it’s warranted, and in some cases it certainly is. Thankfully, though, most of the time Savage needs only to be thoughtful and informative to fix the problems he’s given.

Savage has a similarly low tolerance for BS. Many times the calls he gets are from people who have more worries than they have actual problems. In the June 12th edition, a very sexually open mother is concerned her daughters’ sex lives may be too “vanilla.” Savage phrases his advice simply: “back the fuck off.” I really appreciated this. Savage could be like so many other advice columnists and just create a culture distress and confessions that are blown way out of proportion. Instead he’s able to put these people’s situations into perspective and tell them what’s really going on.

People still come to Savage for advice, perhaps because they know he’s going to be straight with them. He’s also one of the few people in the public sphere whose counsel comes from a sex-positive point-of-view. Savage’s personality, a beautifully paradoxical mix of wise and exasperated, is always entertaining. It’s the reason why I’ve found Savage Love one of the most addictive podcasts around.

Triumph at the Tonys

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Triumph the Insult Comic Dog visits the Tony Awards.

Yeah, this is still funny to me.

Times Podcast of the Week!


Guess who's the Times of London podcast of the week?

Hint: it starts with "Kasper" and ends with "Hauser Comedy Podcast," and is the Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast.

Kasper Hauser was the mysterious 19th-century foundling about whom Werner Herzog made a film in 1974. It is also the name of an enigmatic blog by a quartet of San Francisco comedians. Wonderfully realised, the podcast’s wistful and surreal laughs are conveyed in parodies of the cult radio show This American Life with Phantom High School, in which people talk about a fake school where diplomas “crumbled into dust” and the building was made of “spider web crystals”. Very silly and great fun.

Podcast: TSOYA Classics: Rebirth with DJ Spooky and Sharon Waxman


We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Our guests: First up is Paul D. Miller, AKA "DJ Spooky". Miller is a New York writer, artist, and musician. His live show "Rebirth of a Nation" is a film/music/multimedia rethinking of D.W. Griffith's The Birth of a Nation.

Then we hear from New York Times Hollywood writer Sharon Waxman. She's the author of Rebels on the Backlot, which discusses the indie film explosion of the mid 1990's and the directors behind it, including Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, and David Fincher.

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Podcast: Coyle & Sharpe, Ep. 10: Record Your Stomach


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 attempt to record the inside of a man's stomach.

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Help save McSweeney's


When Publisher's Group West, the foremost independent book distributor in the country, went through serious financial difficulties last year, it had ramifications throughout the publishing industry. Lots and lots of indy presses were owed money by PGW, and they got very little of it when all the dust settled.

Among the many publishers who suffered greatly was McSweeney's. The loss of revenue has meant that our pals in SF have a pretty serious cash crunch, and they're asking for your help. Luckily, it means they've discounted almost everything they sell signficantly, in the hopes that you'll buy a lot of crap and help them out. So, yeah... do that.

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