The MaxFun Blog

Maximum Fun is your home on the internet for things that are awesome. Our blog will guide you and our family of podcasts will entertain and inform you. About

Zach Galifianakis + Kanye West = True Love


Not to be missed is this interview with Zach Galifianakis in Impose Magazine.

Mostly for this part:

Are you into much hip hop these days?
Zach: Not really, even though strangely I’m shooting Kanye West’s new music video here at the farm. He asked me to do it. He doesn’t want to be in it, but he sent me this new song and then asked me to make a video for him here at my farm. He saw me do stand up a few weeks ago here in Los Angeles, and we chatted after the show. He had seen me do these other music videos; I did one for Fiona Apple and I did one of my own where I sing an Anita Baker song. So he saw the Anita Baker one and asked me if I would come up with something. So we’ve been going back and forth trying to figure out what I’m going to do with the song. So I’m figuring that out here at my farm.

Do you know if this is going to be the first single off his new album?
Zach: No I don’t think so. I don’t know what the single is? I have no idea. I think he just wants to release it. No one really does music videos anymore, so he just turned it over to me and gave me a few bucks. I guess I’ll probably shoot it at the end of the day.

Do you have a large crew for this shoot?
Zach: My director will fly in from California, and he and I will go shoot it. Maybe me, him and one other person will go around the Black Mountains of North Carolina and shoot it.

What about some of the smaller hip-hop acts that are operating on an independent level outside of the major labels?
Zach: I don’t know where to find it I guess, it’s not the sort of stuff I’m seeking out. I don’t really know about a lot of hip hop acts right now. Most of that stuff is hard to find, I mean if you listen to regular radio it’s hard to find. I’m trying to think of the last hip hop group I was really into?

Arrested Development?
Zach: No. [laughs] Well Digable Planets I really love, they were amazing yeah. I can’t really think of anybody currently that I’ve listened to.

Further enjoyment:
Zach Galifianakis on TSOYA
Digable Planets: Blackitolism & Dial 7 videos

Dungeon Family Celebration


This post is for the folks who think the Dungeon Fam is the Outkast and, uhm, Gnarls Barkley.

Cool Breez et al "Watch for the Hook"

Dungeon Family - Trans DF Express

Youngbloodz f. Big Boi - "85"

Cee-Lo - Closet Freak

Joi - Ghetto Superstar

Outkast f. Goodie Mob - Git Up Git Out

Sleepy Brown - Sunday Morning

Killer Mike - AKshon

Cherokee f. Andre 3K - Nectarine

Backbone - Five Deuce, Four Tre

Society of Soul - Pushin'

Slimm Cutta Calhoun f. Andre 3K - It's OK

Podcast: TSOYA: Soul Sides with Oliver Wang


Oliver Wang, PhD, is the man behind the popular soul and hip-hop blog Soul Sides. He's also a professor at the California State University at Long Beach, and a long-time club and radio DJ (as DJ O-Dub). He recently produced the second of a series of CD compilations of classic soul: "Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers." It collects classic and contemporary cover tunes by soul artists both well known (Al Green performing the Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand") and more obscure (Bill Withers' classic "Kissing My Love" performed by Spanky Wilson). We discuss a few of the tracks with Dr. Wang as well as his new career in academe.

Please share your thoughts on this program on our forum!

Download This Show (MP3)
Subscribe in iTunes
Review the show in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Pop Music
Southern Soul: Devin the Dude and Stax Records (MP3)
The College Years: Swamp Dogg

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.

Please share your thoughts on this program on our forum!

Download This Show (MP3)
Subscribe in iTunes
Review the show in iTunes
Please Donate to Support the Show

Listen to This Week's Show Online

Please allow our low-bandwidth server a little time after you click "play"

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

You might also enjoy these past programs:
The Human Giant
Jack McBrayer
Zach Galifianakis

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.

| 1 comment

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.


* If you're aware of any worthwhile DVD Extras, call in and let us know!



* Review the show on iTunes.
* Do you have a dispute Judge John Hodgman can solve on a future broadcast? Email it to us! Put Judge John in the subject line.
* Have personal questions for Jesse and Jordan? Call 206-984-4FUN and tell us what they are!
* Would you like to play Would You Rather with us on a future episode? Email us or give us a call at 206-984-4FUN.

Call 206-984-4FUN to share your thoughts on these ACTION ITEMS.

Subscribe in iTunes

Podcast Feed

Discuss the show on the forum

Download This Episode

Hear This Episode Now

Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

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"

| 1 comment

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

| 1 comment

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.

Syndicate content