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Spike Milligan

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The Phantom Strikes Again!

Prodigy - "New York Shit"

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AllHipHop.com: In a recent XXL interview, you talked about how you, Al and Hav talk about how you have a love of Hip-Hop and how you just have a love for the music. There’s a whole bunch of MCs out making noise, like Saigon for example. What do you think about him?

Prodigy: I don’t like him.

AllHipHop.com: How come?

Prodigy: I don’t like nobody really. I’m biased. I only like Mobb Deep s**t. Everybody else could suck my d**k.

Are you a designer?

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(above: the new TSOYA aesthetic)

I'm in the midst of a redesign of this site (that's right... one day, this circa 1999 monstrosity will be put out of its misery), and it looks like I may need some graphic design help. It won't be too much, but would probably include a logo, a few graphics for the site, and suchlike. Hopefully not a gargantuan time commitment, but some.

I am totally willing and able to pay (though fan discounts are encouraged). I'm interested in anyone from a college student with great skills to some kind of million dollar design genius who just finished redesigning the Louvre.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, email me at jesse at maximumfun.org with some idea of your rates and some idea of your work (a portfolio or whatever people do). If you have any bright ideas you want to kick to me, I'd love to see those, too.

Jacobus of the 14th Century returns!

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My favorite videoblogger is Jacobus of the 14th Century. In this piece, he explains where he's been (the vlog's been quiet for a month or so)... turns out he was hanged! (Unsuccesfullly.)

Podcast: The College Years: Andrew Sings, Song Poems & Jay's Kids

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The College Years is a look deep into the vaults of The Sound of Young America. Take a journey with us every two weeks or so as we post a new program from our salad days.

This week, two new (old) shows. First, we talk about Song Poems, a bizarre music scam that's preserved on LP. Then we talk to the curator of Jay's Kids, a now-defunct website dedicated to bringing together the many children of Screamin' Jay Hawkins (perhaps 50 in total). On the second show (found below the first), we talk with boy singer Andrew Anton about his romantic and heartfelt music.

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Podcast: Author Vendela Vida

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Show: 
Bullseye

Vendela Vida is the author of "Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name," as well as co-editor of The Believer magazine. Her first novel was "And Now You Can Go."

Zach Galifiakankis on The Best Show

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Don't miss a collision of TSOYA favorites as Tom Scharpling hosts Zach Galifianakis on The Best Show on WFMU tonight. If you live in the New York area, you can listen from 8-11 PM Eastern at 91.1 FM, or you can cruise over to this page to listen live over the net, or catch the archived show if you miss it live.

Did I mention I'm sitting on a kick-ass interview with Zach that'll air later this month on TSOYA? And that's above and beyond the interview you can find in our TSOYA Classics archive.

Dick Cavett

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Don't miss this wonderful appreciation of Dick Cavett in Slate today. The interviewing heroes I grew up with are certainly David Letterman and Terry Gross, but Cavett is the model for what I aspire, one day far away, to maybe be. He was a moderately succesful comic who created a new kind of talk show. Clive James writes in the Slate piece:

The talk-show format depends on a comic monologue at the top of the show, perhaps a few sketches, and then the star interviews. Cavett's format dissolved the humor into the interviews, and much of his wit was unscripted. The idea that one man could be both playful and serious was never deemed to be quite natural on American television, and Cavett was regarded as something of a freak even at the time. Eventually he paid the penalty for being sui generis in a medium that likes its categories to be clearly marked.

I've been watching a lot of the DVD box sets of Cavett that Shout! Factory has been putting out, and they're a wonderful lesson on interviewing. Cavett is fantastically funny without ever imposing on his guests, and he actually seems interested in ideas. The tone can sometimes verge on pretense, but that's sort of a hazard of aiming high, I think.

Here's a wonderful clip of Cavett interviewing Woody Allen in 1971. After watching a clip from "Take the Money and Run," Cavett asks about an alley seen in the film. Woody mentions it was behind the hungry i in San Francisco, and Cavett is excited to have recognized it from his performing days.

"I thought so! I know that alley. I used to go there after my act, when I was appearing at the hungry i. I would go there, and meet the audience, and we would both be sick, occaisionally."

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

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