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Sly Stone interviewed circa 1978


That's a guesstimate in the year department. Seems like local Bay Area TV. Fascinating to see Sly relatively sober during a very dark time for him.

(via Tuberaider)

Me on Radio Open Source tonight...


I was a guest on Radio Open Source with Christopher Lydon tonight, talking about the roots of Borat, and what his Sacha Baron Cohen's work means in the context of contemporary society and the history of comedy. Open Source is a great show, which is distributed to many many public radio stations around the country. Mal Sharpe was also be on the show to talk about his career as a prankster.

Click here for the MP3 stream. If you feel like waiting, I think I'll add the show to the podcast feed Thanksgiving weekend.

Podcast: The College Years: Christmas Gifts


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 as much as five years ago.

Jesse and Jordan take a variety of calls on the topic of what they should get their respective girlfriends for Christmas. We also visit with Destiny's Child and a guy from the ska band Five Iron Frenzy.

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Holiday guest suggestions?


Anyone have any bright ideas for holiday-themed guests?

Thinking about putting together a new holiday special.

There is absolutely, positively no sex in the champagne room.


RIP to Gerald Levert.

Ideas Post.


OK, everybody... here's the story so far:

The Sound of Young America, by a lot of standards, is doing great...

* We've got an average of about five thousand downloads per show, which is very good to great in the (independent) podcasting world.

* The show's on half a dozen stations.

* The recent trip to New York was a success (though I did lose a fair bit of money on it).

* A couple folks I really admire and respect have really lent a hand and also been very encouraging lately. This means a lot to me.

* A number of folks, including many of the regular commenters here, are donors to the show, and that generates about $200 a month in income, which pays for my expenses. If it weren't for you, I couldn't do the show, literally.

* I think the show's been doing very well in terms of booking, and I feel like I'm continuing to improve as host.

* The preliminary results of the survey I've been running are very positive. People really like the show.

* This blog has a strong audience, and I've never broken news about a new iPod or combined the names of a celebrity couple into a more-convenient single name.

* A nice fella named John is helping me build a forum for the website, which I've always wanted to have.

There are still many, many challenges, though.

* The show hasn't really grown in audience for a year. This has been the case for lots of non-brand-name podcasts, but it is nonetheless discouraging.

* Public radio related partnership possibilities I was very excited about have not come through.

* Although I occaisionally meet someone in public radio who likes the show, and that's exciting (see above), even those few stations who have agreed to take a listen to the show in the past few months have basically ignored me thereafter.

* While the money that's coming in covers the expenses of the show, I'm not taking anything home.

* Since moving to LA about three and a half months ago, I've been able to focus on the show while doing a little bit of freelance work. Unfortunately, despite my borderline ascetic lifestyle, my cashflow has been negative, and I don't have much savings, so I think that may have to end.

* Putting out an hour-long show every week is really hard.

Here's the deal:

I'm looking for ideas. If you have any idea for what I should do, please comment. Anything from little things I should change to big new directions. All are open. Please share your thoughts on others' ideas, as well.

If there's a way you'd like to help, that of course is encouraged, but feel free to suggest off the wall ideas that involve me doing all the work. I am taking on all ideas. Please do share a bit of the "why" in your idea, as well.

One of the biggest reasons I still do the show five years later is listeners like you. I really mean that. Today I got an email from a guy who has all kinds of environmental allergies and immune deficiencies, and he can't leave the house much, but he loves The Sound. A couple weeks ago, I found out one of my favorite public radio personalities is a listener. That kind of stuff really amazes and gratifies me (as you might imagine). That said, the tank's running a little low this week.

So... I'm opening up the floor to new ideas.

Ready... steady... GO!

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Letterman


Talk about a Real American Hero.

Derek & Simon: The Pity Card


Directed by Bob Odenkirk for a cable pilot which didn't get picked up, then distributed to some film festivals (including Sundance).

Shannon notes: it's also on Whophin #2.

(thanks Sean)



Here are some photos of the first show from Anya at if you click here, you can see even more!

Through the course of the evening, I gave careful consideration to things.

I really think Heather Lawless should be famous. I think her material is hilarious and her style is totally unique and brilliant. She's going to be in the new Michel Gondry film with Jack Black.

Mike Daisey told a totally engrossing and hilarious story about playing on snowmobiles in his childhood in Maine.

Until we had some technical difficulties, and so Mike and I covered by talking about how silly the word "monologuist" is, and also how to pronounce it (he says Monologue-ist, I say monolojist).

Luckily, Jeff Solomon was on the boards, and he rescued the show from disaster (technical disaster - not artistic disaster - artistic disaster was assured by my presence).

Then David Wain came on stage and was immediately hilarious, which really took the pressure off of me.

Although he couldn't believe I asked that.

Then Donwill and Von Pea of Tanya Morgan rocked the house, or at least shook it a bit and made some jokes in between verses to take the pressure off the whites who'd never seen a rapper before.

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