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Let's just say you use Bittorrent (I certainly don't)


And let's just say you love comedy (I do).

And let's say this stuff wasn't available in any form in the US of A, but that was just exactly where you lived.

Then I would reccomend that you take action. Like, now. Because I'm coming to a saturation point with reccomending you people watch BrassEye, and this may be your last chance to get on board.

Sigur Ros - Hoppipolla


Two things that are very New Sincerity:
A) Recording a whole album in a made-up language.
B) This video.

(thanks Nathaniel!)

And the satire of the year award goes to...


Wow. I am totally crushed by George Saunders' stunning Borat piece in this week's New Yorker. Holy mackarel. This is why he won the MacArthur award.

It takes the form of a memo suggesting DVD extras for the film:

SOUTHERN DINING SOCIETY SECTION: Do we have footage of the woman Borat identified as unattractive being consoled in her darkened living room later that night by her husband? Particularly good if, all her life, she’s fought the feeling that she was not attractive, and only recently has come to feel pretty, owing to the steady love of her husband, who does, in fact, find her pretty, in part because of her kindness to him and others in their community—and now all those wounds have been reopened! Also, although she is crying, she tries to cry quietly, so as not to alarm the kids. Super!


Your Worst Holiday Memory


I am working on a super-secret Sound of Young America-related project, and I need your help... what's the WORST Holiday memory you have (that you can laugh about today)?

Did Santa bring you an Atari Lynx?

Were you attacked by a deer?

Did your uncle throw up into your stocking?

CALL THE LISTENER LINE AT 206-984-4FUN, and tell us the story!

Be sure to tell us your name and your phone number just in case (we will not broadcast your phone number, of course).

And let me be clear: from Thanksgiving to Hannukah to Kwanzaa to New Years to Christmas to Festivus, all holidays are included!

Nintendo Power


Uh-oh. Flash-based NES? I'm addicted to Baseball Stars... again!

"Yeeeeeeahp. That's what I'm talking about." - Letterman


DJ Shadow with Lateef and Q-Tip on Letterman
thanks to Spine Magazine

And the survey says...


I'm thinking of changing the format of the show slightly in 2007. The content would remain the same, but rather than podcasting the radio show more or less as is, I'd make each guest a seperate podcast.

So, for example, in a week with two guests, instead of getting one, hour-long podcast on Friday, you would get two half-hour shows on say Monday and Thursday or something.

I'm totally undecided on this, so let me know what you think. Please share your thoughts both here in the comments, and by voting in the one-question survey here.


Danny Hoch on Seinfeld


Here's a short segment from Danny Hoch's brilliant film "Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop." It details Hoch's experience with racial stereotypes when he was cast on the series "Seinfeld." Like a lot of people who saw the film (or the one-man show the film adapts), this was the first thing I thought of when I heard about the recent Michael Richards controversy. I'd say more, but it's better to let Hoch tell his own story.

Hoch is easily the most powerful solo performer I've ever seen. Spectacularly brilliant.

You can buy the film, which is amazing, from Amazon. You can also buy it directly from Danny on his site.

Here's an interview I did with Hoch a few years ago in RealAudio format.

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