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Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America in Portland

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Brian Michael Bendis on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Our second video from our trip to the Bridgetown Comedy Festival. Shot and edited by Brian Brewer.

Yesterday: Mirah
Later this week: Nick Kroll, Blitzen Trapper, Reggie Watts, The Third Floor

Louis CK in Time

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Our hero Louis CK interviewed by Time Magazine about the end of the world.

He's like a monk, isn't he? He's really embraced truth, even dark truth, without much artifice, just craft and heart.

via jumbodump

Violence in our Dreams

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Should We Be Doing More To Reduce The Graphic Violence In Our Dreams?

This Onion News Network clip is one of the best web videos I've ever seen. It's truly spectacular.

Bun B of UGK: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Bun B

Bun B is half of UGK, and one of the South's greatest hip-hop lyricists. Alongside partner Pimp C, he's spent the last 15 years recording classic hip-hop, and in the process has helped establish Texas as a force to be reckoned with in the national hip-hop scene. Pimp C passed in 2007, and UGK's new record, UGK For Life, is also their last.

Fresh Air Rock Historian Ed Ward: National Treasure (for Germany, I guess)

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If Fresh Air's rock historian, Ed Ward, didn't live in Berlin, I'd say he was a national treasure.

His pieces are consistently insightful and full of great music. If NPR's treatment of baby boomer stuff was always this good, I'd be on board 1000%. I think the greatest sign of the quality of his pieces is how much I enjoy the ones on kinds of music I don't care for at all. And the ones on music I *do* like are double awesome.

Check out this recent piece on Westbound Records, the Detroit label that spawned Funkadelic, among others.

And of course, anyone who dedicates eight minutes of national radio to the great Swamp Dogg is a national treasure in my book!

PS: Dear NPR web gurus, I presume based on reviews that your API is super cool and all, but can we get an embeddable audio players? Love, Jesse

Mirah on The Sound of Young America in Portland

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Mirah on The Sound of Young America from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

All this week, we'll be showcasing video from our live taping at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. Brian Brewer was kind enough to shoot the show for us, and I'm so happy with how it looks. We'll be podcasting the show in about two weeks, but since it's pledge drive time, I thought we'd share one of these awesome videos with you each day this week.

Above, Mirah performs two songs from her newest release, (a)spera.

Soul Power!

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MOUSTACHE GFOS WORLD CHAMPION!

NO SHIRT BILL WITHERS SUPER PERFORMANCE!

A DELIGHT OF GREAT TIME WITH FANIA ALL-STARS!

I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR THIS FUCKING MOVIE!

Scott Simpson: Shoe Store DJ on The Sound of Young America

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Show: 
Bullseye
Guests: 
Scott Simpson

Commentator Scott Simpson has decided he won't go into the family business: Shoe Store DJing. Simpson is a co-host of the podcast You Look Nice Today.

Five Beds at MaxFunCon!

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Well gang, MaxFunCon has been essentially sold out for quite some time now. I've been moving people onto and off of the waiting list, we've gotten a few last-minute cancellations and so on and so forth.

I am now proud to announce, however, that five tickets are now available.

Five lucky people can now attend MaxFunCon. Your ticket includes food and lodging in beautiful Lake Arrowhead, plus all the fun you can handle for a whole weekend.

And yes, there will be s'mores at the Frontier Village.

And of course the jacuzzi has a fireplace.

You can buy your tickets now, here.

Jesse on Never Not Funny

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My friends at the podcast Never Not Funny invited me on their show recently, and it was a pleasure and an honor to accept their invitation. Never Not Funny has been one of my favorite podcasts for years; I listen every week.

Jimmy Pardo and Matt Belknap, the host and producer of the show, will be guests on The Sound of Young America in a few weeks. Jimmy was a guest a few years ago, shortly after he and Matt launched the show.

Above are the first 20 or so minutes of the show, which are free. If you subscribe ($20 well spent), you can get the full episode and for a further five bucks, the video.

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