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Kenna & the Neptunes on Letterman


This song's a jam, but my question is this: did they just add the Neptunes to Kenna's regular band? Because Pharrell is definitely playing the drums, and Chad is definitely on the keys. But there is also another guy playing keys, and another guy playing drums. Now: Chad can really play keys and Pharrell can really play drums. I don't think it's a trick. But I guess the regular drummer and keyboard player were like, "Oh hell naw, I'm not gonna NOT be on Letterman!"

Anyway, here's my interview with Kenna from a few months ago. I just re-ran it on the radio, and got a lot of emails about it.

Awesome AWK Interview


Thanks to MFer Jimbovaquero who pointed the way to this awesome interview with our man Andrew WK. Nicest guy in rock & roll, and he has a pretty deep knowledge of the genre, too.

Here he is talking about meeting Lee Perry (video of same above):

I met him in Texas last spring, in Austin, when I was doing interviews for DirecTV, and performers were performing and I was interviewing them before and after. So they gave me a list, and it was very exciting, everyone from Rickie Lee Jones to Iggy Pop. And Lee Perry was on there, and somehow I just felt that that was going to be the interview that would be really special. I was very excited to meet him. As we were getting ready for the interview, people were telling me he's very eccentric, so don't be offended if anything strange happens. I had such a hard time believing that considering all the joy people got from his music. But when he came in, I kind of understood what people were saying in the sense that, he's just a very different human being. To the point where I could see some people thinking he is not a human being. But he is just a very advanced human being. He's further down the road, like Tom Smith is. And those who are not down there and don't give him the benefit of the doubt that he could be that far, they just assume that he's different, so he must be crazy. But if you give him the benefit of the doubt that he's further along than you, then all the sudden he's like a God. And he really blew my mind. Because it was all so new to me, I felt a little embarrassed that I didn't know all there is to know about him, and I didn't have all those facts. There were a lot of people around that knew a lot more about him than me. But I just kind of went with that, and figured, if I'm going to get into him, now is as good a time as ever. And I decided I wanted to do another interview with him again on my own, and so we did that in New York a few months later. And he was just as nice, and very exciting and inspiring.

Let it be said that Andrew WK, himself, is a VERY ADVANCED human being.

And what's this? I hidden discussion of The New Sincerity?

MARC MASTERS: Their music straddles the line between humor and sincerity, which I think your music does as well.

ANDREW W.K.: I've never liked the idea that something has to be either/or, that it has to be binary - that either it has to be a complete joke, and they're totally aware of what they're doing, or that it's the dumbest, worst music ever heard. Can't it be both those things and many more? And don't I get to decide what it is? There's so much that comes from the observer that it doesn't really matter what the person who made it says it is, or what the majority of people say it is. That's what Lee Perry is so good at, looking at things the way he wants to look at them, and having the courage to follow that instinct.


Podcast: Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein of Cinematic Titanic and Mystery Science Theater 3000

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Joel Hodgson, Frank Conniff and J. Elvis Weinstein are 3/5ths of Cinematic Titanic. The series of DVDs and digital downloads combines old, terrible films with comic commentary. If the description sounds familiar, you might be thinking of the long-running cult comedy classic Mystery Science Theater 3000, of which Hodgson was the original host. We talk with Joel, Frank and J. Elvis about their careers in comedy, why they got the band back together, and more. We even delve into their relationship with Rifftrax, a similar outfit run by some other MST3K expats.

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March 20th: Wear a sweater for Mr. Rogers

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Speedy Delivery: March 20th is a day to celebrate the birthday of Fred Rogers, both in Pittsburgh and around the country, by wearing a favorite sweater.

I think you will agree that Mr. Rogers is a man who exemplified everything that's wonderful and important about mass communication. He was a man who lived his life to honor the wonder and beauty of childhood, and to usher children into adolescence with a sense of grace, compassion and morality.

MaxFunster Davey Rothbart of Found Magazine had the chance to spend some time with Mr. Rogers as a child, and he made this amazing piece about the experience for This American Life. I must have listened to it half a dozen times by now, and I cry every time, as I think about the love in that man's heart.

The legacy of Mr. Rogers makes me proud to work in public broadcasting.

Jack McBrayer + Maria Carey = "Touch My Body"


Hey! There's Jack McBrayer, celebrity actor and all-around CLASS ACT! With Mariah Carey, SAME and SAME!

Fred Simmons on Conan


Word on the street is that The Foot-Fist Way is the funniest thing since ever. Or maybe since Wet Hot American Summer. We'll see... the people behind it are making a TV series for HBO and they cast Andy Daly, so they've certainly got that going for them.

Kasper Hauser Facebook Page


Yeah, I'm on a fucking Facebook page TEAR.

You know who's a big Kasper Hauser fan? Ben Karlin, former Executive Producer and Head Writer of The Daily Show and co-creator of The Colbert Report, that's who. HE TOLD ME HIMSELF.

Kasper Hauser on Facebook: Become a Fan!

JoJo Honeybee!


This is one of the most important discoveries in the history of YouTube.

The one-time end-of-show theme music for The Sound of Young America, "JoJo Action" by German pop group Mr. President. I still know all the words to the "rap" breakdown!

Thank you Leanne for sending me this! You have made my month!

JJGo Facebook Page


If you're on the internet website "Face Book," now is a perfect time to "become a fan" of "Jordan Jesse Go."

Here's a HyperLink.

Second Annual Oscar (tm) Live-Blog


Exciting! I'll update this as the Oscars (tm) progress!

6 PM: Eat dinner -- MMMM spinach pizza!

7 PM: Hey, I've got an old SNL with musical guest Randy Newman and hosts Steve Martin, Chevy Chase and Martin Short!

8 PM: SNL was always a little slow and very hit-and-miss. That's OK, it's a hard show to make!

9 PM: After Valentine's day, candy is cheap. How many tiny boxes of Nerds can I eat in one night?

9:20 PM: My tongue hurts!

10 PM: I'm sleepy. I'm going to get in bed and finish Ben Karlin's book.

10:45 PM: I'm going to sleep.

That concludes our second annual Oscars (tm) live blog! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

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