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Name-checked on the Merlin Show


Productivity guru / Space Pen advocate / TSOYA supporter Merlin Mann just launched a new video podcast called The Merlin Show. His first interview was with our good friend Jonathan Coulton, who he correctly identified as the Nicest Man on Earth. Not only does Merlin mention me, but he also discusses Productivity Tips From the King of Pop.

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The Secret Life of Brian


This 48-minute documentary covers the exciting story behind Monty Python's Life of Brian. (Original title: "Jesus Christ: Lust for Glory.")

Cleese on the film's many detractors:
"These people are operating at a very very low level of mental health."

Thanks to the CC Insider for dredging it up -- they've been doing great work lately, and get my award for "most improved blog - comedy division."

Podcast: Jordan, Jesse GO! Ep. 13: Andrew WK


In this week's Jordan Jesse GO!, we're joined by rock & roll superstar Andrew W.K.

Jesse and Jordan celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks. Also, we discuss a video game that Jordan beat, and the fact that Jesse has never beaten a video game.

Andrew WK

We are joined by our favorite rock star, Andrew WK. Jesse discusses the bizarre and astonishingly sincere rivalry between USC and UCLA, and a near-fight he witnessed at an ice cream sandwich store.

Andrew WK: MySpace
Andrew W.K. discusses the fact that he manages his own MySpace, and why. Also -- what it's like to hear from someone buried deep in your past. Andrew got a message from the only girl he's ever been mean to.

Andrew WK: Songwriting

Andrew talks about visiting a songwriting retreat sponsored by the members of Hansen. Really!

Andrew WK: The Ranking

We bring back an old favorite segment: the ranking! Andrew ranks:
Natural Peanut Butter
Sam Elliott
Cartoon Movie Posters
Slow Jams


Our High Five Contest continues with some awesome entries. Blah blah blah.

* Should Jordan buy a Nintendo DS or a Game Boy Micro? And should he play X-Box online?
* What defines "being a grown-up" for you?


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Our theme music: "Love You" by The Free Design, courtesy of The Free Design and Light in the Attic Records

The Sound of Young America's Oscar Live-Blog


3:52 PM: I decide not to watch the Oscars.

All-staff meeting


Wow, this SNL "digital short" is hilarious. I've heard great things about this past Saturday's show... I'd better get on that.

If you LIKE it, LINK it!


If you like The Sound of Young America, LINK IT!

If you link The Sound of Young America on your web page or blogroll, I will gladly add you to our links page. Just email me and tell me the link, and I'll put it up. (Please link to

And speaking of links, a listener posted a link to Nick's commentary on The Office on the forums at Television Without Pity this week, and hundreds of people followed that link here. Similarly, a listener sent the link to our Jackson Publick show to some blogs who cover the animation and comics world, and it had a similar effect. Often our biggest referrers come from unlikely places -- for a long time we were geting a lot of referrals from the "miscellany" section of a board about import car tuning.

I think a lot of our shows are of interest to people who don't already listen to the show. You can help connect the dots. I post the show in a couple of places where I'm a known quantity, but a third party reccomendation from you will mean a lot to anyone who receives it. Please share show links on your blogs, livejournals, myspace pages, and favorite forums. And if you know a blogger who would enjoy a particular episode, let them know. You can always find the permalink to a blog item by click on the posting date at the bottom of the entry.

I give away the show for free (and license it to allow sharing) in large part to help people share it. So go for it!

Podcast: Kasper Hauser Comedy Podcast: Ep. 10: Mundo de Perros!


This week: We visit the set of the spanish-language television program Mundo de Perros.

Please continue to subscribe and review the show! You can also check out KH's videos on YouTube.

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Hector Lavoe f. The Fania All-Stars - "Mi Gente"


Kicking out the jams at the Rumble in the Jungle. Thanks to my man AFKAP for this link.

Podcast: The College Years: Go On Home You Foreign Communist! and Perhaps It's Love


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

This week, two new love-themed episodes from years ago. First, the show is graced by a soulful deportation anthem as Jordan tries to start the "Choo Choo!" craze. On "Perhaps It's Love", Jesse tries his hand at radio acting with star Jimmy Rogers while Jordan and Gene have a tag-team date in which they fail to get the girl but succeed with Billy Dee Williams.

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Doo dah doo doo!


I watched this, and it blew my mind.

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