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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 39: Traffic Control


Welcome to season two of Coyle & Sharpe: The Imposters! In the early 1960s, James P. Coyle and Mal Sharpe roamed the streets of San Francisco, microphone in hand, roping strangers into bizarre schemes and surreal stunts. These original recordings are from the Sharpe family archive, which is tended by Mal's daughter, Jennifer Sharpe. You can learn more about Coyle & Sharpe on their website or on MySpace. Their recent box set is These 2 Men Are Imposters.

On this episode: This week, Coyle and Sharpe try to convince a man that they are replacing a parking meter and that he has to pay them instead.

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Q-Tip: Move (Produced by Jay Dilla)

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Video directed by Rick Cordero. (Is there any video NOT directed by Rik Cordero?)

Definitely my favorite track so far off The Renaissance, which I guess may eventually be released. The late Jay Dee on the beat for this one. DANCING TILL THE MUSIC STOPS.

Simon Rich: Tiny and Hilarious


I didn't realize until I looked at his author photo quite how tiny Simon Rich was. Maybe I'm misreading it, but just from looking at a picture of his head, I knew that he was a tiny young man.

He may be physically tiny, but his wit is huge. I got his new book, Free Range Chickens, in the mail last week, and read it through in one (hilarious) day.

Best People in the World Pt. 2: Tracy Morgan on Letterman

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"I'm crazy as a box of rocks." - Tracy Morgan

Vin Diesel's "Multi-Facial"


This sincere and affecting short film was Vin Diesel's entree into the movie business. Stephen Spielberg cast Diesel in Saving Private Ryan after seeing it.

It's a bit on the nose, but I found it entertaining and touching. Certainly worth your 20 minutes.

Conan Visits Late Night (with David Letterman)


Conan O'Brien, the soon-to-be host of Late Night, visits David Letterman, the soon-to-leave host of Late Night and soon-to-be host of The Late Show. Aren't they adorable?

Podthoughts by Colin Marshall: "The Lebowski Podcast"

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Readers often ask your Podthinker if, one day, the podcast well will run dry. It's a frightening thought, being left with nothing in the barrel except a few learn-French shows and Keith and the Girl, but it's not a realistic one. Podcasting technology is so accessible, so democratic that anyone can — and does — record and distribute podcasts about anything. No matter what it is, there will be a podcast about it. This week's recpient of Podthought is a case in point: it's about The Big Lebowski — and nothing else.

Of course, that's to be expected from a program entitled The Lebowski Podcast [iTunes link]. Given this Podthinker's previously noted background in film geekery, he'd presumably hand an automatic A+ to any show dedicated solely to discussion of such a respected "cult classic," would he not? Alas, the issue is more complicated, as the Lebowski Podcasters' film geekery is of a different stripe altogether, a stripe whose touchstones include the likes of Clerks, Pulp Fiction and Napoleon Dynamite. (Is there a name for this fandom?) But none of those, naturally, could ever hold a candle to The Big Lebowski, or as they simply call it, "The Movie".

This podcast seems like the source a casual filmgoer — even one already possessed of much enthusiasm for the Coen brothers' other works — would check out first for answers about why, exactly, The Big Lebowski is so intensely worshiped. The Movie has inspired a book [MP3], a 10th-anniversary DVD [MP3], annual festivals [MP3] and even a religion [MP3], none of which, as those links indicate, fly under the Lebowski crew's radar. If it's Big Lebowski-related, they discuss it; perhaps not in the best audio quality or in the most polished mic manner, but with the kind of zeal you'd expect from a group that got its start as a bunch of college floormates who just really, really liked The Dude and his surrealistic quest to replace a urine-soaked rug.

The crew leaves almost no inquiry unaddressed and no speculation unspeculated: where The Movie fits into the film noir tradition [MP3], how The Movie holds up to a feminist critique [MP3] and what song The Dude would have liked to have been included in The Movie's soundtrack [MP3]. They even touch on some only-tangentially-related-to-Lebowski filmic matters, such as Jeff Briges' then-latest film The Amateurs [MP3], or the Coens' then-latest, No Country for Old Men [MP3].

Alas, they never quite get around to directly answering that burning question: why The Big Lebowski? Why love it to the core of one's being rather than simply like it a lot? The Movie's transcendent greatness is axiomatic here, and perhaps that makes sense; it's clearly for hardcore Lebowski fans, after all, and indeed they'll love every minute. But one still wonders how they got that way.

Vital stats:
Format: group film discussion
Running since: January 2007
Duration: 10m-1h
Frequency: monthly, at least
Archive available on iTunes: all

[The Podthinker Colin Marshall abides. Get him at colinjmarshall at gmail, suggest podcasts for Podthoughts here or submit your own podcast for the next by-Max-Funsters column here.]

Bishop Lamont - Grow Up

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I like this track a lot. Bishop Lamont is signed to Aftermath -- the place where rappers go to never get their album released in a million bajillion years. I hope he's getting some good ghostwriting money from Dre, because I don't think he'll ever see any royalties.

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The Best People in the World


I'm pretty sure the two best people in the world are Mr. David Letterman and Mr. Bill Murray.


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