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True Hip-Hop Stories

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True Hip-Hop Stories: Masta Ace from D-Nice on Vimeo.

Our man Masta Ace
tells the story of how he got on The Symphony, the most classic posse cut of all classic posse cuts.

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Ben Folds On His New Album Way to Normal, Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Ben Folds has spent more than 15 years in the music business. He was kicked out of music school after breaking his hand in a fight, and spent time in lounge bands and as a contract songwriter in Nashville before The Ben Folds Five broke big in the mid-1990s. We talk about the melodies in his mind, what it's like to be unfashionable, and his new album, "Way to Normal."

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Bob Odenkirk: Abe Lincoln in My Own Words

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Comedy Central launched jokes.com with a huge trove of standup comedy clips like this one. Remember that MTV music site that launched a couple months ago? This is that for comedy.

Dave Hill in NYC

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Due to certain unfortunate circumstances, I was unable to catch the Dave Hill Explosion in Los Angeles this past week. Not only did Dave hook up with the one and only Andy Dick, but there was a surprise drop-in from Robin Williams. A volatile combination, I think we can all agree.

Dave will be a guest on our show soon -- we taped the interview while he was in town. In preparation, I watched and enjoyed mightily his Mojo HD series "King of Miami," the first episode of which you too can watch online. I also watched and delighted in his various shorts for SuperDeluxe.

Luckily for those of you in NYC, you can catch Dave Thursday night at the UCB Theater. Joining him will be two old TSOYA pals, John Hodgman and Jonathan Coulton.

Below: Dave at Fashion Week and Dave's reality show, co-starring Little Michael Jackson.

Khraigslist

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Kasper Hauser's Khraigslist is the funniest thing in the world.

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My new style guru: Evil Norm Macdonald

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Kudos to The Sartorialist for spotting Evil Norm Macdonald in Florence, Italy, where he is plotting a simulateneous takeover of the worlds of comedy and men's style.

Here's to you, Evil Norm, for setting my heart aflame!

The Kids in the Hall's Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye

Dave Foley and Kevin McDonald (above: second and third from left, respectively) are founding members of the Canadian sketch comedy group The Kids in the Hall. The pair talk about meeting in improv class and their rise to prominence in the Toronto comedy scene of the late 1980s. They also talk about their national tour (just concluded). They'll soon be shooting a new limited series for Canadian television.

Special thanks to our Las Vegas affiliate, KNPR, for hosting us for this interview, which was conducted during The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.

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Podcast Coyle & Sharpe Episode 47: Finger Filters

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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: Coyle and Sharpe try to get an investor for a new line of cigarette filters made of hollowed out human pinky fingers.

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