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I'm going home for Thanksgiving...


So expect things to be quiet over the weekend. Working on a big holiday special, and hopefully the tapes from the live shows in NYC will arrive soon, and we'll get those out over the next couple weeks. I just podcast my appearance on Open Source, that'll have to tide you over for this week.

Next week, we'll have a cool new Sound of Young America thing to buy for people for the holidays, but if you get antsy, remember that you can always buy SkyMaul from Amazon for ten bucks, and you'll have the perfect gift. And there's always t-shirts. And, of course, donations.

The Soflightes - Heart Made of Sound


TSOYA pal Nick Adams, who recently began blogging in earnest at, points us to this charming video by The Softlightes, who are apparently a reincarnation of The Incredible Moses Leroy. We used to play this IML song called "Beep Beep Love" on TSOYA whenever we did a show we could connect to robots or the future or anything. Which was pretty often, let's face it.

The Softlightes - Heart Made of Sound

This pretty much makes Nick the twee-est straight black guy who loves rap of all time, right?

Nick on The Sound of Young America talking about his book "Making Friends with Black People"

RIP Robert Altman.


His loss is deeply felt, even if I only really liked M*A*S*H.

Here's a great interview with him on The Treatment from earlier this year.

T-Mas is coming up...


My college friend Brandon is now internet famous for his delightful paintings which recontextualize pop culture icons in interesting ways. He sent me a T-Mas card, which he is selling for a very reasonable price on the internet.

I Love L.A.


I have a ways to go before I can even reach Randy Newman's semi-ironic take on this place.

Have you noticed how many people from LA are so irony-impaired that they take this song literally? Even the part that goes, "look at that mountain... look at those trees... look at that bum over there, he's down on his knees!"

I'm hosting the Slate Daily Podcast today...


Here's a link to the show. The piece is called "Jay-Z vs. the Sample Trolls," and it concerns the ways runaway copyright has affected hip-hop. I'll be hosting next week as well, and I'm totally excited about it. Thanks to (Sound of Young America listener) Andy Bowers of Slate for thinking of me.

Code Monkey Remix Contest


Over on Quick Stop Entertainment, I am helping judge a remix contest for our pal Jonathan Coulton's "Code Monkey." The prize is a box set of JC's "Thing A Week," which includes 52 great, touching, hilarious songs.

Go enter!

Podcast: The College Years: Denoument


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

On this program, originally broadcast December 27th, 2006, Jordan and I discuss the aftermath of the holidays. We also get visits from presidential candidates Petey the Penguin and Phinnius MacGillicuddy.

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