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Beverly Clearly on ATC


Wonderful interview with Beverly Clearly on All Things Considered. The host's tone is a bit patronizing -- the woman's 90 but she's clearly sharp as a tack. I remember reading Dear Mr. Henshaw in a tent in my backyard with my pal David Carrol and laughing and laughing and laughing.

The Sound now heard in Ohio!


I'm proud to announce a new affiliate in The Sound of Young America Audio Entertainment Network: WMCO-FM in New Concord, Ohio! We're still ironing out the air time, but you'll be able to hear the show on the weekends on "The Orbit," most likely starting this weekend. The station has 1300 watts of broadcast power, radiating across East-Central Ohio to New Concord, Zanesville and Cambridge from its base at Muskingum College.

Devin the Dude - Lacville '79


This is one of my favorite songs -- didn't even know it had a video. God bless that YouTube.

Devin the Dude is DEFINATELY my favorite rapper. Who else could record such a charming song about having a hooptie? What I love about it is that it isn't a joke song about how terrible the car is... it's more about how Devin's lifestyle accomodates the fact that he has this disasterous ride. Just like it accomodates the police, who've pulled him over so many times they know him as "Mr. Copeland."

TSOYA: "Southern Soul" with Devin the Dude (MP3)

You bet your life!


Two great clips of Groucho Marx's "You Bet Your Life."

I just got done watching Groucho on the Dick Cavett show thanks to this awesome DVD set from the Dick Cavett Show. A real genius, the man was (Groucho, that is, though Cavett wasn't half bad himself).

Buy a piece of Arrested Development


This weekend in LA, the props from Arrested Development will be sold to the general public. If you live within driving distance, there's no excuse for not being there.

Friday, May 19 – Sunday, May 21, 2006
2032 Stoner Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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Friday night was a momentous night in the history of rock and roll music -- the concert hall debut of punk rock prodigies TOTAL ANNIHILATION. After a few tuneup gigs at house parties in ritzy Pacific Heights, Eddy Demon & Co. hit the stage with alacrity and destroyed all who dared step in their path. And it was all for charity.

Opening the night were the powerful Evil Wikkid Warrior. These one-woman, two-man, once rock star young lady group brought not only the power of rock, but also the power of MONSTERS, SPELLS, HULA HOOPS, and ICE CREAM. They kicked things off with a menacing chant... "We're evil... we're wikkid... we're Evil Wikkid WARRIOR!" Then, when they sent a phalanx of wolf men into the crowd, the audience was stunned... into ROCKMISSION!

Then, accompanied by a home-made backdrop, featuring a surgical-gloved metal hand emerging from the mouth of a GUY ROCKING OUT... came TOTAL ANNIHILATION.

Pietro D'Amato, well known nation wide as the next Kieth Moon, pounded out a steady, undulating rhythm on drums, never breaking a sweat in a stylish suit. Meanwhile, bassist Dorkmeister Harmoniak provided rhythmic and melodic counterpoint... the lead guitar and vocal stylings of the legendary EDDY DEMON (note applauding male AND female groupies in crowd). GOLDEN HITS like "Rock and Roll on a Friday," "Burning Buildings" and "I Wanna Be Your Dog" mixed with impromptu Jimi Hendrix jams and all-new material. Drunk women flailed in the crowd. Dads danced comically. Young people ROCKED OUT. A great time was had by all.


Big Time Gene O'Neill on the new Chili Peppers album


Big Time checks in on his blog with this evaluation of the new Red Hot Chili Peppers album:

Just listened to the new Aerosmith album

Current mood: Dying on the inside

then i found it was actually the new Chili Peppers album. Yikes.

Blood Sugar was the first album I ever bought, so the C-peps always had tenure in a small corner of my heart. Now they've release Stadium Arcadium, which upon release headed straight for the long line of safe, over-produced, forgettable albums from the intensive-care unit of cultural relevancy--primarily occupied by 90s rock fossils like Audioslave (Rage/Soundgarden) and Velvet Revolver (GNR/STP). Maybe this is why Kurt Cobain killed himself.

I think this latest tragedy puts a bookend on my youth and young manhood, and fittingly so that it should be framed by the Peps, who, like me, went from crazy/destructive/irreverant to predictable/staid/over-sincere. We had a nice ride while it lasted, boys. See you at the funeral.

That's not funny, that's just sick!


Milton Berle's Cock, the amazing comedy audio blog, just posted another huge update. This one includes the great National Lampoon album "That's Not Funny, That's Just Sick." The record is one of the best in the Lampoon catalog, and it features one my all-time favorite bits: Bill Murray's "Listener Sponsored Radio." In it, Murray portrays a public radio host during a pledge drive. I don't want to spoil the jokes, so head over there and download it for yourself.



In the upfronts yesterday, NBC announced that they will be launching a new website/broadband channel called "" The channel will feature clips from NBC comedy shows like Conan, Leno and SNL, as well as a bunch of new media buzzwords. CNet, for example, says it will offer users, "a chance to create their own content to podcasts." The Apiary is reporting that in addition to the comedy clips " will also have blogs, podcasts and mash-ups." What even is a comedy clip mashup?

I'm imagining the presentation went something like this... "mashup blog web 2.0 myspace social networking blog blog RSS remix mashup user-generated content vodcast podcast vidcast ipod bookmarking tagging on-demand mobile media thank you, goodnight." And it being the upfronts, it was probably delivered by Jay Leno on a motorcycle.

On the plus side, NBC also announced the pickup of both Tina Fey and Aaron Sorkin's behind-the-scenes-at-a-show-a-lot-like-SNL shows, both of which have a lot of potential. And they announced 30 "Webisodes" of "The Office." Which could certainly be a disaster, but could also be good. Personally, I'm embarassed to even write the word "webisode."

The Kasper Hauser Podcast is coming...


The Graffiti Community Supports Kasper Hauser (thanks Nathan!)

I recent spent a few hours in the home studio with the four members of the Kasper Hauser Skit Club, preparing some material for the Kasper Hauser Podcast. Oh man is it going to be funny. I can't give you a launch date yet, but trust me, it will be awesome.

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