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The JV Club Ep. 321: Jenny Tolman

The JV Club
Jenny Tolman

Meet the delightful singer/songwriter responsible for creating the opening song Jeff Bridges sang at Lebowski Fest! Nashville native Jenny Tolman hangs with JV in LA and these new gal pals talk Dolly and Burt, the glory of creative collaboration, and even some classroom panic attacks— you know, just to spice things up and get in touch with their true grit.

Come see Janet at PodX in Nashville from May 31 to June 2! 

Hosted by Janet Varney.

Edited by Julian Burrell for Maximum Fun.

EP83: RJ Smith on James Blood Ulmer's "Odyssey" (1984)

Heat Rocks
RJ Smith

The Album: James Blood Ulmer: Odyssey  (1984) 
“Electric guitar” and “free jazz” may not be terms that folks normally pair together but when James Blood Ulmer first began collaborating with jazz giant Ornette Coleman in the mid 1970s, Ulmer found an instant kinship is the heady, improvisational style of Coleman’s harmolodics theory. The influence would shape the beginnings of Ulmer’s solo career later in the decade, culminating, for many, in Odyssey, recorded in 1983 with just Ulmer, drummer Warren Benbow and violinist Charles Burnham. Since then, the album is considered one of Ulmer’s greatest achievements, what longtime New York music critic, Robert Christgau lauded as a “ur-American synthesis that takes in jazz, rock, Delta blues and even country music…you’d be hard-pressed to pin just one style on any of this painfully beautiful stuff.”
Odyssey came to us via music historian and author RJ Smith. He's already written  books on everything from the Los Angeles post-war jazz scene to photographer Robert Frank to an R&B artist named James Brown. He's currently working on a new biography, this one about Chuck Berry. For RJ, Ulmer's masterpiece represented a distillation of musical movements all colliding together in early 1980s New York City and where Odyssey's opening song felt like an invitation to prayer and mediation. 
More on RJ Smith

More on Odyssey

  • Robert  Christgau's review of Odyssey (and other Ulmer albums of the era)
  • 1998 interview between Ulmer and Jason Gross (

Show Tracklisting (all songs from Odyssey unless indicated otherwise):

  • Love Dance
  • Church
  • Smothered Soul
  • Ornette Coleman Quartet: Live in Roma
  • Swing and Things
  • Wynton Marsalis: When It's Sleepytime Down South
  • Swing and Things
  • Church
  • Please Tell Her
  • Little Red House
  • Are You Glad To Be In America

Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there.

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Switchblade Sisters Episode 78: 'Mulholland Drive' with 'Wild Nights with Emily' Director Madeleine Olnek

Madeleine Olnek

Mulholland Drive

Madeleine Olnek is a New York City based playwright and filmmaker. She began her career with award-winning and widely screened comedy shorts. ​Countertransference ​(2009) and Hold Up ​(2006) were official selections of Sundance, while ​Make Room For Phyllis ​(2007) premiered at Sarasota. Olnek was also awarded best female short film director at Sundance in 2009 by LA’s Women In Film organization. Her debut feature, ​Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same, told the story of three lesbian space aliens who come to Earth, and one of them falls in love with an earthling. It ​premiered at Sundance 2011 and is now translated into eleven languages. Her second feature, ​The Foxy Merkins,​ is a kind of buddy-comedy homage about two lesbian prostitutes. She is one of the authors of The Practical Handbook for The Actor (with a foreword by David Mamet), a widely used acting textbook. And now she’s back with her third feature, Wild Nights with Emily, a perhaps more truthful yet comic telling of the life of Emily Dickinson, starring Molly Shannon as the eponymous poet. Madeleine was awarded the Guggenheim Fellowship for the completion of the film, so it is a BIG DEAL.

The movie that Madeleine has chosen to discuss is one that she calls a "masterpiece." That would be David Lynch's Mulholland Drive. Madeleine likens the film to The Bible in that there are many interpretations that are applicable across generations. She discusses how she is personally connected to the film and how she felt that it truly mirrored her own life. Madeleine even dons David Lynch "our great poet of filmmaking" and explains why this film (and Inland Empire) are his greatest poems. She also discusses why she cast Molly Shannon in her newest film, Wild Nights with Emily. And how most literary adaptations do not properly portray the true words and feelings of a piece of literature. She ends the conversation with explaining why artists have the moral obligation to put humor in their work, and how making a straight drama is not a creative choice.

You can check out Wild Night with Emily in theaters now.

If you haven't seen it yet, go watch Mulholland Drive.

With April Wolfe and Madeleine Olnek.

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One Bad Mother, Episode 303: Don’t Be A Jerk To Your Father! Plus Graphic Novelist Lucy Knisley

One Bad Mother
Lucy Knisley

Biz and Theresa wonder if we should stand up for our partners when our kids show a preference for Mom. “I don’t want Papa to take me!” “I love Mama more, it's just a fact.” We get that this is developmental in many ways but maybe, on those dark days, our resentment might cloud our response. “Well, of course they love me more, I’m president of everything!” Oops. Maybe we are the jerk. Plus Biz gets scarred for life, Theresa does not know when to hold ‘em, and we welcome back graphic novelist Lucy Knisley to talk about her new graphic memoir Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos.

Listen to Lucy's previous OBM appearance on episode 255.

Follow Lucy on Instagram at lucyknisley and on Twitter @LucyKnisley and on her website at Her graphic memoir Kid Gloves is available now.

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Show Music
Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans

Mission to Zyxx #307: The Magnificent Kevin [ft. Lou Gonzalez]

Mission to Zyxx
Lou Gonzalez

The crew receives a suspiciously eager invitation to the factory planet Nal-Kaa. Bargie enters her blue period. Dar plays it safe. AJ locks and loads and locks.

Troubled Waters Episode 6: Pies vs Cakes

Troubled Waters
Chad Daniels
Heather Anne Campbell
Andrew Michaan
Amanda Troop

Heather Anne Campbell, Chad Daniels, Amanda Troop and Andrew Michaan join host, Dave Holmes to settle once and for all, which is better, cake or pie?

Team Cake
Heather Anne Campbell and Amanda Troop

Team Pie
Chad Daniels and Andrew Michaan

This week, our contestants share gross pie stories, celebrate May the Fourth, and talk about how cool/terrible sweat bees are.

Heather Anne Campbell wants to plug The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access and recommends Succession on HBO.

Chad Daniels wants to plug Dad Chaniels on Amazon Prime and recommends Tennessee Kid on Netflix.

Amanda Troop wants to plug Ripley Improv and recommends Box Peek.

Andrew Michaan wants to plug Podcast but Outside and recommends Succession on HBO.

And finally, Dave Holmes is on Twitter @DaveHolmes

Find us on Twitter! We are @TroubledPod. You can also find us on Facebook .

Call us on the official Troubled Waters hotline! Our number is 323-300-4984. Our producers will have a new prompt for you to answer and we may just use your call on the show.

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Written by Riley Silverman and John-Luke Roberts, recorded at MaxFunHQ in LA and produced by Christian Dueñas and Laura Swisher.

Judge John Hodgman Episode 413: Live From Los Angeles 2019

Aimee Mann

This week's episode was recorded live in Los Angeles, with musical guest Aimee Mann! The first case is "Family Freud." Then Aimee joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse on stage for Swift Justice. She helps them rule on cases regarding getting a pet, a massive CD collection, and bread baking in hot weather.



Thank you to Anni Goryl & Andrew Brooks for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.



Wonderful! 82: The We Didn't Prepare This Week Extravaganza


A surprise bit of travel has thrown our usual recording schedule right off its axis! Don’t panic, though. We’ve got a very fun episode just chock-full of Small Wonders here for you. It’s super, super casual.

Music: “Money Won’t Pay” by bo en and Augustus -

Inside Pop Ep. 150 - Game Of Thrones: The Long Night, Avengers: Endgame, Tribeca Film Festival

Inside Pop

It's official- good things happen in April and this past weekend was proof positive with two of the most anticipated pop culture events of the year- the Game of Thrones epic white walker showdown and Avengers: Endgame. Somehow, we handled (survived) all of the epic pop culture offerings this weekend and have thoughts, questions and predictions! (Warning: This episode contains spoilers for Game of Thrones, but NOT Avengers)

We start off with our reactions to the epic third episode of Game of Thrones and one of the most surprising and satisfying Stark moves of the entire series! We chat about the suspense, horror and action filled 87 minute journey that took us on a fire and icy ride through Winterfell. Plus, we pour some out for those who didn't make it and try to predict what will happen next.

Then, Sean tries to discuss Avengers: Endgame without spoiling anything for Amita. We discuss what it was like to avoid spoilers all weekend and how it may have been easier than expected.

Plus, Sean attended a few screenings at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival and gives his take on the new Wu-Tang Clan doc series, Of Mics and Men and a new Naomi Watts and Octavia Spencer film called Luce.

And in the Big Sell, Amita reviews the 2019 playlist from our podcast friends JoJCast and sells Sean on an interesting essay from Vulture about pop plagiarism.

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