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Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Andrew Noz, Pop Culture Advice, Lawrence Weschler and Chris Gethard

Chris Gethard
Lawrence Weschler
Andrew Noz
The McElroy Brothers

This week! Noz's Rap Picks: Andrew Noz of the hip hop blog Cocaine Blunts offers his some of his favorite rap tracks right now, Gas Station from SL Jones and Kissin Pink from A$AP Rocky. (Embed or share)

Pop Culture Advice from My Brother, My Brother and Me: Brothers by all accounts, and experts by some – Justin, Travis and Griffin McElroy of My Brother, My Brother and Me offer offer solutions to listeners' pressing pop culture problems. This week the brothers wonder whether parents should introduce Justin Bieber, Star Wars, and Ke$ha to their children. (Embed or share)

Entering the Uncanny Valley?

Writer Lawrence Weschler: Jesse talks with a master of creative nonfiction, Lawrence Weschler, about the dangers of humans' bias toward narrative, and why the CGI faces in movies never look quite right. Weschler's newest book is Uncanny Valley: Adventures in the Narrative. (Embed or share)

Comedian and Author Chris Gethard: Comedian Chris Gethard talks about booking megastar P. Diddy at a tiny theater in New York, using both mania and depression to shape his comedy, and confronting Internet trolls in person. His new book is called A Bad Idea I'm About to Do. (Embed or share)

And The Outshot: The Civil War, reimagined in 140-character bursts. Jesse talks about one of his favorite Twitter accounts, @FakeCivilWar. (Embed or share)

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BONUS AUDIO from this week! Lawrence Weschler talks to Jesse about the incredible and unusual Museum of Jurassic Technology in LA.

Culture: Noz's Rap Picks on The Sound of Young America, August 2011


Andrew Noz of Cocaine Blunts is back with us in August to tell us about his favorite tracks of the moment. Check out songs from Mellowhype, Curren$y and others.

Mellowhype - "64"

Pete Rock & Smif and Wesson - "Roses"

Curren$y & Fiend - "Televised"

Short Kid f/ Chetta - “Ima Vulcha”

And two more tracks that were cut from broadcast:

Freestyle Fellowship - "Welcome"

Waka Flocka Flame -" Stereo Type"

Culture: Noz's Rap Picks on The Sound of Young America


Noz runs the successful hip-hop blog Cocaine Blunts. He joins us to share the tracks he's most excited about right now.

This week's picks:
Tyler The Creator - Yonkers
Rick Ross & Meek Mill - Perfectionist
Lil B - Don't Miss The Gems
Danny Brown - Lincoln Continental

And two more, cut from the broadcast:
Waka Flocka Flame - Robot Rapper
Wiz Khalifa - Mezmorized

Hear more from Noz at Cocaine Blunts, and be sure to check out our interview with him on The Sound.

The Vice Guide to Based Music


Our pal Noz has been all over The Based God, Lil B for quite some time now. The king of Based Music makes his MTV debut (maybe, I don't actually know if that's true) above, on The Vice Guide to Everything. I am a tireless Yay Area representative, but I genuinely do not understand what Lil B is all about. Not in a bad way. In a genuinely uncomprehending way. I'm pretty sure anything that brings together Noz, Vice Magazine and Short Dog is probably good, though.

Yelawolf - Pop the Trunk


If you're a hip-hop fan, you won't want to miss Noz's great interview with Yelawolf on Cocaine Blunts. Excellent discussion of topics close to my heart: Devin the Dude... Mystikal... which is the best member of Hieroglyphics. The man's a serious fan.

Noz' 25 greatest Organized Noize Productions

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The always-incisive Noz writes that "It's the ability to convey, and then overcome, pain that remains Organized's greatest strength and separates them from so many of their peers." He's talking about Organized Noize, the legendary production team of the Dungeon Family - Outkast, The Goodie Mobb and friends, and he's compiled a wonderful list of their top 25 productions of all time.

I'm as big a Dungeon Family fan as there could be, but Noz has me trumped in all departments. There are lots of great tracks that I've loved for years in the list - like say Ludacris' "Saturday (Ooh Ooh!)," or Outkast's "Skew It On the Bar-B".

You owe it to yourself to check out the whole list. Above: the Cool Breeze classic "Watch for the Hook", below: Curtis Mayfield's duet with Lauryn Hill, "Here But I'm Gone." Not-so-fun fact: because Mayfield was paralyzed by the time he recorded the track (from his final album), he was forced to sing one line at a time while suspended upside-down in the studio so he could muster the breath to force out the notes.

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