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Bootsy Collins with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon - Tonight!

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See this week's guest on The Sound -- funk bass legend Bootsy Collins -- with The Roots and Yo Gabba Gabba on tonight's Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. They'll be funking it up with a great song written by friend of MaxFun Adam Deibert and Jarond Gibbs.

Listen to this week's interview, then don't miss Bootsy's performance at 12:35/11:35c on NBC.

Bootsy Collins, Legendary Funk Bassist: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Bootsy Collins

Bootsy Collins is a legend in the world of funk. He's a bassist who came to his instrument by happenstance and fell in love. He was only in his teens when he was discovered and hired by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, to be part of his backing band known as The J.B.'s. Bootsy went on to play with another notoriously inventive and pioneering funk artist, George Clinton, as part of Funkadelic and Parliament.

He continued the funk with Bootsy's Rubber Band and a number of other musical collaborations. He recently released a new album, Tha Funk Capitol Of The World, and he currently teaches bass at his own Funk University.

Bootsy talks to us about being on the forefront of funk, playing with James Brown, doing LSD on stage, quitting and/or being fired from the JB's, joining up with the Parliament-Funkadelic collective, and his own amazing solo career.

John Roderick of The Long Winters: "The Song That Changed My Life" on The Sound of Young America

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John Roderick

John Roderick is the front man for indie rock group The Long Winters and has worked on projects with bands like Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists and most recently did guest vocals on recent TSOYA guest Jonathan Coulton’s new album ‘Artificial Heart’ on the track “Nemeses.”

John talks with us about the influence on him that was ZZ Top’s masterpiece -- Give Me All Your Lovin’ -- and how it may have been the catalyst to a career in music instead of one in law.

Jonathan Coulton and TMBG's John Flansburgh: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Jonathan Coulton
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John Flansburgh

For Jonathan Coulton, success as a independent musician has come with recording music himself, releasing individual songs online one-at-a-time, and even selling his catalog on a USB drive. So in a way, his new album Artificial Heart is a terrifying turn to the traditional, and a creative risk. It was produced with They Might Be Giants' John Flansburgh in a studio with a full band, the old-fashioned way. Jonathan and John talk to us about that process.

The fruit of their labors, Artificial Heart, is out now. To hear more from Jonathan and John, you can listen Coulton and Flansburgh's past appearances on The Sound of Young America. You can also visit them at JonathanCoulton.com and TheyMightBeGiants.com.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Astrophysicist and Host of NOVA scienceNOW: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Neil deGrasse Tyson

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called That Is All.

John talks of other universes with astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Dr. Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium, but the layperson likely knows him as the host of StarTalk Radio and the PBS program NOVA scienceNOW.

His upcoming projects include a new version of the TV series Cosmos -- originally hosted by Carl Sagan -- and a new book titled Space Chronicles.

He talks to us about how money for space exploration stacks up to other spending, his personal space travel dreams, the Cosmos series reboot, and more.

George R. R. Martin, Author of "A Song of Ice and Fire" Series: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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George R. R. Martin

This week, our guest host is John Hodgman. John is a Famous Minor Television Personality and best-selling author, whom you likely know from his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show, his podcast Judge John Hodgman, and his many literary works -- including his upcoming book, to be released November 1st, called THAT IS ALL.

He speaks with George R. R. Martin author of the very popular series of fantasy books called, collectively, A Song of Ice and Fire. The most recent installment is A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book Five. The series was recently adapted for the acclaimed HBO show A Game of Thrones. Martin joins us to talk about creating a fantasy universe, (very) involved fans, and more.

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JOHN HODGMAN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm John Hodgman in for Jesse Thorn. My guest is George R.R. Martin; he is the author of an extremely popular series of fantasy novels collectively known as A Song of Ice and Fire. There will eventually be seven of them, the most recent, the fifth is called A Dance with Dragons. It was published in July after a several year wait. Martin has received numerous awards for his writing and was named by Time Magazine as one of the most influential people of 2011, named by me, by the way. I wrote the piece.

A Song of Ice and Fire was recently adapted into the HBO series A Game of Thrones. He's also written some of the scripts for the television version, including its pilot. Here's a clip from that episode. In it, King Robert, played by Mark Addy, has just brought on Ned Stark, played by Sean Bean, to be his second in command, The King's Hand.

First of all, George R.R. Martin, congratulations on all of the recent success of the TV show and the new book, A Dance with Dragons, and getting that done and out there and the number one best selling success of it all.

GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Thank you very much. It has been a pretty exciting year.

"Retromania" with Simon Reynolds: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye
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Simon Reynolds

Is cultural innovation at risk when we indulge in an obsessive love of retro? Music critic Simon Reynolds joins us to talk about how songs can be more unimaginative when we have unprecedented access to decades' worth of past music, the trouble with searching out authenticity, the loop of musicians re-creating old sounds, and more.

Simon Reynolds has been on a guest on the program before, to discuss his book on post-punk, Rip It Up and Start Again.

Simon's new book is Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past.

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JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest on the program is Simon Reynolds, he's a music writer who's written most extensively about electronic influenced music and electronic influenced rock music, including a book about post-punk rock and roll called Rip It Up and Start Again, the seminal history of rave in the 1990s, and now he's the author of Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past. It's about the almost complete lack of anything new aesthetically, particularly in the world of music, and particularly in the world of rock music, in the past ten years and what that means for our cultural future. Simon, welcome back to The Sound of Young America.

SIMON REYNOLDS: Thanks for having me back on the show.

Nicolas Winding Refn, Director of "Drive": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Ryan Gosling with director Nicolas Winding Refn, L, on set
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Bullseye
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Nicolas Winding Refn

Nicolas Winding Refn is the Danish director of the new film Drive, starring Ryan Gosling and Carey Mulligan. Refn had a very specific vision for the film, which included trance-like music and throwbacks to the aesthetics of films of his childhood. Drive is a moody thriller that combines elements of fairy tale, noir, 80s pop and 70s grit. The film won Refn the Best Director award at Cannes.

Drive opens in theaters nationwide on September 16th.

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JESSE THORN: It's The Sound of Young America, I'm Jesse Thorn. My guest, Nicolas Winding Refn grew up in the world of cinema. His father, Anders, edited the Danish classics Breaking the Waves and Dancer in the Dark for director Lars Von Trier, among dozens of other films. He grew up in Denmark, but spend his teenage years in New York City. He briefly attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts before being expelled, allegedly for throwing a chair into a wall, and passed up one of six slots at a very prestigious Danish film institute when he had the opportunity to develop what had been his application short film into a feature. That movie, Pusher, went on to become a European cult crime classic.

His new film is his first American production. It's called Drive. It won Refn the directing prize at the Cannes Film Festival. Its nearly silent protagonist played by Ryan Gosling is a professional stunt driver by day and a getaway driver by night. It's a movie that somehow both brutal and serene, and because the main character almost never talks, it's tough for us to encapsulate with a clip of dialogue. So instead, suffice it to say that on those evenings when he isn't committing a crime, the protagonist called the driver cruises the roads of Los Angeles listening to music like this.

Nicolas, welcome to The Sound of Young America.

NICOLAS WINDING REFN: Thank you.

JESSE THORN: It's really great to have you on the show. I want to ask you, having only seen one passing reference to you throwing a chair into a wall at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, I thought I would go to the horse's mouth and find out what got you booted.

NICOLAS WINDING REFN: It was a table instead of a chair. It was great because I hated authority anyways, so it didn't turn out the way I thought it was going to be, but that was maybe good, because if it hadn't maybe I wouldn't be sitting here. So I was the happiest person smashing a table into the wall and being told that was unacceptable.

Robert Popper, British Comedy Writer of "Look Around You" and "Friday Night Dinner": Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Robert Popper, L, in character for "Look Around You" with Peter Serafinowicz
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Robert Popper

Xeni Jardin steps in as guest host this week! Xeni is a longtime co-editor and blogger at BoingBoing and a tech journalist who's provided commentary or reporting to NPR's Day to Day, PBS's NewsHour, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and ABC World News Tonight among others. She's currently working on a series of stories for PBS about the physical and economic damage and fallout from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan earlier this year.

She'll talk to Robert Popper, a BAFTA-winning comedy writer and producer who is responsible for the very funny BBC mock educational series Look Around You (with collaborator Peter Serafinowicz) and now, the creation and writing of the BBC America series Friday Night Dinner. Every episode follows a different Friday night as adult brothers Jonny and Adam return to the family homestead for a meal with their (slightly off) parents.

In the past, Robert has worked on Peep Show, South Park, and a number of other TV programs. He's also well known as an accomplished prankster. We'll talk to him about regressing to childhood in the company of your siblings and parents, the construction of some of his favorite comedy bits, prank phone calls from his alter ego Robin Cooper, and more.

The final episode of the first season of Friday Night Dinner airs this Saturday at 11:30/10:30c on BBC America. It's also available for download from the iTunes store.

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XENI JARDIN: Welcome to The Sound of Young America, I'm Xeni Jardin in for Jesse Thorn. Sitting here with me today is the brilliant, the illustrious, the genius funny man, Robert Popper.

ROBERT POPPER: Thank you very much. That's my natural

XENI JARDIN: Robert, I've followed your work for many years.

ROBERT POPPER: And you've literally followed me around.

Paul Scheer, Comedian, Actor and Creator of Adult Swim's NTSF:SD:SUV::: Interview on The Sound of Young America

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Paul Scheer

Our guest host this week is MaxFun's very own Jordan Morris! He's a host and producer on FuelTV's The Daily Habit and of course, co-hosts our own podcast Jordan, Jesse, Go! You can also see him performing comedy at numerous venues throughout Los Angeles.

He'll talk to Paul Scheer, who last was on our show with the members of his MTV sketch comedy series, Human Giant. Paul is the creator and star of a new Adult Swim series, NTSF:SD:SUV::, a send up of police procedural shows like CSI. Paul explains that the show does not exist merely in parody, but comes from a place of love. He'll also talk about why having a giant budget can be a death knell for a project, fashion choices from his character Andre on FX's The League, and more.

You can see NTSF:SD:SUV:: Thursdays at 12:15am on Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, catch Paul on The League on Thursdays at 10:30pm on FX.

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JORDAN MORRIS: This is The Sound of Young America, my name is Jordan Morris. Our guest today is the actor and writer Paul Scheer. He's been seen on TV in shows like 30 Rock, The League, and the cult classic sketch show Human Giant. He's been seen in movies like Piranha 3-D and its forthcoming sequel Piranha 3-DD. He's the star and creator of the new Adult Swim series NTSF:SD:SUV::, which airs on that network Thursdays at 12:15am. Paul, welcome to the program.

PAUL SCHEER: Thank you so much for having me.

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