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February 21 2014

00:49

February 12 2014

07:05

Show 425: The Beatles “Tune In”and Bruce Springsteen Review

Music News With the release of Nielsen's SoundScan year-end sales figures for 2013, Robin Thicke's Blurred Lines has officially been crowned the top-selling single of the year with 6.5 million units. Hot on Thicke's heels were Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop and Imagine Dragons' Radioactive with 6.15 million and 5.5 million respectively. Turning to albums, Justin Timberlake claimed the top spot with 2.43 million copies of The 20/20 Experience sold. Though, Jim and Greg ] note that the album's numbers happen to be the lowest sales for a #1 record in Nielsen history. The report also revealed other interesting trends in the music industry. Vinyl record enthusiasts continued to show the love for LPs in 2013 with sales up 33% over the year before. People loved streaming their music, as well, but digital sales were down 6%. This has Jim and Greg wondering: is the stream going to kill the download? Speaking of death and downloads… Last week, Jim and Greg reported the loss of pioneering country rocker Phil Everly. Apparently they weren‘t the only ones mourning. In the week after Phil’s passing, fans downloaded 18,000 Everly Brothers songs, a whopping 696% increase from the previous week. Dying, it turns out, can be a great career move. Coachella Music Festival has released its full 2014 lineup. In addition to top headliners Arcade Fire, Muse, and OutKast (who are reuniting for the first time since 2007), the desert super-show will feature Girl Talk, Lana Del Rey, Motörhead, Lorde, plus two bonus reunions: The Replacements and Neutral Milk Hotel. In other live music news, the NFL has beefed up its plans for the Super Bowl XLVIII halftime show. Just in case main act Bruno Mars wasn‘t enough to satisfy America’s burning need for overhyped pop spectacle, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joining him onstage. What a combination, Greg laments. If the Nielsen numbers were any sign, streaming music is here to stay. And now another big player is hoping to break into that (already crowded) market: Beats Music. Spearheaded by Dr. Dre, Trent Reznor, and record exec Jimmy Iovine, the new streaming service aims to offer a more curated listening experience than its competitors. Rather than using algorithms to help users find music, Beats will rely on experts from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone—and your esteemed Sound Opinions hosts! But Jim and Greg wanted to know how the service compensates artists and labels, something for which Spotify and Pandora have taken flak. CEO Ian Rogers explains that because Beats Music won‘t be available for free, the company will pay extra for each song streamed. With the majority of every subscription fee going toward giving rights holders their fair share, Rogers says that what’s good for Beats Music is good for the industry. ShareTweet http://www.soundopinions.org/show/425

February 09 2014

08:05

Episode 205 – Rick Big Runner Training | RunRunLive

The RunRunLive Podcast Episode 205 – Rick Big Runner Training Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser. epi205 Show intro by: Russ in Dutchess – Russ Porter – http://www.breakfastmiles.blogspot.com/ Husband, father, financial analyst, runner, triathlete, Scout leader; I try to fit it all into the 24 hours that the day gives me. I’ve been running for about 11 years, including 5 years spent overseas in Spain and China. I’m now back to the US for at least a few years, and looking forward to running throughout the country, while raising my children. Although I’m a relatively slow runner, I like to race at many distances (5K to marathon), mainly to keep my training up and manage my weight. I’ve run 6 marathons in the US and abroad, and plan to keep up as long as my knees allow.   RunRunLive – Podcast Intro http://www.runrunlive.com/home/read-the-runrunlive-podcast-intro Intro: Hello and welcome to the mid-winter solstice edition of the holiday chorus podcast where we raise our voices in cheerful harmony in praise.  In praise of what?  In praise of the endurance gods of course because this is the RunRunLive Podcast and this is Chris your host and we have a superdy duper show for you today. I’m a little late getting this one out because I’m on vacation, if that makes any sense.  I had a confluence of activities going on this week and I’ve had a hard time getting to the keyboard. Today we talk with Rick a fellow endurance athlete who shares his stories of challenge and triumph.  I hope you like it.  I’m also going to share a post I wrote today about my physical therapy experiences and I’ll read you a story from my second book “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” that I just converted and posted to the Kindles store yesterday.  I’m a Kindle menace. I also stole a clip from Peter Herridge again and his Spikes podcast.  I was wondering why I found Peter’s voice so sonorous and comforting and then I discovered that he is a funeral director – so it all makes perfect sense now. I’ve been working on stuff around the house, going to PT and working out a ton this week.  I’m kinda-sorta base building and coach has me doing double sessions.  I’m still not running but I’m spending many long hours at the gym on the bike, the elliptical, with the weights and in the pool.  Frankly it’s exhausting.  I’m not sure I have the bandwidth for 2 hours a day of training.  Kinda blows the whole day, unless you start at the crack of dawn and then you’re a zombie all day. I also went and gave some nice people at a bike shop a few hundred clams to do a computerized bike fit on me.  It turns out the Fuji is a little long for me, but it was actually fit fairly well.  I’m half-heartedly looking at getting a new bike but it just seems like such a commitment of time, money and emotion. I also unpacked and started putting together my new fluid trainer only to find that they had sent me a broken skewer.  The skewers I have – that’s the metal axle thingy with the quick release that holds the back wheel of your bike on – the ones I have are all square.  The trainer clamps want a round ended one.  Nashbar is shipping me a replacement, but that was a bit disappointing. I’d prefer to be doing all this stationary bike riding in my own saddle and not on the stationary bikes at the gym.  I’m scaring the hell out of the old people doing intense interval sets for an hour plus. I had such big plans when the week started. I was going to get so much done.  It seems time is a river and it has run dry on me. Did my last PT this week. Going back to see Dr. Hester again.  I’m debating jogging a 5k on New Year’s day – it’s a bit of a tradition.  The heel is better, but I can still feel it. Next week back to work. Happy New Year! Don’t bring me a figgy pudding.  Bring me a shrubbery! On with the show! Audio clips in this episode: Peter  Herridge on Zen running. http://www.runrunlive.com/products-page/midpackerslament RunRunLive » Audio Products » MidPackersLament » The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio Book   It took me a few months…but I kept at it and now can present to you The Mid-Packer’s Lament Audio book.  This is ~50 running stories read into audio by the author (me) and ends up being 6-8 hours of audio. The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament. Hope you enjoy consuming it as much as I enjoyed recording it! Ciao, thanks, and I’ll see you out there. Chris,   Skits, commercials and parodies in this episode: Story time: Equipment Check: Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy story. I wanted to include this piece because I re-read it this week while putting the kindle version of this book together.  It struck me as really nice prose.  It has nothing to do with running.  It is more of a traditional ‘altered state’ piece like Kesey, Casteneda, Thompson, or Henry Miller.  It’s amazing to me the beautiful things that the mind burps out when unencumbered by the ego, while the parents are away –so to speak. Enjoy.   Featured Interview: Rick – http://www.bigrunnertraining.com/ Welcome To BIG RUNNER TRAINING ​I’m Rick Roberts. During the past 15 years I have received much obesity guidance, but very little related to walking or running while overweight or totally out of shape. Prior to embarking on my personal walking and (slow) running journey, I weighed nearly 300 pounds and had high cholesterol, sugar and blood pressure levels. Medications were plenty. To say the least, I was dissatisfied with my situation. Maybe my former situation rings a bell with you. Several years ago, I slowly walked a 5K to raise funds for a good local cause. At the walk, I chatted with several other overweight/out of shape individuals who had trained on their own (no training guidance was available for us ‘larger’ or ‘out of shape’ folks).  All spoke of feeling healthier and losing weight during their training period. It was at that 5k that I developed a vision for improving my situation. Through trial, error, and research, I then developed a process to change my situation. The process involves walking and running slowly at first, for short distances with plenty of days off. The rest is history. I’ve completed over 70 road races and 11 marathons to date, and by 2017 will have completed a marathon in each of the fifty states. If you are dissatisfied with your present situation, you are within a few clicks of changing your life! Let me share with you my vision of improving your life and the process to make it happen, all through our reasonably priced You Can Do This!! training programs and products. I did not start Big Runner Training for financial gain –I started it to help you! – You Can Do This!!   Quick Tip: Physical Therapy – Pokin and proddin at the PT – http://www.runrunlive.com/pokin-and-proddin-at-the-pt Outro: Ok my caroling colleagues, you have sung your way through the snowy, festively be-decked neighborhood to the end of yet another RunRunLive Podcast Episode 205 in the can. Next week I think it’s an interview with Linda Quirk who has set up a charity similar to Back on my Feet.  We had some Skype challenges but I think Jim the executive viceroy of podcast editing studies at the RunRunLive institute of technology has worked them out. I’m going to jog a 5k up at the Hangover Classic on New Year’s Day.  Then take my traditional plunge in the Atlantic.  They are saying that they got their act together since last year when the race was horribly managed.  It’s hard with a 30 year old race like that.  They have a life of their own and when you have a leadership team transition things can go sideways. We have these old races up here that are going to happen.  They have a life of their own.  You can’t cancel them you can only try to get the timing right! I got another project done.  I converted the second book of running stories “The Mid-packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” to Kindle and got it up on the Amazon Kindle store.  Since this one is only an electronic book there are pictures and lots of other goodies in it. It covers the timeframe of 2005ish through 2008ish. I know I’ve been throwing a lot of stuff at you folks recently.  To summarize: My first book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is an honest to goodness dead tree book available on Amazon that I published in 2007.  I recently converted it to kindle, and you can find that on Amazon.  I also spent the last year reading it into audio – and you can get that on my website www.runrunlive.com under the audio products link.  And finally the second compilation of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy” got converted to Kindle this week and is available at the Amazon Kindle store. Apologies if you’re put off by my mercenary outbursts – but rest assured this is a hobby not a  business.  At least not a viable business.  I do it because I have daemons in my head that force me to.  I have a whole other really interesting career that puts bread into the mouths of the little Russells.  I get maybe a couple hundred bucks a year from these books and such which does not even move my profit motive needle. I’m exhausted from working out 2 hours a day.  I feel like I’ve been living at the gym.  Then taking the dog for a 1-2 hour hike every day – makes my available time window for value add pretty tight.  I suppose I should focus on the things that I have gotten done versus the things I have not.  Maybe I’m just too good at list building versus task resolution! … Which brings us to our New Year’s thoughts.  I think people are too task based.  That’s a game you can’t win.  I think you set yourself up to fail every time you sit down and make a list of tasks.  There will always be more tasks that NEED to be done than time to do them in. What many people will do when confronted by this overabundance of tasks will try to sort out and filter on those tasks that are really important or really urgent.  This is also a trap.  For at least two reasons.  The first being that there are typically more urgent/important tasks than you can accomplish.  The second being that most of these tasks get their urgency from someone else. If you really look at the tasks they don’t seldom align with what YOUR goals or purpose, you have inherited someone else’s urgency and importance.  The net result is that you are going to focus all your wonderful human spirit and energy in getting things done that don’t get you anywhere and aren’t making you a better animal. It’s interesting because you can always find enough tasks to keep you busy and stressed out, but you aren’t really choosing those tasks and hence aren’t driving your own bus and guess what?  You’re abdicating your life to some other arbitrary set of hamster-wheel activity. This is how you can get to the end of a 12 hour day and feel like you haven’t gotten anything done. There’s another reason you never get everything done.  It’s because you treat everything on your to-do list as a task.  What you will see if you look a little closer is that many of these tasks are actually projects.  A task can be accomplished with one discrete act of energy – like “set up an appointment with the Dr.” “Write a book”, “Clean the house” and “lose 10 pounds” are projects.  They involve multiple discrete tasks that have to be managed discretely.  When you treat them like tasks on your to-do list you set yourself up to fail.  When you write down your to-do list separate out the projects into a different list.  They need to be planned separately. Why am I telling you this?  Well because a number of you are going to try to set New Year’s resolutions.  I don’t know what a resolution is supposed to be but whatever form it takes unless it turns into a set of manageable discrete tasks and projects with goals and timelines you can’t get to them. But THAT isn’t important either.  THAT is Management.  Management creates order from chaos.  You need VISION and LEADERSHIP.  Vision and Leadership create chaos from order and this is the first step. You should not attempt to set goals or resolutions or projects or tasks until you decide what your purpose is.  You need to know the ‘why’.  Once you have the ‘why’ then the how is simply management. If you have your purpose you can then hold up each new task or project for review as to whether it aligns with your purpose.  In this way everything you do, day in and day out, moves you towards fulfilling your purpose.  Each task list you go through fills you up instead of emptying you. Don’t think about goals.  Don’t think about resolutions.  Don’t think about what you need have to do to make someone else happy or to avoid pain.  Think about why you are here?  What are your unique gifts?  What fulfills you?  What rocks your world?  What is your purpose?  How are you able to add value, to enrich our world? Don’t expect to find instant answers.  To live is to seek purpose.  You won’t find answers but you will find the succor of owning your own life…of driving your own bus…of not being a victim. It’s always easier for me to get my workouts in because they align with my personal needs and goals. Seek your purpose in the New Year.  And I’ll see you out there.   New-Outro … You can find me ruminating on Twitter, Facebook, DailyMile, YouTube – and Google as cyktrussell that’s Chris yellow king tom Russell with two esses and two ells. You can ruminate with me by dialing – 206-339-7804.  Leave a message there it sends an audio file. Make a resolution in the new year to call in the show intro- today we heard from Russ in Dutchess – I always thought his twitter handle was the Russian Dutchess and I figured, hey whatever floats your boat  So who knows what I’m assuming about you. Call in a in a show intro. It is in the show notes and on the web site –- you will find all the other content on the website www.runrunlive.com All the music today has been from Jim Laskey’s choral group.  It is a nice change from the usual punk rock madness. Happy New Year, Ciao, … Great news my running friends – my book of running stories “The Mid-Packer’s Lament” is now available in Kindle format at the Kindle store on Amazon.com!  Just search on “Mid-Pack”.  It’s a bargain at an easy $5 and all proceeds go towards supporting the underfunded pension plan of the retired cleaning staff at the RunRunLive world headquarters. I recently got a kindle myself and I love it.  It does reading very well. The Mid-Packer’s Lament is a series of short stories on long distance running, racing and the human comedy inherent in all sports enthusiasts.  This is the perfect book for runners and wannabe runners.  There are stories about training, eating, special places and special races.  There are stories about the accidental athlete in all of us and the stupid things we do for even amateur endeavors.  Whether you are a weekend mid-pack runner or a competitive club runner, you’ll find something thought provoking and amusing that you can relate to in the Mid-Packer’s Lament. Music: From Podsafe: All music used in the show is from the Podsafe music network found at Music Alley.  Please support the starving, socially minded artists sampled herein by purchasing some! Song1 Song 2-3 Outro music: Outro Artists Bio: Bio:www.RessurectedRunner.com Standard Links: http://www.runrunlive.com http://www.runeratti.com Http://coolrunning.com http://Grotonroadrace.com http://SQRR.org www.midpackerslament.com Cyktrussell At gmail and twitter and facebook and youtube Chris’ book on Amazon – > http://www.amazon.com/Mid-Packers-Lament-collection-running-stories/dp/141961584X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1228687012&sr=8-1 Mid-Packer’s Lament E-book Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy E-Book Dial in number for RunRunLive is – 206-339-7804 Chris Russelllives and trains in suburban Massachusetts with his family and Border collie Buddy.  Chris is the author of “The Mid-Packer’s Lament”, and “The Mid-Packer’s Guide to the Galaxy”, short stories on running, racing, and the human comedy of the mid-pack.  Chris writes the Runnerati Blog at www.runnerati.com.  Chris’ Podcast, RunRunLive is available on iTunes and at www.runrunlive.com. Chris also writes for CoolRunning.com (Active.com) and is a member of the Squannacook River Runners and the Goon Squad. Email me at cyktrussell at Gmail dot com Running  Podcast, podcasts for running, podcast for runners, free podcast for runners, Running Blog, marathon, triathlon, mileage, sprinting, run, track, training, running clubs, running groups, running shoes, exercise, health, 5k, running, swimming, sports, injuries, stretching, eating, jogging, biking, trail race, 5K, 10K, Ultramarathon, jogging a good exercise, road runner, jogging tips, benefits of jogging, free running, running shoes, marathon training, running, jogging, health and fitness, runners, runner, Boston qualification, Marathon BQ, Boston marathon   http://www.runrunlive.com/episode-205-rick-big-runner-training

January 23 2014

23:51

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Jessica Walter, "Collision Low Crossers" and Annie Hart | Maximum Fun

Show:  Bullseye Guests:  Jessica Walter Guests:  Nicholas Dawidoff Guests:  Annie Hart Guests:  Cameron Esposito Guests:  Ricky Carmona New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week. And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud. Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Jessica Walter Talks about Vulgar Lines on "Archer", Love for Lucille Bluth and Showbiz Secrets If you only know the actress Jessica Walter from her recent work, you probably know her from her role as the singularly-focused, boozy, terrifically manipulative matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development or her voice acting on the animated spy spoof, Archer. But her career stretches back fifty years, with hundreds of TV appearances, from The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Love Boat, and Trapper John, M.D. to a starring role in Clint Eastwood's directorial debut Play Misty for Me. Jessica sits down with us this week to talk about getting line reads for (the often quite vulgar and racy) scenes on FX's Archer, her love of Lucille Bluth and working with Clint Eastwood. She even divulges a few trade secrets from her role on Flipper. The fifth season of Archer is airing now on FX on Monday nights. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Wham Bam Pow Gets Pumped about "Heat" and "Terminator 2" Sometimes you're in the mood for a foreign film. Or maybe you've got a hankering to binge-watch sitcoms. If you're in the mood for blow-'em-ups and futuristic sci-fi adventures, the folks at the action and sci-fi movie podcast Wham Bam Pow have just the ticket. Ricky Carmona recommends Michael Mann's Heat, which teamed up Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro for a film about one last heist. Cameron Esposito recommends Linda Hamilton's approach to taking care of business in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Don't worry if you didn't see the first one -- it's fine to jump right in. For more high-energy recommendations from the hosts of Wham Bam Pow, subscribe to their podcast and find out what you're missing. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Annie Hart, L, with Au Revoir Simone members Heather D'Angelo and Erika Forster "The Song That Changed My Life" with Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone Annie Hart of Au Revoir Simone grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. As the story goes for a lot of teenagers, she didn't quite fit in. The kids at her school wanted to spend time at the mall. They weren't interested in making stuff, shooting videos and writing zines. Annie found a whole new world, and a whole new group of friends, through music. The song that changed her life is "Knew Song", by the Long Island hardcore band Silent Majority. Au Revoir Simone's most recent album is Move In Spectrums. They'll be on tour with Broken Bells this spring. You can find their tourdates on their website. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images The Secret Inner Life of Football: Nicholas Dawidoff on a Year with the New York Jets For all of the analysis on sports networks and the countless hours that Americans spend watching it every week, the sport of football is, in a way, inaccessible. It's composed of complicated plays, and there's a distance between the spectator and the quarterback in his helmet on the field. It's enjoyable and exciting to watch, but it's hard to unpack. "While you can see what's been planned, it's all grounded in a plan that's secret and private," says writer Nicholas Dawidoff. Dawidoff sought to go inside the world of football, to get a glimpse of the working lives of the coaches and players who spend their weeks planning and strategizing, all for a few brief hours of play on the field. He spent a year embedded with the controversial coach Rex Ryan and the players of the New York Jets, and the result is his new book, Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football. Dawidoff talks to us about why football -- not baseball -- is the real thinking man's sport, the intense and short professional careers of players, and what he thinks the sport will look like over the coming decades. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images The Outshot: Candlestick Park This week, Jesse says goodbye to an old friend. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. http://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-jessica-walter-collision-low-crossers-and-annie-hart

January 17 2014

19:09

Super Joystiq Podcast 081: Tim Schafer interview, Broken Age, Risk of Rain, Don't Starve | Joystiq

This week's Super Joystiq Podcast wants to be alone with technology. It's a pretty fine week for the podcast- some might even call it double fine. Ludwig, Susan, Richard, and Anthony convene to talk about a couple of smaller games, and a couple of bigger ones. On deck: Don't Starve, Risk of Rain, Super Mario 3D World, and Broken Age. The crew also discusses their all-time favorite platformers. And if that's not enough, we have something very special this week: an interview with the adventure game legend, Double Fine's Tim Schafer. Ludwig and Schafer sit down to talk Broken Age, modern game development, and the return to classic adventure games. Listen to the Super Joystiq Podcast: Subscribe to the Super Joystiq Podcast in iTunes Add the Super Joystiq Podcast feed to your RSS aggregator Download the MP3 directly Podcast timestamps and relevant links are available after the break. Listen to the MP3 Show Breakdown Hosts: Ludwig (@LudwigK), Susan (@SusanArendt), Richard (@TheRichardM), Anthony (@ajohnagnello) 00:00:00 // Intro 00:03:25 // Don't Starve 00:17:02 // Risk of Rain 00:33:01 // Super Mario 3D World 00:44:34 // Best platformers 01:05:48 // Tim Schafer interview 01:44:02 // Broken Age 01:52:17 // Close Credits Theme Music: Satsuma Audio and Whitaker Blackall – "A Basstastic Undertaking" Interlude: Lee Maddeford - "Le petit jardin" Social Media Podcast Twitter: @JoystiqPodcast – Have a question? Use the hashtag #QJoystiq Website Twitter: @Joystiq Facebook: Joystiq Facebook Page Subscribe to Joystiq's YouTube Channel Follow Joystiq on Twitch.tv for game streams and giveaways Breaking News and Features Risk of Rain Review: Catch your death Podcast Production Jonathan Downin (@jonathandownin) http://www.joystiq.com/2014/01/17/super-joystiq-podcast-081-tim-schafer-interview-broken-age-ri/
18:29

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Henry Bushkin on Johnny Carson | Maximum Fun

Show:  Bullseye New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week. And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud. Credit: NBC Television/Hulton Archive/Getty Images Troubled, Brilliant and Intensely Private: A Look Back at American Icon Johnny Carson with "Bombastic Bushkin" The late night show is still a staple of pop culture. Leno, Letterman, Conan, Fallon all hold their own interviewing celebrities and delivering monologues -- but there's no single late night show that is appointment viewing for all people, no host as essential as Johnny Carson, the thirty-year Tonight Show host and television icon. He was publicly known by many, Johnny Carson didn't have a lot of close personal friends. Though he was fun and friendly on-screen -- cavorting with celebrities like Jimmy Stewart, Elizabeth Taylor and Frank Sinatra -- off-screen, he was very private and hid his emotions well. It says a lot that Carson once described Henry Bushkin, his lawyer and business associate, as his "best friend". Bushkin came on to Carson's team as a fixer, someone to take care of his problems both professional and personal. This week, Mike Pesca fills in for Jesse and talks to Bushkin, who served as Carson’s lawyer and closest confidante for nearly two decades. Dubbed ‘The Bombastic Bushkin,’ his relationship with Carson was a mix of professional and personal and he witnessed some of the icon’s darkest moments. Their friendship and business relationship eventually soured, but not before Bushkin collected a wide variety of experiences. This week, Bushkin dives into those privileged moments, from the good to the bad. Bushkin’s new book, which recounts his time with Carson, is called, simply, Johnny Carson. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. The Dissolve on New Releases: Folk Stories in Inside Llewyn Davis and Fascinating Footage from Narco Cultura Editorial Director Keith Phipps and Editor Scott Tobias from film site The Dissolve stop by to recommend the best films this winter has to offer. They recommend you check out the new movie from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis and a film that examines both sides of drug cartel culture, Narco Cultura. You can find both films in select theaters nationwide this week. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Canonball: Wire’s Pink Flag with Jim DeRogatis Sometimes we like to take a flying leap into the canon of popular music and find albums that deserve a closer look. This week, Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ's Sound Opinions guides us through the art-punk band Wire’s debut album, Pink Flag. He'll tell us why you don't necessarily have to have mega-musical talent to make a great song -- just some brilliant ideas. You can hear Jim DeRogatis weekly on his nationally-distributed public radio show, Sound Opinions, or find his writing at WBEZ.org. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Credit: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images Lisa Kudrow Talks Friends, Brain Science and Playing the Eternal Optimist In the ‘90s and early 2000s, Lisa Kudrow was part of an elite, six-member group. America tuned in to NBC every week as this tight-knit collective went through the ordinary struggles of twenty and thirty-somethings living in New York City. The show was called Friends and, in its decade-long run, it was one of the most successful sitcoms of all time. Kudrow won an Emmy for her role as Phoebe Buffay, the ditzy member of the ensemble who is sometimes optimistic to a fault. Whether she’s singing about her odorous feline or recounting cringe-inducing tales from her colorful past, Phoebe retained a sense of playfulness that brightened even the darkest aspects of her character. Since Friends, she's played some characters with darker sides -- people defined by their narcissistic tendencies. On Web Therapy, she plays Fiona Wallice, a therapist who limits her patients to three minutes a session, since the rest is usually boring filler. The series shows Fiona's professional and personal life through sessions with patients that usually have their fair share of quirks. Jesse Thorn spoke with Lisa Kudrow in 2012. Web Therapy is now in its fourth season online. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. The Outshot: Keith Olbermann’s Return to Sports This week, Mike Pesca cheers sports journalist turned political pundit Keith Olbermann's return to the world of sports, with his ESPN2 show, Olbermann. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. http://www.maximumfun.org/bullseye/bullseye-jesse-thorn-henry-bushkin-johnny-carson

January 07 2014

23:59

Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Bubba Sparxxx and Ian MacKaye | Maximum Fun

Show:  Bullseye Guests:  Bubba Sparxxx Guests:  Ian MacKaye Guests:  Linda Holmes Guests:  Glen Weldon Guests:  Megan Mullally Guests:  Stephanie Hunt New to Bullseye? Subscribe to our podcast in iTunes or with your favorite podcatcher to make sure you automatically get the newest episode every week. And if you're looking for a particular segment to listen to or share, check us out on Soundcloud. Bubba Sparxxx on Schoolyard Rap Battles, Overcoming Addiction and Country-Hip Hop Fusion Bubba Sparxxx defines his life as a cycle of "falling down and getting back up." He’s a white rapper from the South who you may know for his hit with the Ying Yang Twins, "Ms. New Booty," -- or perhaps you remember his debut single from 2001, "Ugly". Sparxxx grew up in a rural area near LaGrange, Georgia, where he was no stranger to the occasional schoolyard rap battle. After high school, he made the move to Athens, Georgia with hip hop ambitions and, eventually, released the album Dark Days Bright Nights with the help of record producers Timbaland and Organized Noize. His next two albums, Deliverance and The Charm, established his commercial success and Sparxxx became known as a rapper who could effectively blend country and hip-hop. However, after The Charm’s release in 2006, Sparxxx stayed relatively silent for the next seven years. He appeared on a couple Girls Gone Wild DVDs, rumors surfaced of his troubles with the IRS and he struggled with drug addiction. With the release of Pain Management in 2013, he came back on the hip hop scene with a fresh perspective. On the album, Sparxxx returns to his small town roots with songs like the celebratory "Country Folks" and the nostalgic "LaGrange," proving that, after a long fall down, he can always get back up. His newest album, Pain Management is out now. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Pop Culture Happy Hour on Deadpan Satire and Early John Cusack Glen Weldon and Linda Holmes of NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour stop by to share some of their all-time favorite comedies. Glen recommends the 1992 film Careful, directed by Guy Maddin, which is partly a parody of the German mountaineering films of the ‘20’s and ‘30’s. It’s set in the fictional town of Tolzbad, where the townspeople, petrified of starting a devastating avalanche, supress their emotions to live as quietly as possible. Linda’s pick is The Sure Thing, a 1985 comedy directed by Rob Reiner. It stars a pre-Say Anything John Cusack who hits the road in an effort to reach a "sure thing". You can hear Glen and Linda weekly on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast, and find Linda’s writing on NPR’s Monkey See blog. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. I Wish I’d Made That: "Singin’ in the Rain" and "The Music Box" with Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt Have you ever listened to a song or watched a movie so exceptionally perfect that you thought "I wish I’d made that!"? We’ve been there too. In this segment, we talk to creative people about the works that inspired them, and maybe inspired a little envy too. This week, we caught up with Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Stephanie Hunt to talk about the things they wish they’d made: a Laurel and Hardy short called The Music Box and a classic scene from Singin’ in the Rain. We caught up with Megan and Stephanie at Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme where they performed in their band Nancy and Beth. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat & Fugazi: Love for Ted Nugent, His First Show, and Punk Ethics As a member of Fugazi and Minor Threat, Ian MacKaye made history in the punk rock world. Fugazi’s DIY ethics made a lasting impression on the music industry and Minor Threat’s song "Straight Edge" managed to start a movement, even though it was never MacKaye’s intention. He grew up in Washington D.C. in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Back then, it wasn’t a city known for its rock scene. That didn’t stop him from teaming up with drummer Jeff Nelson to form the band Minor Threat, which would go on to have a profound and lasting impact on hardcore punk. Although the band was short-lived (1980-83), it was enough to start a movement. MacKaye coined the term "straight edge," which referred to a punk rocker who abstains from drugs and alcohol. Eventually, a subculture formed around the concept and individuals who wanted to listen to their music with a clear head began calling themselves "straight edge". Later in his career, he formed Fugazi, a band which would go on to make six studio albums and had a pretty unique approach to touring practices. The group would travel cross-country, rarely charging more than five or ten dollars for a show as a reaction to the uncontrollable greed of the music industry. This week, Jesse revisits his 2009 interview, conducted live on stage with MacKaye. They’ll talk about the MacKaye's roots in D.C., his lasting legacy, and why he loves to work. MacKaye is a co-founder and owner of Dischord Records and currently sings and plays baritone guitar in The Evens. If you liked this, let someone know! Click here to share this segment. The Outshot: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Every now and then, a movie comes along that’s so quotable and unexpectedly funny that it begs for a sequel...but it doesn’t get one. After nine long years, it looked like Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s Anchorman wouldn't return with its own brand of special weirdness. This week, Jesse This week, Jesse explains why you should make your way out to the multiplex. If you liked this, let someone know! 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