The problems: topical storms; Wears-a-Hat guy (and the uniforms of his ruthless punishers); our touchy tattooed friends; an elegant Kanji solution; John’s numerous hauntings, visions, and visitations; Angelina Jolie’s insane bubble of insanity; the ubiquity of permanent sexface; why we’re not actually that fancy; the fakeness of fake benefits; the byzantine chili-canning fan and the art of earnest butchery; and why That’s Not Funny. It’s not. It’s not funny.
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John Roderick of The Long Winters: “The Song That Changed My Life” on The Sound of Young America | Maximum Fun
Latest Episodewith Amy SedarisTwo legends this week: first up, Amy Sedaris. Amy’s made a career playing characters - and we say this with absolutely zero shade intended - people who are kind of grotesque and weird. The weirder and grosser the better - take Jerri Blank on Strangers with Candy or Mimi Kanasis on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, too. But on her new show, At Home with Amy Sedaris, Amy pretty much plays herself. She talks with Jesse about how that’s a transition out of her normal comfort zone. Also discussed: rabbits, monkfish, and girl scout badges!
Then, the great Paul Reiser the legendary standup and actor. He’s also the creator of a brand new TV series, it’s called There’s Johnny and it’s premiering this week on Hulu. It takes place in the early 70s, behind the scene of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Reiser knew Carson about as well as anybody could and dishes on what it was like appearing on his show almost a dozen times. Show notes
Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Holiday Special with John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, The Polyphonic Spree and MBMBaM | Maximum Fun
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Gift Giving with The AV Club: Tarantino XX and Rediscover Jigsaw Puzzles
Josh Modell and Andrea Battleground from The Onion’s AV Club join us this week with some holiday gift ideas. Josh recommends Tarantino XX, a 10-disc, Blu-ray collection of several of Tarantino’s most loved films. Andrea suggests picking up one of the Rediscover jigsaw puzzles of your gift recipient’s favorite album covers.
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John Roderick, Jonathan Coulton, and a Wunnerful Christmas
John Roderick and Jonathan Coulton each carved his own warm, authentic, relatable space in the indie rock scene, and their sounds and aesthetics are complementary enough to make a collaboration welcome and exciting. That the collaboration comes in the form of a Christmas album is unexpected, but the end result, One Christmas at a Time, is a fun and charming exploration of familiar holiday themes — from coping with drunk uncles to the one ultimate childhood gift. Roderick and Coulton join us this week to discuss their first meeting, the challenge inherent in capturing the feelings and emotions of the holiday season while maintaining secular points of view, and why celebrating Christmas in Los Angeles is contemptible.
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Cockney Accents, Gift Cards, and Christmas Music with My Brother, My Brother and Me
Navigating the holidays can be a treacherous task; between divining proper party etiquette, appropriately selecting gifts for your loved ones, and just coping with all of the little things that spring up around this time of the year, you’re probably aching for some guidance right about now. Fortunately, an ace team of (terrible) advice-giving brothers joins us this week to set us straight.
If you’re hungry for more wisdom, seek out Justin McElroy, Travis McElroy, and Griffin McElroy’s podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me on MaximumFun.org or in the iTunes store.
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Tim DeLaughter on The Polyphonic Spree’s Holiday Experiment
The choral symphonic band The Polyphonic Spree’s new album, Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays started out as an experiment — what happens when you take The Polyphonic Spree’s ethereal, angelic sound and apply it to holiday favorites? The Polyphonic Spree’s lead singer Tim DeLaughter joins Bullseye contributor Daniel Ralston to explore this question, the role of spectacle in the act, and DeLaughter’s experience collaborating with his young son on the record.
Daniel Ralston is a co-host, producer and editor of The Low Times Podcast.
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The Outshot: Donny Hathaway’s "This Christmas"
Popular Christmas music can be pretty hit or miss, and a relatively small catalog of options combined with seasonal overexposure to the genre can make the hits seem few and far between. One Christmas pop song that never disappoints Jesse: Donny Hathaway’s "This Christmas".
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One Bad Mother
This week on One Bad Mother, Living arrangements! Guest host John Roderick joins to talk about the rather non-traditional family set up he shares with the mother of his child, plus we check in with Theresa who is still on maternity leave and Biz isn’t sure long weekends are all they are cracked up to be.
John Roderickhttp://www.johnroderick.comTwitter: @johnroderick
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Opening theme: Summon the Rawk, Kevin MacLeod (http://incompetech.com)
Ones and Zeros, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Mom Song, Adira Amram, Hot Jams For Teens (http://adiraamram.com, avail on iTunes)
Telephone, Awesome, Beehive Sessions (http://awesomeinquotes.com, also avail on iTunes)
Closing music: Mama Blues, Cornbread Ted and the Butterbeans