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jonahray:

Q: So, you want to start a record label?
A: YES, because I hate my money and want to do something that’ll be fun. 
In 2007, my friends Ryan McManemin and Matt “sasquatch” Belknap started a comedy record label. Jen Kirkman and I were the first two releases. I had only been doing comedy for a handful of years and wasn’t anywhere close to thinking I was allowed to put out any sort of “comedy album” (although Jen’s “Self Help” is a classic and needed to be released). But, having been a part of Scott Aukerman and BJ Porters “Mbar/Comedy Death Ray” scene I had become friends with Ryan, as we were both punk rock kids that were now at comedy shows all the time. I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no.
Patton Oswalt, who I describe as the current comedy scene’s combined Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Black Flag (not only that he helped pave a way, but paved it with the added intent on helping those around him), brought up the notion that people will start to follow comics like they follow musicians. In the way that you’ll get a bands early single, and then see them develop and become better musicians/songwriters. He even, with Chunklet’s Henry Owings, put out a split with The Melvins. 
So if that then what? Well, I was tired of saying “Somebody should…” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”
So, with AST RECORDS I am now starting my own imprint label:
                     LITERALLY FIGURATIVE RECORDS
I am gonna put out the stuff I like in the hopes that other people will too. Also, to maybe shed some light on some comics and bands that I really dig that people may not know about. This is a comedy label, this is a music label, this is probably some weird vanity project. Fuck it, though. 

What’s in store for releases? 
-Vinyl of NICK YOUSSEF’S DEBUT ALBUM “STOP NOT OWNING THIS”
-THE DEBUT 7” RECORD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NEW LA COMEDIANS “PAIGE WELDON”
-The first LP from the legendary MATT DWYER
And this is the fun one, a split 7” series with a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other called:
THE MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY!
Releases in this continuing series to include…
Sean O’connor / Upset
Matt Mira / Jenny Owen Youngs
Alex Hooper / FARTBARF
Wil Wheaton / Nerf Herder
Kyle Clark / Chris Ferren (from Fake Problems)
Jonah Ray (that’s me!) / Mikal Cronin
Powerviolence / Powerviolence
Rhea Butcher / G.S. Schray
And more as we go a long, but l don’t want to get too ahead of myself.
All this will be done under the guidance of Ryan and Matt from AST RECORDS as well as be distributed by them. 
I don’t know if this will be good, I DO know that it will be fun.

Hell yay Jonah Ray!

jonahray:

Q: So, you want to start a record label?

A: YES, because I hate my money and want to do something that’ll be fun. 

In 2007, my friends Ryan McManemin and Matt “sasquatch” Belknap started a comedy record label. Jen Kirkman and I were the first two releases. I had only been doing comedy for a handful of years and wasn’t anywhere close to thinking I was allowed to put out any sort of “comedy album” (although Jen’s “Self Help” is a classic and needed to be released). But, having been a part of Scott Aukerman and BJ Porters “Mbar/Comedy Death Ray” scene I had become friends with Ryan, as we were both punk rock kids that were now at comedy shows all the time. I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no.

Patton Oswalt, who I describe as the current comedy scene’s combined Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Black Flag (not only that he helped pave a way, but paved it with the added intent on helping those around him), brought up the notion that people will start to follow comics like they follow musicians. In the way that you’ll get a bands early single, and then see them develop and become better musicians/songwriters. He even, with Chunklet’s Henry Owings, put out a split with The Melvins. 

So if that then what? Well, I was tired of saying “Somebody should…” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”

So, with AST RECORDS I am now starting my own imprint label:

                     LITERALLY FIGURATIVE RECORDS

I am gonna put out the stuff I like in the hopes that other people will too. Also, to maybe shed some light on some comics and bands that I really dig that people may not know about. This is a comedy label, this is a music label, this is probably some weird vanity project. Fuck it, though. 

What’s in store for releases? 

  • -Vinyl of NICK YOUSSEF’S DEBUT ALBUM “STOP NOT OWNING THIS”
  • -THE DEBUT 7” RECORD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NEW LA COMEDIANS “PAIGE WELDON”
  • -The first LP from the legendary MATT DWYER

And this is the fun one, a split 7” series with a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other called:

THE MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY!

Releases in this continuing series to include…

  • Sean O’connor / Upset
  • Matt Mira / Jenny Owen Youngs
  • Alex Hooper / FARTBARF
  • Wil Wheaton / Nerf Herder
  • Kyle Clark / Chris Ferren (from Fake Problems)
  • Jonah Ray (that’s me!) / Mikal Cronin
  • Powerviolence / Powerviolence
  • Rhea Butcher / G.S. Schray

And more as we go a long, but l don’t want to get too ahead of myself.

All this will be done under the guidance of Ryan and Matt from AST RECORDS as well as be distributed by them. 

I don’t know if this will be good, I DO know that it will be fun.

Hell yay Jonah Ray!

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elizaeliza:

Dear JMU,

As an alumna of James Madison University, let me just say: Go fuck yourself, JMU.

One of your students was sexually assaulted by 3 male students while she was blackout drunk, they videotaped and distributed it, and their punishment was “expulsion after graduation.” EXPULSION AFTER…

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GIRL TALK: Wham Bam Pow

This is a super awesome review of our movie podcast Wham Bam Pow. I’m so stoked that people are digging it; I have so much fun making it. I do, however, have to issue one correction: I gave Pacific Rim an unapologetic 5 “Swords We Didn’t Know We Had” out of 5. I still sing it’s praises. It’s now on HBOGO and I urge everyone to watch it again and just have fun, you know?

fullonmonets:

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Penetrating the world of comedy can be a pretty daunting prospect but podcasts are an excellent place to start. Every week Molly Thomas will take you through the best the genre has to offer in lady-centric entertainment with the requisite chutzpah that comes from beginning articles with ‘penetrating’.

Drawing by Emma, image courtesy of Wham Bam Pow.

Week 2: Wham Bam Pow, #39: Her

This week, our attention is turned to my second favourite movie-based podcast with a panel consisting of an established couple and a dude. (First place should be pretty obvious to anyone who witnessed my gushing over June Diane Raphael last week.) Wham Bam Pow is a sci-fi/fantasy podcast with Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, and Ricky Carmona discussing “news, reviews, and things you can use!”

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chicklikemeblog:

Just gonna leave this here. 

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It’s hard to be 100% angry when someone has gained NATIONAL (if not international) fame for standing up for a facet of the LGBTQ movement, regarding marriage. I appreciate the allegiance of Macklemore (and Ryan Lewis) but at the same time, this song is a great metaphor for the LGBTQ struggle within our culture. If it were a gay man or lesbian or trans person up there singing (which this hypothetical even happening is still far off) about themselves and what they go through, it’d be deemed “too preachy”. 

Take this example. I was recently flying from Los Angeles to the Midwest and had to take a shit ton of flights due to cancellations. I was tired and sick, and really bored. I’d been traveling for hours. I got onto my second to last flight, which was a tiny plane with two seat rows from Dallas to Atlanta. Now, when I travel I like to wear a hat. A baseball hat, to be specific. I usually get many “sirs” in the ladies’ bathroom, as well as in the TSA lines. First off, I get it; it doesn’t always bother me as long as the person saying “sir” says something to the effect of “oh, my bad”, upon realizing their error. “Totally cool”, is typically my response. If they resond in a shitty way, well, that’s going to be another Tumblr post. Second, LADIES WEAR ALL KINDS OF HATS, GET HIP TO IT. But i digress, back to my point:

I got on this plane next to a white, early 40s woman who happened to live in suburban Los Angeles (somewhere around Brea). She worked in pharmaceuticals in some way or another, so she was doing alright financially. At this point in my day, I had needed some human interaction beyond “sir” and she seemed like she was up for talking in her body language. We started chatting about flying and how crappy cancellations are and just normal stuff like that. Then on to jobs and families. Then, at about 35 minutes in, we got to he be one. We started talking about…

GAY.

She started out by asking me when I knew. “Forever” I always say. Now, people rarely preface this with, “Is it ok if I ask…” Might I suggest, straight people, prefacing with “can I ask you…” We are not lab rats and we are not exotic. We are people who happen to live in your world. So, as soon as you knew you were straight, that’s when I knew I was gay. I just didn’t have the language for it. Not sex language mind you. But Barbie dolls and baby dolls and He-Man and She-ra language. Everything is “sexed” and “gendered” right away. So you scared hetero people out there that don’t want kids knowing about gay sex? You should take away your sexist baby dolls for your daughters and don’t let your boys watch cartoons with buxom women in them. Then came the big question:

WHAT DO I SAY TO MY KIDS?

Well, ok. I understand now, at 31 that I am in a position of teaching. It sucks, because I have to live my life partially teaching straight people how to be nice to me but hey we all have our cross to bear, min just happens to be wearing a Dodgers ball cap and a men’s flannel from Urban Outfitters. So here’s what I tell this woman. “Look, don’t tell them that if they ‘end up being’ gay you’ll love them just as much. Just love them. Tell them about gay people you know. Tell them that Ellen is really funny. Show them Neal Patrick Harris. Just don’t make them think that being gay or lesbian or trans is any less than, by saying that it’s POSSIBLE your love would be less if they were LGBTQ; because if they are gay, they might think that after you tell them there could be a difference, now they are different. Why put that in their heads? So basically, just treat them the same, don’t say mean shit about gay people and love them when they come out. Period.

So up to this point, the conversation had been very nice. It stayed nice but what the woman said next was incredibly hurtful and brings me back to my original point of wishing that LGBT folk were “allowed” or “able” to speak for themselves.

"I have a cousin who’s gay. I’m totally fine with it. I just don’t like when ‘they’ are so aggressive about it. It’s like (shudder) just stop, I GET IT. You don’t have to be so aggressive."

The above quote is paraphrased because I kinda blacked out. This, from a human woman who had just been talking to me, a human lesbian woman, that spent the previous 15-20 minutes KINDLY HELPING HER learn how to “deal” with a possible gay kid. I’m glad I stayed within her boundaries of acceptable gay behavior. I wouldn’t want to make her feel uncomfortable, by like, say, asking her questions about her sexuality while at the same time being TOO GAY.

This is why we need more LGBTQ people talking about their lives and coming out (I’m lookin’ at you Queen, Your Highness) as a point of pride and not hiding because, “privacy”. We still live in a time where being out can be seen as aggressive. What’s so aggressive about us? That we talk about ourselves? Seems to me you heteros do a whole lot of talking about yourselves. And gay people. And lesbians. And the trans community.

And we listen. 

So this is why last night I was more affected by the Bing commercial celebrating strong women than I was the equal marriage stunt that coincided with Macklemore’s equality song - because that commercial showcased women who did amazing things, using their voices. How about it, world at large, how about you let us grab the mic for a sec.

We have a few things to teach you.

cameronesposito:

“Same Love” is catchy as hell, beautiful even. And I have a problem with it. I just don’t dig that THE song chosen this year to celebrate the national movement toward equality begins with a description of what it feels like to be straight and called gay. The song puts being called gay in as part…

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jondaly:

higregjohnson:

"Stand Up Apartment Radio"

This is the best new comedy podcast. Period! Stand up Apartment!

This is glorious.

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Fresh off of recording International Waters at #maxfunhq; it’s new host Dave Holmes, Me, and Ricky Carmona!

Fresh off of recording International Waters at #maxfunhq; it’s new host Dave Holmes, Me, and Ricky Carmona!

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Oh my goodness, I’m a watercolor kitty!

meganlynnkott:

So I’m not normally into animals being anthropomorphized to the point of having human characteristics (i.e. hair, hands, etc) BUT I don’t think I could make a #Whambampow homage without including the best hair in all of podcasting.  Wham Bam Pow is a podcast about action & sci-fi shoot-em-up and blow-em-up movies.  They are all in their own right supremely hilarious but what I really love about these podhosts is how well they all vibe off each other.  This is another of my series cataloging the MaxFun hosts as kitties~  Hope you enjoy <3
—- HAPPY CATURDAY! —-

Oh my goodness, I’m a watercolor kitty!

meganlynnkott:

So I’m not normally into animals being anthropomorphized to the point of having human characteristics (i.e. hair, hands, etc) BUT I don’t think I could make a #Whambampow homage without including the best hair in all of podcasting.  Wham Bam Pow is a podcast about action & sci-fi shoot-em-up and blow-em-up movies.  They are all in their own right supremely hilarious but what I really love about these podhosts is how well they all vibe off each other.  This is another of my series cataloging the MaxFun hosts as kitties~  Hope you enjoy <3

—- HAPPY CATURDAY! —-

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I love the hell out of this.

natashaleggero:

(Click here to read a prettier, mirrored version of this letter)

On New Years Eve I made what I thought was a harmless joke http://dailym.ai/1crNs71

Here is my response:

Well hello America!

It’s been a busy few days but rest assured, I have received all of your messages and have been…

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elizaeliza:

During my first week at Totally Biased back in August the “Solidarity is for White Women” hashtag exploded on Twitter. Or at least, on my twitter. We all have our own twitter experiences — maybe that week yours was all CNN, or cats writing like head injury victims. Mine was frustrated women of…

My friend/comic/writer/rapper Eliza Skinner wrote a great thing. Consider my game up-stepped.