I was shooting pictures at my son’s third birthday party today, and realized that I’d never shot a classic in-the-mirror selfie. Partly inspired by Pete’s post on gardening clothes, I wore loose-fitting chinos (by Benjamin Bixby) and braces (by LVC) today. The shirt’s Black Fleece, the socks are Lands’ End.
No shoes in the play area, please.

I was shooting pictures at my son’s third birthday party today, and realized that I’d never shot a classic in-the-mirror selfie. Partly inspired by Pete’s post on gardening clothes, I wore loose-fitting chinos (by Benjamin Bixby) and braces (by LVC) today. The shirt’s Black Fleece, the socks are Lands’ End.

No shoes in the play area, please.

What is taste, anyway?

Carl Wilson is a music journalist, and when he was offered a chance to write an entire book about one album, he chose Celine Dion’s “Let’s Talk About Love.”

Why?

Not because he loves Celine Dion’s music. Because he wanted to understand why so many others did, when he hated it.

Ultimately, he found himself learning about the philosophy of taste. What it means, why we have it (or don’t) and how we judge the taste of others.

Above is a ten-minute conversation between Carl and I on the subject. The rest of the interview - with a lot more Celine talk - will air on my NPR show Bullseye next week, but we wanted to share this as a web exclusive.

Give it a listen… and tell us what you think.

“It’d be a polo sweater. Like a v-neck short-sleeved sweater. It was white, but I’d dye it a ruby red color. Then I’d get some Guess jeans and dye them ruby red too. And then some Tretorns. Like the Tretorn sneakers? I’d dye them all red. That’d be my Raspberry Surprise.” Big Boi from Outkast, giving an example of an outfit he used to wear in high school that involved DIY dyeing. 

Engadget’s “Peripheral Vision” series looks at creative people whose work intersects with the tech industry. For episode 009, they talked to yours truly about where podcasting is heading, why Put This On and MaximumFun.org are independent, and some other stuff. Basically I map out the future of the entire media world in a few deft turns of phrase, with time left over to make a perfect soufflé.

Put This On Season 2, Episode 6 Clothing Credits

Intro & Outro

Suit: High Society Tailor (Fabric by Molloy & Sons)
Tie: Saks 5th
Shirt: CEGO Custom Shirts
Pocket Square: Put This On

In Interviews

Suit: Vintage
Shirt: CEGO Custom Shirts
Tie: Vintage
Shoes: Alden
Pocket Square: Put This On

Jesse in the UK with Jordan, Jesse, Go!

I’m headed to the UK this week to record episodes of my comedy podcast, Jordan, Jesse, Go! in London and Edinburgh. If you’re in the UK, I hope you’ll come.

Our Edinburgh show is August 22nd at 11PM at the Pleasance Theater. We’ll be joined by our friends Tig Notaro, Graham Clark and Mat Ricardo. Mat’s a variety artist who I met through Put This On, and I’ll probably be wearing jeans, so he will almost certainly outclass me.

In London, we’ve got two shows on the 25th at the Phoenix. We’ll have a whole pile of guests, including Dave Hill, Put This On’s very own Rudiments correspondent, and the great Helen Zaltzman from the wonderful podcast Answer Me This.

So come out, say hi, and marvel at the difference in dress between the folks who see the show announcements here and the ones who heard about it on a podcast.

Judge John Hodgman: ODOR IN THE COURT!

Ordinarily, I’m the bailiff on the Judge John Hodgman Podcast, which features my friend John Hodgman (who you may know from The Daily Show, his books, Bored to Death or the Mac/PC commercials) as a wise and hilarious judge.

This week, though, while the judge is away, the bailiff plays. Hodgman’s on vacation, so I sat in for him in a very Put This On case: a man who sometimes goes two weeks without showering or washing his clothes, cuts his own hair and insists he doesn’t smell.

A very sweet guy, but pretty dang gross.

What did I decide?

You can listen above, on our website, or you can subscribe to the show free in iTunes.

As some Put This On readers may know, I’m a public radio host by trade. This week, on my show Bullseye with Jesse Thorn, I got to talk to one of my all-time heroes: Mel Brooks. It was an absolutely amazing experience, and I hope you’ll take the time to give it a listen. If you enjoy the show, subscribe to it free in iTunes.

So sad to hear the news that one of the great American singers, George Jones, has passed away. I wrote this piece for my NPR show, Bullseye, a week or two ago. It’s about one of his greatest tunes, “The Grand Tour.”

Jesse in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest
As many of you know, Put This On is my side gig - in my day-to-day life, I’m a public radio host and comedy podcaster. I’ll be bringing that side of my work to San Francisco next weekend for SF Sketchfest, and I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop by, if only to see me dress in a bailiff outfit based on that of Bull from Night Court.
Friday night, I’ll be at the Marines Memorial Theater for Judge John Hodgman. John, who you may know from The Daily Show, Bored To Death, Community or the Mac v. PC ads will be live-judging disputants from around the Bay Area. We’ve got some great cases lined up, and it’s always a lot of fun. We’ll also be joined by our friend John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Tickets are available here.
On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be at the Punchline, hosting a live recording of my public radio show Bullseye. I’ll be interviewing Roman Mars, the creator of the brilliant design show 99% Invisible, and Boots Riley of The Coup, who’ll also be performing a few songs. Peter Hartlaub of the Chronicle will provide some San Francisco-themed film recommendations, and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Erin Foley (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, etc) will be doing standup. I will also be speaking on the important subject of The Luniz hit record “I Got Five On It (Bay Ballas Remix)”. Get your tickets for that show here.

Jesse in San Francisco at SF Sketchfest

As many of you know, Put This On is my side gig - in my day-to-day life, I’m a public radio host and comedy podcaster. I’ll be bringing that side of my work to San Francisco next weekend for SF Sketchfest, and I hope all you Bay Area PTO readers will stop by, if only to see me dress in a bailiff outfit based on that of Bull from Night Court.

Friday night, I’ll be at the Marines Memorial Theater for Judge John Hodgman. John, who you may know from The Daily Show, Bored To Death, Community or the Mac v. PC ads will be live-judging disputants from around the Bay Area. We’ve got some great cases lined up, and it’s always a lot of fun. We’ll also be joined by our friend John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats. Tickets are available here.

On Saturday afternoon, I’ll be at the Punchline, hosting a live recording of my public radio show Bullseye. I’ll be interviewing Roman Mars, the creator of the brilliant design show 99% Invisible, and Boots Riley of The Coup, who’ll also be performing a few songs. Peter Hartlaub of the Chronicle will provide some San Francisco-themed film recommendations, and Steve Agee (The Sarah Silverman Program) and Erin Foley (Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central, etc) will be doing standup. I will also be speaking on the important subject of The Luniz hit record “I Got Five On It (Bay Ballas Remix)”. Get your tickets for that show here.