Friday, November 12, 2004

In the words of Andre 3000, all right all right all right all right all right all right all right all right!

Some of you may know, the reason I've been away is that the day after the election, I was informed that the funders of Pop Vultures decided to pull the plug.

You can still hear our 13 pilots on the website, and you can also try streaming our last 9 shows at the Public Radio Exchange, and read all the reviews. We just got a really groovy review from a guy named Bill McKibben, who wrote the book "The End of Nature" and was a staffer at the New Yorker:

"Is there some reason that this show isn't on public radio every week, every station? It's really really good--a child of the 'This American Life' era of radio, with the great transitions., perfect pacing, and a sound that somehow combines polish and comfortable familiarity (as opposed to fakey intimacy). But I would guess its prime audience would be a few years younger, which is just what we want, no? And it's about a world that older listeners should understand too. It makes listeners work a little bit--it's about five minutes into most shows that you've figured out enough about the subject to feel comfortable. But I like doing that work."

Aw, shucks.

I invite anyone who liked the show to leave a comment or email me at, as I want to compile a list of friends-and-relations to keep updated on my future endeavors. The Vultures are a family and a team now, and it would be a shame to lose touch.

Speaking of friends-and-relations, I'd like to thank, in no particular order, some of the many beautiful people who helped or inspired our show: the wonderful Jay Allison, Ira Glass, Jeff Hansen, Eric Nuzum, Garrison Keillor, Mary McGrath, David Schulman, Brendan Greeley and everyone at PRX and Transom, Brian Quinn at WUMB, Third Coast Audio Festival, Stefan Sigerson, Weba and Mark at Catasonic Studios, 90.5 The Night, Eric Walter and Brett Baldwin at MPR, Matt Holzman at KCRW, Tim Riley, Tim Slusher, Amy Carlson Gustafson, Pete Scholtes and Melissa Maerz, Brian Siewiorek, Jim Walsh, Debbie Beukema, Kristy Guevara Flanagan and her boyfriend, my family, Bernard Elsemere and Julie Fowells, Sloopy, Toby Tyler Circus Boy a.k.a. Sir Toby Belch, Dan Reines, the staff at Amoeba Records, Electric Fetus Records, Jeff Barry, Tommy James, Herman's Hermits, John Lennon, Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, John Peel, Mr. Rogers, Car Talk, Cosmic Slop, Howard Stern, Fantasia, Eric Gagne and, most of all, the Vultures:

Anaheed Alani, Garth Belcon, Hillary Churchill, Vince DeLorca, Baz Dreisinger, Eric Gordon, Liam Lynch, Benno Nelson, Eric Nuzum, Ian and Zoe Rogers, Chrissy Shannon, Axel Steuerwald, Dan Sullivan, Vinnie and Stardusters, Matt Welch, Jeff Whalen, Lauren Whitesnake and Honorary Vulture Ben Sullivan, my brother.

And MOST most of all, everyone who put us on the air from Seattle to Tuscaloosa, and everyone who tuned in, whether you loved us so much you had to wait in your driveway to hear the very end, or hated us so much you just couldn't stop listening.

rock on brothers and sisters!


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