Wednesday, November 25, 2009

all that's sacred #28

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for taking the time to listen and contribute to the podcast. This year has been a real battle for me (for a number of reasons that I won’t bore you with), but this little experiment of mine has been an enormous bright spot despite the dark days. It’s been an amazing learning experience and creative outlet but most importantly, it’s been really incredible connecting with so many of you from all over the globe. So again, many thanks and well wishes to all of you this holiday.

Episode #28 is dedicated to contributions via the new podcast voicemail – 707-SACRED9 (707-722-7339). I have high hopes that this addition to the podcast will allow for greater interaction and connectivity. It’s been a real kick to hear from you all more directly and I think we’re off to a promising start. I appreciate those of you who were game enough to call and get the ball rolling. Keep ‘em coming!

Not a whole lot of band news to comment on. Rumors are bubbling about a European tour in 2010 just as the Oz tour is wrapping up. Fingers crossed with high hopes for the coming year!

Hope you enjoy #28.

Cheers! Donny

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

all that's sacred #27

As promised, episode #27 revisits some of our favorite front man’s better politically-inspired rants. Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, it’s definitely an eye-opener to look back a few years to re-examine how the band was processing the world around them. As the country became more polarized and with Pearl Jam being one of the more socially and politically active bands around, it was inevitable that the tours during the Bush years were going to yield some compelling moments.

As an aside, I wanted to thank those who took the plunge and called the podcast voicemail last week. In an effort to make the podcast more interactive, I set up a Google Voice account for the podcast at 707-SACRED9 (707-722-7339). I’ve been stoked at the response so far and I’ve decided to dedicate #28 entirely to listener voicemails and requests. I still need a few more to round out a complete show so I implore a few more of you to call in and contribute.

Thanks for the continued support and listenership. As always, I love hearing from y’all. Hit me up via email, Facebook, Twitter, or the new voicemail. Take care and hope you folks “down under” are having a blast at the shows!

Cheers! Donny

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

all that's sacred #26

Greetings! Last week’s rant podcast was a screaming success with 600+ downloads to date! We’ll be revisiting the rants on #27 but in the meantime, episode #26 highlights some touring rarities from past Australian shows. The guys are kicking off the tour “Down Under” this Saturday in Perth and I thought it was only fitting to do something to help get our friends in the South Pacific ready for the awesomeness that is Pearl Jam.

I talk about this for a minute on the podcast, but I wanted to take a moment here to introduce the podcast voicemail. I set up a Google Voice account over the weekend and now you can call in your stories and requests! I can then export the messages into an mp3 and cut it right into the podcast. It’s just the latest idea I had to make the podcast even more interactive and allow y’all to participate more directly and actually be on the podcast. I’m hopeful some of you will give it a go and I’m eager to hear what you got. The number is 707-SACRED9 (707-722-7339). Hope to hear from some of you soon!

Thanks, as always, for tuning in and checking out the podcast. I also appreciate all the suggestions and correspondence. I’m thinking of doing a 2009 tour highlights show in the coming weeks so let me know if you have any suggestions. I have a few ideas, but I’d really like to know what you think would be cool to play and why. Try the voicemail if you’re feeling adventurous or you can always still contact me via email, Facebook, or Twitter. Thanks again and enjoy #26.

Cheers! Donny

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

all that's sacred #25

You asked for it and you got it. Episode #25 explores some Ed’s better rants over the years as suggested by you listeners. In fact the response was so overwhelming, I actually had more rants than I could use for one podcast. So in addition to those played today, another episode in the very near future will feature those rants that were more politically-inspired. As always, I appreciate all the feedback and suggestions and thank you for taking the time to listen each week. Hope you enjoy #25.

Cheers! Donny