Month: June 2007


Since I am so slow on the uptake with explaining to you about the 100K play contest at Podcast Ready Check out the latest Riding with the Window Down wherein C-Dogg interviews Podcast Ready co-founder and CEO Russell Holliman.

When you go register with Podcast Ready be sure to use the code “mikeypod.”

MikeyPod 96 | Renew


No One Is To Blame – Emile Millar
What Light – Wilco
Happiness – Lisa Germano
Blue Skied An’ Clear – Slowdive

Other important links:
Howard Jones
Frank York
Chris Doelle
Liz Fye
Mandrake Society Radio
Podcast Ready
The Simple Way



I can’t think of a better way to break this couple weeks of MikeyPod dead air than with an update about The Simple Way community in Philly.

From their website:

6/20/07 11:25PM (UPDATED)

This morning, a 7-alarm fire consumed an abandoned warehouse in our Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. The Simple Way Community Center at 3200 Potter Street was destroyed as well as at least eight of our neighbors’ homes. Over 100 people were evacuated from their homes, and 400 families are currently without power. Despite this tragedy, we are incredibly thankful to share that all of our community members and every one of our neighbors is safely out of harm’s way.

This fire will forever change the fabric of our community. Eight families are currently homeless, and in many cases have lost their vehicles as well as their homes. One of our neighbors, the Mahaias Family, lost their three cars as well as the equipment one family member uses for her massage therapy business. Teenager Brian Mahaias is devastated not because he has lost his belongings, but because he fears that this fire will force him to move away from this neighborhood that is his family as well as his home.

I have spoken and written about one of the community’s founders, Shane Claiborne so hopefully you have been paying attention. Assuming things are together enough at The Simple Way, Shane will be on the show in early July (no, I haven’t podfaded… maybe just a podcoma). Please take a few minutes to watch the video below, and visit the Simple Way website to see how you can help.

p.s. Look for a MikeyPod episode in the next few days with Joey Piscopo and another with Miss Heather from next week.

Lightning strikes, maybe once, maybe twice and it all comes down to you.

Today I am leaving my sister’s place in Brooklyn and moving to Eve‘s place in the East Village. I will be staying there for the bulk of the summer, painting and doing minor repairs in exchange for housing. I am hoping this will be the last stop on my nomadic tour of the Eastern half of the United States. I am tired and I want to have my own space.

Was it two years ago that folks like Issa and Brandon bewitched me with the romanticism of this nomadic lifestyle? They were right, of course, and so was I – this has been an amazing year. I experienced the support of the universe or God or whatever that is in the form of all of us that are connected to it. All of my needs have been met, even when I had to be hospitalized in December. I never dreamed I would hear a Doctor say “I couldn’t care less if I get any money from you,” or that I would get an email from a former client asking how she could get $1000.00 to me in order to help with potential hospital expenses. In this whole year of minimal to no income I have not had a day without shelter or food. I’m lucky. Yes.

Even though I have gotten a deep understanding of the fact that I am not my possessions or my income, I miss having a place of my own. There is a certain connection…or maybe a sense of… well, home that I dearly miss in a really soulful way.

So yes, today I carry a few bags into Manhattan and set up “home” in another spare bedroom. It will be exciting to live in the thick of it in New York City, and Eve is such an inspiring friend, I will love being around her when she is in town, but I am longing now, more than ever, to get my employment life in order and start paying rent on my own place again. Who knew I would ever miss paying rent?

My Prediction

In The Heights will be Broadway’s next massive thing . I saw it last night and it is amazing, and is sure to be a hit. It is still Off Broadway, but is moving to Broadway next season. Lush story line, tremendously moving without being manipulative or precious, music that mutates from salsa to hip-hop to Broadway to pop and back. Mark my words…

[tag]In The Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Broadway[/tag]

MikeyPod 95 | Driving, Dining and Doicemail

Kind of a long one this time, but just chock full of podcasty goodness. An interview with Mark and Jennifer from the Culinary Podcast Network, audio from a road trip with some of the cast of Happy End as we travel to Hunter, NY for our one stop tour. Enjoy!

Culinary Podcast Network
Stage Deli
copy, right?
Joey Piscopo
Allen Hale
Catskill Mountain Foundation
The Flatus Show
Chris Doelle

After Dark – Microfilm
Shake the Disease – Sunshiners
For A Friend – The Communards


MikeyPod 94 | Army Dreamers

Some music and a rare stream of consciousness about taking personal responsibility for the world around us and not giving up.

Donate to Matt Blender’s AIDS Marathon!


Birthday 2007

I have been getting some e-mail from people who want to know what i want for my 38th (ouch) birthday this Thursday. While it is certainly not necessary to send me anything, I would hate to deny anyone the pleasure of sending me treats! At the suggestion of the effervescent Cheryl Merkowski, I have updated my Amazon wish list. Have at it!

My Wish List