Friday, November 10, 2017

I'm Not Going Away Mad, I'm Just Going Away.


Looks like we still have the fat-bastard Pod-O-Matic site until November 22nd.... THEN it reverts to bare bones.    My mistake for not absorbing the fine print.    (If anyone cares, all the Classic Episodes are now gone, but I did re-post VHUS v.73 because someone requested it.)

Reminder: After the 22nd, VHUS will still be available via TUNE-IN, PLAYER.FM, GOOGLE PLAY STITCHER RADIO & MIXCLOUD  as well as POD-O-MATIC  (first-come-first-serve)

 






When I announced the cancellation of VHUS back in July, more than a few listeners asked the obvious question "WHY?"
 

I kept the reasons to myself, as they were mostly personal and (I assumed) of no interest to the public at large. But since enough of the faithful have expressed curiosity, I assembled a quick list.
 

I often use the expression "Don't give me an EXCUSE when I ask for a REASON." You may feel this way after glancing through the list. But if you're a podcaster, internet radio person or a human relic left over from the days of REAL BROADCAST RADIO (Towers, Transmitters, FCC Licenses, Tarleks & Carts), then you'll understand some of these better than most.

FIVE KEY REASONS UNCLE D.L. DECIDED TO SHOOT "THE VERY HEAVY UNCLE SHOW" IN THE HEAD:
 

1) The bi-weekly grind was rapidly becoming less fun and too much like real work.
 

2) I was getting BORED (VHUS wasn't a wannabe ego trip for me - I'd already worked in the aforementioned real radio for 30+ years).
 

3) Your Favorite Uncle put a LOT of time into each episode - TOO much time - and I felt I simply wasn't getting a good enough return on my investment.

4) Over time, VHUS negatively changed the way I listened to new music: I was unable to simply relax and enjoy new releases - EVERY song had to be scrutinized as "cast-worthy" - which was rather depressing.
 

5) Listenership - though high - had plateaued. Despite relentless promotion, after 3 years our listener GROWTH RATE had simply stalled out. And that's bad.
 

FIVE MORE VARIABLES THAT ACTED AS TIE-BREAKERS IN THE DECISION:
 

6) The prog rock snobs of the internet refused to acknowledge our existence yet relished in slagging us off (I won't name names). OTOH: The metal community mostly adored us.
 

7) Over the past year, listener feedback had dropped from "Loads" to "Nothing."
 

8) More than one competing podcast got caught red-handed RIPPING OFF our features & material - even the damned DEVIL!
 

9) Outside talent refused to join in the fun: Budding comics, podcasters, former broadcasting colleagues - NOBODY could be bothered. And that hurt just a little.
 

10) And to paraphrase Danny Glover: "I'm getting too old for this shit." Not to mention all the sexual harassment.
 

You asked. And I answered.



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Monday, November 6, 2017

The Ultimate VHUS World Series Of Heavy Listeners!!


This is it kids, our final infusion of VHUS Classic Encores before we downgrade.    The Omega payload includes fan-favorite v.50 - in fact a "remastered-with-bonus-tracks" reboot of our long out-of-print Volume 6.    Enjoy!     (And don't waste any time if you still need a copy for your collection.   See below.)

So, what happens now?

Sometime Friday afternoon - just before our contract renews - I'll be shutting down our fat-bastard Pod-O-Matic site.  In it's place: a bare bones freebie version, which will host a maximum of four episodes, available at limited bandwidth/month for streaming or download (first come, first serve).

Which episodes?   For the moment: The Final Four (74-77) shall remain in place for a few weeks while I battle some dragons in my personal life.   Then as time allows, I'll freshen "The Memorial Site" with another cycle of repeats from the beginning... forward.   NOTE: This will NOT be a weekly event.   Maybe bi-weekly.   Perhaps monthly.    

If you're asking "Why bother?"   I'd like to think there are still a few people scattered across the planet who have yet to discover VHUS - and who may actually enjoy it despite it's limited catalog and availability.   (I never said I didn't have an ego, kids.)

This limited VHUS offering will (should) still be available via TUNE-IN, PLAYER.FM, GOOGLE PLAY and STITCHER RADIO.     

We will also be keeping our under-worked MIXCLOUD page as a backup streaming source for those rare times when our POM bandwidth is exhausted during the month (not likely, but possible).

And that's all she wrote.    We have one more blog entry of probable interest planned for later this week, but beyond that - no regular publication schedule is on the horizon.   We may pop back from time to time and say hello.   And of course you are always welcome to contact us at the e-mail link below.



Ooops!   Lest I forget, I promised the faithful an ULTIMATE WORLD SERIES OF HEAVY LISTENERS before we faded into the sunset.   

We started hoarding this data back around v.11 (June 2014), and have now assembled an all-encompassing ranking of our top 20 fan countries worldwide based on total streams and downloads.   (Technically, we should have waited one more week, but I doubt it would have affected the final results.)

Spanning nearly three years... 
THE ULTIMATE VHUS WORLD SERIES OF HEAVY LISTENERS!

1 - The United Kingdom
2 - Canada
3 - Belgium
4 - Brazil
5 - Spain
6 - France
7 - Finland
8 - Germany
9 - Mexico
10 - Sweden
 

11 - Australia
12 - Italy
13 - India
14 - The Philippines
15 - Japan
16 - Indonesia
17 - The Netherlands

18 - Czech Republic
19 - Poland
20 - Ireland


Well done, everyone!! 

Now... Your Final MegaWad of Re-issued VHUS!



From December 2015: Very Heavy Letters To Santa, plus music from SPYS, LONELY ROBOT, ARABS IN ASPIC, GRAN TORINO, NEO PROPHET, AVATARIUM, ATOMIC ROOSTER and more lava-lamp-powered prog, metal, comedy and classic rock.  JOIN US!

DOWNLOAD VHUS v.49 
(Because Luci & Audrey will cry if you don't...)





Also from December, 2015: I use the N-Word a LOT (in an 8-Track context) plus music from RIOT, HIDDEN MASTERS, LACUNA COIL, AC/DC, BIGELF, COMEDY OF ERRORS, ELOY ... plus more stepmother-approved prog, metal, comedy and classic rock. JOIN US!

DOWNLOAD VHUS v.50 
(Because it could be YEARS before you get another chance!)


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Thanks for listening!!
Uncle D.L.

The Very Heavy Uncle Show
2014 - 2017






















Wednesday, November 1, 2017

VHUS: 3 Chunks Of The Beginning Of The End





Sorry I'm late this week.   Halloween-induced hangover combined with a massive pile of bills and some leaky dishwasher seals.

Hope everyone had a good Halloween (and nobody got pregnant).   I was a bit disappointed you guys sent me out on my final Halloween NOWHERE NEAR the top of the ratings.   But not surprised - the well IS almost dry.

Speaking of which... Next week will your final injection of recycled classic episodes before we downgrade to a Pod-O-Matic mini-site.   Only one dose this week, but it's a TRIPLESHOT!   (What do you want for nothing?)
 



And Now... Your Penultimate Aliquot of Classic VHUS!



From November 2015: The Devil speaks out on Christmas Creep, plus music from GRAND FUNK RAILROAD, SUBSIGNAL, AVATARIUM, AMORPHIS, WISHBONE ASH, HORISONT, ANATHEMA, FREQUENCY DRIFT... AND more lava-lamp-powered prog, metal, comedy and classic rock.  JOIN US!

DOWNLOAD VHUS Classic Encore v.47 
(Because Luci & Audrey will cry if you don't...)





From December, 2015: Building a better mousetrap,  plus music from HEAD EAST, AMBERIAN DAWN, GAZPACHO, ANTIMATTER, CORVUS STONE, NAD SYLVAN, GHOST... and more STEPMOTHER-approved prog, metal, comedy and classic rock. JOIN US!

DOWNLOAD VHUS v.48 
(Because it could be YEARS before you get another chance!)

And from January, 2016: Podcasting advice you might be better off ignoring, plus music from BLOODROCK, NICE BEAVER, FORZA ELLETTRO MOTRICE, JESS & THE ANCIENT ONES, MALADY, KARFAGEN... AND more incense-fueled prog, metal, comedy and classic rock.  JOIN US!

DOWNLOAD VHUS v.51 
(Because who doesn't love a prog band called NICE BEAVER?!?)





More vintage stuff @ the VHUS Pod-O-Matic page!






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