Happy Presidents Day

Hmm, I did not know that “President’s Day” is actually still Washington’s Birthday (February 22 is his actual birthday). I thought they combined his with Lincoln’s birthday (February 12) – apparently not. The Federal holiday is still called Washington’s birthday, although most states have proclaimed it as President’s Day. They do not share birth months with any of the last 3 presidents, so there will be no sharing there. Clinton’s birthday is in January – too early to be counted.

Does everyone have the day off? It’s a federal holiday, but there seems to be a lot of businesses that are working. Have a good President’s Day either way.

On today’s podcast we celebrate President’s Day with a bunch of foreigners – Scotsmen, Aussies, Kiwis, and oh, there are some Americans. So listen up and take an hour to hear Colin Blunstone, Neil Finn, Grinderman, the Jesus & Mary Chain, the Pixies, Throwing Muses, Belle & Sebastian, Dusty Springfield, the Style Council, Fine Young Cannibals, Little Feat, the James Montgomery Blues Band, and Robin Tower.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Weird Winter

Rain again. It’s been another odd winter. We haven’t had a lot of snow, but have had a couple of big storms. Generally they have been followed by days of rain, like this weekend. We had one big cold spell that lasted for days, but overall the temperatures have been ok, and the 10-day forecast shows a generally warm temperatures (above freezing). Early spring? I’m not counting on it. We may have a bad March. We keep thinking that when we retire we may join the snowbirds and go South to live. It becomes more intriguing with every weird winter that we have.

It’s a grab bag podcast today, with many great songs by artists like Kevin Morby, the Sundays, David Bowie, Madness, the Specials, the Selector, the English Beat, Ambrosia, the Moody Blues, 10cc, John Cale, the Byrds, and Gene Clark.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Blues Power

“The blues ain’t nothin’ but…” You can fill in the blank here. Like most people, I started appreciating the blues through the English guitarists of the 1960’s, like Eric Clapton. For me it was a quick step to the electric blues of Chicago as characterized by Muddy Waters. Then I got even deeper into the blues, exploring the old-time blues stylings of the late 1920’s – early 1930’s. Great stuff, much of which was covered by The Rolling Stones, etc. When I heard the original “Outside Woman Blues” I was stunned to hear that the guitar was exactly the same as Eric Clapton’s version on Cream’s Disraeli Gears album. And that song was from 1928 (or abouts). Great stuff.

Today I have put together a blues playlist of mostly the electric blues of the Chicago (well, Memphis and environs) era. Lots of great stuff – songs that you may know from the rock versions done by your favorite wanna be blues musicians from England. Listen to Elmore James, Howlin’ Wolf, Lightnin’ Hopkins, B.B. King, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, Lowell Fulson, Roosevelt Booba Barnes, Mississippi Fred McDowell, Otis Rush, Freddie King, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Albert King, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson, and Guitar Slim.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Covfefe

I’m a coffee drinker. I drink a lot of coffee in the morning, but not as much as I used to. I was the guy in the office making pot after pot of coffee, and drinking it if no one else was drinking it. That was in the past. Now I have a cup after I get up in the morning, some coffee when I drive to work, then one cup in the office. That’s usually it. Not sure if the coffee actually helps wake me up (I usually walk on the morning, and don’t drink coffee until after my walk), but it actually relaxing for me. I can drink coffee late in the evening and it doesn’t bother my sleep (nothing does – I’m a very solid sleeper).

In the morning the coffee usually helps me get my day organized – I think about what I need to accomplish for the day and the coffee helps stimulate that area of the brain. If they find out that coffee is bad for humans (and I believe it), I think that I could give up coffee without any withdrawal. And you?

Today’s podcast is all about parties. It’s Super Bowl Sunday, so parties are on the mind. Of course, a lot of these songs might not be happy party songs (it’s me – how could I have a bunch of happy party songs?). Let’s get into the mood with Lesley Gore, Elvis Presley, Wanda Jackson, Dicky Doo & the Don’ts, Charlie Feathers, Allen Toussaint, Esther Phillips, the B-52’s, the Go-Go’s, Elvis Costello, Happy Mondays, Blur, the Subways, Gang of Four, Buddy Knox, Charlie Rich, Ronnie Dawson, the Wondermints, and Bryan Ferry.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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Pod193

The passage of time is flicking dimly upon the screen;
I can’t see the lines I used to think I could read between.
Perhaps my brains have turned to sand.

That’s from “Golden Hours” by Brian Eno. It’s one of my favorite lyrics, as it captures my mood perfectly. As we age, I think that instead of gaining wisdom, we start to lose some of those lessons that we thought we learned when we were young. It’s all part of simplifying – maybe life isn’t as complicated as we imagined it was. Let’s stay simple as we grow old (who knows, maybe I’ll completely change my mind next week and go on about the complexities of life. For now it’s simple).

Today’s podcast is a simple affair, putting together a bunch of great music for you to hear. So tune into to Donovan, Galley Beggar, Steeleye Span, Husker Du, Swans, Massive Attack, Sly & the Family Stone, Parliament, War, the Vaselines, the Dandy Warhols, and the Brian Jonestown Massacre.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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New Jazz for year

Hi,

I have another jazz podcast. Really reflects a lot of what I’ve been listening to a lot lately. After years of listening mostly to older jazz and classic jazz artists, I’ve really begun to switch and listen to newer jazz artists. Most of the cuts today reflect that, although the last set features two oldies but goodies. I have other Wednesday podcasts scheduled that don’t feature jazz coming soon, so this won’t end up being all jazz, all the time (probably).

Today’s podcast features Kenny Garrett, Billy Childs, Joel Frahm, Nicole Johanntgen, Stanley Turrentine, Ron Miles & Bill Frissell, the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Binker & Moses, Yazz Ahmed, Chet Baker, and Willis Jackson.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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The World Today

It’s increasingly hard to stay apolitical in light of all that’s going on. The US government shutdown affects some of my friends directly (unpaid leave), and may affect all of us in very direct ways. C’mon, let’s get this government back in operation.

Among the many people hurt in our new anti-immigration movement are El Salvadorans, about 200,000 of which were given “temporary status” in 2001 after an earthquake, but also due to the horrible government that the United States is partially responsible for. As you may recall, we backed the far right government over the rebels (labeled Communist by the U.S.; they weren’t), so the country isn’t exactly a democratic utopia. The temporary status has been in existence for 16 years – with hopes that they may have been given a chance in an immigration bill to achieve permanent status (they are many business owners, and many have started families here – they’ve established roots here). but no, the President says go back to your s*hole country.

I also believe that Dreamers should get permanent status, that the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) should be passed, and if we throw away some money for a wall (like the deal that was hammered out earlier), then the cost is worth it.

Today’s podcast starts out political as well, then devolves into just great songs. “Don’t want to sail with this ship of fools” indeed. Listen to Neil Young, Marvin Gaye, Ten Years After, World Party, Galley Beggar, Waxahatchee, Lucinda Williams, Thundercat, Steely Dan, Spanic Boys, Marshall Crenshaw, Ian Dury & the Blockheads, the Band, and David Johannsen.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at brennick.net. There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called brennick.net. Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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What to write

As part of my New Year’s resolutions, I was going to concentrate on writing more and doing more essays here. That’s yet to start, as I find it hard to come up with things to say on a weekly basis: how’s the weather; what am I doing today? It doesn’t help that my already bad typing skills have deteriorated, and it’s a struggle to type more than ten words without having a simple spelling mistake (doing, have, and than so far). It’s not even that I’m typing fast – even when I slow down I hit the wrong keys (well, the wrong order, mostly). The vagaries of growing old.

So I’ll be typing more and hoping that spellcheck catches up with my mistakes. Maybe I should take a keyboarding course to increase my declining skills (would it work? could I relearn some of this stuff?). We’ll see.

Today’s podcast travels from the Athens scene, to early rock ‘n’ roll to power pop and then ends with the blues. Tune into today’s pod for Dreams So Real, Turning Curious, R.E.M., the Bangles. Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Matthew Sweet, Bob Mould, the dB’s, Redd Kross, Mavis Staples, Marcia Ball, and Shemekia Copeland.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Stable

It’s the start of a new year, and what a year it’s been already. Temperatures around here have been extremely cold (someone wondered, as they were looking at temperatures, if we had switched to the Celsius scale, with highs on a couple of days remaining negative). My eyeballs almost froze yesterday as I went to get the mail – need to remember to wear glasses when I go outside. We also survived a bomb cyclone – seemed like a decent snow storm to me, but I’m old and remember years getting nailed with tons of snow. There was a bit of hyperbole in the naming the storm a bomb cyclone.

Speaking of hyperbole, I think that I’d describe myself as stable, but not a stable genius. There’s one more thing that I can stop worrying about, though, having a stable genius in charge of the country. I’ll sleep much easier now.

We’ve got more music for you in 2018 – that hasn’t changed. There were some 2017 leftovers to start us off for the first podcast of 2018, with some Brazilian music tossed in and a tribute to Pat Dinizio, one of my favorite singers and composers from the Smithereens, who died last month. So during an hour , please listen to Blancmange, Gingerlys, Waxahatchee, BNQT, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Tame Impala, Primal Scream, Mosquitos, David Byrne, Bebel Gilberto, Ceu, Stephen “Tin Tin” Duffy, New Order, and the Smithereens.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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Jazz 2017

I still have 2017 music that I haven’t put out on a podcast. This time: Jazz. It was a good year for jazz, and some of my favorite tunes appear on the pod today. I listen to many kinds of music, and this is music that makes me happy.

So let’s reflect on 2017 and listen to Jack DeJohnette with Larry Grenadier, John Modeski, and John Scofield, the Portico Quartet, Christian McBride, Johnny O’Neal, Harold Mabern, Heads of State, the Anat Cohen Tentet, Kamasi Washington, Steve Davis, Peter Erskine and the Dr. Um Band, and Mary Halvorson.

This podcast is available to stream or download at http://brennick.net. It’s now also available on iTunes – it’s called brennick.net (couldn’t figure out how to change the name – there you go). Thank you for taking the time to stream or download this podcast, or any of the other podcasts which are all still available at the site. Please leave comments and suggestions (I do read the comments), and share this with other like-minded friends. Thank you.

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