Happy? Halloween

As local newscasters like to say, it’s spooky season. Yes, Halloween is once again upon us, but it will be a lot different this year. The pandemic is stopping trick or treating this year in most places (I believe that locally it is officially “discouraged” in most of the surrounding area), so I’m not sure what will happen this year. Alternate Halloween parties probably won’t fly, either. So this year it looks like the kids lose their too much candy ritual.

Some people put together a Halloween mix (“The Monster Mash,” anyone), but I’ll stick to a more normal mix of tunes, with Steve Earle, TV on the Radio, Arcade Fire, Aztec Camera, World Party, Sinead O’Connor, The Sundays, Liz Phair, Beck, Gorillaz, Gnarls Barkley, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, and Bob Mould.

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.

Jazz 3

Hi. Let’s listen to some jazz, shall we? I’ve put together a set of music released in 2020 and recorded for release in 2020 (no lost sessions or anything). There are great tunes from new jazz artists and the old-timers, who show us that they’ve still got the chops.

Lined up for today are Nubya Garcia, Orrin Evans, Joshua Redman, Eddie Henderson, John Scofield, I Think You’re Awesome, Tony Allen & Hugh Masakela, and Christian Sands.

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.

Nothing but a number

How’s everyone feeling? I feel pretty good, considering. It’s been a long year for me. I’ve gotten a new knee (left), a torn meniscus (right knee), and some glaucoma-related eye problems, so I’m doing well. I guess that I’m starting to feel my age a little more. I’ll “celebrate” another one this week, but honestly, I’m not sick, everything works in my body (no restrictions), so I’ve got no complaints. Hope everyone else is doing at least as well as I am.

To celebrate another fine Sunday (in my area, anyway), let’s listen to this new set of music I’ve put together for your pleasure, with Lynn Collins, Black Joe Lewis, Sharon Jones, Shemekia Copeland, the Pretenders, the Cars, the Fixx, Robert Ellis Orrall, U2, In Living Colour, Dave Edmunds, David Bowie, the Kinks, the New York Dolls, Brian Protheroe, and the Beatles.

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.

Anger

The 1960’s was a great era of protest music. People were trying to stop the Vietnam War, civil rights had taken center stage, and many other ills of society were highlighted in some of the great songs from the 1960’s. We haven’t seen protest music like that since the 1970’s.

Until now. This year has been polarizing, which leads to anger, and the result is a set of new protest songs. I think it was the release of the new Bob Mould album that made me wonder what other protest songs had been released this year., so I googled protest songs 2020 and got some lists. I was (mildly) surprised to see how many of these I had already purchased, and put together this protest podcast. We’re talking about anger against people in charge, a woman’s right to choose, and the systemic racism that remains in America today.

Let’s stick it to the man and protest along with Drive-By-Truckers, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, Ronnie Earl, Robert Cray, Brittany Howard, Run the Jewels, Bob Mould, Childish Gambino, the Killers, Sinead O’Connor, Lucinda Williams, and Dave Douglas.

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.

Long weekend

Long weekend – last time to enjoy decent weather in the Northeast? Perhaps. Big birthday month – mine and many others (happy birthday to everyone with birthdays in the month – as you know, I’m generally bad at wishing people birthdays, so let this work as a general happy birthday).

Celebrating birthdays mean music, so let’s celebrate somebody’s birthday with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Primal Scream, The Dandy Warhols, Blur, Morcheeba, Stereolab, Timex Social Club, Mtume, the Gap Band, Blondie the Ramones, and Buzzcocks.

his 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.

Pop 1970

Hi, here’s the third of the 1970 podcasts I’ve done. This one focuses on radio hits from 1970 – back when radio still played all sorts of different music. I mean, really: “Lola was a hit on AM radio, and the Kinks got in trouble, not for the subject matter, but because they had to change the lyrics from Coca Cola to cherry cola because the BBC didn’t allow “product placement” in their songs (ok, the song was banned in places due to the subject matter, but not in Farmington, Maine, which did later ban the song Lady Marmalade).

So let’s listen back to songs that were on the radio 50 years ago, shall we, with songs from The Kinks, Sugarloaf, Rare Earth, Vanity Faire, Norman Greenbaum, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tee Set, Chicago, the Ides of March, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Alive ‘n’ Kickin’, the Shocking Blue, the Friends of Distinction, Neil Diamond, and the Hollies.

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.

Masks

Masks…just masks. And while masked up, listen to today’s podcast, featuring Beth Orton, Everything But the Girl, Human Sexual Response, Barrence Whitfield & Mambo Jambo, Screaming Blue Messiahs, Guadacanal Diary, Game Theory, Foxpalmer, Sam Phillips, Elvis Costello, John Hiatt, Del Shannon, Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly, and Elvis Presley.

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.

Pretend Vacation

Shh – I’m pretending that this isn’t the last day of my vacation – it’s Sunday, after all. Had a good time – went up to Rockland, ME for a couple of days, and communed with nature. More next week.

It’s Sunday (again), so I do have music for y’all, with John Lennon, Fats Domino, the Guess Who, Dusty Springfield, Bobby Charles, Charlie Rich, Levon Helm, Jonathan Richman, the Selector, Bad Manners, Paul Weller, Isobel Campbell, and Anna Burch.

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.

Vacation

I’m taking a vacation – finally. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a full week off. We may go somewhere as well for a couple of days – weird in this new world. It’s not a great time for me to be out at work – I’ve been doing tons of stuff to make sure that missing work will be minimal. I’ve got four closings that I’m working on – 2 that don’t really need me at this point, one that will be later in the year, and one more immediate one that is hopefully on a good course without my input for a week.

Of course, music will be highlighted during vacation, so let’s start the week off with music by Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Jarvis Cocker, Caribou, Tune-Yards, TV on the Radio, Tamaryn, Asobi Seksu, Dum Dum Girls, Lydia Loveless, Doris Duke, and Irma Thomas.

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.

Football’s back, baby

I keep reminding myself not to get excited about the return of football. Sports has been a welcome distraction in this time of staying home all the time. But while I’ve enjoyed the NBA bubble success, the same can’t be said about baseball.

I know part of it is due to the team for whom I root is a disaster this year (not even Mookie would have saved it, but I fell that it was part of the plan), but I’ve gotten less interested in baseball overall. Used to be my favorite sport. How will football look this year, and will the joy of seeing men hit each other bring the enjoyment that it used to bring?

I’ll give it the old college try (wait, many of them aren’t playing), well, we’ll see how it goes today. Whether football catches back on with me, or I drift away and think of all the negatives about football, which ends my fandom, will be seen.

It’s a big brunch Sunday here, so as we’re making food let’s listen to the new podcast, which features Lydia Loveless, Sam Phillips, the Paladins, NRBQ, the Jaggerz, Ben Folds Five, Cake, Beck, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings, Steve Earle, Dwight Yoakam, Joy of Cooking, Eddie Floyd, the Cardigans, and Katrina & the Waves.

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.