Jazz Time

Time for another jazz podcast. Today’s selections include a lot of great jazz guitarists – I love jazz guitar, and Julian Lage is another young jazz guitarist who may become a great jazz guitarist soon. He’s really put out some great albums already, and we get to listen to one of his tunes to lead off the show.

Lots of great follow-up, too, so listen to Julian Lage, Wes Montgomery, Courtney Pine, Grant Green, Bennie Green, Sonny Clark, Duke Ellington, Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band, Clifford Brown, and Monty Alexander.

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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Spring delayed

Well, last night left us with a sprinkle of snow on the car and ground, just because… Spring came in on Tuesday, but that hasn’t happened here. The March storms that dumped about 2 feet of snow are still covering the ground, and any thaw just ended up as the snow plow ripping up parts of my lawn (thank you, city plow guys). One year the city actually felt bad enough that they did a little work on the corner of my lawn, but just once, and not even in the worst year of ripping up my lawn.

The higher temperatures this week will melt the snow and the ground will soften until we hit what is affectionately known as mud season. We have an especially treacherous path to the house, and none of our “fixes” sem to work that well. We’ll have to remember to take of our shoes when we come in so as not to track the mud throughout the house. Welcome, spring.

In honor of spring, I have a spring-themed podcast, so listen to Donald Fagen, Pentangle, the Go-Betweens, the Lemon Drops, Big Star, Ray Charles, Earl King, Paul Weller, Chris Isaak, John Hiatt, Los Lobos, the Dells, the Ramones, and the Rolling Stones.

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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Freezing

I’m a little late this morning, but we just got back from Boston where we saw our son. The story this weekend is that it is very, very cold, making walking outside not a fun experience. We like to spend time walking around in various parts of Boston and environs, but we didn’t do a lot of that.

Of course, the other story is the 20+ inches of snow that dropped earlier in the week. I sad that we might get hit with March storms, and boy was I right. My snow blower also broke, so I was shoveling by hand. That wasn’t too much fun, either. Let’s hope that it’s going to get warmer and that we’ll have a real spring. Isn’t baseball season just around the corner?

Today’s podcast is a grab bag of really good songs, so listen to Mavis Staples, the Groundhogs, Kate Tucker, the Del Fuegos, Willie Alexander, the November Group, Irma Thomas, Chuck Jackson, Richie Barrett, the Clovers, Marvin Gaye, Junior Parker, Simon & Garfunkel, Rod Stewart, the Golden Palominos, & the Tom Robinson Band.

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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Top Ten

On Facebook this past week I was asked to write a post a day for ten days on the top 10 favorite albums that made an impact. I went quickly from “ten – you want that many?” to “Ten – only ten?” There have been a ton that have made an impact on me over the years, so sometimes that means not ten favorites, but ones that changed my perspective on music. That shifts the focus a little. So you’ll see some picks that aren’t on my real top ten (like Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters), but it had a top ten impact on me (introducing me to jazz). It’s been a fun thought experiment. I’m halfway through as of right now. Today’s pick will be…wait and see. I don’t have ten picked out – I’m handling it day by day.

Today’s podcast has no music from the first five albums I picked (Maybe that will be a conceit of mine later), but there’s still a lot of great music from Madonna, Susan Tedeschi, the Handsome Family, Arthur Brown, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Van Morrison, Charlie, Etta James, Nick Lowe, Peter Gabriel, the Go-Betweens, Paul Kelly, and the Bears.

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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Spring?

The snow has melted in my yard – only a couple of dirty snow remnants remain. Looks like we may get early spring, although there’e a hint of snow mid-week that could cover my yard for a couple of days. It’s too early for spring, so we probably won’t see many buds or the lawn return to green (from mud) until… the next real snow storm. It’s always, “Look! There are some buds!” followed by “Look! 6 inches of snow killing all the buds.” Oh, spring in New England – how joyous.

To celebrate the early good weather I’ve put together a spring-worthy podcast, with Martin Newell, Franz Ferdinand, the Rolling Stones, Anna Burch, the Liminanas, the James Hunter Six, Nino Ferrer, Soul Coughing, Big Star, the Beatles, Tim Buckley, Fred Neil, and Nick Drake.

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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