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.

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