August

Check another month off the 2020 calendar. July’s done – how will this August be? As hot as July? Right now the forecast is for the weather to be in the 80’s – quite a comedown from the 90s that dominated July. That’ll be a nice change.

I’m rushing it today – babysitting while the parents pack to move into their new digs. So enjoy today with music from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lobos, the Who, Bryan Ferry, My Morning Jacket, John Hiatt, Sam Phillips, David Ruffin, Jon Cale, Willy DeVille, Rusted Root, the Midnight Hour, Lina Gayle, and Long John Baldry.

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.

Enjoy the Summer

Hi – let’s check the weather report – Hot hot, hot with Thunder storms, hot, hot – it’s summer. Enjoy while you can and how you can. And as the nag says, be safe – wear masks in stores and in what could be crowded areas. It’s not too much to ask.

Today we have rock, rockabilly, funk, and college rock. Listen keenly to Khurangbin, Paul Weller, the Beths, Frankie Rose, Johnny Winter, Jack Rabbit Slim, the Louvin Brothers, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, the 9th Creation, Hot Chocolate,the Bamboos, the Electric Peanut Butter Co., Miracle Legion, the Dream Syndicate, and the Connells.

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.

Nature – Human Nature

Hi – we went up North to do some hiking in the White Mountains National Forest. We didn’t have a set trail to walk on – we were just looking for one that wasn’t too busy. Unfortunately, thousands of people descended on the White Mountains National Forest as well. We couldn’t find a place to park either in the parking lot or along the road, so we gave up after a while. It’s good that people are getting out, but we’re worried about too many people together walking on the trails. Be safe and wear a mask.

Lots of new music to share with you today – 5 new releases and 3 from last year. Whew – so much new. Let’s give a listen to Stereolab, Brix Smith, Phoebe Bridgers, Jessie Ware, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Richard Thompson, Jimmie Vaughan, Coco Montoya, the Cash Box Kings, Luke Winslow-King, the Love Language, the Essex Green, and Christine & the Queens.

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.

Dogs

We’re taking care of dogs this weekend. They’re easy dogs to care for, but it’s very different than what we’ve been used to when we had our own dogs. We owned two dogs for twenty-five years, but have been without a dog for 6 years (six! It’s been a long time). Neither of our dogs was very food-centric, so we could put food in their bowl and it could last all day there. With these two, the food is gone within seconds. Look, pups, it’s not a race. We don’t expect you to eat one kibble at a time (our black lab), but this is ridiculous. When we went to training for our husky, she was not doing what she was supposed to, and the trainer was confident that by rewarding her with a treat she’d behave. “she doesn’t care much for treats,” we said, and when he was unable to lure her at all with treats, looked at us and said that we were in trouble with this one. We know, we know.

They’re also extremely friendly (or, emotionally needy). Our black lab could occasionally get underfoot, but the yellow lab we’re sitting is constantly following me. Right now she’s laying down behind me, so it’ll be hard for me to get out of the chair without moving her. The Chihuahua is a needy lap dog who wants to be in my arms all day and all night.

I guess that I’m saying that although we miss having a dog in our lives, we’re not going to be getting one soon. They’re nice to visit, but we don’t want to handle a dog that would be needier than what we’re used to. And we like the freedom to up and go anywhere without having to make sure the dog is taking care of while we’re gone.

Got a fun podcast for you today – I know you’ll like it. We ‘re listening to Evie Sands, Caught a Ghost, Bryan Ferry, Lucinda Williams, Norah Jones, Garland Jeffreys, Shelby Lynne, the Hollies, Wire, the Jesus & Mary Chain, Graham Parker, XTC, Hooverphonic, Mazzy Star, and Swans.

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.

Happy 4th

Hope everyone is having a fun and safe 4th of July weekend. Would like to say we had a quiet 4th, but since the local fireworks shop had its best year ever, the private fireworks shows were all around us last night. They needed to be more coordinated, though. Only good thing was we didn’t hear the fire trucks, so apparently nothing burned down.

Let’s not burn anything down, but take some time out of our busy weekend to listen to this week’s podcast, with special guest stars Jason Isbell, Nicole Atkins, Monks Road Special, Hirth Martinez, Curved Air, Stealer’s Wheel, Tee Set, Jamie Liddell, !!!, Jane Wiedlin, Barrence Whitfield, the Cowsills, Gilberto Gil, and Astrud Gilberto.

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.

The end of June

Last weekend of June – this month went by with some pep. May was endless, but there was some optimism that hit in June, and while some states are seeing a decline in the rate of Coronavirus spread, others are hitting new peaks. And no, it’s not just because we’re testing more.

Surprisingly, 80% of the deaths that have occurred in New Hampshire are assisted living related. I noticed that in my county the number of deaths (or new cases, really) hasn’t increased in a long time. I think it’s because most people are remaining socially-distanced and masks are still de rigueur. There’s been some lessening of mask wearing, but it’s a very small amount of shoppers (my unscientific view).

Fireworks apparently have been a problem. If we have to stay home, why not release some tension by setting off fireworks? They’re illegal in Massachusetts, but that hasn’t stopped people from coming to New Hampshire to buy fireworks (there’s a reason that there are many fireworks stores conveniently located just over the border of Massachusetts). They can be legal in New Hampshire (I believe it’s town-by-town), and I haven’t noticed that there has been an increase in fireworks (we’ve always had a bunch of fireworks on weekends here – someone close by always seems to be setting some off). All I have to say is that safety needs to be taken not only in wearing masks and remaining socially distant, but also with explosives. People do get their hands blown off, and a few years ago someone in New Hampshire burned down their house when fireworks got out of hand.

Speaking of fireworks, I’ve got a firecracker of a podcast this week (not really, but it’s a transition. Work with me here). So listen up keenly to Stereolab, Nightmares on Wax, !!!, R.E.M., Llyod Cole & the Commotions, the Bats, David Bowie, Mott the Hoople, the Dandy Warhols, Sebadoh, Paul McCartney, and Jefferson Starship.

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.

June Swoon

I miss baseball. The weather’s gotten hot, and I’m usually paying attention to the local 9 as they slog their way through June. We may lose what there is of a baseball season – I know many of you don’t care, but I’m one of the ones who do. Really, maybe they shouldn’t play this year, but that doesn’t make it any easier for this scoreboard watcher. That awful West Coast trip is just around the corner, isn’t it?.

I’m sure that among today’s artists, there are (were) many baseball fans So let’s wait for “Play ball” with Bessie Banks, Brain Auger with Julie Tippetts, Howlin’ Wolf, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, EOB, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Winter, Marcus Hook Roll Band, Flash & the Pan, the Easybeats, Jason Isbell, and Drive-by Truckers.

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.

Slow Down, Sit Down & Breathe

Sometimes this old world lets me down, and then forces come into play to give me hope. Let’s hope it’s sustained and we see some real change, and not drift back into the ways things were always done.

Today’s podcast starts off a bit political, then drifts back into the way things were always done. My optimism wanes quickly these days. So listen to Pink Floyd, Modest Mouse, Eno/Hyde, Pere Ubu, Blood on the Saddle, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Graham Parker, Liz Phair, the Coral, the Zombies, the Pretty Things, the Action, Bob Dylan, Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Richie Havens.

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.

Second Coming

From William Butler Yeats, The Second Coming:

Turning and turning in the widening gyre   
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere   
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst   
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.   
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out   
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert   
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,   
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,   
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it   
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.   
The darkness drops again; but now I know   
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,   
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,   
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

Let’s slouch with Lush, Anna Burch, Elastica, Echobelly, Big Star, Gorillaz, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the DiVinyls, Alison Moyet, Lower Dens, the Auteurs, Gordon Lightfoot, Steeleye Span, and Lindisfarne.

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.

Optimism

Last day in May – finally. Let’s see, that would make it May 72 – wait, I’m being told that it’s actually the 31st. May was much longer than that, wasn’t it? It’s another forever month in a series of forever months.

As the weather gets warmer, we start to feel a little (just a little) more optimistic that lives will begin to be a bit more…normal’s not the right word, but something like normal. No big blockbuster movies for me this year, and certain places (like the beach) will be too crowded to try, but we can be outdoors more often. We even saw fiends outside last week – a start to return to normalcy.

I hope everyone’s getting more optimistic about summertime, but not so much that we don’t observe social distancing and masks – we still need masks when shopping, etc. Help keep everyone safe (need a mask? Go to lily-mcclure-handmade.com to get your mask. I got the Shark Mask and Kate got the Monkey Wrench. They’re great).

To help, much of the music today is sort of optimistic. So start your day with Donovan, Todd Rundgren, the Turtles, Spanky and Our Gang, the Monkees, Fred Neil, Nick Drake, Jason Isbell, Shelby Lynne, the Jayhawks, Badfinger, the Move, and Jellyfish.

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.