2017 Music

2017 was a surprisingly strong year for music. I didn’t find any transcendent albums, but there was a lot of good music. So much so, in fact, that my end of the year podcasts will be expanded to at least 3 different podcasts – we’ll start with this one.

Many of these songs came form the bigger artists of the year: Beck, St. Vincent, LCD Soundsystem, etc. There are some artists that haven’t been played on the podcast yet – their time will come, but they’re later additions that have come my way.

Let’s celebrate a good year (for music, anyway), starting with Beck, St. Vincent, the War on Drugs, Sharon Jones, Thundercat, Yasmine Hamdan, Zara McFarlane, Joe Goddard, LCD Soundsystem, Frankie Rose, Michael Head, and Alien Stadium.

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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Entering Winter

We’ve moved into the time where I drive into work in the dark and come home in the dark. The seasons don’t seem to change quickly: it is a gradual change that comes up slowly, but then once enveloped, one feels that it has always been that way. “Remember when it was 60 degrees,” stops being a sentence, and “Oh, it’s going to be cold again” becomes that statement most uttered. It has always been winter.

I kid myself that it is late summer in my body when it has become autumn. Oh, there are still warm days when I feel like it’s still summer, but it’s an Indian Summer. Like hibernating animals, I have become much bigger in preparation for winter, but there is no true hibernation, so I do not lose the weight. I have a bad upper back, but it has been surprisingly good lately. By this time I was supposed to have had surgery on my back, but it has held up and hasn’t been giving me much problem. My knee, though: “classic” osteoporosis – this will be replaced soon. I had a cortisone shot that made it better for awhile, but it’s time for another shot – oh, aging.

Let’s not think about aging today – let’s listen to music. There’s some new music sprinkled in with the music of our youth today, with World Party, Joni Mitchell, Steely Dan, Grin, Leon Russell, Jonathan Richman, Alison Krauss, Aretha Franklin, Chairmen of the Board, Beirut, Samantha Fish, Spinning Coin, the Grateful Dead, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Laura Nyro.

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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Jpod174

Hey, time to drop another jazz podcast. These are mostly upbeat, happy tunes to get you moving. We all need a little motivation on some days, and maybe this will be good to get you motivated to do whatever needs to be done.

So join me in listening to the Christian McBride Big Band, Johnny O’Neal, Eddie Gale, Curtis Fuller, Benny Carter, J.J. Johnson & Kai Winding, the LOunge Lizards, Cannonball Adderley, Al Cohn, and Zoot Sims.

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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What a time it was

How was your Thanksgiving? I had a good Thanksgiving, thank you. Had a 35-pound turkey that we dug into. Afterwad my wife and I took our son back to Boston so he could work on Friday (restaurant industry only had a brief respite). The Thanksgiving crowd came down to have brunch at my son’s restaurant on Friday, and we went to the Mt. Auburn Cemetery for a walk (it’s a beautiful, Central-Park like area of 175 acres in Cambridge and Watertown, MA). Later we walked to Harvard Square for some hat shopping.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving – a respite in an increasingly maddening world. It was a wonderful break for all of us to re-connect with family.

Today’s podcast tries for a similar respite in your week. Listen to the Tubes, Joe Jackson, the Smithereens, Guadalcanal Diary, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Erasure, the Bohicas, Little Richard, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Tones, Shuggie Otis, Bob & Earl, Hot Chocolate, Joe Cocker, and Santana.

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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November

The chill winds of November have changed the weather in the area from unseasonably warm to very cool, if not downright cold. Hats and gloves have been pulled out as we get accustomed to the new season – Fall has arrived.

What does Fall mean to you? My birthday is on October 22 – I swam in the ocean at Rye, New Hampshire on one birthday, and watched the snow fall on at least one other birthday. November has always been cold as I recall – with generally crappy Thanksgivings in my memory (looks like rain is forecast right now for this year). November and its holidays make way for December, which can be snowy or rather snow-free. I have some travel in December, so I am hoping for little to no snow that month. Let’s hope that if we do get snow, it’s more of a January and February phenomenon.

Lets’s stay toasty this November with some warm songs on today’s podcast, which includes The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Martha & the Vandellas, the Animals, Terry Stafford, Jeff Simmons, They Might Be Giants, the Pretenders, Urge Overkill, Patti Smith, John Lennon, James Brown, Tower of Power, the Silos, and the Mavericks.

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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Cuts Like a Knife

This started out as a regular podcast, albeit one with a theme. The theme was knives and cutting, and after putting it together I thought it would work better as a Wednesday podcast. I’m not sure why, but I’ve done it anyway. So I have put together sets with knives, then sets with cuts. I think it works out pretty well.

So, let’s listen to Peter Murphy, Echo & the Bunnymen, Ned’s Atomic Dustbin, P.P. Arnold, Alison Moyet, Dire Straits, Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Who, the Smithereens, Koko Taylor, Rockpile, Robyn Hitchcock, Albert King, and Neko Case.

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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Holidays

It seems like the end of the year has become holiday heavy. Halloween has turned from a small “give some kids some candy” to a major event, with billions spent for 2-3 hours of trick-or-treating. Next up is Veteran’s Day, which has a Federal Holiday attached to it. This is a good holiday, and one in which I encourage everyone to take the time to thank veterans for their service. I’d like to thank all the people I know who have served – my father (passed away), my brother Joe, and all of my friends. It means a lot to me that you sacrificed for our country, and make no mistake, it is a sacrifice, and a way to say how much they love this country.

Next up in the holiday timeline is Thanksgiving, a time best spent with family, but also the Friday after, which is the biggest shopping day of the year. Because Thanksgiving leads to Christmas. Actually, at this point Halloween leads to Christmas. Advertising all has turned to Christmas shopping, stores are decorated for Christmas, music has begun to have that holiday feel, and we’re all turned into holiday zombies. Fight it, and remember what Christmas is supposed to be about (the Sears Wishbook? No).

Let’s celebrate the holiday season with the Five Stairsteps, Beck, Gregg Allman, Led Zeppelin, Happy Mondays, the Cult, Blue Oyster Cult, Dave Edmunds, Blondie, That Petrol Emotion, the Style Council, Los Lobos, the Blasters, and Webb Wilder.

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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Fall Back

Well, we fell back this morning. Daylight Savings time ended. Still unsure of why we do this There’s a movement afoot in some New England states to change to the Atlantic time zone, and not switching to Daylight Savings time – so we’d always essentially be on daylight savings time.

I’m a little late getting this out today – ending daylight savings didn’t help me, as I was up late putting together a podcast (I got a bit behind in getting this ready this week). So I definitely used the extra hour of sleep this morning

Celebtare the changing of the time with St. Vincent, Guided by Voices, Supreme Beings of Leisure, the Yardbirds, Jackie Shane, Love, Ohio Players, Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Dwight Yoakam, kd lang, Bob Dylan, Kevin Morby, New Order, John Maus, and Wild Beasts.

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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Trip-Hop

Do you know what trip-hop is? I didn’t, although I love many of the artists in the genre. Take it away, Wikipedia: “Trip hop (sometimes called “downtempo”) is a musical genre that originated in the early 1990’s in the United Kingdom, especially Bristol. It has been described as “a fusion of hip hop and electronica until neither genre is recognizable,” and may incorporate a variety of styles, including funk, dub, soul, psychedelia, R&B, and house, as well as other forms of electronic music.” Sounds mostly like soul music to me, with some electronica mixed in. I love the female voice with simple backing, which is what most of the music I have here is like.

Please listen to this: it’s not overly experimental – it incorporates some soundtrack-like sounds along with just great singing (mostly by women). So listen to Soul II Soul, Massive Attack, Sneaker Pimps, Little Dragon, Morcheeba, Beth Orton, Dot Allison, Portishead, Everything But the Girl, Hooverphonic, Tricky, and DJ Shadow.

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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Halloween

Halloween has become a major holiday. When did that happen? This year is is expected that we will spend $10 billion (yes, BILLION) on costumes, candy, and other ephemera (decorations. People now go nuts putting up Halloween decorations). What caused this big shift from a night when kids went around getting candy (and apples and popcorn and pennies) to a huge industry? I couldn’t find the origins of when it became a thing (a big thing), and I’m not interested in the origins of Halloween. It’s a recent phenomenon, though. Can’t we go back to simpler times, or am I just being an old-timer crank (I’m willing to concede that I’m an old-timer crank)? Happy Halloween, fellow ghosts and goblins.

Today’s spooky podcast (not really) has tunes from Marshall Crenshaw, Lydia Loveless, Beck, Robert Forster, Dhan Harrison, Hot Chip, Souljazz Orchestra, Tricky, the Bamboos, Marina P, James Brown, Ike & Tina Turner, Mose Allison, and
Percy Mayfield.

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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