Racism

I’m just so upset at this that I need to rant a minute. The attack in Charleston, SC was horrible, but some of the responses to the attack were just as bad. It was racially-motivated, but to have the governor of the state say “we’ll never understand what motivates anyone to enter one of our places of worship and take the life of another” just allows racism to continue to be ok with racists. Racism has to be confronted. For anyone to think that we’re beyond racism – institutionally or otherwise – is naive at best but mainly racist (e.g. the Supreme Court’s decision to gut the 1965 Voting Rights Act and Bill O’Reilly’s “open season on Christians and white men” comment). Time for some adult conversation to recognize and stop the racism that still exists and obviously won’t go away because we think it has.

We start today’s podcast with a trio of soul songs from Curtis Mayfield, Charles Bradley and Marvin Gaye. Then we go onto the Jayhawks, Torres, My Bloody Valentine, Bob Mould, John Cale, John Mayall, Maria McKee, Material Issue, Richard Thompson, Linda Lewis and Neil Young.

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Old Blues Podcast

I was thinking about doing a B.B. King tribute after the legend died, so I started gathering up some blues records. Thought I’d do a brief history and show where B.B. King stood in the pantheon. A funny thing happened to me, though – I started out playing old-time blues records and never really got past the 1930’s. So this turned into a old blues podcast, with the focus on the early legends of the blues. I open with a couple of songs form the 1960’s, when old blues guys were being rediscovered by the folk music gang – we get a couple of strong tracks from Blind Willie McTell and Son House. The we dive back into the past and stay there for an hour.

So listen to Blind Willie McTell, Son House, Bukka White, Emmett Miller, Charley Jordan, Blind Joe Reynolds, Josh White, Little Brother Montgomery, Furry Lewis, Tampa Red, Big Maceo Merriweather, Roosevelt Sykes, Ma Rainey, Sister Rosetta Thorpe, Bessie Smith, Blind Blake, Pete Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, an Bert Snake Root Hatton.

Thank you for listening to this Wednesday post – and listen every Sunday for the regular weekly posting at brennick.net. Now let’s enjoy some songs that are at least 70 years old.

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Work out

Thank you all for the heartfelt sympathy toward my dog. It’s been tough, but we’re getting through it.

Since I’ve gotten all fat and lazy lately, I decided that I needed to get onto better shape, so I’ve started the “Couch to 5k” app on my iPhone. I just completed the first workout in week 3, which is the first workout that’s really gotten me to work up a sweat. Maybe I wasn’t as horrible as I thought. On my own I’d wonder about the efficacy of the app, but my sister-in-law went through it recently and just ran her first 5k, so I’ll keep it up.

Or, I’ll keep it up as long as my back lets me. I have a bulging disk in my back which limits workouts, but so far so good. I hope I don’t wake up one morning unable to move without being in great pain. Road work is supposed to be bad for the back – I haven’t had any problems yet. And no problems with legs, shins, etc. Let’s get in shape!

Today’s podcast won’t do much to help the workouts – maybe save me from drowning. We start with Billy Bragg, then go to Deerhunter, Paul Weller, Los Lobos, the Smithereens, Ray Charles, Joe Simon, O.V. Wright, Shemekia Copeland, Johnny Copeland, Charlie Musselwhite, Tracy Nelson, Dire Straits, B.B. King and John Hiatt.

Listen every week by going to brennick.net to stream or download the latest podcast (and every other podcast – all still available). Special podcasts appear on some Wednesdays – check back this week for a new one. Comments and suggestions are always welcome. Share with others – Summer’s a great time to share. Thank you for listening.

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She didn’t make it

Fiona is no more. She didn’t get any better, and we ended her life. It was pretty sad – although she was not eating, drinking or going to the bathroom, her bladder infection had cleared up, so she was walking close to normal again. The Doctor said the next step would be hospitalization that would cost thousands of dollars and could still end up without her getting better. The decision was easier to take, but still difficult to do. Man, I’m near tears now just writing this.

On today’s podcast we start with a theme – see if you can guess by the first 4 artists. Then we move on to general music through the end. We start with Bo Diddley, Jr. Walker and the All-Stars, Jonathan Richman with the Modern Lovers, and, uh, Warner Brothers. Nest is Pretty Things, Modest Mouse, Leonard Cohen, Massive Attack, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, James Brown, the Young Rascals, Tommy James and the Shondells, the Ronettes, the Band, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the dB’s.

This podcast is available for streaming or downloading at brennick.net. All previous podcasts are also still available. Did you know you could leave comments and suggestions there? Well, you can – please do. Have others listen as well – share the podcast. Thank you for listening, and hope you continue to tune in every week.

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Sick Dog

My dog’s 13th birthday was on May 5. She had diarrhea for the next week, but then it cleared up. The last Saturday, she became very lethargic and stopped eating. We took her to the vets on Tuesday but she still didn’t get better. Yesterday (Saturday) we took her to the emergency clinic, where she was given additional medication – we hope she gets better.

She has a bladder infection that hurts her arthritic back-end, so she is having problems walking (or even getting up). Her stomach is also distended, and she hasn’t really eaten in a week. She did have some ice cream and chicken broth (with some chicken) today – it’s a good sign. Get well soon, pup.

On today’s podcast we start off with American Music Club, then onto Maria Muldaur, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Saxons, Maxine Brown, The Supremes, the Jackson Five, Squeeze, John Martyn, Morrissey, Sinead O’Connor, AL Green, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Television.

Please visit brennick.net to stream or download this podcast, and hey! Check out the other podcasts that are there – all are still available to stream or download. Leave comments and suggestions and tell me what you like and what you’d like to hear. It’s always a pleasure to put together these podcasts, and I’m happy that there are a few hearty souls who check out the podcast. Thank you for listening.

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Anniversary

Hello and welcome. Today is a very special day – I’ve been doing my podcast for a year now. I’ve enjoyed putting together these podcasts for you, and I have a small but sincere audience who listens – thank you. If not for you I would have stopped doing this and been very frustrated.

I think that I’ve made a lot of improvement since I started – it’s certainly easier for me to talk about what I have played on the show – I hope you think I’ve gotten better. Onto the second year of shows…

We’ve got some new songs to play today as well as some more of the classics. We start with Rose Windows, then go to Heart, My Morning Jacket, Hot Chocolate, The Mavericks, Shelby Lynne, Dusty Springfield, The Kills, Ann Peebles, The Bamboos, The Cowsills, The Temptations, Spirit, Blur and Brian Eno.

All podcasts from last year are still available at brennick.net. Stream or download, leave comments and suggestions, and please continue to check out the web page – more will be in store for the site this year. Hey – is anyone having problems streaming? Please let me know – someone told me that he had some problems with lagging the other day – first I’ve heard of any technical problems. Thank you for listening.

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Infrastructure

The Amtrak crash earlier this week highlights the importance of the need to improve our infrastructure. The U.S. has been left behind when it comes to the railroad system. Europe and Japan have markedly improved their rail systems, including high speed rail service. California is building a high speed rail track, which will see phase 1 complete in 2029. That’s 14 years away-wow. Now is not the time to be cutting the budget of Amtrak,which Congress did earlier in the week.

Today’s podcast has no train songs, but is scheduled to arrive on time. We start with George Harrison,then on to the next stop with R.E.M., Madness, Thievery Corporation, the Headboys, Neil Young, Marianne Faithful, Lucinda Williams, the Five Royales, Led Zeppelin, the Raveonettes, Webb Wilder, Al Anderson, Graham Parker, and Sly and the Family Stone.

This podcast and all others are available at brennick.net. Stream or download podcasts, and please leave comments and suggestions. Thank you for your attention.

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2015 Jazzcast – with 2015 music

Hello and welcome to one of my midweek podcasts. This is a jazz podcast, and in putting it together, I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of new jazz I had purchased this year, so 8 of the 9 songs were released in 2015, and the final song was from 2014.

I feature 3 songs form the Smoke Sessions Label, which started in 2013. I have found all of the music to be outstanding – if there are any Smoke Sesssion albums I have not yet purchased, I probably will get them. They are that good. I mention that there were 4 albums released in 2015 – the 4th was just released this week, which is why I don’t have it yet (it’s the new Vincent Herring album – I already own another CD of his).

So sit back and listen to Harold Mabern, Beppe Di Benedetto, the Sylvain Charrier Tentet, Eddie Henderson, Steve Turre, Jared Gold, Stanton Moore, Chris Lightcap’s Bigmouth, and Kamasi Washington.

Please visit brennick.net to stream or download this podcast. We’re 50 or so weekly podcasts in, and all the previous ones are avaialble on the site as well. Special podcasts are also at brennick.net – indulge yourself. Comments and suggestions are always welcome – tell me what you like (and don’t like). More to come! Thank you.

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I’m So Tired

Started the podcast but got really sleepy – a bit unusual for me, but changed things up a bit in recording the podcast. Don’t know if age is catching up with me, because there are days when I find it’s tough to do much – I never had those days when I was young. I’m also slowing down on reading lately – that’s usually a sign that it’s time to change my eye prescription. I’ve worn reading glasses since my 20’s-not necessarily age-related.My distance glasses, however, are age-related. I used to have 20/15 vision -now I’m on the path to full-time glasses (hopefully many years away-let’s hope).

On today’s podcast we start with the Beatles (see title of post), then go on to the Rolling Stones,the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Staple Singers, Dwight Yoakam, Neko Case, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, Arthur Alexander, James Carr, O.V. Wright, Clarence Carter, Sam and Dave, Crosby and Nash, Moby Grape, Traffic and Bob Weir.

Please visit brennick.net to stream or download this podcast. We’re 50 or so weekly podcasts in, and all the previous ones are avaialble on the site as well. Special podcasts are also at brennick.net – indulge yourself. Comments and suggestions are always welcome – tell me what you like (and don’t like). More to come! Thank you.

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April showers bring Spring?

I hate to harp on this, but the weather until yesterday has not been great this spring. Temperatures are supposed to jump beginning today, so we’ll see. With a scheduled high of 82 Fahrenheit on Monday, maybe we’re skipping spring and going straight into summer – I’ll take it.

On today’s podcast we start with a spring set from the Lemon Drops, the Graham Bond Organisation, Go-Betweens and the Kinks. From there we listen to Urge Overkill, Ocean Colour Scene, the Velvet Underground, the Who, King Crimson, Johnny Thunders, Wet Willie, Barrence Whitfield and the Savages, the Cars, Mink Deville, the Zombies and J. Mascis.

Every Sunday I’ve putting up these podcasts – it’s almost been a year. Head over to brennick.net to stream or download this and other podcasts. Leave comments and suggestions, and share if you’d like. Special podcasts appear on random Wednesdays – check those out as well. Thank you for your attention.

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