Enjoy the summer days

We’re in the midst of summer – let’s enjoy the seemingly few days of sunshine that we’re given and soak up some sun. Oh, but be safe and wear sunscreen, cover up and use the shade – the sun’ll kill you. If you’re like me, you just burn anyway – I don’t get proper tans, but may end up with one as the sunburn fades. I usually cover up, even if I have to go to the beach. There may be some beach in my future today. Let’s just enjoy the days we get.

Enjoy the day with FFS, Dinosaur Jr., Anna Calvi, Syd Barrett, Little Feat, The Steve Miller Band, Love, The Allman Brothers Band, Ronnie Lane, A Band of Bees, The Damned, Eddie and the Hot Rods, The Real Kids, Wire, and the Clash.

Stream or download at brennick.net. Leave comments and suggestions – how are things going here? Share with others and just enjoy. Thank you for listening.

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Mid-week Special:OddPod

Today I’m posting a mid-week podcast. Today’s podcast focuses on artists that I listen to a lot but who don’t usually make it into the regular podcasts. Most of these artists are not mainstream, but have made incredible music that is very rewarding. Could also be called music my wife does not like – I usually have to play these when she’s not around.

There’s a good variety of music here, and I’ve only just scratched the surface. A lot got left behind, so there may be a follow-up. Who doesn’t like a song sung in Welsh, anyway?

Featured today are David Lynch(yes, that David Lynch), Johnny Dowd, Captain Beefheart, Coati Mundi, Frank Zappa, The Residents, Pere Ubu, Tom Waits, MC 900 Ft. Jesus, Snakefinger, P.J. Harvey and Super Furry Animals.

Regular podcasts are posted on Sundays, with irregular podcasts showing up on the occasional Wednesdays. All are available to stream or download at brennick.net. As always, comments and suggestions are welcome. Thank you for listening.

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Almost Independence Day

Hey, it’s the 4th of July. Well, yesterday was. That’s it – just an acknowledgement of a date on the calendar. I’m not much for holidays, except that we get to spend time with friends and family, which is what I’m doing this weekend. Highly recommended.Oh, and listening to music. That’s important, too.

Today’s podcast has an interesting mix of music, including an all-American set of late-50’s early-60’s music. So join in and listen to Haley Bonar, The Byrds, the Walker Brothers, the Brothers Johnson, Wire, Beirut, John Foxx, the Ramones, the Everly Brothers,Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Alison Moyet, INXS, the English Beat and ABC. A late dance set for y’all.

Podcasts are always available to stream or download at brennick.net. Listen, comment, and share with others – this podcast would be great for the beach. I’d like to thank everyone who listens to this on a regular basis – you’re why I continue to produce podcasts. Enjoy the 4th weekend and listen to good music.

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Updating the Website

Hi, I’m not sure how this will work – it may go up late, as I am not home this Sunday morning. We’ll see if I can sneak this up on time.

I’ve been looking at my website (something I don’t do a lot) and have made some changes to it. The page design is different (new “theme” to the webpage), and I have modified the sidebars (right to left, now with a calendar of when I post, recent LP plays and books I’ve read or are currently reading). I hope you like the changes made. I’m also going to try to post more – more writing (on Tuesdays?) and photos I’ve taken (on Thursdays?). We’ll see how that goes. Onward and upward.

On today’s podcast, we start with a set of brand new music with Saun & Starr, Hot Chip, Daughn Gibson and Florence and the Machines. Then we head back in time for Martin Briley, George Harrison, Roxy Music, Evan Johns and the H-Bombs, Bonnie Raitt, Maria and Geoff Muldaur, The Smiths, David Byrne, The Jam, and David Bowie.

The podcast is available to stream or download at brennick.net. All the other podcasts are still available to stream or download – take a listen. You can also leave comments and suggestions on the website – tell me what you think of the website change. Thank you for your continued interest in the podcast – it’s why I do it. Make sure you tune in again next week for another edition of the podcast.

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Today’s photo: Hummingbird

Today I will start posting some of my photographs that I’ve taken through the years. Today’s is a hummingbird I took in 2014 at Indian Canyons of the Agua Caliente band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, California. There are many desert and mountain trails to hike there, and they have hummingbird feeders at the entrance. You can click on the picture to get a larger view. This came out quite nicely, I think.
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Garden and Gun

On Saturday I picked up the mail and received an invitation to “Celebrate the Good Life in the South.” It was a subscription request for a magazine called Garden & Gun. Why is it called Garden & Gun? There used to be a 1970’s nightclub in Charleston, SC called the Garden & Gun Club that was popular. It is “a metaphor representing the love and respect for the land, an enthusiasm for the active sporting lifestyle, and a magazine that appeals to a diverse audience that shares a common passion…a love of the South.” In light of the shootings that happened earlier in the week, it was probably not the best time to send that ad out.

I’m not sure why I received this – perhaps because I subscribe to the Oxford American, which is based in Mississippi. I am not the right demographic for the magazine, as my love of the South does not exist. I am from New England, and I would have to say that my love for New England is pretty non-existent as well. But the South? Does the magazine believe that I am one of the displaced Southerners toiling above the Mason-Dixon Line, or that I had relatives who lived in the South?

I am very pro-gun control, so the “gun” aspect of the magazine is abhorrent to me, and I say this as an NRA-approved Safe Hunter (from my time in the Scouts as a lad). I am not anti-gun: I grew up in a poor, rural area and have sympathy for those who still use guns to live off the land. Guns are ok, but not all guns in all areas, especially semi-automatic weapons. Although I’m sure the articles in Garden & Gun are very tasteful, they are also probably about fox hunts or other shooting party events I find distasteful and antebellum.

In fact, I’m sure that the magazine wants to hearken back to a “simpler” time – of slavery or Jim Crow, although dressed up in a modernized style. You’ll be shocked to hear that I saw no African-Americans in the photos that were sent to entice me to subscribe.

I’m taking easy potshots at a magazine that probably does not think of itself the way I’m describing it, and you (and they, certainly) would say that I am off-base in my criticism of the magazine. It’s just that, in light of last week’s killings in Charleston, I have become very sensitive to racism – both overt and covert – and this magazine violates the rules of non-racist. We need to be more cognizant of the image we are portraying – we do not live in a post-racist society, no matter what some of the Supreme Court justices say. If they had shown at least one African-American, just one – that would have given me pause (unless it was in a service capacity).

Let’s be better people – I’ll start by not subscribing to Garden & Gun magazine. See, it’s not even that hard to begin to take a stand.

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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