Sunday, April 21, 2019

Episode 64 - The Stoners Won't Remember (And An Elvis Costello Primer)

In this week's episode, we catch up on some music and talk about Elvis Costello for a long time. And that's pretty much it! Enjoy and check out the companion blog at http://emptychecking.blogspot.com for photos and more. By the way, all of the times are probably off by about a second because I wrote them down before editing some dead air off of the front of the show.  Sorry about that!


Time Index:

  • 0:00 - Intro Stuff
  • 9:46 - Musical Break 1 - Born in this Town
  • 10:17 - Rest in Peace, Rick Elias
  • 21:32 Musical Break 2 - Beautiful Disaster
  • 22:02 - Music Reviews - Son Volt, The Alarm, and Hayes Carll
  • 37:41 - Musical Break 3 - Give It Up
  • 38:14 - An Elvis Costello Primer
  • 1:10:57 - Musical Break 4 - What Matters Most (South of Savannah)
  • 1:11:31 - Outro

And here are some pictures!

Cover photo, of course.

This is the Schlafly White Lager I referenced in the intro.

Just the Elvis Costello stuff.

Rick Elias and Rich Mullins. Good Easter listening.

Son Volt's new one.

Hayes Carll's return to form after his previous, introspective record.

The Alarm's emotive 2018 release.

My new hat.

Saturday, April 6, 2019

Episode 63 - Good Sean Connery Words

On this week's episode I open up with some personal stuff then talk about new music from Eli Paperboy Reed, Over the Rhine, and Jenny Lewis (as well as touching briefly on my love of Iron Maiden). I then spend a large chunk of the show talking about Kurt Vonnegut's "Slaughterhouse-Five," which turned 50 years old last month. And I close out by telling you about a couple of adult beverages I've recently enjoyed. Here's the player:


Time Index:
And here are some photos and stuff! (All album covers lovingly lifted from Amazon.)

The cover photo, which also serves as the Vonnegut/Slaughterhouse photo this week.

Eli Paperboy Reed - GREAT album.

Over the Rhine's new, beautiful album.

Jenny Lewis' new album. I'm hoping I have to revise this review at a later date.

I also talked about Iron Maiden, although not specifically this album.

Jameson Irish Whiskey's "Caskmates" Stout Edition - It's too long a name, but an excellent whiskey.

Boulevard's Whiskey Barrel Stout - Have some chocolate on hand, if you give it a try.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Episode 62 (BONUS EPISODE!) - The "Grounds" Episode

On a special bonus episode, I indulge myself and listen to/provide commentary for my very first solo album "Grounds," which was released in 2005. Did I enjoy the experience? What do I think, looking back almost 15 years to the very beginning? Would I do anything differently? What did I think I was doing at the time? How much whiskey did I have to drink to make it through the recording of this episode?  All of these questions and more are answered in this week's episode! Or if you want to hear the album on its own, it's listenable and downloadable at https://derekbrink.bandcamp.com/album/grounds.


It's all just the one topic this week, so there's no time index, but I do have a ton of photos of interest!

Cover photo, per usual.
This is the album cover.

I mentioned in the episode that I still have the cup from the center of the album cover. And here it is! Disappointingly robin's egg blue, isn't it?

Back of the booklet, as described.

Back album cover, as also described.

This is my grandpa's 1930s era Gibson. It isn't worth a penny to anybody but me. Looks damn cool though.

The Takamine 12 String that starts the album.

The Silvertone that provides all of the electric tones on the record.

I also talked a bit about this old Ibanez bass. It's an old friend.

This is part of the damage I mentioned to my Grandpa's old guitar. You can see the crack where the neck-break happened.

More guitar damage. The two kind of faint black circles are where pins were put in to put the neck back together.

This is the Line 6 unit I mentioned. I'll often use this instead of an amp when I record.

...and this is the Denison Witmer album I blanked on the name of when I was recording.  "Of Joy and Sorrow."

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Episode 61 - Maxima Mea Culpa

Blogger changed the look of how you make new posts. I don't like it.

Regardless! This week's episode is a "catch-up" episode after I took a month off by accident. I talk about a little bit of everything including St. Patrick's Day, the Flogging Molly show in St. Louis a couple of weeks back, new music from Joe Jackson, Lucero, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, and Chatham County Line, and more! I also bid farewell to Luke Perry, King Kong Bundy, Dick Dale, Keith Flint, and Peter Tork. And I make some promises about the show that I probably can't keep.  Enjoy!


I totally forgot to write down the times to list them here. Sorry about that. But here's a bunch of pictures! (All album covers lovingly lifted from Amazon.)

Cover photo. My theory is that Flogging Molly got tired of seeing bad tattoos so they put out a shirt explicitly telling the fans what to get.

The Claypool Lennon Delirium. A shoulder-shrug of an album. And cover.

Dream Theater - Distance over Time. Is that a robot hand holding the skull?

Lucero - Among the Ghosts. I didn't talk about the album much in the episode, but I did touch on the band and this is their most recent work. In brief, good album, but the last song should've been the first song, to give the whole album more energy.

Chatham County Line - Sharing the Covers. Get it? Because it's a covers album. And a different band already trademarked "Under the Covers," I bet. And I'm just now realizing this is photoshopped. They couldn't even get all of the guys in the same bed at the same time for their lazy-ass joke. Wow.

Joe Jackson - Fool. I feel like I didn't talk about this album enough...but that's okay. I'll have another chance to talk about it at the end of the year when it makes my top ten list.

Me the Friday before St. Patrick's Day. The hat and shirt were both bought at Kerry Cottage here in St. Louis.

As is tradition, I left out a plate of Guinness and potatoes for Jolly Old St. Patrick the night before St. Patrick's Day, awaiting his gifts of corned beef and cabbage.

I buy one of these mugs every St. Patrick's Day at St. James the Greater. It's a shame that the Catholic Church in St. Louis has chosen to shut down the school against the wishes of everyone with sense in the area.

The Irish Aires. Love watching them play every year. This year, they added a violin player.

I also bought this ring at Kerry Cottage. I used to wear a knotwork ring and missed it. So I got this one.

This was on the table where we met for St. Patrick's Day. Now that I'm drinking again, I considered this a very nice thought from my favorite beer.  :)

I talk about Paddy's Irish Whiskey at length in the show. It's my favorite whiskey, and now I can actually FIND the stuff year round!

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Episode 60 - Listen to a TED Talk, I Can't Solve All Your Problems

On this week's episode I talk about (and play!) my new Fender Telecaster American Pro guitar. I also talk about new music from Mandolin Orange, The Flesh Eaters, and Bob Mould. Then I talk about Fallout 4, Red Dead Redemption II, and WWE 2K19 on the PS4. All that plus some personal stuff. Check it out!


Sorry I didn't get a time index together for this episode, but I'm running late for something while also doing this, so I'm skipping it this week.  :)  But here's a bunch of photos!

The cover, of course.

This is the first photo I took of the new guitar as soon as I got it home. Texted it to my dad.

Posted this one on Facebook. It's weird how the light reflecting off my glasses makes it look like my right eye is lazy. Otherwise, I like this photo a lot.

From Instagram...  In use.

Also on Instagram. I'd captioned this "All my Fenders making frienders" and then realized that's the stupidest thing I've ever written.

This is the amp I played through on the show. Simple, one knob, tiny amp. Yet it still sounded good!

Mandolin Orange - Tides of a Teardrop. GREAT album.

The Flesh Eaters - I Used to be Pretty. - I expected more... Although, bonus points are awarded for how seamlessly the top of this album cover fades into my counter-top.

Bob Mould - Sunshine Rock - Fun album.

Red Dead Redemption II - A really great game that highlights all of my frustrations with modern gaming.

WWE 2K19. Fun...but the "reversals" mechanic is broken and makes it almost not worth playing.