Tuesday, March 3, 2020

3/1/20 - Prepare to Be Bored for a Second

This episode is mostly books and music. I do a deep dive into the etymology of Beowulf and then talk about things that were written in a form of English we understand. I also talk about a bunch of new music. And some other stuff. You know how I am.

Here's the player (or remember you can probably find the show on your podcast app of choice, except for Spotify--you can also download by pressing the little down-arrow on the upper right of the player):

Here's the time index:
  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 6:48 - Music Break 1 - "Not Quite Middle Life Crisis"
  • 7:18 - Books
    • Beowulf - 7:18
    • The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and The Horse - 19:17
    • The Age of Anxiety - 24:35
    • The Rain Watcher - 29:11
  • 35:54 - Music Break 2 - "One Man"
  • 36:24 - New Albums and Stuff
    • Pearl Jam's New Singles - 36:24
    • Anti Flag: "20/20 Vision" - 41:08
    • Drive-By Truckers: "The Unraveling" - 42:07
    • ...and You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: "X" - 45:15
    • Guided By Voices - "Surrender Your Poppy Field" - 47:34
    • Sloan Concert in St. Louis 2/15/20 - 49:11
  • 55:35 - Music Break 3 - "AMB 4"
  • 56:05 - Outro Stuff

Here's the cover photo, for your collection.

Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf, which I speak about at length. It's my preferred translation. Listen to the show to find out why!

I didn't much care for this book at all but...

...isn't the art pretty?

I kind of want a book of just Mackesy's art.

Beautiful work. Just the words didn't do much for me.

It was hard for me to review this book, because I adore Pete Townshend...but...it had to be done.

I bought this book because I liked the cover. Turned out to be a wonderful read, too!

The cover has raindrops on it that shimmer in certain light. I'm trying to capture it here...

Just a really pretty, interesting cover.

Anti-Flag's new one. Lazy title, good album.

DBT's new one. Worthy of its place on the shelf.

Trail of Dead back at it with a strong release...

Guided By Voices went almost four months before announcing another new album. I was starting to worry!

Sloan shirt #1.

Sloan shirt #2

Vinyl copy of my favorite Sloan record.

A shot from the Sloan show. Taken before the show started. Just thought it looked cool.

This is Sloan's guitarist Patrick Pentland playing his flower Telecaster. Cool guitar. I put this shot on my Instagram and he shared it! :)

Thanks for your support!

Friday, January 10, 2020

1/10/20 - The Episode Where I Cry Because Neil Peart Died

In this episode I talk about Neil Peart who passed away earlier today and also share some memories of Rush. It gets pretty raw and emotional. Here's the player:

And here is a photo of the art-print I referenced in the show along with the close-up of Neil in it, which is the cover photo for the episode.

The closeup of Neil in the window, referenced in the episode...

...and this is the full print. :)

Sunday, December 22, 2019

12/21/19 - My Top Ten Favorite Albums of 2019

With only a few shopping days left before Christmas, I'm giving you 17 ideas of albums you could buy for the randos in your life by presenting my top 10 favorite albums of 2019 (plus some runners up). I think it's a pretty good list. Give it a listen and see if you agree, then leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite album or albums were this year!

Here's the Player:

No time index this week since it's all just one subject, but the song I used transitioning out of the intro into the list is my song "Napalm" and it's available here for free. Now here's a bunch of pictures, so you can see what the album covers look like and whatnot! (You can click on everything to make it bigger.)

Here's the cover photo. I like to imagine someone has all of the cover photos saved and rotating as their desktop background. (It's me.)

Favorite album of the year. I hope nobody's offended by the cover, but at this point if you haven't seen Amanda Palmer naked at least once then you've never been on the Internet.

Great album by my favorite band. A lot of pleasant surprises on this one.

Sad and sweet. A wonderful sendoff.

The Master's final goodbye to his fans. And I love it.

One of three GBV albums on the list. Possibly my favorite of the three.

Another GBV album. They went nuts this year. And it's the best kind of crazy.

Good God, it's getting overwhelming.

I was happy about how much I liked this release. It's nice to have the Get Ups back!

I'm new to Joe Jackson. This was a good introduction and made me want to dive way deeper.

One of the really bright spots from the Yep Roc catalog this year.

THS never disappoints!

A curveball of a record from a curveball of a band. Really dug it. Nice to have a GOOD thrash album come out for once!

First Son Volt album I've liked in a decade. It's a good one.

Great album that didn't *quite* crack my top ten, just because Amanda Palmer's record made me view this one as lesser. But it's still great and you should still hear it.

Great album with a bad mix.

Fun album that accidentally serves as a farewell to Kim Shattuck. Liked it a lot.

It's just nice to have Mary Prankster back and doing stuff, man.

Thanks! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

12/10/19 - He's a Militant Atheist, But Who Isn't?

This episode was a long time coming and I hope it's fun for everybody. It sure was for me. I talk about books by Penn Jillette, Paula Hawkins, Liz Moore, and Nick Hornby. I also talking about having seen Joker and the Downton Abbey movie. Then I talk about my recent listening including the new albums by The Who and Leonard Cohen, plus an introduction to what will soon be a recurring segment on Bob Dylan. It's a big show! Hope you enjoy it! Here's the player:

Time Index:
Here are some photos!
Here's the cover photo for the episode. You have to listen to get context for what the hell is going on in the upper right corner.

I'm sure I've said a book "changed my life" before. Well...this one actually did.

One of the best books I've read in years.

Fun mystery revolving around irredeemable people.

Fun, light reading.

Not so fun, heavy watching. (Image pulled off of Google.)

A wonderful return to the Abbey! (Image pulled from Google.)

The new Who album. The mixer it's sitting on is new too.

Leonard Cohen's final album.

The Dylan boxed set.

All the CDs in the Dylan set! Holy cats!

Remember, you can download my music FOR FREE at http://derekbrink.bandcamp.com. And the Bob Dylan blog is at http://derekondylan.blogspot.com.

See you next time for my top ten albums of 2019!