Lin Brehmer

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Nothing much survives from Brehmer’s high school years except rumor and innuendo. He distinguished himself as the starting pitcher for the varsity baseball team from 1969 to 1972. He also spent winters in a Kelly-green Speedo as a member of the McBurney swim team. All pictures were destroyed by the government. [Read Lin's Full Bio]

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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Edd “Kookie” Byrnes’ “Kookie Kookie Lend Me Your Comb”

“Without, like, doubt…The Ginchiest…Kookie” scream the liner notes to the album “Kookie” by Edd Byrnes, from the TV show “77 Sunset Strip.” Gerald “Kookie” Kookson was a character on the late 50’s show “77 Sunset [...]


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A Recycled Earth Day Lin’s Bin

Has Earth Day lost its mojo? No one even seems to pay Earth Day the usual lip service anymore. Is it because the environment is now a partisan political discussion? I just don’t know. But [...]



Linside Chicago: Eigth Blackbird [Listen]

I know noble accents And lucid, inescapable rhythms; But I know, too, That the blackbird is involved In what I know. A Wallace Stevens poem inspired the name of a maverick music ensemble from Chicago [...]



Linside Chicago: Leaning Tower Y [Listen]

On the always busy Touhy Avenue in Niles, you will find The Leaning Tower YMCA. The Leaning Tower Y has a basketball court, racquetball courts, two swimming pools and the usual workout rooms, but it [...]



Linside Chicago: Evergreen Plaza [Listen]

If you grew up on the far southside, Evergreen Plaza held no fascination as one of the first shopping Malls in the country. It was just where you went. Maybe you told your mom you [...]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Singing Canaries “Cielito Lindo”

A radio listener of mine in Albany, New York sent me this vinyl 45 in 1979 because he figured I could use it. With an organ accompaniment, Singing Canaries allegedly perform “Cielito Lindo.” Since I [...]


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The Lin Brehmer Collection: Picture Discs

In the late ‘70’s and early ‘80’s, record companies augmented their promotional largess with picture discs. Pictures would cover singles and LP’s, but these vinyl discs were still playable. Sometimes they would simply issue colored [...]


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The Lin Brehmer Collection: Vinyl Oddities

Record Store Day is this Saturday and since I have kept about 6,000 vinyl records ever, I thought I might share some of my favorite vinyl oddities. Some of these are hard to find. And as you peruse the racks of records this weekend, do me a favor. My particular white whale is a Commandy Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen album called “Hot Licks and Cold Steel.”


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Lin Brehmer’s Playlist For Hookers

A woman asked me, “What profession is mentioned the most in songs?” She went on to answer her own question by saying, “I think it’s prostitute.” You must have a very interesting iPod, my dear. Just as I was about to explain that there weren’t really that many songs about prostitutes, my mental playlist filled up like a Game of Thrones brothel.


Record Store Day 2013

Lin Brehmer’s Best Album Covers Of All Time

As we romance the ‘record’ for Record Store Day, we should remember one of the many reasons we loved record albums. The album cover. Sexy. Artistic. Intriguing. The album cover mattered. Recording artists employed all manner of visual seduction to draw us to their music. One of the greatest artists of album art passed away this week. Storm Thorgerson. His rock and roll graphic design resume is peerless. Dark Side of the Moon. Houses of the Holy. Albums so iconic that you don’t need to be reminded who the artists were. What better time to enjoy my album cover history lesson presented in collectible JPEG format?