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: Lothar & The Hand People “Space Hymn”

When people say, “Lin, what is wrong with you?” I have an answer. Lothar and the Hand People. I heard them and I was never quite the same. First of all, this is the best [...]

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Linside Chicago: Immaculate Conception [Listen]

My friend Don Johnsson introduced me to this hidden treasure of a bowling alley for one of his birthdays. It all seemed too good to be true. Rentable at nominal fee. Manual pinsetters. A cozy [...]



Linside Chicago: Petersen’s Ice Cream [Listen]

Petersen’s is a restaurant, but it is first and foremost an ice cream parlor. At 1100 Chicago in Oak Park since 1931, you can indulge in sundaes, banana splits, cones, and milkshakes. Petersen’s ice cream [...]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Temple City Kazoo Orchestra “2001 Sprach Kazoostra”

The EP that rocked the world in 1979 came from the estimable Rhino Records. 4 Songs from The Temple City Kazoo Orchestra including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Miss You,” and “Stayin’ Alive.” But for the traditional [...]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Captain Beefheart “Lick My Decals Off, Baby”

We descend into the world of unusual genius with Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band and the title track from his 4th album, Lick My Decals Off, Baby. Beloved of critics and cherished by early [...]


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Lin’s Odds And Sods For The Who Friday Feature [Playlist]

Someone once said The Beatles and The Stones were for wimps who couldn’t handle The Who. Oh right, that was me. I was kidding, of course, since my overweening devotion to the first two bands [...]


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The Unwritten Rules of Rock, Written By Lin Brehmer

I had a request for my Lin’s Bin on the Unwritten Rules of Rock, Part One. Here’s the scripted, do it yourself version. Scott Letscher asks – Lin, I’ve heard about the unwritten rules of [...]



Hot Stove Cool Music Tomorrow at Metro [Watch]

10 REASONS TO BE AT METRO THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. This Friday is the annual Hot Stove Cool Music Benefit at Metro. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later, a charity [...]


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Hump Day Unusual Moment: Pianosaurus “Thriftshoppin’”

What happens when you mix naive charms reminiscent of Jonathon Richman with a collection of little toy instruments? You get an ensemble called Pianosaurus. Their 1986 album was produced by Peter Holsapple (db’s and R.E.M.). [...]


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Lin Gets the Led Out For Friday Feature Robert Plant & Friends [Watch]

It ain’t easy covering Led Zeppelin. When a band’s sound is compared to the Hammer of the Gods, they are not easily copied or covered. What does this mean? Some of my favorite Led Zeppelin [...]