Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #834 – 7/14/2018: In-studio interviews/performances with Sean O’Brien and Rick Hromadka!

Gifts. That’s what I was given on this show. It appears that July 14 was the day to be in Sacramento. Both Sean O’Brien and Rick Hromadka, longtime Twirl favorites, were going to be in the area, and were available for a visit. So a musical meeting of the minds was going to happen. The two had heard of each other, and are actually scheduled to play on the same night at the IPO Festival in Los Angeles–but hadn’t before met. Until they came to the Sacramento Twirl studios on July 14th.

Sean O’Brien in the Twirl studio

Sean O’Brien came in from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has recorded for years under his own name, and with his band, Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands. He’s had a long musical history, going back to the 1980s. He’s been rather prolific in the studio for the last year, releasing an album, an EP, a single, and is putting the finishing touches on another album. The live His Dirty Hands band is a Bay Area mini supergroup, featuring members of Camper Van Beethoven and Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express. His sound is slightly foreboding and ominous, but always rocking. Sean played a couple of songs for us live, in-studio, and let us hear a couple of unmastered tracks from his next album, My Colors Dark. We’ll get him back in the studio once the new album comes out, this fall or winter.

Rick Hromadka in the Twirl studio

Rick Hromadka also has a long and illustrious musical history. He arrived in Los Angeles from New Haven, CT in the early 1990s, and through the years, formed the bands Double Naught Spies, Maple Mars, and Ruby Free. I first heard of Rick at the time the 2010 Maple Mars album, Galaxyland came out, and was instantly in awe of its psychedelic, yet rocking sound. I’ve seen Maple Mars play twice in L.A. over the years. They are powerful live, and could truly play stadiums. Stadium bookers: take note! This year, Maple Mars did a tour from Nashville through New England. Double Naught Spies is going to be doing a reunion show later this summer. And Rick’s busy writing songs that could wind up being used for any or all of those bands, or even solo. He was traveling through the Sacramento area on Saturday, and we were lucky enough to snag him for the show, and get him to do a couple of songs. and

And if all that weren’t enough, we also got to play advance pre-release music from Danny Wilkerson’s and Victor Sotelo’s forthcoming solo albums. This show held an abundance of musical gifts for me and the listeners. I hope you enjoy listening!

Artist | Track | Album
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | IPO Vol. 19
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head

Rick Hromadka and Sean O’Brien interviews
Maple Mars | The Excursion | Galaxyland
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Final Say | Risk Profile
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | My Colors Dark | My Colors Dark
Rick Hromadka | Welcome To Maple Mars | Live in Twirl studio
Rick Hromadka | Slow Parade | Live in Twirl studio
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
Sean O’Brien | Sleeping With Me | Live in Twirl studio
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Hilarious | My Colors Dark
Sean O’Brien | Mistakes | Live in Twirl studio

Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #833 – 7/7/2018: Chat with Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of The Armoires and Big Stir!

Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome, “The Paisley Twins”

I was originally going to take a break from all the amazing and fun interviews that have transpired lately on Twirl. I planned to spend two hours just relaxing and playing music in the studio. But then, my friend Bill Fuller asked me once again if I’d be willing to fill in for him on his 2-4pm show on KUBU, The Longhair Detectorists Guild. And of course, “willing” is not the right word to describe how I feel when I’m asked to do that. “Thrilled” is a better word. But then I realized that if I’m being given this gift of a 4 hour show, I should get a couple of people I really like, to share it with me and talk music.

So those two would be Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of the L.A. band The Armoires. They have started a scene called Big Stir. Big Stir started as a monthly series of live shows, but is rapidly, and organically, turning into a movement. There is an associated record label, magazine (actual paper!), and a radio show (full disclosure–they’re my colleagues on Woody Radio, with their Thursday night show, Big Stir Radar Hour).

They were the perfect people to chat with on a relaxed (at least for me) Saturday afternoon. For them it was a busier day. They were kind enough to take a break in the middle of a video shoot to chat with me. More info at

I also got to roll out even more new 2018 music. 2018 is a banner year for independent music, and it keeps coming in. Four hours was barely enough time to get it all in, and what I didn’t cover this week, we’ll get to on the next show.

Artist | Track | Album
Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Tipsy In Chelsea | You Are The Sun | The Co-Op Communique Vol. 4
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Alison Hogan | All The King’s Horses | Songs From The Third Act
The Well Wishers | Never Let You Down | A View From Above
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | American Affluenza | Catnip Dynamite
Eric Peter Schwartz | Regretville | Highway 45
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Rich McCulley | Far From My Angel | Far From My Angel
Walker Brigade | Choker | Therapy Animal
Adam Marsland | This Is Madness | Bulé
The Who | I Need You | A Quick One
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Single release
Arthur Alexander | One Bar Left | One Bar Left
The Beatles | Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8) | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary edition
Mimi Betinis | Pontiac | Music Sounds
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Get Outta LA | Sacramento
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
Freedy Johnston | Responsible | Can You Fly
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Richard X. Heyman | These Troubled Times | Incognito
Jenifer Jackson | Mercury, The Sun & Moon | Parasols’s Sweet Sixteen, Vol. 3
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
Maxi Dunn | Tuxedo Cat | Edmund & Leo
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Juliana Hatfield | Sellout | Please Do Not Disturb
The American Professionals | In Case Of Emergency, Break | Sympathetic Overdrive
Syd Straw | Racing To The Ruins | Surprise
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler

Chat with Christina and Rex of Big Stir/The Armoires
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Michael Simmons | Get Back What You Put In | First Days Of Summer
Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Daniel Trigger | Alive | Right Turn
Gordon Weiss | I’m Your Fan | It’s About Time
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lisa Mychols | One Revolution | Sugar
Frank Black | Superabound | Teenager Of The Year
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #832 – 6/30/2018: Interview doubleheader of Lisa Mychols and Chandler Travis!

Lisa Mychols

The radio gods really smiled down on me and my little Twirl Radio show this week. I was once again given the chance to do a 4 hour show (thanks, Bill Fuller), and had interviews with two well-known and well-loved musicians: Lisa Mychols and Chandler Travis.

Lisa Mychols has had a long and storied musical history, going back to The Wondermints, The Masticators, and Nushu, and her solo career is equally as legendary. I’d heard OF Lisa long before I ever heard any of her music. She’s one of the standard bearers of today’s pop scene, and can always be counted on to create upbeat, sunny songs with a crunchy, yet sweet backdrop. Which brings us to her new album, “Sugar”. She loves collaborating, and this album was done with Steve Refling, who’s been one of her “go-to’s” for a long time. The album artwork reminds me of a vocalist’s album from the 1960s, something which might have been in my parents’ record collection. The composition, the fonts, even the photo of Lisa–all look like a vintage Nancy Sinatra record. The music: sweet, crunchy, thoughtful, and fun–just like you’d expect from Lisa. And our conversation was exactly that–a conversation, not an interview. Lisa was one of those rare interviewees who asked me questions too. It was a fun and meaningful chat, and this one was special. It will go down in the annals of Twirl Radio history as one of the best conversations ever done on the show. Check out Lisa’s many ventures at

Chandler Travis

Chandler Travis is legendary. He started as part of Travis Shook and the Club Wow–a comedic musical group who toured with George Carlin. He founded the Incredible Casuals. Now, he’s the leader of several different groups of musical misfits/geniuses. We started off the interview in the exact opposite manner of the previous interview–a little awkward and stilted–I was kind of hinting around that I wasn’t too wild about the new album from the Chandler Travis Three-O, “Backward Crooked From The Sunset”, and Chandler was kind of agreeing that perhaps not enough thought went into the album. We carried on the charade for a full two minutes, until I had to fess up to the audience that Chandler and I had planned this out in advance. In an email exchange we had, he kidded me and asked “what if the album is terrible”? So I replied–“I’m sure it’ll be great, but what if I interviewed you as if it was terrible?” As it happens, I’m not a very good actor, because “Backward Crooked From The Sunset” is terrific. It continues in the Three-O tradition of gentle music that takes a quirky turn now and then. Guitars, woodwinds, clever lyrics–they’re all there. If you’re near Cape Cod this summer, go catch any one of Chandler’s bands. This is the high season to see these gentle (and occasional lady) dressed up in colorful garb, playing in any number of beachfront venues, amazing and amusing the tourists and locals alike. As I always say about his bands, recommended if you like NRBQ. You can figure out the rest at

Artist | Track | Album
Galaxie 500 | Pictures | Today
Colin Hay | Going Somewhere | Going Somewhere
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacéphale
Juliana Hatfield | Universal Heart-Beat | Only Everything

Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Daniel Trigger | Rock N Roll Party | Right Turn
Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band | I Didn’t Do It | Left Hand To The Sky
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Make
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Felsen | Spanish Jam Sandwich | Blood Orange Moon

Lisa Mychols interview
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Lisa Mychols | Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes | Sugar
Lisa Mychols | Domino | Sugar

Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Yung Wu | Shore Leave | Shore Leave
Desario | Wayside | III
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Maze | Black Box Theory
The Welcome Matt | The Man In The Golden Tower | More Empire Days
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake!
Chandler Travis Three-O | Settling For Less | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
Chandler Travis Three-O | Backward Crooked From The Sunset | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
DC Cardwell | Something Worth Voting For | Some Hope

Chandler Travis interview
Chandler Travis Three-O | More Than This Night | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
Chandler Travis Three-O | The Mayor Of Drunktown | Backward Crooked From The Sunset

The Outryders | Hollow Victory | Single release
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
The American Professionals | W.M.P.M.S. | Sympathetic Overdrive
The Who | So Sad About Us | A Quick One

Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Single release
Astral Drive | No One Escapes | Astral Drive
Nelson Bragg | She Used To Love Me | We Get What We Want
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Cowboy Dreams
Bay Station | Look But Don’t Touch | Other Desert Cities
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner | Another Day Slips Away | Make It Be

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #831 – 6/23/2018: Interview doubleheader of Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw, and Trevalene (Trevi) Weiser!

A Hawk And A Hacksaw

This week’s show was a fun one. Yet another week where I had the privilege of doing multiple interviews, and both musical guests were really great fun to chat with.

In the first hour, Heather Trost of A Hawk And A Hacksaw returned to the show. Heather, along with Jeremy Barnes, comprise the New Mexico-based folk duo. But to call them folk kind of understates what they do. They recently released their seventh album, “Forest Bathing” to the world, and it really encompasses lots of classical and traditional European sounds as well. It’s all instrumentals, and it really acts as musical therapy. Indeed, Japanese tradition maintains that “taking in the forest atmosphere” is a form of preventive medicine. Several virtuoso guest musicians hold forth on this record, and the collaboration is stunning. Heather and Jeremy have toured all over the world with their music, and are about to hit the road again soon. Get more info, and perhaps some records, at


In the second hour, a little bit of Australia, in the form of Trevalene Weiser (known as Trevi), comes to Sacramento. The Perth-born and raised singer-songwriter recently moved with her family from Australia to Sacramento, and is ready to put down some musical roots here in California. She’s already quite accomplished, with dozens of songs recorded. Her sound is poppy, but filtered by the sound of 90’s alternative rock–which completely hits my musical sweet spot. She’s one of these musicians who can pretty much pick up any instrument and learn it, and on several of her songs, she plays everything–and still sounds good at it. We had a fun and spirited chat, live in the Sacramento Twirl studios, as we sampled a few of her songs. She’s ready to form a band and do some live shows here in Northern California. That’ll be a good thing, because these songs should be heard. Give Trevi a listen!

Near the end of the show, a good friend of mine, Rene Chavez, popped in for a visit. Rene used to do a show called Collective Edge at Sacramento’s Voice, and has since taken it to the internet. It’s a great show, and hearing Rene talk about it, and the exciting blend of music he plays, gets one all fired up. It had been a few years since we saw each other, so this on-air reunion was very welcome. It basically happened because he was just driving around East Sacramento, and popped in to say hello. A nice capstone to a fun day on the radio.

Enjoy the show!

Bonus pic: Trevi and Mike in the Twirl studio

Artist | Track | Album
Three Hour Tour | Firebird | You Never Know
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single release

Heather Trost interview
A Hawk And A Hacksaw | The Magic Spring | Forest Bathing
A Hawk And A Hacksaw | A Broken Road Lined With Poplar Trees | Forest Bathing

Trevalene Weiser interview
Trevi | Stand On Your Own | Single release
Trevi | Back Home | Single release
Trevi | Won’t Stop | Single release

Chandler Travis Three-O | Not In Service | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music
Steve Barton | When She’s Lost Your Mind | Tall Tales And Alibis 1
Duncan Faure | Ball And Chain | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitatons Of Source Tape

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #830 – 6/16/2018: Interview tripleheader: Sunshine Boys, Gretchen’s Wheel, and Krista D!

Sunshine Boys (Dag Juhlin, Jackie Schimmel, Freda Love Smith)

On this week’s show, I was given a really nice Father’s Day gift: the chance to do a double show–4 full hours of radio! Bill Fuller, who normally does the show before mine, took the day off and asked me to fill in. So what do you do with a gift like that? You share it, and bring more musicians onto the show. So we did. Three interviews, and it went like this.

Sunshine Boys is a new Chicago supergroup, made up of veteran musicians Dag Juhlin (Poi Dog Pondering, The Slugs), Freda Love Smith (Blake Babies, The Mysteries of Life), and Jackie Schimmel (Justin Roberts, Big Hello). Their debut album, Blue Music, is simply special. I’ve listened to it many times through, and it hits all my musical sweet spots. Kind of a zoomy early 90s sound, shot through with a Midwest wistfulness (a term we all agreed on during the interview), and a positive outlook. This flawless record belongs in your record collection, and the in-depth conversation explores what went into it.

Lindsay Murray

Gretchen’s Wheel is Lindsay Murray’s very successful project. She’s been super prolific with it too. Black Box Theory is her fourth full length album since 2015. Not only that, but she’s had time to release an EP, and to be part of a few all star tribute compilation albums, most recently, those covering Matthew Sweet’s catalog and songs from the James Bond movies. Black Box Theory is quite possibly her artistic and technical peak to date. Strong rocking songs, well-crafted, intelligent lyrics, excellent vocals, and she plays all the instruments except for drums. If you want to know what a powerful, mature album sounds like, pick up this one.

Krista D

Krista D is one of the many artistic endeavors of Krista Acheson. She’s got three music projects, and three visual arts projects, and she compartmentalizes them, because they are so varied. Adam Waltemire forwarded me a copy of her EP, Look At Me, I’m Krista D, and I was instantly hooked. She describes the sound as a ska/doo wop combination. Although she doesn’t think she has any specific musical influences, growing up in the 90s, the bouncy ska sound left an imprint on her. So when you listen to her songs, the upbeat melodies catch you at first, but there are some darker undertones to be found once you start really hearing and understanding the lyrics. They tell a story, but give hope to the listener. All six songs have been played on my radio shows, and they are all equally strong. It’s a great collection of songs, and you might want to get yourself a copy of your own.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Emily Zuzik | The Biggest Mistake | Detours
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’Mere | Make
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Ass Ponys | Little Bastard | Electric Rock Music
Maxi Dunn | Meteor Shower | Edmund & Leo

Sunshine Boys interview (Dag Juhlin, Freda Love Smith, Jackie Schimmel)
Sunshine Boys | Tripping Through Time | Blue Music
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music

Dionne Farris | I Know | Single release
The Who | Whiskey Man | A Quick One
The Rubinoos | That Thing You Do | 45

Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel interview
Gretchen’s Wheel | Something’s Coming | Black Box Theory
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory

Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Single release
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake
Peter Murphy | Cuts You Up | Deep
The Bottle Kids | When You Come Around | Let Me In On This Action
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
Steve Barton | Where Did I Go Wrong | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World

Krista D interview
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D

David Houston | I’m Into You | Heart With Tears
According To Bazooka | All Aboard | Where We Are Now
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape
Michael Simmons | EP’s Are Weak | First Days Of Summer
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Funhouse | Glamping
Braam | Angel Baby | The Things You Think You Have
The Crushing Violets | Black Mountain | Ghost Fields
Chandler Travis Three-O | Settling For Less | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
Yung Wu | Spinning | Shore Leave
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #829 – 6/9/2018: In-studio guests Anton Barbeau and Andrew Griffin of Felsen!

Historic first meeting of Anton Barbeau, Julia Boorinakis Harper, Andrew Griffin.

So for the past two weeks, we had doubleheader interviews on the show. Where do you go after that? How about two interviews–live, in the Twirl studios? So we did just that.

There was a very special occasion in Sacramento that night–a show at the lovely Shine Cafe, featuring Anton Barbeau (with full Antband Kenny), and Felsen. These two bands had never before played a gig together–and in fact, had never even met.

So on the show, we had Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper from Anton’s band, and Andrew Griffin, frontman of Felsen, live in the studio. The in-studio photo shows this historic first meeting, and we were honored to have it happen live, on the air.

Anton Barbeau with Antband Kenny

Anton Barbeau is no stranger to our show. He lives in Berlin, but fortunately for us, makes frequent visits to his hometown of Sacramento, and it’s always fun and insightful to catch up with him whenever he does. This is the first visit since his wonderful Natural Causes album was officially released. Some say this album is the “most Anton” of all his records, or “the Anton record they’ve been waiting for”. It’s hard to know just what that all means, but suffice it so say, Natural Causes is by turns accessible and poppy, yet quirky and charming. If you already like Anton, you’ll love this record. If you’re just discovering him, you’ll love this record.

Felsen with special guest Anton Barbeau

Andrew Griffin of Bay Area band Felsen is also no stranger to our show. He’s the mastermind behind Felsen’s five studio albums, and some amazing live performances over the years. The last few Felsen records have been what I would consider to be vital listening for the 21st century. “I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore” was my pick for Album of the Year for 2013. It spoke to isolation in the technology age. The current album, “Blood Orange Moon”, tied for the Album of the Year for 2017 (technically a 2018 release, but I’ve had it since last September, so it counts). It picks up where the last one left off, but with a couple of changes. The entire band, save for Andrew, has changed. And the sound is not quite as boisterously rockin’. It is a bit quieter, but no less intense–this one simmers and smolders. In REM terms, this is Felsen’s “Automatic For The People”. We were treated to Andrew performing a couple of the newer songs live on the show. Try out both albums:

And in case you were wondering, the live gig at Shine was every bit as good as you might expect. Two great bands, playing loose, but fiery sets. At the end, another bit of rock ‘n’ roll history was created: Andrew called Anton up to the stage, for a duet of “Suffragette City”. A magical capstone to a magical day of music in Sacramento.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Richard Turgeon | Lost Angeles | Lost Angeles
Three Hour Tour | Gray Waves | You Never Know
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Bud Rogers | Slave To Passion | Whiteout
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Lannie Flowers | James Bond Theme | Songs, Bond Songs.
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Braam | Maybe Honey You’re A Lemon Tree | The Things You Think You Have
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Maze | Black Box Theory
The Crushing Violets | Strange Voices | Ghost Fields
Pugwash | Make It Yourself | Silverlake
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure

Anton Barbeau and Felsen interviews
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | It’s The Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Natural Causes
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Andrew Griffin | Vultures On Your Bones | Live in Twirl studio
Andrew Griffin | Private Airline | Live in Twirl studio

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #828 – 6/2/2018: Interview doubleheader Lannie Flowers and Byran Isaacs!

Lannie Flowers

For the second week in a row, I had the pleasure of doing two interviews on the show. It was a real treat–both are great artists. I’ve known one for years, and the other, I met for the first time just today.

Lannie Flowers has been a staple of my radio shows since his 2010 album Circles came out. We used to joke that he wasn’t part of the North Texas power pop scene–he WAS the North Texas power pop scene! His fan base runs far and wide, and his hook laden songs catch everybody’s ear instantly. I’ve seen him play on both the west coast and in Texas, in both his band and the longtime band The Pengwins. For the past four months, he’s been releasing one free single download each month, on Spyderpop Records. And at the end of each month, the old single gets taken down, to be replaced with a new one. None of these songs will be on his forthcoming album, “Home”, due to be released in Fall, 2018–so this makes them exceedingly rare. You’ll really want to get over to the Spyderpop website and download the current track each month. They’ve all been excellent, arguably some of the finest songs of Lannie’s career. And while you’re there, do catch up on the rest of Lannie’s catalog, as well as albums from Bill Lloyd, Chris Church, Danny Wilkerson, The Pengwins, and the Elvis Costello charity tribute album, “Beyond Belief”. We had a fun and spirited chat today, and heard a couple of the new singles.

Byron Isaacs

In the second hour, we meet rock-Americana singer-songwriter Byron Isaacs. Byron is a bass player, based in Brooklyn, NYC. He’s had a fairly illustrious career as a founding member of Americana band Ollabelle. He’s also been part of Levon Helm’s band (and played on his two Grammy award winning albums), part of The Lumineers, and played with Joan Baez, Larry Campbell, and many others. So after two years on the road with The Lumineers, he found a little time to record his first solo album, “Disappearing Man”. It’s due out on June 12th, and it is nothing short of amazing. When a guy cites his musical influences as The Beatles, Metallica, Charles Mingus, The Band, and various punk bands, you know his first solo record is going to be nothing short of amazing–and Disappearing Man does not disappoint. It’s a wonderful collection of 9 songs. His CD release show will be on that June 12th release date at City Winery in New York, and if you can’t be there, at least make the effort to get the record.

Besides Lannie and Byron, we found time to play 10+ brand new tracks from 2018. The musical feast that is 2018 continues unabated. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Like A Thief | We Need The Rain
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Chandler Travis Three-O | Backward Crooked From The Sunset | Backward Crooked From The Sunset
Maxi Dunn | Watching The Stars | Edmund & Leo

Lannie Flowers interview
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single

Astral Drive | Wishing I Could Change The World | Astral Drive
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Byron Isaacs interview
Byron Isaacs | Daddy’s Farm | Disappearing Man
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man

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