Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #799 – 10/21/2017: Interviews with Paul Lacques of Double Naught Spy Car and Duncan Faure!

Double Naught Spy Car

Today on Twirl, we had, what the folks in the world of sports call, a double-double! A second week in a row where we had doubleheader interviews. There has been so much great music released in 2017, and so few weeks remaining in this year’s calendar, that we’ve had to squeeze in extra interviews and extra music. But I’m not complaining.

Duncan Faure

First up: we got to meet Paul Lacques of L.A.-based instrumental band Double Naught Spy Car. They’ve been self-described as “providing the soundtrack for the approaching meltdown of civilization”, although I like that one critic called their sound “surf noir” music. It’s great stuff, either way. Paul and I had a fun, lively chat–and we learned the secret about creating titles for instrumental songs! doublenaughtspycar.com

And in the second hour, the legendary Bay City Rollers frontman Duncan Faure returned to the show! He released a brand new single today, “Thank You For The Photograph”, and he introduced it for us live on the air! We also caught up on what he’s been up to–it had been a couple of years since we last chatted on the show, and Duncan’s always got some great stories from his 40 plus years in the music business. jemiblue.bandcamp.com

Artist | Track | Album
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | Heavenly Day | The Road To Glasgow
Blaine Campell | I Don’t Belong Here Anymore | Blue Mind
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Sarah Stanley | Not Gonna Leave | Tuesday Girl

Paul Lacques Interview
Double Naught Spy Car | Tale Of The Comet | Moof
Double Naught Spy Car | The Hesher Variation | Moof

Chandler Travis Philharmonic | You Got Me Started | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Daniel Trigger | Remember When | Single release
Lisa Said | Peel The Moon | Estranged

Duncan Faure interview
Duncan Faure | Nightfall | Anthology
Duncan Faure | Thank You For The Photograph | Single release

Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Lannie Flowers | Kiss A Memory | Single release
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
Heiskell | Hurtin’ On You | Emotional Terrorism
The American Professionals | The Story | Sympathetic Overdrive
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
Trip Wire | Long Days Gone | Cold Gas Giants
Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #798 – 10/14/2017: Interviews with Bradford Reed of Ohmslice and Dan Kaufman of Barbez!

Ohmslice

On today’s show, we had an interview doubleheader, with a couple of very interesting subjects! First off, we chatted with Bradford Reed of Ohmslice. You may remember him from the 90’s band King Missile. His new project is a creative collaboration between him and poet Jane LeCroy. The sound is based on processing percussion instruments through a modular synth–a new take on electronica! The music on the “Conduit” album is fascinating and challenging, and Ohmslice truly pushes a lot of boundaries. Bradford has always been into creating new music and new instruments–one of his claims to fame is inventing an instrument called the pencilina. In our conversation, Bradford explains how a lot of this electronic magic is done. More info at www.ohmslice.net.

Barbez

After that, Dan Kaufman of Barbez paid us a return visit. Barbez is known for tackling historical subject matter, by immersing themselves in music from a certain time period. The new album, “For Those Who Came After”, is no exception, and it features resistance songs from the Spanish Civil War–a forgotton piece of history from the not too far past–and pertinent today. These songs honor the tens of thousands of idealistic young men and women who, at great personal cost to themselves, traveled to Spain to fight fascism in the 1930s. These were recorded live at performances which benefit the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. There are snippets from interviews of actual American fighters overlaid on a couple of the songs. The music is exquisitely performed, and is thought-provoking. www.barbez.com.

We also heard some brand new tracks from Anton Barbeau, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Armoires, Chris Church, Heiskell, Lannie Flowers, and Felsen.

Artist | Track | Album
Anton Barbeau | Down Around The Radio | Natural Causes
Gene Loves Jezebel | Summertime | Dance Underwater
The Armoires | The Laws Have Changed | Big Stir Traveling International Roadshow
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape

Bradford Reed interview
Ohmslice | Crying On A Train | Conduit
Ohmslice | Gravity | Conduit

Edward Rogers | 20th Century Heroes | TV Generation
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades

Dan Kaufman interview
Barbez | Venga Jaleo | For Those Who Came After
Barbez | In The Beginning | For Those Who Came After

Jody Porter | Valerie Sometimes | Pacifier
Heiskell | The Old Songs | Emotional Terrorism
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Lannie Flowers | Find Her Way Back Home | Home Demos
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Felsen | Airplane Mode | Blood Orange Moon
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #797 – 10/7/2017: Anton Barbeau interview!

Anton Barbeau

It used to be that native Sacramentan Anton Barbeau would come back to visit us from Berlin about once a year or so, bringing with him his latest release. Then he upped the schedule to twice a year visits. Well this trip, he came bearing three(!) new releases: the vinyl EP “Heaven Is In Your Mind”, the CD “Antronica 2”, and a hand-burned pre-release of his forthcoming album “Natural Causes”. Heaven Is In Your Mind contains three choice covers (David Bowie, Big Star and Traffic), and one original Anton song. Antronica 2 is the follow up to Antronica. It features synth-driven songs Anton recorded in the 1980s, and some new 2017 music as well. And Natural Causes is the next album, a mix of shimmery pop songs and what Anton calls “weirdo material”–which in my experience, have always proven to be lovably quirky. The new record could use some help from you getting it released out into the world. Anton would like it to reach new folks who aren’t yet familiar with his work. So–if you already know you want a copy, it would help tremendously if you could pre order it from his Kickstarter campaign–details are available here: Anton Barbeau “Natural Causes” Kickstarter. We got to sample several songs from Natural Causes and one from Antronica 2. www.antonbarbeau.com

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper gatefold

Of late, Anton’s been in a mood to discover and re-discover some of the greats from the classic rock era. Interestingly enough, on my recent trip to Texas, I purchased the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” double CD re-release. You know, the one that was remixed to stereo by Giles Martin, son of the record’s producer George Martin, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 release. I’d been waiting for just the right moment to “unbox” it–and listen to it loudly, in its full glory. So we used the occasion of Anton’s visit to have him unwrap it, talk a little about it, and pick a song to play from it.

Robin Scott

And lastly, some sad news. A good friend of mine, Robin Scott (aka Scott Newkirk), passed away this week. Robin was a fellow DJ at KUBU 96.5 FM, Sacramento’s Voice. We go way back together–nearly 20 years. Lots of radio and musical adventures, and we always cheered on each other’s accomplishments. Robin’s show “The Next Wave” preceded mine on Saturday afternoons, and featured a blend of original 80’s music, and newer music that kept to that spirit and sound. Robin’s favorite band, hands down, was the B-52’s, so we opened the show with a tribute to Robin and “Private Idaho”, off the greatest hits disc that Robin gifted to me some years ago. We will miss you, Robin, but you live on in spirit and attitude.

Artist | Track | Album
Tribute to Robin Scott
The B-52’s | Private Idaho | Time Capsule
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
The American Professionals | In Case Of Emergency, Break | Sympathetic Overdrive
Richard Turgeon | I’m 30 | In Between The Spaces

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Rain Rain | Antronica 2

Unboxing the Sgt. Pepper’s 2 CD re-mix
The Beatles | Lovely Rita | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes

Blake Babies | Your Way Or The Highway | Earwig demos
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Adam Marsland | Peace | Bulé
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!
Lannie Flowers | Where Does Love Go | LIVE in NYC
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Felsen | Unemployed In Chicago | Blood Orange Moon

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #796 – 9/30/2017: Celebrating 20 years of The Taters!

The Taters

On the show today, we had a very special interview with Richmond, VA band The Taters! Also known as “The Unofficial House Band of Twirl Radio”, The Taters are celebrating 20 years of, well, being The Taters! Twirl Radio and The Taters go back a long time, to the days when they were still known as “Burnt Taters”. They’ve been on the show many times, doing everything from live internet performances (before it was a “thing”), raising money for fundraisers, to live broadcasting their recording of a live album (sounds complicated; was actually fun!) They are known for their good-natured blend of fun originals and choice cover tunes.

We played a song from each of The Taters’ 7 albums on today’s show!

Today’s interview was madcap and unscripted–the best kind! But don’t let the apparent chaos fool you–these guys are great musicians, and with all four members of the band singing, are known for their excellent harmonies. Even the Richmond Symphony gets it–The Taters are about to perform with them for the second time this year! The band members are Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, Greg Marrs, and Chris Mendez. Find out more about them at thetaters.com.

Artist | Track | Album
The American Professionals | WMPMS | Sympathetic Overdrive
Adam Marsland | Legaspi Groove (Magandang Umaga!) | Bulé
Rob Martinez | Let Me Tell You Why | Today My Mind…Tomorrow The World
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Cirrone | Everything’s Fine Now | Kings For A Night
Stephen’s Ruin | September’s Favorite Child | Single release
Tom Petty | A Higher Place | Wildflowers

The Taters interview
Burnt Taters | No Teardrops Tonight | Vox Box
The Taters | Right B4 My Eyes | Recess
The Taters | Waiting Game | Just One Night
Burnt Taters | Never Call Me Here | Strange But True!
The Taters | Such A Good Day | Menagerie
The Taters | Yog Shuf’fel | Don’t Scream!
The Taters | Smoke On Rt. 66 | Taters Party!

Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
Duncan Faure | Wouldn’t It Be Good | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Karla Kane | Wishing Tree | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #795 – 9/16/2017: Arrica Rose and Adam Waltemire interviews!

Arrica Rose

Today’s Twirl Radio was a pretty big show: a doubleheader interview, and a not-quite-released track from the founder of Kansas!

We kicked things off with a return visit from California-based singer-songwriter Arrica Rose, whose great new album, “Low As The Moon”, just came out this month. The record truly showcases her vocals and rockin’, yet dreamlike songs. She and her band, “The …’s”, are going to be performing a couple of live shows in the next couple of weeks, one in L.A. and one in Oakland. www.arricarose.com.

Adam Waltemire

Then we chatted with fellow DJ and radio brother Adam Waltemire. I’ve known Adam for the better part of a decade, and have admired his show, Pop Garden Radio, from near and afar. He’s a native of Florida, and he just made it through Hurricane Irma as it blazed through his home state. It knocked out a good part of WMEL, the station that airs Pop Garden Radio each week. Due to the situation, his show won’t be airing for a bit, so we checked in to find out what’s going on with him. As it turns out, Adam’s been working on putting together a compilation album that pays tribute to the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Several of today’s indie artists recorded some amazing covers of CCR songs, and Adam plays a few on today’s show! www.popgardenradio.com.

Steve Walsh Black Butterfly album, releasing 11/10/2017.

And if that weren’t enough–we got to play a new track from Steve Walsh (founder of Kansas)! It’s a duet with Jerome Mazza of Pinnacle Point, and it has a really great, energetic sound. We were privileged enough to get ahold of this track nearly two months ahead of the release date of the forthcoming album Black Butterfly. It comes out worldwide on November 10th, and in Japan on November 21st, on Escape Music. www.stevewalshrocks.com.

Artist | Track | Album
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
The Taters | Thingamajig | Taters Party!
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Steve Walsh with Jerome Mazza | Born In Fire | Black Butterfly
Maxi Dunn | The Neglected Gambit | The Neglected Gambit
Ben Swidenbank | Girl (Leave That Animal Tonight) | Uncovered

Arrica Rose interview
Arrica Rose and The …’s | When You’re Gone | Low As The Moon
Arrica Rose and The …’s | Whole Lotta Lows | Low As The Moon

Richard X. Heyman | And Then | Incognito
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape

Adam Waltemire interview
Lisa Mychols | Looking Out My Backdoor | Commotion (forthcoming CCR tribute)
Gretchen’s Wheel | Effigy | Commotion (forthcoming CCR tribute)
Lannie Flowers | Wrote A Song For Everyone | Commotion (forthcoming CCR tribute)

My Little Hum | Rise Over Run | Remembering Houses
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #794 – 9/9/2017: Karla Kane & Fun Of The Pier in-studio interviews!

Karla Kane

Today’s show featured two musical married couples–Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh of The Corner Laughers, and Helen and Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier. Karla and Khoi are no strangers to Twirl Radio, but this time, we celebrated the release of Karla’s first solo album, “King’s Daughters Home For Incurables”. In the interview, we learned where the seemingly mysterious title comes from. While the sound of Karla’s solo songs may be a tad quieter and folkier than The Corner Laughers, there’s no mistaking who wrote the songs. Karla’s style is pretty unique among her peers–always intellectual and witty, and if a social statement needs to be made, it’s made in a gentle way that still manages to cut right to the point. A fine record indeed! http://www.karlakane.com

Fun Of The Pier

We were also treated to a visit with Helen and Mark, who are visiting us from Nottingham, UK! They’ve toured and played with The Corner Laughers in both the UK and US, and have just released their first full-length record, the delightful “14:42”. During the interview, we learned about the origins of the intriguing band name. Helen is the songwriter and singer/guitarist, Mark plays bass, and Richard Snow rounds out the trio with his signature guitar playing. The music is warm and sunny. Speaking as a Californian, it sounds very much at home here. Also a fine record! http://www.facebook.com/pg/funofthepier

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Al Green | So You’re Leaving | Let’s Stay Together
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Chris Church | Something Completely | Limitations Of Source Tape
Cirrone | It’s Gonna Be The Right Time | Kings For A Night
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Three Minute Tease | MTV Song | Bite The Hand

Karla Kane & Khoi Huynh interview
Karla Kane | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables

Helen & Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier interview
Fun Of The Pier | Past/Future | 14:42
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42

Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
The Doughboys | Fool For Your Love | Front Street Rebels
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Armoires | Fort Ashby | Incidental Light Show
The Pengwins | Go Away | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
The Rubinoos | Party Insurance | 45
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #793 – 8/26/2017: Bustin’ out all the new music!

Some of the new music played on today’s Twirl Radio!

After about two dozen weeks of shows with interviews, capped off by last week’s Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17, I thought it would be a good idea to just chill in the studio and play you some new music. I mean heck, that’s what I used to do on weekend afternoons before I had a radio show.

It becomes especially important to air out all this new music today. 2017 has been a banner year for new indie rock and roll, and instead of slowing down for the summer, the music’s been coming to me fast and furious. From Felsen to Chris Church to My Little Hum to Eric Peter Schwartz to Karla Kane to…well, you get the idea. Two-thirds of today’s show is all music released in 2017. A ton of music–yes, literally, I played 2,000 lbs of songs on today’s show!

Your homework assignment–listen to and support these artists in every way you can!

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Clever Things | Pop Songs & Kyries
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
Jason Berk | Changes By The Day | Everything Old Is New Again
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Eric Peter Schwartz | Two To Hold | Highway 45
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
Supersmall | Between The Sun And Candlelight | Silent Moon
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Karla Kane | Wishing Tree | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
My Little Hum | Geography Lesson | Remembering Houses
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
The Pengwins | Just A Dream | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Mysteries Of Life | Coat Of Arms | Bad Advice
The Bookends | A Girl Like Me | Single release
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Poison Love | Take Out The Poison
The Welcome Matt | Boutique City | More Empire Days
Leonty | Inside | Leonty
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Trying To Stop | Single release

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