Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #816 – 3/3/2018: Steve Barton of Translator interview!

Steve Barton in the studio

On today’s show, we meet the legendary Steve Barton, founder, singer, and songwriter of Translator! He just released not one, not two, but three albums! That’s no small feat in this age of short attention spans, downloaded singles, streaming, and EPs. This 37 song collection is called “Tall Tales and Alibis, Albums 1, 2 and 3”. Magnificent stuff. Each album has its own sound and personality, and if you are lucky enough as I was, to have time to listen to all three straight through, you’ll be treated to a sort of symphony in three movements. Acoustic and upbeat, slow and introspective, and then full band assault. The songwriting is terrific and the vocals are upfront. On Album 3, we are treated to two great drummers: Translator’s Dave Scheff, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and the Attractions! As you might imagine, you’ll hear a variety of moods and sounds. Just go ahead and get all three, and thank me later. Better yet, thank Steve Barton for the great music!

Steve Barton

Artist | Track | Album
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Piramid Scheme | Next Hero | Get Rich Quick Too
Daniel Trigger | Penitence | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Steve Barton interview
Steve Barton | Don’t Think It Over | Tall Tales & Alibis 2
Steve Barton | Where Did I Go Wrong | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Trevor And The Joneses | Gotta Run | Take You To Stay
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Gretchen’s Wheel | Walk Out | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
The American Professionals | W.M.P.M.S. | Sympathetic Overdrive
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Carnival Of Soul | Let’s Start Tonight | Carnival Of Soul
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #815 – 2/24/2018: Sarah McQuaid interview, and previewing the Fowl Tone Sampler!

Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid is a legendary folk guitarist, singer, and songwriter. She’s known for all of those things–but to add to that–she’s a big proponent of the DADGAD guitar tuning (my musician friends should know what that is). She wrote the book on DADGAD. Literally–she did write a book about it! She’s about to release her latest album in the US, “If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous” (it’s been out for a few weeks in the UK), which was produced by the legendary guitarist Michael Chapman. And he asked if he could produce Sarah’s record–so when a guy like that wants to work with an artist–you know she’s something special.

We also received a very special album at the Twirl main offices this week. It’s the long-awaited Fowl Tone Records sampler disc. It features tracks from many of the Fowl Tone artists, and shows the breadth and depth of their musical stable. We played a couple of tracks on today’s show, and will feature more in the weeks to come. Go get this one, and make sure you get the CD, so you can get the informative liner notes:

Artist | Track | Album
Tommy Sistak | You Can’t Change Me | Ready Set A Go-Go
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Birdie Jones | I Hope It Makes You Mad | In My Single
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Cirrone | All I Know | Uplands Park Road

Sarah McQuaid interview
Sarah McQuaid | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Sarah McQuaid | The Tug Of The Moon | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous

Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Feelies | Gone Gone Gone | In Between
Piramid Scheme | No More, Anymore | Get Rick Quick Too
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacéphale
Lannie Flowers | I’ve Been Waiting | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
Sal Valentino | Lovin’ Fallin’ | Dreamin’ Man
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Algiers Ferry Blues | Sacramento
Duncan Faure | Ball & Chain | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
The Bottle Kids | Let Me In On This Action | Let Me In On This Action
Heiskell | Hurtin’ On You | Emotional Terrorism

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #814 – 2/17/2018: Amy Annelle interview, and bustin’ out the 2018 releases!

Amy Annelle

On today’s show, we celebrated a couple of things. We chatted with outsider folk singer-songwriter Amy Annelle, whose cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Buckskin Stallion Blues” appeared in the Golden Globe Best Film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”! We got to explore a bit of her album “The Great Unveiling” as well. And we celebrated the incoming flood of great new 2018 indie music! It was a thrill to play the first ever collaboration between Wade Johnson and John Borack, and to play a track from Lisa Said’s new band, Piramid Scheme! 2018 is looking pretty good from where I sit!

Artist | Track | Album
Wade Johnson | You Know It | Single release
The Bottle Kids | The Only Heart That I Can See | Let Me In On This Action
The Orange Peels | Running Away | Single release
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Cult Of Wedge | Insomniac | Single release

Amy Annelle interview
Amy Annelle | Buckskin Stallion Blues | The Great Unveiling
Amy Annelle | Wild Geese From The West | The Great Unveiling

Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Lisa Mychols | Looking At The Sun | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Piramid Scheme | Regular Guy | Get Rick Quick Too
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Big I Am | Tongue Tied | Single release
The Welcome Matt | The Man In The Golden Tower | More Empire Days
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Cootes Paradise | This Time (I’m Playin’ To Win) | Cootes Paradise
Chris Church | Understudy Blues | Limitations Of Source Tape
Robyn Hitchcock and The Venus 3 | Adventure Rocket Ship | Ole! Tarantula
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | Own Sweet Time (Live) | The Road To Glasgow
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #813 – 2/10/2018: Bill Kopp interview!

Author Bill Kopp

Today’s show marks our first ever visit with music writer/author Bill Kopp. I’ve been following his work for several years with his Musoscribe blog. He’s really prolific–since 2009, he’s published over 2000 pieces there. He usually has a new article or review up there every business day. As if that weren’t enough writing about music, he is about to publish a full length biography of a specific period of Pink Floyd, and I think the title says it all: “Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon”.

Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon

The book is extremely well researched and written. It’s all about the musical journey that Pink Floyd took. They started out as a sort of experimental psychedelic rock band, founded and led by eccentric genius Syd Barrett. He left the band, and they were a band with a record deal, but no real songwriters and no vision to speak of. Within five years, they released one of the most renowned concept albums in history. Bill’s book describes in great detail, how this transformation came to be. He did his homework too–interviewing the likes of Robyn Hitchcock and Jerry Shirley, as well as learning 18 Pink Floyd songs and performing them in public. His perspective is from the inside out.

We also played some great new indie music from the still-young year of 2018. Artists from all over the world, such as Spygenius, Michael Carpenter, Cootes Paradise, The Bottle Kids, and Anton Barbeau. If you had even half as much fun listening to the show as I did producing it, then, well, you had a lot of fun!

Artist | Track | Album
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Michael Carpenter | Girlfriend | Altered Sweet: A Tribute to Matthew Sweet
Cootes Paradise | What Makes You So Cold | Cootes Paradise
The Bottle Kids | Let Me In On This Action | Let Me In On This Action
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Pull You Down | Welcome To Soonville
Desario | Wayside | III

Bill Kopp interview
Pink Floyd | Lucifer Sam | The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn
Pink Floyd | Fat Old Sun | 1970 Devi/ation
Pink Floyd | The Riot Scene | 1979 Devi/ation
Pink Floyd | Time | The Dark Side Of The Moon

Edward Rogers | TV Generation | TV Generation
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
The Crushing Violets | Fade | Starless Sky
Richard X. Heyman | Her Garden Path | Incognito
Anton Barbeau | Just Passing By | Natural Causes
Lloyd Cole | To The Lions | Don’t Get Weird On Me, Babe
Walker Brigade | I Wanna Destroy You | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gail George | Delaney James | Bloom
The Clash | Four Horsemen | London Calling
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
My Little Hum | Geography Lesson | Remembering Houses
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Nick Heyward | Reach Out For The Sun | The Apple Bed

2018 Twirlie Award Winners and podcast (Show #812 – February 3, 2018)

Mike and Marty getting ready to give out some Twirlie Awards.

Here is the complete list of 2018 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 3, 2018, in Sacramento, California, at Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM. Congratulations to all, and more importantly, a big thank you to all the great independent musicians who make it possible for me to do this radio show.

The award presenters: Martin Anaya and Mike Lidskin.

Album of the Year (tie)
The Welcome Matt, for their album More Empire Days

Album of the Year (tie)
Felsen, for their album Blood Orange Moon

Album of the Year Runner up (tie)
Jody Porter, for his album Pacifier

Album of the Year Runner up (tie)
Chris Church, for his album Limitations Of Source Tape

Song of the Year
Ruby Free, for their song Owe To The Man

Song of the Year Runner up
Banjo Bones, for their song Cowboy Dreams

Female Vocalist of the Year
Rose Reiter, for her EP Leonty

Male Vocalist of the Year
Adam Marsland, for his album Bulé

EP of the Year
Cirrone, for their EP Kings For A Night

Ear Candy
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland, for their album The Road To Glasgow
The Ear Candy Award is given to an album that is a “go-to” album. You can pick any song, and it sounds great in any set of music, at any time.

Debut Album of the Year
Fun Of The Pier, for their album 14:42

Best Seasonal Music
The Bobbleheads, for their song Groovy Time Of Year

Best Songwriting
Karla Kane, for her album King’s Daughters Home For Incurables

Best String Instrument Solo
Giorgi Khokhobashvili, of Banjo Bones, for his violin solo on Cowboy Dreams

Best Line in a Song
Lisa Said. The song: “Some Dudes”. The line: Well, all of them! Lots of references to classic rock songs, while being a sort of response to the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls”.

Best Interview
Sam Phillips, 1/14/2017

Best Live Session
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes, 5/20/2017

Best Concert Performance
The Bobbleheads, Woodland, CA, 7/30/2016

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. BBQ/Tex-Mex/Power Pop/Swimming/Drinking/Shooting/Baseball Watching/Carousing Summit, Arlington, TX, 7/2017.
2. The live show “Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17”, Woodland, CA 8/20/2017.
3. Starting up a second radio show at Woody Radio, 11/2017.
4. Joining the SoundwavesTV network, 3/2017.
5. Being given an electric bass guitar by my wife, Amber, for Christmas, 2017.

Best Co-hosted show
DJ Gidget from Woody Radio, 12/16/2017

Radio Comeback Award
Raffa Chavez, La Raza Soul Kitchen (the show that follows Twirl). Raffa returned to Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, after a 15 year absence.

Wayback Award (aka “How’d I miss this one the first time?”)
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets, for their 1999 album “Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad”, which I didn’t discover until 2017.

Cover Song of the Year
Lannie Flowers, for his cover of the James Bond Theme

Best Compilation Album
Songs. Bond Songs: The Music of 007, curated by Andrew Curry

Reason To Live Award
Debut albums coming in 2018 by Sunshine Boys, Piramid Scheme, Cootes Paradise. New albums coming in 2018 by Anton Barbeau, The Bottle Kids, Maxi Dunn, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, Cult Of Wedge.

Best Dressed
Delbert Raines, The Pengwins

Best Album Title
Sad Scientist, by Gretchen’s Wheel

Most Innovative Album Packaging
The American Professionals. Their album, Sympathetic Overdrive, was released on a custom USB memory stick.

Best Band Name
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Almond Milk Latte
2. Decaf Almond Milk Latte
3. Cafe Americano
4. Coffee
5. Decaf Coffee

Top Albums of 2017:
1. (tie) The Welcome Matt – More Empire Days
1. (tie) Felsen – Blood Orange Moon
2. (tie) Jody Porter – Pacifier
2. (tie) Chris Church – Limitations Of Source Tape
3. Plasticsoul – Therapy
4. R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner – Make It Be
5. Gene Loves Jezebel – Dance Underwater
6. Matt North – Above Ground Fools
7. Richard X. Heyman – Incognito
8. Heiskell – Emotional Terrorism
9. Banjo Bones – Cowboy Dreams
10. Karla Kane – King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
11. The Bye Bye Blackbirds – Take Out The Poison
12. Ruby Free – Shades
13. Gail George – Bloom
14. Celsi, Bragg & Maitland – The Road To Glasgow
15. Gretchen’s Wheel – Sad Scientist
16. Adam Marsland – Bulé
17. Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
18. The Feelies – In Between
19. Desario – III
20. Walker Brigade – Therapy Animal
21. honeychain – Crushed
22. Richard Turgeon – In Between The Spaces
23. Eric Peter Schwartz – Highway 45
24. The American Professionals – Sympathetic Overdrive
25. Fun Of The Pier – 14:42
26. Edward Rogers – TV Generation
27. My Little Hum – Remembering Houses
28. Rich McCulley – Out Along The Edges
29. Sitcom Neighbor – Shag
30. Mod Hippie – Big Wow

Top Songs of 2017:
1. Ruby Free – Owe To The Man
2. Banjo Bones – Cowboy Dreams
3. R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner – I Am The Best For You
4. Gail George – A Wonderful Life
5. Lannie Flowers – Everything A Man Could Want
6. Felsen – Poor In A Wealthy City
7. Richard X. Heyman – Incognito
8. Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands – Mistakes
9. The Welcome Matt – My Town
10. The American Professionals – WMPMS
11. Heiskell – Still Life With Broken Heart
12. Plasticsoul – Therapy
13. Karla Kane – King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
14. Walker Brigade – DIsEASE
15. Chris Church – Fall Into Me
16. Lisa Said – Some Dudes
17. Jody Porter – By Your Side
18. Fun Of The Pier – Cavern Song
19. Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Going Back To Work Tomorrow
20. Gene Loves Jezebel – Summertime
21. Matt North – A Good Day In Nashville
22. Gretchen’s Wheel – The Price
23. Anton Barbeau – Milk Churn In The Morning (Antronica 2 version)
24. Richard Turgeon – I’m 30
25. Eric Peter Schwartz – Last Ditch Man
26. Irene Peña – Must’ve Been Good
27. Edward Rogers – She’s The One
28. Mike Collins & Kyle Vincent – Sign Me Up
29. The Bookends – A Girl Like Me
30. Trip Wire – Long Days Gone

Top EPs of 2017
1. Cirrone – Kings For A Night
2. Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands – Mistakes
3. The Pengwins – Go Away
4. Lisa Said – Estranged
5. Hannah Judson – I Wanna Know
6. Leonty (Rose Reiter) – Leonty

Happening today: The 2018 Twirlie Awards

Mike wearing the legendary tuxedo T-shirt--worn only once a year, at the Twirlie Awards!

Mike wearing the legendary tuxedo T-shirt–worn only once a year, at the Twirlie Awards!

We are in what the entertainment press refers to as “the run up to the Twirlies”! That is, if the entertainment press were to cover this fine independent music awards presentation.

As it turns out, the tenth annual Twirlie Awards happens today: Saturday, February 3rd, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific time, at KUBU 96.5 FM, Sacramento’s voice, and We’ll be broadcasting live from the red carpet. Or at least from a room that has carpet in it.

Hosts Marty Anaya and Mike Lidskin will be presenting such coveted awards as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, and many others. We will be ripping open hermetically-sealed awards envelopes, and revealing the top albums and songs lists, for work released in 2017 and played on Twirl Radio. We’ll have the well-loved red carpet interviews that Marty is known for. You simply cannot afford to miss this epic show. In fact, we will be taking attendance, so you’ll want to listen to every minute of it!

In all seriousness, we are glad to honor the great musicians who give Twirl Radio its reason for being. Hope to see you there!

More information: The 2018 Twirlie Awards event on Facebook.

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #811 – 1/27/2018: Charlie Crabtree & William Cleere interview/show takeover!

William Cleere and Charlie Crabtree in the Twirl studios

As we enter Year 21 of the Twirl Radio era, I knew we had to kick it off with a fun show. My two guests, Charlie Crabtree and Bill Cleere, were the right men for the job. Both are musicians on Allen Clapp’s great Mystery Lawn Music label, from the San Francisco Bay Area. Charlie is best known as the drummer for The Corner Laughers, and Bill’s band is William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas. But don’t let that neat compartmentalization fool you–they’ve both played in the many recombinant bands in the Mystery Lawn family. (Makes me kind of jealous–I need to learn an instrument, or how to sing and write songs, so I can get in on this fun!)

So about three years ago, Charlie moved to Sacramento, and we decided that we need to get together sometime. Then his lifelong friend Bill moved to Sacramento, and the three of us decided that we REALLY need to get together sometime. Turns out, “sometime” was January 27, 2018, and we had a blast on the radio. I knew that there would be laughs, music, and talk of food, and I was not disappointed. We did indeed chat about everything, in an epic 1-1/2 hour conversation, punctuated by music. Which version of AC/DC is better? What food doesn’t Bill like? What’s Charlie’s favorite song on Matilda Effect? What would the world have been like if KC Bowman had impersonated Michael McDonald’s vocal style on Agony Aunts “You’re So Vague”, rather than the Bill Cleere-Allen Clapp duet? We went over all of these pressing issues, and for those who didn’t catch the show live, you can hear it all on the replay.

Everything you need to know about all the bands on Mystery Lawn can be found right here:

Artist | Track | Album
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
The Bottle Kids | Back When We Were Young | Let Me In On This Action
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Cootes Paradise | It’s True | Cootes Paradise
Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon
Lannie Flowers | I Didn’t Know | LIVE in NYC

Charlie Crabtree & William Cleere segment
Agony Aunts | You’re So Vague | Big Cinnamon
The Brokenhearts | Change | Single release
William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas | Soul | William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas
Allen Clapp And His Orchestra | If The Wind Is Right | Mixed Greens
The Corner Laughers | Queen Of The Meadow | Matilda Effect
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Wasted | Take Out The Poison
The Orange Peels | Grey Holiday | Sun Moon

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