Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #803 – 11/18/2017: Interview with Thor Harris of Thor & Friends!

Thor and Friends

Today’s show was supposed to have been an interview doubleheader, but alas, sometimes things happen. Today’s “thing” was a fire alarm in the KUBU 96.5 FM building, which forced me to cut short my phone call with Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers, even before the interview started. I had to evacuate from the building for several minutes, but eventually was let in, to finish up my show. So we will reschedule with him in a couple of weeks.

So here’s what did work right: we got to chat with Thor Harris of avant garde musical collective Thor & Friends! They create some peaceful, yet challenging, sonic landscapes. Thor actually builds some of the instruments himself, when he’s got a specific sound he’s looking for. Their new album, “The Subversive Nature of Kindness”, was recorded without any ego involved, but with three collaborators working together to create something peaceful and soothing for an agitated world to listen to. More information at: http://www.thorharris.org.

I also made a radio announcement at about 15 minutes into the show: I will be starting a second radio show at Woody Radio! I will be joining my friends over there, starting this coming Tuesday, November 21st, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Pacific time. It will be a music show, similar to Twirl, and it will broadcast live on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Big thanks to DJ Gidget, who offered me this shot on the radio. Give a listen to it, and to the other great rock music programs there, at http://www.woodyradio.com.

Artist | Track | Album
The Cherry Bluestorms | Daisy Chain | Transit Of Venus
The Beauty Shop | Personal Jesus | Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume Three
Bud Rogers | Fight Or Flight | Starman
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians | Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) | RESPECT

Interview with Thor Harris of Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends | Carpet Creeps | The Subversive Nature Of Kindness
Thor & Friends | 90 Metres | The Subversive Nature Of Kindness

Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | To Her Door | The Road To Glasgow
Gene Loves Jezebel | IZITME | Dance Underwater
The Pengwins | Go Away (Nervous Mix) | Single release
Gail George | Out Of Sight | Bloom
Duncan Faure | World Stood Still | Anthology
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
The Welcome Matt | Boutique City | More Empire Days
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Rice Pump | Kalenda

(Podcast ends here, due to fire alarm. Once safely back in the building, I played the following songs on the radio, but did not get a recording of this portion of the show):

Adam Marsland | Mau Ke Mana | Bulé
Vegas With Randolph | Above The Blue | Above The Blue
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #802 – 11/11/2017: Interview with Jerome Mazza of Pinnacle Point!

Jerome Mazza

On today’s show, we got to meet hard rocker Jerome Mazza, of Pinnacle Point! Jerome’s had a really interesting music career, having sung commercial jingles for such well known companies as Coors and Pizza Hut. His all time favorite musical influence has been Steve Walsh of Kansas.

Well, in this amazing musical year of 2017, two great things happened for Jerome. He started up his own band, Pinnacle Point, which is a transatlantic collaboration with Torben Enevoldsen, who lives in Denmark. Their debut album, Winds of Change, features Jerome’s soaring vocals and keyboards, Torben’s searing guitar work, propulsive drumming and some great violin interplay. It’s easy to hear the Kansas influences, yet Jerome and Torben bring their own sound to the mix.

Steve Walsh Black Butterfly album

One fine day, After Winds of Change was recorded, Jerome was awakened to a phone call, inviting him to work on Steve Walsh’s next solo album. After making sure he was really awake and not dreaming, he jumped into the process, singing lead vocals on three of the tracks and duetting with Steve on a fourth–a career peak for him, to be sure. On today’s show, we’ll hear a Steve Walsh track and a couple of Pinnacle Point tracks. www.jeromemazza.com

Artist | Track | Album
Frank Black | Two Reelers | Teenager Of The Year
According To Bazooka | I Was Surprised | Where We Are Now
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Mike Collins & Kyle Vincent | Sign Me Up | Single release
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
Steve Walsh | Dear Kolinda | Black Butterfly

Jerome Mazza interview
Pinnacle Point | Homeward Bound | Winds Of Change
Pinnacle Point | Winds Of Change | Winds Of Change

Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
My Little Hum | Geography Lesson | Remembering Houses
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Natalie Cortez & the Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Heiskell | Abandoned Property | Emotional Terrorism
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #801 – 11/4/2017: Stephen “SPAZ” Schnee co-hosts!

Stephen Schnee in the Twirl studios

Today on Twirl, music writer and video blogger Stephen Schnee paid us a visit. He writes for Discussions Magazine, and has his own YouTube series called “But Is It Power Pop?”. Stephen is a recent transplant to Sacramento, and that means a musical meeting of the minds was in order.

The show was a blend of lively conversation and musical sharing. I asked Stephen a full barrage of questions, some silly and some quite serious. We learned how he got started, and about some of his favorite bands and artists.

Check out Discussions Magazine here: www.discussionsmagazine.com and But Is It Power Pop here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6PYvSUdruFW2-ZrAIbni5g.

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | The Second Summer Of Love | The Road To Glasgow
Bud Rogers | Slave To Passion | Whiteout
Maxi Dunn | Operation Bubble | Operation Bubble
Lannie Flowers | Another Boy LIke Me | New Songs Old Stories

Stephen Schnee interview
Shoes | In My Arms Again | Shoes: 35 Years
Henry Priestman & Les Glover | Love You Love You | Six Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Anthology
Ian McNabb | How She Moves | Star Smile Strong
The Orchids | It’s Only Obvious | Who Needs Tomorrow…
Andy Williams | Happy Heart | Honey/Happy Heart
Heiskell | Mister Yesterday | Emotional Terrorism
The Red Button | Tell Me It’s Over | Now It’s All This!
The Yellow Balloon | Yellow Balloon | The Yellow Balloon
Neil Finn | Love Is Emotional | Out Of Silence

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #800 – 10/28/2017: Celebrating our 800th show! Interviews with Felsen and Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel!

Today on Twirl, we celebrated a momentous occasion: our 800th episode! Yes, we’ve been at this for a while. Access Sacramento and KUBU 96.5 FM have been very good to me, and to my show. So to celebrate, we decided to host two very special interviews.

Felsen

First up, Andrew Griffin and Dara Ackerman of Bay Area band Felsen. We go back a long way, and Andrew slipped me an advance copy of their next album, “Blood Orange Moon”. This record is quietly intense, compared with Felsen’s previous efforts, but extremely powerful. It’s also their first release on Mystery Lawn Music, with mixing by Allen Clapp. Andrew has been wanting to work with Allen for a while, and he really did a wonderful job with the sound of the record. These songs are personal, and if you listen to them in order, you’ll hear the “mission statement” in the very first lyric of the album: “I want to live where culture kills machines, and decent melodies will haunt you in your dreams”. The next 47 minutes support this sentiment. The album is due out in late January, with an accompanying CD release show in the Bay Area, and perhaps a late winter Sacramento gig as well. Our live radio interview was fun and spirited. More information at www.facebook.com/felsenlovesyou.

Gene Loves Jezebel

In the second hour, we got to meet Jay Aston of legendary band Gene Loves Jezebel. This British band has been making their own brand of great music since the 1980s. It’s a big deal when these guys get together and record, and their new album, “Dance Underwater”, is a well-crafted labor of love. The band obviously has all their chemistry intact, and these songs are fresh, timely, and current. This is also a personal record, featuring songwriting by not only Jay, but by Peter Rizzo stepping up and making his voice heard as well. These guys did it right–they put their hearts into it. Equally impressive, a successful fan pledge campaign helped them to get it made. It’s always nice to see a band who has such an engaged, loyal fan base who are willing to get involved. That’s the apex of the band-fan relationship. Jay and I chatted about some of the highlights of the record. More information at www.genelovesjezebel.co.uk.

Artist | Track | Album
Juliana Hatfield | Everybody Loves Me But You | Hey Babe
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two

Felsen interview
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon

Jay Aston of Gene Loves Jezebel interview
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
Gene Loves Jezebel | How Do You Say Goodbye (To Someone You Love) | Dance Underwater

Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Karla Kane | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | When You Were Mine | Pacifier
The JAC | Persistent Man | Faux Pas
Lannie Flowers | Circles | LIVE in NYC
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Sun Up | The Underground Garden

Dara Ackerman and Andrew Griffin of Felsen, during their Twirl Radio interview via Skype, 10/28/2017.

Here’s a bonus picture: a screen capture from today’s Skype interview with Andrew and Dara of Felsen.

Once again, a big thanks to all the great musicians and listeners who have made the first 800 episodes of Twirl Radio so much fun. We’ll see you next week, as we embark on the next 800!

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

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

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