Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #826 – 5/19/2018: Interviews with Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Warren Bishop!

Roger Joseph Manning Jr.

On this show, we had the privilege of chatting with both the legendary Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and the local musical stalwart Warren Bishop. We also previewed the Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18, which was held the following day. There’s a lot to unpack here, so let’s take it one piece at a time.

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. has had an illustrious career, from being a founding member of Jellyfish, through his work with Beck, and producing many others. He’s also found time for a solo career, and just relased a wonderful four song EP called “Glamping”. We chatted about his unorthodox writing process–which sometimes takes years–and heard a couple tracks off of Glamping. We also discussed his new fan outreach, through PledgeMusic, where you can find all sorts of vinyl reissues, and his newer material as well, and gain some insight into his artistic process.

Warren Bishop

Warren Bishop has been a mainstay of the Sacramento music scene for many years. He’s been in many bands of his own, from Mojo Filter all the way through his current one, Blame The Bishop. But he also is the sound engineer for the venerable Sacramento music venue Old Ironsides (which opened its doors for the first time, pretty much the day after Prohibition ended, in 1933). And he’s the first to lend a helping hand to other musicians, and promote what they’re doing. In other words, he’s a Sacramento music champion. So we spent an hour together just talking about the live music scene, and playing some of the music that’s influenced him.

And speaking of Warren, Blame The Bishop was one of five bands on the bill at the Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18, held on May 20. The Blue Note Brewing Company graciously invited us back, and this time, since the spring weather in the Sacramento area was super nice, the stage was on the inviting patio. So I spent a half hour playing music from the bands on the bill–Trip Wire, The American Professionals, Blame The Bishop, The Bobbleheads, and Desario. It was a nice blend of San Francisco and Sacramento bands, and they all hung out and got to hear each other’s music. They were all well received by the friendly Sunday afternoon crowd.

Oh–and lest we forget–this is a double show. Bill Fuller, who does the show right before Twirl, The Longhair Detectorists Guild, was off, and invited me to expand into his time slot for the day. So big thanks to him for letting me do a big show!

Artist | Track | Album
Freedy Johnston | Trying To Tell You I Don’t Know | Can You Fly
Arrica Rose & The …’s | Whole Lotta Lows | Low As The Moon
Wade Johnson | You Know It | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Right Said Fred | Upon My Heart | Up
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy

Warren Bishop interview
Blame The Bishop | These Are The Days | New And Used
The Telefones | I Knew The Bride | The Telefones
NRBQ | At The Drive In | Grooves In Orbit
The Flat Five | Almond Grove | A World Of Love And Hope
Cockeyed Ghost | Ginna Ling | Daylight Kissing Night
50 Watt Heavy | Ashtrays | 50 Watt Heavy

Twirl Radio Pop Fest segment
The American Professionals | Falling Down | Sympathetic Overdrive
Desario | Formula One | III
The Bobbleheads | Who’s Gonna Love You | Make Yourself Happy
Trip Wire | I’m Not The Enemy | Cold Gas Giants
Blame The Bishop | Happiest Unhappy Girl | New And Used
The Bobbleheads | Bedazzler (Redux) | Make Yourself Happy
Desario | Parking Lot | III

Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier
Maxi Dunn | The Last To Know | Welcome To Soonville
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Daniel Trigger | Rock N Roll Party | Right Turn
The Babys | Isn’t It Time | Anthology

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. interview
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Operator | Glamping
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | I’m Not Your Cowboy | Glamping

The Pengwins | Go Away (Nervous Mix) | Single release
HUGElarge | Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White | HUGElarge
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Maze | Black Box Theory
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Jason Berk | (One Eye On) Rockville | Coming Home
The Beatles | Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8) | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | MAKE
Lloyd Cole | Tell Your Sister | Don’t Get Weird On Me Babe
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Lannie Flowers | Lost In A Daydream | Single release
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies


Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18–Sunday, 5-20-2018, 1-6 p.m. at the Blue Note in Woodland, CA!

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #825 – 5/12/2018: Michael Simmons interview!

Michael Simmons

Today’s show featured an interview with Michael Simmons. I’ve known the sparkle*jets u.k. and Popdudes frontman for several years, but never before had him on the show. He’s just released an amazing solo album, “First Days of Summer”, and we used that auspicious occasion to talk about this tour de force through the world of pop music. There’s breezy summer songs to play with your car windows rolled down. There’s crunchy rock ‘n’ roll, a la Cheap Trick. There’s even a rap song, which admonishes young artists to do full albums, and not just give away singles for free. The great thing about this album is that no two songs sound alike, and Michael’s vocals are varied and diverse. He doesn’t even sound like the same singer from song to song. His stylistic range is enormous. We had a lively and intelligent chat about all things music. I’d strongly urge you to pick up First Days of Summer; it’s a fun listen all the way through.

We also busted out the latest batch of 2018 music arrivals, which included Sunshine Boys–their Blue Music album just landed in my mailbox, and it is special. Also in this batch are The Gold Needles, Daniel Trigger, Krista D, Pugwash, Gretchen’s Wheel, and David Myhr, all of whom are making 2018 a year to remember. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
The Gold Needles | Not Tonight Josephine | Pearls
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Jackpot | Adventures Galore | F+
The Judybats | La Dulcinea | Pain Makes You Beautiful

Michael Simmons interview
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Michael Simmons | Dirt Nap | First Days Of Summer

Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Ass Ponys | Earth To Grandma | Electric Rock Music
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
David Myhr | My Negative Friend | Lucky Day
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | Sacramento
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Is It All A Dream | Glamping
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #824 – 5/5/2018: Busting out more new music!

Enjoy this shot of me relaxing in the Twirl studios while playing all that new 2018 music.

In recent weeks and months, we’ve done so many interviews, that today’s show was a nice chance to take a breather, and just play some songs. Lots of them. And the cool part is the the new 2018 music keeps rolling in, either in my mailbox, my inbox, or sometimes, people just hand me a disc. So we busted out brand new tracks by such artists as Krista D., Daniel Trigger, Lannie Flowers, Michael Simmons, Gretchen’s Wheel, Poplord, Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, The Orange Peels, and more. It’s an embarrassment of musical riches–except that I’m not embarrassed, and neither should you be! Enjoy all this wonderful music, and by all means–please support the artists in any way you can. Buy their music. Go to their shows. Talk them up on social media. Do it now. I’m waiting…okay–enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | American Affluenza | Catnip Dynamite
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Piramid Scheme | No More, Anymore | Get Rich Quick Too
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Cowboy Dreams
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
The Judybats | Saturday | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Ass Ponys | Under Cedars And Stars | The Known Universe
Julian Cope | Adam & Eve Hit The Road | 20 Mothers
The Cherry Bluestorms | Baby, You’re A Rich Man | Transit Of Venus
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head
Gretchen’s Wheel | Imp | Black Box Theory
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacéphale
The Orange Peels | Running Away | Trespassing
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Desario | Down Among Them | III
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #823 – 4/28/2018: Interview with Jim Coleman of This Wilderness!

This Wilderness

On today’s show, we chatted with Jim Coleman, one half of the New York electropunk due This Wilderness! They are about to release their debut album, “Sorry About Tomorrow”. It’s full of contrasts. The album is both challenging and exhilarating, both dark and fun, both negative and optimistic. Much of the music sounds electronic, yet the vocals are important, and up front. It’s definitely an artistic statement.

Jim told us that they’ve been doing guerrilla shows and videos in remote locations, such as parking garages. The DIY ethic is alive with these guys, yet their music is really sophisticated and well produced. With any luck, they might get out to the West Coast on tour this summer. I suggest you give these guys a listen.

We also premiered brand new 2018 music by The Orange Peels, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, Bay Station, and more. It was a good day for music lovers!

Artist | Track | Album
The Orange Peels | Camera 2 | Trespassing
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Funhouse | Glamping
Dog Trumpet | Monkey Tank | Dog Trumpet
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Maxi Dunn | Take It Or Leave It | Edmund & Leo
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Cirrone | Uplands Park Road | Uplands Park Road
This Wilderness | D.O.G. | Sorry About Tomorrow
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make

Jim Coleman of This Wilderness interview
This Wilderness | Full Time Woman | Sorry About Tomorrow

Felsen | Spanish Jam Sandwich | Blood Orange Moon
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Bay Station | Sands Of Time | Other Desert Cities
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Gretchen’s Wheel | Walk Out | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Michael Simmons | Dirt Nap | First Days Of Summer
Juliana Hatfield | Live On Tomorrow | Only Everything
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #822 – 4/21/2018: Interview with Peter Watts and Ruth Rogers of Spygenius!


On today’s show, we were treated to a visit with Peter Watts and Ruth Rogers of Canterbury, UK band Spygenius. They’ve been around quite a while, but their entrance into the Big Stir* fold put them on my radar this year. So we asked the big, imperative questions, such as “Where did the name Spygenius come from?”, and “How do you pronounce the name of their album ‘Pacéphale’? That album, by the way, is being re-released on Big Stir Records sometime this year, and Spygenius is coming to California this summer, so we denizens of the Golden State will have our chance to see them play live. It was fun talking with them, 8 time zones away, and listening to a couple of their songs. You’d do well to give a listen to their music too.

*Big Stir: 1. Collective of bands, writers, radio people, venues, promoters of music, listeners of music. 2. Monthly series of live shows in Burbank, CA. 3. New record label. 4. Fanzine. 5. Philosophy revolving around a loose collective of items #1-#4, mostly centered around being inclusive when it comes to music performance and fandom.

Artist | Track | Album
Bay Station | Look But Don’t Touch | Other Desert Cities
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Well Wishers | I’m Not The Enemy | A View From Above
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Slave To Passion | Whiteout
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release

Spygenius interview
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale

Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | Thank You For The Photograph | Single release
The JAC | I’m A Glass Of Orange Juice | Faux Pas
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Lannie Flowers | I’ve Been Waiting | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
Piramid Scheme | Regular Guy | Get Rich Quick Too
Stephen Fearing | The Station | The Assassin’s Apprentice
Gail George | Because Of U | Bloom
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #821 – 4/14/2018: Serena Jost interview!

Serena Jost

Singer/ songwriter/ cellist. That’s a combination you pretty much never hear of. Well on today’s show, we chatted with singer/ songwriter/ cellist Serena Jost–where the combination actually does apply. The classically-trained cellist (and really, aren’t all cellists classically-trained?) was a founding member of the legendary female-driven, cello group Rasputina. Since then, she’s created her own space. She’s blended classical and folk-rock. Her new album, “Up To The Sky”, just came out a week ago, and was recorded over the course of two days at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell. It was literally nothing but Serena’s voice and her cello, recorded live–singing as she played the cello. No overdubs, no backing musicians. And it came off beautifully, in the wonderful acoustic setting of the church. She was so inspired by this exhilirating session, that she composed some of the songs on the spot. The performance she turned in was spontaneous and alive. If you want to hear more, check out Serena’s music at

Artist | Track | Album
The Re-Used Electrics | Pills | For Johnny
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | You Took The Sunshine From My Heart | The Neglected Gambit
Texas | Tired Of Being Alone | BBC live session
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes

Serena Jost interview
Serena Jost | The Cut | Up To The Sky
Serena Jost | Silver Star | Up To The Sky

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Well Wishers | In Another Life | A View From Above
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | Make
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes

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