Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #842 – 9/15/2018: Addison Love interview!

Addison Love

On this week’s show, we meet Southern California based singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Addison Love. As it happens, we at Twirl Radio are no strangers to his music. A few years ago, when he was still in high school, he was part of the trio Yorktown Lads (along with his music instructor/ mentor Mike Simmons). The credo for that band was “if you write the song, you sing the song”. So flash forward to 2018, and his first solo record, “Thoughts On Lunch?”, comes out on Big Stir Records, and the rest is history. If it’s on Big Stir, it’s good. And if Addison writes it, it’s good.

He’s just 22 years old, but musically speaking, he’s an old soul. His most obvious influences include The Beatles and Beach Boys, and they are present on the record. “Like The Beatles” spells that out fairly clearly–if the girl doesn’t love The Beatles, how can she love him? “Wee & Nancy Lee” is a great upbeat earworm that has been lodged in my brain for the past few weeks, and will be one of your favorites as well, I’m sure. There are some great ballads here too. There’s a level of sophistication to these songs that many artists never reach, but comes rather easily for Addison. And in his musical studies right now, he’s learning even more instruments that are not usually found inside the rock genre. He’s also got several music projects going on right now, and lots more music to come. That’s good news for us music fans. We had a fun chat, and covered a lot of musical ground. I even learned the answer to my pressing question–how did he come up with the album title “Thoughts On Lunch?” You can learn even more about Addison at http://www.addisonlovemusic.com/.

Artist | Track | Album
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Claire Coupland | This One’s For The Road | On The Other Side
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Addison Love interview
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
Addison Love | The Ballad Of Dr. Minard | Thoughts On Lunch?

The Turnback | Untitled So Far | Spinning The Earth In Reverse
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Jangle Band | The Guy Who Used To Care | Single release
Lisa Mychols | He’s Got Me Dreaming | Sugar
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Make
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single release
Dot Dash | TV/Radio | Proto Retro
The Imperial Sound | The Sun Goes Out | The New AM
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #841 – 9/8/2018: In-studio interview with Sparklejet!

Sparklejet

Only eight days in, and September has turned into a rather amazing month for the show. This week, the Fresno power trio Sparklejet drove up Highway 99 and made Twirl Radio their first Sacramento stop. Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, and Chris Estep spent well over an hour with me, in an unstructured (my fault), free-ranging conversation. We heard some great examples of their music from the past decade or so, and talked about how it all come together.

This visit was particularly auspicious for a few reasons. It was the first time they’d been to Sacramento in over a decade, and that night was to be their first show at the venerable tavern, Old Ironsides, in over 20 years. And–Victor had recently released his first solo record, “Homeland Insecurities”–and it is a good one. Every bit as good as the Sparklejet releases–just different.

Bonus pic: Sparklejet in the Twirl studios in Sacramento. Left to right: Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, Mike Lidskin, Chris Estep. Photo courtesy of Sparklejet.

Sparklejet is a seriously hard-rocking band. They’re both studious and reckless. They put much care and effort into their songs, and they perform them with reckless abandon. I like to think of them as “intellectual hard rock”. They’re not afraid to try new things. I liked talking with these guys–as important as their music is, they never take themselves too seriously, so we were able to have a light-hearted chat about serious topics. They even brought along a few tracks to play for the show. I think you need to get to know them a little better.

Check out their discography at https://sparklejet.bandcamp.com/.

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know | Welcome To Soonville
McPherson Grant | Big Picture People | Song
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
Lannie Flowers | Don’t Make Me Wait | Single release
Astral Drive | Wishing I Could Change The World | Astral Drive
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
The Cherry Bluestorms | Out | Whirligig!

Sparklejet interview
Sparklejet | Let’s Behind That Place | Beyond The Beyond
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Sparklejet | Glimpser | Phonovella
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
The Miss Alans | Mata Hari’s Butt | Remnants

William Duke | Caroline And The Silver Screen | Quatro
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #840 – 9/1/2018: In-studio interview with Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs!

Ronnie Barnett, founding member and bassist of The Muffs

So I got this text message from Stephen “Spaz” Schnee the other day, telling me that Ronnie Barnett, founding member of The Muffs, was going to be in Sacramento over the Labor Day weekend. Now Spaz has been telling me for a while that the next time his friend Ronnie comes up to Sacramento, I should try to get him on Twirl Radio. Since this was “the next time”, I took that as my opportunity to invite him on. And what happened afterwards was fairly epic. I got not just Ronnie, but his fiance Julie, and Spaz himself. A nice full studio of fun people.

Ronnie and I chatted about The Muffs’ history, his history as a bass player and music fan, and we played a few tracks from the band’s legendary 1993 debut album. The four of us talked about a whole bunch of things including that so-important topic, Jimboy’s Tacos (a Sacramento “thing”, to be sure). That hour went by incredibly quickly, and I look forward to another visit sometime in the future. https://www.facebook.com/TheMuffsMusic

Then to kick off the second hour, Spaz fulfilled a long-running inside joke of ours. Since last November, he would occasionally ask me if I was going to play a track from the new Christopher Cross album. (Christopher Cross, as you may recall, was the “captain of early 80’s yacht rock”.) So he finally got to play a track from that album. Moral of the story: if you want something done right, do it yourself! He also treated me to a brand new Gilbert O’Sullivan track as well!

And we rolled out some more brand new 2018 music–and I even kicked off the show with perhaps the only Labor Day song I’ve ever heard: “Labor Day”, by William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas, a great duet between William Cleere and Karla Kane of The Corner Laughers. A great song for a nice long weekend. Enjoy the show–it was a particularly spirited episode!

Artist | Track | Album
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Ronnie Barnett interview
The Muffs | Big Mouth | The Muffs
The Muffs | Every Single Thing | The Muffs
The Muffs | Lucky Guy | The Muffs

Spaz’ picks
Christopher Cross | Take Me As I Am | Take Me As I Am
Gilbert O’Sullivan | At The End Of The Day | Gilbert O’Sullivan

Mod Hippie | And Everyone The Fashion (So Sorry) | Single release
Addison Love | Anything’s Right | Thoughts On Lunch
Russ Tolman | Hollywood Holiday | Compass & Map
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
The Imperial Sound | Ain’t Crawling Back | The New AM
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #839 – 8/25/2018: In-studio interview/performance with Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones!

Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones in the Twirl studio

Today’s show was a fun one. Pepe Espada, of Sacramento’s own Banjo Bones, returned to the Twirl studios, and spent a full hour with me on the air. He’s about to release the fourth Banjo Bones album, “Ghostly Musings from the Delta”, and it is a fine record–perhaps his finest to date. Stellar songwriting–bleak subject matter juxtaposed with sometimes upbeat melodies, a great vocal performance, against the backdrop of a National Resonator steel guitar–make for a good, thoughtful listen. Banjo Bones’ tagline is “The Dark Side of Americana”–but don’t think that’s the only thing they’re known for. Pepe’s earliest influences include rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock. Influences included Chris Whitley, Tom Waits, and Beck. And while not a blues artist, much of this record owes a debt to the early bluesmen–and that beautiful Resonator guitar kind of reinforces this.

The album has a release date of Thursday, August 30th–with a release show at Sacramento’s Blue Lamp music venue. The live band is tight and professional, and they really make the songs come to life. I hope to see you there. More info at www.banjobones.com.

Artist | Track | Album
Chris Church | Be My Nuisance | Limitations Of Source Tape
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Duncan Faure | Very Truly Yours | Single release
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Steve Rosenbaum | Get The Hell Out Of My Lane | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Pepe Espada interview
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Pepe Espada | Picking Up The Slack | Live in studio
Banjo Bones | Tale Of An Outcast | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Tom Waits | Gun Street Girl | Single release
Chris Whitley | Kick Them Stones | Single release
Beck | Farewell Ride | Single release
Pepe Espada | The Sermon | Live in studio
Banjo Bones | Rabbit Hole | Ghostly Musings From The Delta

Big Red Ants | Where I Wanna Be | Big Red Ants
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
The Imperial Sound | I Feel Strange | The New AM
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #838 – 8/18/2018: Deborah Gee & Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms interview!

Deborah Gee and Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms

On today’s show, Deborah Gee and Glen Laughlin of the L.A. psych-pop band The Cherry Bluestorms returned for some great conversation! This was the eve of the release of their new album, “Whirligig!”. We talked about the making of the album, the evolution of the band, and about the album release party, which also has Duncan Faure as their opening act! What’s really cool is that although it took a while to get to this, their third album, their musical pipeline has a bunch more treats in store. There is a solo Deborah Gee album on the way, and the next Cherry Bluestorms album is also in progress! (Easy there, guys–the world needs to hear this one first!)

Deborah and Glen have put together the perfect band to bring these new songs to life on stage–and we discovered that their ideal is more or less the classic guitar driven rock of the 1960s, filtered through the swirly, trippy, organ-drenched late 1980s Madchester sound. And that is music to my ears–and will be to yours, shortly. This is one intelligent band, aware and respectful of their roots, while forging a new sound. I’ve seen them live a number of times, and they are not to be missed. Deborah and Glen are the truth.

Check ’em out, and order yours at http://www.thecherrybluestorms.com.

Also in this show, we debuted a brand new single from Duncan Faure (former Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt frontman), and played a track from brand new Chicago supergroup The Imperial Sound. And my long time friend Susanna Reilly and her son Derek were visiting from Pittsburgh, PA–and each picked a track to play on the show.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
The Imperial Sound | Yesterday | The New AM
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Arthur Alexander | Un Peu Plus Longtemps | One Bar Left
Right Said Fred | Upon My Heart | Up
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Cherry Bluestorms interview
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Cherry Bluestorms | Be Here Now | Whirligig!

Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier
The Beatles | Lovely Rita | Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
Led Zeppelin | When The Levee Breaks (Alternate Take) | Led Zeppelin IV
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
The Jangle Band | The Guy Who Used To Care | Single release
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #837 – 8/11/2018: Karen Haglof interview!

Karen Haglof

Today’s show featured an interview with oncologist/singer-songwriter (a rare combination, to be sure) Karen Haglof. The New York City-based physician/musician sent us a sneak preview of her forthcoming EP, “Palomino Steady Rocking”, and it is terrific. She had written a whole batch of songs, intended for her next album, and four of those all were thematically connected–they had something to do with horses. And thus was born the EP. The leadoff track, Ode To Bon Jovi, has perhaps the quirkiest backstory. It’s about a horse that she likes to ride, which is actually named Bon Jovi. And the horse throws her off quite often. Oh–and it used to be owned by John Elway. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and state that there probably has never been quite another song like this one! Oh–and it rocks, and it’s kind of in your face, sonically speaking. The rest of the EP treads more familiar territory for Karen–veering between Americana and rock ‘n’ roll. http://karenhaglof.com/

We also continued playing the new music that 2018 keeps sending us! A quick survey showed that about two thirds of the tracks on this show were released this year. How exciting!

I hope you enjoy this show–and your feedback is always welcome.

Artist | Track | Album
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | My Colors Dark | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 21
Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band | I Didn’t Do It | Left Hand To The Sky
The Judybats | La Dulcinea | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Maxi Dunn | Will You Forgive Me? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release

Karen Haglof interview
Karen Haglof | Ode To Bon Jovi | Palomino Steady Rocking
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking

Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Braam | Maybe Honey You’re A Lemon Tree | The Things You Think You Have
Jody Porter | Vanishing Act | Pacifier
Lisa Mychols | Into Oblivion | Sugar
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Michael Simmons | Let’s Fall In Love | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gretchen’s Wheel | Lucid | Black Box Theory
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
Chris Church | Be My Nuisance | Limitations Of Source Tape

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #836 – 8/4/2018: Interview doubleheader with Robert Poss and Raquel Bell!

Robert Poss

After a couple of weeks off (and big thanks to Bill Fuller for filling in for me last week), the Twirl Radio interview engine revs up again with a couple of interviews! We got all experimental on you during this show. In the first hour, we chatted with guitarist Robert Poss. The founding member of Band of Susans has spent the last 30 years coaxing all sorts of creative avant garde music from his guitars. He’s become well known for creating songs using feedback, distortion, and all sorts of unusual sounds–but making them accessible and listenable. There’s a lot of good rock and roll here. We chatted about his brand new album, “Frozen Flowers Curse The Day”, which was released the day before the show was broadcast. Find out more at https://www.robertposs.com.

Raquel Bell

In the second hour, we had an in-depth conversation with experimental musician Raquel Bell. She’s had a varied background, both musically and geographically. She grew up in Humboldt County, in far Northern California, but has also lived in such rich and varied places as New York City, Austin, TX, and now Los Angeles. She also finds herself spending a lot of time in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree. Her musical influences range from classical, jazz, pop, country, reggae, and folk. These places and musical genres all show up in her work. Her new album, “Swandala”, is varied, but the common thread between all these different influences is her vocals. They are intimate, gritty at times, ethereal at other times, but always passionate. The music can be a little strange at first, but once you sit down and listen–it’s completely mesmerizing. Learn more at https://www.rbell.ink/raquelbell.

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I did putting it together!

Artist | Track | Album
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Cait Brennan | Miss Valentine | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Daniel Trigger | Rock N Roll Party | Right Turn

Robert Poss interview
Robert Poss | I’ve Got A Secret List | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day
Robert Poss | Sketch 72 | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day

Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Pugwash | Make It Yourself | Silverlake
The Apples In Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Raquel Bell interview
Raquel Bell | Who Gets To Name The Name | Swandala
Raquel Bell | Wizard Liar | Swandala

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