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.

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!

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.

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!

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!

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

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #792 – 8/19/2017: Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17 preview!

Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17 poster

August 20, 1997 was, literally, the day I moved to Sacramento. One of the single biggest and best decisions of my life. Little did I know, that 20 years later, to the day, I would get the opportunity to host a music festival–bringing together great musical minds from not only my new hometown, but from all over California. That festival is happening on Sunday, August 20, 2017: Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17, at the wonderful Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA (just outside Sacramento).

On today’s show, we heard music from the six bands that are on the bill, and interviewed some of the performers! I strongly encourage you to attend the show, if you’re in the area. The show starts at 1:00 p.m., and you’ll see these great bands:

From L.A.: The Armoires. From Fresno: Blake Jones & the Trike Shop. From San Francisco: The Bobbleheads. From Sacramento: Gabe Nelson from Bellygunner and Cake, Natalie Cortez Band, Loose Engines.

This is an amazing collection of musical talent from all over the great state of California. If you like your quirk-pop, your psych-pop, or your Americana-pop–this festival is for you! Have a brew or a soft drink! Enjoy some tasty treats from the food truck. And most of all–enjoy this great collection of bands, all of whom are played on Twirl Radio in this family-friendly Sunday matinee show at the fine Woodland venue, the Blue Note Brewing Company.

Artist | Track | Album

Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
B. J. Thomas | Raindrops Keep Fallin On My Head | Single release
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Hannah Judson | Here We Are | I Wanna Know

Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’17 Preview
The Bobbleheads | Turn The Radio On (The Perfect Song) | Make Yourself Happy
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop (Big Stir Mix) | Big Stir
Ron Morse of The Trike Shop interview
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Here Comes The Bus | The Underground Garden
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Grub Dog & The Amazing Sweethearts | Forever Goldrush | Amazing Sweethearts
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir
Rex Broome/Christina Bulbenko of The Armoires interview
The Armoires | Norma Corona | Incidental Light Show

Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Plasticsoul | In Her Raincoat | Therapy
The Great Sadness | Enough | Weep
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Richard X. Heyman | Her Garden Path | Incognito
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
My Little Hum | Rise Over Run | Remembering Houses
Lannie Flowers | Find Her Way Back Home | Home Demos
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #791 – 8/12/2017: Eric Peter Schwartz interview and live performance!

Eric Peter Schwartz

Eric Peter Schwartz has become a regular on Twirl Radio over the past few years. This pretty much coincides with his prolific recording career–he’s had a late start, but has put out something near eight releases since 2013! His style is folky, rock and roll, and his lyrics are relatable. He sings from a personal point of view–lots of humor, both self-deprecating and otherwise, with a good dose of nostalgia and wisdom thrown in.

He’s done a lot of online Stageit and Facebook shows–so after attending one of these, I asked if he’d do a mini show for us on Twirl Radio–and so that’s what happened today on the air!

His next album, “Highway 45”, is slated for a September 1st release–which would mark the third recording he’s put out this year! More info at

Artist | Track | Album
Matt North | A Good Day In Nashville | Above Ground Fools
The Feelies | Turn Back Time | In Between
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Cirrone | Everything’s Fine Now | Kings For A Night
Karla Kane | Grasshopper Clock | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation

Eric Peter Schwartz interview
Eric Peter Schwartz | Regretville (live) | Live version
Eric Peter Schwartz | Last Ditch Man (live) | Live version
Eric Peter Schwartz | The Night Before Thanksgiving (live) | Live version

Lannie Flowers | My Street | Home Demos
The Welcome Matt | The Man In The Golden Tower | More Empire Days
Jody Porter | Waking Up (Is Hard To Do) | Pacifier
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
Saint Ashbury | Kauai | Dressing Babies
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Richard Turgeon | Bad Seed | In Between The Spaces
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Sitcom Neighbor | Your Turn Next | Shag
Blake Babies | Your Way Or The Highway | Earwig demos
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
honeychain | Ready For The World To End | Crushed
Leonty | All Directions | Leonty
Richard X. Heyman | Everybody Get Wise | Incognito

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #790 – 8/5/2017: Lisa Said interview and Hannah Judson in-studio performance!

On today’s show, we were treated to a doubleheader: an interview with singer-songwriter Lisa Said, and a live, in-studio performance an interview with singer-songwriter Hannah Judson.

Lisa Said

Lisa Said recently released an EP entitled Estranged. It’s a tight little song cycle–four well-written songs, crafted from personal experience. “Some Dudes”, the opener, is both hilarious and world wise. Think of it as a response to the Rolling Stones’ “Some Girls”, and you’ve got the picture. We chatted with Lisa from her home in Washington, D.C., and learned about what went into the making of Estranged, and what’s coming up next on the horizon for her. More info at

Hannah Judson

Right after that conversation, Hannah Judson came into the Sacramento studio, accompanied by none other than Twirl Radio favorite Pepe Espada, who “discovered” her for our audience! We chatted about her wide-ranging musical influences, which range from classical to folk to punk. And best of all–she performed two songs for us live in-studio, with her beautiful Gretsch guitar and this cool loop pedal, which gave her the ability to create her own backing vocals on the fly. You’ll simply have to hear it to believe it. More info at

Bonus: check out this behind the scenes video of Hannah Judson performing in the Twirl studios, courtesy of Spencer Lidskin:

Artist | Track | Album
Cheap Trick | So Good To See You | In Color
The Pengwins | Go Away | Go Away
Leonty | Inside | Leonty
Richard Turgeon | I’m 30 | In Between The Spaces
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show

Lisa Said interview
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
Lisa Said | Up Not Down | Estranged

Los Illegals | El Lay | Internal Exile
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning

Hannah Judson interview/performance
Hannah Judson | Daniel (live) | Live in studio performance
Hannah Judson | Feather (live) | Live in studio performance

The Mysteries Of Life | Coat Of Arms | Bad Advice
The Taters | Smoke On Rt. 66 | Taters Party
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
Duncan Faure | Ball & Chain | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss!
Vegas With Randolph | The Better Part | Above The Blue
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Alfred Starr Hamilton | Take Out The Poison

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #789 – 7/22/2017: Dennis Willis visit!

Dennis Willis of Soundwaves

As many of you now know, Twirl Radio has been podcasting on the venerable San Francisco website Soundwaves since this past winter. On today’s show, the proprietor of Soundwaves, Dennis Willis, came into the Sacramento studios and hung out. Since we are now a part of the Soundwaves network, you might say we had a “visit from the home office”!

Dennis is known for many things, among them, movie reviews on KGO radio, authoring “American Popcorn: Hollywood and the War on Common Sense”, and of course, the television program Soundwaves–which had 500 episodes in its initial run!

Soundwaves, the website, is a champion of all things music. When legendary San Francisco radio station KFOG changed formats, and let go of some of their legendary personalities and features, they found a new home on Soundwaves. The perennial favorite 10@10 is one example of a feature that Dennis revived, with help from the originator, Dave Morey. There’s so much more to Soundwaves, but I guess that’s why you’ll want to listen to today’s episode!

Artist | Track | Album
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
Sitcom Neighbor | Tourist Attraction | Shag
Maxi Dunn | The Last To Know | Welcome To Soonville
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
T. Rex | Jeepster | Single release
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
Richard Turgeon | Frostbites | In Between The Spaces
Karla Kane | Wishing Tree | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Lightning Seeds | Pure | Cloudcuckooland
The Bookends | A Girl Like Me | Single release
The JAC | Lights On The Hill | Drugs Trucks & Jesus
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Jody Porter | Valerie Sometimes | Pacifier
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Love Us, We Love Me | Make It Be
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lannie Flowers | All Dressed | LIVE in NYC
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist

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