Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #499 – 4/30/2011: The Big I Am Interview!

Little Guilt Shrine – One, Two
John Hiatt – Uncommon Connection
Tom Alford – Shiloh
Maxi Dunn – How Was I To Know?
Domus – Algoritmo
The Scratch – Destroyed By The Look Of Love
The Taters – Queen Of The USA
The Big I Am – Right About Now
The Big I Am Interview
The Big I Am – Better Days
The Big I Am – Water
The Corner Laughers – For The Sake Of The Cat
Lannie Flowers – Turn Up Your Radio
Cult Of Wedge – Highway To Hell
Robyn Hitchcock – If You Know Time
Allyson Seconds – I’m Just A Country Girl
Vegas With Randolph – The Better Part
Laurie Biagini – Crazy People On The Internet
Bill Mumy – All Wound Up
Rob Swanson/Dennis Holseybrook – Rust
Joe Swidenbank – Coming Up For Air
Belly – Sad Dress
The Fabulous McFlys – Out On A Limb
Lindy LaFontaine – Alizee
Nick Lowe – All Men Are Liars

Beth Thornley – “You’re So Pony” video

Los Angeles based singer-songwriter Beth Thornley just released a really fun video for her song “You’re So Pony”, from her album “Wash U Clean”. When you look up the word “cute” in the dictionary, this video had better be part of the definition. Otherwise, find a new dictionary!

The video was directed by Los Angeles based filmmaker Liz Manashil. If you need a director for your film, Liz would be the one.

Twirl Radio’s 500th show coming up–Saturday, May 7th! A brief history…

On Saturday, May 7th, 2011, I will be doing the 500th show of Twirl Radio! Our usual two hours gets expanded to three for the special event–this one time only! So look for it from 4-7pm Pacific that day, on
our community access station, The Voice, here in Sacramento, California. The organization that hosts our community radio and TV stations is called Access Sacramento.

A little history, for those history buffs among you. However, if you’re prone to getting bored easily, please skip past the next few paragraphs! 🙂 I started the show in January, 1998. It featured nearly all commercial music–which was still a viable artform at the time. It was a blend of alternative and Americana music, but usually by mid-range artists who were starting to not see much airplay anymore, as the commercial airwaves here in the U.S. were starting to change their focus. Our station broadcasted on cable, on a low-power FM frequency for a few years (reached about a 15-20 mile radius, not all of it well), and on the internet, back before the scary royalty laws kicked in. I did my show for 5 years, and left in 2003, when we lost the internet and FM, and I lost pretty much any audience I may have had. I did a few months worth of looping shows on Live365, which was in its infancy, but didn’t find that to be very rewarding, as there
really weren’t any social media with which to promote my show.

There were a few fits and starts–I made a couple of attempts to come back. Finally, in September, 2006–I made my “for real” comeback. Access Sacramento purchased an organizational version of Live365–which covers all royalty payments, and streams the signal. Social media like MySpace, and eventually Facebook, became a force in the world. And all of a sudden, there were tons of great indie artists looking for outlets to play their music. The perfect storm.

So now I’ve done 4-1/2 more years of these Twirl shows. And 1-1/2 years of The California Diner on Recharged Radio (www.rechargedradio.com). And I’ll be doing a big, fun, semi-retrospective show on Twirl to celebrate the 500 Twirl shows. (The count of 500 doesn’t include the California Diner shows–there’s
70 more of those!)

I hope you’ll join us! We’ll have interviews, greetings from artists and fellow radio folk, and even some cringeworthy airchecks from my very earliest days in radio, laid bare, for all to hear!

Thanks so much for the opportunity to share nearly 500 Saturday afternoons with you. And the opportunity to do many, many more! See you on Saturday, May 7th, 4-7pm Pacific, http://www.twirlradio.com!

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #498 – 4/23/2011: Sal Valentino Interview!

The second hour of the show was an interview with Sal Valentino. We chatted with the legendary Beau Brummels leader, and heard some of his music, including an exclusive solo track!

R.E.M. – Pop Song 89
Maple Mars – Add The Numbers
Lindy LaFontaine – Sunday
Baby Scream – Powerpop Crush
Maxi Dunn – Rescue Me
Dionne Warwick – I Say A Little Prayer
The Taters – Such A Good Day
Jointpop – Please Don’t Tell My Inlaws…I’m An Outlaw
Sexfresh – True
The Clutter Family – Rendering Vat
Jimmy Catlett – That River
Stone Temple Pilots – Plush (Acostic)
Last Breath – The Story Ends
Fortune Dwellers – Hello Goodbye
Sal Valentino – Looking For You
Sal Valentino Interview
Sal Valentino – Comic Strip
Beau Brummels – Laugh Laugh
Sal Valentino – Catherine I Do
Sal Valentino – Snowman

Welcome Sal Valentino fans! Twirl Radio welcomes him in-studio, Saturday, April 23, 2011.

Sal Valentino This is pretty big news: the legendary singer-songwriter Sal Valentino is going to be our in-studio guest on Twirl Radio on Saturday, April 23, 2011, at 4:30 p.m. Pacific! (But catch the whole show–4:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific, www.twirlradio.com, for our usual great mix of music.)

Sal’s early fame came as vocalist for the 1960’s band The Beau Brummels, with such top hits as “Laugh Laugh” and “Just A Little”. It’s been argued that the band defined the San Francisco sound. Certainly, they were out ahead of the pack–a little before the Jefferson Airplane and Grateful Dead.

The 1970’s came, and Sal played in Stoneground, a great amalgam of funk and country rock, perhaps a precursor to the Doobie Brothers. And he’s had quite a respectable solo career. As one of my European listeners said, “Sal Valentino–one of the great voices of all time!”.

His most recent album, Dreamin’ Man, teams him up with long time collaborator John Blakeley. This is one fine album. It starts with the breezy opener “Love Song”, then transitions into determined mid-tempo rocker “Hwy 49”. Sal and John turn in a great Americana performance on rising Sacramento star Jackie Greene’s “Valley of Woe”. While Sal sings with conviction, John’s stellar acoustic picking drives this song forward with abandon. These two bad dudes will kick your rear with this song, and you’ll love it.

But make no mistake–this tends to be a rather romantic album, especially the second half. “Looking For You” is a fun rave up, and Sal is completely devoted to getting through to his woman, no matter what it takes, a la the Fabulous Thunderbirds in “Tuff Enuff”. The last four songs burrow deep into your heart, with their romanticism. “Dreamin’ Man”, the title track, is quite moody and haunting, but always listenable. “Catherine I Do” and “Lovin’ Fallin'” feature classy instrumental hooks and lyrics that grab you, work their way through your mind, and into that place in your soul reserved for love and sentiment. These melodies are sublime and exquisite. The album ends with the confessional “That Way”–what Sal is confessing is eternal love and devotion for his woman.

Wow–guys–we need to learn how to write songs like these, to remind our wives/significant others how much we love and need them. This album would make a great little Valentine’s Day gift. But don’t wait that long–grab a copy now at http://gragroup.com/valentino.html. And we’ll see you on Twirl Radio with Sal Valentino, Saturday, 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific, http://www.twirlradio.com. Meanwhile, check out these Beau Brummels videos, and get a taste of the great sounds of San Francisco and Sal Valentino:

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #497 – 4/16/2011

The Scratch – Homely Crackle
Anny Celsi – Tangle-Free World
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Sun Up
Joey Oskys – Try
Maxi Dunn – I Mean That
Elton John – Grow Some Funk Of Your Own
The Whigs – Production City
Last Breath – The Story Ends
The Britannicas – Don’t Go Back
Debora Iyall – Stay Strong
Jimmy Catlett – The Big Beat
The Golden Palominos – Wild River
Nushu – ABC Song
Hayseed Dixie – Centerfold
Jackpot – Hide In The Frequency
Vegas With Randolph – Be The One
Laurie Biagini – A Far-Out Place
George Harrison – Cheer Down
Duncan Faure – Man Of A Thousand Dreams
Allyson Seconds – Dig My Pig
The Clash – The Street Parade
Thom Sebastian – Girl In Canada
Little Guilt Shrine – One Two
Baby Scream – Mental Case
Sal Valentino – Lovin’ Fallin’
The Corner Laughers – You Two Are The Ones
Lindy LaFontaine – Free To Breathe
Dave Stephens – Mr. Wonderful

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #496 – 4/9/2011: Patrick Campbell-Lyons Interview!

Maple Mars – Big Imagination
Joe Swidenbank – Different For Girls
The Freddy Jones Band – Waitress
Anton Barbeau – Skunk Hungarian
Maxi Dunn – How Was I To Know?
Frank Black – St. Francis Dam Disaster
Patrick Campbell-Lyons Interview –
Patrick Campbell-Lyons – A Prayer Before A Kiss
Patrick Campbell-Lyons – Flowers For Friday
Nirvana (UK) – Rainbow Chaser
Baby Scream – Powerpop Crush
The Clutter Family – Artist In The Office
Duncan Faure – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Sexfresh – Dilemma
Vegas With Randolph – She Does It For Me (World Premiere)
The Big I Am – Banging On The Wall
Lindy LaFontaine – Harmonics
Tom Alford – After Today
The Corner Laughers – Thunderbird
Rockpile – If Sugar Was As Sweet As You
Laurie Biagini – Away On A Cloud
The Clash – Washington Bullets
Fire Town – The Good Life
Michael Slawter – My Marion
Fortune Dwellers – Al’s Song
The Damnwells – No One Listens To The Band Anymore

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