2013 Twirlie Award Winners (Show #581 – February 2, 2013)

Here is the complete list of 2013 Twirlie Award Winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 2, 2013, in Sacramento, California. Congratulations to all, and more importantly, a big thank you to all the great independent musicians who make it possible for me to do this radio show.

Album of the Year
Throwback Suburbia, for their album Shot Glass Souvenir

Album of the Year Runner up
The Corner Laughers, for their album Poppy Seeds

Song of the Year
Sparklejet, for their song The World Before Longitude

Song of the Year Runner up
A Band Called Mithras, for their song I Know What I Know

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sue Leonard

Male Vocalist of the Year
Kevin Seconds

Ear Candy
Lannie Flowers, for his album New Songs Old Stories
The Ear Candy Award is given to an album that is a “go-to” album. You can pick any song, and it sounds great in any set of music, at any time.

Best Debut Album
Melissa Phillips, for her album Fits & Starts

Best Songwriting
Karla Kane/Angela Silletto, The Corner Laughers, for their album Poppy Seeds

Best Line In A Song
Andrew Griffin of Felsen, for his song BFF OMG. The line was “Hanging out in your hood, don’t you know it’s all good. I’ve got frenemies bearing down on me, BFF OMG. You know I’d rather die than to hit reply, BFF OMG….”

Best Cover Song
Nushu, for their cover of the Kirsty MacColl song They Don’t Know

Best Interview, phone
Laurie Biagini, 3/17/2012

Best Interview, in-person
Throwback Suburbia, 7/21/2012

Best Live Session
The Taters, Richmond, VA (via Skype), 5/12/2012
The Taters were recording a live album, and we checked in with them several times during their show, live on air.

Best Live Show
Skip Heller/Sal Valentino/David Houston and String Theory, Luna’s, Sacramento, CA, 5/12/2012

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Visiting Fresno’s Forestiere Underground Gardens with Blake Jones, who wrote the song “Forestiere Gardens”, July 2012
2. Meeting Brad Elvis, and catching one of his drumsticks at the Romantics concert, Dixon, CA, May 2012
3. Emceeing for the SF Underground Music Fest, San Francisco, CA, December 2012
4. Playing world premiere of Davy Jones’ last recording, Daydream Believer remake with Buffy Stewart, September, 2012
5. Broadcasting The Corner Laughers live benefit show, Roseville, CA, June 2012

Best Rock and Roll Couple
Karla and Khoi from The Corner Laughers

Wayback Award
Natalie Cortez and the Ultraviolets
Natalie Cortez is a great indie artist who we played a lot on Twirl Radio in the past. We’re giving her this award as a way of begging her to get out and share her music with the world again.

Best Future Predictions
Joe Algeri
Being in Perth, Western Australia, Joe is 15 hours ahead of us, and can thus predict the future, since he’s living in it.

Fellow DJ Troublemaker Award
DJ Gidget Bates Marusak, Woody Radio
Gidget has turned me on to some great music this year, including our top award winner Throwback Suburbia. She got me involved with the Superstorm Sandy Radiothon this past fall. And she may be my secret long-lost kid sister–because I think she stole half my record collection (or let me steal half of hers)!

Top Albums of 2012:
1. Throwback Suburbia – Shot Glass Souvenir
2. The Corner Laughers – Poppy Seeds
3. Jet Electro – Jet Electro
4. Felsen – Breaking Up With Loneliness
5. Nelson Bragg – We Get What We Want
6. Poplord – Poplord vs. The Universe
7. Braam Brothers – Hail Violet
8. Kevin Seconds – Don’t Let Me Lose Ya
9. Lannie Flowers – New Songs Old Stories
10. Ruby Free – Introducing Ruby Free

Top Songs of 2012:
1. Sparklejet – The World Before Longitude
2. A Band Called Mithras – I Know What I Know
3. Poplord – Flower Bomb
4. The Corner Laughers – (Now That I Have You I’m) Bored
5. Throwback Suburbia – Sinking Feeling
6. Lannie Flowers – Give Me A Chance
7. Jet Electro – For Sale By Owner
8. Melissa Phillips – Centralia
9. Kevin Seconds – Masterpiece Unfinished
10. Ruby Free – Bongos And Beards
11. Felsen – Mary You Could Be Happy
12. Braam Brothers – Ur Song
13. Three Minute Tease – Love Is Onion
14. Skip Heller – Fools Like Me
15. Sue Leonard – Bye Baby
16. Laurie Larson – I Find More
17. Bud Rogers – Caught In A Wheel (acoustic)
18. The JAC – Persistent Man
19. Ivory Tower Project – My Name
20. Runway 27, Left – Clean Slate


1 Comment

  1. thank you Mike and Twirl Radio for including Ivory Tower Project: “My Name” in the Top 20 Songs of 2012.

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