2015 Twirlie Award Winners (Show #671 – January 31, 2015)

Here is the complete list of 2015 Twirlie Award Winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, January 31, 2015, 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.

The 2015 Twirlie Awards Show (1/31/2015) (length 1:56:47)

Album of the Year
Bellygunner, for their album Machine Gun Built For Two

Album of the Year Runner up
Bud Rogers, for his album Bud & The Bullet

Song of the Year
Duncan Faure, for his song Machine From The Other Side

Song of the Year Runner up
Bellygunner, for their song Negative Kid

Female Vocalist of the Year
Dara Ackerman

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jon Rubin of The Rubinoos

EP of the Year
Emily Zuzik, for her EP Detours

Live Album of the Year
Lannie Flowers, for his album LIVE in NYC

Ear Candy
Two way tie:
The Click Beetles, for their album Wake Up To Music!
The Britannicas, for their album High Tea
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.

Debut Album of the Year
Yorktown Lads, for their album Songs About Girls and Other Disasters

Best Songwriting
Eric Peter Schwartz, for his album Troubadork

Best Interview, phone
Rick Hromadka, 12/6/2014

Best Interview, in-studio
Fiona Ledgard, 3/29/2014

Best Live Session
Leah Capelle and the What, 12/13/2014

Live Show of the Year
1. The Paul & John CD release show, San Francisco, 10/30/2014
2. The Handcuffs, Chicago, 5/30/2014
3. Felsen, Sacramento, 2/22/2014
4. The Cherry Bluestorms, Fresno, 1/19/2014
5. The Bottle Kids, Berkeley, 5/2/2014
6. Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, Sacramento, 12/13/2004

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. KUBU 96.5 FM going live.
2. New Twirl Radio theme song, written and performed by Joe Algeri and The JAC.
3. Tie: Eating BBQ in Texas with Lannie Flowers.
3. Tie: Eating Chicago style pizza in Chicago with Chloe and Brad of The Handcuffs.

Wayback Award (aka “Sorry I missed it the first time around”)
Adam Marsland, for his 2009 album Go West
DC Cardwell, for his 2010 album Some Hope

Cover Song of the Year
1. The JAC – Frantic Romantic (Dusseldorf mix, The Scientists cover)
2. honeychain – I’m On Fire (Dwight Twilley cover)
3. The Corner Laughers – Our House (Madness cover)

Best Compilation Album
Andrew Curry, executive producer of Here Comes The Reign Again (80’s songs performed by today’s artists)

Best Line in a Song
Tommy Dunbar, of The Rubinoos, for his line in Party Insurance: “We’re your party insurance, you’re liable to have a good time.”

The Doh! Award (an album that slipped by me in 2014, but is noteworthy)
The Legal Matters, for their album The Legal Matters

Rock and Roll Couple of the Year
Deborah Gee and Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms

6th Man (or whatever they call it in sports) Award
Joe Algeri (for creating the new Twirl theme song)

Reason To Live Award
Upcoming Maxi Dunn/Blake Jones & the Trike Shop gig, Liverpool, UK, May 22, 2015, at the Lomax

Top Albums of 2014:
1. Bellygunner – Machine Gun Built For Two
2. Bud Rogers – Bud & The Bullet
3. The Rubinoos – 45
4. The Paul & John – Inner Sunset
5. The Welcome Matt – Pop Junk Fluff & Hype
6. Eric Peter Schwartz – Troubadork
7. The Bobbleheads – Make Yourself Happy
8. The Britannicas – High Tea
9. Duncan Faure – Machine From The Other Side
10. Rick Hromadka – Trippin’ Dinosaurs
11. Dara Ackerman – Skyland
12. Lannie Flowers – LIVE in NYC
13. The Click Beetles – Wake Up To Music!
14. Yorktown Lads – Songs About Girls and Other Disasters
15. Three Minute Tease – Bite The Hand
16. Jason Berk – Coming Home
17. The Plough & The Stars – Speed The Plough
18. Marshall Holland – And The Etceteras
19. Jason How – The Tall English Sun
20. Anna Maria Rosales – Washed Up On Your Shore

Top Songs of 2014:
1. Duncan Faure – Machine From The Other Side
2. Bellygunner – Negative Kid
3. Emily Zuzik – The Biggest Mistake
4. The Bobbleheads – Mean Girls
5. Jason Berk – (One Eye On) Rockville
6. Death Of Samantha – Conviction
7. The Rubinoos – Party Insurance
8. Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World
9. Three Minute Tease – Bravely Fade Away
10. John Staples – Taking Me Down
11. Dara Ackerman – Alive
12. The Welcome Matt – Let It Lead You
13. The Britannicas – A Shag And A Cup O’ Tea
14. Sean O’Brien & His Dirty Hands – Final Say
15. The Click Beetles – Tell Me How You Feel
16. Yorktown Lads – Before You Leave
17. Rick Hromadka – Conversation
18. Jason How – Don’t You Ever Run Away
19. Scarth Locke – Treehouse
20. Elliot Schneider – If Looks Could Kill, I’d Wear Mirror Sunglasses
21. Eric Peter Schwartz – I Never Leaned In
22. Anton Barbeau – Clubbing In Berlin
23. Jeff Powers – I Miss My Ball And Chain
24. Note To Self: Don’t Die! – This Is London Calling
25. Runway 27, Left – Blue Sunday

Top EPs of 2014
1. Emily Zuzik – Detours
2. The Star Darts – Shooting Star Darts
3. Spampinato Brothers – Smiles
4. Leah Capelle – Leah Capelle

Top Debut Albums of 2014
1. Yorktown Lads – Songs About Girls and Other Disasters
2. Dara Ackerman – Skyland
3. The Paul & John – Inner Sunset
4. Bellygunner – Machine Gun Built For Two



  1. Hey Mike, thanks for putting my song “I miss my ball and chain” on your top song list. Thanks for the Spins and promo it’s greatly appreciated! Thanks so much Jeff Powers

  2. Hi Mike – it’s a real honour to see that you placed my 2010 album album here in your Wayback Award (“Sorry I missed it the first time around”)!

    And just so you and your listeners don’t miss it, the follow up album, “Pop Art” is out in Feb 2015 and available from me at http://www.madcarrecords.com and also on iTunes and all the usual suspects! I’ll get a copy to you ASAP!

    – DC

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