2016 Twirlie Award Winners (Show #716 – January 30, 2016)

Here is the complete list of 2016 Twirlie Award Winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, January 30, 2016, in Sacramento, California, at Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM. 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 2016 Twirlie Awards Show (1/30/2016) (length 1:45:45)

Album of the Year
Heiskell, for his album Arriving

Album of the Year Runner up
Jet Electro, for their album Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder

Song of the Year
Crooked Flower, for their song Too Broke To Fix

Song of the Year Runner up
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, for their song At Every Train Stop

Female Vocalist of the Year
Gail George

Male Vocalist of the Year
Clay Howard

EP of the Year
Duncan Faure, for his EP 4

Ear Candy
The Corner Laughers, for their album Matilda Effect
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
Pop 4, for their album Pop 4

Best Seasonal Music
The Taters, for their Halloween album Don’t Scream

Best Songwriting
Craig Daniel of Jet Electro, for the album Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder

Best Interview, phone
Arrica Rose, 2/14/2015

Best Interview, in-studio
Sean O’Brien, 3/21/2015

Best Live Session
Bellygunner, 4/4/2015

Best Concert Performance
Crooked Flower, Berkeley, CA, 9/26/2015

Best Concert Performance: legendary, but non-Twirl Radio band
Brian Wilson Band, San Francisco, CA, 9/11/2015

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Eating Tex-Mex food with members of The Pengwins in Fort Worth, TX at Joe T. Garcia’s. (Lannie Flowers, Alan Petsche, Danny Wilkerson).
2. “Interviewing” Elvis Costello (ask me sometime for more details about the “interview”!).
3. Meeting Brian Wilson and Blondie Chaplin.
4. Reaching show #700 10/3/2015.
5. KUBU reaching one year on the air, celebrating at Nationwide Freezer Meats with our first live broadcast, 11/13/2015.

Wayback Award (aka “Whoa! A re-release of a great 1990 album!”)
Vulgar Boatmen, for their 1990 album You And Your Sister

Cover Song of the Year
1. Bart Mendoza and True Stories – Blue Chair (Elvis Costello cover)
2. The Pengwins – Shake Some Action (Flamin’ Groovies cover)
3. The Handcuffs – All The Way From Memphis (Mott The Hoople cover)
4. Kelley Ryan – Monkey To Man (Elvis Costello cover)
5. Nelson Bragg & Ken Cleveland – Beyond Belief (Elvis Costello cover)

Best Compilation Album
Beyond Belief, A Tribute To Elvis Costello, Executive Producers John Borack and Olivia Frain (Elvis Costello songs performed by today’s artists, proceeds to benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation)

6th Man (or whatever they call it in sports) Award
Adam Marsland, of Karma Frog studios, for recording, promoting, and sending new releases my way, thereby keeping the show sounding fresh.

Reason To Live Award
New releases expected by the following artists in 2016: Maxi Dunn, Vegas With Randolph, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, Felsen.


Top Albums of 2015:
1. Heiskell – Arriving
2. Jet Electro – Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder
3. The Corner Laughers – Matilda Effect
4. Gail George – The Barrio Sessions with Early Times
5. Kip Boardman – Boardman
6. Gordon Weiss – It’s About Time
7. A Don Piper Situation – What It is
8. HUGElarge – HUGElarge
9. Pop 4 – Pop 4
10. The Orange Peels – Begin The Begone

Top Songs of 2015:
1. Crooked Flower – Too Broke To Fix
2. Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – At Every Train Stop
3. Dennis Holseybrook – Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh!
4. Phyllis Johnson – Looking Up (From Down Below)
5. Jet Electro – Love Rides Alone
6. Pop 4 – Einstein And Sunshine
7. The Corner Laughers – Queen Of The Meadow
8. Duncan Faure – Back To The Day
9. Gordon Weiss – I’m Your Fan
10. Heiskell – Carharts
11. Herb Eimerman – Just Wishful Thinking
12. Play Date – Stevie The Fox
13. Deborah Crooks – India Street
14. Kip Boardman – Running Right
15. A Don Piper Situation – Aged And Wise
16. The Cherry Bluestorms – See No Evil
17. Gail George – You Are There
18. Pacific Soul Ltd. – Blue Summertime
19. Jason Berk – That’s Not You
20. Eric Peter Schwartz – Hot Liquor
21. Chandler Travis Three-O – Air, Running Backwards
22. HUGElarge – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
23. Richmond – 1,2,3,4
24. The Orange Peels – Head Cleaner
25. Speed The Plough – Garden
26. Laurie Larson – Ha
27. Banjo Bones – It’s A Bomb
28. The Jangle Band – Kill The Lovers
29. Vanilla – Hai Karate Girls
30. Elliot Schneider – I’m Back In The USA

Top EPs of 2015
1. Duncan Faure – 4
2. Deborah Crooks – Something Special
3. Herb Eimerman – Five Dimensional Man
4. Kate Burkart – Save Me A Seat
5. Dennis Holseybrook – Merry Go Round

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #715 – 1/23/2016

The Golden Palominos – Wild River
The Handcuffs – I Just Wanna Be Free, Man
HUGElarge – Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)
Winzenried – Ohio
Maxi Dunn – Weather Warning
Captains And Calvaries – Missing You
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic)
Phyllis Johnson – Looking Up (From Down Below)
The Bye Bye Blackbirds – Let Your Hair Fall Down
Gail George – He’s An Exclamation!
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Nature Boy
Speed The Plough – Garden
Deborah Crooks – Room 223
Shot In The Dark – Over
Duncan Faure – In The Right Place
Johnny Monaco – My Little Blue Window
Felsen – Heroin
Laurie Biagini – My Little SUV
Sparklejet – Somewhere Along The Way
The Paul & John – Can’t Be Too Careful
Heiskell – Love Lost
Identical Suns – Baby I’m Down
The Corner Laughers – The Girl, America
Jet Electro – Gamble
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Sun Up
The JAC – When You Find Out
Lannie Flowers – Another Weekend

The 2016 Twirlie Awards are on the way!

We are in what the entertainment press refers to as “the run up to the Twirlies”! That is, if the entertainment press were to cover this fine independent music awards presentation.

As it turns out, the eighth annual Twirlie Awards happens next weekend. Save the date–it’s Saturday, January 30th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific time, at KUBU 96.5 FM, Sacramento’s voice, and http://www.twirlradio.com. We’ll be broadcasting live from the red carpet. Or at least from a room that has carpet in it.

Hosts Marty Anaya, Amber Alexander, and Mike Lidskin will be presenting such coveted awards as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, and many others. We will be ripping open hermetically-sealed awards envelopes, and revealing the top albums and songs lists, for work released in 2015 and played on Twirl Radio. And finally–there will be interviews with some of the top winners. You simply cannot afford to miss this epic show. In fact, we will be taking attendance, so you’ll want to listen to every minute of it!

In all seriousness, we are glad to honor the great musicians who give Twirl Radio its reason for being. Hope to see you there!

More information: Twirlie Awards event information

Musical gratitude

Of late, we music fans have been shaken to the core by the recent spate of deaths of longtime musical heroes. It seems like it’s been oppressively fast and furious.

Just since December, we lost Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey. And others with whom I wasn’t as familiar, including members of such great bands as Tower of Power and Mott the Hoople. Personally, David Bowie and Glenn Frey hit me the hardest, being the most familiar with their music. It’s difficult knowing that these talented people are no longer with us.

But along with sadness and feelings of mortality, another, more positive feeling has shown up in the mix for me as well. Gratitude.

I’m grateful that these artists lived long enough to show us their full range. There have been so many great rock stars who joined the “27 club”–dead at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse are the most well known. A quick Google search told me that some other members of this unfortunate club include Robert Johnson, the Grateful Dead’s Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, Big Star’s Chris Bell, and the Minutemen’s D. Boon.

We saw such greatness from these artists who died so young, yet with their passing, a sense of incompleteness and unfulfilled potential lingers. With Hendrix, there has always been the question of “where would he have gone next”. The same is true of the others. The “what might have been if they had lived” is the nagging question.

It’s difficult to find an upside, but if there is, it’s that the artists who recently passed away had long, illustrious careers. We saw them grow up, create, blossom, invent, inspire, and entertain. We got to see something that feels like their full range. We didn’t have to ask “what comes next”–they lived long enough to answer that question, many times over. Yes, it still feels like their time was cut too short, but at least we got to spend more time with them.

For all the music they gave us, I am grateful. I am thankful that they were around long enough not only to influence subsequent generations of musicians, but in some cases, to interact with them and be considered their peers. This was a gift to us all. Thank you.

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #714 – 1/16/2016

Green Day – Burnout
The Spampinato Brothers – Let Him Think On That
The Bobbleheads – Turn The Radio On (The Perfect Song)
Maxi Dunn – Meteor Shower
Shot In The Dark – Fan Fic
Sound Sessions – Hearts Beat A Rhythm
The Corner Laughers – Stonewords
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – At Every Train Stop
Andy Reed – Darlin, You Don’t Know
Yorktown Lads – Before You Leave
The Cherry Bluestorms – Daisy Chain
Jimmy Catlett – The Big Beat
Gail George – Be Okay
The Britannicas – Got A Hold On Me
Crooked Flower – Between Two Stars
Duncan Faure – Lies And Promises
Emily Zuzik – The Biggest Mistake
Captains And Calvaries – Hearts
B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head
Lannie Flowers – Circles (live)
The Rain Parade – Talking In My Sleep
Jet Electro – Haunted Heart
The Red Plastic Buddha – Cosmonaut
The Catbirds – Who’s Sorry Now
Dara Ackerman – Alive
Heiskell – Goodbye
The Rubinoos – Countdown To Love

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #713 – 1/9/2016: New 2016 music releases!

*New tracks that arrived in the first week of 2016

*Captains And Calvaries – Come Down
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – Angels
HUGElarge – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
Maxi Dunn – Change The Record
Richmond – 1,2,3,4
*Joe Symes & The Loving Kind – Things Get Better
The Corner Laughers – Go Fly Your Kite
Duncan Faure – Where Is The Music
The Rubinoos – That Thing You Do
*The Red Plastic Buddha – A House Is Not A Motel
Gail George – More Than Me
Bellygunner – Medicine
Hail The Size – I Can’t DIe In L.A.
DC Cardwell – Something Worth Voting For
The Incredible Casuals – I’ll Do Anything
Laurie Biagini – Try Our Luck Today
*Paul Melancon and the New Insecurities – Super Rocket X-1
Pacific Soul Ltd. – Blue Summertime
Heiskell – Carharts
*Andy Reed – Dreaming Of The West Coast
The Undecided By Default – Fangin’ It
Lannie Flowers – Up All Night
The JAC – Romano The Dog
Pop4 – You Love Me
Clay Howard – Invisible
Jet Electro – I’m Not Easy
The Cherry Bluestorms – See No Evil
Bart Mendoza & True Stories – Blue Chair
Felsen – Greetings From The Ghost Of Heavy Metal Rock And Roll

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #712 – 1/2/2016: First broadcast of 2016!

Felsen – Rock And Roll’s Not Dead
Vegas With Randolph – The Comeback Kid
The Whigs – Production City
Duncan Faure – Back To The Day
Maxi Dunn – The Neglected Gambit
Braam Brothers – Be Bop Life
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World
Banjo Bones – Working Man
Emily Zuzik – The Biggest Mistake
Jason Berk – That’s Not You
The Click Beetles – I Never Said Goodbye
Kelley Ryan – Monkey To Man
A Don Piper Situation – Yes I Do
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Life Turns On A Dime
Sam Phillips – Standing Still
The Jangle Band – Edge Of A Dream
Adam Marsland – Talking About Myself
Deborah Gee – Naked
The Catbirds – The Crutch Of Music
Sparklejet – Northern Land
The Bobbleheads – Mean Girls
Sean O’Brien & His Dirty Hands – Final Say
Heiskell – Just Can’t Say
The Corner Laughers – For The Sake Of The Cat
Echo And The Bunnymen – Stormy Weather
Deborah Crooks – India Street
Lannie Flowers – I Didn’t Know (live)
Jet Electro – If I Live Again

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