2017 Twirlie Award Winners and podcast (Show #766 – February 4, 2017)

twirlie2017musicalexcellenceHere is the complete list of 2017 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 4, 2017, 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 award presenters: Sydney Butler, Martin Anaya, Dennis Willis, Anthony Snow, Josh Mihal, and Mike Lidskin.

At the beginning of the podcast, you’ll hear a snippet of Robin Scott’s “The Next Wave”–where he let me visit and chat about the Twirlies, right before my show started.

The 2017 Twirlie Awards Show (2/4/2017) (length 1:56:14)

Album of the Year
Edward Rogers, for his album Glass Marbles

Album of the Year Runner up
Cult of Wedge, for their album Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships

Song of the Year
Identical Suns, for their song Common Ground

Song of the Year Runner up
Allyson Seconds, for her song Little World

Female Vocalist of the Year
Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Berk

EP of the Year
The Mysteries of Life, for their EP Bad Advice

Ear Candy
Pacific Soul Ltd., for their album The Dance Devine
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
Gretchen’s Wheel, for their album Fragile State

Best Seasonal Music
Brian Cullman, for his EP New Year’s Eve

Best Songwriting
Peter Hackett of Cult of Wedge, for the album Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships

Best Line in a Song
Lindsay Murray, Gretchen’s Wheel. The song: “Second To Last”. The line: “She was reaching past the borders of a comfortable life, to something far beyond her, that’s impossibly high, so high.”

Best Interview
The Bobbleheads, 2/27/2016

Best Live Session
Andrew Griffin and Dara Ackerman (Felsen) & Gabe Nelson (Bellygunner), 4/30/2016

Best Concert Performance
The Lannie Flowers Band, Fort Worth, TX, 7/30/2016

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Announcing The Pengwins show, Live Oak Music Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 7/30/2016.
2. Post-Christmas “Power Pop Summit”, Canter’s Deli, Los Angeles, CA, 12/26/2016, with The Armoires, The Cherry Bluestorms, Butch Young, and John Borack.
3. Finally met several online musical friends in person this year: DJ’s Gidget Marusak (Woody Radio) and Dave “Boogieman” Kaufman (Radio NY International). Musicians Maria Sokratis, Delbert Raines, Rex Broome, Christina Bulbenko, Butch Young, Jack Watkins. Writer/choreographer/famed go-go dancer Elaine McAfee Bender.
4. Natalie Cortez & the Ultraviolets reunion show, Fox and Goose, Sacramento, CA, 10/30/2016.
5. Big Day of Giving, to benefit Access Sacramento. 7 hours of radio with Cindy Baker, 5/3/2016.

Wayback Award (aka “Whoa! A re-release of a great 1988 album!”)
Blake Babies, for their 1988 album Earwig

Cover Song of the Year
Bud Rogers – Starman (David Bowie cover)

Best Compilation Album
Big Stir, a compilation of artists who have played at the monthly L.A. power pop showcase of the same name, curated by The Armoires

Reason To Live Award
New releases expected by the following artists in 2017: Maxi Dunn, Gretchen’s Wheel, Edward Rogers, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, and more!

Best Dressed
Rex Broome and Christina Bulbenko, The Armoires

Best Album Title
Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 1, by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Best Band Name
David Brookings and the Average Lookings

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Coffee
2. Water
3. Tea

Top Albums of 2016:
1. Edward Rogers – Glass Marbles
2. Cult Of Wedge – Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships
3. Pacific Soul Ltd. – The Dance Divine
4. Gretchen’s Wheel – Fragile State/Behind The Curtain
5. Identical Suns – Identical Suns
6. Lisa Said – No Turn Left Behind
7. The Armoires – Incidental Light Show
8. Brian Cullman – The Opposite Of Time
9. Allyson Seconds – Little World
10. Girls On Grass – Girls On Grass
11. Anton Barbeau – Magic Act
12. Bill Lloyd – Lloyd-ering
13. The Well Wishers – Comes And Goes
14. Jason Berk – Everything Old Is New Again
15. SLD – Indigo Gray

Top Songs of 2016:
1. Identical Suns – Common Ground
2. Allyson Seconds – Little World
3. Pacific Soul Ltd. – We Go High
4. Bay Station – Be Kind
5. Cartorson – Hearts On The Highway
6. Heroes Of Toolik – Perfect
7. Bud Rogers – Intercity Mars
8. The Mysteries Of Life – Coat Of Arms
9. Edward Rogers – Burn N Play
10. Cult Of Wedge – Oh Lindsay
11. Gretchen’s Wheel – Younger Every Year
12. Anton Barbeau – High Noon
13. Eric Friedmann And The Lucky Rubes – Nice!
14. Jason Berk – Changes By The Day
15. Sam Phillips – World On Sticks
16. Mimi Betinis – Pontiac
17. The Armoires – Fort Ashby
18. Girls On Grass – Father Says Why
19. Lisa Said – Been Around
20. The Alan Fox Band – If You’re Scared
21. SLD – Do Or Say
22. Duggy Degs – Meltdown
23. Desario – Down Among Them
24. The Jangle Band – Perth
25. Gail George – Amaranthine
26. David Brookings And The Average Lookings – You’re Right, It Went So Wrong
27. Rob Martinez – Love Life
28. Blake Jones And The Trike Shop – My Girl (She Brings Me)
29. Allen Clapp – Moss Falls Like Rain
30. Butch Young – Mercury Man

Top EPs of 2016
1. The Mysteries Of Life – Bad Advice
2. Bud Rogers – Starman
3. Sam Phillips – Human Contact Is Never Easy
4. Desario – Red Returns
5. Brian Cullman – New Year’s Eve


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