Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #803 – 11/18/2017: Interview with Thor Harris of Thor & Friends!

Thor and Friends

Today’s show was supposed to have been an interview doubleheader, but alas, sometimes things happen. Today’s “thing” was a fire alarm in the KUBU 96.5 FM building, which forced me to cut short my phone call with Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers, even before the interview started. I had to evacuate from the building for several minutes, but eventually was let in, to finish up my show. So we will reschedule with him in a couple of weeks.

So here’s what did work right: we got to chat with Thor Harris of avant garde musical collective Thor & Friends! They create some peaceful, yet challenging, sonic landscapes. Thor actually builds some of the instruments himself, when he’s got a specific sound he’s looking for. Their new album, “The Subversive Nature of Kindness”, was recorded without any ego involved, but with three collaborators working together to create something peaceful and soothing for an agitated world to listen to. More information at: http://www.thorharris.org.

I also made a radio announcement at about 15 minutes into the show: I will be starting a second radio show at Woody Radio! I will be joining my friends over there, starting this coming Tuesday, November 21st, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Pacific time. It will be a music show, similar to Twirl, and it will broadcast live on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month. Big thanks to DJ Gidget, who offered me this shot on the radio. Give a listen to it, and to the other great rock music programs there, at http://www.woodyradio.com.

Artist | Track | Album
The Cherry Bluestorms | Daisy Chain | Transit Of Venus
The Beauty Shop | Personal Jesus | Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume Three
Bud Rogers | Fight Or Flight | Starman
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians | Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) | RESPECT

Interview with Thor Harris of Thor & Friends
Thor & Friends | Carpet Creeps | The Subversive Nature Of Kindness
Thor & Friends | 90 Metres | The Subversive Nature Of Kindness

Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | To Her Door | The Road To Glasgow
Gene Loves Jezebel | IZITME | Dance Underwater
The Pengwins | Go Away (Nervous Mix) | Single release
Gail George | Out Of Sight | Bloom
Duncan Faure | World Stood Still | Anthology
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
The Welcome Matt | Boutique City | More Empire Days
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Rice Pump | Kalenda

(Podcast ends here, due to fire alarm. Once safely back in the building, I played the following songs on the radio, but did not get a recording of this portion of the show):

Adam Marsland | Mau Ke Mana | Bulé
Vegas With Randolph | Above The Blue | Above The Blue
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #802 – 11/11/2017: Interview with Jerome Mazza of Pinnacle Point!

Jerome Mazza

On today’s show, we got to meet hard rocker Jerome Mazza, of Pinnacle Point! Jerome’s had a really interesting music career, having sung commercial jingles for such well known companies as Coors and Pizza Hut. His all time favorite musical influence has been Steve Walsh of Kansas.

Well, in this amazing musical year of 2017, two great things happened for Jerome. He started up his own band, Pinnacle Point, which is a transatlantic collaboration with Torben Enevoldsen, who lives in Denmark. Their debut album, Winds of Change, features Jerome’s soaring vocals and keyboards, Torben’s searing guitar work, propulsive drumming and some great violin interplay. It’s easy to hear the Kansas influences, yet Jerome and Torben bring their own sound to the mix.

Steve Walsh Black Butterfly album

One fine day, After Winds of Change was recorded, Jerome was awakened to a phone call, inviting him to work on Steve Walsh’s next solo album. After making sure he was really awake and not dreaming, he jumped into the process, singing lead vocals on three of the tracks and duetting with Steve on a fourth–a career peak for him, to be sure. On today’s show, we’ll hear a Steve Walsh track and a couple of Pinnacle Point tracks. www.jeromemazza.com

Artist | Track | Album
Frank Black | Two Reelers | Teenager Of The Year
According To Bazooka | I Was Surprised | Where We Are Now
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Mike Collins & Kyle Vincent | Sign Me Up | Single release
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
Steve Walsh | Dear Kolinda | Black Butterfly

Jerome Mazza interview
Pinnacle Point | Homeward Bound | Winds Of Change
Pinnacle Point | Winds Of Change | Winds Of Change

Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
My Little Hum | Geography Lesson | Remembering Houses
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Natalie Cortez & the Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Heiskell | Abandoned Property | Emotional Terrorism
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #801 – 11/4/2017: Stephen “SPAZ” Schnee co-hosts!

Stephen Schnee in the Twirl studios

Today on Twirl, music writer and video blogger Stephen Schnee paid us a visit. He writes for Discussions Magazine, and has his own YouTube series called “But Is It Power Pop?”. Stephen is a recent transplant to Sacramento, and that means a musical meeting of the minds was in order.

The show was a blend of lively conversation and musical sharing. I asked Stephen a full barrage of questions, some silly and some quite serious. We learned how he got started, and about some of his favorite bands and artists.

Check out Discussions Magazine here: www.discussionsmagazine.com and But Is It Power Pop here: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6PYvSUdruFW2-ZrAIbni5g.

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Poor In A Wealthy City | Blood Orange Moon
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | The Second Summer Of Love | The Road To Glasgow
Bud Rogers | Slave To Passion | Whiteout
Maxi Dunn | Operation Bubble | Operation Bubble
Lannie Flowers | Another Boy LIke Me | New Songs Old Stories

Stephen Schnee interview
Shoes | In My Arms Again | Shoes: 35 Years
Henry Priestman & Les Glover | Love You Love You | Six Of One And Half A Dozen Of The Other
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Anthology
Ian McNabb | How She Moves | Star Smile Strong
The Orchids | It’s Only Obvious | Who Needs Tomorrow…
Andy Williams | Happy Heart | Honey/Happy Heart
Heiskell | Mister Yesterday | Emotional Terrorism
The Red Button | Tell Me It’s Over | Now It’s All This!
The Yellow Balloon | Yellow Balloon | The Yellow Balloon
Neil Finn | Love Is Emotional | Out Of Silence

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