Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #807 – 12/16/2017: Special guest cohost DJ Gidget of Woody Radio!

DJ Gidget Bates

Today’s show is the final live Twirl Radio show of 2017, so we went out with a fun show. My very special guest cohost was none other than DJ Gidget Bates of Woody Radio! I’d been wanting to get her back on the show for a few years, and the opportunity presented itself, so we made the most of it. We spent an hour playing music, and engaging in, er, a “free-ranging, unmoderated” conversation. To say the least. There’s a reason I like listening to Gidget on her radio shows, and it was fully evident today–she can talk about anything, and make it sound fun and interesting. Her enthusiasm for independent music is infectious. Now I enjoy a good conversation myself, and honest to goodness, we didn’t really plan any of this out–so the topics flowed easily. We covered everything from burritos to DNA ancestry testing, all the way to the non-existent private parts of steers! Oh–and music too!

Gidget brought along some music for us to play–a couple of Christmas songs, and she gave us the great honor of announcing her top two favorite tracks of 2017, right on the show!

I’ve been a fan of Woody Radio for the past several years, and always admired their passion for music. The DJs there are all incredibly knowledgeable, and very real. Gidget has occasionally hinted that I’d be welcome there if I ever wanted to join them, and recently, I took the plunge. I’ve started my own show there (twice monthly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights), and was welcomed with open arms and brought into the fold. It’s a lovably quirky station, and Gidget is the ringleader. I’m proud to call myself a member of the Woody Radio family.

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
The Who | Don’t Look Away | A Quick One
Last Breath | It’s My Time | Uncovered
The Smithereens | Now And Then | Blow Up
The Cherry Bluestorms | As Above So Below | Bad Penny Opera
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies

DJ Gidget cohosting segment
The Dollyrots | Last Christmas | Single release
Stevie Wonder | Someday At Christmas | Single release
Cult Of Wedge | Pop Musik | Single release
Mike Collins/Kyle Vincent | Sign Me Up | Single release
The K-7s | The Never Ending Love | Single release

Lannie Flowers | Tired Of Being Alone | New Songs Old Stories
Duncan Faure | Wouldn’t It Be Good | Anthology
Nushu | Here’s To Feeling Free | Hula
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
Richard X. Heyman | Everybody Get Wise | Incognito
XTC | Melt The Guns | English Settlement


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #806 – 12/9/2017: Jody Porter interview!

Jody Porter

On today’s show, we got to meet Jody Porter. You might recognize him as the guitarist from Fountains of Wayne. He’s currently staying in the UK, so we had an in-depth, middle of the night chat about his 2017 solo album Pacifier, a really great listen. He explained the concept behind the album, and we learned of his influences, how the album came together, and some exciting news about what he’s working on next. There’s a lot of depth to this album, and not only are the songs good, they sound great. The album was mixed on tape at Abbey Road Studios (yes, THOSE Abbey Road Studios), and Jody was incredibly pleased with the results. More info at

Artist | Track | Album
Desario | Formula One | III
Karla Kane | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
The Catbirds | Pajama Pants Baby | Catbirds Say Yeah
Maxi Dunn | Tangled Tree | The Neglected Gambit
Cirrone | Just Tell Me | Uplands Park Road

Jody Porter interview
Jody Porter | Valerie Sometimes | Pacifier
Jody Porter | Armageddon Blues | Pacifier

The American Professionals | The Story | Sympathetic Overdrive
Chris Church | Be My Nuisance | Limitations Of Source Tape
The Smithereens | Hand Of Glory | Especially For You
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
The Crushing Violets | Going To California | Starless Sky
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
Gene Loves Jezebel | Summertime | Dance Underwater
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be
John Wesley Harding | The World (And All Its Problems) | The Name Above The Title
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | To Her Door | The Road To Glasgow
Old 97’s | Big Brown Eyes | Too Far To Care
Lannie Flowers | Favorite Song | LIVE in NYC
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Alfred Starr Hamilton | Take Out The Poison
Heiskell | Hurtin’ On You | Emotional Terrorism

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #805 – 12/2/2017: Interview doubleheader: Speed The Plough & Lost Bayou Ramblers!

Speed The Plough

On this show, we took a virtual field trip to two very interesting regions of the country for our interviews: New Jersey and New Orleans!

In the first hour, we chatted with Toni and John Baumgartner of venerable indie psych-folk band Speed The Plough! They started in the 1980s, but after a long hiatus, have been on a pretty regular recording schedule these past 5 or so years. Their new album, “And Then” (following the last release, “Now”–see what they did there?), releases this week. It was a perfect chance to catch up with them and listen to a couple of tracks off of this really diverse record. Diversity? Well, the sound ranges from quietly acoustic to full band, with occasional woodwinds and electronic sounds, so they’ve got that covered. And speaking of covers–they cover Brian Eno and a 150 year old Hungarian folk song on the same record! More info at

Lost Bayou Ramblers

In the second hour–we finally get our chance to visit with Louis Michot of Cajun-rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers. Our timing was perfect for this one too, because it turns out that the band just got nominated for a Grammy Award this past week! The new album, “Kalenda”, delves into the sounds of Louisiana. For those of us not too familiar with the area, it really gives us a taste of how deep and wide the culture is there. Louis’ answer to one specific question I asked, “What is Kalenda”, pretty much summed up the whole interview and reason for the album. Kalenda is a significant cultural reference in Louisiana. More info at

Also on today’s show: a groovy holiday track from The Bobbleheads, some very early pre-release music from Anton Barbeau (his Natural Causes album doesn’t come out until next April), and we debut The Crushing Violets on our show!

My next show will be on Woody Radio this coming Tuesday, December 5th, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Pacific, at

Artist | Track | Album
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
The Crushing Violets | Shake | Starless Sky
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Christmas Sale | The Underground Garden
The Bobbleheads | Groovy Time Of Year | Single release
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Jody Porter | Waking Up (Is Hard To Do) | Pacifier

Interview with Toni & John Baumgartner of Speed The Plough
Speed The Plough | Take Me | And Then
Speed The Plough | The Bitter End | And Then

The JAC (Christmas Crew) | A Petty XMAS (Parts 1 & 2) | Single release
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | The Second Summer Of Love | The Road To Glasgow
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | New Songs Old Stories
Chris Church | Understudy Blues | Limitations Of Source Tape

Interview with Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Sabine Turnaround | Kalenda
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Cote Clair Waltz | Kalenda

Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon

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