Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #811 – 1/27/2018: Charlie Crabtree & William Cleere interview/show takeover!

William Cleere and Charlie Crabtree in the Twirl studios

As we enter Year 21 of the Twirl Radio era, I knew we had to kick it off with a fun show. My two guests, Charlie Crabtree and Bill Cleere, were the right men for the job. Both are musicians on Allen Clapp’s great Mystery Lawn Music label, from the San Francisco Bay Area. Charlie is best known as the drummer for The Corner Laughers, and Bill’s band is William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas. But don’t let that neat compartmentalization fool you–they’ve both played in the many recombinant bands in the Mystery Lawn family. (Makes me kind of jealous–I need to learn an instrument, or how to sing and write songs, so I can get in on this fun!)

So about three years ago, Charlie moved to Sacramento, and we decided that we need to get together sometime. Then his lifelong friend Bill moved to Sacramento, and the three of us decided that we REALLY need to get together sometime. Turns out, “sometime” was January 27, 2018, and we had a blast on the radio. I knew that there would be laughs, music, and talk of food, and I was not disappointed. We did indeed chat about everything, in an epic 1-1/2 hour conversation, punctuated by music. Which version of AC/DC is better? What food doesn’t Bill like? What’s Charlie’s favorite song on Matilda Effect? What would the world have been like if KC Bowman had impersonated Michael McDonald’s vocal style on Agony Aunts “You’re So Vague”, rather than the Bill Cleere-Allen Clapp duet? We went over all of these pressing issues, and for those who didn’t catch the show live, you can hear it all on the replay.

Everything you need to know about all the bands on Mystery Lawn can be found right here: mysterylawn.com

Artist | Track | Album
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
The Bottle Kids | Back When We Were Young | Let Me In On This Action
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Cootes Paradise | It’s True | Cootes Paradise
Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon
Lannie Flowers | I Didn’t Know | LIVE in NYC

Charlie Crabtree & William Cleere segment
Agony Aunts | You’re So Vague | Big Cinnamon
The Brokenhearts | Change | Single release
William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas | Soul | William Cleere And The Marvellous Fellas
Allen Clapp And His Orchestra | If The Wind Is Right | Mixed Greens
The Corner Laughers | Queen Of The Meadow | Matilda Effect
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Duet | Take Out The Poison
The Bye Bye Blackbirds | Wasted | Take Out The Poison
The Orange Peels | Grey Holiday | Sun Moon

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #810 – 1/20/2018: Twirl Radio 20th Anniversary Special!

20 years of Twirl. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone by this fast, and that we’re still on the air. Access Sacramento first let me through the studio doors on January 17, 1998, and a nervous, shaky me somehow got through it.

Playlist from the first Twirl Radio episode, 20 years ago, January 17, 1998.

The first song I ever played on the radio was Juliana Hatfield’s “Everybody Loves Me But You”. At the time, my focus was on the alternative and Americana music that everybody loved, but couldn’t seem to find on the air anymore.

Maxi Dunn

Fast forward to 2018. Access Sacramento’s radio station now broadcasts on KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento, as well as on the internet. Content wise, the focus of Twirl has shifted a bit. I now champion independent musicians who make some of the best sounding and most critically acclaimed music today, and those who were once receiving commercial airplay, but now need a home for their still-vital music. It’s important to me to provide a platform for these great artists. But aside from this being a mission, it’s really a labor of love. I feel that if I didn’t have this radio show, I’d still be sitting around on Saturday afternoons, playing their songs at home. But I’d rather share them with you.

Anton Barbeau

Today’s show featured interviews with artists who have long been part of the history of Twirl, and who represent, well, what we represent–the highest caliber of independent music. We chatted with the incomparable Maxi Dunn, live, all the way from Liverpool. She embodies the independent, DIY ethos, while maintaining incredibly high musical standards for her dramatic songs. We also chatted with Sacramento native and musical icon Anton Barbeau. He now lives in Berlin, but we chatted in Fresno, while he’s back home visiting Sacramento. (Sorry, I can’t explain it any better than that!) His forthcoming album is terrific. We also chatted with Fresno’s own Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, quirky pop geniuses, who constantly reinvent themselves, and always find a way to thrill live audiences.

Blake Jones & the Trike Shop

In addition, we had recorded greetings from about two dozen indie musicians, from four different continents, who have been part of the fabric of Twirl for a long time.

My commitment to you: to not sit here and look backwards, but to kick off Year 21 properly–by discovering more new rock and roll for you, and making sure you get to hear as many great artists as possible. Thanks to Access Sacramento for providing a home for my show and all this great music. Thanks to the all the wonderful musicians for practicing their craft, and creating all this great music. And most of all–thanks to the wonderful listeners, who spend time listening to my show and getting as thrilled by this great music as I do. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Adam Waltemire greeting | Pop Garden Barbeque order
Juliana Hatfield | Everybody Loves Me But You | Hey Babe
Rick Hromadka greeting
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades
Bud Rogers greeting
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (ukulele version) | Twirl Radio exclusive
Maxi Dunn interview
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Skip Heller greeting
Skip Heller | I Used To Love California | The Long Way Home
Brad Elvis & Chloe F. Orwell greeting
The Handcuffs | Baby I Love You | Waiting For The Robot
James Parkinson greeting
Last Breath | The Story Ends
Chandler Travis | Happy Anniversary song | Twirl Radio exclusive
Andrew Griffin of Felsen greeting
Lannie Flowers greeting
Lannie Flowers | Turn Up Your Radio | Circles
Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Cirrone greeting
Cirrrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
Lisa Said greeting
Lisa Said | Been Around | No Turn Left Behind
Big Stir group greeting
Medley: The Armoires, The Bobbleheads, Walker Brigade, Plasticsoul | Responsible, Mean Girls, Choker, All Died Pretty
Joe Algeri greeting
The Jangle Band | Kill The Lovers | Edge Of A Dream
Hillary Burton greeting
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop interview
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Single release
Natalie Cortez greeting
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Ghost Of You | Twitch!
Daniel Trigger greeting
Daniel Trigger | Remember When | Single release
Tom Richards & Elsie (Lisa) Mychols greeting
The Hour Zero | See You Again | Single release
Glen Laughlin/Deborah Gee greeting
The Cherry Bluestorms | Seven League Boots | Single release
Octavia Kane greeting
The Corner Laughers | Stonewords | Ultraviolet Garden
Lindy LaFontaine greeting
Lindy LaFontaine | This Too In Time Shall Pass | Single release
Gail George greeting
Gail George | Out Of Sight | Bloom

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #809 – 1/13/2018

Enjoy this picture of my new headphones!

Today’s show started out one way, but turned into something else, equally as good. We were supposed to interview outsider folk singer-songwriter Amy Annelle, but circumstances beyond our control prevented that. But we did get to hear a couple of her songs, including her cover of Townes Van Zandt’s “Buckskin Stallion Blues”–which appeared in the Golden Globe Best Film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”! So we’re going to reschedule our chat with Amy sometime in the near future.

So what did the show turn into? A two hour feast of some great indie rock ‘n’ roll! And even the tunes by the not-so-indies were pretty great and unusual. Also–I had the chance to test out some new headphones that I acquired this week, so the show sounds even better than ever–to me, at least!

But stick close, my friends. Next week is the special 20th Anniversary edition of Twirl Radio. And two weeks after that: the annual Twirlie Awards show!

Artist | Track | Album
The Clash | London Calling | London Calling
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
Adam Marsland | This Is Madness | Bulé
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Starman | Starman
Lloyd Cole | To The Lions | Don’t Get Weird On Me, Babe
Amy Annelle | Benefit Of The Doubt | The Great Unveiling
Amy Annelle | Buckskin Stallion Blues | The Great Unveiling
The Bottle Kids | The Only Heart That I Can See | Let Me In On This Action
The JAC | Time Machine | Faux Pas
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 | Adventure Rocket Ship | Ole! Tarantula
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
Juliana Hatfield | Sellout | Please Do Not Disturb
Anton Barbeau | Milk Churn In The Morning | Antronica 2
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | To Her Door | The Road To Glasgow
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Frank Black | Fazer Eyes | Teenager Of The Year
Jody Porter | Waking Up (Is Hard To Do) | Pacifier
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Air Running Backwards | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Lannie Flowers | All Dressed Up | LIVE in NYC
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Karla Kane | Grasshopper Clock | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Richard X. Heyman | Her Garden Path | Incognito

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #808 – 1/6/2018: Vic’s Picks: A conversation with Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records!

Victor Erwin

We started off the first show of 2018 with a bang–a chat with Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records, of Arlington, Texas! I’ve known Vic for about four years, and I’ve been wanting to get him on the show ever since the day we met. We were hanging out in Texas, enjoying barbeque and beers, and chatting for hours about music. Next day, we were at the Spyderpop Records office, watching music videos (loudly), and listening to music (loudly), and talking about music (at a moderate volume).

Vic’s Pick

Vic eats, drinks, breathes, sleeps, works, and plays music. His love for music is contagious and endearing. So we’re going to kick off the occasional series, “Vic’s Picks” (much like the blog series he does in the News section of Spyderpop’s website: Vic’s Picks at Spyderpop Records). Today’s topic was the watershed musical year of 1977, and specifically, the three punk bands who led the way: The Ramones, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, and I suspect you did too.

Spyderpop records is a great champion of amazing independent rock and roll, and you should check out some of their offerings: www.spyderpop.com.

Artist | Track | Album
Matt North | A Good Day In Nashville | Above Ground Fools
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
The Rubinoos | That Thing You Do | 45
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
DIG | Don’t Surrender | Single release
Syd Straw | Racing To The Ruins | Surprise
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Who | I Need You | A Quick One

Victor Erwin with Vic’s Picks: Punk rock, the class of 1977
The Ramones | Sheena Is A Punk Rocker | Single release
The Sex Pistols | Pretty Vacant | Single release
The Clash | Complete Control | Single release

Lannie Flowers | Kiss A Memory | Single release
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Anthology
Desario | Wayside | III
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Gene Loves Jezebel | IZITME | Dance Underwater

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