Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #817 – 3/17/2018: John Borack in-studio visit!

Author John Borack

John Borack is a man with many slashes–he’s an author/ music critic/ drummer/ songwriter–and probably others I’ve forgotten by now. I’ve had him on my show a few times in the past (via phone), and he’s been up here to Northern California a few times in the past. But–those two things have never collided before–where he was in Sacramento on a Saturday afternoon, with some time free–until this weekend! So we snagged him and roped him into the Twirl studios, where we talked about music, the books he’s penned, his Goldmine Magazine columns, the Elvis Costello tribute compilation album he and Olivia Frain put together, and his work with Popdudes and other rock bands. But most importantly, he brought along some music that he likes and wanted to introduce to the Twirl audience. He and I have a lot in common, but nothing more important than the ideal of music discovery. It all came together nicely on this week’s show. More information on John’s writing at

John Borack and part of his record collection

Artist | Track | Album
The Judybats | She’s Sad She Said | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Gretchen’s Wheel | Blank Slate | Sad Scientist
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Trevor And The Joneses | Well As Well | Take You To Stay
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Steve Barton | Shadow Of The Bride | Tall Tales And Alibis 1
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Two Man Music Roundtable with John Borack
Jeffrey Foskett | It’s My Fault | Cool And Gone, [Gone, Gone]
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
The Cowsills | Is It Any Wonder? | Global
Einstein’s Sister | Jealous Time | Learning Curves
Scott McCarl | In Love Without A Girl | Play On…
Irene Peña | Must’ve Been Good | Trying Not To Smile
Liverpool Echo | No Not Again | Liverpool Echo
The Wellingtons | Baby’s Got A Secret | In Transit
Clovis Roblaine | My Heart | The Clovis Roblaine Story
Popdudes | I Almost Forgot | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #816 – 3/3/2018: Steve Barton of Translator interview!

Steve Barton in the studio

On today’s show, we meet the legendary Steve Barton, founder, singer, and songwriter of Translator! He just released not one, not two, but three albums! That’s no small feat in this age of short attention spans, downloaded singles, streaming, and EPs. This 37 song collection is called “Tall Tales and Alibis, Albums 1, 2 and 3”. Magnificent stuff. Each album has its own sound and personality, and if you are lucky enough as I was, to have time to listen to all three straight through, you’ll be treated to a sort of symphony in three movements. Acoustic and upbeat, slow and introspective, and then full band assault. The songwriting is terrific and the vocals are upfront. On Album 3, we are treated to two great drummers: Translator’s Dave Scheff, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello and the Attractions! As you might imagine, you’ll hear a variety of moods and sounds. Just go ahead and get all three, and thank me later. Better yet, thank Steve Barton for the great music!

Steve Barton

Artist | Track | Album
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Piramid Scheme | Next Hero | Get Rich Quick Too
Daniel Trigger | Penitence | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Steve Barton interview
Steve Barton | Don’t Think It Over | Tall Tales & Alibis 2
Steve Barton | Where Did I Go Wrong | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Trevor And The Joneses | Gotta Run | Take You To Stay
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Gretchen’s Wheel | Walk Out | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
The American Professionals | W.M.P.M.S. | Sympathetic Overdrive
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Carnival Of Soul | Let’s Start Tonight | Carnival Of Soul
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape

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