Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #821 – 4/14/2018: Serena Jost interview!

Serena Jost

Singer/ songwriter/ cellist. That’s a combination you pretty much never hear of. Well on today’s show, we chatted with singer/ songwriter/ cellist Serena Jost–where the combination actually does apply. The classically-trained cellist (and really, aren’t all cellists classically-trained?) was a founding member of the legendary female-driven, cello group Rasputina. Since then, she’s created her own space. She’s blended classical and folk-rock. Her new album, “Up To The Sky”, just came out a week ago, and was recorded over the course of two days at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell. It was literally nothing but Serena’s voice and her cello, recorded live–singing as she played the cello. No overdubs, no backing musicians. And it came off beautifully, in the wonderful acoustic setting of the church. She was so inspired by this exhilirating session, that she composed some of the songs on the spot. The performance she turned in was spontaneous and alive. If you want to hear more, check out Serena’s music at

Artist | Track | Album
The Re-Used Electrics | Pills | For Johnny
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | You Took The Sunshine From My Heart | The Neglected Gambit
Texas | Tired Of Being Alone | BBC live session
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes

Serena Jost interview
Serena Jost | The Cut | Up To The Sky
Serena Jost | Silver Star | Up To The Sky

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Well Wishers | In Another Life | A View From Above
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | Make
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #820 – 4/7/2018: In studio interview and performance by Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt!

Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt in the Twirl Studio

If you remember back a couple of months ago at the Twirlie Awards, The Welcome Matt’s 2017 album, More Empire Days, tied for Album of the Year. Well I found out recently that Matt Langlois, the “Matt” in the band, was going to be in Sacramento this weekend. So I convinced him to join me on the radio. This was the first time we’d met in person, and we spent a whole hour and a half together!

We broke his visit into three segments. First, we heard some songs from his last two albums, and chatted about The Welcome Matt. Then–a real treat–he played a couple of songs live for us in studio, and really made them come alive! And finally, Matt got to play DJ. He brought along some songs from some of his favorite artists, and we spun them on the air. We also chatted with Matt’s wife Christine, a choreographer and dance professor, who’s been working on a program at Sacramento State University.

Before all this excitement got started, we had some other excitement on the show. We were given the great honor of world debuting a track from the forthcoming Blake Jones & the Trike Shop album, “Make”, to kick off the show. And we also played a brand new Jeff Litman song as well. All in all, a pretty big day for Twirl Radio!

Artist | Track | Album
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Jeff Litman | Only You | Crowded Hour
The Judybats | Poor Bruised World | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
The Armoires | Alexandra 619 | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 19
Tommy Sistak | Life Is Waiting There For You | Ready Set A Go-Go
The Wonder Stuff | Full Of Life (Happy Now) | Construction For The Modern Idiot

Matt Langlois interview
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
The Welcome Matt | Key Of G | POPJUNKFLUFF&HYPE
The Welcome Matt | The Boon | More Empire Days
Matt Langlois | My Town | Live in the Twirl studios
Matt Langlois | The Latest One To Go | Live in the Twirl studios
The Welcome Matt | Boutique City | More Empire Days
Aimee Mann | Freeway | @#%&*! Smilers
Gil Scott Heron | New York Is Killing Me | I’m New Here
David Bowie | It’s No Game (Part 1) | Scary Monsters
Courtney Barnett | Elevator Operator | Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Lou Reed | Dirty Blvd. | New York

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