Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #842 – 9/15/2018: Addison Love interview!

Addison Love

On this week’s show, we meet Southern California based singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Addison Love. As it happens, we at Twirl Radio are no strangers to his music. A few years ago, when he was still in high school, he was part of the trio Yorktown Lads (along with his music instructor/ mentor Mike Simmons). The credo for that band was “if you write the song, you sing the song”. So flash forward to 2018, and his first solo record, “Thoughts On Lunch?”, comes out on Big Stir Records, and the rest is history. If it’s on Big Stir, it’s good. And if Addison writes it, it’s good.

He’s just 22 years old, but musically speaking, he’s an old soul. His most obvious influences include The Beatles and Beach Boys, and they are present on the record. “Like The Beatles” spells that out fairly clearly–if the girl doesn’t love The Beatles, how can she love him? “Wee & Nancy Lee” is a great upbeat earworm that has been lodged in my brain for the past few weeks, and will be one of your favorites as well, I’m sure. There are some great ballads here too. There’s a level of sophistication to these songs that many artists never reach, but comes rather easily for Addison. And in his musical studies right now, he’s learning even more instruments that are not usually found inside the rock genre. He’s also got several music projects going on right now, and lots more music to come. That’s good news for us music fans. We had a fun chat, and covered a lot of musical ground. I even learned the answer to my pressing question–how did he come up with the album title “Thoughts On Lunch?” You can learn even more about Addison at

Artist | Track | Album
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Claire Coupland | This One’s For The Road | On The Other Side
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Addison Love interview
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
Addison Love | The Ballad Of Dr. Minard | Thoughts On Lunch?

The Turnback | Untitled So Far | Spinning The Earth In Reverse
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Jangle Band | The Guy Who Used To Care | Single release
Lisa Mychols | He’s Got Me Dreaming | Sugar
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Make
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single release
Dot Dash | TV/Radio | Proto Retro
The Imperial Sound | The Sun Goes Out | The New AM
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #841 – 9/8/2018: In-studio interview with Sparklejet!


Only eight days in, and September has turned into a rather amazing month for the show. This week, the Fresno power trio Sparklejet drove up Highway 99 and made Twirl Radio their first Sacramento stop. Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, and Chris Estep spent well over an hour with me, in an unstructured (my fault), free-ranging conversation. We heard some great examples of their music from the past decade or so, and talked about how it all come together.

This visit was particularly auspicious for a few reasons. It was the first time they’d been to Sacramento in over a decade, and that night was to be their first show at the venerable tavern, Old Ironsides, in over 20 years. And–Victor had recently released his first solo record, “Homeland Insecurities”–and it is a good one. Every bit as good as the Sparklejet releases–just different.

Bonus pic: Sparklejet in the Twirl studios in Sacramento. Left to right: Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, Mike Lidskin, Chris Estep. Photo courtesy of Sparklejet.

Sparklejet is a seriously hard-rocking band. They’re both studious and reckless. They put much care and effort into their songs, and they perform them with reckless abandon. I like to think of them as “intellectual hard rock”. They’re not afraid to try new things. I liked talking with these guys–as important as their music is, they never take themselves too seriously, so we were able to have a light-hearted chat about serious topics. They even brought along a few tracks to play for the show. I think you need to get to know them a little better.

Check out their discography at

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know | Welcome To Soonville
McPherson Grant | Big Picture People | Song
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
Lannie Flowers | Don’t Make Me Wait | Single release
Astral Drive | Wishing I Could Change The World | Astral Drive
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
The Cherry Bluestorms | Out | Whirligig!

Sparklejet interview
Sparklejet | Let’s Behind That Place | Beyond The Beyond
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Sparklejet | Glimpser | Phonovella
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
The Miss Alans | Mata Hari’s Butt | Remnants

William Duke | Caroline And The Silver Screen | Quatro
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #840 – 9/1/2018: In-studio interview with Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs!

Ronnie Barnett, founding member and bassist of The Muffs

So I got this text message from Stephen “Spaz” Schnee the other day, telling me that Ronnie Barnett, founding member of The Muffs, was going to be in Sacramento over the Labor Day weekend. Now Spaz has been telling me for a while that the next time his friend Ronnie comes up to Sacramento, I should try to get him on Twirl Radio. Since this was “the next time”, I took that as my opportunity to invite him on. And what happened afterwards was fairly epic. I got not just Ronnie, but his fiance Julie, and Spaz himself. A nice full studio of fun people.

Ronnie and I chatted about The Muffs’ history, his history as a bass player and music fan, and we played a few tracks from the band’s legendary 1993 debut album. The four of us talked about a whole bunch of things including that so-important topic, Jimboy’s Tacos (a Sacramento “thing”, to be sure). That hour went by incredibly quickly, and I look forward to another visit sometime in the future.

Then to kick off the second hour, Spaz fulfilled a long-running inside joke of ours. Since last November, he would occasionally ask me if I was going to play a track from the new Christopher Cross album. (Christopher Cross, as you may recall, was the “captain of early 80’s yacht rock”.) So he finally got to play a track from that album. Moral of the story: if you want something done right, do it yourself! He also treated me to a brand new Gilbert O’Sullivan track as well!

And we rolled out some more brand new 2018 music–and I even kicked off the show with perhaps the only Labor Day song I’ve ever heard: “Labor Day”, by William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas, a great duet between William Cleere and Karla Kane of The Corner Laughers. A great song for a nice long weekend. Enjoy the show–it was a particularly spirited episode!

Artist | Track | Album
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo

Ronnie Barnett interview
The Muffs | Big Mouth | The Muffs
The Muffs | Every Single Thing | The Muffs
The Muffs | Lucky Guy | The Muffs

Spaz’ picks
Christopher Cross | Take Me As I Am | Take Me As I Am
Gilbert O’Sullivan | At The End Of The Day | Gilbert O’Sullivan

Mod Hippie | And Everyone The Fashion (So Sorry) | Single release
Addison Love | Anything’s Right | Thoughts On Lunch
Russ Tolman | Hollywood Holiday | Compass & Map
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
The Imperial Sound | Ain’t Crawling Back | The New AM
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

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