Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #850 – 11/10/2018: Woody Radio in-studio meetup with DJ Gidget Marusak and Stephen “Spaz” Schnee!

DJ Gidget Marusak

Well, we weren’t going to let the 850th episode of Twirl Radio go unnoticed. And yet, I kind of did. But for good reason. It turned out to be such a big day, that I simply did not have time to mention that this was show #850.

My good friend, and sister in radio, Gidget Marusak, co-owner of Woody Radio (the other radio station I’m on), was visiting her home region of Northern California, from the Midwest. She’s had a standing invitation to come co-host Twirl Radio with me, live in the KUBU-FM studio in Sacramento. This was the day when it happened. And to round out the picture, I invited my other good friend, our fellow Woody Radio on-air personality Stephen “Spaz” Schnee, to meet up with us on the show.

Stephen “Spaz” Schnee

So how did this visit from the home office go? It was amazing. Before Gidget and Spaz arrived, I snuck in five brand new 2018 tracks, from all over the musical spectrum. And once they got here, the conversation flowed. Freely. We talked and laughed about everything and anything that can be talked about on the air. Gidget brought in some great tracks from bands that she saw in San Jose the prior week, and Spaz brought in a couple of classic tracks to round out the show. The best way I can explain the show, is like this: three enthusiastic music supporters, sitting in a room, gabbing, and treating each other to music that they love. Isn’t that what you would do when you’re with your friends? Join me and my friends, and be part of the party. For the 850th time, we fired up the board, and let it rip. Give a listen!

Artist | Track | Album
Don Hawkins | Demons | 4th Down
Bill Lloyd | Satellite | Working The Long Game
Crooked Flower | Dancing | Into The Light
Hot Nun | Livin A Dirty Mind | Born To Blaze
Michael Martin Murphey | LA Freeway | Austinology – Alleys Of Austin
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tale & Alibis 3
honeychain | Crushed | Crushed
Soriah | Trash | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Piramid Scheme | No More, Anymore | Get Rich Quick Too
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
The Beat | Walking Out On Love | The Beat
Van Go | Live Through This | Everyone Loves You When You’re Gone
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Little Jimmy Giant | I Think You Think I Think So | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Residents | This Is A Mans, Mans, Mans World | The Commercial Album
Palmyra Delran and the Doppel Gang | Come Spy With Me | Single release

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #849 – 11/3/2018

Enjoy this random photo of the Twirl studio, taken a few weeks prior to today’s show.

Today’s show was the perfect storm–or maybe–non-storm. For the first time in a while, I had no interviews or visitors scheduled. You’d have to go back as far as July 21st for the last time this happened. But today also was a day in which I had a chance to really focus on all the great new music that’s come out in 2018–so far. For those of you who are starting to make your year-end lists for 2018–I’d hold up on that. The great music continues to roll in, and there’s still two whole months left of this watershed year.

2018 has been truly astounding for music, in terms of the quantity and quality that’s been released this year. This seems to be the year where artists I love, who’ve been quiet for a while, have put out some fine work. This week’s show debuts some brand new tracks by Dara Ackerman, Vegas With Randolph, Lannie Flowers, Gail George, Michael Simmons, Banjo Bones, Rachel Taylor Brown, and William Duke. Beyond that, there were a total of 23 tracks played that came out in 2018.

There were also a couple of tracks that although released earlier, came my way this year. The most extreme, time machine example of that was “In Quintessence”, by Squeeze, released on their landmark 1981 album East Side Story. I’d recently mentioned to my good friend, writer/ podcaster/ radio host/ video blogger Stephen “SPAZ” Schnee, that I’d never heard that fine album all the way through, only several of the songs from it. Being that it’s one of his all time favorite albums, he bought me a copy, simply because he wanted to share the experience. Not only is the album one of the greats from its era, cementing Squeeze’s reputation, that leadoff track really grabbed my ear. The thing that really stood out is how Glenn Tilbrook’s and Chris Difford’s voices, singing the same line and melody, but in different registers, locked in tightly to create that familiar soaring but buzzy vocal line that they are noted for. Tasty, retro treat of the week!

So enjoy this thick slice of the latest in indie music. It’s all good, and it’s all current.

Artist | Track | Album
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Squeeze | In Quintessence | East Side Story
Vegas With Randolph | Chick Fighter | Legs & Luggage
Byron Isaacs | Daddy’s Farm | Disappearing Man
Stephen’s Ruin | All My Life | Never Too Late!
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Gail George | Pop Life | It’s Personal
Greg Loiacono | The Red Thread Part I (The Gloaming) | Songs From A Golden Dream
Kaz Murphy | Where You Come From | Ride Out The Storm
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | This Is Most Certainly True | Single release
Banjo Bones | The Guilt Trip | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Rachel Taylor Brown | 17 Year Cicada | Run Tiny Human
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
The Melismatics | Crawl, Baby, Crawl | Rising Tide
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be

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