Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #866 – 3/16/2019: Interview doubleheader: Andrew Curry and Melissa Phillips!

Andrew Curry

I knew this week’s show would be fun and comfortable. It always is when you’re with friends, and this week, I had two of them on the show. We started with Andrew Curry, who over the past 5 years, has, through his Curry Cuts label, released a quartet of themed compilation tribute albums, all with wonderfully high quality cover tunes, reimagined by today’s indie artists.

White Lace and Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams

The most recent effort is entitled White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams. Both Andrew and I marveled at how much of the soundtrack of the 1970s was written by Paul Williams. This compilation did for me what a good compilation does: introduces me to new artists singing familiar songs, and demonstrating the breadth of the original artist’s work. And–Andrew is just plain fun to chat with!

Melissa Phillips

Melissa Phillips has been a friend of mine for nearly this entire decade, and a good friend to the radio show in general. The Bay Area singer-songwriter recently released her second EP, Both Ways, in the fall, and I had her on the show in December, via Skype. But when she said that she would be coming through Sacramento on Saturday, and would be able to carve out some time for a visit, I knew that I wanted to have her come down to the Twirl studios and hang out. So we did an interview, and revisited Both Ways. I also put her to work–I had asked her if she could bring some music that she likes, and she could play it on the show. What I got was a nice little sampler of some great new music that should be heard.

One other item of note: the 2019 music is coming in fast and furious. This year is still fairly new, but it’s already shaping up as a great one for creative, new independent music. The first six songs of this show are all tracks that came in over the course of the last week! Enjoy the show.

Artist | Track | Album
Lannie Flowers | Anything But Love | Single release
Vanilla | Save Me | Mystik Knights Of Tacoma
Matt Langlois | Always Happening | Merde!
Trip Wire | Get Up Slow | Once & Always
Chancellorpink | Every Devil Dies Alone | All Of Them Monsters
The Bobbleheads | Do You | Myths And Fables

Andrew Curry interview
Sitcom Neighbor | Out In The Country | White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams
Lisa Mychols | You And Me Against The World | White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams

Melissa Phillips interview
Melissa Phillips | Centralia | Fits & Starts
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways

The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human

Melissa Phillips’ music picks
Emily King | The Animals | The Switch
Matt Jaffe | Reset Button | The Spirit Catches You
Yola | Far Away Look | Walk Through Fire


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #865 – 3/9/2019

In this still-young year of 2019, I’ve done about a dozen radio interviews. That’s a pretty breakneck pace, so I thought I’d take a bit of a breather this week and not schedule any interviews. Operative word being “schedule”. More on that in a bit.

This was a great chance to roll out some more new music to you. I played a great new Bobbleheads track–the San Francisco band is about to release their new album, and it is a good one. New vintage music (oxymoron time?) from Jeremy Morris and from Malory. Brand new music from the Big Stir Records label, in the form of The Living Dolls and In Deed. And finally, another track from the great new Lost Leaders album, a band which features Byron Isaacs, whose solo record was a highlight of my shows last year.

Radio colleague Dee McCoy

Toward the end of the show, my friend and radio colleague, Dee McCoy, finished up her show production in the studio next to mine, and popped in for a visit, which totally brightened up my day. Just as I thought I’d spend the entire two hours locked in a radio booth, talking to myself, Dee came in for a quick on air chat. Check out her show–she’s on Monday mornings at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time, on KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento. It’s a great way to brighten up your day as well.

But before that–give a listen to my show, and explore the new and recent musical offerings.

Artist | Track | Album
The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Librarians With Hickeys | Until There Was You | Single release
Jeremy | I Am A Child | Emerald Vision
The Apples In Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
Maxi Dunn | I Mean That | Welcome To Soonville
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Malory | Just Be | Just Like A Daydream
Cliff Hillis | Rainy Days And Mondays | White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams
The Click Beetles | Tell Me How You Feel | Wake Up To Music!
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music
Hot Nun | Big Fat No | Born To Blaze
Emily Zuzik | The Biggest Mistake | Detours
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Living Dolls | Everything That Happened | Single release
Lost Leaders | All That I Want | Promises Promises
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson

Visit with Dee McCoy

Lisa Said | In Retrospect | No Turn Left Behind
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
In Deed | Marry Myself | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Lisa Mychols | Into Oblivion | Sugar
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #864 – 3/2/2019: Interview with Marc Feldman of Level5!

Mark Feldman

On today’s show, we got to meet NYC-based drummer Mark Feldman, of Mark Feldman’s Level5. Their debut, The Sybil EP, gives you more for your money. It’s only 3 songs, but with each song clocking in between 6 and 7 minutes, it’s really like double that. They’re all instrumentals, and they feature funky and jazzy sounds. The leadoff track, Sybil, starts off funky, then gets a little space agey, then goes into a hard rock riff, then repeats, with meter changes along the way. It’s basically Memphis meets Bootsy meets Metallica! Marc said that the name Sybil is appropriate, because the song has multiple personalities, much like the old movie of the same name.

Mark, and the other highly-acclaimed musicians who put together these songs, are all in-demand session players. He had been playing on other people’s recordings and in their live gigs for years, and finally had the chance to put together his own project, using the songs of guitarist Oz Noy. In the interview, I ask the question that’s undoubtedly on your mind: “Where does the name ‘Level5’ come from?”. Listen, and you’ll find out the answer. More info at and at

Also, the new 2019 music continues to roll in, so I continue to roll it out to you. I hope you enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
John Wesley Harding | Old Girlfriends | Confessions of St. Ace
Popdudes | Magnet And Steel | Maximum Rock Stupidity
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Rogers & Butler | Witness Tree | Diana Dors
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
DEVO | It’s A Beautiful World | DEVO E-Z Listening Disc

Mark Feldman Interview
Mark Feldman’s Level5 | Sybil | The Sybil EP
Mark Feldman’s Level5 | Jabber Jaw | The Sybil EP

Banjo Bones | Letter To Myself | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
In Deed | Don’t Need, Don’t Care | Single release
Braam | Burlington Northern | Single release
Cartorson | Carolyn | Single release
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
Blake Babies | Out There | Sunburn
Grub Dog | Changing Time Around | Single release
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
The Decibels | It’s Not Me | Scene, Not Herd
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

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