Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19–Sunday, 5-26-2018, 1-6 p.m. at the Blue Note in Woodland, CA!


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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #873 – 5/18/2019: Interview tripleheader: Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records, John Ashfield & Rob Harford of The Bobbleheads, and Stephen Schnee–all in-studio!

Victor Erwin, Mike Lidskin, John Ashfield, Rob Harford–4/5 of a musical meeting of the minds!

If last week’s show was one for the books, this week’s was one for the ages. 3 sets of guests–all live, in the Sacramento studio. And thanks to my friend Bill Fuller (The Long Hair Detectorists Guild), who was off this week, I got to expand to a full 4 hours! And we seriously needed every minute of it, because the action was nonstop. There was some overlap between the guests, where they were all in the room at the same time–just like the TV talk shows of old. I’ve never done a show quite like this before.

Victor Erwin was visiting California, all the way from Texas. He was doing advance work and making arrangements for a West Coast leg of the Spyderpop artists summer tour, going to venues up and down the state of California, meeting with the right people, in person. That’s how you do it–ensure that the artists have the right room to present their songs to discerning music fans. Which artists are we talking about? None other than Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, Danny Wilkerson, and Chris Church, that’s who! We spent the first hour talking about that, Vic’s musical influences, and everything else under the sun. We even heard a track from his band The Re-Used Electrics. For more Spyderpop goings-on, check out spyderpop.com.

In the second hour, we focused on John Ashfield and Rob Harford of San Francisco band The Bobbleheads. These guys are the guitar attack of their infectiously upbeat, rockin’ live sound. That live sound translates well to record, as heard on their new one, Myths And Fables. We got some insight into their songwriting and recording process, and just what it takes to be a Bobblehead. Later on, they played DJ, and brought some of their favorite songs to share on the air. Be sure to check these guys out here in the Sacramento area–they’ll be bringing the fun to the third annual Twirl Radio Pop Fest on Sunday, May 26th, at the Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA. It’ll be an all ages free show starting at 1:00 p.m. You really don’t want to miss them live. thebobbleheads.com

Stephen “Spaz” Schnee–who couldn’t be in the first photo–since he was busy taking that first photo!

We then spent over an hour hanging out with legendary music journalist Stephen “Spaz” Schnee. When I found out about all this musical greatness that was going to cross paths in Sacramento, I simply had to make sure Stephen was there to experience it too. He lives in Sacramento now, and it would be musical malpractice if he wasn’t there for all this epicness. And as has become a semi-regular tradition, he brought along some new music (some truly new, others, new-to-me). We not only heard some music, but we talked, philosophized, and reflected about music and the state of modern day music. Check out some of his various ventures: reviews and interviews (Discussions Magazine http://www.discussionsmagazine.com/) and videos (But Is It Power Pop? “But Is It Power Pop?” on YouTube)

After all that, I had a little bit of quiet time to wrap up the show. So we enjoyed it, but sure weren’t quiet about it, as we wrapped up with some new and new-ish music. All in all, a fun, wild musical ride. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Victor Erwin interview
The Re-Used Electrics | One Track Mind | For Johnny
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Lannie Flowers | Lost In A Daydream | Single release
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Bill Lloyd | Satellite | Working The Long Game
Bill Lloyd | Working The Long Game | Working The Long Game

The Bobbleheads interview
The Bobbleheads | Like Oxygen | Myths And Fables
The Bobbleheads | Feel This Way | Myths And Fables
Gyllene Tider | Man Blir Yr | Dags att tänka på refrängen
Mover | Move Over | Move Over
The Rubinoos | Amnesia | Paleophonic
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables

Bellygunner | Kilobyte | Machine Gun Built For Two
JonEmery and the Unconventionals | If You Think You’re Heartbroken | Wrecked

Stephen Schnee interview
Guitar Gangsters | Undefeated | Let ‘Em Have It
Squire | September Gurls | The Singles Album
Andy Williams | Happy Heart | Happy Heart
The Tourists | Blind Among The Flowers | The Tourists
Cloud Eleven | On Pismo Beach | Footnote
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
Heiskell | The Great Opaque | Songs In The Key Of H
Orson | Broken Watch | Culture Vultures
Danny And The Doorknobs | Contempt | Jukebox In The L.A. River

Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
R. Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
The Armoires | Anemone! | Side Three
Anton Barbeau | Baby Can You? | Berliner Grotesk
Chancellorpink | A Rainbow’s Knocking | All Of Them Monsters
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #872 – 5/11/2019: Interview tripleheader: Anton Barbeau & Julia Boorinakis Harper, Gaby Alter of Yes Gabriel, and Bex Francis of Access Sacramento!

Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis-Harper live at Shine, Sacramento

This show was one for the books. Completely fun and unpredictable. Another episode with three interviews, and yes, we pulled this off.

First up–Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper returned to the show. Yes, Anton is from here (Sacramento) originally. And yes, he lives in Berlin. And yes, he’s finlly released his long-awaited solo record, Berliner Grotesk. This one is really, really good. It’s piano-based, but rocks hard in the right places, and applies the quirkiness liberally in the right places. As always, excellent songwriting abounds. Anton semi-jokingly calls it the third album in the trilogy, preceded by Magic Act and Natural Causes. It sounds nothing like those two, but it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. You need this one. http://antonbarbeau.com

Postscript to the previous paragraph: Just because Anton has given you an album in 2019, doesn’t mean he’s stopped working on new music. He’s got at least a couple more albums up his sleeve right now, so keep your ears open for that.

Gaby Alter and Yes Gabriel live

In the second hour, we got to meet Gaby Alter. He’s a noted composer who’s written off-Broadway musicals, soundtracks, and even pieces for NPR and PBS. But he’s always wanted to do a solo, folk-based project, and his Yes Gabriel debut EP is the perfect vehicle. Five extremely well-crafted, intimate songs, about relationships and more. This is the music you should have on when you’ve got your favorite hot beverage at your fingertips. We chatted a little about the composing process, and the similarities and differences of writing for a large live audience or for a single headphone listener. Terrific music. www.yesgabriel.com

Filmmaker Bex Francis with me in studio

And a little bit later, I was paid a surprise visit by my old friend Bex Francis. She’d been living out of state for about a year, and has returned to Sacramento, where she works on the staff of Access Sacramento, home to KUBU 96.5 FM, doing outreach and membership stuff. But that would be understating her impact, as she does a lot of work on the television side of the house, as well as acting, voiceover work, and filmmaking. That last one is big–she recently won the 48 Hour Audience Favorite Award at the Sacramento Film Festival! It’s exactly as it sounds–she and her crew had 48 hours to write, produce, and edit a short film–kind of the indie filmmaking version of the Food Network show Chopped. Talk about total exhilaration–yet she kept it all together, leading her team through the process. We talk about it a bit on the show. http://californiafilm.net

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Single release

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Berliner Grotesk | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Don’tforgettogetyourfingerwet | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | I Been To Bromley | Berliner Grotesk

Gaby Alter interview
Yes Gabriel | Dear To Me | Yes Gabriel
Yes Gabriel | Fall Asleep | Yes Gabriel

The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Last June | Fight For Now
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Girls On Grass | Because Capitalism | Dirty Power
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #871 – 5/4/2019: Karen Haglof interview!

Karen Haglof’s Tobiano album.

On this week’s show, we welcomed back New York City-based Karen Haglof, to celebrate the release of her new album Tobiano. Karen’s had an interesting and varied career, to be sure. She’s been a chef, she’s a physician, and she’s an equestrian. As if that weren’t enough for a couple of lifetimes, she’s also a singer/songwriter/guitarist. She’s been quite prolific as of late. We spoke to her last August about her 4 song EP, Palomino Steady Rocking, which was written and produced at about the same time as Tobiano, but thematically, they seemed like two separate pieces of work. And I benefited–because I got to have Karen on the show twice!

Tobiano is a rocker, with some Americana roots. The songs often allude to relationships, and the feelings that go along with them. Karen’s got a knack for great song titles too–many of them are quite playful, such as Hemdrix (sic) and Idk-Top 1000. And the leadoff/title track, Tobiano Twirl, certainly got my attention, for obvious reasons. The album sounds great–Karen’s strong vocals and crack guitar playing shine through, and she’s got an excellent band to help bring her vision to life. Find out more at www.karenhaglof.com.

I also busted out a whole bunch more new 2019 music on this week’s show, and noted that this weekend was a good time to be a music fan in Northern California. A couple of great shows happened in San Francisco and Sacramento, and I played songs from the headlining artists. The San Francisco show featured Trip Wire and The Bobbleheads, and the Sacramento show featured Anton Barbeau and The Corner Laughers.

The audio for this show will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

Artist | Track | Album
Amoeba Teen | Suit And Tie | Medium Wave
Ben Swidenbank | Girl (Leave That Animal Tonight) | Uncovered
Identical Suns | No Vacancy | Week Minded
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake
50 Watt Heavy | Chualar Every Time | Better Days
Maxi Dunn | Meteor Shower | Edmund & Leo

Karen Haglof interview
Karen Haglof | Tobiano Twirl | Tobiano
Karen Haglof | These Are The Things | Tobiano

The Schramms | Hearts And Diamonds | Omnidirectional
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
The Bobbleheads | Two Become One | Myths And Fables
Courtney Hale Revia | It’s My Turn | Tattered
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Little Tin Frog | I’m In Pain | The Pain And Pleasure Machine
Anton Barbeau | High Noon | Magic Act
The Corner Laughers | For The Sake Of The Cat | Ultraviolet Garden
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Matt Langlois | Don’t Tuck Your Shirt Into Your Pants | Merde!
Duncan Faure | Ball And Chain | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

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