Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #781 – 5/20/2017: Skip Heller/Spike Sikes interview/performance!

Skip Heller / Spike Sikes in the Twirl Studio

On today’s show, Skip Heller and Spike Sikes treated us to a great in-studio performance! Skip’s played in most every genre known to man, and even did a stint in NRBQ! He’s also the guy that Tish Hinojosa calls when she and “Flaco” (and really, how many Flacos do you know?) need a guitarist! Spike is the classic utility man–he can play anything, but his main axe is the electric keyboard. Skip lives in Hollywood, Spike lives in the Bay Area–and their paths crossed in Sacramento on their way to recording a new album as a duo. The songs they played for us are all brand new, original compositions of theirs. Enjoy the music! More info at: Skip Heller’s Hollywood Blues Destroyers and Spike and Friends.

Artist | Track | Album
Sparklejet | UR A Dope | Single release
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
The Who | Sparks (Live at Woodstock) | The Kids Are Alright
Maxi Dunn | Take It Or Leave It | Edmund & Leo
Cirrone | Everything’s Fine Now | Kings For A Night
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving
Girls On Grass | What They Wrought | Girls On Grass

Skip Heller and Spike Sikes interview/performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Algiers Ferry Blues | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | When I Hear Louis Sing | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Lonely For You | In studio performance

Lannie Flowers | James Bond Theme | Songs. Bond Songs.
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Blake Babies | From Here To Burma | Earwig Demos
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | If You See Kay | Make It Be
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum
Plasticsoul | Babylon | Therapy
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Ruby Free | Superstar | Shades

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #780 – 5/13/2017: Walker Brigade interview!

Walker Brigade

On today’s show, we welcomed the great L.A. band Walker Brigade! I’ve been enjoying their brand new album Therapy Animal, which touches on the harder edges of power pop, while still keeping the melodies at the forefront. All four members of the band were in on the interview: Tracy Landecker, Mark Fletcher, Jeff Charreaux, and Craig Tyrka. I got to learn such juicy tidbits as where the name of the band came from, and why they covered a song featured in the Mel Brooks film “Blazing Saddles”! Their collective musical influences are pretty wide-ranging–everybody from Mick Ronson, X-Ray Spex, Jefferson Airplane, Mission of Burma, and even swing jazz and drum and bugle corp music figure into their mix! You can find out more here: Walker Brigade on CD Baby

Artist | Track | Album
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
According To Bazooka | Don’t Want To Let It Go | Easy Come, Easy Go
The Pengwins | Suicide | Single release
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
The Taters | New Girlfriend | Taters Party

Walker Brigade interview
Walker Brigade | I Wanna Destroy You | Therapy Animal
Walker Brigade | I’m Tired | Therapy Animal
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal

Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Matt North | Seventeen Days | Above Ground Fools
The Feelies | Turn Back Time | In Between
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Felsen | Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Today | Breaking Up With Loneliness
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Gretchen’s Wheel | Blank Slate | Sad Scientist
The Mysteries Of Life | Coat Of Arms | Bad Advice
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Ruby Free | Lonelier Than Me | Shades
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
Plasticsoul | All Died Pretty | Therapy

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #779 – 5/6/2017: Banjo Bones in-studio interview/performance!

Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones

Not too many bands have taglines. The following come to mind: The Beatles: “The Fab Four”, or The Clash: “The Only Band That Matters”. Today’s guests, Sacramento band Banjo Bones, have a tagline too: “The Dark Side Of Americana”. It’s a great description that tells you everything about their sound.

On today’s show, Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones returned to our Sacramento studios, and brought along Giorgi Khokhobashvili, the band’s violinist! They treated us to a dramatic live performance, and we also got to hear some tracks from their brand new album Cowboy Dreams. The album is the finest in Banjo Bones’ catalog–so far. It’s simply sublime, and well thought out. For more info about the band, the album, and the upcoming CD release show at Sacramento’s Blue Lamp, check out www.banjobones.com.

Artist | Track | Album
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
The Feelies | Stay The Course | In Between
Allyson Seconds | Sun Don’t Shine | Little World
Pacific Soul Ltd | Blue Summertime | The Dance Divine
Daniel Trigger | Remember When | Army Of One
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
honeychain | Messy Love | Single release
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be
Gretchen’s Wheel | Wish | Sad Scientist

Banjo Bones interview
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Live version
Banjo Bones | Sin Again | Live version

The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | New Songs Old Stories
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!
The JAC (with Maria Sokratis) | Jackson | Drugs, Trucks & Jesus
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Irene Peña | Not From Around Here | Single release
The Armoires | Fort Ashby | Incidental Light Show

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #778 – 4/29/2017: Kim Rancourt interview!

Kim Rancourt

On today’s show, we met the legendary Kim Rancourt. Kim’s a great songwriter who loves finding the hidden little stories in New York City. If you’re there, he’ll give you a tour of the city–as seen through his lens. But if you’re not, you’ll want to listen to his album Plum Plum as soon as it comes out in May–you’ll hear little slices of city life, thanks to Kim. It’s raw, garagey, and generally a rockin’ good time. His producer, Don Fleming, assembled an all-star band for this one–including members of Sonic Youth and Blue Oyster Cult! Here’s more info on Kim Rancourt: Kim Rancourt on Soundcloud

Artist | Track | Album
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
honeychain | Crushed | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
David Lindley & El Rayo-X | Werewolves Of London | Very Greasy
Ben Swidenbank | Girl (Leave That Animal Tonight) | Uncovered
The Paul & John | Inner Sunset | Inner Sunset
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir

Kim Rancourt interview
Kim Rancourt | Walking The Trashline Properties | Plum Plum
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum

Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Old 97’s | Timebomb | Too Far To Care
The Mysteries Of Life | Bad Advice | Bad Advice
Lisa Said | Been Around | No Turn Left Behind
The Big I Am | Tongue Tied | Single release
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Bellygunner | Kilobyte | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lisa Mychols | Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Identical Suns | Baby I’m Down | Identical Suns
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
Banjo Bones | Tell Him Why | Cowboy Dreams
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
The Welcome Matt | The Boon | More Empire Days

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #777 – 4/22/2017: Jason Falkner interview!

Jason Falkner and R. Stevie Moore

On today’s show, we interviewed the legendary musician/producer Jason Falkner. Not only was he a founding member of Jellyfish, and a member of Paisley Underground band The Three O’Clock, he is a member of Beck’s touring band. He’s also responsible for some fine solo albums of his own. Most recently, he collaborated with lo-fi pioneer R. Stevie Moore on an amazing album called “Make It Be”. It’s the perfect blend of Stevie’s eccentric songwriting and Jason’s polished arrangements and production, although as we learn in the interview, Jason’s got his eccentric moments too–they’re just buried a little lower in the mix! The album rocks hard and has its idosyncratic moments–but there is always that mutual respect, where the duo gives each other room to shine, while playing to each other’s strengths. I highly recommond you pick this one up. jasonfalkner.net www.rsteviemoore.com

Artist | Track | Album
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Girls On Grass | Father Says Why | Girls On Grass
Cartorson | Hearts On The Highway | Richfield Skyline
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Blake Babies | Don’t Suck My Breath | Earwig Demos
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist

Jason Falkner interview
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Horror Show | Make It Be
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Love Us, We Love Me | Make It Be

The Taters | Thingamajig | Taters Party
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lannie Flowers | Kiss A Memory | Single release
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
Ruby Free | Lonelier Than Me | Shades
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Cowboy Dreams
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Pacific Soul Ltd. | We Go High | The Dance Divine
Cult Of Wedge | Oh Lindsay | Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #776 – 4/15/2017: Sean O’Brien interview!

Sean O’Brien

San Francisco Bay Area musician Sean O’Brien returned to the show today! It had been a couple of years since our last in-person visit, and he did not disappoint. He brought along a couple of new albums that he and his band, “Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands” have released in this still-young year of 2017–so we heard several of those new songs. He also treated us to a fiery live version of his song “Shadow Sharks”–which was exceptionally (and deservedly) well-received by listeners from California to Australia. Sean got his start back in the early 1980s, where he was connected to the Davis, CA branch of the Paisley Underground scene. Today, he’s on virtually every who’s who list of Bay Area musicians–there’s pretty much one degree of separation (or fewer) to anybody you can think of there. Check out his music at www.seanobmusic.com.

Artist | Track | Album
Burnt Taters | No Teardrops Tonight | Vox Box
Matt North | Badgering The Witness | Above Ground Fools
Mimi Betinis | Pontiac | Music Sounds
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Daniel Trigger | Heavy Heart | Single release
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
Scott McChane | Is This My Country? | The Angels Of Madness Shine

Sean O’Brien interview
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Whiskey In The Jar | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien | Shadow Sharks (live) | Live in studio
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Advice Coming In | It Was Sad Without You There
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Old Black Cloud | Single release
Laura Benitez | For Me Or The Baby | For Duty Or For Love
Chuck Prophet | Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues | Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Greg Lisher | Between The Two Of Us | Trains Change

Banjo Bones | Tell Him Why | Cowboy Dreams
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Another Day Slips Away | Make It Be
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Walker Brigade | Choker | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Anthology
Heiskell | Carharts | Arriving

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #775 – 4/8/2017: Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel interview!

Lindsay Murray

It’s hard to believe that it’s only been a little over a year that I’ve known Lindsay Murray, but in that time, she’s sent me three albums of top notch rock and roll. Ranging from alternative to power pop, Gretchen’s Wheel is right in my, er, wheelhouse! The recent Twirlie Award winner for Female Vocalist of the Year is also an accomplished lyricist and guitarist, and has done a fine job in producing her three albums. The newest release, Sad Scientist, is the most advanced and rocking album of the three. It showcases her impressive musicianship, and she teams up with some great collaborators from around the country. I would put this album on your must-have list! www.gretchenswheel.com

Artist | Track | Album
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Mod Hippie | Night Rally | Big Wow
Irene Peña | Shut It Down | Single release
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
Maxi Dunn | Tangled Tree | The Neglected Gambit
Sparklejet | Northern Land | Phonovella
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World

Lindsay Murray interview
Gretchen’s Wheel | Blank Slate | Sad Scientist
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist

Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Dada | I Get High | I Get High EP
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Lannie Flowers | Give Me Another Chance | New Songs Old Stories
Jeff Powers | I Miss My Ball And Chain | If It Ain’t This It’s That
Gail George | Be Okay | The Barrio Sessions
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake!
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Sun Up | Everybody’s Unplugged Except Martin
Blake Babies | Your Way Or The Highway | Earwig Demos
B. J. Thomas | Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head | Single release
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Feelies | Gone Gone Gone | In Between

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