Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #896 – 11/23/2019: Interview doubleheader with Ev Gold of Cinema Cinema and Don Hawkins!

Ev Gold of Cinema Cinama

In my continuing effort to bring you up to date, here’s another show from the recent past. This one featured two interviews. The music was stylistically from opposite ends of the spectrum–but both types fit in well on Twirl Radio, and the interviews were both fun.

In the first hour, we met Ev Gold of NYC-based “Experi-Metal Punk” band Cinema Cinema. Their sound has been described as having a distorto-drenched post-grunge and damaged-funk assault. Whew! That’s a mouthful, an earful, and a headful. It’s really good, intense music. Ev himself is a great guy–full of fun and life. We had a really spirited chat, and heard a couple of tracks from their recent album, CCXMD. You’ll learn an interesting little secret about that album title when you listen to the interview. Check ’em out at www.cinemacinemaband.com.

Don Hawkins

In the second hour, a we had a long-anticipated interview with Don Hawkins. Don originally comes from Sacramento, and was originally part of Anton Barbeau’s band JoyBoys. He started making his own music, and has been going strong at it for the past couple of decades. He now lives up in Washington state, and has released several albums just in the past 3-4 years alone. We talked about his recent effort, Stutter Step, which features some amazing songwriting and playing. (#3 album of the year, Twirlie Awards.) If I had to narrow down the sound, I’d say it reminds me of some of the smart, quirky alternative rock from the early 1990s that I loved so well. This album is a must-listen. https://www.amazon.com/Stutter-Step-Don-Hawkins/dp/B07S2DPR3H

More episodes coming soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Jackpot | Sensory Overload | Moonbreath
Shplang | Spanish Galleons | Los Grandes Excritos
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Anny Celsi | Tangle-Free World | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
The Bobbleheads | Two Become One | Myths And Fables
Deborah Crooks | All Signs | The Department Of The West
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales And Alibis 3

Ev Gold interview
Cinema Cinema | Cyclops | CCXMD
Cinema Cinema | Colors | CCXMD

Lauren Rocket | Diamond Nights | Single release
Lannie Flowers | My Street (Memphis Version) | Single release
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions | Perfect Skin | Rattlesnakes
Maxi Dunn | The Neglected Gambit | The Neglected Gambit
Richard X. Heyman | Action Screams Louder Than Words | Pop Circles
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Lisa Said | Comes And Goes | No Turn Left Behind

Don Hawkins interview
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step
Don Hawkins | Acquisition | Stutter Step

Freedy Johnston | Down On The Moon #1 | The Trouble Tree
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
The Imperial Sound | Yesterday | The New AM
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Whigs | Production City | Mission Control
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Clever Things | Pop Songs & Kyries
Sunshine Boys | Questions | Blue Music
Gail George | It’s Not Me | Follow Your Bliss
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake
Ass Ponys | Astronaut | Single release
The Armoires | Just Like Carl Crew Said | Zibaldone
The Corner Laughers | (Now That I Have You I’m) Bored | Poppy Seeds
Anton Barbeau | Milk Churn In The Morning | Magic Act

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #895 – 11/16/2019: Beth Dobson interview!

Radio presenter Beth Dobson

On this episode, we get to meet Scottish radio presenter (that’s UK-speak for DJ) Beth Dobson! She has started to get a lot of notice on social media lately, for her discerning taste in music. This originally aired back in the fall, when she (only) had one radio show, on Grampian Hospital Radio. We talked about her start in radio, and her love of music discovery–and even some popular Scottish foods!

Shortly after this interview, Beth got invited to do a second radio show, on Neighborhood Weekly Radio, called the Indie Lounge. All of her shows, and her online persona, fall under the umbrella of Planet Beth. She now covers the airwaves several hours a week. And the best part–her enthusiasm for music discovery, and for indie music in particular, is contagious! If you think there just isn’t a lot of great new music to be discovered–then you need to go visit Planet Beth!

As a special bonus, Beth provided a handful of new tracks from bands that she likes a lot. Stay tuned, there is a second visit with Beth coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the show! https://neighborhoodweeklyradio.com/shows/planet-beth-presents-live/

Artist | Track | Album
Pixies | Debaser | Doolittle
The Welcome Matt | Get Shameless | Pop Junk Fluff & Hype
Anton Barbeau | Love Me Do | Berliner Grotesk
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Zibaldone

Beth Dobson interview
Wojtek The Bear | Tonic Youth | Old Names For New Shapes
Angus Munro | Bleed It Out | Mirror Man
Trookers | The Temporary | The Temporary
The Vapour Trails | Drag It Around | See You In The Next World

Heiskell | The Great Opaque | Songs In The Key Of H
The Kariannes | This Song Is A Cure | Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Poplord | Flower Bomb | Poplord vs. The Universe
Karen Haglof | Tobiano Twirl | Tobiano
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Juliana Hatfield | Running Out | Bed
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
The Corner Laughers | Shrine Of The Martyred Saint | Ultraviolet Garden
The Clash | The Right Profile | London Calling
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Billy Swan | I Can Help | Single release
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Felsen | Greetings From The Ghost Of Heavy Metal Rock And Roll | I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
Nick Heyward | The Goodbye Man | The Apple Bed

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #894 – 11/9/2019

Well, I’m back to trying to catch up with the backlog of Twirl Radio episodes to post online. On this episode, we take a rare breather from interviews, and just dig in and play some of the best music in my collection. But don’t worry, you’ll still get to hear my (hopefully) pithy commentary and (unfortunate) “dad humor”, between sets of music. But listen to the music–that’s what we all came for!

Artist | Track | Album
Harvey Danger | Private Helicopter | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
The Mysteries Of Life | I Like You | Bad Advice
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
The Decibels | Hey Emily | Scene, Not Herd
My Little Hum | Don’t Build It Alone | Pioneer
Lloyd Cole And The Commotions | Rattlesnakes | Rattlesnakes
Cornershop | Brimful Of Asha (Fatboy Slim Remix) | Luaka Bop: Zero Accidents On The Job
The Imperial Sound | The Quarry | The New AM
Anton Barbeau | Flying Spider | Magic Act
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro
Felsen | Rock And Roll’s Not Dead | I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
The Armoires | Pushing Forty | Zibaldone
Johnathan Pushkar | We Could Be Together | Straighten Up
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
JonEmery & The Unconventionals | If You Think You’re Heartbroken Now | Wrecked
Dionne Farris | I Know (NY reprise mix) | Single release
Sensations | Incredible Man | Listen To My Shapes
Brian Eno and John Cale | Been There Done That | Wrong Way Up
Anny Celsi | Sideways Rain | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
50 Watt Heavy | Absolutely Fading (Nasty) | Better Days
Deborah Crooks | All Signs | The Department Of The West
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
John Entwistle | No. 29 (External Youth) | Smash Your Head Against The Wall
The Taters | Sunshine | Recess
NBRQ | Don’t Bite The Head | Message For The Mess Age
Lindy LaFontaine | This Too, In Time, Shall Pass | Single release
Sam Phillips | World On Sticks | Human Contact Is Never Easy
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Seven And Six | See You Again | EP #1
Bill Lloyd | Satellite | Working The Long Game
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window
Sparklejet | Northern Land | Phonovella

2020 Twirlie Award Winners (Show #904 – February 1, 2020)

Mike and Marty weathering the pandemonium of the Twirlies.

Here is the complete list of 2020 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 1, 2020, in Sacramento, California, at Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM. Congratulations to all, and more importantly, a big thank you to all the great independent musicians who make it possible for me to do this radio show.

In 2019, Twirl Radio expanded to a full three hours. This enabled us to really do the Twirlies right–we started things off with a half hour “pregame show”. My colleague at KUBU radio, Bill Fuller, was my special co-host and color commentator. We used the time to discuss the colorful history and culture of the Twirlie Awards.

At 3:30, the official awards presentation began. My longtime co-host Marty Anaya joined the fray, and we immediately started opening envelopes and giving out awards left and right. Scroll to the bottom to see more photos of the festivities.

One of our top two categories, Song of the Year was announced at the Twirlies on Saturday, but we held back on the rest of the Top Songs list until the following Tuesday. The entire list was revealed and played in its entirety on Woody Radio on Tuesday, February 4, 2020. It’s what we in the biz refer to as “the best of both worlds”. Additionally, the podcasts for both of these shows will be placed here as soon as they are made available.

I give you…The 2020 Twirlie Awards:

Twirlie Awards show, 2/1/2020:

Twirlie Awards top songs countdown show, 2/4/2020:

Album of the Year
Lannie Flowers, for his album Home

Album of the Year Runner up
Lost Leaders, for their album Promises Promises

Song of the Year
Kai Danzberg, for his song Not Only Sunshine (Reprise)

Song of the Year Runner up
Wade Johnson, for his song When Will It End

Female Vocalist of the Year
Michal Towber, for her album No Resolution

Male Vocalist of the Year
R. Stevie Moore, for his album Afterlife

EP of the Year
Project: Ghost Outfit, for their EP Project: Ghost Outfit

EP of the Year Runner up
Elk City, for their EP Souls In Space

Ear Candy (tie)
The Bobbleheads, for their album Myths And Fables

Ear Candy (tie)
Matt Langlois, for his album Merde!
The Ear Candy Award is given to an album that is a “go-to” album. You can pick any song, and it sounds great in any set of music, at any time.

Ear Worm Song
The Kariannes, for their song “This Song Is A Cure”.
The Ear Worm Award is given to a song that sticks in your head for hours after you’ve heard it–and you don’t mind at all. In fact, you invite it back into your head often!

Debut Album of the Year
Johnathan Pushkar, for his album Straighten Up

Best Songwriting
Lannie Flowers, for his album Home

Best Line in a Song
Michal Towber. The album: “No Resolution”. The song: “Old”. The line: “I’ll be 17 until the day I die…but secretly, both you and me, know I’m old…” Alternative choice–the song Rockstar. Can’t say it on the air, but do look up this song and its lyrics.

Best Interview
Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records and John Ashfield/Rob Harford of The Bobbleheads, 5/18/2019 (There were 64 interviews on Twirl Radio in 2019.)

Best Live, in-studio Session
The Armoires w/Blake Jones, 8/17/2019

Best Concert Performance
Bellygunner, Twirl Radio Popfest, 5/26/2019, Blue Note Brewing Co., Woodland, CA

Music Scene of the Year
Woodland, CA, as curated and promoted by Chuck Dodds.
Chuck created the Sunday concert series at Blue Note Brewing Company, and First Friday concerts in a historic former bank building. He works with other local venues–coordinates schedules, so as not to compete with their music nights.

Record Label of the Year
Big Stir Records

Spirit of Twirl Award
Craig Carlstrom, for posting and reposting about Twirl Radio shows and events

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Broadcasting live from Texas (John Borack, Stephen “Spaz” Schnee, Dave “Boogieman” Kaufman. Guests included Alan Petsche, Victor Erwin, Lannie Flowers, Wade Johnson, Danny Wilkerson.
2. Twirl Radio expands to 3 hours.
3. Fres-cast: 10/5/2019, live broadcast from Blake Jones’ Whispermaphone Studios, featuring Sparklejet, Poplord, Blake Jones, Chelsea Jones.
4. Meeting the following musicians in person: Bill Lloyd, Craig Carlstrom, Dean Seavers, Brent Seavers, Brian Machado (The Decibels), James Bourbeau (Sex 66), Larysa Bulbenko (The Armoires).
5. Spyderpop Tour comes to Sacramento.

Wayback Award
Harvey Danger, for their 1999 album “Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?” Just discovered the rest of this 20 year old album beyond “Flagpole Sitta” in 2019, and it is an alternative-era classic.

Cover Song of the Year
Popdudes, for their cover of the Walter Egan classic “Magnet And Steel”. This came from their album Maximum Rock Stupidity.

Best Compilation Album
Big Stir Singles: The First Wave.
Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave.
Big Stir Singles: The Third Wave.
Big Stir Singles: The Fourth Wave.
Four waves so far, a fifth is on the way.

Reason To Live Award
New albums coming in 2020 from Sunshine Boys, The Handcuffs, Anton Barbeau, The Corner Laughers, Chris Church, The Seven and Six, Forrest, Sparklejet, and more.

Best Album Title
Matt Langlois, for his album titled “Merde!”. It’s a French word; look up the translation, and look up its use in theatrical productions in France.

Best Band Name
Sally’s Six-Gun Sorrow (Krista Acheson)

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Water, refillable bottle
2. Water, paper cup with ice
3. Water, military canteen/flask (tie)
4. Water, fountain down the hall
5. Water, single use bottle


Top Albums of 2019:
1. Lannie Flowers – Home
2. Lost Leaders – Promises Promises
3. Don Hawkins – Stutter Step
4. Drunken Prayer – Cordelia Elsewhere
5. The Bobbleheads – Myths And Fables
6. R. Stevie Moore – Afterlife
7. Richard X. Heyman – Pop Circles
8. The Armoires – Zibaldone
9. In Deed – Everest
10. Matt Langlois – Merde!
11. Trip Wire – Once & Always
12. Anton Barbeau/Salt – Berliner Grotesk/The Loneliness Of Clouds
13. The Rubinoos – From Home
14. Anny Celsi – Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
15. The Decibels – Scene, Not Herd/Big Hits! (Plus Twelve More)
16. Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands – My Colors Dark
17. Popdudes – Maximum Rock Stupidity
18. Nick Eng – Long Shot
19. JonEmery and the Unconventionals – Wrecked
20. The Morning Line – North
21. Girls On Grass – Dirty Power
22. The Gold Needles – Through A Window
23. Karen Haglof – Tobiano
24. Johnathan Pushkar – Straighten Up
25. The Well Wishers – The Lost Soundtrack
26. Steven Bradley – Summer Bliss And Autumn Tears
27. Heiskell – Songs In The Key Of H
28. Identical Suns – Week Minded
29. Jeremy – Pop Overflow
30. David Brookings & The Average Lookings – Scorpio Monologue

Top Songs of 2019:
The full list was revealed and played on Woody Radio on February 4, 2020.
1. Kai Danzberg – Not Only Sunshine (Reprise)
2. Wade Johnson – When Will It End
3. Girls On Grass – Down At The Bottom
4. Don Hawkins – So Much To Learn
5. In Deed – Heart Attack
6. Identical Suns – Miss Her Reminiscing
7. Heiskell – The Great Opaque
8. Drunken Prayer – Cordelia
9. Lannie Flowers – Free To Dream
10. The Kariannes – This Song Is A Cure
11. The Morning Line – Nostradamus/Synthadamus
12. Lost Leaders – All That I Want
13. Diplomats Of Solid Sound – Already Gone
14. The Armoires – Responsible (Reuptake)
15. The Decibels – Big Hits
16. Salt – A Song For Jerome
17. Blake Jones and the Trike Shop – Disentangled
18. Nick Eng – Too Good For Anyone
19. Elk City – Luncheonette
20. Richard X. Heyman – Upside And Down
21. Amoeba Teen – Like A Hit To The Head
22. The Bobbleheads – I Really See You
23. Trip Wire – Easy Exit
24. JonEmery And The Unconventionals – If You Think You’re Heartbroken Now
25. The Amplifier Heads – Who’s That Girl?
26. 50 Watt Heavy – Absolutely Fading (Nasty)
27. Michal Towber – Rockstar
28. Chancellorpink – A Rainbow’s Knocking
29. R. Stevie Moore – Another Day Slips Away
30. Bill Mumy – You’re My Inspiration
31. Project: Ghost Outfit – Mess My Mind
32. Steven Bradley – Capitol Hill
33. Matt Langlois – You Are My Weekend
34. Librarians With Hickeys – Until There Was You
35. Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands – My Colors Dark
36. Johnathan Pushkar – We Could Be Together
37. Sally’s Six-Gun Sorrow – 5 Miles From Home
38. My Little Hum – Don’t Build It Alone
39. The Lilacs – Shadow Of Doubt
40. Karen Haglof – Tobiano Twirl

Top EPs of 2019:
1. Project: Ghost Outfit – Project: Ghost Outfit
2. Elk City – Souls In Space
3. The Armoires – Side Three
4. Rogers & Butler – Diana Dors
5. The Seven And Six – EP#1
6. The Lilacs – The Lilacs Endure
7. Disturbed Furniture – Continuous Pleasures
8. The New Duncan Imperials – Hunny Bunny
9. Janet LaBelle – I Only See You
10. Heazza – Heazza

Bill Fuller, co-host of the Twirlies pregame show. Check out his League of Musical Detectorists and Longhair Detectorists Guild shows on KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento

Marty at the 2020 Twirlies

Mike at the 2020 Twirlies

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #893 – 11/2/2019: Interview with Heazza!

Heazza

On this show, we meet Heazza, a remarkable Chicago-based vocalist. Her given name is actually Heather Leonhardt, but I’ll let her tell you how she acquired the stage name Heazza–it’s kind of a fun story. But more importantly, her music. She has a wonderfully rich voice, full of drama and passion. And her songs–grown-up, cinematic, sometimes downbeat, othertimes dreamy. She calls her sonic palette “muted neon”–a fairly accurate and unique description. I call it wonderful. Her debut EP, “Heazza”, is a great introduction to this amazing songwriter-vocalist. A true artistic statement. http://www.heazzaofficial.com/

We spent the rest of the show playing a whole bunch of great music from 2019, mixed in with some great older stuff. Give a listen!

Artist | Track | Album
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
The Claustrophobes | Free | Underdog Pop
In Deed | Heart Attack | Everest
Todd Rundgren | I Saw The Light | The Very Best of Todd Rundgren
The Well Wishers | Great Day Out | The Lost Soundtrack
Steven Bradley | Pre-Emptive Strike | Summer Bliss And Autumn Tears
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music

Heazza interview
Heazza | Stuck | Heazza
Heazza | Occupied | Heazza

Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Desario | Down Among Them | Red Returns
Little Guilt Shrine | One, Two | Boy Girl Boy
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | MAKE
The Rubinoos | January | From Home
The Brothers Steve | Angeline | Big Stir Singles: The Third Wave
Sparklejet | Northern Land | Phonovella
The Cherry Bluestorms | Baby, You’re A Rich Man | Transit Of Venus
The Corner Laughers | The Girl, America | Matilda Effect
Nick Heyward | Stars In Her Eyes | The Apple Bed
Sex 66 | I Dreamed I Was A Dragster | Grew Up Down
The Bobbleheads | Holding On | Myths And Fables
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Morphine | Scratch | Yes
The Armoires | Anenome! | Side Three
Glenn Mercer | Wheels In Motion | Wheels In Motion
Dionne Warwick | I’ll Never Fall In Love Again | The Very Best of Dionne Warwick
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Freddy Jones Band | Waitress | North Avenue Wake Up Call
Matt Langlois | Anything Goes (Your Modern World) | Merde!
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
The Replacements | Attitude | All Shook Down
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Richard X. Heyman | If You’re So Inclined | Pop Circles
Juliana Hatfield and Tonya Donelly | Josie And The Pussycats | Single release
Jet Electro | Through | Jet Electro

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #892 – 10/26/2019: Interview with David Bash of the IPO music festival!

David Bash, very likely announcing a band at IPO

About a decade ago, I had David Bash on my show, in anticipation of the 2010 Liverpool edition of IPO. He is the founder and CEO of the IPO Music Festival (International Pop Overthrow). It was a good time, and I always thought I’d like to get him back on the show someday. Then earlier last year, I interviewed Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of Big Stir Records, while they were inside a parked car outside the L.A. IPO festival. During the interview, John Borack and David Bash joined them, and we all had a good time on the call. Later in the year, I was again chatting with Christina and Rex, who were at Christina’s house, and who should be there once again, but David Bash!

I may be slow, but I do eventually get the message: this was a clear sign that it was time to get David back on my show. I felt a little guilty that he wasn’t getting a full interview, just bits and pieces here and there. So finally, October 26th was the day–the return of David Bash to Twirl Radio!

The IPO, named after famed Chicago band Material Issue’s debut album, has been around since the late 1990s. It’s basically a music festival that travels to about 15 different cities in North America and Europe, and runs for multiple nights in each city. The idea is to bring together a lot of worthy, indie rock and roll bands in a veritable music smorgasbord. David and I talked about the origins of the festival, the current state of music, and even listened to a few tracks off the IPO 2019 compilation. It was a fun chat, and we covered a lot of ground. Get yourself to an IPO near you for some great live music.
https://internationalpopoverthrow.com

Artist | Track | Album
Bill Lloyd | Let Her Dance | Lloyd-ering
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Zibaldone
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Another Day Slips Away | Make It Be
Gin Blossoms | Allison Road | New Miserable Experience
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World

David Bash interview
The Morning Line | I Can’t Say | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 22
The Top Boost (feat. Roger Joseph Manning Jr.) | Dreaming | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 22
Zombies Of The Stratosphere | London Social Degree | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 22
The Sharona | Oh My Girl | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 22

The Spampinato Brothers | Let Him Think On That | Pie In The Sky
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window
Lindy LaFontaine | I Might Not Love You | Single release
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
The Rubinoos | Do You Remember | From Home
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
The Seven And Six | The Wonder | EP #1
Paula Carino | Flying Dream | Big Stir Singles: The Third Wave
The Morning Line | Nostradamus | North
Spanic Boys | When You Fall | Torture
The Claustrophobes | Clever Minds | Underdog Pop
Jeremy | Pop Overflow | Pop Overflow
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales And Alibis 3
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Krista D | Crazy Bitch | Single release
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | MAKE
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions | Four Flights Up | Rattlesnakes
The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Glen Campbell | Galveston | The Very Best Of Glen Campbell

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #891 – 9/28/2019: Interview doubleheader: Elaine McAfee Bender and Johnathan Pushkar!

Elaine McAfee Bender

This week’s show features a couple of fun interviews. We start off with Fort Worth, Texas-based music historian/ lyricist/ dancer/ –I could go on and on with the slashes–she’s multitalented, and has done so much–Elaine McAfee Bender! She got her start in her teens, setting up one of the very first Beatles fan clubs in America, and doing live radio music reports in Dallas-Fort Worth, back in the 1960s. She’s met a lot of the legendary, now-classic rock artists back in their heyday. She’s written songs, poetry, reviews, and more. She was basically right there at ground zero of 1960s rock and roll! I’ve known her for several years, and have always enjoyed her amazing personal stories of those days–delivered with an infectious enthusiasm. I recently realized that I needed you to hear those stories too, so today’s the day. We’ll hear some old music that she loves, and some newer music that’s grabbed her attention.

Johnathan Pushkar

Nashville-based Johnathan Pushkar may be chronologically young, but he is a musical “old soul”. Like Elaine, he’s a huge fan of the 1960s music, style, and attitude, and it comes through in his upbeat music and persona. Pretty quickly, he got signed by the legendary Jem Records label. His debut record, “Straighten Up”, shows influences from The Beatles through Weezer and more. It’s 10 tracks of upbeat power pop, compactly written and buoyantly performed. There’s 12 string Rickenbacker guitar all over this album, and it lulls, jangles, and crunches as needed, to serve the songs. Great vocal harmonies pull it all together. This is a fun listen for sure. My conversation with Johnathan was fun and inspired, and I’m looking forward to what comes next for him.
https://www.johnathanpushkar.com

Enjoy the great stories and music!

Artist | Track | Album
Jonah’s Onelinedrawing | Better Than This | Sketchy EP#1
The Seven And Six | Strataplastic | EP#1
Don Hawkins | Acquisition | Stutter Step
Trip Wire | Bottle Rocket | Once & Always
Jane’s Addiction | Stop | Ritual De Lo Habitual
Skip Heller | I Hate You | That Was Then
Dionne Warwick | I Say A Little Prayer | The Very Best of Dionne Warwick

Elaine McAfee Bender interview
The Beatles | Things We Said Today | A Hard Day’s Night
Herman’s Hermits | Mrs. Brown | Single release
Laurie Biagini | The California Quake | A Go-Go Girl In A Modern World
David Bullock | Blue Ridge Mountains | In The Waking World
Train | Drops Of Jupiter | Drops Of Jupiter

The Armoires | Not A Good Man | Side Three
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Three Minute Tease | Love Is Onion | Three Minute Tease
Spanic Boys | When You Fall | Torture
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Sun Up | The Underground Garden
Sundial Symphony | Merri Goes Round | Big Stir Singles: The Third Wave

Johnathan Pushkar interview
Johnathan Pushkar | We Could Be Together | Straighten Up
Johnathan Pushkar | Boyfriend | Straighten Up

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