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


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

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #848 – 10/27/2018: Interview with Rachel Taylor Brown!

Rachel Taylor Brown

On today’s show, we got to meet Portland’s Rachel Taylor Brown. She just released her tenth album, “Run Tiny Human”, and it’s really good, but hard to classify. My Windows Media Player software helpfully describes it as “Contemporary Pop”. Well, I don’t know about all that. She doesn’t sound anything like Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, or Ed Sheeran (that I’m aware of). So how can I describe “Run Tiny Human” to you? Well, imagine Danielle Dax driving a getaway car with Tori Amos riding shotgun, and they accidentally collide into another getaway car, this one being driven by Ben Folds. And then Lou Reed rides up on a motorcycle and takes down the police report.

Did that help? No? Well how about this: Rachel’s music is mostly piano based, somewhat quirky and experimental. Some of it is gritty and in your face, some of the messages lurk below the surface, sometimes it just plain rocks, and some of it is lovely and melodic. She captures all kinds of emotions and feelings. As far as subject matter goes, one of the themes of this album is an examination of her hometown of Portland, and how it’s been taken over by people moving there from other places, and making it into a sort of big city hipster haven–more “cool” than it used to be, but also, unrecognizable. That’s a bit of a cautionary tale for a lot of American cities these days. She takes a hard look at the world around us. It’s a very artistic album. Accept the challenge and listen to this record–you’ll grow a bit in the process. We had an engaging and spirited conversation, and it was really fun to talk through all of this with Rachel.

While you’re at it–check out the new music from Van Go, Pat Buchanan, and Gail George. I put it right at the beginning of the show, just for you!

Artist | Track | Album
Van Go | I Wish I Could Be Grateful | Everyone Loves You When You’re Gone
Pat Buchanan | Sandbox | Single release
Gail George | Crazy | It’s Personal
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
The Imperial Sound | A Man Like You | The New AM
Michot’s Melody Makers | La Danse Carree | Blood Moon
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be
The Loud Family And Anton Barbeau | Song About “Rocks Off” | What If It Works?
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | MAKE
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
The Cherry Bluestorms | Out | Whirligig!
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days

Rachel Taylor Brown interview
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Rachel Taylor Brown | Glitcher | Run Tiny Human

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #847 – 10/20/2018: Interview with Eric Kern and John Ratts of Vegas With Randolph!

Vegas With Randolph

Vegas With Randolph is a band that we’ve championed on Twirl Radio for a long time–pretty much this entire decade. They’re a hard working bunch of musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area, who’ve released three exciting albums, and are about to release their fourth, “Legs & Luggage”, which might be their most rockin’ and upbeat to date. I once said that they produce “thinking man’s party music”, and alluded to the fact that you should always listen to their songs driving around town with the windows down (regardless of the time of year). I was given the great honor of writing the liner notes to their album “Above The Blue”, back in 2011.

Well after five years, I welcomed principal songwriters Eric Kern and John Ratts back to the show. As you might imagine, we had plenty to catch up on. I’ve heard most of the new album, and it is wonderful. It is an album of transitions, not the least of which is the passing of their bassist, Dan Aylestock, who looms large in the band’s history.

We chatted about the making of the record, and its imminent release. I know a handful of people in Washington, D.C.–and Eric and John tell a story that pretty much places them all in the same room at the same time! We’ll also hear a couple of tracks from Legs & Luggage. You should get this one once it’s released on October 23rd.

Addtionally, we played brand new tracks from Karla Kane, The Turnback, and Mod Hippie. We heard Allyson Seconds’ love song to downtown Sacramento. And I played a song from a guy who went to the same high school that I did. I found out this week that Steve Barton, frontman of Translator, graduated from the same high school in Los Angeles that I went to, a few years before I did. Musical greatness did indeed walk those halls!

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Glenn Mercer | Wheels In Motion | Wheels In Motion
Karla Kane | Sisters Of The Pollen | Single release
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
The Turnback | This Could Be Our Year | Spinning The Earth In Reverse

Vegas With Randolph interview
Vegas With Randolph | The Girl Holding Out For Me | Legs & Luggage
Vegas With Randolph | She’s An Intellectual | Legs & Luggage

Allyson Seconds | I’m Just A Country Girl | Bag Of Kittens
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Elk City | He’s Having A Baby | Everybody’s Insecure
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Duncan Faure | Better Than Ever | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Astral Drive | No One Escapes | Astral Drive
Mod Hippie | Johnny’s Gonna Die | Wannabe Nobody
Gretchen’s Wheel | Tatyana | Black Box Theory
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
The Smoking Flowers | Young & Brave | Let’s Die Together
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #846 – 10/13/2018: Live in-studio visit with Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper!

Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper in the Twirl studios

Well, Anton Barbeau is back visiting his hometown of Sacramento, from Berlin. And that means a Twirl Radio in-studio visit! Don’t get me wrong–I don’t take this for granted. Honestly–it never gets old. I just count myself lucky that he’s back, and here to chat music.

So he and Julia came and spent over an hour with me. We talked about Anton’s career. You know how some people metaphorically put things “on the back burner”? Well, he’s got something on every burner. Several musical projects in the works, in several countries. More albums on the horizon. More collaborations. And even another trip back to Northern California before the year is out. All of this comes out in the first half of the interview.

In the second part, Anton and Julia play DJ. Julia, who is a renaissance woman herself (graphic artist, musician, record label owner, and KVMR radio personality), knows her way around a turntable, going back to her days of doing a music show on the radio. I like to think of my show as eclectic, but the variety of music they both played puts me to shame. Everything from Julian Cope to ABBA to Parliament to a strangely psychedelic band from Wales, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. It all worked, rather smoothly, if you ask me. It was exhilarating, to say the least.

The audio from this fun show will be coming soon.

Artist | Track | Album
Leafy Seadragon | Disagree To Disagree | Single release
The Melismatics | Crawl, Baby, Crawl | Rising Tide
Mod Hippie | Cricket LaRue | Wannabe Nobody
Maxi Dunn | I’m Only Here Because Of You | Edmund & Leo
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Secretion Of The Wafer | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes

Anton & Julia DJ segment
Fleetwood Mac | That’s All For Everyone | Tusk
Julian Cope | I Gotta Walk | Autogeddon
The Beatles | Julia | Anthology
ABBA | S.O.S. | Gold
Television | See No Evil | Marquee Moon
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci | Why Are We Sleeping? | Introducing Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Parliament | Bop Gun | Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #845 – 10/6/2018: Interview doubleheader: Christian Havins and Linda Beecroft of Dallas Acid, and Rich Hope!

Dallas Acid

Now this is what I would call a diverse show. We hadn’t done a doubleheader of interviews in a while, and the two artists we interviewed couldn’t be more dissimilar. And the variety is a good thing!

In the first hour, we met Christian Havins and Linda Beecroft, of ambient trio Dallas Acid (interestingly enough, from Austin, not Dallas). They recently had the opportunity to perform in New York with their musical heroes Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. And after the show, they all decided to spend the next day recording together. So they did an impromptu session. Creativity ensued, and sonic soundscapes were created on the fly. They captured everything, and later on, edited them down to produce the Arrive Without Leaving album. Give a listen to this peaceful, powerful music, and see where it takes you.

Rich Hope

In the second hour, we chatted with Vancouver rocker Rich Hope. Laboring for many years as one half of “Vancouver’s one and only two man quartet of trashy boogie blues”, he expanded his sound to include a wurlitzer organ and horns. It’s fuzzy, grungy, and throws back a little to a simpler time when rock and roll was an exciting, frightening thing. But Rich’s blues and soul based music never loses its fun. He’s played in venues all over the world, and opened for many like minded musical souls, including The Flamin’ Groovies, Social Distortion, Reverend Horton Heat, and many others. Get this record and rock out…loud!

Artist | Track | Album
Greg Loiacono | The Red Thread Part I (The Gloaming) | Songs From A Golden Dream
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
Victor Sotelo | Listen And See | Homeland Insecurities
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Lannie Flowers | Don’t Make Me Wait | Single release

Dallas Acid interview
Laraaji, Dallas Acid, & Arji OceAnanda | This Much More | Arrive Without Leaving
Laraaji, Dallas Acid, & Arji OceAnanda | Evening Reduction | Arrive Without Leaving

Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | MAKE
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Krista D | Run Jane Run | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Kaz Murphy | Stella Rae | Ride Out The Storm
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!

Rich Hope interview
Rich Hope | 5 Cents A Dance | I’m All Yours
Rich Hope | Golden Clouds | I’m All Yours

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #844 – 9/29/2018: Interview with Kenn Goodman of The Imperial Sound!

The Imperial Sound

Now it can be told: September was a pretty great month for interviews on Twirl Radio. To review: Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs, Sparklejet, Addison Love, and Danny Wilkerson. Most radio people, including myself, would give their eye teeth for a set of interviews like this (by the way–if you find my eye teeth, please let me know!). So to cap off this stellar month, and to begin my favorite season, Fall, I knew we had to do something special. So we had as our very special guest, Kenn Goodman, founder of venerable indie label Pravda Records, and founding member of Chicago band The Imperial Sound.

The Imperial Sound has rapidly become one of my favorite new bands. It was started by Kenn and his longtime musical partner Rick Mosher, as the next logical step beyond their legendary band The New Duncan Imperials. Their sound is big, fun, brash at times, and more introspective other times. It’s grown up and sophisticated, yet still rocks. It’s an amalgam of rock, blues, and jazz. You could say Stax meets Burt Bacharach, but gets hijacked by ska and punk rock along the way, and you’d be pretty close. I admitted to Kenn that on paper, I’m normally not a big fan of music with lots of horns and keyboards–but this band really, really works for me. I am NOW a fan of music with lots of horns and keyboards–it just has to be done the way The Imperial Sound does it. And vocalists–wow, not only do most of the six band members sing, but they had the luxury of bringing in several other guest vocalists on some of the songs. Folks like Peter Himmelman, Nora O’Connor, and Dag Juhlin. (On a side note: Chloe Orwell, of longtime Twirl favorite band The Handcuffs, now sings with The Imperial Sound during their live gigs!) Check them out, and buy their record:

We also spent a few minutes chatting about Kenn’s amazing company, Pravda Records, and the breadth of music showcased there, including Twirl favorites Sunshine Boys and The Diplomats of Solid Sound. Check out this label–you’re sure to find some music you’ll love:

Today’s show also started with a world radio debut of a new track from Vegas With Randolph, “You Could Say Yes”. Talk about starting the show with a bang! It’s an uplifting, rockin’ tune from their soon to be released fourth album, “Legs & Luggage”. And for those of you Twirlsters in the know–we’ll be having Eric Kern and John Ratts from VWR on our show in the very near future!

Artist | Track | Album
Vegas With Randolph | You Could Say Yes | Legs & Luggage
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
Orbis Max | Ride | Single release
Desario | Down Among Them | III
The American Professionals | Falling Down | Sympathetic Overdrive
Daniel Trigger | Drive | Right Turn

Kenn Goodman interview
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
The Imperial Sound | I Feel Strange | The New AM

Sunshine Boys | Wayside | Single release
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Raquel Bell | A Solo To Mars | Swandala
Lisa Mychols | Domino | Sugar
Russ Tolman | Sleepin’ All Alone | Compass & Map
Duncan Faure | Girl On Her Own | Anthology
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Adam Marsland | Cut And Run | Go West
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory

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