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

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #863 – 2/23/2019: Cole Guerra of I Am Casting interview!

Cole Guerra of I Am Casting

On this week’s show, we met North Carolina-based Cole Guerra. He’s the main man behind I Am Casting, a jazzy project, which is the perfect combination of experimental, floating melodies and pointed, topical lyrics. After more than a decade off from making music, Cole, a psychologist, returned to the studio. Interestingly enough, he creates the music first–the melodies, and all instrumentation. Only after that does he start writing lyrics. They’re political, timely, and usually subtle enough to where you need to listen a couple of times, and then they start getting under your skin. The whole album was carefully crafted, and quite listenable, while making you think. Check it out at

We also dug into the new 2019 music. It’s starting to come in, fast and furious, and I am gleefully gulping from this musical firehose. Enjoy the show, and you’ll hear what I mean.

Artist | Track | Album
Frank Black | Calistan | Teenager Of The Year
Lost Leaders | Extra-Ordinary | Promises Promises
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Bill Lloyd | Merch Table | Working The Long Game
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis

Cole Guerra interview
I Am Casting | Muggers | Carnival Barkers
I Am Casting | Flood | Carnival Barkers

The Decibels | Hey Emily | Scene, Not Herd
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Big Stir Digital Single No. 13
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Jason Falkner | I Live | Presents Author Unknown
Dara Ackerman | Woodshed | Partially True Stories
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #862 – 2/16/2019: In-studio interviews with Gail George, and with Eric Blakely of The Bottle Kids!

Eric Blakely, DJ Mike (and his freakishly long arm), and Gail George just after the Twirl broadcast

Radio magic. It happened this weekend. I was fortunate to have two amazing, wonderful, friendly musical guests visiting me in person, in the Twirl studios. They both traveled a long way to get here, so it was one of those days where all musical roads lead to Sacramento.

Sacramento native, singer-songwriter Gail George, was visiting from New York City. It’s become a regular thing for her to visit whenever she’s in town. She recently released a wonderful set of vocal-oriented cover songs called “It’s Personal”, so we chatted about the making of that, and played some other songs from her past–and even her future–by way of a soon to be released collaboration with Don Hawkins.

Berkeley native, and leader of The Bottle Kids, Eric Blakely, got married a while back and moved to Paris, France. Pretty romantic. Well, he was back in NorCal for a visit, and was kind enough to make the drive up to Sacramento. Last year, he released the Kids’ sophomore release, “Let Me In On This Action”, so we heard some tracks from it, talked about the history of the band, and Eric even graced us by playing a couple of songs live in studio.

The best part for me was that Gail and Eric had never met before, and weren’t even familiar with each other’s music. But the three of us had a terrific chat. It was a great musical meeting of the minds between these two talents, and you can hear it all here.

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Steely Dan | Barrytown | Pretzel Logic
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Maxi Dunn | Pull You Down | Welcome To Soonville

Gail George interview
Gail George | Crazy | It’s Personal
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation | Follow Your Bliss!

Eric Blakely interview
The Bottle Kids | Into The Ether | Let Me In On This Action
Eric Blakely | The Only Heart That I Can See | Live in studio
The Bottle Kids | Tell Her That You Mean It | Let Me In On This Action

Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”

More chat with Gail and Eric
Don Hawkins | If I Were A Pen | Single release
Eric Blakely | American Girls | Live in studio
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #861 – 2/9/2019

No guest today, but please enjoy this gratituous picture of my red sneaker in the Twirl studios.

You know, 2019 started off with a bang. Weeks of live radio interviews, and then last week, the Twirlie Awards show, with all of its attendant hoopla. So I thought this week might be an opporunity to play catch up. The music waits for no one–new releases have been coming in nearly every day, and 2019 shows no sign of slowing down.

Big Stir Records has started a program of releasing double digital singles from bands. Really great bands, and really great songs. So I started each half hour segment with one of those singles. Music from Addison Love, Sons of Morning, Clifford Ulrich, and Plasticsoul. Plus–new songs from Lannie Flowers, and Rogers & Butler, ended up in the mix.

It was great getting back to my roots: sitting in a little booth for two hours, talking to myself. Hopefully, you were listening, or will listen to the audio, so that it wasn’t all for naught.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Addison Love | Unsolicited Phone Calls | Single release
Rogers & Butler | Seven Hour Man | Diana Dors
I Am Casting | Window | Carnival Barkers
Librarians With Hickeys | Until There Was You | Single release
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Hot Nun | It’s Just Right | Born To Blaze
Sons Of Morning | Cold And Blue | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Summer Blue | Single release
The New Empire | Special To Me | White Lace And Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams
Midnight Oil | King Of The Mountain | Blue Sky Mining
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going To Miss Her | Single release
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales And Alibis
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Bill Lloyd | What Time Won’t Heal | Working The Long Game
Anton Barbeau | It’s The Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Natural Causes
Gail George | Pop Life | It’s Personal
The Bottle Kids | When You Come Around | Let Me In On This Action
Plasticsoul | The Ghost In Between Us | Single release
Globelamp | Saint Cecilia | Romantic Cancer
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson

2019 Twirlie Award Winners and podcast (Show #860 – February 2, 2019)

Mike and Marty getting ready to give out some Twirlie Awards.

Here is the complete list of 2019 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 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.

The award presenters: Martin Anaya and Mike Lidskin. Marty was our Hollywood correspondent, co-hosting live from Hollywood, California, while I broadcasted from the Sacramento studios.

A new feature this year: although the Song of the Year was announced at the Twirlies, the rest of the Top 40 Songs list was revealed and played, in its entirety, on Woody Radio on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. It’s what we in the biz refer to as “the best of both worlds”.

Twirlie Awards show, 2/2/2019:

Twirlie Awards top songs countdown show, 2/5/2019:

Album of the Year
Sunshine Boys, for their album Blue Music

Album of the Year Runner up
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson

Song of the Year
Elk City, for their song 25 Lines

Song of the Year Runner up
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, for their song Alchemy C’mere

Female Vocalist of the Year
Krista Acheson, for her Krista D and Molly Grue projects

Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson

Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Michael Simmons, for his album First Days Of Summer

EP of the Year
Roger Joseph Manning Jr., for his EP Glamping

Ear Candy
Bill Lloyd, for his album Working The Long Game
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.

Debut Album of the Year
Addison Love, for his album Thoughts On Lunch?

Best Album that’s NOT an Album
Lannie Flowers, for his 10 March To Home monthly single releases in 2018

Best Songwriting
Steve Barton, for his triple album set Tall Tales & Alibis

Best Line in a Song
Rachel Taylor Brown. The album: “Run Tiny Human”. The song: “Maker”. The line: “We’ll take your town, we’ll make it better.” The context: Hipsters moving to your city (in her case, Portland), and gentrifying it.

Best Interview
Lisa Mychols, 6/30/2018

Best Live, in-studio Session
Rick Hromadka of Maple Mars/Ruby Free, 7/14/2018

Best Concert Performance
The Re-Used Electrics, Arlington, TX 7/28/2018

Music Scene of the Year
Big Stir: Big Stir Records, Big Stir Magazine, Big Stir live shows, Big Stir Radar Hour radio show

Record Label of the Year
Spyderpop Records, with releases by Wilkerson, Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, The Re-Used Electrics, Pat Buchanan

Spirit of Twirl Award
Poplord recording radio drops and promos for Twirl Radio

Tip of the Iceberg Award
Given to the Song of the Year Award. I only played and announced the Song of the Year, but there are dozens more songs on my list, which will be named shortly. Thus–I have literally given an award to one of my awards.

The Meta Award
Given to the Tip of the Iceberg Award, for giving an award to one of my awards. Oops–I did it again! As Marty said during the broadcast, I think we broke the fourth wall here.

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Getting to do 55 interviews in one year
2. Woody Radio stole/started carrying Twirl Radio
3. BBQ / Tex-Mex / Spyderpop live music fest / Whataburger / Record Shopping / Heat and humidity / Carousing in Texas, late July 2018
4. Meeting the following musicians in person: Lisa Said, Marty Schneider & Stu Shader of Trip Wire, Chuck Lindo & Cheryl Hendrickson of The American Professionals, Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt, Roger Rocha of Felsen, Trevi Weiser, Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs, John Clifton
5. Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18, 5/20/2018, Blue Note Brewing Company, Woodland, CA

Wayback Award
Yung Wu, for the re-release of their 1988 album Shore Leave. Yung Wu is a Feelies side-project, led by drummer Dave Weckerman.

Cover Song of the Year
The Test Pressings, for their cover of The Love Boat Theme. This came from the compilation album White Lace And Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams. Performers: Karen Basset, Robbie Rist, John Borack.

Best Compilation Album
The Fowl Tone Sampler, released by Fowl Tone Records, Fowler, CA. 12 different bands and genres–but all performed by Poplord: Tom Magill, Craig Daniel, Stan Schaffer.

Reason To Live Award
New albums coming in 2019 from The Bobbleheads, The Armoires, Maxi Dunn, Matt Langlois, Edward Rogers, Duncan Faure, Lannie Flowers, Jimmy Catlett, Karen Haglof, The Handcuffs, and more.

Best Album Title
Molly Grue (Krista Acheson), for the EP titled The Happy Ending Cannot Come In The Middle Of The Story

Best Band Name
Little Jimmy Giant, on The Fowl Tone Sampler

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Hot green tea
2. Almond milk latte
3. Water
4. Coffee
5. Iced coffee

Top Albums of 2018:
1. Sunshine Boys – Blue Music
2. Wilkerson – Wilkerson
3. Steve Barton – Tall Tales & Alibis (1, 2, 3)
4. Anton Barbeau – Natural Causes
5. Bill Lloyd – Working The Long Game
6. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Make
7. The Cherry Bluestorms – Whirligig!
8. The Imperial Sound – The New AM
9. Victor Sotelo – Homeland Insecurities
10. Elk City – Everybody’s Insecure
11. Fowl Tone Records – 12 Timeless Classics: The Fowl Tone Sampler
12. Gretchen’s Wheel – Black Box Theory
13. Vegas With Randolph – Legs And Luggage
14. Michael Simmons – First Days Of Summer
15. Lisa Mychols – Sugar
16. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
17. Rachel Taylor Brown – Run Tiny Human
18. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
19. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
20. Spygenius – Pacéphale
21. Daniel Trigger – Right Turn
22. Skip Heller & Spike Sikes – Sacramento
23. William Duke – Quatro
24. Pugwash – Silverlake
25. Addison Love – Thoughts On Lunch?
26. The Orange Peels – Trespassing
27. Astral Drive – Astral Drive
28. Banjo Bones – Ghostly Musings From The Delta
29. Bay Station – Other Desert Cities
30. Alison Hogan – Songs From The Third Act

Top Songs of 2018:
The full list was revealed and played on Woody Radio on February 5, 2019.
1. Elk City – 25 Lines
2. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Alchemy C’mere
3. Anton Barbeau – Magazine Street
4. Rachel Taylor Brown – Up You
5. The Cherry Bluestorms – Purple Heart Magic
6. Wilkerson – How She Lost My Heart
7. Sunshine Boys – Only A Million Miles
8. Lannie Flowers – Day Glow
9. Bill Lloyd – Satellite
10. Melissa Phillips – The Flame
11. Pete’s Copter – Magic Circle
12. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
13. Steve Barton – Before I Get Too Young
14. Pugwash – Everyone Knows That You’re Mine
15. Wade Johnson – You Know It
16. Agony Aunts – FU4 Tryna’ Be Bolth
17. Michael Simmons – No More Girls
18. Addison Love – Wee & Nancy Lee
19. Crooked Flower – Dancing
20. William Duke – Caroline And The Silver Screen
21. Krista D – Penny For Your Thoughts
22. Gretchen’s Wheel – Plans
23. Lisa Mychols – Into Oblivion
24. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
25. Piramid Scheme – Bandwagon Jumping Machine
26. Vegas With Randolph – Women In Airports
27. Victor Sotelo – Hey Paul!
28. The Imperial Sound – Yesterday
29. Astral Drive – Summer Of ’76
30. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
31. Alison Hogan – This Time
32. Spygenius – Godfearing
33. Daniel Trigger – Rock N Roll Party
34. The Orange Peels – Running Away
35. Gail George – Blue
36. Hot Nun – Big Fat No
37. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
38. The Crushing Violets – Strange Voices
39. The Outryders – Should Have Known
40. Cootes Paradise – It’s True

Top EPs of 2018:
1. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – Glamping
2. Melissa Phillips – Both Ways
3. Gail George – It’s Personal
4. Krista D – Look At Me I’m Krista D
5. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
6. Hot Nun – Born To Blaze
7. Piramid Scheme – Get Rich Quick Too
8. Crooked Flower – Into The Light
9. The Jangle Band – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over
10. The Re-Used Electrics – For Johnny

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