Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #851 – 11/17/2018: Double-length episode!

Sometimes, you are given a gift. This week, the gift I was given was the gift of time. Two additional hours, to be exact.

My friend Bill Fuller, who hosts the excellent “Longhair Detectorists Guild” program right before mine, took a well-deserved Saturday off. He was kind enough to offer the additional two hours to me. And my simple one-handed math indicates that, um, I got to do a four hour show.

So what did I do with that time? I rolled out 55 songs. Some brand new releases, debuting on Twirl, from the likes of Melissa Phillips, Kai Danzberg with Lisa Mychols, and Krista D. Some Twirl Radio classics, favorites from over the years by Ass Ponys, Two Dollar Pistols, and Juliana Hatfield. But most of all, you got to hear a lot of great new music, much of it independently released.

The musical variety is astounding. You’ll hear obscure music that deserves to be famous. But if you’re looking for famous music that deserves to be obscure–well, you’ve got the wrong show. That’s those other guys!

Give a listen, and enjoy the extended helpiung of music.

Artist | Track | Album
Melissa Phillips | Little Pieces | Both Ways
Kai Danzberg with Lisa Mychols | Let Me Know | Big Stir Digital Single
Glenn Mercer | Days To Come | Wheels In Motion
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Stephen’s Ruin | What You Gonna Do? | Never Too Late
The Bottle Kids | When You Come Around | Let Me In On This Action
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson
Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
The Imperial Sound | Daylight | The New AM
Heiskell | Hurtin’ On You | Emotional Terrorism
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | MAKE
Vegas With Randolph | Free Your Soul | Legs & Luggage
Krista D. | Crazy Bitch | Single release
Graham Parker | Everything Goes | Human Soul
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Maze | Black Box Theory
Dara Ackerman | Golden Circle | Partially True Stories
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
The Apples In Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
Bill Lloyd | Miracle Mile | Working The Long Game
Gail George | Blue | It’s Personal
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | Tripping Through Time | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Steve Earle | The Revolution Starts Now | The Revolution Starts…Now
Robyn Hitchcock | Captain Dry | You & Oblivion
Karla Kane | Goodguy Sun | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Michot’s Melody Makers | Blues De Neg Francais | Blood Moon
Michot’s Melody Makers | Dans Le Pins | Blood Moon
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single Release
Astral Drive | Love Is Real | Astral Drive
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | Sacramento
Ass Ponys | Little Bastard | Electric Rock Music
Mod Hippie | And Everyone The Fashion (So Sorry) | Wannabe Nobody
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
The Cherry Bluestorms | Out | Whirligig!
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
The Jangle Band | Now That’s Over | Single release
Hot Nun | Anyway | Born To Blaze
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Emily Zuzik | The Biggest Mistake | Detours
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
Greg Loiacono | Sunny Day Blues | Songs From A Golden Dream
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #843 – 9/22/2018: Danny Wilkerson interview!

Danny Wilkerson

I’ve known Danny Wilkerson for several years now. He’s best known as the drummer and occasional singer/songwriter for Texas power pop legends The Pengwins, along with another Twirl Radio staple, Lannnie Flowers. I’ve hung out with him in Texas each year for the past 4 years, on what’s becoming kind of an annual music nerd pilgrimage to Arlington, TX. He’s got an upbeat, positive personality, always quick to joke around or offer a kind word. A huge music fan, and a bit of a practical joker too–but I’ll tell you about that another time.

So knowing those things about a person, what would you expect a solo record of his to contain? Maybe upbeat music, positive lyrics, a sense of humor, all crafted with care, and with an understanding of what came before him. Lo and behold–that’s exactly the kind of album Danny released! His solo debut album, “Wilkerson”, is all of those things. It’s a bit of a throwback to an earlier time–when releasing pop music that sounded good to everybody, and could get played on the radio, actually mattered. Several different styles figure prominently on this album–it’s a pop tour de force. He’s got some impressive collaborators, including Bleu McAuley and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Just get this one. It comes with 180 gram vinyl, a CD, and a digital download card. Big thanks to Spyderpop Records for releasing this masterpiece. www.dannywilkerson.com

Artist | Track | Album
Hux & The Hitmen | Stay With Me | Soggy Oxygen
Kaz Murphy | Somebody Could Be Me | Ride Out The Storm
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Danny Wilkerson interview
Wilkerson | Everybody Loves To Love | Wilkerson
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson

The Imperial Sound | Daylight | The New AM
Little Jimmy Giant | I Think You Think I Think So | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Duncan Faure | England Doesn’t Sleep | Machine From The Other Side
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #794 – 9/9/2017: Karla Kane & Fun Of The Pier in-studio interviews!

Karla Kane

Today’s show featured two musical married couples–Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh of The Corner Laughers, and Helen and Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier. Karla and Khoi are no strangers to Twirl Radio, but this time, we celebrated the release of Karla’s first solo album, “King’s Daughters Home For Incurables”. In the interview, we learned where the seemingly mysterious title comes from. While the sound of Karla’s solo songs may be a tad quieter and folkier than The Corner Laughers, there’s no mistaking who wrote the songs. Karla’s style is pretty unique among her peers–always intellectual and witty, and if a social statement needs to be made, it’s made in a gentle way that still manages to cut right to the point. A fine record indeed! http://www.karlakane.com

Fun Of The Pier

We were also treated to a visit with Helen and Mark, who are visiting us from Nottingham, UK! They’ve toured and played with The Corner Laughers in both the UK and US, and have just released their first full-length record, the delightful “14:42”. During the interview, we learned about the origins of the intriguing band name. Helen is the songwriter and singer/guitarist, Mark plays bass, and Richard Snow rounds out the trio with his signature guitar playing. The music is warm and sunny. Speaking as a Californian, it sounds very much at home here. Also a fine record! http://www.facebook.com/pg/funofthepier

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Al Green | So You’re Leaving | Let’s Stay Together
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Chris Church | Something Completely | Limitations Of Source Tape
Cirrone | It’s Gonna Be The Right Time | Kings For A Night
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Three Minute Tease | MTV Song | Bite The Hand

Karla Kane & Khoi Huynh interview
Karla Kane | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables

Helen & Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier interview
Fun Of The Pier | Past/Future | 14:42
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42

Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
The Doughboys | Fool For Your Love | Front Street Rebels
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Armoires | Fort Ashby | Incidental Light Show
The Pengwins | Go Away | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
The Rubinoos | Party Insurance | 45
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #782 – 5/27/2017: Josh McCaslin of Roselit Bone interview!

Roselit Bone

On today’s show, we chatted with Josh McCaslin of Portland band Roselit Bone. The 10 piece(!) band’s new album, Blister Steel, is both bleak and listenable all at once. That’s an honor I don’t ascribe to just anybody. Each song is a carefully constructed mini movie soundtrack. Each sets the scene, and the blend of genres is just stunning. You’ll hear rockabilly, ranchera, surf, and punk–sometimes all in the same song! There’s horns, steel guitars, tons of reverb and echo, coupled with crooning and howling. There’s dystopian waltzes and skewered honky-tonk. This album may not be anything like what you hear on commercial radio–but I think you need to hear this. It will open your mind to what happens when genres crash to form new music.

More info at: www.roselitbone.com

Artist | Track | Album
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Gail George | Follow Your Bliss | Follow Your Bliss!
Cirrone | It’s Gonna Be The Right Time | Kings For A Night
Maxi Dunn | Meteor Shower | Edmund & Leo
Identical Suns | Goldeneye | Songs. Bond Songs.

Josh McCaslin interview
Roselit Bone | By The Glint Of Your Horns | Blister Steel
Roselit Bone | My First Name | Blister Steel

Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Brian Cullman | Memphis Madeline | The Opposite Of Time
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lisa Said | Peel The Moon | Estranged
The Jeremy Band | Hit You With A Flower | Hit You With A Flower
honeychain | Welcome To My Life | Crushed
Edward Rogers | Burn N Play | Glass Marbles
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
The Mysteries Of Life | I Like You | Bad Advice
Gretchen’s Wheel | Wish | Sad Scientist
The Welcome Matt | The Man In The Golden Tower | More Empire Days
Anton Barbeau | High Noon | Magic Act
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Plasticsoul | Biff Bang Pow | Therapy

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #742 – 8/6/2016: Jeff Shelton (of The Well Wishers) interview!

Artist | Track | Album
XTC | No Thugs In Our House | English Settlement
SLD | Every Day | Indigo Gray
Bud Rogers | Fight Or Flight | Starman
A Don Piper Situation | Yes I Do | What It Is
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
R.E.M. | Bittersweet Me | New Adventures In Hi-Fi

Jeff Shelton interview | |
The Well Wishers | Impossible To Blame | Comes And Goes
The Well Wishers | Comes Around | Comes And Goes

Gretchen’s Wheel | The Fourth Wall | Fragile State
Poplord | I’d Fall Down | Full/Filled
Scarth Locke | Treehouse | Can’t Not
Laurie Biagini | The California Quake | A Go-Go Girl In A Modern World
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
The Pengwins | Shake Some Action | The Pengwins Vol. 3
The Cherry Bluestorms | See No Evil | Single release
Duncan Faure | Nightfall (alternate mix) | Single release
Girls On Grass | Too Pretty | Girls On Grass
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Snapshots | Pop Songs & Kyries
Identical Suns | Unraveled | Identical Suns
The JAC | Persistent Man | Faux Pas
Felsen | Felsen’s Gonna Save You | Breaking Up With Loneliness
Braam Brothers | Ur Song | Hail Violet

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #724 – 3/26/2016: Edward Rogers interview!

Artist | Track | Album
Desario | Capture | Red Returns
Lindy LaFontaine | Alizee | Single release
Banjo Bones | Delicate Art Of Revenge | Failed Ambitions
Identical Suns | Common Ground | Identical Suns
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Full Circle | Operation Bubble
Vulgar Boatmen | Cry Real Tears | You And Your Sister

Edward Rogers interview
Edward Rogers | Olde House On The Hill | Glass Marbles
Edward Rogers | The World Of Mystery | Glass Marbles

Eric Friedmann And The Lucky Rubes | Jingletown | Kicking Beehives And Other Good Ideas
Sam Phillips | Standing Still | Cruel Inventions
Clay Howard | Never Give It Away | Who The Hell Is Clay Howard?
Laurie Biagini | The California Quake | A Go-Go Girl In A Modern World
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Anton Barbeau | Swindon | Magic Act
honeychain | This Year’s Girl | Beyond Belief: A Tribute To Elvis Costello
Bill Lloyd | Every Word Means No | Lloyd-ering
Gretchen’s Wheel | Second To Last | Fragile State
Jet Electro | Why I Shot My Baby Down | Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder
The Corner Laughers | For The Sake Of The Cat | Ultraviolet Garden
Felsen | Generals And Majors | Felsen Loves You
Richard McGraw | Infinite Mind | How To Suffer
Heiskell | Deep Appreciation | Arriving
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #722 – 3/12/2016: Anton Barbeau and Corner Laughers interviews!

The Corner Laughers in the Twirl studios, 3/12/2016.

The Corner Laughers in the Twirl studios, 3/12/2016.

Episode 722 of Twirl Radio was a milestone. It marked the first time that all four members of Bay Area band The Corner Laughers had appeared together in the Twirl studios. Our perennial gag had been that much like the President and Vice President don’t travel together for security reasons, it’s for security reasons that all four Laughers don’t appear together on my show. Well, drastic times call for drastic measures, and Sacramento’s pent up demand for the band required them all to be there.

This was a pretty epic show, because a mere minutes earlier, we also had an in-studio visit from Anton Barbeau, who was visiting his hometown of Sacramento from Berlin. We chatted about his wonderful, newly-released album Magic Act, which does live up to its title. Both bands turned in great performances at Shine Cafe in downtown Sacramento later that night.

Here’s the full playlist from the show.

Artist | Track | Album
Bill Lloyd | Let Her Dance | Lloyd-ering
Gretchen’s Wheel | One More Mile | Fragile State
The Taters | Spend A Little Time With Me | Menagerie
Identical Suns | E.M.I.L.Y. | Identical Suns
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World | Bud & The Bullet
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | High Noon | Magic Act
Anton Barbeau | Milk Churn In The Morning | Magic Act

Felsen | BFF OMG | Breaking Up With Loneliness
Jet Electro | I Blame You | Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder

Corner Laughers interview
The Corner Laughers | Octavia A | Matilda Effect
The Corner Laughers | Sophie In The Streets Of Stockholm | Matilda Effect
The Corner Laughers | Go Fly Your Kite | Matilda Effect

Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
The JAC | Persistent Man | Faux Pas
Captains And Calvaries | Hearts | Pre-release single
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving

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