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

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #715 – 1/23/2016

The Golden Palominos – Wild River
The Handcuffs – I Just Wanna Be Free, Man
HUGElarge – Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)
Winzenried – Ohio
Maxi Dunn – Weather Warning
Captains And Calvaries – Missing You
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic)
Phyllis Johnson – Looking Up (From Down Below)
The Bye Bye Blackbirds – Let Your Hair Fall Down
Gail George – He’s An Exclamation!
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Nature Boy
Speed The Plough – Garden
Deborah Crooks – Room 223
Shot In The Dark – Over
Duncan Faure – In The Right Place
Johnny Monaco – My Little Blue Window
Felsen – Heroin
Laurie Biagini – My Little SUV
Sparklejet – Somewhere Along The Way
The Paul & John – Can’t Be Too Careful
Heiskell – Love Lost
Identical Suns – Baby I’m Down
The Corner Laughers – The Girl, America
Jet Electro – Gamble
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Sun Up
The JAC – When You Find Out
Lannie Flowers – Another Weekend

The 2016 Twirlie Awards are on the way!

We are in what the entertainment press refers to as “the run up to the Twirlies”! That is, if the entertainment press were to cover this fine independent music awards presentation.

As it turns out, the eighth annual Twirlie Awards happens next weekend. Save the date–it’s Saturday, January 30th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. Pacific time, at KUBU 96.5 FM, Sacramento’s voice, and http://www.twirlradio.com. We’ll be broadcasting live from the red carpet. Or at least from a room that has carpet in it.

Hosts Marty Anaya, Amber Alexander, and Mike Lidskin will be presenting such coveted awards as Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Male and Female Vocalists of the Year, and many others. We will be ripping open hermetically-sealed awards envelopes, and revealing the top albums and songs lists, for work released in 2015 and played on Twirl Radio. And finally–there will be interviews with some of the top winners. You simply cannot afford to miss this epic show. In fact, we will be taking attendance, so you’ll want to listen to every minute of it!

In all seriousness, we are glad to honor the great musicians who give Twirl Radio its reason for being. Hope to see you there!

More information: Twirlie Awards event information

Musical gratitude

Of late, we music fans have been shaken to the core by the recent spate of deaths of longtime musical heroes. It seems like it’s been oppressively fast and furious.

Just since December, we lost Scott Weiland, Lemmy Kilmister, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, and Glenn Frey. And others with whom I wasn’t as familiar, including members of such great bands as Tower of Power and Mott the Hoople. Personally, David Bowie and Glenn Frey hit me the hardest, being the most familiar with their music. It’s difficult knowing that these talented people are no longer with us.

But along with sadness and feelings of mortality, another, more positive feeling has shown up in the mix for me as well. Gratitude.

I’m grateful that these artists lived long enough to show us their full range. There have been so many great rock stars who joined the “27 club”–dead at the age of 27. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Brian Jones, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse are the most well known. A quick Google search told me that some other members of this unfortunate club include Robert Johnson, the Grateful Dead’s Ron “Pigpen” McKernan, Badfinger’s Pete Ham, Big Star’s Chris Bell, and the Minutemen’s D. Boon.

We saw such greatness from these artists who died so young, yet with their passing, a sense of incompleteness and unfulfilled potential lingers. With Hendrix, there has always been the question of “where would he have gone next”. The same is true of the others. The “what might have been if they had lived” is the nagging question.

It’s difficult to find an upside, but if there is, it’s that the artists who recently passed away had long, illustrious careers. We saw them grow up, create, blossom, invent, inspire, and entertain. We got to see something that feels like their full range. We didn’t have to ask “what comes next”–they lived long enough to answer that question, many times over. Yes, it still feels like their time was cut too short, but at least we got to spend more time with them.

For all the music they gave us, I am grateful. I am thankful that they were around long enough not only to influence subsequent generations of musicians, but in some cases, to interact with them and be considered their peers. This was a gift to us all. Thank you.

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #705 – 11/7/2015: Dennis Holseybrook interview!

The Bobbleheads – Mean Girls
Anton Barbeau – Circuit Beaker
Kate Burkart – Lost And Found
HUGElarge – Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White
Maxi Dunn – How Was I To Know?
Bud Rogers – Hello
Sparklejet – Somewhere Along The Way
Bellygunner – Negative Kid
Gail George – Be Okay
Jason Berk – Distant Places
Ass Ponys – God Tells Me To
Dara Ackerman – Alive
The City Views – Mute
Heiskell – Carharts
Vulgar Boatmen – Mary Jane
The Corner Laughers – Queen Of The Meadow
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – At Every Train Stop
Emily Zuzik – The Biggest Mistake

Dennis Holseybrook interview
Dennis Holseybrook – Uh-Oh! Uh-Oh!
Dennis Holseybrook – Merry-Go-Round
Bart Mendoza & True Stories – Blue Chair
Duncan Faure – The Day That I Found Love
Arrica Rose & The …’s – Oh The Day (Then The Night)

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