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)

Twirl Radio Presents: The Cherry Bluestorms, Anton Barbeau, and Crooked Flower–live at The Starry Plough in Berkeley, CA, 9/26/2015!

Twirl Radio Presents 9-26-2015Coming soon: our first live Twirl Radio Presents show in over a year! And we’re back with a vengeance. The Starry Plough in Berkeley, CA is going to be rockin’ hard with L.A.’s The Cherry Bluestorms, the legendary Anton Barbeau, visiting from Sacramento by way of Germany, and hometown East Bay rockers Crooked Flower.

The Cherry Bluestorms, featuring the captivating vocals of Deborah Gee and guitar mastery of Glen Laughlin (formerly of The Dickies), bring the best of psychedelic pop to the stage. They’ve got one of the most intense shows you’ll see this year. Anton Barbeau, whose UK band features former bandmates of Robyn Hitchcock, presents his own strain of psychedelia, peppered with witty lyrics and fun stage banter. And Crooked Flower, featuring Angie Dang’s soulful vocals, will lock us into an unforgettable groove, while never forgetting that we came to rock.

Mike Lidskin of Twirl Radio will introduce the bands, and there will be a live webcast of the entire show right here at It would be great if you could come join us in person.

The Starry Plough
3101 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94705
Doors open at 8:00, show starts at 9:00

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #699 – 9/19/2015: Twirl Radio Presents preview: Interviews with The Cherry Bluestorms, Anton Barbeau, Crooked Flower!

Maxi Dunn – Operation Bubble
Ashbury Keys – Do You Know Who You Are
Buck Owens – Excuse Me (I Think I’ve Got A Heartache)
Jet Electro – I Blame You
Richmond Band – Fallen Angels
R.E.M. – Bang And Blame

Cherry Bluestorms interview
The Cherry Bluestorms – See No Evil
The Cherry Bluestorms – Dear Prudence

The Bobbleheads – Mean Girls
Nelson Bragg – I’m In No Mood
Gail George – Be Okay

Crooked Flower interview
Crooked Flower – Too Broke To Fix
Crooked Flower – Coming Back

Herb Eimerman – Just Wishful Thinking
Duncan Faure – Back To The Day
The Corner Laughers – Lammas Land

Anton Barbeau interview
Three Minute Tease – MTV Song
Three Minute Tease – Drain The River

Melissa Phillips – No Matter
Boomchick – Aunt Charlie’s
Bellygunner – Kilobyte

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #692 – 7/18/2015

Steve Earle & The Dukes – The Revolution Starts…Now
Duncan Faure – Collider
Lisa Mychols – Hearts Beat In Stereo
Vegas With Randolph – The Better Part
Maxi Dunn – Change The Record
Ben Swidenbank – Girl (Leave That Animal Tonight)
Eric Peter Schwartz – When Will The Sun
The Pengwins – Shake Some Action
Emily Zuzik – The Biggest Mistake
Crooked Flower – Too Broke To Fix
Sparklejet – Somewhere Along The Way
The Clash – Inoculated City
Pop4 – Einstein And Sunshine
Julian Cope – Senile Get
Mike Levy – New Day
Laurie Biagini – Bambuzled
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic – Chandler Travis, King Of The World
The JAC – 6 Days On The Road
The Cherry Bluestorms – A Better Place
Adam Marsland – Talking About Myself
The Rubinoos – Countdown To Love
The Welcome Matt – Key Of G
The Corner Laughers – Fairytale Tourist
DC Cardwell – Peace And Love
Jet Electro – Haunted Heart
Banjo Bones – It’s A Bomb
Felsen – Felsen’s Gonna Save You
Play Date – Cardboard Box

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #691 – 7/11/2015: Jon Tiven interview!

Robyn Hitchcock – Alright, Yeah
Duncan Faure – Back To The Day
The Catbirds – Who’s Sorry Now
Gail George – Mythomaniac
Maxi Dunn – Bite Your Tongue
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Ross Used To Play Us His Frank Zappa Records (Cold Pepsi & Croutons)
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic)
Laurie Biagini – The California Quake
The Legal Matters – Rite Of Spring
Aimee Mann – Goodbye Caroline
Bellygunner – Medicine
The Corner Laughers – Queen Of The Meadow
Kip Boardman – All In The Course

Jon Tiven interview
Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich – Each Soul Has A Voice
Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich – Rude Awakenings
Jon Tiven & Stephen Kalinich – Harmony Inner Peace & Tenderness

The Orange Peels – Embers
Play Date – Stevie The Fox
Jet Electro – If I Live Again
honeychain – This Year’s Girl
Lannie Flowers – I Didn’t Know (live)
The Jangle Band – Kill The Lovers
Richard X. Heyman – Firing Line

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #687 – 6/6/2015

Iggy Pop – Home
Jason How – Geraldine
DC Cardwell – Tom Is Everybody’s Friend
Maxi Dunn – The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic)
Eric Peter Schwartz – Hot Liquor
Deborah Gee – Naked
Duncan Faure – Collider
The Chandler Travis Three-O – Air, Running Backwards
Bart Mendoza & True Stories – Blue Chair
Pacific Soul Ltd. – Blue Summertime
R.E.M. – Electrolite
Laurie Biagini – A Face In The Crowd
Felsen – Lay Kenneth Lay
The Taters – Never Call Me Here (live)
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Sun Up
Lannie Flowers – Give Me A Chance
The Corner Laughers – Go Fly Your Kite
Jet Electro – I’m Not Easy
The JAC – Persistent Man
Gail George – On The Avenue
The Welcome Matt – Get Shameless
Bellygunner – Negative Kid
Jason Berk – (One Eye On) Rockville
Arrice Rose & The …’s – Oh The Day (Then The Night)
The Rubinoos – Party Insurance

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #677 – 3/14/2015

Felsen – Rock And Roll’s Not Dead
Cake – Shadow Stabbing
Herb Eimerman – Where I’m At With You
Swidenbank – It’s Different For Girls
David Brookings – If I Don’t Make It Back
Maxi Dunn – I’m Only Here Because Of You
Note To Self: Don’t Die! – This Is London Calling
Richard X. Heyman – Somebody Has Finally Found Me
Emily Zuzik – This Time Around
Vegas With Randolph – Summertime
Baby Grand – Cherry Blossoms
Sparklejet – Her Cuts Bleed
Laurie Biagini – My Little SUV
Three Minute Tease – Beanpole
Anna Maria Rosales – Spaces In Between
Eric Peter Schwartz – Other Women And Men
Duncan Faure – Machine From The Other Side
Drivin N Cryin – Clean Up
Travis & Greenberger – Air, Running Backwards
Olivia Mancini – The Strangest Things
Jet Electro – Waiting For An Autograph
The Cherry Bluestorms – As Above So Below
Sean O’Brien & His Dirty Hands – Final Say
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Clever Things
Lannie Flowers – Think It Over (live)
Beck – Lord Only Knows
The Corner Laughers – (Now That I Have You I’m) Bored
The Rubinoos – Party Insurance

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #675 – 2/28/2015: Big Birthday show!

Starclub – Hard To Get
Duncan Faure – Back In The Day
Maxi Dunn – Always Be My Friend
John Wesley Harding – Song I Wrote Myself In The Future
The Catbirds – The Crutch Of Music
Lannie Flowers – Where Does Love Go
The Undecided By Default – Wig Pins
Bud Rogers – Pictures Of A Modern World
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets – Close My Eyes
NRBQ – Over Your Head
Melissa Phillips – Centralia
R.E.M. – Voice Of Harold
Eric Peter Schwartz – Milky Way
The JAC – Persistent Man
The Taters – New Girlfriend
The Bobbleheads – Mean Girls
The Bad Examples – Statue By The Phone
The Cherry Bluestorms – Just A Kiss Away
Vegas With Randolph – I Could Be The One
The Bottle Kids – Guitars In The Sky
Laurie Biagini – Gold Plated Girl
The Rubinoos – All It Takes
The Anderson Council – Strict Time
Bellygunner – Medicine
Blake Jones & the Trike Shop – Christmas Sale
Three Minute Tease – Bravely Fade Away
The Corner Laughers – For The Sake Of The Cat
Emily Zuzik – Jagged Life

5 Songs with Mike Lidskin

Tommy Dunbar and Jack Gallagher were kind enough to have me on their show, 5 Songs. I talked about five songs that have made an impact on my life–everything from classic rock to a modern indie rocker (Maxi Dunn)! Give these guys a listen–each week, they do the same thing with other music fans as well.

5 Songs

MikeInStudio1 Mike Lidskin is a DJ on KUBU radio in Sacramento and creator of Twirl Radio. When it came down to the Beatles vs the Stones, he chose the Who!

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