2018 Twirl Radio Interviews

Musically speaking, the year 2018 has been stellar in so many ways. The quantity and quality of the music that came my way has been astounding. I received more music than I do in most typical years, and the quality has been uniformly top notch. We heard from old friends, and got introduced to some new artists.

And for me, the thing that’s really gone hand in hand with this new music has been the chance to chat with some of the artists on my show. So many of them have made themselves available to me this year–and for that, I’m extremely grateful. In some cases, the artists were passing through Sacramento on a Saturday, and were able to stop by my studio in person. In a few other instances, I was given a couple of extra hours for my show, so I was able to squeeze in 2 and 3 interviews in one day.

What’s the final tally look like? In 2018, I conducted 55 interviews. That number becomes even more amazing when you realize that there were a few weeks where I had no interviews, or took the Saturday off from doing my show. 16 of these interviews were done in person, in the Sacramento studio. 2 were prerecorded in person in Fresno, and 4 others were prerecorded via Skype or telephone, due to time zone or availability issues. That means that 49 of these interviews were conducted live, on the radio. 6 of these included a live, in-studio performance. In all, more than 70 individuals have been on the show with me.

So here’s the rundown of the interviews, with my sincere thanks and happy holidays to all the artists who were kind enough to spend a little time with me on Twirl Radio in 2018.

Date | Artist
1/6/2018 | Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records
1/20/2018 | Maxi Dunn
1/20/2018 | Anton Barbeau
1/20/2018 | Blake Jones & The Trike Shop
1/27/2018 | Charlie Crabtree & William Cleere
2/10/2018 | Bill Kopp
2/17/2018 | Amy Annelle
2/24/2018 | Sarah McQuaid
3/3/2018 | Steve Barton of Translator
3/17/2018 | John Borack
3/24/2018 | Ben Vaughn
3/24/2018 | Renee LoBue & Ray Ketchem of Elk City
3/31/2018 | Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, & Birdie Jones
4/7/2018 | Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt
4/14/2018 | Serena Jost
4/21/2018 | Peter Watts & Ruth Rogers of Spygenius
4/28/2018 | Jim Coleman of This Wilderness
5/12/2018 | Michael Simmons
5/19/2018 | Roger Joseph Manning Jr.
5/19/2018 | Warren Bishop of Blame The Bishop
5/26/2018 | Dave Weckerman of The Feelies & Yung Wu
5/26/2018 | Jesse Ainslie
6/2/2018 | Lannie Flowers
6/2/2018 | Byron Isaacs of The Lumineers & Ollabelle
6/9/2018 | Anton Barbeau & Julia Boorinakis Harper
6/9/2018 | Andrew Griffin of Felsen
6/16/2018 | Dag Juhlin, Freda Love Smith, & Jackie Schimmel of Sunshine Boys
6/16/2018 | Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel
6/16/2018 | Krista Acheson of Krista D & Molly Grue
6/23/2018 | Heather Trost of A Hawk and a Hacksaw
6/23/2018 | Trevalene (Trevi) Weiser
6/30/2018 | Lisa Mychols
6/30/2018 | Chandler Travis
7/7/2018 | Christina Bulbenko & Rex Broome of The Armoires & Big Stir
7/14/2018 | Sean O’Brien
7/14/2018 | Rick Hromadka of Maple Mars
8/4/2018 | Robert Poss of Band of Susans
8/4/2018 | Raquel Bell
8/11/2018 | Karen Haglof
8/18/2018 | Deborah Gee & Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms
8/25/2018 | Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones
9/1/2018 | Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs
9/8/2018 | Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, & Chris Estep of Sparklejet
9/15/2018 | Addison Love
9/22/2018 | Danny Wilkerson
9/29/2018 | Kenn Goodman of The Imperial Sound & Pravda Records
10/6/2018 | Christian Havins & Linda Beecroft of Dallas Acid
10/6/2018 | Rich Hope
10/13/2018 | Anton Barbeau & Julia Boorinakis Harper
10/20/2018 | Eric Kern & John Ratts of Vegas With Randolph
10/27/2018 | Rachel Taylor Brown
11/10/2018 | Gidget Marusak & Stephen Schnee of Woody Radio
11/24/2018 | Blaine Campbell
12/8/2018 | Nelson Bragg
12/15/2018 | Melissa Phillips

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #855 – 12/15/2018: Melissa Phillips interview!

Melissa Phillips

This week’s show was the final live Twirl Radio episode of 2018. Just like that…poof! And that’s another year of great music in the books. So how do we wrap up a year like this? Well, fortunately, my friend Melissa Phillips, a wonderful Bay Area singer-songwriter, just released her brand new EP “Both Ways”, a few days ago. She’s perennially been one of my favorite people to chat with on the radio, so it was a no-brainer to ask her on. And it was a comfortable, fun conversation. We covered everything…her songwriting inspirations, the process of making Both Ways, and her take on how we discover and acquire new music in the 21st century, vs. during our formative years.

Both Ways is an intimate album, mostly in the Americana vein. It’s a fitting showcase for Melissa’s songs, which as she revealed, were crafted individually and separately from one another. She and her husband, James DePrato, who produced and played all the guitars on the album, really did take each song one at a time, and didn’t start another one until the current song was finished. Each of these stories gets you thinking and feeling some powerful emotions about life and its changes. It’s a sad album, with notes of loss, but it’s buoyed by Melissa’s hopeful soprano voice and attitude. Her voice has really strengthened and matured since her last album. As good as it was back then, there’s a certain depth to it now that makes these songs really stick to you. And as a rock guitarist, James adds some touches of electric guitar that beef up the overall sound. Much care went into this record–from the sequencing of the songs, to the lovely artwork and packaging. It’s not every day that Melissa Phillips releases an album, so when she does, it’s an occasion. Learn more, and pick up your copy at http://www.melissaphillipsmusic.com.

This show also featured some great music from 2018–and even a song by The Who’s John Entwistle, which could reluctantly be called a “Christmas song”! Give a listen to all of it, and enjoy. Happy holidays from Twirl Radio!

Artist | Track | Album
John Entwistle | I Believe In Everything | Thunderfingers: The Best Of John Entwistle
Dara Ackerman | Golden Circle | Partially True Stories
The Re-Used Electrics | You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory | For Johnny
Blake Jones Holiday Greeting
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | String Lights And Hold On | Single release
Byron Isaacs | Daddy’s Farm | Disappearing Man
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville

Melissa Phillips interview
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Melissa Phillips | So Young | Fits & Starts
Melissa Phillips | Better Now | Both Ways

Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Duncan Faure | Nightfall | Anthology
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Funhouse | Glamping
Sensations | Incredible Man | Listen To My Shapes
Bill Lloyd | Til The Day That I Break Down | Working The Long Game
Vegas With Randolph | Three Red Hooks | Legs And Luggage
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #854 – 12/8/2018: Nelson Bragg interview!

Nelson Bragg

This week’s show was a real treat. It had been a good while since I’d had Nelson Bragg on the show. A quick check of the Twirl archives showed that it was exactly 6 years ago–to the day–when he was last on! So it seems that we probably had a lot to catch up on since that show of December 8, 2012. And boy, did we ever. We had a wide ranging, freewheeling conversation for the better part of an hour, punctuated with a few of his perfect, melodic pop songs.

Nelson had been the percussionist in Brian Wilson’s band for a lot of years, while at the same time, pursuing his own music career. But leaving the Beach Boys mastermind’s band has not left him without opportunities to travel and make music. He recently toured the UK with Anny Celsi and Duncan Maitland, and has been constantly gigging around Los Angeles. He dropped a massive hint that he’s working on his next record, as well as promoting music by others on his own Steel Derrick Music label. My favorite part of the conversation was Nelson emphatically reminding us how easy and wonderful music discovery is these days–and how easy and important it is to support the artists you like. Both I and several listeners were inspired and moved to action by this. Nelson is truly a music fan first, before anything else. For more info, check out http://nelsonbragg.com/

We also dug into some of the indie rock ‘n’ roll that’s made 2018 such a banner year, and we even threw in a few of the cooler holiday songs I’ve got in my collection. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
The Orange Peels | Grey Holiday | Sun Moon
Dana Countryman | Cabaret Of Love | Cabaret Of Love
Little Tin Frog | I’m In Pain | The Pain And Pleasure Machine
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking

Nelson Bragg interview
Nelson Bragg | Forever Days | Day Into Night
Nelson Bragg | She Used To Love Me | We Get What We Want
Nelson Bragg | Baby Let Your Hair Grow Long | We Get What We Want

The Cherry Bluestorms | Make Every Day A Holiday | Single release
Melissa Phillips | Little Pieces | Both Ways
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The JAC (Featuring The Christmas Crew) | December | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #853 – 12/1/2018

Here it is–the first of December already. The holidays are upon us, and the end of the year looms large. It looms especially large here at Twirl Radio, because there are only a couple more live shows to go, and then our Access Sacramento studios close down for the annual year end inventory and maintenance. So we need to make these last few shows pretty memorable, and close down 2018 with a bang. But not to worry–I’ll be doing some additional shows over at Woody Radio, so there’s still a lot of music discovery to come, before the month and year are over.

The musical guest we had scheduled for this show had a small family emergency, so we have rescheduled him for late January. That turned the episode into an all music show, and we were able to sneak in even more of the stellar releases from 2018 that keep coming in. Folks who are preparing and releasing their year end lists of top songs and albums need to hold off for another month. 2018 isn’t even close to over, musically speaking. My list isn’t even a glimmer until 11:59 p.m. on December 31st.

So let’s celebrate the holiday season by listening to the great music gifted to us by the year 2018. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
The Click Beetles | I Never Said Goodbye | Wake Up To Music!
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Michot’s Melody Makers | Two-Step de Ste. Marie | Blood Moon
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
The Imperial Sound | Yesterday | The New AM
The Ex Teens | I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better | Single release
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Dara Ackerman | Woodshed | Partially True Stories
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Gretchen’s Wheel | Imp | Black Box Theory
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Krista D. | Crazy Bitch | Single release
Addison Love | Anything’s Right | Thoughts On Lunch?
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Bill Lloyd | Merch Table | Working The Long Game
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #852 – 11/24/2018: In-studio interview with Blaine Campbell!

Blaine Campbell

This week, the radio gods and the geography gods smiled down upon our little show. Blaine Campbell, a Los Angeles-based musician, recently reached out to me. Seems he was going to be in Sacramento over Thanksgiving weekend, spending time with family, and invited me to get together and hang out for a bit, maybe over coffee. When he mentioned that his availability would be Saturday, I smiled, and suggested the timeframe between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. I think you know how this turned out.

Blaine and Mike outside the Twirl studio

So, we had a good time. We played a couple of tracks from his wonderful 2016 album “Blue Mind”, and chatted about his career in music. We spent a segment listening to tracks that he brought from some of his favorite artists, and even fired up the old turntable to spin some rare vinyl treats. I was able to ask the hard hitting questions, and find out who his biggest musical influences were, and even his favorite food. I played some music for Blaine that he’d not heard before, and he played some stuff I’d never heard before. That’s what friends do–introduce each other to music that they like. It was a really fun meet up. https://blainecampbell.bandcamp.com/

Give a listen. I think you’ll like the music and appreciate the conversation.

Artist | Track | Album
The Condors | Matter Of Fact | Joie De Vivre
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | MAKE
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
Maxi Dunn | I’m Only Here Because Of You | Edmund & Leo
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure

Blaine Campbell interview
Blaine Campbell | Keeping Your Distance | Blue Mind
Blaine Campbell | Hold On Baby | Blue Mind
The Moore Brothers | The Auditorium Birds | Murdered By The Moore Brothers
Bart Davenport | Clara | Maroon Cocoon
My Hawaii | Sailor Sailor | Mood Matters
Elvis Perkins | May Day! | Ash Wednesday
Elliott Smith | Division Day | Single release
Beck | Burro (Jack-Ass Mariachi Version) | Single release

Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Bill Lloyd | Make That Face | Working The Long Game
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
That Dog | Retreat From The Sun | Retreat From The Sun
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler

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

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

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