Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #847 – 10/20/2018: Interview with Eric Kern and John Ratts of Vegas With Randolph!

Vegas With Randolph

Vegas With Randolph is a band that we’ve championed on Twirl Radio for a long time–pretty much this entire decade. They’re a hard working bunch of musicians from the greater Washington, D.C. area, who’ve released three exciting albums, and are about to release their fourth, “Legs & Luggage”, which might be their most rockin’ and upbeat to date. I once said that they produce “thinking man’s party music”, and alluded to the fact that you should always listen to their songs driving around town with the windows down (regardless of the time of year). I was given the great honor of writing the liner notes to their album “Above The Blue”, back in 2011.

Well after five years, I welcomed principal songwriters Eric Kern and John Ratts back to the show. As you might imagine, we had plenty to catch up on. I’ve heard most of the new album, and it is wonderful. It is an album of transitions, not the least of which is the passing of their bassist, Dan Aylestock, who looms large in the band’s history.

We chatted about the making of the record, and its imminent release. I know a handful of people in Washington, D.C.–and Eric and John tell a story that pretty much places them all in the same room at the same time! We’ll also hear a couple of tracks from Legs & Luggage. You should get this one once it’s released on October 23rd.

Addtionally, we played brand new tracks from Karla Kane, The Turnback, and Mod Hippie. We heard Allyson Seconds’ love song to downtown Sacramento. And I played a song from a guy who went to the same high school that I did. I found out this week that Steve Barton, frontman of Translator, graduated from the same high school in Los Angeles that I went to, a few years before I did. Musical greatness did indeed walk those halls!

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Glenn Mercer | Wheels In Motion | Wheels In Motion
Karla Kane | Sisters Of The Pollen | Single release
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
The Turnback | This Could Be Our Year | Spinning The Earth In Reverse

Vegas With Randolph interview
Vegas With Randolph | The Girl Holding Out For Me | Legs & Luggage
Vegas With Randolph | She’s An Intellectual | Legs & Luggage

Allyson Seconds | I’m Just A Country Girl | Bag Of Kittens
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Elk City | He’s Having A Baby | Everybody’s Insecure
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Duncan Faure | Better Than Ever | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Astral Drive | No One Escapes | Astral Drive
Mod Hippie | Johnny’s Gonna Die | Wannabe Nobody
Gretchen’s Wheel | Tatyana | Black Box Theory
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
The Smoking Flowers | Young & Brave | Let’s Die Together
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #846 – 10/13/2018: Live in-studio visit with Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper!

Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper in the Twirl studios

Well, Anton Barbeau is back visiting his hometown of Sacramento, from Berlin. And that means a Twirl Radio in-studio visit! Don’t get me wrong–I don’t take this for granted. Honestly–it never gets old. I just count myself lucky that he’s back, and here to chat music.

So he and Julia came and spent over an hour with me. We talked about Anton’s career. You know how some people metaphorically put things “on the back burner”? Well, he’s got something on every burner. Several musical projects in the works, in several countries. More albums on the horizon. More collaborations. And even another trip back to Northern California before the year is out. All of this comes out in the first half of the interview.

In the second part, Anton and Julia play DJ. Julia, who is a renaissance woman herself (graphic artist, musician, record label owner, and KVMR radio personality), knows her way around a turntable, going back to her days of doing a music show on the radio. I like to think of my show as eclectic, but the variety of music they both played puts me to shame. Everything from Julian Cope to ABBA to Parliament to a strangely psychedelic band from Wales, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci. It all worked, rather smoothly, if you ask me. It was exhilarating, to say the least.

The audio from this fun show will be coming soon.

Artist | Track | Album
Leafy Seadragon | Disagree To Disagree | Single release
The Melismatics | Crawl, Baby, Crawl | Rising Tide
Mod Hippie | Cricket LaRue | Wannabe Nobody
Maxi Dunn | I’m Only Here Because Of You | Edmund & Leo
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Secretion Of The Wafer | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes

Anton & Julia DJ segment
Fleetwood Mac | That’s All For Everyone | Tusk
Julian Cope | I Gotta Walk | Autogeddon
The Beatles | Julia | Anthology
ABBA | S.O.S. | Gold
Television | See No Evil | Marquee Moon
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci | Why Are We Sleeping? | Introducing Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci
Parliament | Bop Gun | Funkentelechy vs. the Placebo Syndrome

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #845 – 10/6/2018: Interview doubleheader: Christian Havins and Linda Beecroft of Dallas Acid, and Rich Hope!

Dallas Acid

Now this is what I would call a diverse show. We hadn’t done a doubleheader of interviews in a while, and the two artists we interviewed couldn’t be more dissimilar. And the variety is a good thing!

In the first hour, we met Christian Havins and Linda Beecroft, of ambient trio Dallas Acid (interestingly enough, from Austin, not Dallas). They recently had the opportunity to perform in New York with their musical heroes Laraaji and Arji OceAnanda. And after the show, they all decided to spend the next day recording together. So they did an impromptu session. Creativity ensued, and sonic soundscapes were created on the fly. They captured everything, and later on, edited them down to produce the Arrive Without Leaving album. Give a listen to this peaceful, powerful music, and see where it takes you.

Rich Hope

In the second hour, we chatted with Vancouver rocker Rich Hope. Laboring for many years as one half of “Vancouver’s one and only two man quartet of trashy boogie blues”, he expanded his sound to include a wurlitzer organ and horns. It’s fuzzy, grungy, and throws back a little to a simpler time when rock and roll was an exciting, frightening thing. But Rich’s blues and soul based music never loses its fun. He’s played in venues all over the world, and opened for many like minded musical souls, including The Flamin’ Groovies, Social Distortion, Reverend Horton Heat, and many others. Get this record and rock out…loud!

Artist | Track | Album
Greg Loiacono | The Red Thread Part I (The Gloaming) | Songs From A Golden Dream
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
Victor Sotelo | Listen And See | Homeland Insecurities
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Lannie Flowers | Don’t Make Me Wait | Single release

Dallas Acid interview
Laraaji, Dallas Acid, & Arji OceAnanda | This Much More | Arrive Without Leaving
Laraaji, Dallas Acid, & Arji OceAnanda | Evening Reduction | Arrive Without Leaving

Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | MAKE
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Krista D | Run Jane Run | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Kaz Murphy | Stella Rae | Ride Out The Storm
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!

Rich Hope interview
Rich Hope | 5 Cents A Dance | I’m All Yours
Rich Hope | Golden Clouds | I’m All Yours

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #844 – 9/29/2018: Interview with Kenn Goodman of The Imperial Sound!

The Imperial Sound

Now it can be told: September was a pretty great month for interviews on Twirl Radio. To review: Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs, Sparklejet, Addison Love, and Danny Wilkerson. Most radio people, including myself, would give their eye teeth for a set of interviews like this (by the way–if you find my eye teeth, please let me know!). So to cap off this stellar month, and to begin my favorite season, Fall, I knew we had to do something special. So we had as our very special guest, Kenn Goodman, founder of venerable indie label Pravda Records, and founding member of Chicago band The Imperial Sound.

The Imperial Sound has rapidly become one of my favorite new bands. It was started by Kenn and his longtime musical partner Rick Mosher, as the next logical step beyond their legendary band The New Duncan Imperials. Their sound is big, fun, brash at times, and more introspective other times. It’s grown up and sophisticated, yet still rocks. It’s an amalgam of rock, blues, and jazz. You could say Stax meets Burt Bacharach, but gets hijacked by ska and punk rock along the way, and you’d be pretty close. I admitted to Kenn that on paper, I’m normally not a big fan of music with lots of horns and keyboards–but this band really, really works for me. I am NOW a fan of music with lots of horns and keyboards–it just has to be done the way The Imperial Sound does it. And vocalists–wow, not only do most of the six band members sing, but they had the luxury of bringing in several other guest vocalists on some of the songs. Folks like Peter Himmelman, Nora O’Connor, and Dag Juhlin. (On a side note: Chloe Orwell, of longtime Twirl favorite band The Handcuffs, now sings with The Imperial Sound during their live gigs!) Check them out, and buy their record:

We also spent a few minutes chatting about Kenn’s amazing company, Pravda Records, and the breadth of music showcased there, including Twirl favorites Sunshine Boys and The Diplomats of Solid Sound. Check out this label–you’re sure to find some music you’ll love:

Today’s show also started with a world radio debut of a new track from Vegas With Randolph, “You Could Say Yes”. Talk about starting the show with a bang! It’s an uplifting, rockin’ tune from their soon to be released fourth album, “Legs & Luggage”. And for those of you Twirlsters in the know–we’ll be having Eric Kern and John Ratts from VWR on our show in the very near future!

Artist | Track | Album
Vegas With Randolph | You Could Say Yes | Legs & Luggage
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
Orbis Max | Ride | Single release
Desario | Down Among Them | III
The American Professionals | Falling Down | Sympathetic Overdrive
Daniel Trigger | Drive | Right Turn

Kenn Goodman interview
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
The Imperial Sound | I Feel Strange | The New AM

Sunshine Boys | Wayside | Single release
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Raquel Bell | A Solo To Mars | Swandala
Lisa Mychols | Domino | Sugar
Russ Tolman | Sleepin’ All Alone | Compass & Map
Duncan Faure | Girl On Her Own | Anthology
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Adam Marsland | Cut And Run | Go West
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory

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.

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 #842 – 9/15/2018: Addison Love interview!

Addison Love

On this week’s show, we meet Southern California based singer/ songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Addison Love. As it happens, we at Twirl Radio are no strangers to his music. A few years ago, when he was still in high school, he was part of the trio Yorktown Lads (along with his music instructor/ mentor Mike Simmons). The credo for that band was “if you write the song, you sing the song”. So flash forward to 2018, and his first solo record, “Thoughts On Lunch?”, comes out on Big Stir Records, and the rest is history. If it’s on Big Stir, it’s good. And if Addison writes it, it’s good.

He’s just 22 years old, but musically speaking, he’s an old soul. His most obvious influences include The Beatles and Beach Boys, and they are present on the record. “Like The Beatles” spells that out fairly clearly–if the girl doesn’t love The Beatles, how can she love him? “Wee & Nancy Lee” is a great upbeat earworm that has been lodged in my brain for the past few weeks, and will be one of your favorites as well, I’m sure. There are some great ballads here too. There’s a level of sophistication to these songs that many artists never reach, but comes rather easily for Addison. And in his musical studies right now, he’s learning even more instruments that are not usually found inside the rock genre. He’s also got several music projects going on right now, and lots more music to come. That’s good news for us music fans. We had a fun chat, and covered a lot of musical ground. I even learned the answer to my pressing question–how did he come up with the album title “Thoughts On Lunch?” You can learn even more about Addison at

Artist | Track | Album
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Claire Coupland | This One’s For The Road | On The Other Side
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Addison Love interview
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
Addison Love | The Ballad Of Dr. Minard | Thoughts On Lunch?

The Turnback | Untitled So Far | Spinning The Earth In Reverse
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Jangle Band | The Guy Who Used To Care | Single release
Lisa Mychols | He’s Got Me Dreaming | Sugar
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Make
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single release
Dot Dash | TV/Radio | Proto Retro
The Imperial Sound | The Sun Goes Out | The New AM
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #841 – 9/8/2018: In-studio interview with Sparklejet!


Only eight days in, and September has turned into a rather amazing month for the show. This week, the Fresno power trio Sparklejet drove up Highway 99 and made Twirl Radio their first Sacramento stop. Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, and Chris Estep spent well over an hour with me, in an unstructured (my fault), free-ranging conversation. We heard some great examples of their music from the past decade or so, and talked about how it all come together.

This visit was particularly auspicious for a few reasons. It was the first time they’d been to Sacramento in over a decade, and that night was to be their first show at the venerable tavern, Old Ironsides, in over 20 years. And–Victor had recently released his first solo record, “Homeland Insecurities”–and it is a good one. Every bit as good as the Sparklejet releases–just different.

Bonus pic: Sparklejet in the Twirl studios in Sacramento. Left to right: Victor Sotelo, Wade Krause, Mike Lidskin, Chris Estep. Photo courtesy of Sparklejet.

Sparklejet is a seriously hard-rocking band. They’re both studious and reckless. They put much care and effort into their songs, and they perform them with reckless abandon. I like to think of them as “intellectual hard rock”. They’re not afraid to try new things. I liked talking with these guys–as important as their music is, they never take themselves too seriously, so we were able to have a light-hearted chat about serious topics. They even brought along a few tracks to play for the show. I think you need to get to know them a little better.

Check out their discography at

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know | Welcome To Soonville
McPherson Grant | Big Picture People | Song
Curtis Mayfield | Superfly | The Very Best Of Curtis Mayfield
Lannie Flowers | Don’t Make Me Wait | Single release
Astral Drive | Wishing I Could Change The World | Astral Drive
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
The Cherry Bluestorms | Out | Whirligig!

Sparklejet interview
Sparklejet | Let’s Behind That Place | Beyond The Beyond
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Sparklejet | Glimpser | Phonovella
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
The Miss Alans | Mata Hari’s Butt | Remnants

William Duke | Caroline And The Silver Screen | Quatro
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

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