2017 Twirlie Award Winners and podcast (Show #766 – February 4, 2017)

twirlie2017musicalexcellenceHere is the complete list of 2017 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 4, 2017, in Sacramento, California, at Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM. Congratulations to all, and more importantly, a big thank you to all the great independent musicians who make it possible for me to do this radio show.

The award presenters: Sydney Butler, Martin Anaya, Dennis Willis, Anthony Snow, Josh Mihal, and Mike Lidskin.

At the beginning of the podcast, you’ll hear a snippet of Robin Scott’s “The Next Wave”–where he let me visit and chat about the Twirlies, right before my show started.

The 2017 Twirlie Awards Show (2/4/2017) (length 1:56:14)

Album of the Year
Edward Rogers, for his album Glass Marbles

Album of the Year Runner up
Cult of Wedge, for their album Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships

Song of the Year
Identical Suns, for their song Common Ground

Song of the Year Runner up
Allyson Seconds, for her song Little World

Female Vocalist of the Year
Lindsay Murray of Gretchen’s Wheel

Male Vocalist of the Year
Jason Berk

EP of the Year
The Mysteries of Life, for their EP Bad Advice

Ear Candy
Pacific Soul Ltd., for their album The Dance Devine
The Ear Candy Award is given to an album that is a “go-to” album. You can pick any song, and it sounds great in any set of music, at any time.

Debut Album of the Year
Gretchen’s Wheel, for their album Fragile State

Best Seasonal Music
Brian Cullman, for his EP New Year’s Eve

Best Songwriting
Peter Hackett of Cult of Wedge, for the album Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships

Best Line in a Song
Lindsay Murray, Gretchen’s Wheel. The song: “Second To Last”. The line: “She was reaching past the borders of a comfortable life, to something far beyond her, that’s impossibly high, so high.”

Best Interview
The Bobbleheads, 2/27/2016

Best Live Session
Andrew Griffin and Dara Ackerman (Felsen) & Gabe Nelson (Bellygunner), 4/30/2016

Best Concert Performance
The Lannie Flowers Band, Fort Worth, TX, 7/30/2016

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Announcing The Pengwins show, Live Oak Music Hall, Fort Worth, TX, 7/30/2016.
2. Post-Christmas “Power Pop Summit”, Canter’s Deli, Los Angeles, CA, 12/26/2016, with The Armoires, The Cherry Bluestorms, Butch Young, and John Borack.
3. Finally met several online musical friends in person this year: DJ’s Gidget Marusak (Woody Radio) and Dave “Boogieman” Kaufman (Radio NY International). Musicians Maria Sokratis, Delbert Raines, Rex Broome, Christina Bulbenko, Butch Young, Jack Watkins. Writer/choreographer/famed go-go dancer Elaine McAfee Bender.
4. Natalie Cortez & the Ultraviolets reunion show, Fox and Goose, Sacramento, CA, 10/30/2016.
5. Big Day of Giving, to benefit Access Sacramento. 7 hours of radio with Cindy Baker, 5/3/2016.

Wayback Award (aka “Whoa! A re-release of a great 1988 album!”)
Blake Babies, for their 1988 album Earwig

Cover Song of the Year
Bud Rogers – Starman (David Bowie cover)

Best Compilation Album
Big Stir, a compilation of artists who have played at the monthly L.A. power pop showcase of the same name, curated by The Armoires

Reason To Live Award
New releases expected by the following artists in 2017: Maxi Dunn, Gretchen’s Wheel, Edward Rogers, Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, and more!

Best Dressed
Rex Broome and Christina Bulbenko, The Armoires

Best Album Title
Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 1, by the Chandler Travis Philharmonic

Best Band Name
David Brookings and the Average Lookings

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Coffee
2. Water
3. Tea

Top Albums of 2016:
1. Edward Rogers – Glass Marbles
2. Cult Of Wedge – Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships
3. Pacific Soul Ltd. – The Dance Divine
4. Gretchen’s Wheel – Fragile State/Behind The Curtain
5. Identical Suns – Identical Suns
6. Lisa Said – No Turn Left Behind
7. The Armoires – Incidental Light Show
8. Brian Cullman – The Opposite Of Time
9. Allyson Seconds – Little World
10. Girls On Grass – Girls On Grass
11. Anton Barbeau – Magic Act
12. Bill Lloyd – Lloyd-ering
13. The Well Wishers – Comes And Goes
14. Jason Berk – Everything Old Is New Again
15. SLD – Indigo Gray

Top Songs of 2016:
1. Identical Suns – Common Ground
2. Allyson Seconds – Little World
3. Pacific Soul Ltd. – We Go High
4. Bay Station – Be Kind
5. Cartorson – Hearts On The Highway
6. Heroes Of Toolik – Perfect
7. Bud Rogers – Intercity Mars
8. The Mysteries Of Life – Coat Of Arms
9. Edward Rogers – Burn N Play
10. Cult Of Wedge – Oh Lindsay
11. Gretchen’s Wheel – Younger Every Year
12. Anton Barbeau – High Noon
13. Eric Friedmann And The Lucky Rubes – Nice!
14. Jason Berk – Changes By The Day
15. Sam Phillips – World On Sticks
16. Mimi Betinis – Pontiac
17. The Armoires – Fort Ashby
18. Girls On Grass – Father Says Why
19. Lisa Said – Been Around
20. The Alan Fox Band – If You’re Scared
21. SLD – Do Or Say
22. Duggy Degs – Meltdown
23. Desario – Down Among Them
24. The Jangle Band – Perth
25. Gail George – Amaranthine
26. David Brookings And The Average Lookings – You’re Right, It Went So Wrong
27. Rob Martinez – Love Life
28. Blake Jones And The Trike Shop – My Girl (She Brings Me)
29. Allen Clapp – Moss Falls Like Rain
30. Butch Young – Mercury Man

Top EPs of 2016
1. The Mysteries Of Life – Bad Advice
2. Bud Rogers – Starman
3. Sam Phillips – Human Contact Is Never Easy
4. Desario – Red Returns
5. Brian Cullman – New Year’s Eve

The 2017 Twirlies are coming!

Mike wearing the legendary tuxedo T-shirt--worn only once a year, at the Twirlie Awards!

Mike wearing the legendary tuxedo T-shirt–worn only once a year, at the Twirlie Awards!

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 ninth annual Twirlie Awards happens this weekend. Save the date–it’s Saturday, February 4th, 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 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 2016 and played on Twirl Radio. We’ll have the well-loved red carpet interviews that Marty is known for. 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: The 2017 Twirlie Awards event on Facebook

Live webcast today at 3:00 p.m. Pacific: The Natalie Cortez Band

Natalie Cortez Band

Natalie Cortez Band

Twirl Radio hits the road today! We’re going out to Woodland, California, for a live show with The Natalie Cortez Band! The venue is the Blue Note Brewing Company, located at 750 Dead Cat Alley, Woodland, California 95695. I hope you can make it out there, to see some of Sacramento’s finest musicians. However, to sweeten the deal, we’ll be webcasting the entire show live!

Here’s the map to the venue. If you come out, be sure to say hi!

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #765 – 1/28/2017: Interview with H. Miller and Tom Delfavero from Sons of Morning!

Sons of Morning

Sons of Morning

On today’s show, we welcomed H. Miller and Tom Delfavero of the band Sons of Morning. These guys hail from upstate New York, and are heavily influenced by American and British blues, straight up rock and roll, and even country. Their music alternates between raw garage rock and sophisticated arrangements–but usually with a nod to roots rock. They were holed up in Babyhead Studios, taking a break from recording their next album when we talked. They were kind enough to let us play two of the new tracks on today’s show, and we had a lively, spirited chat! Enjoy the podcast.

Artist | Track | Album
The Jeremy Band | Hit You With A Flower | Hit You With A Flower
Sam Phillips | Troubles Won’t Stay | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Three Minute Tease | MTV Song | Bite The Hand
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know | Welcome To Soonville
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
R.E.M. | Ignoreland | Automatic For The People

H. Miller and Tom Delfavero from Sons of Morning interview
Sons Of Morning | Baby’s What’s Wrong | Single release
Sons Of Morning | Evangeline | Single release

The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
Sophe Lux And The Mystic | Love Is Waiting | All Are One
Agony Aunts | Back To Back Bill | Big Cinnamon
Irene Peña | Must’ve Been Good | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Girls On Grass | What They Wrought | Girls On Grass
The Cherry Bluestorms | Baby, You’re A Rich Man | Transit Of Venus
Lannie Flowers | Circles | LIVE in NYC
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | You Got Me Started | Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2
Edward Rogers | Denmark Street Forgotten | Glass Marbles
Mod Hippie | Gone All Day | Big Wow
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Allyson Seconds | Octagon | Little World

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #764 – 1/21/2017: Eric Peter Schwartz interview!

Eric Peter Schwartz

Eric Peter Schwartz

On today’s show, we welcomed back Eric Peter Schwartz. He’s a great singer-songwriter from the Chicago area, and he just released a new album, “American Disrepair”. We’ll learn about his varied palette of musical influences–and they are truly all over the lot–and how they fit into his musical worldview.

Due to technical reasons–the big storms we’ve had in the Sacramento area knocked out some of our connectivity–this show didn’t stream live on the internet; it went out over KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento only. So for our friends outside the Sacramento region, I’ve posted the audio from the entire show. Enjoy!

Artist | Track | Album
Mod Hippie | Up And Away | Big Wow
Little Tin Frog | The Cigarette Song | Sacpop Compilation
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk
Maxi Dunn | Sinking In The Sand | Welcome To Soonville
Cirrone | You’re Not Alone | Uplands Park Road
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Break The Chains | Waving Kissyhead, Vol. 2
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!

Eric Peter Schwartz interview
Eric Peter Schwartz | House Of Frankenstein | American Disrepair
Eric Peter Schwartz | Stop. Breathe. Repeat. | American Disrepair

Cult Of Wedge | That Song Last Summer | Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships
Matt North | A Good Day In Nashville | Above Ground Fools
Lisa Said | Been Around | No Turn Left Behind
Butch Young | Persephone | Mercury Man
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
Bay Station | Be Kind | Go Out And Make Some
The Jangle Band | Love You Too | Edge Of A Dream
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Anton Barbeau | High Noon | Magic Act
Gretchen’s Wheel | Younger Every Year | Behind The Curtain
Sons Of Morning | Judy, Judy | Sons Of Morning
Lou Reed | Sick Of You | New York

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #763 – 1/14/2017: Sam Phillips interview!

Sam Phillips

Sam Phillips

Today’s show featured an interview with one of my all time favorite singer-songwriters, Sam Phillips. This legendary musician has not only created an amazing catalog of work over the past 30 years, but she also created the score for the Gilmore Girls television series. Her latest EP, “Human Contact is Never Easy”, is a bridge between her last album and her next album, with a couple of live concert performances thrown in. In other words, there something for everybody. The whole thing is wonderful. In the interview, we chatted about all of this, and she even gives you a recipe for a healthy smoothie to help you get through the post-holiday doldrums. Enjoy the podcast! samphillips.com

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | All You Gotta Do Is Smile | I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
Irene Peña | Pieces Of You | Single release
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Untitled | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2
Cirrone | All I Know | Uplands Park Road
The Armoires | Double Blades | Incidental Light Show
Maxi Dunn | Full Circle | Operation Bubble
Matt North | I Sold It All | Above Ground Fools

Sam Phillips interview
Sam Phillips | World On Sticks | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Sam Phillips | Walk Don’t Drive | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Sam Phillips | Candles And Stars | Human Contact Is Never Easy

Cartorson | Hearts On The Highway | Richfield Skyline
The Jangle Band | This Soul Is Not For Sale | Edge Of A Dream
Identical Suns | E.M.I.L.Y. | Identical Suns
Gretchen’s Wheel | TryTo Make It | Behind The Curtain
Duncan Faure | Hullo Baby | Machine From The Other Side
Lannie Flowers | Where Does Love Go | LIVE in NYC
The Feelies | Turn Back Time | In Between
Wilbur | An Hour Of Sunshine | This Is Wilbur
Pacific Soul Ltd. | Crazy | The Dance Divine
Cult Of Wedge | Oh Lindsay | Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss!
Eric Peter Schwartz | House Of Frankenstein | American Disrepair
The Mysteries Of Life | Coat Of Arms | Bad Advice
Lisa Mychols | I Go Wild | Single release

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #762 – 1/7/2017: Natalie Cortez interview!

Natalie Cortez in the Twirl Radio studio.

Natalie Cortez in the Twirl Radio studio.

Today’s show was a moment I’ve been waiting for since the late 1990’s: our very special in-studio guest was the one and only Natalie Cortez! She and her band, The Ultraviolets, were one of the top bands on the Sacramento music scene when I started doing radio. This music became the soundtrack of my life in my new hometown. At the time, I nervously asked Natalie, after a show, if she’d be interested in being on Twirl Radio. She graciously said yes, and I proceeded to chicken out–it was a good two years before I conducted my first radio interview. So finally, I made it up to her, and we had a great visit on the show. She even brought along some great Sacramento and Fresno music for us to hear. I’m looking forward to doing this again.

Artist | Track | Album
The Legal Matters | Minor Key | Conrad
Emily Zuzik | Alone | Angelenos
The Feelies | Stay The Course | In Between
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”

Natalie Cortez interview
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | New Year | 10 Who Dared: Live at the Palms
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | I’m Sorry | Stupid Fresh

Natalie’s picks
Jonah Matranga/Allyson Seconds | Got My List | Single release
Grub Dog | Damnation | Live version
KAK (Gary Lee Yoder) | Disbelievin’ | KAK
Joe Kojima Gray/Grub Dog | Overexposed In The Sun | Live version
Sparklejet | It Never Hurts | Soap

Eric Peter Schwartz | Whip Around The Sun | American Disrepair
Kelly Harland/Dana Countryman | It’s Not Your Fault | Dana Countryman’s Girlville
Edward Rogers | Burn N Play | Glass Marbles
Gail George | Amaranthine | Single release
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Sam Phillips | World On Sticks | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Cult Of Wedge | When I Was Young | Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships

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