Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #863 – 2/23/2019: Cole Guerra of I Am Casting interview!

Cole Guerra of I Am Casting

On this week’s show, we met North Carolina-based Cole Guerra. He’s the main man behind I Am Casting, a jazzy project, which is the perfect combination of experimental, floating melodies and pointed, topical lyrics. After more than a decade off from making music, Cole, a psychologist, returned to the studio. Interestingly enough, he creates the music first–the melodies, and all instrumentation. Only after that does he start writing lyrics. They’re political, timely, and usually subtle enough to where you need to listen a couple of times, and then they start getting under your skin. The whole album was carefully crafted, and quite listenable, while making you think. Check it out at www.iamcastingmusic.com.

We also dug into the new 2019 music. It’s starting to come in, fast and furious, and I am gleefully gulping from this musical firehose. Enjoy the show, and you’ll hear what I mean.

Artist | Track | Album
Frank Black | Calistan | Teenager Of The Year
Lost Leaders | Extra-Ordinary | Promises Promises
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Bill Lloyd | Merch Table | Working The Long Game
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis

Cole Guerra interview
I Am Casting | Muggers | Carnival Barkers
I Am Casting | Flood | Carnival Barkers

The Decibels | Hey Emily | Scene, Not Herd
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Big Stir Digital Single No. 13
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Jason Falkner | I Live | Presents Author Unknown
Dara Ackerman | Woodshed | Partially True Stories
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #862 – 2/16/2019: In-studio interviews with Gail George, and with Eric Blakely of The Bottle Kids!

Eric Blakely, DJ Mike (and his freakishly long arm), and Gail George just after the Twirl broadcast

Radio magic. It happened this weekend. I was fortunate to have two amazing, wonderful, friendly musical guests visiting me in person, in the Twirl studios. They both traveled a long way to get here, so it was one of those days where all musical roads lead to Sacramento.

Sacramento native, singer-songwriter Gail George, was visiting from New York City. It’s become a regular thing for her to visit whenever she’s in town. She recently released a wonderful set of vocal-oriented cover songs called “It’s Personal”, so we chatted about the making of that, and played some other songs from her past–and even her future–by way of a soon to be released collaboration with Don Hawkins. http://www.gailgeorge.com

Berkeley native, and leader of The Bottle Kids, Eric Blakely, got married a while back and moved to Paris, France. Pretty romantic. Well, he was back in NorCal for a visit, and was kind enough to make the drive up to Sacramento. Last year, he released the Kids’ sophomore release, “Let Me In On This Action”, so we heard some tracks from it, talked about the history of the band, and Eric even graced us by playing a couple of songs live in studio. http://www.thebottlekids.com/

The best part for me was that Gail and Eric had never met before, and weren’t even familiar with each other’s music. But the three of us had a terrific chat. It was a great musical meeting of the minds between these two talents, and you can hear it all here.

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
Steely Dan | Barrytown | Pretzel Logic
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Maxi Dunn | Pull You Down | Welcome To Soonville

Gail George interview
Gail George | Crazy | It’s Personal
Gail George | He’s An Exclamation | Follow Your Bliss!

Eric Blakely interview
The Bottle Kids | Into The Ether | Let Me In On This Action
Eric Blakely | The Only Heart That I Can See | Live in studio
The Bottle Kids | Tell Her That You Mean It | Let Me In On This Action

Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”

More chat with Gail and Eric
Don Hawkins | If I Were A Pen | Single release
Eric Blakely | American Girls | Live in studio
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #861 – 2/9/2019

No guest today, but please enjoy this gratituous picture of my red sneaker in the Twirl studios.

You know, 2019 started off with a bang. Weeks of live radio interviews, and then last week, the Twirlie Awards show, with all of its attendant hoopla. So I thought this week might be an opporunity to play catch up. The music waits for no one–new releases have been coming in nearly every day, and 2019 shows no sign of slowing down.

Big Stir Records has started a program of releasing double digital singles from bands. Really great bands, and really great songs. So I started each half hour segment with one of those singles. Music from Addison Love, Sons of Morning, Clifford Ulrich, and Plasticsoul. Plus–new songs from Lannie Flowers, and Rogers & Butler, ended up in the mix.

It was great getting back to my roots: sitting in a little booth for two hours, talking to myself. Hopefully, you were listening, or will listen to the audio, so that it wasn’t all for naught.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Addison Love | Unsolicited Phone Calls | Single release
Rogers & Butler | Seven Hour Man | Diana Dors
I Am Casting | Window | Carnival Barkers
Librarians With Hickeys | Until There Was You | Single release
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Hot Nun | It’s Just Right | Born To Blaze
Sons Of Morning | Cold And Blue | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Summer Blue | Single release
The New Empire | Special To Me | White Lace And Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams
Midnight Oil | King Of The Mountain | Blue Sky Mining
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going To Miss Her | Single release
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales And Alibis
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Bill Lloyd | What Time Won’t Heal | Working The Long Game
Anton Barbeau | It’s The Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Natural Causes
Gail George | Pop Life | It’s Personal
The Bottle Kids | When You Come Around | Let Me In On This Action
Plasticsoul | The Ghost In Between Us | Single release
Globelamp | Saint Cecilia | Romantic Cancer
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson

2019 Twirlie Award Winners and podcast (Show #860 – February 2, 2019)

Mike and Marty getting ready to give out some Twirlie Awards.

Here is the complete list of 2019 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 2, 2019, 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: Martin Anaya and Mike Lidskin. Marty was our Hollywood correspondent, co-hosting live from Hollywood, California, while I broadcasted from the Sacramento studios.

A new feature this year: although the Song of the Year was announced at the Twirlies, the rest of the Top 40 Songs list was revealed and played, in its entirety, on Woody Radio on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. It’s what we in the biz refer to as “the best of both worlds”.

Twirlie Awards show, 2/2/2019:

Twirlie Awards top songs countdown show, 2/5/2019:

Album of the Year
Sunshine Boys, for their album Blue Music

Album of the Year Runner up
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson

Song of the Year
Elk City, for their song 25 Lines

Song of the Year Runner up
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, for their song Alchemy C’mere

Female Vocalist of the Year
Krista Acheson, for her Krista D and Molly Grue projects

Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson

Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Michael Simmons, for his album First Days Of Summer

EP of the Year
Roger Joseph Manning Jr., for his EP Glamping

Ear Candy
Bill Lloyd, for his album Working The Long Game
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
Addison Love, for his album Thoughts On Lunch?

Best Album that’s NOT an Album
Lannie Flowers, for his 10 March To Home monthly single releases in 2018

Best Songwriting
Steve Barton, for his triple album set Tall Tales & Alibis

Best Line in a Song
Rachel Taylor Brown. The album: “Run Tiny Human”. The song: “Maker”. The line: “We’ll take your town, we’ll make it better.” The context: Hipsters moving to your city (in her case, Portland), and gentrifying it.

Best Interview
Lisa Mychols, 6/30/2018

Best Live, in-studio Session
Rick Hromadka of Maple Mars/Ruby Free, 7/14/2018

Best Concert Performance
The Re-Used Electrics, Arlington, TX 7/28/2018

Music Scene of the Year
Big Stir: Big Stir Records, Big Stir Magazine, Big Stir live shows, Big Stir Radar Hour radio show

Record Label of the Year
Spyderpop Records, with releases by Wilkerson, Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, The Re-Used Electrics, Pat Buchanan

Spirit of Twirl Award
Poplord recording radio drops and promos for Twirl Radio

Tip of the Iceberg Award
Given to the Song of the Year Award. I only played and announced the Song of the Year, but there are dozens more songs on my list, which will be named shortly. Thus–I have literally given an award to one of my awards.

The Meta Award
Given to the Tip of the Iceberg Award, for giving an award to one of my awards. Oops–I did it again! As Marty said during the broadcast, I think we broke the fourth wall here.

Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Getting to do 55 interviews in one year
2. Woody Radio stole/started carrying Twirl Radio
3. BBQ / Tex-Mex / Spyderpop live music fest / Whataburger / Record Shopping / Heat and humidity / Carousing in Texas, late July 2018
4. Meeting the following musicians in person: Lisa Said, Marty Schneider & Stu Shader of Trip Wire, Chuck Lindo & Cheryl Hendrickson of The American Professionals, Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt, Roger Rocha of Felsen, Trevi Weiser, Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs, John Clifton
5. Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18, 5/20/2018, Blue Note Brewing Company, Woodland, CA

Wayback Award
Yung Wu, for the re-release of their 1988 album Shore Leave. Yung Wu is a Feelies side-project, led by drummer Dave Weckerman.

Cover Song of the Year
The Test Pressings, for their cover of The Love Boat Theme. This came from the compilation album White Lace And Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams. Performers: Karen Basset, Robbie Rist, John Borack.

Best Compilation Album
The Fowl Tone Sampler, released by Fowl Tone Records, Fowler, CA. 12 different bands and genres–but all performed by Poplord: Tom Magill, Craig Daniel, Stan Schaffer.

Reason To Live Award
New albums coming in 2019 from The Bobbleheads, The Armoires, Maxi Dunn, Matt Langlois, Edward Rogers, Duncan Faure, Lannie Flowers, Jimmy Catlett, Karen Haglof, The Handcuffs, and more.

Best Album Title
Molly Grue (Krista Acheson), for the EP titled The Happy Ending Cannot Come In The Middle Of The Story

Best Band Name
Little Jimmy Giant, on The Fowl Tone Sampler

Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Hot green tea
2. Almond milk latte
3. Water
4. Coffee
5. Iced coffee


Top Albums of 2018:
1. Sunshine Boys – Blue Music
2. Wilkerson – Wilkerson
3. Steve Barton – Tall Tales & Alibis (1, 2, 3)
4. Anton Barbeau – Natural Causes
5. Bill Lloyd – Working The Long Game
6. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Make
7. The Cherry Bluestorms – Whirligig!
8. The Imperial Sound – The New AM
9. Victor Sotelo – Homeland Insecurities
10. Elk City – Everybody’s Insecure
11. Fowl Tone Records – 12 Timeless Classics: The Fowl Tone Sampler
12. Gretchen’s Wheel – Black Box Theory
13. Vegas With Randolph – Legs And Luggage
14. Michael Simmons – First Days Of Summer
15. Lisa Mychols – Sugar
16. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
17. Rachel Taylor Brown – Run Tiny Human
18. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
19. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
20. Spygenius – Pacéphale
21. Daniel Trigger – Right Turn
22. Skip Heller & Spike Sikes – Sacramento
23. William Duke – Quatro
24. Pugwash – Silverlake
25. Addison Love – Thoughts On Lunch?
26. The Orange Peels – Trespassing
27. Astral Drive – Astral Drive
28. Banjo Bones – Ghostly Musings From The Delta
29. Bay Station – Other Desert Cities
30. Alison Hogan – Songs From The Third Act

Top Songs of 2018:
The full list was revealed and played on Woody Radio on February 5, 2019.
1. Elk City – 25 Lines
2. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Alchemy C’mere
3. Anton Barbeau – Magazine Street
4. Rachel Taylor Brown – Up You
5. The Cherry Bluestorms – Purple Heart Magic
6. Wilkerson – How She Lost My Heart
7. Sunshine Boys – Only A Million Miles
8. Lannie Flowers – Day Glow
9. Bill Lloyd – Satellite
10. Melissa Phillips – The Flame
11. Pete’s Copter – Magic Circle
12. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
13. Steve Barton – Before I Get Too Young
14. Pugwash – Everyone Knows That You’re Mine
15. Wade Johnson – You Know It
16. Agony Aunts – FU4 Tryna’ Be Bolth
17. Michael Simmons – No More Girls
18. Addison Love – Wee & Nancy Lee
19. Crooked Flower – Dancing
20. William Duke – Caroline And The Silver Screen
21. Krista D – Penny For Your Thoughts
22. Gretchen’s Wheel – Plans
23. Lisa Mychols – Into Oblivion
24. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
25. Piramid Scheme – Bandwagon Jumping Machine
26. Vegas With Randolph – Women In Airports
27. Victor Sotelo – Hey Paul!
28. The Imperial Sound – Yesterday
29. Astral Drive – Summer Of ’76
30. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
31. Alison Hogan – This Time
32. Spygenius – Godfearing
33. Daniel Trigger – Rock N Roll Party
34. The Orange Peels – Running Away
35. Gail George – Blue
36. Hot Nun – Big Fat No
37. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
38. The Crushing Violets – Strange Voices
39. The Outryders – Should Have Known
40. Cootes Paradise – It’s True

Top EPs of 2018:
1. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – Glamping
2. Melissa Phillips – Both Ways
3. Gail George – It’s Personal
4. Krista D – Look At Me I’m Krista D
5. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
6. Hot Nun – Born To Blaze
7. Piramid Scheme – Get Rich Quick Too
8. Crooked Flower – Into The Light
9. The Jangle Band – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over
10. The Re-Used Electrics – For Johnny

Happening today: The 2019 Twirlie Awards!

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 eleventh annual Twirlie Awards happens today: Saturday, February 2nd, 2019, 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 2018 and played on Twirl Radio. We’ll have the well-loved red carpet interviews that Marty is known for. 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!

And this year, there’s a new twist. Although we will be giving out the Song of the Year Award on today’s show, we will be revealing–and playing every song from–the entire list on Woody Radio on Tuesday, February 5th, starting at 8:00 p.m. Pacific at www.woodyradio.com. This important group of songs deserves its own show.

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 2019 Twirlie Awards event on Facebook.

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #859 – 1/26/2019: Louis Michot interview!

Michot’s Melody Makers

Louis Michot is a busy guy. The Louisiana-based Cajun musician has been a bit hard to get ahold of lately, because he’s constantly touring and gigging with several bands, including the Lost Bayou Ramblers, which he co-founded, and the spinoff Michot’s Melody Makers. But we finally pinned him down for a bit, and I had a nice chat with him about the new music.

Michot’s Melody Makers recently released their debut record, “Blood Moon”. The songs are mostly very old Cajun songs, but given a modern treatment. They date back to the days before accordion became a commmon instrument in the genre, and the fiddle was king (incidentally, Louis is a fiddle player). The rock and roll equivalent would be the era before the guitar took over as lead instrument–and saxophones ruled the world.

In the interview, we also find out that there’s going to be a documentary film about the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Louis has yet another band called Soul Creole, and he recently released the first of 12(!) albums from his recent residency at The Stone, John Zorn’s legendary performance space, in New York City. Busy much?

All in all, it was a fun conversation. We heard a couple of his new songs, and then returned to the rock ‘n’ roll right after that. More info at https://michotsmelodymakers.bandcamp.com/.

Artist | Track | Album
Jim Basnight | Avenue Of The Star | Not Changing
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Final Say | Risk Profile
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Pretenders | Bad Boys Get Spanked | Pretenders II
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head

Louis Michot interview
Michot’s Melody Makers | Two-Step De Ste. Marie | Blood Moon
Michot’s Melody Makers | La Lune Est Croche | Blood Moon

Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
The Rubinoos | Countdown To Love | 45
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Brighter Days | Whirligig!
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Vegas With Randolph | Three Red Hooks | Legs And Luggage
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #858 – 1/19/2019: Dara Ackerman interview!

Dara Ackerman

Dara Ackerman’s been a good friend of Twirl Radio for the past 5 years, ever since I met her when she joined Bay Area powerhouse band Felsen. At that point, I thought Felsen was the perfect band, strong in the studio and incredibly powerful and dynamic in the live setting. They lacked nothing. Then Dara came along and joined as a vocalist and percussionist. I was wrong–the perfect band got a little better–she’s joyous and full of life on stage.

At a Felsen show in 2014, Dara handed me her first album, Skyland. That’s when I first noticed her amazing vocal talents, on the album which concerned itself with her 7 years in India. There was a spiritual aspect to the album.

So the past fall, Dara sent me an advance digital copy of her forthcoming release, Partially True Stories, and it is a more than worthy successor to her debut. It’s a little more rockin’ and upbeat–and she lets the fun flag fly on this one! Terrific vocals abound, but it completely matches the joy you see when she performs on a stage. We had a great chat about all of this, and heard a few tracks on the show. More info at http://www.daraackerman.com/.

Artist | Track | Album
Freedy Johnston | On The Way Out | Never Home
Steve Barton | When She’s Lost Your Mind | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Imperial Sound | Daylight | The New AM
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
HUGElarge | Have Love Will Travel | HUGElarge

Dara Ackerman interview
Dara Ackerman | Party Bus To Vallejo | Partially True Stories
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Dara Ackerman | Oil & Honey | Partially True Stories

Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Duncan Faure | Nightfall | Anthology
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
The Judybats | Incredible Bittersweet | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Operator | Glamping
Bill Lloyd | Til The Day That I Break Down | Working The Long Game
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities

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