Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #825 – 5/12/2018: Michael Simmons interview!

Michael Simmons

Today’s show featured an interview with Michael Simmons. I’ve known the sparkle*jets u.k. and Popdudes frontman for several years, but never before had him on the show. He’s just released an amazing solo album, “First Days of Summer”, and we used that auspicious occasion to talk about this tour de force through the world of pop music. There’s breezy summer songs to play with your car windows rolled down. There’s crunchy rock ‘n’ roll, a la Cheap Trick. There’s even a rap song, which admonishes young artists to do full albums, and not just give away singles for free. The great thing about this album is that no two songs sound alike, and Michael’s vocals are varied and diverse. He doesn’t even sound like the same singer from song to song. His stylistic range is enormous. We had a lively and intelligent chat about all things music. I’d strongly urge you to pick up First Days of Summer; it’s a fun listen all the way through. https://michaelsimmons.bandcamp.com/album/first-days-of-summer

We also busted out the latest batch of 2018 music arrivals, which included Sunshine Boys–their Blue Music album just landed in my mailbox, and it is special. Also in this batch are The Gold Needles, Daniel Trigger, Krista D, Pugwash, Gretchen’s Wheel, and David Myhr, all of whom are making 2018 a year to remember. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
The Gold Needles | Not Tonight Josephine | Pearls
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Jackpot | Adventures Galore | F+
The Judybats | La Dulcinea | Pain Makes You Beautiful

Michael Simmons interview
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Michael Simmons | Dirt Nap | First Days Of Summer

Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Ass Ponys | Earth To Grandma | Electric Rock Music
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
David Myhr | My Negative Friend | Lucky Day
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | Sacramento
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Is It All A Dream | Glamping
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #824 – 5/5/2018: Busting out more new music!

Enjoy this shot of me relaxing in the Twirl studios while playing all that new 2018 music.

In recent weeks and months, we’ve done so many interviews, that today’s show was a nice chance to take a breather, and just play some songs. Lots of them. And the cool part is the the new 2018 music keeps rolling in, either in my mailbox, my inbox, or sometimes, people just hand me a disc. So we busted out brand new tracks by such artists as Krista D., Daniel Trigger, Lannie Flowers, Michael Simmons, Gretchen’s Wheel, Poplord, Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, The Orange Peels, and more. It’s an embarrassment of musical riches–except that I’m not embarrassed, and neither should you be! Enjoy all this wonderful music, and by all means–please support the artists in any way you can. Buy their music. Go to their shows. Talk them up on social media. Do it now. I’m waiting…okay–enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | American Affluenza | Catnip Dynamite
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Piramid Scheme | No More, Anymore | Get Rich Quick Too
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Cowboy Dreams
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Gene Loves Jezebel | Charmed Life (Never Give In) | Dance Underwater
The Judybats | Saturday | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Ass Ponys | Under Cedars And Stars | The Known Universe
Julian Cope | Adam & Eve Hit The Road | 20 Mothers
The Cherry Bluestorms | Baby, You’re A Rich Man | Transit Of Venus
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head
Gretchen’s Wheel | Imp | Black Box Theory
Spygenius | Get Over Yourself | Pacéphale
The Orange Peels | Running Away | Trespassing
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Desario | Down Among Them | III
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #823 – 4/28/2018: Interview with Jim Coleman of This Wilderness!

This Wilderness

On today’s show, we chatted with Jim Coleman, one half of the New York electropunk due This Wilderness! They are about to release their debut album, “Sorry About Tomorrow”. It’s full of contrasts. The album is both challenging and exhilarating, both dark and fun, both negative and optimistic. Much of the music sounds electronic, yet the vocals are important, and up front. It’s definitely an artistic statement.

Jim told us that they’ve been doing guerrilla shows and videos in remote locations, such as parking garages. The DIY ethic is alive with these guys, yet their music is really sophisticated and well produced. With any luck, they might get out to the West Coast on tour this summer. I suggest you give these guys a listen. http://www.thiswilderness.net

We also premiered brand new 2018 music by The Orange Peels, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, Bay Station, and more. It was a good day for music lovers!

Artist | Track | Album
The Orange Peels | Camera 2 | Trespassing
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Funhouse | Glamping
Dog Trumpet | Monkey Tank | Dog Trumpet
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Maxi Dunn | Take It Or Leave It | Edmund & Leo
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Cirrone | Uplands Park Road | Uplands Park Road
This Wilderness | D.O.G. | Sorry About Tomorrow
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make

Jim Coleman of This Wilderness interview
This Wilderness | Full Time Woman | Sorry About Tomorrow

Felsen | Spanish Jam Sandwich | Blood Orange Moon
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Bay Station | Sands Of Time | Other Desert Cities
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Gretchen’s Wheel | Walk Out | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Michael Simmons | Dirt Nap | First Days Of Summer
Juliana Hatfield | Live On Tomorrow | Only Everything
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #822 – 4/21/2018: Interview with Peter Watts and Ruth Rogers of Spygenius!

Spygenius

On today’s show, we were treated to a visit with Peter Watts and Ruth Rogers of Canterbury, UK band Spygenius. They’ve been around quite a while, but their entrance into the Big Stir* fold put them on my radar this year. So we asked the big, imperative questions, such as “Where did the name Spygenius come from?”, and “How do you pronounce the name of their album ‘Pacéphale’? That album, by the way, is being re-released on Big Stir Records sometime this year, and Spygenius is coming to California this summer, so we denizens of the Golden State will have our chance to see them play live. It was fun talking with them, 8 time zones away, and listening to a couple of their songs. You’d do well to give a listen to their music too. https://spygenius.bandcamp.com/album/pac-phale

*Big Stir: 1. Collective of bands, writers, radio people, venues, promoters of music, listeners of music. 2. Monthly series of live shows in Burbank, CA. 3. New record label. 4. Fanzine. 5. Philosophy revolving around a loose collective of items #1-#4, mostly centered around being inclusive when it comes to music performance and fandom.

Artist | Track | Album
Bay Station | Look But Don’t Touch | Other Desert Cities
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
The Well Wishers | I’m Not The Enemy | A View From Above
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Slave To Passion | Whiteout
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release

Spygenius interview
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale

Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | Thank You For The Photograph | Single release
The JAC | I’m A Glass Of Orange Juice | Faux Pas
Edward Rogers | She’s The One | TV Generation
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Lannie Flowers | I’ve Been Waiting | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet
Piramid Scheme | Regular Guy | Get Rich Quick Too
Stephen Fearing | The Station | The Assassin’s Apprentice
Gail George | Because Of U | Bloom
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #821 – 4/14/2018: Serena Jost interview!

Serena Jost

Singer/ songwriter/ cellist. That’s a combination you pretty much never hear of. Well on today’s show, we chatted with singer/ songwriter/ cellist Serena Jost–where the combination actually does apply. The classically-trained cellist (and really, aren’t all cellists classically-trained?) was a founding member of the legendary female-driven, cello group Rasputina. Since then, she’s created her own space. She’s blended classical and folk-rock. Her new album, “Up To The Sky”, just came out a week ago, and was recorded over the course of two days at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell. It was literally nothing but Serena’s voice and her cello, recorded live–singing as she played the cello. No overdubs, no backing musicians. And it came off beautifully, in the wonderful acoustic setting of the church. She was so inspired by this exhilirating session, that she composed some of the songs on the spot. The performance she turned in was spontaneous and alive. If you want to hear more, check out Serena’s music at www.serenajost.com.

Artist | Track | Album
The Re-Used Electrics | Pills | For Johnny
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | You Took The Sunshine From My Heart | The Neglected Gambit
Texas | Tired Of Being Alone | BBC live session
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes

Serena Jost interview
Serena Jost | The Cut | Up To The Sky
Serena Jost | Silver Star | Up To The Sky

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Well Wishers | In Another Life | A View From Above
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | Make
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #820 – 4/7/2018: In studio interview and performance by Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt!

Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt in the Twirl Studio

If you remember back a couple of months ago at the Twirlie Awards, The Welcome Matt’s 2017 album, More Empire Days, tied for Album of the Year. Well I found out recently that Matt Langlois, the “Matt” in the band, was going to be in Sacramento this weekend. So I convinced him to join me on the radio. This was the first time we’d met in person, and we spent a whole hour and a half together!

We broke his visit into three segments. First, we heard some songs from his last two albums, and chatted about The Welcome Matt. Then–a real treat–he played a couple of songs live for us in studio, and really made them come alive! And finally, Matt got to play DJ. He brought along some songs from some of his favorite artists, and we spun them on the air. We also chatted with Matt’s wife Christine, a choreographer and dance professor, who’s been working on a program at Sacramento State University.

Before all this excitement got started, we had some other excitement on the show. We were given the great honor of world debuting a track from the forthcoming Blake Jones & the Trike Shop album, “Make”, to kick off the show. And we also played a brand new Jeff Litman song as well. All in all, a pretty big day for Twirl Radio!
http://welcomemattsf.com/

Artist | Track | Album
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Jeff Litman | Only You | Crowded Hour
The Judybats | Poor Bruised World | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
The Armoires | Alexandra 619 | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 19
Tommy Sistak | Life Is Waiting There For You | Ready Set A Go-Go
The Wonder Stuff | Full Of Life (Happy Now) | Construction For The Modern Idiot

Matt Langlois interview
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
The Welcome Matt | Key Of G | POPJUNKFLUFF&HYPE
The Welcome Matt | The Boon | More Empire Days
Matt Langlois | My Town | Live in the Twirl studios
Matt Langlois | The Latest One To Go | Live in the Twirl studios
The Welcome Matt | Boutique City | More Empire Days
Aimee Mann | Freeway | @#%&*! Smilers
Gil Scott Heron | New York Is Killing Me | I’m New Here
David Bowie | It’s No Game (Part 1) | Scary Monsters
Courtney Barnett | Elevator Operator | Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit
Lou Reed | Dirty Blvd. | New York

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #819 – 3/31/2018: Interview and performance by Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, and Birdie Jones!

Birdie Jones in the Twirl Studio

On today’s show, we were treated to a live, in-studio performance by three great musicians: Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, and Birdie Jones. Skip and Birdie drove up from L.A., and Spike drove in from the Bay Area, and converged on our small but mighty radio studio. They treated us to some fun conversation, and three great live songs. About that studio–about the size of a large walk in closet. And we had a large 1968-era keyboard in one corner, and five of us in there. There was a lot of warmth and good vibes–and I think it comes across in the performances. Between the three of them, they have three new albums out right now, and you’d do well to get them all.

More info:
birdiejones.bandcamp.com/releases
soundcloud.com/heller-fs
https://www.reverbnation.com/awesomehotcakes

Artist | Track | Album
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
The Well Wishers | Gravity Waits | A View From Above
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Right Said Fred | I’m Too Sexy (Spanish version) | I’m Too Sexy EP
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | Fowl Tone Sampler
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, & Birdie Jones interview and performance
Birdie Jones | Busted | Live in Twirl studios
Spike Sikes | Get Outta L.A. | Live in Twirl studios
Skip Heller | 6 O’Clock Train And A Girl With Green Eyes | Live in Twirl studios

Skip Heller and Spike Sikes in the Twirl Studio

The Grays | Very Best Years | Ro Sham Bo
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Little Tin Frog | I’m In Pain | The Pain And Pleasure Machine
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Juliana Hatfield | Lost And Saved | Hey Babe
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
The Greenberry Woods | Trampoline | Rapple Dapple
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Welcome Matt | More Empire Days | More Empire Days

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