Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #877 – 6/15/2019: Interview doubleheader: Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt and Mark English of The Gold Needles!

Matt Langlois in action

A bit late with the playlist and blog this week, but no less relevant: this week’s Twirl show was, as they say in the UK, a real corker! (Did I get that right?) We had a couple of guests, and one of them was even from England!

In the first hour, our guest was Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt, Matt EL, and, well, now of solo fame too. He’d been on the show a couple of times before, and this time, we did a Skype chat with him from his home in San Francisco, to celebrate the release of his new solo record, Merde! [editor’s note: The exclamation point is part of the album title; it’s not just my runaway enthusiasm.] Merde! is a fun little album, chock full of short, punchy, fun songs. It serves as a nice counterpoint to the most recent Welcome Matt release, 2017’s More Empire Days, which was a great, but heavy record. We even learned the origins of the title, and found out that I’d been pronouncing it wrong all this time. Matt’s about to embark on a cross-country tour as part of TheMattPatJoeyTrio. Check out all this and more at welcomemattsf.com.

The Gold Needles album Through A Window

Later on, we dialed up Mark English of The Gold Needles. He was kind enough to stay up till the wee hours of the morning, chatting to us from Hull, UK. They’ve just released their second album, Through A Window, and it is really good. They’ve improved upon their debut album with a more focused effort which combines jangle and psych sounds, and the trio added a rhythm section to become a 5 piece band. We talked about musical influences, and their recent successful gig at the IPO Festival in Liverpool, where they played to an enthusiastic, attentive audience. More gigs on the way, and they’re already writing new music. To find out more about this band on the rise, visit www.facebook.com/thegoldneedles.

And–enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Mike Farrell | Rock & Roll Letdown | Tomato Vortex: Another SacPop Album
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
The Bobbleheads | Listen You Know | Myths And Fables
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | Single release
Jackpot | Hide In The Frequency | Shiny Things
Mondello | The Girl With Half A Mind | Hello, All You Happy People
Gretchen’s Wheel | Rushing (acoustic) | Moth To Lamplight: Nada Surf tribute

Matt Langlois interview
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Matt Langlois | You Are Here | Merde!

Salt | Crime Spree | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
U2 | In God’s Country | The Joshua Tree
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going To Miss Her | Single release
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
R. Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
Lloyd Cole | To The Lions | Don’t Get Weird On Me, Babe
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar
R.E.M. | Wolves, Lower | Dead Letter Office

Mark English interview
The Gold Needles | Winning A Losing Game | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | Sunset Girl | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | I’m Gonna Try | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window

Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Lannie Flowers | Where Did All The Fun Go | Single release
Girls On Grass | John Doe | Dirty Power
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Armoires | Anemone! | Side Three
Bill Mumy | You’re My Inspiration | Lockford
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape

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Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #876 – 6/8/2019: David Brookings interview!

David Brookings and the Average Lookings

Well, I finally did it. Yes. It. What is this “it”, you ask? I finally had David Brookings, of David Brookings and the Average Lookings (one of the best band names out there) on Twirl Radio!

I’ve been a big fan of his music for at least a half a decade, but it’s been a glaring oversight that he hasn’t been on the show until now. So we corrected the injustice this week, on the occasion of the new album Scorpio Monologue. It’s a fine album, probably the best I’ve heard of his so far. Starts out rocking, and doesn’t let up. The care that went into the production, songwriting, and performance of this record shows at every turn. Great original songs, and even a Bob Dylan cover that I wasn’t expecting (and you probably aren’t either): Girl From The North Country. David and the Average Lookings completely make it their own–which is the mark of a good cover.

David’s had an interesting life, all centered aroud music. Born and raised in Richmond, VA, a little hotbed of music, he’s also lived in Memphis and now considers San Jose home. There’s a humorous track on the album, Silicon Valley, which takes a lighthearted look at the area–and if you’ve ever been there, you know.

There’s a good possibility of a tour behind this record starting in fall, and I hope he makes it to Sacramento, and to your town as well. www.davidbrookings.net

It was a fun, lively chat, and we surrounded it with tons of great music, both old and new. I’m really thinking that this 3 hour format thing is going to work out.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Felsen | Generals And Majors | Felsen (Loves You)
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Cirrone | All I Know | Uplands Park Road
Chancellorpink | Cracking Up | All Of Them Monsters
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Smoking Popes | I Know You Love Me | Destination Failure
Bill Lloyd | Interrupted | Working The Long Game
Faraway Brothers | Semi-Hollow | Hand Me That Cow
Laurie Larson | Aquila | Aquila
The Legal Matters | Rite Of Spring | The Legal Matters
Sparklejet | The World Before Longitude | Single release
In Deed | Another Start | Everest
Steve Barton | When She’s Lost Your Mind | Tall Tales And Alibis 1
The Imperial Sound | Back On Your Table | The New AM
Matt Langlois | Don’t Tuck Your Shirt Into Your Pants | Merde!
Heiskell | The Great Opaque | Songs In The Key Of H
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
Maxi Dunn | Will You Forgive Me? | The Neglected Gambit
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
Identical Suns | Miss Her Reminiscing | Week Minded
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D

David Brookings interview
David Brookings & The Average Lookings | I Grow Up Fast | Scorpio Monologue
David Brookings & The Average Lookings | And It Feels Like… | Scorpio Monologue

The Rubinoos | Party Insurance | 45
Girls On Grass | Street Fight | Dirty Power
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
50 Watt Heavy | Absolutely Fading (Nasty) | Better Days
Pugwash | Make It Yourself | Silverlake
Wilkerson | Too Much Of A Good Thing | Wilkerson
The Armoires | The Twelve-Inch | Side Three
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Braam | Burlington Northern | Living Room
Salt | Eastern Colors | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Duncan Faure | Better Than Ever | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #875 – 6/1/2019: Interview with Barbara Endes of Girls on Grass, and the debut 3-hour Twirl Radio show!

Girls on Grass

This week’s Twirl crossed a new frontier, if you will. Thanks to Access Sacramento, home of KUBU 96.5 FM, we expand from our historical two hour time slot to a full three hours. That’s right, 50% more of everything–more music, more interviews, more music, more chatter, more good vibes, and most importantly, more music! So the situation is this–The Longhair Detectorists Guild, featuring Bill Fuller, will be on from noon to 3:00 p.m., followed by yours truly, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. each Saturday.

So how would you celebrate such a momentous occasion? I know how I would–an interview with Barbara Endes of Brooklyn, NY-based Girls On Grass! It had been three years since we last chatted on the radio, and we made up for lost time. We explored the making of their new album, Dirty Power, which is a lively, driving, Americana/rock’n’roll effort. If you do one thing today–listen to the leadoff track, “Down At The Bottom”. The locked-in bass and drums of Dave Mandl and Nancy Polstein will catch your ear at first, and then the twin guitar attack of David Weiss and Barbara rock hard around Barbara’s heartfelt vocals. The whole song bristles with excitement, and sets up the rest of the wonderful record for you. The album rocks in places, gets a tad political and topical where needed, and is generally a fun listen. Getting Eric Ambel to sign on as producer was a nice move too–he captured a great performance from the band. It’s a worthy sophomore record, and the Girls are gearing up to spend the summer touring it around the Northeast. But don’t worry–I made my pitch to ask if they’d ever consider coming to Sacramento. Just wanted to get that thought out there now.

Check out Girls on Grass at www.girlsongrassband.com.

And enjoy this newly-expanded format of Twirl Radio. Hope you enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Robyn Hitchcock | Captain Dry | You & Oblivion
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
R. Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
The Armoires | Responsible (Reuptake) | Side Three
Smoking Popes | You Spoke To Me | Destination Failure
Bobby McFerrin | Good Lovin’ | Simple Pleasures
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music

Barbara Endes interview
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Girls On Grass | Got To Laugh To Keep From Cryin’ | Dirty Power

Maxi Dunn | The Neglected Gambit | The Neglected Gambit
Lost Leaders | I Will (Fulfill) | Promises Promises
Don Dixon | Praying Mantis (live) | Single release
Robert Poss | I’ve Got A Secret List | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Diplomats Of Solid Sound | Already Gone | A Higher Place
Anton Barbeau | Baby Can You? | Berliner Grotesk
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
David Brookings & The Average Lookings | And It Feels Like… | Scorpio Monologue
Karen Haglof | Favor Favor | Tobiano
Blake Jones And The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
The Morning Line | South Carolina | North
Karla Kane | Goodguy Sun | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave
The Decibels | Stupidity | Scene, Not Herd
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Addison Love | Unsolicited Phone Calls | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave
The Bobbleheads | Like Oxygen | Myths And Fables
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Richard X. Heyman | About Time | Pop Circles
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Bill Lloyd | Miracle Mile | Working The Long Game

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #874 – 5/25/2019: Interview with Mimi Betinis of Pezband, and Twirl Radio Pop Fest 19 Preview!

Pezband

This week’s show was a treat. The legendary Mimi Betinis, front man of seminal power pop band Pezband, was our guest. I’ve been meaning to have him on Twirl for quite some time, and a special occasion provided the right time for a visit. What was the special occasion? A 40th anniversary remix and re-release of Pezband’s 1979 album Cover To Cover. (Has it really been 40 years since 1979? A lot of us are wondering that exact same thing.)

Whenever I hear of a re-release, I always wonder what the reason is. In this case, Mimi actually had the original 2-inch master tapes from Cover To Cover, and they were in good condition. He took them to audio wizard John Pavletic, who was able to remix, remaster, digitize, and generally update the sound. It sounds better than it did in 1979, with today’s modern technology. Once that audio magic was done, Marty Scott, of Jem Records, who originally signed Pezband in 1977, wanted to go full circle and do the re-release. The album is doing well, and it’s bringing this timeless music to a new generation of fans. And–it was so much fun to chat with Mimi–he’s still got an acute sense of humor and we laughed our way through the conversation! More Pezband info at http://pezbandofficial.com. More informaton on Mimi Betinis at http://www.popmusicsounds.com.

In the second hour of the show, we previewed the music of the bands who played at the following day’s Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19, at the Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA. (Spoiler alert–the show went great. The sound was incredible. The festival was well-attended, even in the rare Northern California Memorial Day weekend rain. The bands earned new fans, and new friendships were forged.)

Hope you enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Salt | A Song For Jerome | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
Amoeba Teen | (Coming On) Stronger | Medium Wave
Heiskell | Dirty Unicorn (Album Mix) | Songs In The Key Of H
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Maxi Dunn | I Mean That | Welcome To Soonville

Mimi Betinis interview
Pezband | Don’t Look Back | Cover To Cover
Pezband | Didn’t We | Cover To Cover
Pezband | Back In The Middle | Cover To Cover

Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19 Preview
50 Watt Heavy | Bummer Solstice | Better Days
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Spidermeow | The Bridge | Holler
The Bobbleheads | Do You? | Myths And Fables
Blame The Bishop | These Are The Days | New And Used
The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Bellygunner | Heldtogetherbyasinglestitch | Machine Gun Built For Two

The Armoires | Not A Good Man | Side Three
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
JonEmery And The Unconventionals | Ghost Town Road | Wrecked
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
Dara Ackerman | Golden Circle | Partially True Stories
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake

Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19–Sunday, 5-26-2018, 1-6 p.m. at the Blue Note in Woodland, CA!


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #873 – 5/18/2019: Interview tripleheader: Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records, John Ashfield & Rob Harford of The Bobbleheads, and Stephen Schnee–all in-studio!

Victor Erwin, Mike Lidskin, John Ashfield, Rob Harford–4/5 of a musical meeting of the minds!

If last week’s show was one for the books, this week’s was one for the ages. 3 sets of guests–all live, in the Sacramento studio. And thanks to my friend Bill Fuller (The Long Hair Detectorists Guild), who was off this week, I got to expand to a full 4 hours! And we seriously needed every minute of it, because the action was nonstop. There was some overlap between the guests, where they were all in the room at the same time–just like the TV talk shows of old. I’ve never done a show quite like this before.

Victor Erwin was visiting California, all the way from Texas. He was doing advance work and making arrangements for a West Coast leg of the Spyderpop artists summer tour, going to venues up and down the state of California, meeting with the right people, in person. That’s how you do it–ensure that the artists have the right room to present their songs to discerning music fans. Which artists are we talking about? None other than Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, Danny Wilkerson, and Chris Church, that’s who! We spent the first hour talking about that, Vic’s musical influences, and everything else under the sun. We even heard a track from his band The Re-Used Electrics. For more Spyderpop goings-on, check out spyderpop.com.

In the second hour, we focused on John Ashfield and Rob Harford of San Francisco band The Bobbleheads. These guys are the guitar attack of their infectiously upbeat, rockin’ live sound. That live sound translates well to record, as heard on their new one, Myths And Fables. We got some insight into their songwriting and recording process, and just what it takes to be a Bobblehead. Later on, they played DJ, and brought some of their favorite songs to share on the air. Be sure to check these guys out here in the Sacramento area–they’ll be bringing the fun to the third annual Twirl Radio Pop Fest on Sunday, May 26th, at the Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA. It’ll be an all ages free show starting at 1:00 p.m. You really don’t want to miss them live. thebobbleheads.com

Stephen “Spaz” Schnee–who couldn’t be in the first photo–since he was busy taking that first photo!

We then spent over an hour hanging out with legendary music journalist Stephen “Spaz” Schnee. When I found out about all this musical greatness that was going to cross paths in Sacramento, I simply had to make sure Stephen was there to experience it too. He lives in Sacramento now, and it would be musical malpractice if he wasn’t there for all this epicness. And as has become a semi-regular tradition, he brought along some new music (some truly new, others, new-to-me). We not only heard some music, but we talked, philosophized, and reflected about music and the state of modern day music. Check out some of his various ventures: reviews and interviews (Discussions Magazine http://www.discussionsmagazine.com/) and videos (But Is It Power Pop? “But Is It Power Pop?” on YouTube)

After all that, I had a little bit of quiet time to wrap up the show. So we enjoyed it, but sure weren’t quiet about it, as we wrapped up with some new and new-ish music. All in all, a fun, wild musical ride. Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Victor Erwin interview
The Re-Used Electrics | One Track Mind | For Johnny
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Lannie Flowers | Lost In A Daydream | Single release
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Bill Lloyd | Satellite | Working The Long Game
Bill Lloyd | Working The Long Game | Working The Long Game

The Bobbleheads interview
The Bobbleheads | Like Oxygen | Myths And Fables
The Bobbleheads | Feel This Way | Myths And Fables
Gyllene Tider | Man Blir Yr | Dags att tänka på refrängen
Mover | Move Over | Move Over
The Rubinoos | Amnesia | Paleophonic
The Bobbleheads | Joey | Myths And Fables

Bellygunner | Kilobyte | Machine Gun Built For Two
JonEmery and the Unconventionals | If You Think You’re Heartbroken | Wrecked

Stephen Schnee interview
Guitar Gangsters | Undefeated | Let ‘Em Have It
Squire | September Gurls | The Singles Album
Andy Williams | Happy Heart | Happy Heart
The Tourists | Blind Among The Flowers | The Tourists
Cloud Eleven | On Pismo Beach | Footnote
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
Heiskell | The Great Opaque | Songs In The Key Of H
Orson | Broken Watch | Culture Vultures
Danny And The Doorknobs | Contempt | Jukebox In The L.A. River

Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
R. Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
The Armoires | Anemone! | Side Three
Anton Barbeau | Baby Can You? | Berliner Grotesk
Chancellorpink | A Rainbow’s Knocking | All Of Them Monsters
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #872 – 5/11/2019: Interview tripleheader: Anton Barbeau & Julia Boorinakis Harper, Gaby Alter of Yes Gabriel, and Bex Francis of Access Sacramento!

Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis-Harper live at Shine, Sacramento

This show was one for the books. Completely fun and unpredictable. Another episode with three interviews, and yes, we pulled this off.

First up–Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper returned to the show. Yes, Anton is from here (Sacramento) originally. And yes, he lives in Berlin. And yes, he’s finlly released his long-awaited solo record, Berliner Grotesk. This one is really, really good. It’s piano-based, but rocks hard in the right places, and applies the quirkiness liberally in the right places. As always, excellent songwriting abounds. Anton semi-jokingly calls it the third album in the trilogy, preceded by Magic Act and Natural Causes. It sounds nothing like those two, but it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. You need this one. http://antonbarbeau.com

Postscript to the previous paragraph: Just because Anton has given you an album in 2019, doesn’t mean he’s stopped working on new music. He’s got at least a couple more albums up his sleeve right now, so keep your ears open for that.

Gaby Alter and Yes Gabriel live

In the second hour, we got to meet Gaby Alter. He’s a noted composer who’s written off-Broadway musicals, soundtracks, and even pieces for NPR and PBS. But he’s always wanted to do a solo, folk-based project, and his Yes Gabriel debut EP is the perfect vehicle. Five extremely well-crafted, intimate songs, about relationships and more. This is the music you should have on when you’ve got your favorite hot beverage at your fingertips. We chatted a little about the composing process, and the similarities and differences of writing for a large live audience or for a single headphone listener. Terrific music. www.yesgabriel.com

Filmmaker Bex Francis with me in studio

And a little bit later, I was paid a surprise visit by my old friend Bex Francis. She’d been living out of state for about a year, and has returned to Sacramento, where she works on the staff of Access Sacramento, home to KUBU 96.5 FM, doing outreach and membership stuff. But that would be understating her impact, as she does a lot of work on the television side of the house, as well as acting, voiceover work, and filmmaking. That last one is big–she recently won the 48 Hour Audience Favorite Award at the Sacramento Film Festival! It’s exactly as it sounds–she and her crew had 48 hours to write, produce, and edit a short film–kind of the indie filmmaking version of the Food Network show Chopped. Talk about total exhilaration–yet she kept it all together, leading her team through the process. We talk about it a bit on the show. http://californiafilm.net

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Single release

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Berliner Grotesk | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Don’tforgettogetyourfingerwet | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | I Been To Bromley | Berliner Grotesk

Gaby Alter interview
Yes Gabriel | Dear To Me | Yes Gabriel
Yes Gabriel | Fall Asleep | Yes Gabriel

The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Last June | Fight For Now
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Girls On Grass | Because Capitalism | Dirty Power
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always

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