Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #839 – 8/25/2018: In-studio interview/performance with Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones!

Pepe Espada of Banjo Bones in the Twirl studio

Today’s show was a fun one. Pepe Espada, of Sacramento’s own Banjo Bones, returned to the Twirl studios, and spent a full hour with me on the air. He’s about to release the fourth Banjo Bones album, “Ghostly Musings from the Delta”, and it is a fine record–perhaps his finest to date. Stellar songwriting–bleak subject matter juxtaposed with sometimes upbeat melodies, a great vocal performance, against the backdrop of a National Resonator steel guitar–make for a good, thoughtful listen. Banjo Bones’ tagline is “The Dark Side of Americana”–but don’t think that’s the only thing they’re known for. Pepe’s earliest influences include rock ‘n’ roll and punk rock. Influences included Chris Whitley, Tom Waits, and Beck. And while not a blues artist, much of this record owes a debt to the early bluesmen–and that beautiful Resonator guitar kind of reinforces this.

The album has a release date of Thursday, August 30th–with a release show at Sacramento’s Blue Lamp music venue. The live band is tight and professional, and they really make the songs come to life. I hope to see you there. More info at

Artist | Track | Album
Chris Church | Be My Nuisance | Limitations Of Source Tape
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Duncan Faure | Very Truly Yours | Single release
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Steve Rosenbaum | Get The Hell Out Of My Lane | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar

Pepe Espada interview
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Pepe Espada | Picking Up The Slack | Live in studio
Banjo Bones | Tale Of An Outcast | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Tom Waits | Gun Street Girl | Single release
Chris Whitley | Kick Them Stones | Single release
Beck | Farewell Ride | Single release
Pepe Espada | The Sermon | Live in studio
Banjo Bones | Rabbit Hole | Ghostly Musings From The Delta

Big Red Ants | Where I Wanna Be | Big Red Ants
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
The Imperial Sound | I Feel Strange | The New AM
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Poplord | Kill Me | The Fowl Tone Sampler


Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #838 – 8/18/2018: Deborah Gee & Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms interview!

Deborah Gee and Glen Laughlin of The Cherry Bluestorms

On today’s show, Deborah Gee and Glen Laughlin of the L.A. psych-pop band The Cherry Bluestorms returned for some great conversation! This was the eve of the release of their new album, “Whirligig!”. We talked about the making of the album, the evolution of the band, and about the album release party, which also has Duncan Faure as their opening act! What’s really cool is that although it took a while to get to this, their third album, their musical pipeline has a bunch more treats in store. There is a solo Deborah Gee album on the way, and the next Cherry Bluestorms album is also in progress! (Easy there, guys–the world needs to hear this one first!)

Deborah and Glen have put together the perfect band to bring these new songs to life on stage–and we discovered that their ideal is more or less the classic guitar driven rock of the 1960s, filtered through the swirly, trippy, organ-drenched late 1980s Madchester sound. And that is music to my ears–and will be to yours, shortly. This is one intelligent band, aware and respectful of their roots, while forging a new sound. I’ve seen them live a number of times, and they are not to be missed. Deborah and Glen are the truth.

Check ’em out, and order yours at

Also in this show, we debuted a brand new single from Duncan Faure (former Bay City Rollers and Rabbitt frontman), and played a track from brand new Chicago supergroup The Imperial Sound. And my long time friend Susanna Reilly and her son Derek were visiting from Pittsburgh, PA–and each picked a track to play on the show.

Enjoy the show!

Artist | Track | Album
The Imperial Sound | Yesterday | The New AM
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Arthur Alexander | Un Peu Plus Longtemps | One Bar Left
Right Said Fred | Upon My Heart | Up
Maxi Dunn | Why Do I Want You? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Cherry Bluestorms interview
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Cherry Bluestorms | Be Here Now | Whirligig!

Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier
The Beatles | Lovely Rita | Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th Anniversary Edition
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Wilkerson | You Still Owe Me A Kiss | Wilkerson
Led Zeppelin | When The Levee Breaks (Alternate Take) | Led Zeppelin IV
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
The Jangle Band | The Guy Who Used To Care | Single release
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #837 – 8/11/2018: Karen Haglof interview!

Karen Haglof

Today’s show featured an interview with oncologist/singer-songwriter (a rare combination, to be sure) Karen Haglof. The New York City-based physician/musician sent us a sneak preview of her forthcoming EP, “Palomino Steady Rocking”, and it is terrific. She had written a whole batch of songs, intended for her next album, and four of those all were thematically connected–they had something to do with horses. And thus was born the EP. The leadoff track, Ode To Bon Jovi, has perhaps the quirkiest backstory. It’s about a horse that she likes to ride, which is actually named Bon Jovi. And the horse throws her off quite often. Oh–and it used to be owned by John Elway. I’m going to go out on a limb here, and state that there probably has never been quite another song like this one! Oh–and it rocks, and it’s kind of in your face, sonically speaking. The rest of the EP treads more familiar territory for Karen–veering between Americana and rock ‘n’ roll.

We also continued playing the new music that 2018 keeps sending us! A quick survey showed that about two thirds of the tracks on this show were released this year. How exciting!

I hope you enjoy this show–and your feedback is always welcome.

Artist | Track | Album
Banjo Bones | Dangerous Game | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | My Colors Dark | International Pop Overthrow Vol. 21
Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band | I Didn’t Do It | Left Hand To The Sky
The Judybats | La Dulcinea | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Maxi Dunn | Will You Forgive Me? | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release

Karen Haglof interview
Karen Haglof | Ode To Bon Jovi | Palomino Steady Rocking
Karen Haglof | Palomino Steady Rocking | Palomino Steady Rocking

Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Braam | Maybe Honey You’re A Lemon Tree | The Things You Think You Have
Jody Porter | Vanishing Act | Pacifier
Lisa Mychols | Into Oblivion | Sugar
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Michael Simmons | Let’s Fall In Love | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gretchen’s Wheel | Lucid | Black Box Theory
Spygenius | Godfearing | Pacéphale
Chris Church | Be My Nuisance | Limitations Of Source Tape

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #836 – 8/4/2018: Interview doubleheader with Robert Poss and Raquel Bell!

Robert Poss

After a couple of weeks off (and big thanks to Bill Fuller for filling in for me last week), the Twirl Radio interview engine revs up again with a couple of interviews! We got all experimental on you during this show. In the first hour, we chatted with guitarist Robert Poss. The founding member of Band of Susans has spent the last 30 years coaxing all sorts of creative avant garde music from his guitars. He’s become well known for creating songs using feedback, distortion, and all sorts of unusual sounds–but making them accessible and listenable. There’s a lot of good rock and roll here. We chatted about his brand new album, “Frozen Flowers Curse The Day”, which was released the day before the show was broadcast. Find out more at

Raquel Bell

In the second hour, we had an in-depth conversation with experimental musician Raquel Bell. She’s had a varied background, both musically and geographically. She grew up in Humboldt County, in far Northern California, but has also lived in such rich and varied places as New York City, Austin, TX, and now Los Angeles. She also finds herself spending a lot of time in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree. Her musical influences range from classical, jazz, pop, country, reggae, and folk. These places and musical genres all show up in her work. Her new album, “Swandala”, is varied, but the common thread between all these different influences is her vocals. They are intimate, gritty at times, ethereal at other times, but always passionate. The music can be a little strange at first, but once you sit down and listen–it’s completely mesmerizing. Learn more at

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I did putting it together!

Artist | Track | Album
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Cait Brennan | Miss Valentine | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Daniel Trigger | Rock N Roll Party | Right Turn

Robert Poss interview
Robert Poss | I’ve Got A Secret List | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day
Robert Poss | Sketch 72 | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day

Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Pugwash | Make It Yourself | Silverlake
The Apples In Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Raquel Bell interview
Raquel Bell | Who Gets To Name The Name | Swandala
Raquel Bell | Wizard Liar | Swandala

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #835 – 7/21/2018

Relaxing in the Twirl Studios, 7/21/2018

Today’s show was a chance to enjoy a laid-back summer afternoon in Sacramento. I decided to take a slight break from the interviews this afternoon. I’d done so many over the past few months–some days, I did two and even three interviews–in a single episode! And I was given the opportunity to do a couple of double shows. So for today, it was time to kick back, and kick out the new music to you. Lots of new stuff, and some older stuff. Musical magnificence from Adam Marsland, Danny Wilkerson, and Sunshine Boys, just to pick three off the top.

So I hope you enjoy this week’s edition of Twirl: The Relaxed Version!

Artist | Track | Album
The Armoires | Anenome | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Wilkerson | Enough For Somebody | Wilkerson
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Adam Marsland | Talking About Myself | Go West
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Astral Drive | Love Is Real | Astral Drive
Lisa Mychols | Loving You | Sugar
Trevi | Stand On Your Own | Single release
Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Sunshine Boys | Blue Music | Blue Music
The Rubinoos | Party Insurance | 45
Little Jimmy Giant | I ThinK You Think I Think So | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Byron Isaacs | Man Of The Times | Disappearing Man
Gail George | Because Of U | Bloom
The Judybats | Incredible Bittersweet | Pain Makes You Beautiful
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Jason Falkner | I Live | Presents Author Unknown
Miami Dan & The Hayes Street Band | The Days Ahead | Left Hand To The Sky
R.E.M. | 1,000,000 | Dead Letter Office
Bay Station | Sleeping Hard Waking Slow | Other Desert Cities
Gretchen’s Wheel | Something’s Coming | Black Box Theory
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
David Myhr | My Negative Friend | Lucky Day

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #834 – 7/14/2018: In-studio interviews/performances with Sean O’Brien and Rick Hromadka!

Gifts. That’s what I was given on this show. It appears that July 14 was the day to be in Sacramento. Both Sean O’Brien and Rick Hromadka, longtime Twirl favorites, were going to be in the area, and were available for a visit. So a musical meeting of the minds was going to happen. The two had heard of each other, and are actually scheduled to play on the same night at the IPO Festival in Los Angeles–but hadn’t before met. Until they came to the Sacramento Twirl studios on July 14th.

Sean O’Brien in the Twirl studio

Sean O’Brien came in from the San Francisco Bay Area. He has recorded for years under his own name, and with his band, Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands. He’s had a long musical history, going back to the 1980s. He’s been rather prolific in the studio for the last year, releasing an album, an EP, a single, and is putting the finishing touches on another album. The live His Dirty Hands band is a Bay Area mini supergroup, featuring members of Camper Van Beethoven and Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express. His sound is slightly foreboding and ominous, but always rocking. Sean played a couple of songs for us live, in-studio, and let us hear a couple of unmastered tracks from his next album, My Colors Dark. We’ll get him back in the studio once the new album comes out, this fall or winter.

Rick Hromadka in the Twirl studio

Rick Hromadka also has a long and illustrious musical history. He arrived in Los Angeles from New Haven, CT in the early 1990s, and through the years, formed the bands Double Naught Spies, Maple Mars, and Ruby Free. I first heard of Rick at the time the 2010 Maple Mars album, Galaxyland came out, and was instantly in awe of its psychedelic, yet rocking sound. I’ve seen Maple Mars play twice in L.A. over the years. They are powerful live, and could truly play stadiums. Stadium bookers: take note! This year, Maple Mars did a tour from Nashville through New England. Double Naught Spies is going to be doing a reunion show later this summer. And Rick’s busy writing songs that could wind up being used for any or all of those bands, or even solo. He was traveling through the Sacramento area on Saturday, and we were lucky enough to snag him for the show, and get him to do a couple of songs. and

And if all that weren’t enough, we also got to play advance pre-release music from Danny Wilkerson’s and Victor Sotelo’s forthcoming solo albums. This show held an abundance of musical gifts for me and the listeners. I hope you enjoy listening!

Artist | Track | Album
Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
Victor Sotelo | Desperately Tired Of White Noise | Homeland Insecurities
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | IPO Vol. 19
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head

Rick Hromadka and Sean O’Brien interviews
Maple Mars | The Excursion | Galaxyland
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Final Say | Risk Profile
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | My Colors Dark | My Colors Dark
Rick Hromadka | Welcome To Maple Mars | Live in Twirl studio
Rick Hromadka | Slow Parade | Live in Twirl studio
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
Sean O’Brien | Sleeping With Me | Live in Twirl studio
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Hilarious | My Colors Dark
Sean O’Brien | Mistakes | Live in Twirl studio

Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | My Soft Rock Girlfriend | Make
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure

Twirl Radio Playlist – Show #833 – 7/7/2018: Chat with Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of The Armoires and Big Stir!

Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome, “The Paisley Twins”

I was originally going to take a break from all the amazing and fun interviews that have transpired lately on Twirl. I planned to spend two hours just relaxing and playing music in the studio. But then, my friend Bill Fuller asked me once again if I’d be willing to fill in for him on his 2-4pm show on KUBU, The Longhair Detectorists Guild. And of course, “willing” is not the right word to describe how I feel when I’m asked to do that. “Thrilled” is a better word. But then I realized that if I’m being given this gift of a 4 hour show, I should get a couple of people I really like, to share it with me and talk music.

So those two would be Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of the L.A. band The Armoires. They have started a scene called Big Stir. Big Stir started as a monthly series of live shows, but is rapidly, and organically, turning into a movement. There is an associated record label, magazine (actual paper!), and a radio show (full disclosure–they’re my colleagues on Woody Radio, with their Thursday night show, Big Stir Radar Hour).

They were the perfect people to chat with on a relaxed (at least for me) Saturday afternoon. For them it was a busier day. They were kind enough to take a break in the middle of a video shoot to chat with me. More info at

I also got to roll out even more new 2018 music. 2018 is a banner year for independent music, and it keeps coming in. Four hours was barely enough time to get it all in, and what I didn’t cover this week, we’ll get to on the next show.

Artist | Track | Album
Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Tipsy In Chelsea | You Are The Sun | The Co-Op Communique Vol. 4
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Alison Hogan | All The King’s Horses | Songs From The Third Act
The Well Wishers | Never Let You Down | A View From Above
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | American Affluenza | Catnip Dynamite
Eric Peter Schwartz | Regretville | Highway 45
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Rich McCulley | Far From My Angel | Far From My Angel
Walker Brigade | Choker | Therapy Animal
Adam Marsland | This Is Madness | Bulé
The Who | I Need You | A Quick One
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Single release
Arthur Alexander | One Bar Left | One Bar Left
The Beatles | Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8) | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary edition
Mimi Betinis | Pontiac | Music Sounds
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Get Outta LA | Sacramento
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
Freedy Johnston | Responsible | Can You Fly
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Richard X. Heyman | These Troubled Times | Incognito
Jenifer Jackson | Mercury, The Sun & Moon | Parasols’s Sweet Sixteen, Vol. 3
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
Maxi Dunn | Tuxedo Cat | Edmund & Leo
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Juliana Hatfield | Sellout | Please Do Not Disturb
The American Professionals | In Case Of Emergency, Break | Sympathetic Overdrive
Syd Straw | Racing To The Ruins | Surprise
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler

Chat with Christina and Rex of Big Stir/The Armoires
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Michael Simmons | Get Back What You Put In | First Days Of Summer
Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Daniel Trigger | Alive | Right Turn
Gordon Weiss | I’m Your Fan | It’s About Time
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lisa Mychols | One Revolution | Sugar
Frank Black | Superabound | Teenager Of The Year
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella

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