Twirl Radio #776: Sean O’Brien

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!


San Francisco Bay Area musician Sean O’Brien returned to the show today! It had been a couple of years since our last in-person visit, and he did not disappoint. He brought along a couple of new albums that he and his band, “Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands” have released in this still-young year of 2017–so we heard several of those new songs.

He also treated us to a fiery live version of his song “Shadow Sharks” which was exceptionally (and deservedly) well-received by listeners from California to Australia. Sean got his start back in the early 1980s, where he was connected to the Davis, CA branch of the Paisley Underground scene.

Today, he’s on virtually every who’s who list of Bay Area musicians–there’s pretty much one degree of separation (or fewer) to anybody you can think of there. Check out his music at

Artist | Track | Album
Burnt Taters | No Teardrops Tonight | Vox Box
Matt North | Badgering The Witness | Above Ground Fools
Mimi Betinis | Pontiac | Music Sounds
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Daniel Trigger | Heavy Heart | Single release
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
Scott McChane | Is This My Country? | The Angels Of Madness Shine
Sean O’Brien interview
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Whiskey In The Jar | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien | Shadow Sharks (live) | Live in studio
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Advice Coming In | It Was Sad Without You There
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Old Black Cloud | Single release
Laura Benitez | For Me Or The Baby | For Duty Or For Love
Chuck Prophet | Post-War Cinematic Dead Man Blues | Bobby Fuller Died For Your Sins
Greg Lisher | Between The Two Of Us | Trains Change
Banjo Bones | Tell Him Why | Cowboy Dreams
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Another Day Slips Away | Make It Be
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Walker Brigade | Choker | Therapy Animal
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Anthology
Heiskell | Carharts | Arriving


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