Twirl Radio #780: The Walker Brigade

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!

Artist | Track | Album
Cirrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
According To Bazooka | Don’t Want To Let It Go | Easy Come, Easy Go
The Pengwins | Suicide | Single release
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Going Back To Work Tomorrow | Waving Kissyhead Vol. 2 & 1
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
The Taters | New Girlfriend | Taters Party
Walker Brigade interview
Walker Brigade | I Wanna Destroy You | Therapy Animal
Walker Brigade | I’m Tired | Therapy Animal
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
Maxi Dunn | How Was I To Know? | Welcome To Soonville
Matt North | Seventeen Days | Above Ground Fools
The Feelies | Turn Back Time | In Between
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Felsen | Don’t Turn Your Back On Me Today | Breaking Up With Loneliness
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Gretchen’s Wheel | Blank Slate | Sad Scientist
The Mysteries Of Life | Coat Of Arms | Bad Advice
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Ruby Free | Lonelier Than Me | Shades
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
Plasticsoul | All Died Pretty | Therapy


On today’s show, we welcomed the great L.A. band Walker Brigade! I’ve been enjoying their brand new album Therapy Animal, which touches on the harder edges of power pop, while still keeping the melodies at the forefront. All four members of the band were in on the interview: Tracy Landecker, Mark Fletcher, Jeff Charreaux, and Craig Tyrka.

I got to learn such juicy tidbits as where the name of the band came from, and why they covered a song featured in the Mel Brooks film Blazing Saddles!

Their collective musical influences are pretty wide-ranging–everybody from Mick Ronson, X-Ray Spex, Jefferson Airplane, Mission of Burma, and even swing jazz and drum and bugle corp music figure into their mix! You can find out more here:


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