Twirl Radio #781: Skip Heller and Spike Sikes

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
Sparklejet | UR A Dope | Single release
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
The Who | Sparks (Live at Woodstock) | The Kids Are Alright
Maxi Dunn | Take It Or Leave It | Edmund & Leo
Cirrone | Everything’s Fine Now | Kings For A Night
Heiskell | Just Can’t Say | Arriving
Girls On Grass | What They Wrought | Girls On Grass
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes interview/performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Algiers Ferry Blues | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | When I Hear Louis Sing | In studio performance
Skip Heller and Spike Sikes | Lonely For You | In studio performance
Lannie Flowers | James Bond Theme | Songs. Bond Songs.
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Banjo Bones | Cowboy Dreams | Cowboy Dreams
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Blake Babies | From Here To Burma | Earwig Demos
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | If You See Kay | Make It Be
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum
Plasticsoul | Babylon | Therapy
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Ruby Free | Superstar | Shades


On today’s show, Skip Heller and Spike Sikes treated us to a great in-studio performance! Skip’s played in most every genre known to man, and even did a stint in NRBQ! He’s also the guy that Tish Hinojosa calls when she and “Flaco” (and really, how many Flacos do you know?) need a guitarist! Spike is the classic utility man–he can play anything, but his main axe is the electric keyboard. Skip lives in Hollywood, Spike lives in the Bay Area–and their paths crossed in Sacramento on their way to recording a new album as a duo. The songs they played for us are all brand new, original compositions of theirs. Enjoy the music! More info: Skip Heller: Spike Sikes:


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