Twirl Radio #783: Sparky ShockPop

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
Fishbone | Party At Ground Zero | Fishbone
Yolanda Cazessus | Colors | Single release
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Guest DJ Steve Brady segment
The Big I Am | Right About Now | Acoustic version
Joe Crookston | The Nazarene | Single release
Josh Woodward | On Brevity | Single release
All Hail Hyena! | Man Up! | Single release
I Am Fool | Monkey | Single release
Tracy Newman And The Reinforcements | Table Nine | Single release
Two Sheds Jackson | One Way Ticket To The Top | Single release
James Carson | Calico | Single release
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Rich McCulley | Hey Trouble | Out Among The Edges
The Rolling Stones | Respectable | Some Girls
Lisa Said | Some Dudes | Estranged
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Lannie Flowers | Favorite Song | LIVE in NYC
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be


On today’s show, we welcomed former radio personality Steve Brady, also known as Sparky ShockPop when he was on the air. He is a true champion of indie rock and roll, and has had an illustrious career in both terrestrial and internet radio. He’s always been driven to find the latest and greatest of undiscovered musical talent, and today, he brought along seven such examples! (And in the interest of full disclosure, your humble host has perhaps pilfered from Steve’s playlists more than once in the past!) Enjoy the music, and enjoy the chat with one of the true gentlemen of music radio! Check out the Sparky at ShockPop page, where Steve helps you keep up with the latest in the indie music world:


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