Twirl Radio #787: Slim Cessna & The Great Sadness

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
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
The Bookends | Far Away, But Around | Single release
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Single release
Richard Turgeon | Bad Seed | In Between The Spaces
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy

Slim Cessna interview
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club | This Land Is Our Land Redux | Cipher
Slim Cessna’s Auto Club | Children Of The Lord | Cipher

Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Three Minute Tease | Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Bite The Hand
Jason Falkner | My Lucky Day | Can You Still Feel?
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!
Duncan Faure | Brother | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Crooked Flower | Too Broke To Fix | Between Two Stars
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes

Cathy Cooper & Stephen McNeely of The Great Sadness interview
The Great Sadness | Never | Weep
The Great Sadness | Underground | Weep

The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
The Cherry Bluestorms | Wear Your Love Like Heaven | Bad Penny Opera


On today’s show, we pulled off a rarity for Twirl Radio: a doubleheader of interviews! There is so much interesting music out there, that we had to cram both into the friendly confines of one episode.

We started off with Denver-based Slim Cessna, of Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. This band has been around for a quarter-century, and kind of grew up in isolation in Denver–where folks who listened to country and also to harder rock sounds in the 1980s, out of necessity, created their own scene and sound. They recently released their 2008 double album “Cipher”. Cipher is by turns, mysterious, dramatic, bleak, and fun (yes, bleak AND fun!). Its re-release is rather timely–it’s kind of a strange world we live in, and the songs are left open to interpretation for the listener–who may interpret them differently now than they might have in 2008. They are about to embark on a big U.S. and European tour, winding up in Moscow. More info can be found at:

The Great Sadness is a Los Angeles-based duo, comprised of Cathy Cooper on guitars and vocals, and Stephen McNeely on drums. Their music sounds unlike anything else I currently play on Twirl Radio; it makes sense, because this band has no peers. Their current album, “Weep”, is jarring at first listen. It’s very heavy–it’s deep, rockin’, and has its roots in blues. It’s kind of how Led Zeppelin’s first album was pretty much a blues album, turned up to 11, and made larger than life. Well Weep is a blues album, turned up to 12, but made smaller, and more compressed. The songs tackle such topics as mortality and dead ends in life. You might say that this music is not for lightweights. It is cathartic, and their live shows feature a nearly telepathic musical communication between Cathy and Stephen. Learn more about the band at:


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