Twirl Radio #794: The Corner Laughers and Fun Of The Pier

Twirl Radio #794: The Corner Laughers and Fun Of The Pier

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
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Al Green | So You’re Leaving | Let’s Stay Together
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Chris Church | Something Completely | Limitations Of Source Tape
Cirrone | It’s Gonna Be The Right Time | Kings For A Night
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Three Minute Tease | MTV Song | Bite The Hand

Karla Kane & Khoi Huynh interview
Karla Kane | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables

Helen & Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier interview
Fun Of The Pier | Past/Future | 14:42
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42

Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
The Doughboys | Fool For Your Love | Front Street Rebels
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Armoires | Fort Ashby | Incidental Light Show
The Pengwins | Go Away | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
The Rubinoos | Party Insurance | 45
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Stamps | Make It Be


Today’s show featured two musical married couples–Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh of The Corner Laughers, and Helen and Mark Luker of Fun Of The Pier. Karla and Khoi are no strangers to Twirl Radio, but this time, we celebrated the release of Karla’s first solo album, “King’s Daughters Home For Incurables”. In the interview, we learned where the seemingly mysterious title comes from. While the sound of Karla’s solo songs may be a tad quieter and folkier than The Corner Laughers, there’s no mistaking who wrote the songs. Karla’s style is pretty unique among her peers–always intellectual and witty, and if a social statement needs to be made, it’s made in a gentle way that still manages to cut right to the point. A fine record indeed!

We were also treated to a visit with Helen and Mark, who are visiting us from Nottingham, UK! They’ve toured and played with The Corner Laughers in both the UK and US, and have just released their first full-length record, the delightful “14:42”. During the interview, we learned about the origins of the intriguing band name. Helen is the songwriter and singer/guitarist, Mark plays bass, and Richard Snow rounds out the trio with his signature guitar playing. The music is warm and sunny. Speaking as a Californian, it sounds very much at home here. Also a fine record!


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