Twirl Radio #797: Anton Barbeau

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
Tribute to Robin Scott
The B-52’s | Private Idaho | Time Capsule
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
The American Professionals | In Case Of Emergency, Break | Sympathetic Overdrive
Richard Turgeon | I’m 30 | In Between The Spaces

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Coffee That Makes The Man Go Mad | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | Rain Rain | Antronica 2
Unboxing the Sgt. Pepper’s 2 CD re-mix
The Beatles | Lovely Rita | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes

Blake Babies | Your Way Or The Highway | Earwig demos
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Adam Marsland | Peace | Bulé
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss!
Lannie Flowers | Where Does Love Go | LIVE in NYC
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Felsen | Unemployed In Chicago | Blood Orange Moon


It used to be that native Sacramentan Anton Barbeau would come back to visit us from Berlin about once a year or so, bringing with him his latest release. Then he upped the schedule to twice a year visits. Well this trip, he came bearing three(!) new releases: the vinyl EP Heaven Is In Your Mind, the CD Antronica 2, and a hand-burned pre-release of his forthcoming album Natural Causes. Heaven Is In Your Mind contains three choice covers (David Bowie, Big Star and Traffic), and one original Anton song.

Antronica 2 is the follow up to Antronica. It features synth-driven songs Anton recorded in the 1980s, and some new 2017 music as well. And Natural Causes is the next album, a mix of shimmery pop songs and what Anton calls “weirdo material,” which in my experience, have always proven to be lovably quirky. The new record could use some help from you getting it released out into the world. Anton would like it to reach new folks who aren’t yet familiar with his work. So–if you already know you want a copy, it would help tremendously if you could pre order it from his Kickstarter campaign–details are available here: Anton Barbeau Natural Causes Kickstarter. We got to sample several songs from Natural Causes and one from Antronica 2.

Of late, Anton’s been in a mood to discover and re-discover some of the greats from the classic rock era. Interestingly enough, on my recent trip to Texas, I purchased the Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” double CD re-release. You know, the one that was remixed to stereo by Giles Martin, son of the record’s producer George Martin, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 release. I’d been waiting for just the right moment to “unbox” it–and listen to it loudly, in its full glory. So we used the occasion of Anton’s visit to have him unwrap it, talk a little about it, and pick a song to play from it.

And lastly, some sad news. A good friend of mine, Robin Scott (aka Scott Newkirk), passed away this week. Robin was a fellow DJ at KUBU 96.5 FM, Sacramento’s Voice. We go way back together–nearly 20 years. Lots of radio and musical adventures, and we always cheered on each other’s accomplishments. Robin’s show “The Next Wave” preceded mine on Saturday afternoons, and featured a blend of original 80’s music, and newer music that kept to that spirit and sound. Robin’s favorite band, hands down, was the B-52’s, so we opened the show with a tribute to Robin and “Private Idaho”, off the greatest hits disc that Robin gifted to me some years ago. We will miss you, Robin, but you live on in spirit and attitude.


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