Twirl Radio #798: Bradford Reed and Barbez

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
Anton Barbeau | Down Around The Radio | Natural Causes
Gene Loves Jezebel | Summertime | Dance Underwater
The Armoires | The Laws Have Changed | Big Stir Traveling International Roadshow
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape

Bradford Reed interview
Ohmslice | Crying On A Train | Conduit
Ohmslice | Gravity | Conduit

Edward Rogers | 20th Century Heroes | TV Generation
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades

Dan Kaufman interview
Barbez | Venga Jaleo | For Those Who Came After
Barbez | In The Beginning | For Those Who Came After

Jody Porter | Valerie Sometimes | Pacifier
Heiskell | The Old Songs | Emotional Terrorism
The Welcome Matt | Come Alive | More Empire Days
Lannie Flowers | Find Her Way Back Home | Home Demos
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Felsen | Airplane Mode | Blood Orange Moon
Fun Of The Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy


On today’s show, we had an interview doubleheader, with a couple of very interesting subjects! First off, we chatted with Bradford Reed of Ohmslice. You may remember him from the 90’s band King Missile. His new project is a creative collaboration between him and poet Jane LeCroy. The sound is based on processing percussion instruments through a modular synth–a new take on electronica! The music on the “Conduit” album is fascinating and challenging, and Ohmslice truly pushes a lot of boundaries. Bradford has always been into creating new music and new instruments–one of his claims to fame is inventing an instrument called the pencilina. In our conversation, Bradford explains how a lot of this electronic magic is done. More info at

After that, Dan Kaufman of Barbez paid us a return visit. Barbez is known for tackling historical subject matter, by immersing themselves in music from a certain time period. The new album, “For Those Who Came After”, is no exception, and it features resistance songs from the Spanish Civil War–a forgotton piece of history from the not too far past–and pertinent today. These songs honor the tens of thousands of idealistic young men and women who, at great personal cost to themselves, traveled to Spain to fight fascism in the 1930s. These were recorded live at performances which benefit the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives. There are snippets from interviews of actual American fighters overlaid on a couple of the songs. The music is exquisitely performed, and is thought-provoking.

We also heard some brand new tracks from Anton Barbeau, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Armoires, Chris Church, Heiskell, Lannie Flowers, and Felsen.


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