Twirl Radio #805: Speed the Plough, Lost Bayou Ramblers

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 | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
The Crushing Violets | Shake | Starless Sky
Maxi Dunn | Everything | Edmund & Leo
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Christmas Sale | The Underground Garden
The Bobbleheads | Groovy Time Of Year | Single release
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Jody Porter | Waking Up (Is Hard To Do) | Pacifier

Interview with Toni & John Baumgartner of Speed The Plough
Speed The Plough | Take Me | And Then
Speed The Plough | The Bitter End | And Then

The JAC (Christmas Crew) | A Petty XMAS (Parts 1 & 2) | Single release
Celsi, Bragg & Maitland | The Second Summer Of Love | The Road To Glasgow
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Duncan Faure | In The Right Place | Anthology
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | New Songs Old Stories
Chris Church | Understudy Blues | Limitations Of Source Tape

Interview with Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Sabine Turnaround | Kalenda
Lost Bayou Ramblers | Cote Clair Waltz | Kalenda

Felsen | White Denim Jeans | Blood Orange Moon


On this show, we took a virtual field trip to two very interesting regions of the country for our interviews: New Jersey and New Orleans!

In the first hour, we chatted with Toni and John Baumgartner of venerable indie psych-folk band Speed The Plough! They started in the 1980s, but after a long hiatus, have been on a pretty regular recording schedule these past 5 or so years. Their new album, “And Then” (following the last release, “Now”–see what they did there?), releases this week. It was a perfect chance to catch up with them and listen to a couple of tracks off of this really diverse record. Diversity? Well, the sound ranges from quietly acoustic to full band, with occasional woodwinds and electronic sounds, so they’ve got that covered. And speaking of covers–they cover Brian Eno and a 150 year old Hungarian folk song on the same record! More info at

In the second hour–we finally get our chance to visit with Louis Michot of Cajun-rock band Lost Bayou Ramblers. Our timing was perfect for this one too, because it turns out that the band just got nominated for a Grammy Award this past week! The new album, “Kalenda”, delves into the sounds of Louisiana. For those of us not too familiar with the area, it really gives us a taste of how deep and wide the culture is there. Louis’ answer to one specific question I asked, “What is Kalenda”, pretty much summed up the whole interview and reason for the album. Kalenda is a significant cultural reference in Louisiana. More info at

Also on today’s show: a groovy holiday track from The Bobbleheads, some very early pre-release music from Anton Barbeau (his Natural Causes album doesn’t come out until next April), and we debut The Crushing Violets on our show!
My next show will be on Woody Radio this coming Tuesday, December 5th, from 8:00-11:00 p.m. Pacific, at


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