Twirl Radio #817 – John Borack

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
The Judybats | She’s Sad She Said | Down In The Shacks Where The Satellite Dishes Grow
Gretchen’s Wheel | Blank Slate | Sad Scientist
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Trevor And The Joneses | Well As Well | Take You To Stay
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Steve Barton | Shadow Of The Bride | Tall Tales And Alibis 1
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Two Man Music Roundtable with John Borack
Jeffrey Foskett | It’s My Fault | Cool And Gone, [Gone, Gone]
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
The Cowsills | Is It Any Wonder? | Global
Einstein’s Sister | Jealous Time | Learning Curves
Scott McCarl | In Love Without A Girl | Play On…
Irene Peña | Must’ve Been Good | Trying Not To Smile
Liverpool Echo | No Not Again | Liverpool Echo
The Wellingtons | Baby’s Got A Secret | In Transit
Clovis Roblaine | My Heart | The Clovis Roblaine Story
Popdudes | I Almost Forgot | Altered Sweet: A Tribute To Matthew Sweet


John Borack is a man with many slashes–he’s an author/ music critic/ drummer/ songwriter–and probably others I’ve forgotten by now. I’ve had him on my show a few times in the past (via phone), and he’s been up here to Northern California a few times in the past. But–those two things have never collided before–where he was in Sacramento on a Saturday afternoon, with some time free–until this weekend!

So we snagged him and roped him into the Twirl studios, where we talked about music, the books he’s penned, his Goldmine Magazine columns, the Elvis Costello tribute compilation album he and Olivia Frain put together, and his work with Popdudes and other rock bands. But most importantly, he brought along some music that he likes and wanted to introduce to the Twirl audience. He and I have a lot in common, but nothing more important than the ideal of music discovery. It all came together nicely on this week’s show. More information on John’s writing at


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