Twirl Radio #819 – Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, and Birdie Jones

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
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
The Well Wishers | Gravity Waits | A View From Above
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Right Said Fred | I’m Too Sexy (Spanish version) | I’m Too Sexy EP
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | Fowl Tone Sampler
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman

Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, & Birdie Jones interview and performance
Birdie Jones | Busted | Live in Twirl studios
Spike Sikes | Get Outta L.A. | Live in Twirl studios
Skip Heller | 6 O’Clock Train And A Girl With Green Eyes | Live in Twirl studios

The Grays | Very Best Years | Ro Sham Bo
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Little Tin Frog | I’m In Pain | The Pain And Pleasure Machine
Spygenius | Shall I Show You In My Mirror? | Pacéphale
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Juliana Hatfield | Lost And Saved | Hey Babe
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
The Greenberry Woods | Trampoline | Rapple Dapple
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Welcome Matt | More Empire Days | More Empire Days


On today’s show, we were treated to a live, in-studio performance by three great musicians: Skip Heller, Spike Sikes, and Birdie Jones. Skip and Birdie drove up from L.A., and Spike drove in from the Bay Area, and converged on our small but mighty radio studio. They treated us to some fun conversation, and three great live songs.

About that studio–about the size of a large walk in closet. And we had a large 1968-era keyboard in one corner, and five of us in there. There was a lot of warmth and good vibes–and I think it comes across in the performances. Between the three of them, they have three new albums out right now, and you’d do well to get them all.

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