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 http://www.twirlradio.com. If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!
Twirlie Awards show, 2/2/2019:
Twirlie Awards top songs countdown show on Woody Radio, 2/5/2019:
Here is the complete list of 2019 Twirlie Award winners, presented live on Twirl Radio, Saturday, February 2, 2019, in Sacramento, California, at Access Sacramento’s KUBU 96.5 FM. Congratulations to all, and more importantly, a big thank you to all the great independent musicians who make it possible for me to do this radio show.
The award presenters: Martin Anaya and Mike Lidskin. Marty was our Hollywood correspondent, co-hosting live from Hollywood, California, while I broadcasted from the Sacramento studios.
A new feature this year: although the Song of the Year was announced at the Twirlies, the rest of the Top 40 Songs list was revealed and played, in its entirety, on Woody Radio on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. It’s what we in the biz refer to as “the best of both worlds”.
Album of the Year
Sunshine Boys, for their album Blue Music
Album of the Year Runner up
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson
Song of the Year
Elk City, for their song 25 Lines
Song of the Year Runner up
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop, for their song Alchemy C’mere
Female Vocalist of the Year
Krista Acheson, for her Krista D and Molly Grue projects
Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Danny Wilkerson, for his album Wilkerson
Male Vocalist of the Year (tie)
Michael Simmons, for his album First Days Of Summer
EP of the Year
Roger Joseph Manning Jr., for his EP Glamping
Bill Lloyd, for his album Working The Long Game
The Ear Candy Award is given to an album that is a “go-to” album. You can pick any song, and it sounds great in any set of music, at any time.
Debut Album of the Year
Addison Love, for his album Thoughts On Lunch?
Best Album that’s NOT an Album
Lannie Flowers, for his 10 March To Home monthly single releases in 2018
Steve Barton, for his triple album set Tall Tales & Alibis
Best Line in a Song
Rachel Taylor Brown. The album: “Run Tiny Human”. The song: “Maker”. The line: “We’ll take your town, we’ll make it better.” The context: Hipsters moving to your city (in her case, Portland), and gentrifying it.
Lisa Mychols, 6/30/2018
Best Live, in-studio Session
Rick Hromadka of Maple Mars/Ruby Free, 7/14/2018
Best Concert Performance
The Re-Used Electrics, Arlington, TX 7/28/2018
Music Scene of the Year
Big Stir: Big Stir Records, Big Stir Magazine, Big Stir live shows, Big Stir Radar Hour radio show
Record Label of the Year
Spyderpop Records, with releases by Wilkerson, Bill Lloyd, Lannie Flowers, The Re-Used Electrics, Pat Buchanan
Spirit of Twirl Award
Poplord recording radio drops and promos for Twirl Radio
Tip of the Iceberg Award
Given to the Song of the Year Award. I only played and announced the Song of the Year, but there are dozens more songs on my list, which will be named shortly. Thus–I have literally given an award to one of my awards.
The Meta Award
Given to the Tip of the Iceberg Award, for giving an award to one of my awards. Oops–I did it again! As Marty said during the broadcast, I think we broke the fourth wall here.
Best Rock And Roll Moment
1. Getting to do 55 interviews in one year
2. Woody Radio stole/started carrying Twirl Radio
3. BBQ / Tex-Mex / Spyderpop live music fest / Whataburger / Record Shopping / Heat and humidity / Carousing in Texas, late July 2018
4. Meeting the following musicians in person: Lisa Said, Marty Schneider & Stu Shader of Trip Wire, Chuck Lindo & Cheryl Hendrickson of The American Professionals, Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt, Roger Rocha of Felsen, Trevi Weiser, Ronnie Barnett of The Muffs, John Clifton
5. Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’18, 5/20/2018, Blue Note Brewing Company, Woodland, CA
Yung Wu, for the re-release of their 1988 album Shore Leave. Yung Wu is a Feelies side-project, led by drummer Dave Weckerman.
Cover Song of the Year
The Test Pressings, for their cover of The Love Boat Theme. This came from the compilation album White Lace And Promises: The Songs Of Paul Williams. Performers: Karen Basset, Robbie Rist, John Borack.
Best Compilation Album
The Fowl Tone Sampler, released by Fowl Tone Records, Fowler, CA. 12 different bands and genres–but all performed by Poplord: Tom Magill, Craig Daniel, Stan Schaffer.
Reason To Live Award
New albums coming in 2019 from The Bobbleheads, The Armoires, Maxi Dunn, Matt Langlois, Edward Rogers, Duncan Faure, Lannie Flowers, Jimmy Catlett, Karen Haglof, The Handcuffs, and more.
Best Album Title
Molly Grue (Krista Acheson), for the EP titled The Happy Ending Cannot Come In The Middle Of The Story
Best Band Name
Little Jimmy Giant, on The Fowl Tone Sampler
Beverage of the Year
Top beverages consumed during production of Twirl Radio.
1. Hot green tea
2. Almond milk latte
5. Iced coffee
Top Albums of 2018:
1. Sunshine Boys – Blue Music
2. Wilkerson – Wilkerson
3. Steve Barton – Tall Tales & Alibis (1, 2, 3)
4. Anton Barbeau – Natural Causes
5. Bill Lloyd – Working The Long Game
6. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Make
7. The Cherry Bluestorms – Whirligig!
8. The Imperial Sound – The New AM
9. Victor Sotelo – Homeland Insecurities
10. Elk City – Everybody’s Insecure
11. Fowl Tone Records – 12 Timeless Classics: The Fowl Tone Sampler
12. Gretchen’s Wheel – Black Box Theory
13. Vegas With Randolph – Legs And Luggage
14. Michael Simmons – First Days Of Summer
15. Lisa Mychols – Sugar
16. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
17. Rachel Taylor Brown – Run Tiny Human
18. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
19. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
20. Spygenius – Pacéphale
21. Daniel Trigger – Right Turn
22. Skip Heller & Spike Sikes – Sacramento
23. William Duke – Quatro
24. Pugwash – Silverlake
25. Addison Love – Thoughts On Lunch?
26. The Orange Peels – Trespassing
27. Astral Drive – Astral Drive
28. Banjo Bones – Ghostly Musings From The Delta
29. Bay Station – Other Desert Cities
30. Alison Hogan – Songs From The Third Act
Top Songs of 2018:
The full list was revealed and played on Woody Radio on February 5, 2019.
1. Elk City – 25 Lines
2. Blake Jones & The Trike Shop – Alchemy C’mere
3. Anton Barbeau – Magazine Street
4. Rachel Taylor Brown – Up You
5. The Cherry Bluestorms – Purple Heart Magic
6. Wilkerson – How She Lost My Heart
7. Sunshine Boys – Only A Million Miles
8. Lannie Flowers – Day Glow
9. Bill Lloyd – Satellite
10. Melissa Phillips – The Flame
11. Pete’s Copter – Magic Circle
12. Byron Isaacs – Disappearing Man
13. Steve Barton – Before I Get Too Young
14. Pugwash – Everyone Knows That You’re Mine
15. Wade Johnson – You Know It
16. Agony Aunts – FU4 Tryna’ Be Bolth
17. Michael Simmons – No More Girls
18. Addison Love – Wee & Nancy Lee
19. Crooked Flower – Dancing
20. William Duke – Caroline And The Silver Screen
21. Krista D – Penny For Your Thoughts
22. Gretchen’s Wheel – Plans
23. Lisa Mychols – Into Oblivion
24. The Bottle Kids – Let Me In On This Action
25. Piramid Scheme – Bandwagon Jumping Machine
26. Vegas With Randolph – Women In Airports
27. Victor Sotelo – Hey Paul!
28. The Imperial Sound – Yesterday
29. Astral Drive – Summer Of ’76
30. Chandler Travis Three-O – Backward Crooked From The Sunset
31. Alison Hogan – This Time
32. Spygenius – Godfearing
33. Daniel Trigger – Rock N Roll Party
34. The Orange Peels – Running Away
35. Gail George – Blue
36. Hot Nun – Big Fat No
37. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
38. The Crushing Violets – Strange Voices
39. The Outryders – Should Have Known
40. Cootes Paradise – It’s True
Top EPs of 2018:
1. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. – Glamping
2. Melissa Phillips – Both Ways
3. Gail George – It’s Personal
4. Krista D – Look At Me I’m Krista D
5. Karen Haglof – Palomino Steady Rocking
6. Hot Nun – Born To Blaze
7. Piramid Scheme – Get Rich Quick Too
8. Crooked Flower – Into The Light
9. The Jangle Band – The Guy Who Used To Care/Now That’s Over
10. The Re-Used Electrics – For Johnny