Twirl Radio #863 – Cole Guerra

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
Frank Black | Calistan | Teenager Of The Year
Lost Leaders | Extra-Ordinary | Promises Promises
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Bill Lloyd | Merch Table | Working The Long Game
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Supersmall | A Better Life | Silent Moon
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis

Cole Guerra interview
I Am Casting | Muggers | Carnival Barkers
I Am Casting | Flood | Carnival Barkers

The Decibels | Hey Emily | Scene, Not Herd
Spygenius | If You Go A-Roving | Big Stir Digital Single No. 13
Rogers & Butler | Possibilities | Diana Dors
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Jason Falkner | I Live | Presents Author Unknown
Dara Ackerman | Woodshed | Partially True Stories
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music

On this week’s show, we met North Carolina-based Cole Guerra. He’s the main man behind I Am Casting, a jazzy project, which is the perfect combination of experimental, floating melodies and pointed, topical lyrics. After more than a decade off from making music, Cole, a psychologist, returned to the studio. Interestingly enough, he creates the music first–the melodies, and all instrumentation. Only after that does he start writing lyrics. They’re political, timely, and usually subtle enough to where you need to listen a couple of times, and then they start getting under your skin. The whole album was carefully crafted, and quite listenable, while making you think. Check it out at

We also dug into the new 2019 music. It’s starting to come in, fast and furious, and I am gleefully gulping from this musical firehose. Enjoy the show, and you’ll hear what I mean.


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