Twirl Radio #864 – Mark Feldman

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
John Wesley Harding | Old Girlfriends | Confessions of St. Ace
Popdudes | Magnet And Steel | Maximum Rock Stupidity
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Rogers & Butler | Witness Tree | Diana Dors
Maxi Dunn | Weather Warning | The Neglected Gambit
DEVO | It’s A Beautiful World | DEVO E-Z Listening Disc

Mark Feldman Interview
Mark Feldman’s Level5 | Sybil | The Sybil EP
Mark Feldman’s Level5 | Jabber Jaw | The Sybil EP

Banjo Bones | Letter To Myself | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
In Deed | Don’t Need, Don’t Care | Single release
Braam | Burlington Northern | Single release
Cartorson | Carolyn | Single release
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
Blake Babies | Out There | Sunburn
Grub Dog | Changing Time Around | Single release
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | Single release
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
The Decibels | It’s Not Me | Scene, Not Herd
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Wilkerson
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3

On today’s show, we got to meet NYC-based drummer Mark Feldman, of Mark Feldman’s Level5. Their debut, The Sybil EP, gives you more for your money. It’s only 3 songs, but with each song clocking in between 6 and 7 minutes, it’s really like double that. They’re all instrumentals, and they feature funky and jazzy sounds. The leadoff track, Sybil, starts off funky, then gets a little space agey, then goes into a hard rock riff, then repeats, with meter changes along the way. It’s basically Memphis meets Bootsy meets Metallica! Marc said that the name Sybil is appropriate, because the song has multiple personalities, much like the old movie of the same name.

Mark, and the other highly-acclaimed musicians who put together these songs, are all in-demand session players. He had been playing on other people’s recordings and in their live gigs for years, and finally had the chance to put together his own project, using the songs of guitarist Oz Noy. In the interview, I ask the question that’s undoubtedly on your mind: “Where does the name ‘Level5’ come from?”. Listen, and you’ll find out the answer. More info at and at

Also, the new 2019 music continues to roll in, so I continue to roll it out to you. I hope you enjoy the show!


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