Twirl Radio #872 – Anton Barbeau, Julia Boorinakis Harper, Gaby Alter, Bex Francis

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!

Artist | Track | Album
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Single release

Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Berliner Grotesk | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Don’tforgettogetyourfingerwet | Berliner Grotesk
Anton Barbeau | Disambiguation | Natural Causes
Anton Barbeau | I Been To Bromley | Berliner Grotesk

Gaby Alter interview
Yes Gabriel | Dear To Me | Yes Gabriel
Yes Gabriel | Fall Asleep | Yes Gabriel

The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Last June | Fight For Now
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Girls On Grass | Because Capitalism | Dirty Power
Trip Wire | Act Fast | Once & Always

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS:
This show was one for the books. Completely fun and unpredictable. Another episode with three interviews, and yes, we pulled this off.

First up–Anton Barbeau and Julia Boorinakis Harper returned to the show. Yes, Anton is from here (Sacramento) originally. And yes, he lives in Berlin. And yes, he’s finlly released his long-awaited solo record, Berliner Grotesk. This one is really, really good. It’s piano-based, but rocks hard in the right places, and applies the quirkiness liberally in the right places. As always, excellent songwriting abounds. Anton semi-jokingly calls it the third album in the trilogy, preceded by Magic Act and Natural Causes. It sounds nothing like those two, but it’s an essential piece of the puzzle. You need this one. http://antonbarbeau.com

Postscript to the previous paragraph: Just because Anton has given you an album in 2019, doesn’t mean he’s stopped working on new music. He’s got at least a couple more albums up his sleeve right now, so keep your ears open for that.

In the second hour, we got to meet Gaby Alter. He’s a noted composer who’s written off-Broadway musicals, soundtracks, and even pieces for NPR and PBS. But he’s always wanted to do a solo, folk-based project, and his Yes Gabriel debut EP is the perfect vehicle. Five extremely well-crafted, intimate songs, about relationships and more. This is the music you should have on when you’ve got your favorite hot beverage at your fingertips. We chatted a little about the composing process, and the similarities and differences of writing for a large live audience or for a single headphone listener. Terrific music. www.yesgabriel.com

And a little bit later, I was paid a surprise visit by my old friend Bex Francis. She’d been living out of state for about a year, and has returned to Sacramento, where she works on the staff of Access Sacramento, home to KUBU 96.5 FM, doing outreach and membership stuff.

But that would be understating her impact, as she does a lot of work on the television side of the house, as well as acting, voiceover work, and filmmaking.

That last one is big–she recently won the 48 Hour Audience Favorite Award at the Sacramento Film Festival! It’s exactly as it sounds–she and her crew had 48 hours to write, produce, and edit a short film–kind of the indie filmmaking version of the Food Network show Chopped. Talk about total exhilaration–yet she kept it all together, leading her team through the process. We talk about it a bit on the show. http://californiafilm.net/

Enjoy the show!

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