Twirl Radio #874 – Mimi Betinis and Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19

Twirl Radio #874 – Mimi Betinis and Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19

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
Salt | A Song For Jerome | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
Amoeba Teen | (Coming On) Stronger | Medium Wave
Heiskell | Dirty Unicorn (Album Mix) | Songs In The Key Of H
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Maxi Dunn | I Mean That | Welcome To Soonville

Mimi Betinis interview
Pezband | Don’t Look Back | Cover To Cover
Pezband | Didn’t We | Cover To Cover
Pezband | Back In The Middle | Cover To Cover

Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19 Preview
50 Watt Heavy | Bummer Solstice | Better Days
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Spidermeow | The Bridge | Holler
The Bobbleheads | Do You? | Myths And Fables
Blame The Bishop | These Are The Days | New And Used
The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths And Fables
Bellygunner | Heldtogetherbyasinglestitch | Machine Gun Built For Two

The Armoires | Not A Good Man | Side Three
Lannie Flowers | Day Glow | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
JonEmery And The Unconventionals | Ghost Town Road | Wrecked
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
Dara Ackerman | Golden Circle | Partially True Stories
Pugwash | Easier Done Than Said | Silverlake

THIS WEEK’S GUEST:
This week’s show was a treat. The legendary Mimi Betinis, front man of seminal power pop band Pezband, was our guest. I’ve been meaning to have him on Twirl for quite some time, and a special occasion provided the right time for a visit. What was the special occasion? A 40th anniversary remix and re-release of Pezband’s 1979 album Cover To Cover. (Has it really been 40 years since 1979? A lot of us are wondering that exact same thing.)

Whenever I hear of a re-release, I always wonder what the reason is. In this case, Mimi actually had the original 2-inch master tapes from Cover To Cover, and they were in good condition. He took them to audio wizard John Pavletic, who was able to remix, remaster, digitize, and generally update the sound. It sounds better than it did in 1979, with today’s modern technology. Once that audio magic was done, Marty Scott, of Jem Records, who originally signed Pezband in 1977, wanted to go full circle and do the re-release. The album is doing well, and it’s bringing this timeless music to a new generation of fans. And–it was so much fun to chat with Mimi–he’s still got an acute sense of humor and we laughed our way through the conversation! More Pezband info at http://pezbandofficial.com. More informaton on Mimi Betinis at http://www.popmusicsounds.com/.

In the second hour of the show, we previewed the music of the bands who played at the following day’s Twirl Radio Pop Fest ’19, at the Blue Note Brewing Company in Woodland, CA. (Spoiler alert–the show went great. The sound was incredible. The festival was well-attended, even in the rare Northern California Memorial Day weekend rain. The bands earned new fans, and new friendships were forged.)

Hope you enjoy the show!

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