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
Robyn Hitchcock | Captain Dry | You & Oblivion
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
R. Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
The Armoires | Responsible (Reuptake) | Side Three
Smoking Popes | You Spoke To Me | Destination Failure
Bobby McFerrin | Good Lovin’ | Simple Pleasures
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Barbara Endes interview
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Girls On Grass | Got To Laugh To Keep From Cryin’ | Dirty Power
Maxi Dunn | The Neglected Gambit | The Neglected Gambit
Lost Leaders | I Will (Fulfill) | Promises Promises
Don Dixon | Praying Mantis (live) | Single release
Robert Poss | I’ve Got A Secret List | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Diplomats Of Solid Sound | Already Gone | A Higher Place
Anton Barbeau | Baby Can You? | Berliner Grotesk
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
David Brookings & The Average Lookings | And It Feels Like… | Scorpio Monologue
Karen Haglof | Favor Favor | Tobiano
Blake Jones And The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make
The Morning Line | South Carolina | North
Karla Kane | Goodguy Sun | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave
The Decibels | Stupidity | Scene, Not Herd
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Addison Love | Unsolicited Phone Calls | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave
The Bobbleheads | Like Oxygen | Myths And Fables
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Richard X. Heyman | About Time | Pop Circles
Duncan Faure | Back To The Day | 4
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways
Bill Lloyd | Miracle Mile | Working The Long Game
THIS WEEK’S GUEST:
This week’s Twirl crossed a new frontier, if you will. Thanks to Access Sacramento, home of KUBU 96.5 FM, we expand from our historical two hour time slot to a full three hours. That’s right, 50% more of everything–more music, more interviews, more music, more chatter, more good vibes, and most importantly, more music! So the situation is this–The Longhair Detectorists Guild, featuring Bill Fuller, will be on from noon to 3:00 p.m., followed by yours truly, from 3:00-6:00 p.m. each Saturday.
So how would you celebrate such a momentous occasion? I know how I would–an interview with Barbara Endes of Brooklyn, NY-based Girls On Grass! It had been three years since we last chatted on the radio, and we made up for lost time. We explored the making of their new album, Dirty Power, which is a lively, driving, Americana/rock’n’roll effort. If you do one thing today–listen to the leadoff track, “Down At The Bottom”. The locked-in bass and drums of Dave Mandl and Nancy Polstein will catch your ear at first, and then the twin guitar attack of David Weiss and Barbara rock hard around Barbara’s heartfelt vocals. The whole song bristles with excitement, and sets up the rest of the wonderful record for you. The album rocks in places, gets a tad political and topical where needed, and is generally a fun listen. Getting Eric Ambel to sign on as producer was a nice move too–he captured a great performance from the band. It’s a worthy sophomore record, and the Girls are gearing up to spend the summer touring it around the Northeast. But don’t worry–I made my pitch to ask if they’d ever consider coming to Sacramento. Just wanted to get that thought out there now.
Check out Girls on Grass at www.girlsongrassband.com.
And enjoy this newly-expanded format of Twirl Radio. Hope you enjoy the show!