Twirl Radio #878 – The Decibels

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
R.E.M. | These Days | Lifes Rich Pageant
The Armoires | Responsible (Reuptake) | Side Three
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Morning Line | Nostradamus | North
The Rubinoos | Mak Schau | Automatic Toaster
Maxi Dunn | I’m Only Here Because Of You | Edmund & Leo
Sister Seven | The Only Thing That’s Real | Single release
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Leslie Pereira & The Lazy Heroes | Fly Like A Bird | Fight For Now
JonEmery & The Unconventionals | If You Think You’re Heartbroken Now | Wrecked
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Starbelly | Strange Constellations | Four
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Salt | A Song For Jerome | The Loneliness Of Clouds
The Schramms | Spent | Omnidirectional
The Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
R. Stevie Moore | Hurry Up | Afterlife
Lannie Flowers | Good | Single release
The Bobbleheads | I Really See You | Myths & Fables
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Felsen | Generals & Majors | Felsen (Loves You)

The Decibels interview
The Decibels | Big Hits | Big Hits (Plus Twelve More)
The Decibels | Thinking About You | Scene Not Herd
The Domino Effect | V Neck Sweater | Listen Up
The Romantics | Running Away | Single release
Squier | I Know A Girl | Single release
The Jam | Boy About Town | Single release
The Decibels | The Truth | Scene Not Herd
Action Now | See If You Can | Single release
The Decibels | Shake Some Action | Big Hits (Plus Twelve More)
Bram Tchaikovsky | Sarah Smiles | Single release
The Decibels | Poor Sidney | The Big Sounds Of The Decibels

This week’s show was two decades in the making. And I mean that almost literally. Our very special in-studio guests were Sacramento’s own The Decibels!

I’ve known Dean Seavers online for nearly 20 years, and have been a fan of their music since their 2001 release Big Sounds of the Decibels. But here’s the catch–I’d never met them in person–until this past weekend. Why? I don’t know–I live in the same town, but haven’t even been to one of their live shows yet. So we corrected all that this weekend.

Dean Seavers, Brent Seavers, and Brian Machado, 3/4 of the band, came down. We spent 1-1/2 hours together, talking about the band, listening to tracks from their two(!) new albums, “Scene Not Herd” and “Big Hits (Plus Twelve More)”, and the guys even brought down some tracks which influenced their careers.

Oh–and how would one characterize The Decibels’ sound? If I could do it in only three words, it might be “Rickenbackers and suits”. That might seem superficial, but they do play a fun, loud, energetic blend of rock ‘n’ roll. The entire band contributes to the songwriting process, and their team effort leads to a really tight sound. You can find out more at

Enjoy this week’s show!


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