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
Three Minute Tease | MTV Song | Bite The Hand
Graham Parker | Don’t Let It Break You Down | The Mona Lisa’s Sister
Two Dollar Pistols | All I Can Think Of Is You | You Ruined Everything
Juliana Hatfield | My Sister | Gold Stars 1992-2002: The Juliana Hatfield Collection
Emily Zuzik & Tim Lefebvre | E-Vill | Domestic Blitz
The Gold Needles | Goodnight Mr. Tom | Through A Window
Agony Aunts | You’re So Vague | Big Cinnamon
In Deed interview
In Deed | Heart Attack | Everest
In Deed | Another Start | Everest
Trip Wire | Long Days Gone | Cold Gas Giants
Cast | Alright | All Change
Lannie Flowers | About You | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Bobbleheads | Do You | Myths And Fables
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
Richard X. Heyman interview
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
Richard X. Heyman | Hope | Pop Circles
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Heiskell | For A Day | Songs In The Key Of H
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Havana 3am | Joyride | Havana 3am
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
50 Watt Heavy | Absolutely Fading (Nasty) | Better Days
Bill Mumy | Having You Around | Lockford
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Felsen | Felsen’s Gonna Save You | Breaking Up With Loneliness
The Bangles | Walking Down Your Street | Different Light
Lost Leaders | All That I Want | Promises Promises
Kai Danzberg | Not Only Sunshine (Reprise) | Not Only Sunshine
THIS WEEK’S GUESTS:
The radio gods smiled down on Twirl Radio again this week. We were blessed with two fun and interesting interviews with artists who have brand new albums out.
In the first hour, we chatted with Linda Karlsberg and Marcus Segersvärd from Swedish band In Deed. They were vacationing in Finland, one time zone east from their home country, so they were kind enough to be up at 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, to talk to me at 3:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon here in Sacramento.
In Deed has a brand new album out: Everest! It’s been out on vinyl for a while in Europe, but Big Stir Records took one listen, and had to grab these guys and put it out–with three extra tracks–before everybody else started a bidding war. A perfect match between band and record label.
In Deed had put out an earlier album in 2001 called At 4000 Meters. Life happened, and it took a while to re-form and create the next album. Both album titles are mountaineering references, so they are climbing higher with the new album. And Everest is worthy of the name. It’s a glorious slab of alt-rock. Some of the songs jump right out of your speakers and make you stand at attention. Perfect example: “Heart Attack”. That’s my favorite one on the album. Zoomy, atmospheric guitars, big drums and bass–and Linda’s powerful vocals. It’s like 1990 barged in through my front door and grabbed me by the collar. (Those who know my tastes know that this is my sweet spot.) But there’s also a 1960s pop sensibility ruinning throughout the record too. Brit-pop is a huge influence–maybe we could refer to Everest as a modern example of Swede-pop.
Check out In Deed at https://bigstirrecords.com/in-deed.
In the second hour, the legendary DIY pioneer Richard X. Heyman returned for his third visit to Twirl Radio. He’s been on a cadence of a new album about every two years or so, and the latest offering is the magnificent Pop Circles.
As you probably know, Richard is one of the originators of the DIY ethic in rock ‘n’ roll. But he’s been doing this since the late 1980s–before all the home computer music production apps became widely available. His usual methodology is to rent a studio and lay down all the drum tracks, then take these back to his home studio, where he and his wife Nancy put the album together. The liner notes contain a paragraph devoted to all the instruments he played on the album. They read like a who’s who of all the great instruments that built the foundation of rock music: Fender Telecaster and Stratocaster, Rickenbacker, Danelectro, Yamaha, and Martin guitars (leaving some off this list), Wurlitzer electric piano, harpsichord, and various other keyboards, and all sorts of percussion instruments. And oh yeah–drums. Richard started as a drummer, but throughout the years, has crafted a sound that is uniquely his–straddling the line between power pop and again, those dramatic alt-rock guitar sounds.
There is a playful pun-based theme to the album–one look at the album cover–which is a crop circle, based on the classic vinyl 45 spindle insert–will tell you that. Many of the song titles started as innocent, everyday conversational phrases, then Richard built entire songs around them. Some of the songs are sweet and romantic, and some are more socially-conscious. A lot of it has to do with growing up in the 1960s, and the revolutionary changes that occurred on many fronts.
And there’s a special surprise for you at the end of the 12 song album–a 5 track EP entitled Richie’s Three-Chord Garage! These are tracks written for his other band, The Doughboys, but in this case, sung by Richard. And word on the street says that if you’re patient, after these 17 wonderful songs, there “might” be a hidden track that builds upon the opening track, and ties in nicely with the essay he wrote for the inside cover.
This album is excellent, and needs to be at the top of your “must buy” list. And get the CD–you’ll want the cool packaging. www.richardxheyman.com.
I thoroughly enjoyed chatting with Linda, Marcus, and Richard on the show. And beyond that, we had tons of other great tuneage for you too. Stay tuned–next week, we’re going to have some very special, in-studio guests! And enjoy this episode.