Twirl Radio #884 – DJ Gidget

Twirl Radio #884 – DJ Gidget

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
In Deed | Heart Attack | Everest
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
Bill Lloyd | Yesterday | Working The Long Game
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
JonEmery & The Unconventionals | El Camino/Ranchero | Wrecked
Don Hawkins | Juggernaut | Stutter Step
Salt | Crime Spree | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Poplord | Flower Bomb | Poplord vs The Universe
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions | Perfect Skin | Rattlesnakes
The Armoires | Just Like Carl Crew Said | Zibaldone
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake
Richard X. Heyman | Hope | Pop Circles
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
Jefferson Airplane | 3/5 Of A Mile In Ten Seconds | Surrealistic Pillow

DJ Gidget segment
Cracker | Happy Birthday To Me | Cracker
honeychain | Messy Love | Crushed
The Clash | Koka Kola | London Calling
Smoking Popes | You Spoke To Me | Destination Failure
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
The Wonder Stuff | Your Big Assed Mother | Construction For The Modern Idiot
Throwback Suburbia | Sinking Feeling | Shot Glass Souvenir
The Kinks | Around The Dial | Give The People What They Want
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk

THIS WEEK’S GUEST:
On this week’s show, the perfect storm happened: my dear friend DJ Gidget, co-owner of Woody Radio, was kind enough to have her birthday on a Saturday, the day that Twirl Radio is on the air. She’s a little shy about her birthday, but I took a chance and invited her onto Twirl, to celebrate. Lo and behold–she accepted. Since we live a couple of thousand miles apart, we did this via the miracle of Skype–so we sounded like we were in the same room together. But that really doesn’t matter–we’ve had lots of long, unscripted conversations together over the years, whether or not we were in the same room. This one was like all the others–started with no fanfare, and revved up to a fun, laugh-filled chat in no time. The only difference is that you actually have the chance to eavesdrop on us this time! (Full disclosure: I do another radio show on Woody Radio, so this was kind of an unofficial visit from the “home office”!)

What did we talk about? Well, what DIDN’T we talk about? Life, serendipitous meetings, food, Indiana, California, Woody Radio, Twirl Radio, and even music. We played a bunch of Gidge-centric and Gidge-adjacent tunes. (Editor’s note: I forgot to bring along any music by Wire Train–a big oops!) She’s been one of my favorite radio personalities for a very long time–she literally always keeps it real and personal. Her greatest trait is her ability to say something completely irreverent, funny, and wrong–and also say something completely touching and heartfelt–often in the same sentence! We’ve had lots of fun capers over the years, and this show was yet another one.

Check out the radio station that she built up at www.woodyradio.com. And enjoy this marathon chat with Gidget, punctuated by some great music. Make sure to send her some belated birthday love!

LISTEN TO ARCHIVED TWIRLCASTS HERE!

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