Twirl Radio #895 – Beth Dobson

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly three 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 3:00 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
Pixies | Debaser | Doolittle
The Welcome Matt | Get Shameless | Pop Junk Fluff & Hype
Anton Barbeau | Love Me Do | Berliner Grotesk
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Death Of Samantha | Conviction | If Memory Serves Us Well
The Armoires | (How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me? | Zibaldone

Beth Dobson interview
Wojtek The Bear | Tonic Youth | Old Names For New Shapes
Angus Munro | Bleed It Out | Mirror Man
Trookers | The Temporary | The Temporary
The Vapour Trails | Drag It Around | See You In The Next World

Heiskell | The Great Opaque | Songs In The Key Of H
The Kariannes | This Song Is A Cure | Big Stir Singles: The Second Wave
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Poplord | Flower Bomb | Poplord vs. The Universe
Karen Haglof | Tobiano Twirl | Tobiano
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Juliana Hatfield | Running Out | Bed
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
The Corner Laughers | Shrine Of The Martyred Saint | Ultraviolet Garden
The Clash | The Right Profile | London Calling
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Billy Swan | I Can Help | Single release
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Sunshine Boys | Glider Pilot | Blue Music
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Felsen | Greetings From The Ghost Of Heavy Metal Rock And Roll | I Don’t Know How To Talk Anymore
Nick Heyward | The Goodbye Man | The Apple Bed

On this episode, we get to meet Scottish radio presenter (that’s UK-speak for DJ) Beth Dobson! She has started to get a lot of notice on social media lately, for her discerning taste in music. This originally aired back in the fall, when she (only) had one radio show, on Grampian Hospital Radio. We talked about her start in radio, and her love of music discovery–and even some popular Scottish foods!

Shortly after this interview, Beth got invited to do a second radio show, on Neighborhood Weekly Radio, called the Indie Lounge. All of her shows, and her online persona, fall under the umbrella of Planet Beth. She now covers the airwaves several hours a week. And the best part–her enthusiasm for music discovery, and for indie music in particular, is contagious! If you think there just isn’t a lot of great new music to be discovered–then you need to go visit Planet Beth!

As a special bonus, Beth provided a handful of new tracks from bands that she likes a lot. Stay tuned, there is a second visit with Beth coming soon. In the meantime, enjoy the show!


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