DJ Mike Show #151 – 9/26/2020: Interviews with Ryan Smith of Ryan and Pony, and Nick Frater

DJ Mike Lidskin spent ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, and now hosts 30 hours of programming a month at Woody Radio. His two shows, “The Show With No Name” and “The Saturday Thing”, feature 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 the DJ Mike Shows live on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. PST and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. PST at Woody Radio,

Artist | Track | Album
Lindy LaFontaine (with Kyro) | Haunted | Kyro
Never Wanna Lose That Thing | Googen | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Juliana Hatfield | Lost and Saved | Hey Babe
Addison Love | Wee & Nancy Lee | Thoughts On Lunch?
Piramid Scheme | Mean Streak | Seen This Before
Bill Lloyd | What Time Won’t Heal | Working The Long Game
Brandi Ediss | Bees and Bees and Bees | Bees and Bees and Bees
The Brothers Steve | She | #1

Interview with Ryan Smith of Ryan and Pony
Ryan and Pony | Start Making Sense | Moshi Moshi
Ryan and Pony | Thunderlove | Moshi Moshi
Ryan and Pony | Fast As I Can | Moshi Moshi

Brian Eno And John Cale | Been There Done That | Wrong Way Up
Krista D | Land Mine | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
NRBQ | It Comes to Me Naturally | At Yankee Stadium
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
John Entwistle | Fallen Angel | Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Trip & Ellie’s Music Factory | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Anton Barbeau | Beak | Manbird Disk 1
Great Mimes | Leave It Where It Is | Second Helping

Nick Frater interview
Nick Frater | Luna | Fast & Loose
Nick Frater | California Waits | Fast & Loose
Nick Frater | Moonstruck | Fast & Loose

Sunshine Boys | The World Turning Round | Work and Love
Nick Heyward | Dear Miss Finland | The Apple Bed
Carol Pacey & The Honey Shakers | If Romance Is Dead Then I Want To Be Dead Too | Big Stir Singles: The Seventh Wave
In.Deed | Song to You | Everest (Extended CD Version)
Lannie Flowers | I Don’t Know | Circles
Drunken Prayer | Into the Water | Cordelia Elsewhere
Duncan Faure | Eyes Of The Innocent (Demo) | Anthology
Smoking Popes | I Know You Love Me | Destination Failure
Elk City | Pity Of A Rose | Souls In Space
Felsen | Better Thoughts | I Don’t Know How to Talk Anymore
Rick Hromadka in the Twirl Studios | Welcome to Maple Mars | Woody Radio exclusive
Sex 66 | I Dreamed I Was A Dragster | Grew Up Down
Dolph Chaney | If I Write It Down | Rebuilding Permit
Gretchen’s Wheel | shapeshifters | such open sky
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Kingdom Of Love (Soft Boys Cover) | My Colors Dark

On this show, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting a couple of musicians whose music I’d only recently become acquainted with. I had the pleasure of meeting Ryan Smith of Ryan and Pony, and Nick Frater. Both have great new albums out.

First up was Ryan Smith. You might know him for his work as a founding member of Minneapolis-based The Melismatics, or his work as lead guitarist with Soul Asylum. He and bassist Pony decided to start their own group, as The Melismatics have been on a bit of a hiatus. Their new album, “Moshi Moshi” (on the venerable Pravda Records), is terrific. Kind of alternative rock, and a bit danceable, this could be the record that makes rock and roll hip again. Great originals, and a stunning Prince cover. We had a good long chat and talked about such topics as the legendary Twin Cities music scene and how quarantining with Soul Asylum prepared them for releasing an album during a pandemic. More info at

Later on, Nick Frater was my guest. One of those artists who I’ve been aware of for quite some time, but hadn’t heard his music–until now. We run in similar circles, and his prior album received amazing accolades. So this year, 2020, I jumped aboard the Nick Frater bandwagon with his new album “Fast & Loose”, his first effort on Big Stir Records. It’s a really good album–great vocals and harmonies, lyrics, and playing. We talked a little bit about how Nick always seems to do things the old school, hard way–including the making of the album cover. Nick is also a sought-after producer. He’s known for gently coaxing the best out of artists. Learn more at

Enjoy the show!


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