DJ Mike Show #164 – 11/14/2020: Interviews with Spencer Cullum, and John Rosewall of Petrified Max!

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
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians | Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) | Respect
Lost Leaders | Probably Why We’re Here | Promises Promises
Blake Jones | Three Jerks In A Jeep | The Homebound Tapes
Gretchen’s Wheel | you should know | such open sky
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Eric Peter Schwartz | Annie’s Morning Brew | Winston
Smoking Popes | You Spoke to Me | Destination Failure
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy

Spencer Cullum interview
Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection | Dieterich Buxtehude | Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection
Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection | Jack Of Fools | Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection
Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection | My Tree | Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection

Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Sleeping With Me | Mistakes
Handcuffs | Gotta’ Problem with Me? | Electroluv
Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | New Songs Old Stories
Great Mimes | Leave It Where It Is | Second Helping
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
The Bookends | Stop Right There | Calliope
Blame The Bishop | Get Up | Blame The Bishop
Hooha and the Peter Guns | Get Up |
Anton Barbeau | Space Force | Manbird Disk 2
Bill Lloyd | The Girls Of Sylvan Park | Don’t Kill The Messenger
Allyson Seconds | Dig My Pig | Bag of Kittens
Sunshine Boys | I Was Already Gone | Work and Love
Jet Electro | I’m Not Easy | Tall Dark And Lonesome: The Story Of Slim Grinder

John Rosewall interview
Petrified Max | Snowshoe | Charlie Drove North
Petrified Max | Hole In The Sky | Charlie Drove North
Petrified Max | Power Pop Heart | Charlie Drove North
Petrified Max | The Bat Whispers | Charlie Drove North

Blue Rodeo | 5 A.M. (A Love Song) | Casino
Dolph Chaney | It’s OK | Rebuilding Permit
The Flat Five | Over and Out | Another World
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Henry Rollins | Twitch!
The Well Wishers | We Grow Up | Shelf Life
The Corner Laughers | The Lilac Line | Temescal Telegraph
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
The Cleaning Ladys | Where I Live | Whaduya Want Fer Free?
Jackpot | Pennies | Shiny Things
The Brothers Steve | Beat Generation Poet Turned Assassin | #1
The Who | Circles | My Generation (Deluxe Edition)
Arrica Rose & the …’s | Whole Lotta Lows | Low as the Moon
Librarians With Hickeys | Obsession | Long Overdue
Felsen | Lorazepam | I Dont Know How to Talk Anymore
The Catbirds | Pajama Pants Baby | Catbirds Say Yeah
Dear Stella | Time Machine | Time Zones
Sex 66 | Skinny Girl | Grew Up Down
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 3
Frank Black | Fazer Eyes | Teenager of the Year

This show features a pair of fun and interesting interviews with artists who’ve released quirky but highly listenable and enjoyable albums this year.

First up–steel guitarist Spencer Cullum. Originally from London, England, but now a part of the Nashville music scene, he’s known for his work with Miranda Lambert. But as cool as that is, he’s got even more surprises in store. His debut album, “Spencer Cullum’s Coin Collection”, brings this good-natured musical genius to the forefront. No country on this album, it’s rock, folk, and even a cool Kraftwerk-inspired instrumental to grace your music player.

We were scheduled to chat with Vitus Mataré and John Rosewall, two-thirds of the recently-formed Los Angeles-based band, Petrified Max. But Vitus’ tech failed on him that day, so at showtime, there was no way to reach him. John represented the band admirably. Those two plus legendary drummer Danny Frankel created a debut album, “Charlie Drove North”, that is by turns rocking, bleak, and a bit quirky–like Stan Ridgway or early Judybats meets The Golden Palominos. These guys have a long history together in the bands The Last and Trotsky Icepick, and as the interview will reveal, have great musical plans for the future.


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