DJ Mike Show #178 – 1/2/2021: Jody Porter interview!

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
Felsen | Vultures On Your Bones | Blood Orange Moon
Felsen | Kung Fu Medallion | Blood Orange Moon
The Who | Leaving Here (Alternate) | My Generation
Brian Cullman | New Year’s Eve | Winter Clothes
Anny Celsi | Empty Hangers | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Bill Lloyd | I’ll Take It From Here | Don’t Kill The Messenger
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Easy Love | Forget About Love | Wander Feeler
Poplord | Flower Bomb | Poplord vs The Universe

Jody Porter interview
Jody Porter | Girl From The Other Side | Waterways
Jody Porter | Syncing Ships | Waterways
Jody Porter | Half Mast | Waterways

The Mysteries of Life | Jupiter and Saturn | Single release
The Orange Peels | Grey Holiday | Sun Moon
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Graham Parker & The Rumour | Local Girls | Squeezing Out Sparks
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Time Bomb | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
Eric Peter Schwartz | Roy Batty | Mustard On My Sexy Dress
Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians | Driving Aloud (Radio Storm) | Respect
Emily Zuzik | Potential | You Had Me At Goodbye
Great Mimes | Speak Up | Second Helping
Tina & The Tiny Potatoes | Words And Music | Words And Music (Big Stir Single No. 110.5)
Allyson Seconds | Dig My Pig | Bag of Kittens
Marshall Holland | Our Fate | Paper Airplane
Farrington | Anatomic | Single release
Sex 66 | Numb | Grew Up Down
Liz Phair | 6’1″ | Exile in Guyville
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake!
Sunshine Boys | The Serpent in Spring | Work and Love
Alpha Cat | Thatched Roof Glass House | Thatched Roof Glass House
Blake Jones | Three Jerks In A Jeep | The Homebound Tapes
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss
Corey Ledet Zydeco | On A Roll | Corey Ledet Zydeco
Brandi Ediss | Linoleum | Bees and Bees and Bees
The Jayhawks | Clouds | Hollywood Town Hall
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Nolan Voide And His Own Bad Self | Mid Life Crisis | Single release
Petrified Max | Power Pop Heart | Charlie Drove North
Merle Haggard And The Strangers | Mama Tried | Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Ghost Of You | Twitch!
Lannie Flowers | Flavor of the Month | March To Home
Aimee Mann | Going Through The Motions | The Forgotten Arm
Banjo Bones | Walking On A Thin Line | Lucifer’s Hand
Fun of the Pier | Cavern Song | 14:42
Chris Church | Kiss It Goodnight | Backwards Compatible
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Anton Barbeau | Wire From The Wall | Kenny Vs. Thrust
Stephen Fearing | The Station | The Assassin’s Apprentice
Richard X. Heyman | Route 22 | Pop Circles

New Year, new me. Well, only half of that is true. Sorry, folks, you’re stuck with the same old me. But my first radio show of 2021 came on the second day of the year, and I was still in the happy, comfortable holiday bubble. But I thought it would be cool to start off the year with a bang, and well, this show just might have done it.

My very first artist interview of 2021 was with none other than Jody Porter, the guitarist from Fountains of Wayne, who’s got some excellent solo albums in his catalog. And the one he just released, “Waterways”, is amazing. You don’t want to go through 2021 without it.

This one was all recorded and ready to go before the pandemic hit. It was a couple of years in the making–started off in England, then Jody took the tracks home and finished it off. His hand picked, rotating band of collaborators are called The Berlin Waltz. He worked with FOW’s drummer, Brian Young, who gets co-producer credits, after Jody discovered that he had some great mixing skills. Jody got to experience life on both sides of the glass–this was his first shot at engineering a record–and it yielded big results.

Waterways has a nautical theme, and as Jody put it, it’s loosely about “being landlocked at sea”. Jody actually did spend a lot of time on the water in his younger years, sailing and having grown up near the ocean. There are some moody sounds and song titles that reflect that. But the majority of the songs rock, and show off his blistering guitar work and thoughtful lyrics. He jokingly coined the genre “psychedelic yacht rock”.

Jody and I had a wide-ranging conversation. Sure, we dug deep into the making of Waterways, but you’ll hear fun diversions into such topics as seagulls with accents and the famed daredevil Evil Knievel. Give a listen. But more importantly, get yourself a copy of the album. It’s out now on Rare Rock Records.

Enjoy the show!


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