DJ Mike Show #208 – 4/17/2021: Interview with Don Johns, aka Nolan Voide!

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
Heroes of Toolik | Perfect | Like Night
The Clash | Know Your Rights | Combat Rock
Jackpot | Throw Away Your Misery | Shiny Things
Easy Love | Alright | Wander Feeler
The Broken Rekkids | Girl In Golden Disc | Starry Eyed
Thee Holy Brothers | My Name Is Sparkle | My Name Is Sparkle
Elvis Costello | Senior Service | Armed Forces
Lannie Flowers | Free To Dream | Home
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Johnathan Pushkar | We Could Be Together | Straighten Up
Piramid Scheme | Funtime Friend | Seen This Before
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Kingdom Of Love (Soft Boys Cover) | My Colors Dark
Nirvana | Lounge Act | Nevermind
The Armoires | (Just Can’t See) The Attraction | Incognito
Brad Brooks | Lee Marvin’s Uzi | God Save The City
The Amplifier Heads | September Song | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Shoes | Can’t Go Wrong | Stolen Wishes
The Who | Leaving Here (Alternate) [Stereo] | My Generation
The Airport 77s | Christine’s Coming Over | Rotation
Farrington | A Day At The Beach | Saturday In Nowhereland
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy
Sparklejet | Message to My Ear | Beyond the Beyond
Sunshine Boys | I Was Already Gone | Work and Love
Dionne Warwick | Walk On By | The Very Best Of Dionne Warwick
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Early Times And The High Rollers | On The Corner | The Corner
Librarians With Hickeys featuring Lisa Mychols | That Time Is Now | Long Overdue
Tamar Berk | heavy & abusive | the restless dreams of youth
Led Zeppelin | Hey, Hey, What Can I Do (Remaster) | Coda (Deluxe Edition)
Keith Kenny | Move Along | Lifetime Ago Motel
The Forty Nineteens | It’s For Fun (That’s All We’re Living For) | New Roaring Twenties
Poplord | I’d Fall Down | Full/Filled

Don Johns (Nolan Voide) interview
Nolan Voide | Mid-Life Crisis | The Forever Endeavor
Nolan Voide | Some Time And A Bottle To Kill | The Forever Endeavor

Jefferson Airplane | 3/5 Of A Mile In 10 Seconds | Surrealistic Pillow
Bill Lloyd | The Man Who Knew Too Much | A Selection of Power Pop 1985-2020 15 Songs
Krista D | Steady | Single release
The Catbirds | Who’s Sorry Now | Catbirds Say Yeah
Natalie Cortez | Temporary Song–Demo | Natalie Cortez demos
U2 | In God’s Country | The Joshua Tree
Sex 66 | Pennies | Grew Up Down
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Time Bomb | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
Merle Haggard And The Strangers | Mama Tried | Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
Don Hawkins | So Much To Learn | Stutter Step

This show was a fun one. I’d been wanting to meet Don Johns, the man also known as Nolan Voide, for quite a while. He’s had a very low-key musical presence on the internet, quietly posting songs and demos on Bandcamp. But in 2021, he took the plunge, re-recorded some of these tracks, and finally released The Forever Endeavor. It’s a fun album. The style is mostly blues-rock, with searing guitar solos by Don’s musical partner in crime, Anthony Estrada. Don sings with a bluesy growl, and it’s effective in getting his often humorous lyrics across (Mid-Life Crisis and Indie-Rock Superstar).

The Michigan native, who resides in Washington State, has a wide ranging knowledge of music. Our conversation was both broad and deep, talking about nearly everything we could fit into an hour or so. Side note–Don has a knack for naming stuff, starting with himself (Nolan Voide), and a couple of his other bands, The Humble Serpents and Los Staremasters. He was a joy to chat with. More info and downloads at


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