DJ Mike Show #212 – 5/1/2021: Interviews with Tim Foljahn and Bill Lloyd!

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
Bikeride | Endless PCH | Summer Winners, Summer Losers
The Decibels | It’s Not Me | Scene, Not Herd
Brian Eno And John Cale | Been There Done That | Wrong Way Up
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
The Forty Nineteens | I’m Always Questioning Days | New Roaring Twenties
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Time Bomb | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
Sean O’Brien | Final Say | Risk Profile
Anton Barbeau | MTV Song | Empire of Potential

Tim Foljahn interview
Tim Foljahn | Remember Me | I Dreamed A Dream
Tim Foljahn | I Can’t Decide | I Dreamed A Dream
Tim Foljahn | Wake Up! | I Dreamed A Dream

The Mysteries of Life | Singing Kite | Blue Jay
Jason Berk | Strangers | Strangers
Jody Porter | Girl From The Other Side | Waterways
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Juliana Hatfield | Don’t Rush Me | Beautiful Creature
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | The Girl In The Camera Obscura | Teasers From The Whispermaphone
Farrington | Anatomic | Saturday In Nowhereland
Brandi Ediss | Linoleum | Bees and Bees and Bees
Librarians With Hickeys | Obsession | Long Overdue
Don Hawkins | Ambition | Future Ghosts
Crowded House | It’s Only Natural | Woodface

Bill Lloyd interview
Bill Lloyd | Dial Nine | A Selection of Power Pop 1985-2020 15 Songs
Bill Lloyd | Mistakes Were Made | A Selection of Power Pop 1985-2020 15 Songs
Bill Lloyd | The Man Who Knew Too Much | A Selection of Power Pop 1985-2020 15 Songs

Gail George | He’s an Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss
Nolan Voide | Mid-Life Crisis | The Forever Endeavor
Tamar Berk | red ball | the restless dreams of youth
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Armoires | Great Distances | Big Stir Single No. 121
Lannie Flowers | I Got A Secret | Home
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella
Star Collector | Game Day | Game Day
Krista D | Run Jane Run | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Sex 66 | My Dying Day | Grew Up Down
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
Sunshine Boys | Infinity Girl | Work and Love
Jim Basnight and the Moberlys | She Don’t Rock | Seattle – New York – Los Angeles
The Whiskey Saints | Every Little Thing | 24 Hours

On this show, I had the pleasure of chatting with a couple of really accomplished musicians, Tim Foljahn and the legendary Bill Lloyd. Some fun was had.

Tim Foljahn has had an illustrious career as a session and live guitarist, working with the likes of Cat Power, Thurston Moore, and Townes Van Zandt. He collaborated with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley in Two Dollar Guitar. And he even played in the band on the TV show Orange Is The New Black.

So it’s been a while since Tim’s released a solo record, but the new one, “I Dreamed A Dream”, has been worth the wait. Great songwriting, vocals, and playing with some of his favorite longtime collaborators are all hallmarks of the album. My standout track is the steadily driving “Remember Me”. Imagine an unlikely pairing of Leonard Cohen fronting Kraftwerk, and you’re off to the races. And Tim absolutely makes it compelling, and enjoyable. Just like the rest of the album. More information at

Next up, the dean of the Nashville rock and roll scene, Bill Lloyd. Yes, of course you know him for his work in the popular country duo Foster & Lloyd. But he’s also been making rock and roll for pretty much his entire career. And with his latest release, “A Selection of Power Pop 1985-2020: 15 Songs”, he not only accomplishes truth in advertising, but creates a nice retrospective of a storied career. It’s pretty much sequenced chronologically, so when you start listening to the album, you magically go back to 1985, and listen to a great songwriter getting better and better at his craft as he progresses. The thing is with Bill, he makes these songs sound so easy to do, but only a master songwriter can pull this off.

In the interview, we also talk about his fun live band, The Long Players. They get together roughly monthly, and cover a classic album, live. If I ever get back to Nashville, I’ll make sure to time it so I can see these guys doing what they do best.

Oh–one more thing. I’ve known Bill for just a few years, and he’s been super prolific in that time. He’s been putting out an album or EP at the rate of at least one per year. As a music fan, all I can say is: Thank you! Check out his website:


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