Twirl Radio #770: Chandler Travis

After ten years at a National Public Radio in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1998 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features 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 Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
The Jeremy Band | Hit You With A Flower | Hit You With A Flower
Gretchen’s Wheel | Better In The Dark | Sad Scientist
Identical Suns | Show Me A Sign | Identical Suns
Daniel Trigger | Reach Out | Single release
Maxi Dunn | I Mean That | Welcome To Soonville
Edward Rogers | Burn N Play | Glass Marbles
Chandler Travis interview
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Air, Running Backwards | Waving Kissyhead Vols. 2 & 1
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Your Wife And Mother | Waving Kissyhead Vols. 2 & 1
Vegas With Randolph | Women In Airports | Single release
Mod Hippie | Everybody Knows Who He Is | Big Wow
Lisa Mychols | I Go Wild | Single release
The Mysteries Of Life | I Like You | Bad Advice
Lisa Said | Comes And Goes | No Turn Left Behind
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
The Taters | Pageboy | Taters Party
Duncan Faure | Billy In The Big Band | Machine From The Other Side
Irene Peña | Pieces Of You | Single release
The E.P.s | Don’t Be A Girl About It | Chuck
Ruby Free | Walking Along | Shades
Allyson Seconds | Ono Waltz | Little World
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Lindy LaFontaine | Alizee | Single release


Cape Cod-based musical provocateur Chandler Travis paid us a return visit on Twirl Radio today. As longtime Twirl listeners know, Chandler leads a rag-tag band of musical misfits/geniuses known as the Chandler Travis Philharmonic (“putting the harm in philharmonic”). You may also know Chandler as a founding member of the Incredible Casuals, who’ve been rocking us since 1980. So what does his music sound like?

If you like the quirky virtuosity of NRBQ, you’ll feel right at home here. The new album, Waving Kissyhead Vol 2 & 1, careens wildly between Dixieland, achingly beautiful perfect pop songs, and straight up rock and roll. This album has a sense of humor, and a sense of optimism. Here’s some more info about all of Chandler’s musical enterprises:


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