Twirl Radio #777: Jason Falkner

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 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 Welcome Matt | My Town | More Empire Days
Girls On Grass | Father Says Why | Girls On Grass
Cartorson | Hearts On The Highway | Richfield Skyline
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies
Maxi Dunn | Rescue Me | Single release
Blake Babies | Don’t Suck My Breath | Earwig Demos
Gretchen’s Wheel | Left Turn | Sad Scientist
Jason Falkner interview
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | Horror Show | Make It Be
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Love Us, We Love Me | Make It Be
The Taters | Thingamajig | Taters Party
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Lannie Flowers | Kiss A Memory | Single release
Gail George | You Are There | The Barrio Sessions
Ruby Free | Lonelier Than Me | Shades
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum
Banjo Bones | Your Medicine Is Bad | Cowboy Dreams
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Pacific Soul Ltd. | We Go High | The Dance Divine
Cult Of Wedge | Oh Lindsay | Loch Ness Monsters And Motherships


On today’s show, we interviewed the legendary musician/producer Jason Falkner. Not only was he a founding member of Jellyfish, and a member of Paisley Underground band The Three O’Clock, he is a member of Beck’s touring band. He’s also responsible for some fine solo albums of his own. Most recently, he collaborated with lo-fi pioneer R. Stevie Moore on an amazing album called “Make It Be”.

It’s the perfect blend of Stevie’s eccentric songwriting and Jason’s polished arrangements and production, although as we learn in the interview, Jason’s got his eccentric moments too–they’re just buried a little lower in the mix! The album rocks hard and has its idiosyncratic moments–but there is always that mutual respect, where the duo gives each other room to shine, while playing to each other’s strengths. I highly recommend you pick this one up.


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