Twirl Radio #778: Kim Rancourt

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
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
honeychain | Crushed | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
David Lindley & El Rayo-X | Werewolves Of London | Very Greasy
Ben Swidenbank | Girl (Leave That Animal Tonight) | Uncovered
The Paul & John | Inner Sunset | Inner Sunset
The Armoires | Alesandra 619 | Big Stir
Kim Rancourt interview
Kim Rancourt | Walking The Trashline Properties | Plum Plum
Kim Rancourt | Claudine | Plum Plum
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes
Old 97’s | Timebomb | Too Far To Care
The Mysteries Of Life | Bad Advice | Bad Advice
Lisa Said | Been Around | No Turn Left Behind
The Big I Am | Tongue Tied | Single release
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Duncan Faure | All At Once | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Bellygunner | Kilobyte | Machine Gun Built For Two
Lisa Mychols | Don’t Wanna Close My Eyes | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Everything A Man Could Want | Single release
Identical Suns | Baby I’m Down | Identical Suns
Gretchen’s Wheel | The Price | Sad Scientist
Banjo Bones | Tell Him Why | Cowboy Dreams
Ruby Free | Owe To The Man | Shades
The Welcome Matt | The Boon | More Empire Days


On today’s show, we met the legendary Kim Rancourt. Kim’s a great songwriter who loves finding the hidden little stories in New York City. If you’re there, he’ll give you a tour of the city–as seen through his lens. But if you’re not, you’ll want to listen to his album Plum Plum as soon as it comes out in May–you’ll hear little slices of city life, thanks to Kim. It’s raw, garagey, and generally a rockin’ good time. His producer, Don Fleming, assembled an all-star band for this one, including members of Sonic Youth and Blue Oyster Cult! More info on Kim Rancourt


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