Twirl Radio #808: Vic’s Picks: A conversation with Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records

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
Matt North | A Good Day In Nashville | Above Ground Fools
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
The Rubinoos | That Thing You Do | 45
The Bottle Kids | Her Heart Is Much Worse Than Her Bite | Let Me In On This Action
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (Acoustic) | Single release
The Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake
Sunshine Boys | Billy Boy | Single release
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
DIG | Don’t Surrender | Single release
Syd Straw | Racing To The Ruins | Surprise
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Who | I Need You | A Quick One

Victor Erwin with Vic’s Picks: Punk rock, the class of 1977
The Ramones | Sheena Is A Punk Rocker | Single release
The Sex Pistols | Pretty Vacant | Single release
The Clash | Complete Control | Single release

Lannie Flowers | Kiss A Memory | Single release
Chris Church | Fall Into Me | Limitations Of Source Tape
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Anthology
Desario | Wayside | III
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Gene Loves Jezebel | IZITME | Dance Underwater


We started off the first show of 2018 with a bang–a chat with Victor Erwin of Spyderpop Records, of Arlington, Texas! I’ve known Vic for about four years, and I’ve been wanting to get him on the show ever since the day we met. We were hanging out in Texas, enjoying barbeque and beers, and chatting for hours about music. Next day, we were at the Spyderpop Records office, watching music videos (loudly), and listening to music (loudly), and talking about music (at a moderate volume).

Vic eats, drinks, breathes, sleeps, works, and plays music. His love for music is contagious and endearing. So we’re going to kick off the occasional series, “Vic’s Picks” (much like the blog series he does in the News section of Spyderpop’s website). Today’s topic was the watershed musical year of 1977, and specifically, the three punk bands who led the way: The Ramones, The Clash, and The Sex Pistols. I thoroughly enjoyed the conversation, and I suspect you will too.

Spyderpop records is a great champion of amazing independent rock and roll, and you should check out some of their offerings:


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