Twirl Radio: The 20th Anniversary Special

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
Adam Waltemire greeting | Pop Garden Barbeque order
Juliana Hatfield | Everybody Loves Me But You | Hey Babe
Rick Hromadka greeting
Ruby Free | Start Of Something Big | Shades
Bud Rogers greeting
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (ukulele version) | Twirl Radio exclusive
Maxi Dunn interview
Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Skip Heller greeting
Skip Heller | I Used To Love California | The Long Way Home
Brad Elvis & Chloe F. Orwell greeting
The Handcuffs | Baby I Love You | Waiting For The Robot
James Parkinson greeting
Last Breath | The Story Ends
Chandler Travis | Happy Anniversary song | Twirl Radio exclusive
Andrew Griffin of Felsen greeting
Lannie Flowers greeting
Lannie Flowers | Turn Up Your Radio | Circles
Anton Barbeau interview
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Cirrone greeting
Cirrrone | All Right All Night | Kings For A Night
Lisa Said greeting
Lisa Said | Been Around | No Turn Left Behind
Big Stir group greeting
Medley: The Armoires, The Bobbleheads, Walker Brigade, Plasticsoul | Responsible, Mean Girls, Choker, All Died Pretty
Joe Algeri greeting
The Jangle Band | Kill The Lovers | Edge Of A Dream
Hillary Burton greeting
honeychain | Some Boys Lie | Crushed
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop interview
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | At Every Train Stop | Single release
Natalie Cortez greeting
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Ghost Of You | Twitch!
Daniel Trigger greeting
Daniel Trigger | Remember When | Single release
Tom Richards & Elsie (Lisa) Mychols greeting
The Hour Zero | See You Again | Single release
Glen Laughlin/Deborah Gee greeting
The Cherry Bluestorms | Seven League Boots | Single release
Octavia Kane greeting
The Corner Laughers | Stonewords | Ultraviolet Garden
Lindy LaFontaine greeting
Lindy LaFontaine | This Too In Time Shall Pass | Single release
Gail George greeting
Gail George | Out Of Sight | Bloom


20 years of Twirl. It’s hard to believe that it’s gone by this fast, and that we’re still on the air. Access Sacramento first let me through the studio doors on January 17, 1998, and a nervous, shaky me somehow got through it.

The first song I ever played on the radio was Juliana Hatfield’s “Everybody Loves Me But You”. At the time, my focus was on the alternative and Americana music that everybody loved, but couldn’t seem to find on the air anymore.

Fast forward to 2018. Access Sacramento’s radio station now broadcasts on KUBU 96.5 FM in Sacramento, as well as on the internet. Content wise, the focus of Twirl has shifted a bit. I now champion independent musicians who make some of the best sounding and most critically acclaimed music today, and those who were once receiving commercial airplay, but now need a home for their still-vital music. It’s important to me to provide a platform for these great artists.

But aside from this being a mission, it’s really a labor of love. I feel that if I didn’t have this radio show, I’d still be sitting around on Saturday afternoons, playing their songs at home. But I’d rather share them with you.

Today’s show featured interviews with artists who have long been part of the history of Twirl, and who represent, well, what we represent–the highest caliber of independent music. We chatted with the incomparable Maxi Dunn, live, all the way from Liverpool. She embodies the independent, DIY ethos, while maintaining incredibly high musical standards for her dramatic songs.

We also chatted with Sacramento native and musical icon Anton Barbeau. He now lives in Berlin, but we chatted in Fresno, while he’s back home visiting Sacramento. (Sorry, I can’t explain it any better than that!) His forthcoming album is terrific.

We also chatted with Fresno’s own Blake Jones & the Trike Shop, quirky pop geniuses, who constantly reinvent themselves, and always find a way to thrill live audiences.

In addition, we had recorded greetings from about two dozen indie musicians, from four different continents, who have been part of the fabric of Twirl for a long time.

My commitment to you: to not sit here and look backwards, but to kick off Year 21 properly–by discovering more new rock and roll for you, and making sure you get to hear as many great artists as possible. Thanks to Access Sacramento for providing a home for my show and all this great music. Thanks to the all the wonderful musicians for practicing their craft, and creating all this great music. And most of all–thanks to the wonderful listeners, who spend time listening to my show and getting as thrilled by this great music as I do. Enjoy the show!


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