Twirl Radio #821 – Serena Jost

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 http://www.twirlradio.com. If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
The Re-Used Electrics | Pills | For Johnny
Piramid Scheme | Bandwagon Jumping Machine | Get Rich Quick Too
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Maxi Dunn | You Took The Sunshine From My Heart | The Neglected Gambit
Texas | Tired Of Being Alone | BBC live session
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Mistakes | Mistakes

Serena Jost interview
Serena Jost | The Cut | Up To The Sky
Serena Jost | Silver Star | Up To The Sky

Lannie Flowers | Another Weekend | LIVE in NYC
Googen | Never Wanna Lose That Thing | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Elk City | My Manual | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | No More Girls | First Days Of Summer
Duncan Faure | Where Is The Music | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
The Well Wishers | In Another Life | A View From Above
Juliana Hatfield | The Edge Of Nowhere | Please Do Not Disturb
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Take A Look At The Stars | Make
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Jody Porter | In The Beginning… | Pacifier
Spygenius | The Friendly Stars That Glow | Pacéphale
The American Professionals | Just Do Something | Sympathetic Overdrive
Steve Barton | Before I Get Too Young | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes

THIS WEEK’S GUEST:

Singer/ songwriter/ cellist. That’s a combination you pretty much never hear of. Well on today’s show, we chatted with singer/ songwriter/ cellist Serena Jost–where the combination actually does apply. The classically-trained cellist (and really, aren’t all cellists classically-trained?) was a founding member of the legendary female-driven, cello group Rasputina. Since then, she’s created her own space. She’s blended classical and folk-rock. Her new album, “Up To The Sky”, just came out a week ago, and was recorded over the course of two days at St. Peter’s Church in New York City. It was as if she stepped off a cliff into the musical abyss–and lived to tell. It was literally nothing but Serena’s voice and her cello, recorded live–singing as she played the cello. No overdubs, no backing musicians. And it came off beautifully, in the wonderful acoustic setting of the church. She was so inspired by this exhilirating session, that she composed some of the songs on the spot. The performance she turned in was spontaneous and alive. If you want to hear more, check out Serena’s music at www.serenajost.com.

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