Twirl Radio #825 – Michael Simmons

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
Sunshine Boys | There Goes Another One | Blue Music
The Gold Needles | Not Tonight Josephine | Pearls
Daniel Trigger | Days Gone By | Right Turn
Maxi Dunn | Don’t Look Back | Welcome To Soonville
Jackpot | Adventures Galore | F+
The Judybats | La Dulcinea | Pain Makes You Beautiful

Michael Simmons interview
Michael Simmons | Rudderless Day | First Days Of Summer
Michael Simmons | Dirt Nap | First Days Of Summer

Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Pugwash | The Perfect Summer | Silverlake
Ass Ponys | Earth To Grandma | Electric Rock Music
Duncan Faure | Machine From The Other Side | Machine From The Other Side
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler
David Myhr | My Negative Friend | Lucky Day
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Ain’t Nothing To See Here | Sacramento
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Lannie Flowers | Give Me A Chance | LIVE in NYC
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | Is It All A Dream | Glamping
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad


Today’s show featured an interview with Michael Simmons. I’ve known the sparkle*jets u.k. and Popdudes frontman for several years, but never before had him on the show. He’s just released an amazing solo album, “First Days of Summer”, and we used that auspicious occasion to talk about this tour de force through the world of pop music. There’s breezy summer songs to play with your car windows rolled down. There’s crunchy rock ‘n’ roll, a la Cheap Trick. There’s even a rap song, which admonishes young artists to do full albums, and not just give away singles for free. The great thing about this album is that no two songs sound alike, and Michael’s vocals are varied and diverse. He doesn’t even sound like the same singer from song to song. His stylistic range is enormous. We had a lively and intelligent chat about all things music. I’d strongly urge you to pick up First Days of Summer; it’s a fun listen all the way through.

We also busted out the latest batch of 2018 music arrivals, which included Sunshine Boys–their Blue Music album just landed in my mailbox, and it is special. Also in this batch are The Gold Needles, Daniel Trigger, Krista D, Pugwash, Gretchen’s Wheel, and David Myhr, all of whom are making 2018 a year to remember. Enjoy the show!


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