Twirl Radio #833 – Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of Big Stir

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
Lannie Flowers | The One | Single release
Gail George | A Wonderful Life | Bloom
Tipsy In Chelsea | You Are The Sun | The Co-Op Communique Vol. 4
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Alison Hogan | All The King’s Horses | Songs From The Third Act
The Well Wishers | Never Let You Down | A View From Above
Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | American Affluenza | Catnip Dynamite
Eric Peter Schwartz | Regretville | Highway 45
William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas | Labor Day | William Cleere + The Marvellous Fellas
Rich McCulley | Far From My Angel | Far From My Angel
Walker Brigade | Choker | Therapy Animal
Adam Marsland | This Is Madness | Bulé
The Who | I Need You | A Quick One
Wilkerson | Let It Go Tonight | Single release
Arthur Alexander | One Bar Left | One Bar Left
The Beatles | Good Morning Good Morning (Take 8) | Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band 50th anniversary edition
Mimi Betinis | Pontiac | Music Sounds
Skip Heller & Spike Sikes | Get Outta LA | Sacramento
Elk City | Ride The Slide | Everybody’s Insecure
Plasticsoul | Keeping A Light On | Therapy
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
Freedy Johnston | Responsible | Can You Fly
Karla Kane | The Lilac Line | King’s Daughters Home For Incurables
Richard X. Heyman | These Troubled Times | Incognito
Jenifer Jackson | Mercury, The Sun & Moon | Parasols’s Sweet Sixteen, Vol. 3
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
Maxi Dunn | Tuxedo Cat | Edmund & Leo
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Bud Rogers | Intercity Mars | Starman
The Incredible Casuals | I’ll Do Anything | Nature Calls
Juliana Hatfield | Sellout | Please Do Not Disturb
The American Professionals | In Case Of Emergency, Break | Sympathetic Overdrive
Syd Straw | Racing To The Ruins | Surprise
Mark’s Men | Where Were You Last Night | The Fowl Tone Sampler

Chat with Christina and Rex of Big Stir/The Armoires
The Armoires | Responsible | Incidental Light Show
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Alchemy C’mere | Make

Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales & Alibis 1
Michael Simmons | Get Back What You Put In | First Days Of Summer
Krista D | Simple Social Tragedy | Look At Me I’m Krista D
The Welcome Matt | Feel Something | More Empire Days
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
Daniel Trigger | Alive | Right Turn
Gordon Weiss | I’m Your Fan | It’s About Time
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
Duncan Faure | Man Of A Thousand Dreams | Pronounced “Four-Uh”
Chris Church | Bell The Cat | Limitations Of Source Tape
Lisa Mychols | One Revolution | Sugar
Frank Black | Superabound | Teenager Of The Year
Sparklejet | Somewhere Along The Way | Phonovella

THIS WEEK’S GUESTS:
I was originally going to take a break from all the amazing and fun interviews that have transpired lately on Twirl. I planned to spend two hours just relaxing and playing music in the studio. But then, my friend Bill Fuller asked me once again if I’d be willing to fill in for him on his 2-4pm show on KUBU, The Longhair Detectorists Guild. And of course, “willing” is not the right word to describe how I feel when I’m asked to do that. “Thrilled” is a better word. But then I realized that if I’m being given this gift of a 4 hour show, I should get a couple of people I really like, to share it with me and talk music.

So those two would be Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome of the L.A. band The Armoires. They have started a scene called Big Stir. Big Stir started as a monthly series of live shows, but is rapidly, and organically, turning into a movement. There is an associated record label, magazine (actual paper!), and a radio show (full disclosure–they’re my colleagues on Woody Radio, with their Thursday night show, Big Stir Radar Hour).

They were the perfect people to chat with on a relaxed (at least for me) Saturday afternoon. For them it was a busier day. They were kind enough to take a break in the middle of a video shoot to chat with me.

I also got to roll out even more new 2018 music. 2018 is a banner year for independent music, and it keeps coming in. Four hours was barely enough time to get it all in, and what I didn’t cover this week, we’ll get to on the next show.

LISTEN TO ARCHIVED TWIRLCASTS HERE!

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