Twirl Radio #836 – Robert Poss and Raquel Bell

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
Translator | Everywhere That I’m Not | Translation
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Cait Brennan | Miss Valentine | Big Stir IPO Sampler 2018
Sunshine Boys | Caroline Yes | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Daniel Trigger | Rock N Roll Party | Right Turn

Robert Poss interview
Robert Poss | I’ve Got A Secret List | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day
Robert Poss | Sketch 72 | Frozen Flowers Curse The Day

Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Pugwash | Make It Yourself | Silverlake
The Apples In Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
Anton Barbeau | Creepy Tray | Natural Causes
Duncan Faure | The Day That I Found Love | 4
Wilkerson | Carry The One | Wilkerson
Krista D | Land Mine | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Raquel Bell interview
Raquel Bell | Who Gets To Name The Name | Swandala
Raquel Bell | Wizard Liar | Swandala

After a couple of weeks off (and big thanks to Bill Fuller for filling in for me last week), the Twirl Radio interview engine revs up again with a couple of interviews! We got all experimental on you during this show. In the first hour, we chatted with guitarist Robert Poss. The founding member of Band of Susans has spent the last 30 years coaxing all sorts of creative avant garde music from his guitars. He’s become well known for creating songs using feedback, distortion, and all sorts of unusual sounds–but making them accessible and listenable. There’s a lot of good rock and roll here. We chatted about his brand new album, “Frozen Flowers Curse The Day”, which was released the day before the show was broadcast. Find out more at

In the second hour, we had an in-depth conversation with experimental musician Raquel Bell. She’s had a varied background, both musically and geographically. She grew up in Humboldt County, in far Northern California, but has also lived in such rich and varied places as New York City, Austin, TX, and now Los Angeles. She also finds herself spending a lot of time in the desert landscape of Joshua Tree. Her musical influences range from classical, jazz, pop, country, reggae, and folk. These places and musical genres all show up in her work. Her new album, “Swandala”, is varied, but the common thread between all these different influences is her vocals. They are intimate, gritty at times, ethereal at other times, but always passionate. The music can be a little strange at first, but once you sit down and listen–it’s completely mesmerizing. Learn more at


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