Twirl Radio #849

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
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Squeeze | In Quintessence | East Side Story
Vegas With Randolph | Chick Fighter | Legs & Luggage
Byron Isaacs | Daddy’s Farm | Disappearing Man
Stephen’s Ruin | All My Life | Never Too Late!
Maxi Dunn | Messed Up | The Neglected Gambit
Daniel Trigger | Running Into The Wind | Right Turn
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Gail George | Pop Life | It’s Personal
Greg Loiacono | The Red Thread Part I (The Gloaming) | Songs From A Golden Dream
Kaz Murphy | Where You Come From | Ride Out The Storm
Lisa Mychols | Endless Daydream | Sugar
Steve Barton | Little Strange One | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Elk City | No Depth | Everybody’s Insecure
Michael Simmons | This Is Most Certainly True | Single release
Banjo Bones | The Guilt Trip | Ghostly Musings From The Delta
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Duncan Faure | Crowning Queen | Single release
Rachel Taylor Brown | 17 Year Cicada | Run Tiny Human
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
The Melismatics | Crawl, Baby, Crawl | Rising Tide
Anton Barbeau | Magazine Street | Natural Causes
The Cherry Bluestorms | Roy Wood | Whirligig!
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
Gretchen’s Wheel | Plans | Black Box Theory
R. Stevie Moore/Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be

Today’s show was the perfect storm–or maybe–non-storm. For the first time in a while, I had no interviews or visitors scheduled. You’d have to go back as far as July 21st for the last time this happened. But today also was a day in which I had a chance to really focus on all the great new music that’s come out in 2018–so far. For those of you who are starting to make your year-end lists for 2018–I’d hold up on that. The great music continues to roll in, and there’s still two whole months left of this watershed year.

2018 has been truly astounding for music, in terms of the quantity and quality that’s been released this year. This seems to be the year where artists I love, who’ve been quiet for a while, have put out some fine work. This week’s show debuts some brand new tracks by Dara Ackerman, Vegas With Randolph, Lannie Flowers, Gail George, Michael Simmons, Banjo Bones, Rachel Taylor Brown, and William Duke. Beyond that, there were a total of 23 tracks played that came out in 2018.

There were also a couple of tracks that although released earlier, came my way this year. The most extreme, time machine example of that was “In Quintessence”, by Squeeze, released on their landmark 1981 album East Side Story. I’d recently mentioned to my good friend, writer/ podcaster/ radio host/ video blogger Stephen “SPAZ” Schnee, that I’d never heard that fine album all the way through, only several of the songs from it. Being that it’s one of his all time favorite albums, he bought me a copy, simply because he wanted to share the experience. Not only is the album one of the greats from its era, cementing Squeeze’s reputation, that leadoff track really grabbed my ear. The thing that really stood out is how Glenn Tilbrook’s and Chris Difford’s voices, singing the same line and melody, but in different registers, locked in tightly to create that familiar soaring but buzzy vocal line that they are noted for. Tasty, retro treat of the week!

So enjoy this thick slice of the latest in indie music. It’s all good, and it’s all current.


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