Twirl Radio #866 – Andrew Curry and Melissa Phillips

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
Lannie Flowers | Anything But Love | Single release
Vanilla | Save Me | Mystik Knights Of Tacoma
Matt Langlois | Always Happening | Merde!
Trip Wire | Get Up Slow | Once & Always
Chancellorpink | Every Devil Dies Alone | All Of Them Monsters
The Bobbleheads | Do You | Myths And Fables

Andrew Curry interview
Sitcom Neighbor | Out In The Country | White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams
Lisa Mychols | You And Me Against The World | White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams

Melissa Phillips interview
Melissa Phillips | Centralia | Fits & Starts
Melissa Phillips | The Flame | Both Ways

The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human

Melissa Phillips’ music picks
Emily King | The Animals | The Switch
Matt Jaffe | Reset Button | The Spirit Catches You
Yola | Far Away Look | Walk Through Fire

I knew this week’s show would be fun and comfortable. It always is when you’re with friends, and this week, I had two of them on the show. We started with Andrew Curry, who over the past 5 years, has, through his Curry Cuts label, released a quartet of themed compilation tribute albums, all with wonderfully high quality cover tunes, reimagined by today’s indie artists.

The most recent effort is entitled White Lace And Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams. Both Andrew and I marveled at how much of the soundtrack of the 1970s was written by Paul Williams. This compilation did for me what a good compilation does: introduces me to new artists singing familiar songs, and demonstrating the breadth of the original artist’s work. And–Andrew is just plain fun to chat with!

Melissa Phillips has been a long time friend to me, and the radio show in general. The Bay Area singer-songwriter recently released her second EP, Both Ways, in the fall, and I had her on the show in December, via Skype. But when she said that she would be coming through Sacramento on Saturday, and would be able to carve out some time for a visit, I knew that I wanted to have her come down to the Twirl studios and hang out. So we did an interview, and revisited Both Ways. I also put her to work–I had asked her if she could bring some music that she likes, and she could play it on the show. What I got was a nice little sampler of some great new music that should be heard.

One other item of note: the 2019 music is coming in fast and furious. This year is still fairly new, but it’s already shaping up as a great one for creative, new independent music. The first six songs of this show are all tracks that came in over the course of the last week! Enjoy the show.


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