Twirl Radio #867 – Kai Danzberg and Jesse Reaux

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
Girls On Grass | Down At The Bottom | Dirty Power
Popdudes | Beautiful Sunday | Maximum Rock Stupidity
The Re-Used Electrics | Pills | For Johnny
Chris Isaak | Heart Shaped World | Heart Shaped World
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New AM
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
Vegas With Randolph | She’s An Intellectual | Legs And Luggage
Identical Suns | Saving It Up For Sunday | Week Minded
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
In Deed | Marry Myself | Single release
Sunshine Boys | Only A Million Miles | Blue Music
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | Single release
Sensations | Incredible Man | Listen To My Shapes
Pugwash | Everyone Knows That You’re Mine | Silverlake

Kai Danzberg Interview
Kai Danzberg | Not Only Sunshine (reprise) | Not Only Sunshine
Kai Danzberg | Your Shiny Eyes | Not Only Sunshine

HUGElarge | D.O.G. | HUGElarge
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | Single release
The Bobbleheads | Listen You Know | Myths And Fables
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Right Said Fred | I’m Too Sexy | Up
Los Lobos | Mas Y Mas | Colossal Head
Two Dollar Pistols | That Someone Isn’t Me | You Ruined Everything
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
The Decibels | Big Hits! | Big Hits! (Plus Twelve More!)
Jordan Thomas | In The Evening | Single release
Maxi Dunn | Welcome To Soonville | Welcome To Soonville
Frank Black | Two Reelers | Teenager Of The Year
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
Wilkerson | Too Much Of A Good Thing | Wilkerson

Jesse Reaux interview
The Rayo Brothers | Goodbye Jane | Victim & Villain
The Rayo Brothers | Victim & Villain | Victim & Villain

The Judybats | Jive Talkin’ | Full-Empty
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | RedWhite&BlueSoBlue | Pop Songs & Kyries
The Orange Peels | Aether Tide | Sun Moon
Michal Towber | Old | No Resolution
The Campfire Flies | If Your Eyes Are Closed | Sparks Like Little Stars
Trip Wire | Easy Exit | Once & Always
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Steve Barton | How Can I Believe | Tall Tales And Alibis 1
Duncan Faure | Lies And Promises | 4
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Anton Barbeau | Mumble Something | Natural Causes
Lost Leaders | To The Top | Promises Promises
Chancellorpink | Angie Baby | All Of Them Monsters
Krista D | Penny For Your Thoughts | Look At Me I’m Krista D

Another week, another interview doubleheader. No–I don’t take this for granted–it was pretty awesome to travel all over the country and world, musically speaking, to gather a couple of interviews with some really interesting musicians. And we had a whole bunch of other stuff going on as well.

First off–my friend Bill Fuller, who does The Longhair Detectorists Guild program before mine, took a well-deserved week off, and entrusted me with his time slot. That gave me four hours to work with, a double-length show. So it’s really important to me to use the extra time wisely, and hence, the interviews–and the tons of new 2019 music.

We got to meet Kai Danzberg, a 25-year-old musician from Germany, who joined forces with Big Stir Records to release his latest album, Not Only Sunshine. Much like his labelmate Addison Love, he’s a musical “old soul”. Many of his influences released their work before he was born, but no matter–a great talent like Kai was destined to discover influential bands like The Beatles and Jellyfish. You don’t hear about a lot of folks from his generation getting famous making melodic rock ‘n’ roll, but that’s exactly the kind of music Kai is doing, and people are starting to find out about him. And his music sounds great. It’s elaborate, melodic, and thoughtful. He also has some great collaborators aboard for the ride: Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Lisa Mychols, David Myhr, and Dana Countryman. Those music greats know something that you should too–Kai Danzberg is the voice of the future.

A little later on the show, I got to chat with Jesse Reaux of The Rayo Brothers. Their new album drops later this week (March 29th) and it was produced by former Twirl Radio guest Louis Michot. So before I even listened to the music, I put two and two together: Jesse’s from Lafayette, Louisiana, and Louis Michot worked on it, so it must be Cajun music, right? Well–that’s why it always pays to LISTEN to music. Although there might be a touch of Cajun in there, it’s really melodic country music, slightly informed by rock music. Heck–there’s even a straight up power pop tune on the album (Goodbye Jane). These guys are great in the studio–Jesse and his brother Daniel have led the band through three albums–but they are known as a force to be reckoned with on the road. They’re about to embark on a tour that should take them through the South and Midwest, all the way up to Chicago. They haven’t yet played the West Coast–but there are some videos on YouTube of the Rayo Brothers playing live, so we here can get a taste of what their shows are like.

A couple of other really great things happened on this extended Twirl episode: I got to premiere brand new tracks from the long-awaited Identical Suns and Girls on Grass albums. With Identical Suns, I’ve been slightly sworn to secrecy, but Todd Stanton and Rene Rodriguez let me sneak preview Saving It Up For Sunday for you, from their forthcoming release, Week Minded. It’s great–a natural progression from their fine debut record. And Barbara Endes just sent me the new Girls on Grass record, Dirty Power–and the opening track, Down At The Bottom, made me jump out of my seat when I first heard the opening bass, guitar, and drums. That was a bit of a problem, because I was driving at the time, but fortunately, I made a safe landing during this great, fiery, rockin’ Americana song.

I hope you enjoy listening to the show as much as I did making it.


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