Twirl Radio #877 – Matt Langlois and Mark English

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
Mike Farrell | Rock & Roll Letdown | Tomato Vortex: Another SacPop Album
Richard X. Heyman | Upside And Down | Pop Circles
The Bobbleheads | Listen You Know | Myths And Fables
The Kariannes | Every Word Means No | Single release
Jackpot | Hide In The Frequency | Shiny Things
Mondello | The Girl With Half A Mind | Hello, All You Happy People
Gretchen’s Wheel | Rushing (acoustic) | Moth To Lamplight: Nada Surf tribute

Matt Langlois interview
Matt Langlois | You Are My Weekend | Merde!
Matt Langlois | You Are Here | Merde!

Salt | Crime Spree | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
U2 | In God’s Country | The Joshua Tree
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going To Miss Her | Single release
Dara Ackerman | A Million Flowers | Partially True Stories
R. Stevie Moore | The Winner | Afterlife
Lloyd Cole | To The Lions | Don’t Get Weird On Me, Babe
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar
R.E.M. | Wolves, Lower | Dead Letter Office

Mark English interview
The Gold Needles | Winning A Losing Game | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | Sunset Girl | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | I’m Gonna Try | Through A Window
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window

Maxi Dunn | Change The Record | Edmund & Leo
Lannie Flowers | Where Did All The Fun Go | Single release
Girls On Grass | John Doe | Dirty Power
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
The Armoires | Anemone! | Side Three
Bill Mumy | You’re My Inspiration | Lockford
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look At Me I’m Krista D
Chris Church | Worse Things Happen At Sea | Limitations Of Source Tape

A bit late with the playlist and blog this week, but no less relevant: this week’s Twirl show was, as they say in the UK, a real corker! (Did I get that right?) We had a couple of guests, and one of them was even from England!

In the first hour, our guest was Matt Langlois of The Welcome Matt, Matt EL, and, well, now of solo fame too. He’d been on the show a couple of times before, and this time, we did a Skype chat with him from his home in San Francisco, to celebrate the release of his new solo record, Merde! [editor’s note: The exclamation point is part of the album title; it’s not just my runaway enthusiasm.] Merde! is a fun little album, chock full of short, punchy, fun songs. It serves as a nice counterpoint to the most recent Welcome Matt release, 2017’s More Empire Days, which was a great, but heavy record. We even learned the origins of the title, and found out that I’d been pronouncing it wrong all this time. Matt’s about to embark on a cross-country tour as part of TheMattPatJoeyTrio. Check out all this and more at

Later on, we dialed up Mark English of The Gold Needles. He was kind enough to stay up till the wee hours of the morning, chatting to us from Hull, UK. They’ve just released their second album, Through A Window, and it is really good. They’ve improved upon their debut album with a more focused effort which combines jangle and psych sounds, and the trio added a rhythm section to become a 5 piece band. We talked about musical influences, and their recent successful gig at the IPO Festival in Liverpool, where they played to an enthusiastic, attentive audience. More gigs on the way, and they’re already writing new music. To find out more about this band on the rise, visit

And–enjoy the show!


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