Twirl Radio #879 – Trip Wire and Dave Schramm

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
Midnight Oil | Blue Sky Mine | Blue Sky Mining
Nick Eng | Too Good For Anyone | Long Shot
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake
Bill Mumy | You’re My Inspiration | Lockford
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
The Gold Needles | This Autumn Road | Through A Window
Juliana Hatfield | Running Out | Bed

Trip Wire interview
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
Trip Wire | Clear | Once & Always

Adam Ant | 1969 Again | Wonderful
Diplomats Of Solid Sound | Good To Do | A Higher Place
Smoking Popes | Before I’m Gone | Destination Failure
Sean O’Brien & His Dirty Hands | Final Say | Risk Profile
Maxi Dunn | Make It Better | The Neglected Gambit
Heiskell | Knoxville Town | Songs In The Key Of H
Matt Langlois | Spending My Time With You | Merde!

Dave Schramm interview
The Schramms | Hearts And Diamonds | Omnidirectional
The Schramms | Faith Is A Dusty Word | Omnidirectional

Lannie Flowers | Let It Go | Single release
Lost Leaders | People Like Us | Promises Promises
Karla Kane | Sisters Of The Pollen | Big Stir Singles: The First Wave
Salt | Crime Spree | The Loneliness Of Clouds
Felsen | Heroin | Accidental Drowning
Girls On Grass | Street Fight | Dirty Power
R. Stevie Moore | What Do I Do With The Rest Of My Life? | Afterlife
Sunshine Boys | Questions | Blue Music
Bud Rogers | Pictures Of A Modern World (acoustic) | Single release
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales & Alibis 3
Identical Suns | Miss Her Reminiscing | Week Minded
Elk City | Sparrow | Everybody’s Insecure
Richard X. Heyman | Hope | Pop Circles
Drunken Prayer | It Happens All The Time | Cordelia Elsewhere
Bill Lloyd | Interrupted | Working The Long Game

On this week’s show, we got to celebrate recent releases from San Francisco band Trip Wire, and New Jersey’s The Schramms.

In the first hour, we dialed into San Francisco to talk with Marty Schneider, Stu Shader, and Jeff Shelton (lots of alliteration there) of Trip Wire. Jeff’s been on the show before for his Well Wishers work, but this is the first time Marty and Stu had been on Twirl. We had a great, spirited conference call, and we talked about the band, and their wonderful new album Once & Always. It brings the R.E.M.=style alternative jangle, plus the Americana and rock ‘n’ roll sounds. We also talked about their busy gig schedule–and if you time it just right, they might be playing a show near you, in which case, you should go and get yourself a fiery dose of Trip Wire live. More info at

The second hour brought a Skype visit with Dave Schramm, of both The Schramms, and Yo La Tengo, all the way from Hoboken, New Jersey. Dave’s had an illustrious career as lead guitarist for Yo La Tengo, and as leader of his own band. The new album, Omnidirectional, is quietly intense. It’s electric, but listening closely will yield new ideas with repeated listens. It took about a decade or so to put together. Dave didn’t really have a deadline, and was able to get the album he really wanted. I think you’re going to like this one. Check it out at

With this newly-expanded three hour format comes more opportunity. We can now fit two interviews into a show plus more new music–a bonus! I hope you’ll get a chance to listen. Enjoy the show!


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