DJ Mike Show #150 – 9/22/2020: 150th show–and I didn’t even notice!

DJ Mike Lidskin spent ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, and now hosts 30 hours of programming a month at Woody Radio. His two shows, “The Show With No Name” and “The Saturday Thing”, feature 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 the DJ Mike Shows live on Tuesday nights at 8:00 p.m. PST and Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. PST at Woody Radio,

Artist | Track | Album
Duncan Faure | Nightfall | Anthology
The Brothers Steve | Beat Generation Poet Turned Assassin | #1
Hindu Love Gods | Battleship Chains | Hindu Love Gods
R Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
Go National | Strong | Got My One Good Eye On You
Nick Piunti & The Complicated Men | Upper Hand | Down Time
Sunshine Boys | I Was Already Gone | Work and Love
Krista D | Steady | Single release
Cornershop | Brimful Of Asha (Fatboy Slim Remix) | Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents On The Job [Disc 1]
Rachel Taylor Brown | Portland | Run Tiny Human
Rachel Taylor Brown | Maker | Run Tiny Human
David Dundas | Jeans On | Single release
Marshall Holland | When The Rain Comes | Paper Airplane
Harvey Danger | Private Helicopter | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Spygenius | In A Garden | Man On The Sea
Don Hawkins | Acquisition | Stutter Step
Kat Jones | Losing | We Are Warm, Young, Blood
Jody Porter | Sunsick Moon | Waterways
Gail George | He’s an Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss
Nick Frater | Luna | Fast & Loose
Bill Lloyd | Sorry, But I Gotta Take This | Don’t Kill The Messenger
Ryan and Pony | Start Making Sense | Moshi Moshi
The Armoires | McCadden | Zibaldone
The Pretenders | Up The Neck | Pretenders
Dolph Chaney | The President Of The United States Is The Breitbart Bimbo | Rebuilding Permit
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Red White & Blue So Blue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Smoking Popes | You Spoke to Me | Destination Failure
Gretchen’s Wheel | infernal machine | such open sky
The Smithereens | Hand of Glory | Especially for You
Lannie Flowers | It’s All Over | Home
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Time Bomb | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Chandler Travis, King Of The World | Let’s Have A Pancake!
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
John Legend | Save Room | Once Again
Jim Laspesa and Rob Bonfiglio | Dear Madam Barnum | Garden of Earthly Delights – An XTC Celebration
Agony Aunts | FU4TB Bolth | Single release
NRBQ | Don’t Bite The Head | Message For The Mess Age
The Bobbleheads | 08 – Become One | Myths And Fables
Rick Hromadka | Pinwheel | Better Days
Brandi Ediss | I’ll Keep You Warm | Bees and Bees and Bees
Librarians With Hickeys | And Then She’s Gone | Big Stir Singles: The Sixth Wave
Walker Brigade | DIsEASE | Therapy Animal
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
The Jayhawks | Settled Down Like Rain | Hollywood Town Hall
Felsen | Self Medicate | Accidental Drowning
Sex 66 | Skinny Girl | Grew Up Down
Susan Greenbaum | Wake Up! | Wake Up!
The Who | Going Mobile | Who’s Next
Play Date | Stevie the Fox | We All Shine
The Handcuffs | Dirty Glitter | Waiting For The Robot
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | Take You Home | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Clifford Ulrich | I’m Going to Miss Her | I’m Going To Miss Her (Big Stir Digital Single No. 15)
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Identical Suns | Unraveled | Identical Suns

We’ve been cranking so hard here at Woody Radio that I hadn’t even stopped to notice that this was my 150th episode on Woody Radio. That’s a nice, big round number, and I’m very proud that the management hasn’t figured out what a complete fraud I am. They think I’m hard at work, creating 30 hours of radio programming each month.

But in reality, this is a whole lot easier than it looks. I just make it look hard. Honestly, if you came over to my house on a Tuesday night or a Saturday morning, chances are I would play a bunch of music for you, and try to impress you with the latest and greatest discoveries in my collection. So really, I’m not doing anything special–it’s just that I’m broadcasting it. I’m a total fake, I tell ya!

However–something interesting came up on this episode, and I think it’s going to stick. You know how on classic rock radio, there are pairs of songs by artists, which MUST be played in order, any time they are played on radio? Some prime examples are Led Zeppelin’s “Heartbreaker” and “Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)”, and Queen’s “We Will Rock You” and “We Are The Champions”. I have never heard only one of those songs on the radio by itself. Always in pairs. It’s as if the station will get fined if they don’t do it that way.

So thanks to the great Rachel Taylor Brown (who we’ve occasionally dubbed “The Notorious RTB”), the DJ Mike on Woody Radio shows now have a new rock radio rule. There are two songs on Rachel’s “Run Tiny Human” album, “Portland” and “Maker”, which are thematically connected, and appear one after the other on the record. The new rock radio rule is as follows: Henceforth, “Portland” and “Maker” shall always be played together, in order.

I’m pretty sure that’s how the Led Zeppelin and Queen rules are worded. If you find anything to the contrary, let me know. But for now, we’re gonna go with this.

A whole lot of great music was played on this, my 150th Woody Radio show. I know, 150 is kind of like a half birthday. But still, it doesn’t mean you can’t party. Enjoy!


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