DJ Mike Show #153 – 10/3/2020: Blake Jones interview!

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
The Cherry Bluestorms | She Said She Said | Whirligig!
Heiskell | Still Life With Broken Heart | Emotional Terrorism
Migrant Pickers | Rossetti | Beat This Town
Lloyd Cole & The Commotions | Perfect Skin | Rattlesnakes
Sue Leonard | Who Wrote This Book On Love | Leonardville
Brad Brooks | God Save The City | God Save The City
Marshall Holland | Our Fate | Paper Airplane
Dionne Warwick | Do You Know The Way To San Jose | The Very Best Of Dionne Warwick
The Bobbleheads | Mean Girls | Make Yourself Happy
Blaine Campbell | Happy Faces | Under the Tidal Wave
Alpha Cat | Mona Lisa In A Comic Book | Thatched Roof Glass House
The Candyskins | Submarine Song | A Brief HIstory
PopLord | I’d Fall Down | Full Filled
The Orange Peels | Mystery Lawn | So Far
Rachel Taylor Brown | b.s. (beautiful savior) | Half Hours With the Lower Creatures
Nolan Voide and His Own Bad Self | Accustomed To My Fate | Single release
The Who | Dreaming From The Waist | The Who By Numbers
Irene Peña | It Must Be Summer | Single release
Lannie Flowers | Just Go To Sleep | Home
Spygenius | Cafe´ Emery Hill | Man On The Sea
Elvis Costello | Watch Your Step (Alternate Version) | Trust
Sean O’Brien | Final Say | Risk Profile
Ryan and Pony | Low | Moshi Moshi
Brandi Ediss | I Didn’t Try | Bees and Bees and Bees
Elton John | All The Young Girls Love Alice | Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
Harvey Danger | Carlotta Valdez | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
Krista D | Black Eyed Susan | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Anton Barbeau | Even The Swans Are Dirty | Manbird Disk 2
The Catbirds | Pajama Pants Baby | Catbirds Say Yeah
Skip Heller | I Used To Love California | The Long Way Home
DC Cardwell | The Spirit Is Willing | Crystal Set
Jefferson Airplane | D. C. B. A.-25 | Surrealistic Pillow

Blake Jones interview
Blake Jones | Three Jerks In A Jeep | The Homebound Tapes
Blake Jones | The First Song Of Summer | The Homebound Tapes
Blake Jones | Do The Lockdown Bossa Nova | The Homebound Tapes

Sunshine Boys | Right Where You Need It | Work and Love
Brian Cullman | Wrong Girl | Winter Clothes
Lisa Mychols & SUPER 8 | Time Bomb | LISA MYCHOLS & SUPER 8
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
Speed The Plough | Unknown Quantity | Single release
Felsen | Mary You Could Be Happy | Breaking Up With Loneliness
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives | Lone Summer Dream | Parasol’s Sweet Sixteen, Volume 5
The Darling Buds | Fall | Crawdaddy
Sarah McQuaid | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous | If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous
Sparklejet | Imbecile | Beyond the Beyond
Taters | Queen of the USA | Single release
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
Porno For Pyros | Pets | Porno For Pyros
Frank Black | Fazer Eyes | Teenager of the Year

On this show, I had the chance to chat with my old friend, Blake Jones, who you may know from Blake Jones & The Trike Shop (see how that works?). Blake’s been a favorite on my radio shows for the past decade, and for good reason. He’s fun and affable, and has participated in lots of musical radio shenanigans on my old show, Twirl Radio, and my new show on Woody Radio. Blake is pretty modest, but I like to think of him as the ambassador to the Fresno arts and music scene. Really, he’s one of a small contingent of artists and musicians who’ve created a thriving scene in the Central California city. As he’s put it, “we have to make our own fun”.

It’s not often that a new Trike Shop album comes out. It’s usually a few years between releases, and the occasional tours up and down California, or over to the UK, punctuate those non-album years. Last year at this time, I did my first Woody Radio remote broadcast. It was live from Blake’s Whispermaphone Studios–a place where I’ve felt so comfortable, that I knew my first Woody remote would have to be done there. Blake arranged for a bunch of my favorite Fresno musicians to be part of the show that day–and what a blast we had. (That show can be found here:

And then came 2020. The world was disrupted, and like everybody else, Blake Jones & The Trike Shop paused and sheltered in place. Right where they were. Staying healthy and safe, and finding a bit of time here and there for new activities. Blake decided to challenge himself to write some new songs and release an album–and that challenge became “The Homebound Tapes”, a somewhat solo six-song EP. More introspective than his usual work, it was written in these times, of these times, with the hope of getting us through these times. A really good, enjoyable listen. On this show, we hear some of it, and have a warm, friendly talk about, well, everything! More information can be found at Big Stir Records:


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