DJ Mike Show #176 – 12/26/2020: Andrew Toy interview and new track world radio premiere from The Handcuffs!

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
Lou Reed | Turn To Me | New Sensations
Allyson Seconds | Dig My Pig | Bag of Kittens
Matt North | Miss Communication | Above Ground Fools
Sunshine Boys | I Was Already Gone | Work and Love
Nirvana | On A Plain | MTV Unplugged In New York
Bellygunner | Medicine | Machine Gun Built For Two
Piramid Scheme | Regular Guy | Get Rich Quick Too

Andrew Toy interview
Andrew Toy | In The Clearing | Guardrails
Andrew Toy | Daytime Raccoon | Guardrails

Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
Bud Rogers | Pictures of a Modern World (Single mix) | Bud & The Bullet
In.Deed | Heart Attack (Edit) | Everest (Extended CD Version)
R. Stevie Moore and Jason Falkner | I Am The Best For You | Make It Be
Yung Wu | Shore Leave | Shore Leave
The Bobbleheads | Like Oxygen | Myths And Fables
Rachel Taylor Brown | Up You | Run Tiny Human
Rick Hromadka in the Twirl Studios | Welcome to Maple Mars | Exclusive radio track
The Orange Peels | Mystery Lawn | So Far
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | March To Home
Laura Pharoah | Sweet Apple | Single release
Tawny Thiele | Happy Together | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Felsen | Temporary Diamonds On Display | Breaking Up With Loneliness
Sex 66 | Skinny Girl | Grew Up Down

World radio debut of new track from The Handcuffs
The Handcuffs | Love Me While You Can | The Handcuffs

HUGElarge | Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Wear White | HUGElarge
Gail George | He’s an Exclamation! | Follow Your Bliss
Steely Dan | Reelin’ in the Years | Can’t Buy a Thrill
Anton Barbeau | MTV Song | Empire of Potential
R.E.M. | Voice Of Harold | Dead Letter Office
Lisa Mychols | Into Oblivion | Sugar
Librarians With Hickeys | Obsession | Long Overdue
Kat Jones | Losing | We Are Warm, Young, Blood
Glenn Case | Old Problem | That Sound, That Vibe
John Hiatt | Circle Back | Beneath This Gruff Exterior
Migrant Pickers | Rossetti | Beat This Town
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
Jody Porter | Half Mast | Waterways
The Armoires | McCadden | Zibaldone
John Entwistle | Made in Japan | Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle
Blake Jones | Three Jerks In A Jeep | The Homebound Tapes
Glenn Morrow’s Cry For Help | Yellowed Pages | LP2
Gretchen’s Wheel | infernal machine | such open sky
The Amplifier Heads | September Song | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Aimee Mann | I Can’t Help You Anymore | The Forgotten Arm
Banjo Bones | Worthless Soul | Lucifer’s Hand
The Smithereens | Time and Time Again | Especially for You
Nolan Voide and His Own Bad Self | Indie Rock Superstar | Single release
Danny Wilkerson | How She Lost My Heart | Wilkerson
Elvis Costello | Watch Your Step (Alternate Version) | Trust (Bonus Disc)
Hannah Judson | Parachute | Stingray
The JAC | Persistent Man | Faux Pas
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure

On this day after Christmas, Boxing Day show, I struggled mightily to figure out if I was celebrating it correctly. I didn’t want to punch anybody, or more importantly, be on the receiving end of anybody’s punch. And I think I’ve successfully recycled all my boxes. So what to do?

Well, the holiday bubble continues, and no finer way than to celebrate by chatting with inventive drummer Andrew Toy, and then providing the world debut of a long-anticipated new track from brilliant Chicago band The Handcuffs!

Andrew Toy, Drummer. Says it right there on his website. Andrew is a much in-demand percussionist, based out of the Washington, D.C. area. He’s worked with Lisa Said, a longtime favorite on my radio shows, as well as with many others. He’s even traveled the world, playing music on cruise ships. So when 2020 struck, with all of its lockdown issues, he decided it was time to work on his own solo album, “Guardrails”. He created a batch of songs that are all instrumental, percussion-driven pieces. But they’re not drum solos. They are sonic landscapes, with melodies and rhythms, and varying textures. Incredibly cool, and Andrew takes the art of percussion to a place I’ve never been before. As we learn in the conversation, the place he’s taking you to has no guardrails. Learn more about this musical adventure at

The Handcuffs are a great band from Chicago, and I’ve been following them for over a decade now, jumping on their train fairly early on. Their dynamic brand of rock and roll, both on record and on stage, always grabs you. However–the world’s been waiting patiently for some new music from them. It’s been a while since their third and most recent album. The band is well aware of the pent-up demand for some new Handcuffs music, so vocalist/multiinstrumentalist Chloe F. Orwell and drummer Brad Elvis assembled bassist Emily Togni, keyboardist Alison Hinderliter, and guitarist Jeffrey Kmieciak. Their fourth album is nearly complete, and there is some good news for us. The first single, “Love Me While You Can”, got its world radio debut spin on this show, right here on Woody Radio! If you’re looking for a two word review of this song, I’d offer up the following: “instant classic”. It hints at classic rock–maybe where the best of glam meets the best of blues rock–but remaining alternative AF. It’s pure Handcuffs, and joins their catalog with a sense of urgency that only 2020 could have inspired. Follow what’s going on with these guys at


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