DJ Mike Show #180 – 1/09/2021: Allyson Seconds 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
Jimi Hendrix | Star Spangled Banner – Instrumental Solo (Live Woodstock Version) | Woodstock Music From The Original Soundtrack And More, Vol. 1
Sunshine Boys | Schoolyard Bully | Blue Music
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Red White & Blue So Blue | Pop Songs & Kyries
Scott McChane | Is This My Country? | The Angels Of Madness Shine
Dolph Chaney | The President Of The United States Is The Breitbart Bimbo | Rebuilding Permit
Alpha Cat | Mona Lisa In A Comic Book | Thatched Roof Glass House
Jody Porter | Neverlasting Love | Waterways
Rachel Taylor Brown | Mt. Athos | Falimy
Go National | Until It’s Good And Over | Got My One Good Eye On You
The Pretenders | Tattooed Love Boys | Pretenders
Kaz Murphy | Hardly Think About That | Home For Misfits
Dear Stella | As a Child | Time Zones
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man
Lannie Flowers | Free To Dream | Home
Squirrel Nut Zippers | Hell | Single release
Jet Electro | For Sale By Owner | Jet Electro
The Bottle Kids | Guitars In The Sky | Starry Eyed: The Records Tribute
Merle Haggard And The Strangers | Mama Tried (2006 Digital Remaster) | Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
Lisa Mychols | The Man With The Golden Gun | Songs. Bond Songs: The Music Of 007
The Mendoza Line | Baby, I Know What You’re Thinking | We’re All In This Alone
The Darling Buds | Crystal Clear | Crawdaddy
The Airport 77s | (When You’re Kissing On Me Do You Think Of) James McAvoy | Rotation
Sparklejet | The Comeback | Beyond The Beyond
The Cleaning Ladys | Where I Live | Whaduya Want Fer Free?
The Smiths | Bigmouth Strikes Again | The Queen Is Dead
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Stay Like That | Let’s Have A Pancake!
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Who | So Sad About Us | A Quick One
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
The Imperial Sound | Yesterday | The New AM
The Armoires | The Laws Have Changed | Side Three
Willie Wisely Trio | Kiss Her And Make It Right | True

Allyson Seconds interview
Allyson Seconds | Bag Of Kittens | Bag of Kittens (2020 Reissue)
Allyson Seconds | I Used To Say Your Name | Bag of Kittens (2020 Reissue)
Allyson Seconds | Tie My Laces | Bag of Kittens (2020 Reissue)
Allyson Seconds | On A Bicycle Built For Bicycle 9 | Bag of Kittens (2020 Reissue)

Urge Overkill | Bottle Of Fur | Saturation
Corey Ledet Zydeco | Flip Flop And Fly | Corey Ledet Zydeco
The Click Beetles | Hey Renee | Single release
Brandi Ediss | Linoleum | Bees and Bees and Bees
The Braam Brothers | Heartbreaker | Landscapes
Molly Grue | Anyway | The happy ending cannot come in the middle of the story
Sex 66 | Girlfriend | Grew Up Down
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
The Handcuffs | Love Me While You Can | The Handcuffs
The Amplifier Heads | Ghost Song | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Nolan Voide and His Own Bad Self | Indie Rock Superstar | Single release
Felsen | Felsen’s Gonna Save You | Breaking Up With Loneliness
Don Hawkins | Observation Blind | Observation Blind
The Brothers Steve | Beat Generation Poet Turned Assassin | #1
The The | Slow Emotion Replay | Dusk

I know what you’re thinking. “DJ Mike–didn’t you JUST have Allyson Seconds on your radio show, 11 years ago, to talk about her debut album, ‘Bag of Kittens’?”

Yes, yes, guilty as charged. But if I didn’t have her back on the show, to talk about the welcome re-release of that great album on Big Stir Records, I’d also be guilty of musical malpractice.

Back in 2009, Allyson, a hometown hero here in Sacramento, collaborated with Anton Barbeau on Bag of Kittens. I’d first heard of her as lead guitarist and backing vocalist for Go National, one of the first bands I’d started following when I moved here back in the 1990s. As she points out, her husband Kevin Seconds is an incredibly prolific songwriter. And Anton, who you already know from his many visits to my shows, is incredibly prolific at releasing albums. But Allyson pointed out to me that her wheelhouse is to be a singer, more than a songwriter. So Anton wrote a batch of songs for her. They fit perfectly, and she stepped up in front and became a lead vocalist. Easily.

However–a decade ago, there wasn’t as much musical sharing between regions going on. Not a whole lot of internet radio, social media was just taking off, and purchasing music online hadn’t quite become a thing yet. So Allyson’s music more or less was unknown outside of NorCal.

But now–we’ve busted out of our regional music silos, and Christina Bulbenko and Rex Broome, who’d released some of Anton’s music on Big Stir Records, signed Allyson for a re-release of Bag of Kittens. So finally, the music is getting the widespread attention it deserves. As it should. It’s an absolute delight of an album. Some of the songs are cute yet subversive. The style ranges from folk to alternative to psychedelic. And there’s some help from some heavy musical hitters on this record. Folks like Kimberley Rew (Soft Boys, Katrina and the Waves), Gabe Nelson and Vince DiFiore (Cake), and Alison Sharkey, my favorite West Coast cellist.

On this episode, Allyson and I have a light hearted, sprawling chat, covering a lot of ground–but we always return to the subject of music. Oh yeah–the 2020 re-release of Bag of Kittens contains four bonus tracks–so it was well worth the wait!


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