DJ Mike Show #196 – 3/6/2021: Dolph Chaney 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 Corner Laughers | Queen of the Meadow | Matilda Effect
John Entwistle | Fallen Angel | Thunderfingers: The Best of John Entwistle
DC Cardwell | The Spirit Is Willing | Crystal Set
Poplord | Miss Universe | Poplord vs The Universe
Piramid Scheme | Mean Streak | Seen This Before – EP
Great Mimes | One Of My Letters | Second Helping
Smashing Pumpkins | Frail And Bedazzled | Pisces Iscariot
Gretchen’s Wheel | interloper | such open sky
Mike Farrell | Rock & Roll Letdown | Another SacPop Album
Felsen | Mary You Could Be Happy | Breaking Up With Loneliness

Dolph Chaney interview
Dolph Chaney | Pleasant Under Glass | This Is Dolph Chaney
Dolph Chaney | Now I Am A Man | This Is Dolph Chaney
Dolph Chaney | Status Unknown | This Is Dolph Chaney
Dolph Chaney | My Good Twin | This Is Dolph Chaney

Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Taters | Queen of the USA | Single release
Farrington | Anatomic | Saturday In Nowhereland
Sunshine Boys | John Cage | Blue Music
The Vulgar Boatmen | 01 Mary Jane | You and Your Sister (remastered)
Lannie Flowers | Doin’ Fine | March To Home
Led Zeppelin | Hey, Hey, What Can I Do (Remaster) | Coda (Deluxe Edition)
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | She’s Better | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
The Stone Roses | She Bangs The Drums | The Stone Roses
Shoukichi Kina & Ry Cooder | Jing Jing | Luaka Bop 10th Anniversary: Zero Accidents On The Job [Disc 1]
Gail George | Fool’s Paradise | Follow Your Bliss
The Brothers Steve | She | #1
Lisa Mychols | Goodbye To All Carousels | Sugar
Bay City Rollers | Turn On The Radio (Single Version) | Bay City Rollers: The Definitive Collection
Tamar Berk | socrates & me | the restless dreams of youth
Nolan Voide | World’s Greatest Lover | The Forever Endeavor
Alpha Cat | 11 the Truth | Pearl Harbor 2020
Trip Wire | Had Enough | Once & Always
The Amplifier Heads | Ghost Song | Music For Abandoned Amusement Parks
Kat Jones | Losing | We Are Warm, Young, Blood
Cast | Alright | All Change
Blaine Campbell | While You Sit At Home and Cry | Single release
Krista D | Crazy Bitch | Single release
Bellygunner | Negative Kid | Machine Gun Built For Two
John Wesley Harding | The People’s Drug | The Name Above The Title
Petrified Max | Make Believe | Year Gone By
Sam Phillips | When I’m Alone | Human Contact Is Never Easy
Librarians With Hickeys | Looking For Home | Long Overdue
John Stevens | Fort Worth Blues | Living Room
Grateful Dead – Studio | Good Lovin’ | Shakedown Street
Sex 66 | Girlfriend | Grew Up Down
Elk City | 25 Lines | Everybody’s Insecure
Star Collector | Stranger (Renting Space In My Head) | Game Day
Chris Church | Learn | Game Dirt
Sparklejet | Let’s Behind That Place | Beyond the Beyond
Colin Hay | Going Somewhere | Going Somewhere
Allyson Seconds | Little World | Little World

I’d really been looking forward to this show–the day where our own (yes, we get to claim him) Dolph Chaney returns to our airwaves. Well, it’s not like he’s been gone at all. Several of us Woody Radio DJs play his music regularly, and he does do those regular Woody Radio Live shows for us on our Facebook page. Check them out–they’re pretty fantastic.

But on this episode, I get to hang out with Dolph for about an hour. He was on my show last April, around the beginning of the pandemic and its resultant quarantining. And with any luck, he’ll be bookending the pandemic with this visit. The occasion–the release of his wonderful new album, “This Is Dolph Chaney”.

The album is so named because it’s a reintroduction to the world, of sorts. I didn’t know this until last Saturday, but the songs on “This Is” were all written and recorded years earlier. Dolph and his co-conspirator, Nick Bertling, decided that they deserved a modern treatment. Here’s the really cool part: on at least a couple of the songs, Nick came up with arrangements that Dolph just didn’t see coming, but absolutely delighted him. And me. And a whole bunch of other fans.

A couple of my standout tracks–“Meaningless”, which builds in intensity from acoustic guitars and strings, to soaring vocals and wailing, mid-tempo electric guitars. Possibly the emotional centerpiece of the album, and it ends what would be the first side of a vinyl album. One of those songs that resonates in your head and heart long after the sound fades away. And “Worship Song” pulls off a trick that only Dolph could manage–makes you laugh and cry at the same time. It’s completely touching, and pushes the same compassionate button that “Broken” did on his previous album, “Rebuilding Permit”. Dolph is a master lyricist, with the additional talent of knowing how to properly deliver those lyrics.

Artwork by the wonderful Lindsay Murray (previously interviewed on my shows for her own music), and amazing cover headshot by Kerry Hill rounds out this package. This is Dolph’s second offering on Big Stir Records, and you can pick it up here:, or visit Dolph’s own website:

Enjoy the show!


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