Ok, being a little lazy does have its benefits. The last show I posted was the show where I unveiled my top 40 songs from 2019. I left it up here for a couple of weeks, and that way, people had a chance to dig in, and find some great songs they might have missed. But–it came at the cost of me now having to catch up. The following week, we had a pretty great set of music as well, and I’m presenting it to you here.
There were definitely some highlights. That week, a Facebook friend of mine, Robin Yukiko, posted a lovely song of hers. I owe her about a thousand apologies. I’ve known her online for the better part of a decade, yet hadn’t heard much of her music. Turns out she’s fairly modest about promoting herself. Her song “Ocean Floor” blew me away–the tune is lovely, and her voice is special. So if you guys like it, feel free to shout from the rooftops about Robin’s great musical talents, and about this song in particular.
But wait, there’s more! As you may know, I’ve really been getting into Harvey Danger, about 20 years too late. Yep, we all know that “I’m not sick, but I’m not well” was a weird little alternative rallying cry from their “Flagpole Sitta” hit. But the entire album it came from, “Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?”, turns out to be quite a bit deeper than you might think. The song “Private Helicopter” just hits me right–old romances and old friendships reexamined.
Renée LoBue needed to put together a side project in between albums from her “forever band”, the great Elk City. Whenever an artist says they “need” to create something, they’ve got my ear. Her project is called Flowers Of America. It’s quirky and challenging, yet melodic, and we’re going to hear their first single, “Creepy Creepin’ The Dark Hallway. It’s a very unlikely earworm. You wouldn’t think it would be an earworm, but every time I listen, it stays around for a while. Renée is good at that.
And what else? How about Rick Hromadka performing a song live in the Twirl Radio studios? And how about Malo’s legendary and transcendent “Suavecito”? “Dude, what are you thinking?” I’m thinking that I’m playing music that I want to hear, and that all goes well together–and that I want you to hear too! Dig in, and enjoy!
Artist | Title | Album
Richard X. Heyman | Incognito | Incognito
Robin Yukiko | Ocean Floor | Love War
Pete’s Copter | Magic Circle | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Harvey Danger | Private Helicopter | Where Have All The Merrymakers Gone?
The Morning Line | South Carolina | North
Blaine Campbell | Happy_Faces | Under the Tidal Wave
The Who | Mary Anne With The Shakey Hand [Alternate Version] | The Who Sell Out
Anton Barbeau | Beautiful Bacon Dream | Kenny Vs. Thrust
The Ks | Election Night | Can’t Get it Together
Nushu | Synthia | Nushu
Victor Sotelo | Hey Paul! | Homeland Insecurities
Astral Drive | Summer Of ’76 | Astral Drive
Jody Porter | By Your Side | Pacifier
Susan Greenbaum | Looks Good | Wake Up!
R.E.M. | Exhuming McCarthy | Document
Flowers Of America | Creepy Creepin’ The Dark Hallway | Videorama
Lannie Flowers | It’s All Over | Home
The Smiths | This Charming Man | The Smiths
William Duke | Hotels And Meetings | Quatro
The Corner Laughers | Stonewords | Ultraviolet Garden
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Great Mimes | I Lost Count | Baker’s Nine
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Christmas Sale | The Underground Garden
The Bobbleheads | Bedazzler (Redux) | Make Yourself Happy
Urge Overkill | The Break | Exit The Dragon
Heiskell | For A Day | Songs In The Key Of H
The Gold Needles | Here She Goes Again | Through A Window
Lindy LaFontaine | I Might Not Love You | Lindy LaFontaine
The Cherry Bluestorms | Purple Heart Magic | Whirligig!
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
The Imperial Sound | Get Along! | The New Am
Trip Wire | Down | Once & Always
The Jayhawks | Wichita | Hollywood Town Hall
Project: Ghost Outfit | Never Remember | Project: Ghost Outfit
Natalie Cortez & the Ultra Violets | You Dear | Stupid Fresh Or Stupid Bad
R Stevie Moore | Another Day Slips Away | Afterlife
Malo | Suavecito | Malo
Sean O’Brien and His Dirty Hands | Disbeliever | 2020 Tracks
Anny Celsi | Sideways Rain | Kaleidoscope Heart: 12 Golden Hits
Forrest | Ghost Like You (Acoustic) | Single release
Nick Eng | It’s Alright | Long Shot
Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
The Clash | Look Here | Sandinista! Disc 1
The Catbirds | Leaving Here | Catbirds Say Yeah
Baby Scream | The Last Call | Secret Place
Sunshine Boys | Infinity Girl | Work and Love
Merle Haggard And The Strangers | Mama Tried (2006 Digital Remaster) | Hag: The Best of Merle Haggard
Little Guilt Shrine | What I’m Thinking | Boy Girl Boy
Blame The Bishop | Get Up | Single release
Kat Jones | Those Expensive Eyes | La Rosa, La Calavera
Rick Hromadka in the Twirl Studios | Welcome to Maple Mars | Exclusive Twirl Radio track
Steve Barton | Gimme Your Hand | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 3
Felsen | Felsen’s Gonna Save You | Breaking Up With Loneliness
Los Lobos | Tears Of God | By The Light Of The Moon