This show features a rare Tuesday night interview. Usually, I keep the interviews for the Saturday morning shows, because, um, well, I don’t really know why. I just do. Oh yeah–I remember why. Because on Tuesday nights, the show starts at 8:00 p.m. Pacific, and goes for a few hours, and so I’m already, to put it kindly, a bit past my prime at that hour–and only deteriorating from there!
But this week’s interview was going to be special. I’ve been a big fan of DC Cardwell’s for the better part of a decade, and since he just released a new album (the wonderful “Crystal Set”), I thought I’d ask him on my show. He graciously agreed, and I realized that now I had to work the time zone logistics. Living in Tasmania, Australia, DC is a full 17 time zones ahead of me here in California. That’s pretty wild, considering that we only have 24 time zones to choose from. So this worked out pretty well. 9:00 p.m. Tuesday night in Sacramento works out to be a very comfortable 2:00 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in Tasmania. As a bonus–we got to do a little time travel. DC spoke to me from July, while I was still firmly entrenched in June!
It was a pretty wonderful conversation. DC is originally from Northern Ireland, which explains the lack of Aussie accent in our conversation. He later moved to Canada, and finally, emigrated to Australia. We had lots to catch up on.
He’s not a very prolific songwriter, usually writing just enough songs for an album. But when the songs are this good, that’s more than good enough for me. His songs are catchy, listenable, melodic, and often very timely. He might get a bit political on you, but he’s always polite. Soundwise, DC fills in the gap between The Beatles and Robyn Hitchcock. To my ears, his songs are like some of Robyn’s less “quirky” songs–which still leaves room for some quirkiness and some social commentary. Songs about love, about the president of some overseas country, and about his cat–the full range is on display here!
Our conversation was fun and lively. DC was completely charming and witty, just like his music. You should check his catalog out at https://bandcamp.com/dccardwell.
Enjoy the show!
Artist | Title | Album
The Apples in Stereo | Tidal Wave | Fun Trick Noisemaker
My Little Hum | Don’t Build It Alone | Pioneer
Handcuffs | Resurrection | Electroluv
Felsen | Lay Kenneth Lay | Accidental Drowning
The Clash | Death Is A Star | Combat Rock
The JudyBats | Saturday | Down in the Shacks Where the Satellite Dishes Grow
Wade Johnson | When Will It End | When Will It End
Rachel Taylor Brown | Little Gyre | Run Tiny Human
Urge Overkill | The Break | Exit The Dragon
Krista D | Penny for your Thoughts | Look at me… I’m Krista D
The Sleep Junkies | The First Time Is Never The Last Time | The Fowl Tone Sampler
Gnarls Barkley | Smiley Faces | St. Elsewhere
Anton Barbeau | Beautiful Bacon Dream | Kenny Vs. Thrust
Matt Langlois | Let Your Sunshine Out | Merde!
Easy Love | Forget About Love | Wander Feeler
DC Cardwell interview
DC Cardwell | Friendly Fire | Crystal Set
DC Cardwell | The Spirit Is Willing | Crystal Set
DC Cardwell | Too Bad To Be True | Crystal Set
The Vulgar Boatmen | Mary Jane | You and Your Sister (remastered)
R. Stevie Moore & Jason Falkner | I Hate People | Make It Be
Plasticsoul | Therapy | Therapy
The American Professionals | Follow You Follow Me | Single release
Spygenius | In A Garden | Man On The Sea
Bill Lloyd | The Girls Of Sylvan Park | Don’t Kill The Messenger
Piramid Scheme | Mean Streak | Seen This Before
The Armoires | Responsible (Reuptake) | Side Three
The Bobbleheads | Listen You Know | Myths And Fables
The Popdudes | Magnet And Steel | Maximum Rock Stupidity
Flowers Of America | Flowers Of America | Videorama
Lannie Flowers | Just Go To Sleep | Home
liar, flower | my brain is lit like an airport | geiger counter
Tom Alford | Shiloh | Second Foundation
Sunshine Boys | A Ghost, at Best | Work and Love
NRBQ | Don’t Bite The Head | Message For The Mess Age
Dolph Chaney | The President Of The United States Is The Breitbart Bimbo | Rebuilding Permit
Sex 66 | Numb | Grew Up Down
Blake Jones & The Trike Shop | Make A New Day | Make
The Smithereens | Room Without A View | 11
Natalie Cortez | I Wanna Ride | Backyard
Two Dollar Pistols | Gettin’ Gone | You Ruined Everything
Steve Barton | The Day My Baby Went Blind | Tall Tales And Alibis – album 3
The Candyskins | Submarine Song | A Brief History
Chandler Travis Philharmonic | Air Running Backwards | Waving Kissyhead, Vol 2 & 1
In Deed | Don’t Need, Don’t Care | Don’t Need, Don’t Care (Big Stir Digital Single No. 16)
Dara Ackerman | Party Bus to Vallejo | Partially True Stories
Byron Isaacs | Disappearing Man | Disappearing Man