Monday, November 30, 2009

New Location for the Blog...

As of today, unless it breaks, the show's blog is now at If you read the site in an RSS reader, you will need to subscribe to

The new site is, in my view, a lot prettier and easier to read. Being in Wordpress, it's a lot simpler to play with, and having two sidebars gives a lot more space to provide content.

You'll also see that we're adding in links to the books that Ella talks about in Book Time with Ella, and who knows what else will come?

I will try to post reminders on this site several more times.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

2009-11-28 Playlist

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Segment 1
TMBG - It's Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG - No! (No!)
Dean Jones w/ Felice Brothers - Mama Said No (Rock Paper Scissors)
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - People Get Ready (Cover the World)
Brian Wilson - Vega-Tables (Smile)
Alan Sparhawk - Be Nice to People With Lice (See You on the Moon!)

Segment 2
Caspar Babypants - Take the Sun (More Please!)
Gustafer Yellowgold - I'm From the Sun (live at Spare the Rock)
Bing Crosby - Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
ID/prep to rock
Jesus Jones - Right Here, Right Now
Songeez - Love's Enough (Songeez)
Bunny Clogs - Three Dogs and a Pancake (More! More! More!)
Replacements - Jungle Rock (All For Nothing)

Segment 3
ElEmEnOs - The Planets
Mama Doni - Channukah Fever (Channuka Fever)
Danny Adlerman & Friends - I'm Spending Hannukkah in Santa Monica (...and a Happy New Year)
ID (Danny & Yosi at Cup & Top on 12/15 at 4:00)
Mr. T Experience - Spider-Man (Greasy Kid Stuff 3)
Deedle Deedle Dees - Bring 'Em In (History + Rock 'n' Roll = Deedle Deedle Dees)
Billy Kelly - People Really Like Milk (Thank You For Joining the Happy Club)
ID/book time with Ella

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster - Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Guest DJ set from Max Germer:
Medeski Martin & Wood - Where's the Music
Lunch Money - Tricycle
Fountains of Wayne - Hey Julie
Lisa Loeb - Disappointing Pancake
School for the Dead - Ayla
Rosie Flores - Red Red Robin

Segment 5
Guest Dj set, continued:
Justin Roberts - Yellow Reflector
TMBG - C is for Conifers
Jack Johnson - Jungle Gym
K. McKarty - Like a Monkey in the Zoo
Fawns - Snow Day
Ralph's World - We Are Ants

Segment 6
Primate Fiasco - Bourbon St. Parade (later today at First Churches!)
Asylum Street Spankers - Everybody Loves My Baby (live at Spare the Rock)
Daisy Mayhem - They All Ask'd For You (Ranky Danky)
TMBG - Put It To the Test (Here Comes Science)
TMBG - Spare the Rock


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Shows Galore!

I've been remiss in updating you on shows. But there are a ton coming up, some part of the music series I've helped put together with the Northampton Business Improvement District. Behold:

11/28, 4:30 - Primate Fiasco brings their psychedelic Dixieland to the front lawn of First Churches - free!

12/5, 4:00 - Dennis Caraher - longtime friend of the show brings his family music to Thornes Marketplace - free!

12/6, 2:00 - Grammy winner Bill Harley comes to the Iron Horse in the No Nap Happy Hour series. Tickets available now, and you can get the family four-pack discount only in advance.

12/10, 4:00 - Mister G - another local hero with an enthusiastic fan base plays at Thornes - free!

12/11, 5:00 - Uncle Rock, presented by 93.9 The River, who will be broadcasting live from Thornes Marketplace. Uncle Rock has a great new holiday record out and will be playing bunches from it. Free!

12/12, 4:00 - Marcy Gregoire - happy and fun family music at Thornes Marketplace - free!

12/15, after school - Danny Adlerman & Yosi - Danny and Yosi (along with Kevin Kammeraad) have a great holiday record, "And a Happy New Year," and will be playing a free holiday show at Cup & Top Cafe.

12/17, 4:00 - Roger Tincknell - local legendary kids' musician will play a free show at Thornes Marketplace

12/18, 4:00 - Keith Munslow - the pride of Rhode Island, Keith brings his music and storytelling to Thornes - free!

12/19, 5:00 - School for the Dead - fresh off their triumphant Halloween show, School for the Dead will play a free show on First Churches' front lawn.

12/31, 3:00 and 8:00 - They Might Be Giants will do two shows (the first family, the second rawk) at the Calvin Theatre.


Monday, November 23, 2009

Fids & Kamily: My Ballot

So hopefully you've noticed that The Fids & Kamily Awards are up, and congrats to They Might Be Giants for getting voted the best family music release of the last year.

Here's who I voted for, in order:

1. Here Comes Science - TMBG
2. Dizzy - Lunch Money
3. Go Waggaloo - Sarah Lee & Family
4. More More More - Bunny Clogs
5. 26 Animals - Artichoke
6. Panda Brain - Telephone Company
7. Time Machine - Sippy Cups
8. Field Trip - Recess Monkey
9. Worser - Duplex
10. Robot Dance - Mr. Leebot

Some CDs I gave serious consideration to (in alphabetical order):

Baze & His Silly Friends
Ben Rudnick
Billy Kelly
Daddy A Go Go
Good Ms. Padgett
Gustafer Yellowgold
Human Tim + Robot Tim
John & Mark
Laura Doherty
Keith Munslow
Laura Freeman
Robbert Bobbert
Ziggy Marley

and probably some more.

The Pokey Pup has all of the winners on sale, plus basically any other kids' music you could imagine wanting, so go give 'em some money.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

2009-11-21 Playlist

Listen any time at

Segment 1
TMBG - It's Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG - Istanbul (Not Constantinople)
Mister G - Run (Pizza for Breakfast)
Peter Rundquist - Bug Feathers (Bug Feathers)
Rock Your Baby - Pony Boy
Bruce Springsteen - Erie Canal (Seeger Sessions)

Segment 2
Bill Harley - Grownups Are Strange
BNL - Pollywog in a Bog
Promo for Hot Chocolate Run
ID/prep to rock
Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner
ScribbleMonster - All Ready to Go

Segment 3
Polyphonic Spree - Running Away
Mr. Richard - The Hey Hey Song
Lanny Sherwin - Meltdown
Uncle Rock - Hold It In My Heart (Express Your Elf)
David Byrne - Don't Fence Me In

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster - Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Jellydots - It's Your Birthday (Jelly Jukebox)
Justin Roberts - It's Your Birthday (Meltdown)
Owl City - Fireflies (Ocean Eyes)
Sippy Cups - Starry Morning
The Specials - Rudi, A Message To You
Fids & Kamily Awards:
11. The Not-Its - When I'm Five

Segment 5
10. Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family - Go Waggaloo (Go Waggaloo)
9. Captain Bogg & Salty - Don't Drink Sea Water (Emphatical Piratical)
8. Billy Jonas - Eyes Wide Open (Happy Accident)
7. Gustafer Yellowgold - Melter Swelter (Mellow Fever) (Iron Horse 3-14)
6. Milkshake - Happy Place (Great Day)

Segment 6
5. Ziggy Marley - Wings of an Eagle (Family Time)
4. Peter Himmelman - My Trampoline
(My Trampoline)
3. Recess Monkey - The Teens (Field Trip)
2. Lunch Money - Everybody's Coming the Zoo (Dizzy)
ID/book time with Ella
TMBG - Science is Real (Here Comes Science)
TMBG - Spare the Rock


Friday, November 20, 2009


We'll have the Fids & Kamily Music Awards announcement, recognizing the best family music of the last year.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

2009-11-14 Playlist

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Segment 1
TMBG - It's Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG - Shoehorn with Teeth (Lincoln)
Robbi K & Friends - Favorite Things (Music Makes Me Happy)
Butterflyfish - Ladybug (Ladybug)
Harmonica Pocket - Spiders in My Breakfast (live at Spare the Rock)
Real Tuesday Weld - I Love the Rain

Segment 2
Renee & Jeremy - It's a Big World
Bill Brickey - Down in the Valley
ID/prep to rock
Boogers - This Song is About Transportation!
Baze & His Silly Friends - Everyone Everywhere (Toddlerville)
Daddy A Go Go - It's a Kids' World (Eat Every Bean and Pea on Your Plate)
Jimmies - Bedhead (Make Your Own Someday)

Segment 3
Telephone Company - Bomb Pop (Panda Brain!)
Chuck Prophet - You Did
Board of Education - Ice Ages Are Fun! (at Cup & Top on 2/15)
Jambo - It's a Good Day
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family - Take Me to Show & Tell
Trout Fishing in America - It's a Puzzle

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster - Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Dream Warriors - My Definition
Cathy & marcy - It's the Beatbox
Prince - Starfish and Coffee
Bunny Clogs - Confessions of a Teenage Lima Bean
Kool & the Gang - Funky Stuff

Segment 5
Cloud Cult - Everybody Here is a Cloud
Money Mark - Robo Dancing (Yo Gabba Gabba)
Flannery Brothers - Jump Up and Down (Love Songs for Silly Things)
ID/book time with Ella
Dean Jones & Felice Brothers - Rock Paper Scissors
Southern Culture on the Skids - Te Ni Nee Ni Nu (Countrypolitan Favorites)

Segment 6
Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Daisy Mayhem - If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
Earth Wind & Fire - Shining Star
Deedle Deedle Dees - Party Girl (History + Rock 'n' Roll = Deedle Deedle Dees)
TMBG - Spare the Rock


Saturday, November 07, 2009

2009-11-07 Playlist

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Segment 1
TMBG - It's Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG - Why Does the Sun Really Shine? (Here Comes Science)
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family - Bright Clear Day (Go Waggaloo)
School for the Dead - Beautiful Day in the Woods (Ayla)
Liz Mitchell - You Are My Sunshine (You Are My Sunshine)
Zee Avi - Honey Bee
David Tobocman - Home (I Count to Ten)

Segment 2
Lunch Money - Umbrella (Silly Reflection)
Frances England - Sleepyhead Mommy (Family Tree)
ID/prep to rock
ScribbleMonster - Chocolate Milk (Chocolate Milk)
Paul Westerberg - Love You in the Fall (Open Season)
Clementown - Bathtub Driver (Polkabats and Octopus Slacks - The Music!)
Sugar Free Allstars - Bathtub Boy (Live)
Princess Katie & Racer Steve - Tell Them How You Feel (Songs for the Coolest Kids)
ID (guest DJ set up next)

Segment 3
Guest DJ set from Ben:
Altered Images - Happy Birthday
Wings - Heart of the Country
Weezer - Pork and Beans
Split Enz - I Got You
The Phenomenauts - (Don't Give Me That) Broccoli

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster - Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
Cloud Cult - Lucky Today (Advice from the Happy Hippopotamus)
Duplex! - Alive
Artichoke - Iguana
The Format - Does Your Cat Have a Mustache?
Zoe Lewis - Sheep (Folk Playground)

Segment 5
Dean Jones (w/ Felice Brothers) - Sing Like a Sparrow
Theresa Andersson - Somewhere Over the Rainbow (Funky Kidz)
ID/Beautiful Future plug/book time with Ella
Vampire Weekend - Horchata
Keith Munslow - Baby Brother (Homemade Fun)
Bill Harley - Wash Your Hands

Segment 6
Verve Pipe - Wake Up (A Family Album)
Eric Herman and the Invisible Band - Come Play (What a Ride)
Baze & His Silly Friends - Time of Your Life (Toddlerville)
The Shins - It's Okay, Try Again (Yo Gabba Gabba)
The Good Miss Padgett - Love My Kitty (The Good Miss Padgett)
Parker Bent - Lucky Day (Charlie Davidson's Tricycle Club)
Ratboy Jr. - Floating Up
TMBG - Other Mother Song
TMBG - Spare the Rock


Wednesday, November 04, 2009

"The finest family radio has to offer."

We'll take that.  Thanks, NAPPA, both for the Gold Award and for naming our show one of the few "Family Fun" winners!  We're the only radio show or station to get any NAPPA award, and, well, that's pretty cool.