2015-05-23 Playlist & Stream

May 23

It was fun to talk to Don Tate; check out his website!

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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They Might Be Giants – Robot Parade
Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Cumbe
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Joe McDermott – My Cat Can Fly
Loretta Lynn – High on a Mountain Top
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Laura Freeman – Indigo and Violet
Dean Jones – Sing Like a Sparrow (feat. Felice Brothers)
ID (Mister G at ACL)
Mister G – Cocodrilio
[59:00 version – Lunch Money – You Are Here]
[KUTX version – The Que Pastas – Gene the Brave]

2nd set
Louis Armstrong – What a Wonderful World
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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Fugazi – Waiting Room
ScribbleJim ID
ScribbleMonster – Chocolate Milk
97x bumper
Frank Turner – I Still Believe
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Skunk Strut (new)
ID (Lucky at Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock June 6)

3rd set
Interview with Don Tate
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Bring ‘Em In
Jazzy Ash – Backyard Camping
ID
Recess Monkey – Get Your Ticket (new)
Cornershop – Brimful of Asha (Norman Cook remix)
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They Might Be Giants – Got Getting Up So Down
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Radio Nerd Dog Whistles

May 18

You might have seen this post I did over at Zooglobble about how to introduce someone to the current world of music for families.  (And Dave Loftin did one too.)  That was based mostly on the playlists from the first couple of weeks on the air at KUTX, but obviously only the songs from people who were doing music for kids.

I thought it might be worthwhile to look at the rest of what we’ve played early in our tenure here on KUTX.  I sort of think of these as what political hacks call “dog whistles” — things with multiple meanings, except where in dog whistle politics the additional message tends to be “I think them gays are icky too but need not to say that out loud,” my additional message is more like “Hey, music nerds, you’re safe here.”

So far, the radio nerd dog whistle songs have included:

  • Brian Eno, I’ll Come Running – I still remember in the early fall of 2005, when we’d first launched, another volunteer at Valley Free Radio coming up to me and saying, “You know, I thought what you were doing was interesting and stuff, but it was when I heard Eno that I really got what you were doing.”  It’s no surprise that it was the third song we played on KUTX.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell, Lovely Day – Yes, this was on the Zooglobble list too, but it fits here too, because (a) it’s originally by Bill Withers, one of the finest songwriters and singers in history; (b) Elizabeth and Daniel have a long and amazing musical history outside of family music; and (c) I really wanted to also play Withers’s Lean On Me, but don’t think I can play that without crying yet (listen to this show and read this post for why).  I’ll get there soon.
  • The Ramones, Spider Man – It’s the Ramones.  No explanation really needed.  (As an aside, I filled in for my friend Elizabeth McQueen in doing an interview with John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants for her great podcast This Song.  His choice for the song to discuss was the original Batman theme.)
  • Asylum Street Spankers, Sliver – Again, this is on the Zooglobble list, but here because (a) the Spankers only did one (amazing) family record and (b) it’s a Nirvana cover, and a song that is not obviously something you’d play for kids.
  • Mates of State in-studio – I could have held onto this until later and gotten more songs in, but this seemed totally perfect to me.  I mean, sure, part of it is that I just adore MoS, and one of my great joys is that they did a Guided By Voices cover on the Science Fair CD (the end, with their kids singing? gets me every time).  But again, it signals something about our show that I don’t think any other show for families does (or if they do, I don’t know about it).  Those were two songs by a really well-respected internationally touring band that you cannot hear anywhere else in the world!
  • Prince, Starfish and Coffee – again, like the Ramones, probably doesn’t need much explanation, though I will also note that this is a bit of a shout-out to the many Minnesotans resident here in Austin.
  • Carrie Rodriguez in-studio – Carrie’s Sacred Heart Project is fascinating and gave us an opportunity to share some Mexican history — musical and otherwise — from someone whose music I think is accessible to kids without being aimed at them.  I’m also trying to be more intentional about having Spanish language songs in particular.  And again, her second song (“Lake Harriet”) was about one of Minneapolis’s lovely lakes.
  • WillieUnveiledWillie Nelson, Won’t You Ride in My Little Red Wagon? – It was frustrating not to get get Willie into the first week’s show, so he definitely was getting in the second.  He’s so fundamental to Austin music (there’s a statue of him!) that it was a necessary wave to the history of the town.  Plus, uh, he’s Willie Nelson.
  • The Pixies, Tony’s Theme – Same category as the Ramones, really.  I figure a lot of current parents grew up on the Pixies (and Nirvana, etc.), and the rest at least heard them on (sigh) “Alternative Classics” or whatnot.  This song (and Prince, too, I suppose) makes a particularly good example of us finding kid-friendly songs from bands that most do not do that, and not just songs that get contributed to kids’ compilations (though nothing’s wrong with that).
  • Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – Ever since I heard this done on 89.3 the Current, I’ve felt like it’s one of the very best versions of a song with roughly 34 millions versions of it out there.  Sharon Jones, of course, also appears on the Baby Loves Jazz releases, and does a fine job there, but the Dap-Kings…well, they’re ridiculous.

I still feel like we’re in introduction mode and will be for quite a while.  This week, the nerd whistle songs will include Loretta Lynn, Dean Jones with the Felice Brothers, Louis Armstrong, Fugazi, Frank Turner, and Cornershop.  Should be fun!

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2015-05-16 Playlist & Stream

May 14

It was super great to have Carrie Rodriguez and Luke Jacobs”> come by and sing a couple of songs. You can see them sing one here:

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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Flans dial-a-song ID
They Might Be Giants – Glean (new)
Carrie Rodriguez in-studio
Lori Henriques – How Great Can This Day Be? (new)
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The Deedle Deedle Dees – Henry (Hudson), How Ya Gonna Find a Way?
[59:00 version – Buddy Miller – Sneaky Snake]

2nd set
Willie Nelson – Won’t You Ride in my Little Red Wagon
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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The Sippy Cups – Springtime Fantastic
The Pixies – Tony’s Theme
Bunny Clogs – 3 Dogs and a Pancake
Not Unusual bumper
Ralph’s World – The Great Outdoors
Milkshake – Baltimore
Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself
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3rd set
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – This Land is Your Land
Shine & the Moonbeams – High Five
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The Pop Ups – Robot Dance
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Shake It Well (feat. POS)
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They Might Be Giants -I Am a Grocery Bag
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2015-05-10 Playlist & Stream

May 08

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
Dan Zanes & Friends – Side by Side (w/ Father Goose)
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Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running
Elizabeth Mitchell – Lovely Day
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Sara Hickman – Middle of a Little Country Road
Elizabeth McQueen – This Little Piggy
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2nd set
Lead Belly – Rock Island Line
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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CandyBand – Down By The Bay
Justin Roberts – Meltdown
The Ramones – Spider Man
1977 bumper
Asylum Street Spankers – Sliver
Lunch Money – Tiny Dinosaurs
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Piñata Attack (Spanish)
ID
[WJFF/KCMJ: The Board of Education – The Lonely Tomato]

3rd set
Mates of State in-studio (Now, True Love Will Find You In The End)
Frances England – Mind of my Own
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Prince – Starfish & Coffee
ID
Flans ID
They Might Be Giants -Thinking Machine
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2015-05-03 Playlist & Stream

Apr 28

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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They Might Be Giants – We Want a Rock
Cat & A Bird – Bee Jive
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Kira Willey – Bloom (new)
Future Hits – Una Concha En La Mesa (new)
Big World Audio Theatre – This Island Life
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Ornette Coleman – Ramblin’
[WJFF/KCMJ: Justin Roberts – Suppertime]

2nd set
Hilary Grist – Tomorrow is a Chance to Start Over (world premiere)
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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The Boogers – I’m Not Your Steppin’ Stone
The Not-Its! – Motorcycle Mom (in-studio)
Massive Nights bumper
Guided By Voices – Littlest League Possible
Molly Ledford & Billy Kelly – The Dichotomous Key (new)
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3rd set
Booker T. Jones Feat. Sharon Jones – Representing Memphis
Pointed Man Band – Red Fox (new)
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Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Weird Sounds
Bunny Clogs – Naked Mole Rat (new)
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momandpop – Lookin’ Good
Cults – Go Outside
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They Might Be Giants – To the Bubblecraft!
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Getting closer…

Apr 27

Well that sounds pretty good.  You’ll start hearing it on the air in Austin soon; and remember, we launch May 10!

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2015-04-25 Playlist & Stream

Apr 20

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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They Might Be Giants – Idlewild
Steve Weeks – Baby Started Dancing (new)
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Keith Munslow – Coffee Breath (new)
The Bottle Rockets – Coffee Monkey
Ralph’s World – The Coffee Song
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Strumero – Monkey’s Gonna Steal Your Food
Elizabeth Mitchell – Kooks
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2nd set
Lori Henriques – How Great Can This Day Be
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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Todd McHatton – Ooh Shiny
The Nields – Who Are You Not To Shine
1977 bumper
Danny Weinkauf – Champion of the Spelling Bee
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Everyday People
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[WJFF/KCMJ: Jad & David Fair – Telephone Manners]

3rd set
Lloyd Miller – Trapped in the Attic (new)
Recess Monkey – Penguinese (new)
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Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – Hold On To Your Dreams (new)
The Bar-Kays – Soul Finger
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Princess Katie & Racer Steve – Tiny Cool
Big Block Singsong – Princess (new)
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They Might Be Giants – My Other Phone is a Boom Car
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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