2020-09-13 playlist & stream

Sep 13

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants – Particle Man (live at Nola Studio)

Interview with Shine

Shine & the Moonbeams – High Five

Pierce Freelon – Make New Friends (feat. Carlitta Durand) (new)

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SaulPaul – Vibes (feat. Alphabet Rockers & Denzil Findley) (new)

[WJFF/KCMJ – Django Jones – Long Time Sun

[KUTX – Asylum Street Spankers – Don’t Turn Out

[WFNU – Justin Roberts – Way Out

2nd set

Mister G – Seeds of Shalom (new)

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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The Morning Announcements – Proactive Man (new)

Kym Stewart – I Am a Robot (new)

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3rd set

Turn Turn Turn – Mid-sized Deck Concert 

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They Might Be Giants – John Lee Supertaster

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2020-09-06 playlist & stream

Sep 06

Thanks to Uncle Devin for guest hosting!

Uncle Devin – Uncle Devin’s Theme Song 

Ms. Janis – Dance

Bomani Armah aka Baba Bomani – The Black Entertainer

Wincey Terry Bryant – Safe

Take 6 – The Magic of Manners

Lady Luxe – Buckle My Shoe

Uncle Devin – Uncle Devin’s ABC’s of Percussion Children’s Book with Music CD Theme Song… for the Percussion Introduction segment

Robbi Hall Kumalo – The Tale of the Djembe Drum

Rissi Palmer – Not Afraid of the Dark

Uncle Jumbo – Get Loose

Pierce Freelon – Tooth Bruh

Ayana Gregory – Star People… Intro song for the Tiny Stars segment featuring Brianne James, formerly known as the Kid Reporter

Willy Wow featuring Chuck D – MLK That Way 

Sweet Honey in the Rock – I Like It That Way

Wee Bop A Family Jazz Party Featuring Matt Wilson – Goodbye My New Friends

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2020-08-30 playlist & stream

Aug 30

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants – Alphabet of Nations (in-studio)

SaulPaul interview

SaulPaul – I Am Enough (new)

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Jazzy Ash – Be Outside (new)

Joanie Leeds – Glass Ceilings

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Josh Lovelace feat. Frances England- Butterfly

[WJFF/KCMJ – The Doubleclicks – Super Beatrice (in-studio)

[KUTX – Baby Loves Jazz – Hokey Pokey

2nd set

Craig Finn – Forever Young

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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CandyBand – Ice Cream

The Replacements – Jungle Rock

John Wesley Harding – Sing Your Own Song

Joe McDermott – Everybody Plays Air Guitar

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3rd set

Belly – Feed the Tree

Too Many Zooz – Stand By Your Cats

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MIsta Cookie Jar – Don’t Gotta Be Cool (new)

The Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun

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They Might Be Giants – Science is Real

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2020-08-23 Playlist & Stream

Aug 23

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants – Got Getting Up So Down

123 Andres feat. Cathy Fink, Uncle Devin, and Lolita Walker – Hambone (new)

Sally Timms & Jon Langford – Prettiest Star

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First Aid Kit – On the Road Again (new)

Mark Pound – Last February I Went on a Trip (new)

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Sweet Honey in the Rock – Freedom Train

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ted Leo – Heroes

[KUTX – Damnations – Steeple Full of Swallows

2nd set

Ziggy Marley feat. Elizabeth Mitchell – Wings of an Eagle

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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Poco Drom – Cats Like to Swim (new)

Adam & the Bull Shark – Terrible Terrible Beast

Teddybears – Cobrastyle

Saint Etienne – Let’s Build a Zoo

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3rd set

Sugarcubes – Speed is the Key

SaulPaul feat. Lori Henriques – Dance and Flow (new)

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Sugar Free Allstars – Disco Dance Party

Apples in Stereo – Rainbow

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They Might Be Giants – Elephants (feat. Danny Weinkauf)

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Some thoughts after fifteen years

Aug 22

So, we’re fifteen years into this radio thing, which maybe makes it so I have some ideas about radio for families that others might find interesting. But I’m going to start about music radio writ large.

There are two things that I think make it so that music radio continues to be compelling, at least to me—and I think to others. 

First, it’s music that is selected more or less by human hands rather than even a smart shuffle—and selected with more than segues in mind. That is, it’s sets that are put together to tell a story or represent influences on an artist or just to be goofy. (The non-comm classical station in Austin, KMFA, has being “gently educational” in its mission statement, and I always liked that.) That is part of why we include non-kids’ music in the mix, because I think that’s one way to (gently!) teach about the broader world of music.

Second, it’s that music being presented by people with a voice and a point of view.  I know that if I turn on the radio during Mary Lucia’s shifts on The Current that I will get some dry sarcasm but a lot of humanity; I know that Jeff McCord on KUTX has a deeper knowledge of Texas music than anyone else; I know Monte on The River is not just connected to but an integral part of the Pioneer Valley; and so on.

I think those factors both apply, or should apply, to music programming for kids. The music should be (I don’t like this term, but don’t know a better one) curated, and it should be presented in an interesting way.

Maybe more importantly, I think those two factors should be overlaid with the critical fact (or at least my view) that kids deserve high quality music that is made for them just the same way that they deserve high quality literature that is written for them. It doesn’t have to be exclusively music made for them (see: our show playlist), but the experiences kids go through are unique to them and their ages, and family music done right reflects and resonates with that in quite precisely the same way that kids’ books can (should) do so.

All of that together gives us an opportunity to show kids (and to remind adults) what it is that radio and music can be in their lives—not just the music bed to a YouTube video or the background to a TikTok, but part of how they navigate life. 

An aside, sort of: That all goes for live music, too. I am not exaggerating when I say that one of the best traditions I have with Ella since she started college is meeting her in Brooklyn the weekend after Thanksgiving to see The Hold Steady, and that Liam is super excited to start doing the same thing (you know, if live music ever starts). I’m 100% confident that their love of live music, and their recognition of the centrality of live music to any city’s ecosystem, comes from growing up going to shows I was booking or promoting.

When we started all of this, I wasn’t thinking about this in quite these terms, though I think it was always there subconsciously. I was thinking about how it would be fun to do a radio show and to hang out with my kids while doing so. But I was writing this up for another reason and thought I’d throw it out there.

Anyway! Thanks for fifteen years. Here’s to another fifteen. We love you all.

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2020-08-16 Playlist & Stream

Aug 16

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants – Thinking Machine

Kimya Dawson – Smoothie

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Frank Turner – Be More Kind

Gina Chavez – Bug Bug (in-studio)

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Israel Kamakawiwo’ole – Somewhere Over the Rainbow

[WJFF/KCMJ – Calliope Musicals – Sink or Swim

[KUTX – Arcade fire – infinite_content

2nd set

Tim Kubart – Better (in-studio)

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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Fugazi – Waiting Room

CandyBand – Ken Lots His Head

Generation X – Ready Steady Go

Harry and the Potters – On the Importance of Media Literacy Under Authoritarian Rule

Mariana Iranzi – Hola Hello

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3rd set

Golden Dawn Arkestra – Sama Chaka

SaulPaul ft. Alphabet Rockers and Denzil Findley – Vibes (new)

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Cloud Cult – Good Friend

The Heavy – Better As One

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They Might Be Giants – Istanbul (Not Constantinople)

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2020-08-09 playlist & stream

Aug 09

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants – Dr. Worm

Poco Drom – Purr Like a Platypus (new)

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Sweet Honey in the Rock – Look! Look! The Sun Woke Up

Justin Roberts – You Grew (new)

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SaulPaul – Home (feat. 123 Andres)

[WJFF/KCMJ – Me First & The Gimme Gimmes – I Sing The Body Electric

[KUTX – Morphine – Dawna

2nd set

Quiet Company – At the Birth (new)

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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Professor Jefferson Band – Airplane of Paper (new)

CandyBand – Rock, Paper, Scissors

The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name

Buffalo Tom – Lolly Lolly Lolly Get your Adverbs Here

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3rd set

Charlie Hope – The One That I Love (in-studio)

Hooray Miss Marae – Can a Camel Dance? (new)

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Steve Weeks – Songbird (new)

Jasmine & Bleu – When the Sun is Shining (new)

Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine

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They Might Be Giants – Why Does the Sun Shine (live)

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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