2017-01-22 Playlist & Stream

Jan 21

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – And Mom and Kid
Lord Kitchener – Bebop Calypso [Trinidad]
ID
Frances England – Charlie Parker
Alastair Moock – You Might Be a Girl (feat. Samirah Evans)
ID
Sturgill Simpson – Keep It Between the Lines

[KUTX – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – PJs All Day

[WJFF/KCMJ-

2nd set
PrettySing Collective – Granny Had a Rooster
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Chibi Kodama – Think Too Much
Play Date – Cardboard Box
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Rancher Ants
Public Enemy – Brothers Gonna Work It Out
Prince – Starfish & Coffee
ID

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ozomatli – Math Is Everywhere

3rd set
El Tule – Pregonero
John Lewis on sit-ins
Rodney Whittenberg – We Stood Up
ID
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control)
Elizabeth Mitchell – What Goes On
ID
They Might Be Giants – Science is Real
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2017-01-15 Playlist & Stream

Jan 15

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Infinity
Univ. of Ghana Post Office – Canceling Stamps at the University of Ghana Post Office
ID
JoJo & the Pinecones – Night and Day (new)
Priscilla Ahn – Forever and Forever (new)
Justin Roberts – Long As I Got You (new)
ID
Michael Jackson – Rockin’ Robin

[KUTX – Laurie Anderson – Cartoon Song

[WJFF/KCMJ- Sarah Lee Guthrie & Family – ‘Cuz We’re Cousins

2nd set
Nina Simone – Hush Little Baby
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Matt Richtel – Don’t Pick Your Nose
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – I Can’t Stand Up for Falling Down
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Every Time I Stand Up (I Feel Like Falling Down) (new)
Liz Phair & Material Issue – The Tra La La Song (One Banana Two Banana)
ID

3rd set
Katie Ha Ha Ha – Go Bananas (new)
Karen K – Being Different (new)
ID
The Decemberists – Valerie Plame
Father Goose – Get Loose (new)
ID
They Might Be Giants – Man, It’s So Loud In Here
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2017-01-08 Playlist & Stream

Jan 08

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in Your Soul
Quincy Jones – Sanford & Son
ID
Jazzy Ash – Throw Me Something Mista
Steve Weeks – My Grandpa Gave Me a Hammer
Charlie Hope – Harmony
ID
The Deedle Deedle Dees – A Song for Abigail Adams (live at SXSW 2013)

[KUTX – The Good Ms. Padgett – Les Petits Poissons

[WJFF/KCMJ- Elizabeth Mitchell – I Wish You Well

2nd set
Caspar Babypants – The Littlest Worm
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
babe the blue OX – Surfin’ Minnesota
Boogers – Steppin’ Stone
The Not-Its! – Motorcycle Mom
Throwing Muses – Counting Backwards
ID

3rd set
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Fanny Pack
MC Frontalot – Chisel Down (feat. John Roderick)
Mista Cookie Jar – My My My
ID
Andrew & Polly – Little Bitta You
Thao & the Get Down Stay Down – There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
ID
They Might Be Giants – One Everything
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2017-01-01 Playlist & Stream

Jan 01

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants -Happy Doesn’t Have to have an Ending
Robbi K & Friends – Feel da Beat
ID
Gustafer Yellowgold – New is the New Old
Ray Charles – You Are My Sunshine
Barenaked Ladies – Pollywog in a Bog
ID
Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis – This Will Be Our Year

2nd set
Molly Ledford – Sound & Vision
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Jingle Punx – Auld Lang Syne
Ramones – Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio
Elvis Costello – Radio, Radio
Semisonic – This Will Be My Year
ID

[WJFF/KCMJ – Laurie Anderson – Big Science

3rd set

Slaid Cleaves – New Year’s Day
Keith Munslow & Bridget Brewer – That Was a Bad Idea (new)
ID
RABBIT – If This Year Was a Book
Vagabond Opera – New Year’s Eve in a Haunted House
War – Why Can’t We Be Friends?
ID
They Might Be Giants – One Everything
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-12-25 Playlist & Stream

Dec 22

Happy holidays, everyone!

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – O Tannenbaum
Elvis Presley – Winter Wonderland
ID
Elizabeth Mitchell – January, February (Last Month of the Year)
Low – Just Like Christmas
ID
JoJo & the Pinecones – I Can See Clearly Now (new)

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ- Astrograss – My Shadow

2nd set
Nat King Cole – Caroling, Caroling
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Jingle Punx – We Need a Little Christmas
Fountains of Wayne – I Want an Alien for Christmas
Carl ID
The Jimmies – Chrismukaah
Sugar Free Allstars – Funky Christmas
Uncle Rock – Too Many Presents!
Lard Dog and the Band of Shy – Rudolph (new)
ID

[KUTX –

[WJFF/KCMJ –

3rd set
ID
Renee & Jeremy – Sunny Christmas
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – Got the Spirit
ID
Sweetback Sisters – Christmas Island
Squirrel Nut Zippers – Hot Christmas
Jackson Five – Santa Claus is Coming to Town
ID
They Might Be Giants – Alphabet of Nations (in-studio)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2016-12-18 Playlist & Stream

Dec 18

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – James K. Polk
African Children’s Choir in-studio

[KUTX – Quiet Company – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

[WJFF/KCMJ- Quiet Company – Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
WJFF/KCMJ – Ozomatli – Math Is Everywhere

2nd set
Gustafer Yellowgold – Fa and a La
ID
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Jingle Punx – Wonderful Christmastime
The Jimmies – I Want a Hippopotamus for Hannukah
CandyBand- I Want a Big Fat Cookie for Christmas
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love & Understanding
ID

[KUTX – Jonathan Coulton – 2600
[KUTX – Readeez – What’s In the Box?

[WJFF/KCMJ – Jonathan Coulton – 2600
[WJFF/KCMJ – Readeez – What’s In the Box?

3rd set
ID
Run-D.M.C. – Christmas in Hollis
Wunmi – Fashion
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – White Christmas
ID
Asylum Street Spankers – You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
Tim Kubart – Last Turn Home
ID
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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The kids at the shows will have kids of their own

Dec 17

you gotta stay positiveEarlier this month, I went out to Brooklyn to see three nights of The Hold Steady’s four-night run celebrating the tenth anniversary of their album Boys and Girls in America—their best-known album.  Today I updated my Google document in which I track shows dating back to around 2008 (it is a very imprecise list, especially for pre-2013 or so), and observe that the band is tied with Quiet Company for most shows in that period — 14 total.

I am, more or less precisely, The Hold Steady’s core demographic.  I’m 45 (same age as Craig), I grew up in the St. Paul suburbs (he grew up in the Minneapolis suburbs), I grew up listening to bands like the Replacements and the Suburbs and Arcwelder and so on.  And looking around the venue, there sure were a lot of folks like me—and a lot of guys (first show in ages where the men’s room line was much longer than the women’s).  The shows were (per usual) great, and I got to see friends (old and new!).

My first rock show in a club was The Suburbs at First Avenue circa 1987, the first of a number of “farewell” shows (that “farewell” thing never stuck; I in fact saw them this last summer at Taste of Minnesota).  Ella’s first rock show in a club was The Hold Steady at the Iron Horse in 2012, just before our move here.

For both of us, those introductions to club shows are almost not fair.  I’d put late ’80s shows from The Suburbs and any era Hold Steady show in my top ten live acts—maybe top three or four, honestly.  (This history with the ‘Burbs and other Twin Cities bands is part of why I am so utterly delighted to have a New Standards song on Let All The Children Boogie, incidentally.)

She’s gotten to see some amazing acts since then, too, including THS one or two more times, Quiet Company a ton, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, TMBG many times, Matt & Kim, and countless acts at ACL, Fun Fun Fun, and Sound on Sound Fest.  We went and saw Hamilton in January, which, while not technically a concert, was similarly transporting.  She’s doing dishes now, listening to Thao cranked up.  I’m guessing Lizzo will be next on the playlist.

I think it’s safe to say she loves music and specifically live music—that photo to the left is from Quiet Company’s run at Holy Mountain (RIP), and watching her be transported was a lovely moment.  As I remember saying at the time, there are no doubt more important parenting goals than having kids who like to go see great music performed well, but I’m still glad to have achieved it.

Anyway.  She’s going to go off to college next year.

This is not a surprising fact; she’s that age and she’s always had college in her plans.  She’ll end up somewhere great (hopefully with a good college radio station!) and she’ll do well, I’m confident.

I sure hope she also keeps seeing great live music and finding new great bands.  (I keep looking at the venues in the places she’s considering, hoping they’ve got a good talent buyer.)  And I hope she goes and sees a band that becomes for her what The Hold Steady and The Suburbs and Quiet Company and Mates of State and Fishbone and The Thermals and Michael Franti and Sharon Jones and so many more bands have been for me.

We’ve been doing this radio show thing for kids and families for over eleven years now (and have no plans to stop any time soon).  Lots of our early listeners are in the same situation we are, or will be soon.

My hope is that at least for some of your kids, the show has been an introduction not just to great music for kids, but as the first step for your kids finding music that moves and engages them the way these bands have done for me.  Get out to the shows with your kids, even as they get older; you might have to take a nap before hand (Uncle Rock has a whole song about that), but it’ll be worth it.  I’ll be out at the Against Me! show with Ella at the Mohawk in a few months and hopefully a lot more before she heads on the road.

At almost every Hold Steady show, Craig Finn declares, “There is so much joy in what we do up here,” and it’s palpably true.  That joy comes from every person in the venue, and it is shared with every person in the venue.  Help your kids find the band who brings the joy for them like that.  Maybe it’s a band you like, maybe it isn’t; be excited about it either way.

(Also: Buy music.  Buy merch.  Tip well.  Sing along, even if you don’t sing.  Support the bands.)

There’s gonna come a time when the true scene leaders
Forget where they differ and get big picture
‘Cause the kids at the shows, they’ll have kids of their own
The sing-along songs will be our scriptures

–The Hold Steady, Stay Positive

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