2018-07-15 Playlist & Stream

Jul 15

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Idlewild
Raffi – Here Comes the Sun (premiere)
Lunch Money – To Be a Fossil
Elena Moon Park – Sol Nal
Elizabeth Cook & Tim Carroll – I Wish I Had a Million Friends
Kelly Hogan – Senor El Gato
She Waits – Underwater Lunch (life at WMCN)

[KUTX – Kids in a New Groove interview

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ella Jenkins – Chotto Matte Kudasai

2nd set
Scott Keever – Zvala (live at WMCN)
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Vandals – Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
Iggy Pop – Real Wild Child
Mary Timony – Clap Your Hands
The Not-Its! – Mosquito Eater

3rd set
Adam Levy – My Identity (live at WMCN)
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – El Sol Tesega (premiere)
Pianosaurus – Thriftshoppin’
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey – The Child In You
REM – Fall on Me
Baron Von Rumblebuss – Trampoline
They Might Be Giants – Elephants (feat. Danny Weinkauf)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2018-07-08 Playlist & Stream

Jul 08

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Moles, Hounds, Bears, Bees and Hares
Gustafer Yellowgold – Beard for All Seasons
ID (Gustafer at SRT 7/28)
Django Jones – Potato Leek Soup
Story Laurie – Shoofly Pie
Lucky Diaz, Andrew & Polly, & Mista Cookie Jar – Shine Your Light
Link Wray – Batman
Sam Cooke – Everybody Loves to Cha Cha Cha

[KUTX – Mike Doughty – Firetruck

[WJFF/KCMJ – Mike Doughty – Firetruck/Ella Jenkins – Row, Row, Row Your Boat

2nd set
Falu – Hulululu Bus
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
The Replacements – Radio Hook Word Hit
CandyBand – If You’re Happy and You know It
The Verve Pipe – I’m Not Sleeping In (Cuz It’s Saturday)
The Boy Least Likely To – When Life Gives Me Lemons I Make Lemonade

3rd set
Shine & the Moonbeams – Shake for Eight
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Broken Dreams (new)
ID (Tumble live podcast at SRT 8/19), feat. SaulPaul and EMQ
Marshall Escamilla – 8 Planets in the Solar System
Michael Franti & Spearhead – Earth from Outer Space
Uncle Rock – Shoe Bandit
They Might Be Giants – I Can Add
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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BONUS! It’s 2018-06-08 Spare the Rock LIVE from WMCN!

Jul 06

We had a freakin’ blast on WMCN a month or so back, there as part of my college reunion. And here’s the show we did–huge thanks to the WMCN staff (especially Elizabeth) for helping out with the technical stuff (and remember, we’re now airing on WMCN on Thursdays at 2 pm).

We also had fun with our guests.  If you want to jump to them:

  • 35:49 – Scott Keever (who has a crowdfunding campaign now for his solo record) stops by for about 20 minutes
  • 1:09:34 – She Waits comes by and sings their wildlife songs
  • 1:40:26 – Adam Levy of Bunny Clogs (and Honeydogs and so much more) visited and did a lovely song

You can see most of the playlist here.

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2018-07-01 playlist & stream

Jul 01

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – I Am Not Your Broom
Mariana Iranzi – Hola Hello
Mister G – Hola Amigos
Dan Zanes – Colas
Elizabeth Mitchell – Paz Como Un Rio (with Suni Paz)
Teddy Thompson & Rufus Wainwright – King of the Road

[KUTX – Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign

[WJFF/KCMJ – Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign/Mike Phirman – Never Gonna Happen

2nd set
Laura Veirs – Jamaica Farewell
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
The Suburbs – Cows (new, sorta)
Mountainsides – I Love This Whole Life
Terri Hendrix – Nerves
Jr. Madness – Liza Jane
Mr. Leebot & the Boogers – (Having a Blast) At the Pool
Danny Weinkauf – Going to the Library (new)

3rd set
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Henry Box Brown
King Curtis – Memphis Soul Stew
Sister Sledge – We Are Family
John Legend – Humanity (Love the Way it Should Be)
They Might Be Giants – And Mom and Kid
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2018-06-24 Playlist & Stream

Jun 24

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Even Numbers
Chicago – Wake Up Sunshine
Mike Phirman – Chicken Monkey Duck (new)
Mil’s Trills – Say Hey!
Jonathan Richman – Roller Coaster by the Sea
Alison Faith Levy – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
The Impressions – It’s All Right

[KUTX – Cornershop – Brimful of Asha

[WJFF/KCMJ – ELO – Mr. Blue Sky

2nd set
Elizabeth Mitchell – Grassy Grass Grass
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
NoMeansNo – Joy
Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along
Puffy AmiYumi – Puffy’s Rule/Puffy No Rule
Matt & Kim – Hoodie On
Guided By Voices – I Am a Scientist
Mike Park – Apples Are My Favorite

3rd set
Salteens – All My Friends Are Different
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – The Way We Gets Down
Gustafer Yellowgold – Cakenstein (Scottish Rite 7/28)
Rabbit – New Day Sunshine
Ladybug Music – Two Little Blackbirds
They Might Be Giants – Infinity
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Kindie Says No to Kids in Cages

Jun 21

I prepared the following statement with input from Lucky Diaz, Dan Zanes, Laurie Berkner, and others.  Following it is a list of people who have emailed me (show at sparetherock dot com) and requested to be added as signatories.

As performers and other members of the family music community, we jointly and strongly condemn the separation of children from their parents at the border. This inhumane treatment of families is counter to what we do to bring families together, and what we believe the United States should stand for. The “Zero Tolerance” directive that has led to the division of families—and to the caging of innocent children apart from their families—is cruel; it is immoral; it is counter-productive; it is un-American. We call for its end, and we hope our fans and listeners will do the same.

We recognize that as a musical community there is much we can be doing to understand and oppose all forms of oppression. We commit to educating ourselves and finding ways to be more useful and active in doing so.


  • Bill Childs, Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child Radio and Spare the Rock Records
  • Lucky Diaz & Alisha Gaddis, Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band
  • Dan Zanes
  • Laurie Berkner
  • Stephanie Mayers, Mayers Consulting
  • Lloyd Miller, The Deedle Deedle Dees
  • Mindy Thomas, Sirius/XM Kids Place Live, Tinkercast
  • Elizabeth Mitchell and You Are My Flower
  • Molly Ledford, Lunch Money
  • Aaron Canwell, Ryan Chouinard; Micah and Me
  • Frances England
  • Ratboy Jr.
  • Grandfather Paul Stark, Musical Merry-Go-Round Family Radioshow
  • Virginia Ralph and Robert Matthews, Mömandpöp
  • Matt Lynch
  • Brian Smith, Señor Fancypants
  • Mo Phillips
  • Jeffrey Cohen, GeekDad Contributing Writer
  • Joanie Calem
  • Marsha Goodman-Wood
  • Steve Denyes, Hullabaloo
  • Todd McHatton
  • The Not-Its!
  • Chris “Boom” Wiser & Rob “Dr Rock” Martin, Sugar Free Allstars
  • Patricia Kjolhede, Tunes ‘n’ Tales
  • Claudia Robin Gunn, Little Wild Music
  • Vivi Melody & Family
  • Lucy Kalantari
  • Ann Torralba, Little Miss Ann
  • Dana Boulé, Dana & the Petit Punks
  • Michael Romero, the Mr. Michael Group
  • Suzi Shelton
  • Dave Loftin, Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl radio
  • Steven Erdman, Lard Dog and the Band of Shy
  • Margot Bevington
  • Andy Furgeson, Red Yarn
  • Paul Butler, Kids Crossroads radio
  • Jay Mankita
  • Patricia Shih
  • Heather Hirshfield and Eddie RosenBerg III, The Green Orbs
  • Josh Lovelace, NEEDTOBREATHE and solo
  • Danny Weinkauf, The Red Pants Band and They Might Be Giants
  • Sagan Thacker, Radio Active Kids, Asheville, North Carolina
  • Bob Anthony and Mark Maziarz, BARK
  • Andrew A. Hunt (Cowboy Andy), The Salamanders
  • Ben Lee
  • Joanie Leeds
  • Deep Fried Pickle Project
  • Mista Cookie Jar
  • Jumpin’ Jamie
  • The Oot ‘n’ Oots
  • Dan Elliott, The Pointed Man Band
  • Kat Brotherton, Ms. Kat’s Music, Texas Community Music Festival
  • Mariana Iranzi
  • Noam Brown
  • Bear and Lion, Bears & Lions
  • Pam Donkin
  • Milo, Eliot, Emmet, Krisdee and Adam Donmoyer, Rockaroni & Cheese
  • Jack Forman, artist and Sirius XM Kids Place Live
  • Recess Monkey
  • Brook Packard, Sleepytime Club
  • Liz Gumbinner, Cool Mom Picks
  • Kari Thomas Kovick
  • Spring Bees
  • Elizabeth Waldman Frasier, Waldmania PR
  • Laura Doherty
  • Lisa Mathews, WTMD’s Young at Heart
  • Milkshake
  • Jennifer Paskow
  • Renee & Jeremy
  • Ben Rudnick
  • Vanessa Trien, Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys
  • Lou Gallo
  • Rolie Polie Guacamole
  • Like Father Like Son
  • Ben Gundersheimer & Katherine Jamieson, Mister G and Missus G
  • Matt Baron, Future Hits
  • Andrew Barkan and Polly Hall, Andrew & Polly
  • Steve Elci, Steve Elci & Friends
  • David Ladon and Seth Adams, Animal Farm
  • Alison Faith Levy
  • Alex Mitnick, Alex and The Kaleidoscope
  • Karen K & the Jitterbugs
  • Beth Blenz-Clucas, Sugar Mountain PR
  • Mike Messer, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Stephen Jacobs, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Adam Jacobs, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Annie Elmer, The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
  • Nick Deysher, In the Nick of Time
  • Sukey Molloy
  • Johnny Clay and Dave Gulick, Ants Ants Ants
  • Ralph Covert, Ralph’s World
  • Keeth Apgar, The Harmonica Pocket
  • Marc Bazerman, Baze & His Silly Friends
  • Gunnar Madsen
  • Ezra Idlet, Trout Fishing in America
  • The Bazillions
  • Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
  • Brady Rymer
  • Lisa Loeb
  • Katherine Dines
  • Stacey Peasley
  • Dana Cohenour
  • Dave Hamilton
  • Christina Hamilton
  • Evan and Vanessa
  • Mr. Singer and the Sharp Cookies
  • Nina Stone, Miss Nina
  • Justin Roberts
  • Joanie Whittaker
  • Katie Stone, The Children’s Hour Radio Show
  • Randy Kaplan

If you’d like your name to be on this list, please email me (again: show at sparetherock dot com).  Please be patient if it takes a little to get your name added.

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2018-06-17 playlist & stream

Jun 17

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Go for G
Lunch Money – Somehow a Frog Finds a Pond
Jenny Lewis – Barking at the Moon
Kimya Dawson – Sunbeams and Some Beans
Jumpin’ Jamie – Herbivore (new)
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Vegetarian Tyrannosaurus Rex
Baby Loves Salsa – Somos La Banda

[KUTX – Fatboy Slim – Sunset (Bird of Prey)

[WJFF/KCMJ – Suzanne Vega – Stay Awake

2nd set
Cat Power – Sea of Love
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Mike Phirman – What Makes the Breakfast (new)
Rainbow Beast – Happy Clouds
The Oots ’n’ Oots – I Like it Saucy (new)
The Jam – Batman

3rd set
Parliament – Do That Stuff
Wunmi – Rainbow
Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself
The Sippy Cups – One Day Soon
They Might Be Giants – Nonagon
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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