Playlist for 10-29-2011

Oct 29

Happy Halloween!  Some notes:

  • 1:00 Today!  Deedle Deedle Dees at the Eric Carle Museum, followed by Jarrett Krosoczka reading from Ollie the Purple Elephant and a family dance party!  Details here.
  • Monday!  School for the Dead playing before the rag shag parade in Florence!  5:15, Triangle Park.
Also, we forgot to play this, but it is one of the finest Halloween-themed songs ever.  So enjoy:

Trick or Treat SINGLE by JustinRoberts

Listen any time you like on demand at our page at WRSI.com!

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – Triops Has Three Eyes
Alastair Moock – A Scary Song
ID
Dog on Fleas – Big Black Snake
Bunny Clogs – Pharaoh Pharouk’s Phyrst Phood Phyramid
ID
Dan Israel – Tomorrow Will Be Really Great

Segment 2
Papa Crow – I’m Not Afraid Anymore
Frances England – You & Me
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock
Baze & His Silly Friends – Scare You, Scare Me!
New Ps – Twin Cinema
ID
CandyBand – Godzilla/Iron Man

Segment 3
Todd McHatton – Future on the Road
Uncle Rock – Picnic in the Graveyard
ID
Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put a Spell On You
ScribbleMonster – I’m a Utility Pole
ID
Asylum Street Spankers – Don’t Turn Out the Light

Segment 4 (guest DJ set from Andy Z)
ScribbleMonster – Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
NO!- TMBG
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds- The Beatles
Mother Nature’s Son- The Beatles
Tongue Twisters- Danny Kaye
Big Kids- John Lithgow
Skeleton Flowers- Calef Brown (narrated by Daniel Pinkwater)
Ooga Booga- Andy Z

Segment 5 (guest DJ set from Andy Z)
I Am Not Your Broom- TMBG
In The Garage- Weezer
Scarecrow- Andy Z
BusyBusyBusy- Kevin Cline (from Sandra Boynton’s Philadelphia Chickens)
Cat In The Bathosphere- The Hipwaders
Three Little Birds- Bob Marley & The Wailers

Segment 6
ID
Deedle Deedle Dees – The Golem
Angry Beards – I’m Not Afraid
ID
Wee Scary Beasties – Monster Boogie
David & Jad Fair – Ghost House
Stan Ridgway – Spider’s Web
ID
TMBG – Edison Museum
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Playlist for 10/22/2011

Oct 22

Thanks to special guest host Jarrett Krosoczka and Zoe!  Here’s what we played, and you can listen any time at our page at WRSI.com.

Segment 1

TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock

-Ella ID

TMBG – Birdhouse in Your Soul

Jackson 5 – I Want You Back (Z-Trip Remix)

ID

Roots – Lovely, Love My Family

Her Space Holiday – Sleepy Tigers

ID

 

Segment 2

ID

ID/Atticus and Enzo

Scott Fischer – Jump

Karen O & the Kids -  Rumpus

ID

Pete the Cat

Carole King – One Was Johnny

ID

 

Segment 3

ID

Toots & the Maytalls – Monkey Man

ID

James Brown – Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag

ID

Mister G – Shark in My Bathtub

ID

Steve Weeks – 4 Little Girls

ID

 

Segment 4

ScribbleMonster – Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

ID/prep to rock

TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock

ID

Punk Farm – Old MacDonald Had a Farm

ID

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes – Over the Rainbow

Alkaline Trio – Movin’ Right Along

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes – Tomorrow

ID

Punk Farm – Wheels on the Van

 

Segment 5

Recess Monkey – Lunch Lady Theme

ID

Recess Monkey – Flying

Lunch Money – Getaway Car

ID

Justin Roberts – Backyard Super Kid

School for the Dead – Superhero

ID

 

Segment 6

ID

Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

Justice – D.A.N.C.E.

ID

OK Go – White Knuckles

Michael Jackson – Wanna Be Startin’ Something

ID

Flannery Brothers – Tuckered Out

ID

TMBG – The Spider

TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Playlist for 10/15/2011 (a little late)

Oct 21

Listen any old time at <a href=”http://wrsi.com/pages/3312919.php”>our page at WRSI.com</a>!

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
-Ella ID
TMBG – Lazyhead & Sleepybones
Dan Bern – Not Too Young For A Song
ID
John Lennon – Stand By Me
Always Saturday – Love Is Plural
ID
Randy Kaplan – The Hebrew-Speaking Bear

Segment 2
Louis Armstrong – When You’re Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
Jayhawks – Smile
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock
REM – Stand
The Pop-Ups – Outside Inside
ID

Segment 3
I’m From Barcelona – Treehouse
Milkshake – We Got a Band
ID
Deedle Deedle Dees – River of Blood
Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
ID

Segment 4
ScribbleMonster – Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child
ID
Alastair Moock (w/ Anand Nayak) – CBAs and a Twinkle Baa
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – Green Grass Grows All Around (live in-studio)
ID
Southern Culture on the Skids – Camel Walk
Dennis Caraher – Walk Like a Dinosaur
Bangles – Walk Like an Egyptian
ID

Segment 5
The Plants – Go Out and Play
Submarines – Fern Beard
ID
Terrible Twos – Ladybug
Kathleen Edwards – Alphabet Produce
Alphabeticians – Hoo’s Afraid of the ABCs
ID
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Opposite Day

Segment 6
Esquivel – Begin the Beguine
Ivy – Sing
ID
Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could – Road Trip
ID
They Might Be Giants – The Guitar
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Your Plans for October 29

Oct 20

Man, we’ve got you covered for the afternoon of Saturday, October 29, and it’s all at the Eric Carle Museum!

1:00 Deedle Deedle Dees CD release show.  They’ll play stuff from their excellent new CD, Strange Dees, Indeed, and anyone who comes dressed as someone or something from a Dees song (check out a list of ideas here) will get a special special prize.  Just $6 at the door, benefiting the Northampton Community Music Center.  (Museum admission extra.)

And then at 2:00, Jarrett Krosoczka will be reading from his brand-new book, Ollie the Purple Elephant, followed by a family dance party!  (Free with museum admission.)

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A Farewell (Not Us)

Oct 17

Local listeners may  have noticed the story in the Gazette or elsewhere that longtime VP/General Manager of WRSI, Sean O’Mealy, is leaving the Pioneer Valley to return home to Pennsylvania.  (He’ll be running a cluster of stations in Scranton, which evidently exists outside of The Office.)  (Note: I actually did know that Scranton exists.)  Today was his last day.

Some background: just about four years ago, I sent an e-mail off to a couple of people at the legendary WRSI, asking for some help promoting something or other.  At the time, the show was a couple of years old, having been on a low-power community radio station.  Within an hour or so, Sean called me to see if I wanted to talk about doing the show on The River.  I’d never met him before, but he was enthusiastic and convincing.

A few months later, we started the new era of Spare the Rock being on 93.9 The River.  Other than pre-recording and doing the show in segments (to allow for stop sets), Sean (and Monte) asked us to change precisely nothing.  Kid-involvement, in-studios, local events — it was all good.  He even affirmatively encouraged me to continue airing the show on Valley Free Radio, nominally a competitor.  They’ve provided terrific feedback on the show, but only for getting the show better — not trying to make it fit any more commercial mold.

A year later, folks at the station had the idea of doing a family-oriented event.  With essentially no model to work from, we (with Jarrett Krosoczka) created the Meltdown — at no small financial risk to the station — which turned into a tremendously successful event, drawing over 3,500 annually.  (One of my favorite Meltdown-related stories is that at the second one, someone came up to me to tell me how she’d been coming to the Meltdown “for years.”  When a second-year event feels like a cherished annual tradition, you know you did something right.)

In both picking up the show and helping create and support the Meltdown, Sean showed his faith in focusing on programming quality and in the value of community connections.  In a time when radio stations are sounding less and less diverse and so very untethered to the communities in which they reside (thanks, consultants!), and when so much of online and satellite radio is about narrowcasting, Sean believes in the notion of connecting media to communities through broad programming.  In short, he believes in radio.  Local radio.  Radio that’s in the community, whether it was promoting shows at the Carle, or contributing tremendous media support for the Many Hands CD release show, or being out at Tuesday Market every week, or raising thousands of dollars for the Cancer Connection or any number of other examples.

Sean has made some decisions I disagreed with, of course.  But radio in the Valley is dramatically better thanks to his impact on the station, and he’ll be missed.

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