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

If you’d like your name to be on this list, please email me (again: show at sparetherock dot com).  I’m with spotty internet for another day or so, so 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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2018-06-10 Playlist & Stream

Jun 10

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Infinity
Princess Backpack & Benjamin – Bubble Wrap
Carole King – One Was Johnny
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Echo Park
Shine and the Moonbeams – The Melody in Me
Hey Lolly Band – Two Two Two (new)

[KUTX – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Magic Beans

[WJFF/KCMJ – Steve Weeks – Never Take a Naked Mole Rat to Norway

2nd set
Joanie Leeds & the Nightlights – Love is Love
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Sleater-Kinney – Little Babies
The I Don’t Cares – 1/2 2 P
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes – Over the Rainbow
Josh and the Jamtones – I Heart Ur Face

3rd set
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – Fish in the Dish
Pink Floyd – Bike
The Sippy Cups – Starry Morning
The Oots ’n’ Oots – Dust Pan (new)
Electric Light Orchestra – Strange Magic
They Might Be Giants – I Am a Paleontologist
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2018-06-03 Playlist & Stream

Jun 03

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man
Elizabeth Mitchell – What Goes On
Quiet Company – At the First Sonogram
The Watson Twins – Circle
Gustafer Yellowgold and the Pop Ups – Space Oddity
ID (Radio North of Ordinary)
Golden Smog – Pecan Pie

[KUTX – Sweetback Sisters – Cowboy Ham & Eggs

[WJFF/KCMJ – Lunch Money – Got To Watch Out

2nd set
Salim Nourallah – Be Here Now (in-studio)
ID (prep to rock)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
Peelander Z – Taco Taco Tacos
Madness – Our House
Edukator Jr. – Monsters
Carl Kasell bumper
The Not-Its! – Rock, Paper, Scissors
Moona Luna – What Time Is It? (Que Hora Es)

3rd set
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Voting With My Mom (premiere)
The Honeydogs and Chastity Brown – Oh! You Pretty Things
ID (WMCN Friday)
Tanya Donnelly – Laluna the Loon
Kira Willey – Real Girl (radio premiere)
They Might Be Giants – Bed Bed Bed
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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