2014-04-19 Playlist & Stream

Apr 17

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Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – I Am a Grocery Bag
Banana Baron – The Baron’s Bicycle Balloon (new)
Ryan Adams – When Pigs Fly
ID
Father Goose – Constant Sorrow (w/ Dan Zanes & Coolie Ranx) (new)
Son Volt – Windfall
ID
Hullabaloo – Trombone Man (new)

Segment 2
Willie Nelson – I’m My Own Grandpa
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Danny Weinkauf – The Moon is Made of Cheese (new)
The White Stripes – Rag & Bone
Loud Sounds bumper
Matt & Kim – Daylight
Uncle Rock – Rock & Roll Babysitter
ID

Segment 3
PB&JF Promo
Frank Turner – I Still Believe
ID
Recess Monkey – Shutterbug (world premiere)
Quazar & the Bamboozled – Can You Picture That?
ID
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – This Land is Your Land
Lee Alexander – Erie Canal (new)
Tribe Called Quest bumper
Dog on Fleas – Hundredaires (new)
ID
TMBG – Zeros
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Playlist and Stream for 2014-04-12

Apr 12

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – I Am a Paleontologist
Danny Weinkauf in-studio
ID
Elizabeth Mitchell – Down in the Valley
Segment 2
The Whirlygigs – Mooshpie (new)
ID/prep to rock (LENA!)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
CandyBand – Godzilla/Iron Man
Weezer – My Best Friend
Danimal – Fun Fa Fun Fun Fun (new)
Hit Em Hard bumper
Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself
Frances England – Free to Be Me
ID
Segment 3
PB&JF Promo
Lucky Diaz interview
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Cantaba La Rana (world premiere)
ID
The Deedle Deedle Dees – Si Se Puede!
Zee Avi – Rainbow Connection (new)
ID
TMBG – The Guitar (The Lion Sleeps Tonight)
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Gordon Dean Hartrick, the Official Great Granddaddy of Spare the Rock • 1915-2014

Apr 10

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[Ed.: I've added the full obituary at the end of the post; click on "Read More" to see it.]

The kindest and most decent man I’ve ever known, my Granddaddy Gordon Hartrick, shown here with Ella (admiring his beehives around ten years ago), with Cogie Ann, his late-in-life love, and with my Grandmother Alma (on their honeymoon), died peacefully yesterday in his home in the Arkansas Ozarks.  We’re playing Elizabeth Mitchell’s version of “Down in the Valley” this week in his memory.

He was the most curious and smartest person in any room (those facts were not unrelated), he had a remarkable breadth and depth of interests and knowledge, and he was filled with joy regarding just about everything. He cared and loved deeply.

cogie ann

It is no coincidence that one of his last words was “joy,” spoken of his children — likely both his children and the broader category, including the many foster children and other children that he and my grandmother Alma cared for (something that resulted in the Klan burning a cross in their yard, as my grandmother had the humanity to bring a burnt black child to the clinic for treatment). He rejoiced in the delights of the world, of nature, of his friends, of his family.

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There will be an obituary [after the jump] — and his life’s details were remarkable (CCC, riding the rails, forestry, beekeeping, and so much more) — but it all comes down, for me, to joy.  Joy in all things.

Every time I sign something with my middle name (Gordon) or fill out a form with Liam’s middle name (also Gordon) — and every time I fill out something with Ella’s middle name (Alma) — I am honored to be associated with him and my Grandmother, and hope we are worthy successors to their names and their lives.

Even at 98, it feels too early for him to be gone.


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2014-04-05 Playlist & Stream

Apr 04

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – Put It To The Test
Sara Quintanar – Itsy Bitsy
Zee Avi – Who Loves the Sun (new)
ID
Velvet Underground – I’m Sticking With You
Red Yarn & Friends – Mr. Rabbit
Elizabeth Mitchell – Phytoplankton
ID
Lunch Money – Original Friend
Segment 2
Elena Moon Park – Aka Tombo
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Danny Weinkauf – Marsupial (new) (radio premiere)
The Short Films – WildeBeest
Loud Sounds bumper
Jelly of the Month Club – The Great Lemonade Stand Off Of Maple Street
ID
Teenage Fanclub – Star Sign
Segment 3
Lunch Lady Promo
Danny Lion – Puppies in Cars
ID
Todd & Cookie – All These Magical Things
Van McCoy – The Hustle
97x bumper
Earth Wind & Fire – Shining Star
Mister G – Ratones
ID
TMBG – One Dozen Monkeys
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Meltdown 2014

Mar 31

daisyThe sixth annual presentation of the River’s Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash is completed, and holy smokes what a day it was.

It was — by a fair margin — a record-setting day, attendance-wise (we’re estimating between 3,500 and 4,000 people came through over the six hours).  The music and book lineups were insanely good.  The piglets were insanely adorable.  The food was fantastic.  The bounce houses were bouncy, the gymnasts were gymnastic, the circus show arts people were circusy, the dance room was dancey, and everyone was incredibly happy.

Doing a little back-of-the-envelope math, I think the Meltdown is likely, per capita, the best-attended family music/book festival in the country.  (About 270,000 people live in the three counties that the River’s broadcast reaches; that means we had around 1.4-1.5% of the target population out.)  Maybe there’s another one I don’t know about, and that’s fine, but regardless: Wow!  That’s a ton of people.

The River had an official photographer there so we’ll have more pictures soon, and probably some video too.  But this photo of Anand and Scott, from Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, I think sums it up — crazy fun musicians, packed but happy crowds, and nobody freaking out – even though there are literally dozens of balloons on the ceiling, each of which presumably came from a child.

Anyway: Man, I love y’all.  Huge thanks to Jarrett for an incredible author/illustrator lineup, and tremendous energy.  Thanks to Mark Lattanzi at the station for making everything work.  Thanks to all of the station staff for their hard work, especially Monte for his awesome author previews.  Thanks to the sponsors and vendors.  Thanks to the performers and authors/illustrators for entertaining us.  Thanks to the school.

And thanks you all for coming out and having fun.

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2014-03-29 Stream and Playlist

Mar 29

Listen right now!

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – Ten Mississippi
Gustafer Yellowgold – I’m From the Sun (in-studio)
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – Zudio
ID
Alastair Moock – Take a Little Walk With Me (w/ Elizabeth Mitchell)
Danny Lion – The Buses
Marsha Goodman-Wood – Sheep Don’t Wear Shoes
ID
Mates of State – I Am a Scientist
Segment 2
Deedle Deedle Dees – Camperdown Elm
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Mike Park – Everybody Loves to Jump
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Shake It Well (featuring POS) (new)
Massive Nights bumper
Das Racist – Combination Pizza Hut & Taco Bell
Danimal – I Want Some Milk (new)
ID
Segment 3
Lunch Lady Promo
Bob Shea interview
ID
Lee Alexander – Circle (new)
Andres Salguero – If I Had a Mariachi (new)
Stacey Peasley – Wrecking Machine (new)
ID (Meltdown)
TMBG – I Am Not Your Broom
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Meltdown!

Mar 27

mdown-featured-image-jjk1Pioneer Valley, Liam and I are on our way there for The River’s Family Music Meltdown and Book Bash this Saturday, March 29!  Check out the lineup below — it’s from 10 to 4 at Smith Voke, and it’s all FREE!  See you there!

Main Stage Schedule

10:00 The Deedle Deedle Dees
10:40 Author Tanya Lee Stone
11:00 Gustafer Yellowgold
11:40 Author Bob Shea
12:00 Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
12:40 Jarrett’s Drawing Party
1:00 Alastair Moock & Friends
1:40 Author Dave Roman
2:00 Elska
2:40 Author Raina Telgemeier
3:00 Danny Lion & the Sneaker Shoe Band

Lounge

10:00 JJ Farnham
11:00 Stacey Peasley
12:00 Grenadilla
1:00 Shiprock & Anchor Dog
2:00 Marsha Goodman-Wood
3:00 In the Nick of Time

Chill Room

11:00 Tom Knight Puppets
11:40 Hartsbrook Kids
12:00 Anna Sobel Puppets
12:40 Hartsbrook Kids
1:00 Tom Knight Puppets
1:40 Hartsbrook Kids
2:00 Anna Sobel Puppets
2:40 Hartsbrook Kids
3:00 Tom McCabe

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