2014-06-14 Playlist

Jun 10

Recorded on our deck at El Cosmico in Marfa, Texas! Friends in Western Mass, be sure to check out Bari Koral at the Carle Museum on the 21st!

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – Toddler Hiway
Walter Martin Guest DJ set

Segment 2
Bari Koral Family Rock Band – When I’m Five (new) (at the Carle Museum on June 21, details at carlemuseum.org)
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
The Not-Its! – When I Fell (new)
Pixies – Bam Thwok
Loud Sounds bumper
ScribbleMonster – I’m a Utility Pole
ID

Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running
Baze & His Silly Friends – Everyone Everywhere
ID
Beastie Boys – Intergalactic
Bears & Lions – Pancakes
Caspar Babypants – Mother Nature’s Son (in-studio)
ID
TMBG – Apartment Four
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-06-07 Playlist

Jun 03

Thanks to Walter Martin for letting us play three tracks from his recent CD release show, and to Eric Herman for stopping by! So much good:

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – E Eats Everything
ID
Walter Martin live – live & exclusive
ID
Joanie Leeds – My Dad (new)

Segment 2
Robbi K & Friends – Favorite Things
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Bill & Karlee Goffrier – Grandpaland (new)
Rhythm Child – Everybody is the One
WKRP bumper
Uncle Rock – You Look Good in the Rain
ID

Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Eric Herman interivew
Eric Herman – Can We Buy A New Car (So I Can Have a Balloon) (world premiere)
ID
Lee Alexander – Mockingbird (new)
Nonono – Pumpin Blood (new)
1977 bumper
Mister G – The Bossy E (new)
ID
TMBG – Put It to the Test
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-05-31 Playlist

May 27

World premiere music from Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could, plus new Zee Avi, Danny Weinkauf, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. AND! Chickasaw Mudd Puppies. Man, those guys were good. Listen now:

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – I Am a Grocery Bag
Zee Avi – Don’t Worry, Be Happy
ID
Okee Dokee Brothers – Baby Mine (with Rosie Newton)
Dan Zanes & Friends – Wonder Wheel
ID
Billy Kelly – We Could Be Pen Pals (with Molly Ledford)

Segment 2
Cat & a Bird – Constellation Bound
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
The Board of Education – Vasimr To Mars!
Danny Weinkauf – The Moon is Made of Cheese
Massive Nights bumper
Billy Bragg & Wilco – My Flying Saucer
Chickasaw Mudd Puppies – Cicada
ID
Candy Band – Get Up Already
Moo bumper

Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Cults – Go Outside
ID
Brady Rymer & the Little Band That Could – Just Say Hi! (new)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – PJs All Day (New)
ID
Bunny Clogs – Confessions of a Teenage Lima Bean
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Superheroes Unite (new)
ID
TMBG – Eight Hundred and Thirteen Mile Car Trip
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-05-24 Playlist and Stream

May 23

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – Zeros
Tom Waits – Bend Down the Branches
Renee & Jeremy – Three Little Birds
Bag of Hammers bumper
Dean Jones – Sing Like a Sparrow
ID
Walter Martin – Sing to Me (with Karen O) (new)
Recess Monkey – Brick by Brick (new)
ID

Segment 2
Patty Griffin – I Love
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Paul Westerberg – Love You in the Fall
Elvis Costello & the Attractions – Radio, Radio
WKRP bumper
Egg/Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – I Like Fruit
Joanie Leeds – Food Fight (new)
ID

Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Dick Dale – Miserlou
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Orale (New)
ID
Father Goose – Jamaica Ska (new)
Madness – Our House
ID
Kid Koala – Fruit Belt
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Unwind (new)
ID
TMBG – Flying V
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-05-17 Stream and Playlist

May 16

We’ve got a guest DJ set from Django Jones, plus new music from Randy Kaplan, Kishi Bashi, and Koo Koo Kanga Roo. PLUS SPECIAL AMPHIBIAN GUESTS.

Stream it now!

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – Lincoln, Washington and That Jefferson Guy
Django Jones guest DJ set
Segment 2
Randy Kaplan – Not Too Young for a Song (new)
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
I’m From Barcelona – Treehouse
Terrible Twos – When I Get To Eleven
WOXY bumper
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Everyday People
Joe McDermott – Everybody Plays Air Guitar
ID
Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Frog sounds
ID
Lunch Money – Somehow a Frog Finds a Pond
Kishi Bashi – Hahaha Pt. 2 (new)
Rev105 bumper
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Shake It Well (feat. POS) (new)
ID
TMBG – D is for Drums
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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Summer Camp and Dreams

May 10

You know who Jarrett Krosoczka is, right?  Of course you do.  If you don’t, take a little bit and watch his Ted Talk.  I’ll still be here:

Welcome back!  Pretty great, right?

I’ve known Jarrett for something like seven or eight years.  He moved to Florence not long after we started the show on Valley Free Radio, and came by the show to talk about Punk Farm.  After we moved the show over to The River, things came together, as sometimes they do, and we co-created the Meltdown.  I can’t even begin to describe how great it is to work with him and Gina every year on making it what we humbly think is the best kids’ music and book event around.

It wasn’t until a lot later that I found out about his remarkable story (really, watch the video – it’s his story to tell, not mine).  And every time we talk about his story, it’s even clearer to me that the foundation of it is his grandparents (who raised him) and the Worcester Art Museum (where he got early art education, supported by his grandparents).  They’re who figured out — in not-easy circumstances — how to cultivate the hilarious and creative talent that is Jarrett.  They made it so he could fulfill his dreams.

He now gives back — and honors his grandparents — by helping raise money for scholarships to the Worcester Art Museum in their name, to help other kids pursue their dreams, or even just to have a creative and fun break during the summer.  Classes like this can make a tremendous difference, not just for those kids who will be the next Jarrett.

“But the auction for that doesn’t come up again until December!” you protest (accurately).  True enough.  But if you’re like us, you’re probably filling out (or putting off filling out) your kids’ summer camp medical forms.  And right now, there are some parents in central Massachusetts who are wishing they could send their kids to art classes at the Worcester Art Museum, and there’s more than finding their vaccination records in the way.  So take a minute and make a contribution.  There are a couple of ways you can do so:

mbtoLLFirst, go buy a copy of Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady – The Sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka.  100% of the proceeds go to the Joe and Shirl Scholarship.

Or just write a check to the “Worcester Art Museum” with “Joe and Shirl Scholarship” in the memo line and mail it to Suzy Bonner, Worcester Art Museum, 55 Salisbury St., Worcester, MA 01609.

A few years ago, Dena and I decided that we’d donate any money I make from the kids’ music side of things to various non-profits, and this year, we are thrilled to be able to fund a half-dozen or so kids going to an art class at Worcester, in honor of Jarrett’s grandparents, from Meltdown proceeds.

So: When you’re filling our the forms for summer classes and camps for your kids, if you’ve got a few extra bucks, send it on to help some kids who need it.  Or if you go to the Meltdown (which is, after all, free!), think about how much fun you have, figure out a dollar figure associated with it, and send it off.

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2014-05-10 Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

May 05

We had a lot of fun with Lee Alexander stopping by.  Plus tons of new music and more!  Listen now:

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Kid ID
TMBG – Sleepwalkers
Lee Alexander in-studio
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Segment 2
Little Miss Ann – Someday, Some Morning Sometime (new)
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Danny Weinkauf – The Moon is Made of Cheese (new)
Shonen Knife – Frogphobia
WKRP bumper
ScirbbleMonster – All Ready to Go
ID
Skankin’ Pickle – I Missed the Bus
Moo bumper

Segment 3
PPS2 promo
Salim Nourallah – Unstoppable
Lucky Diaz & the Family Jam Band – Aqui Alla
ID
Father Goose – Bionic (feat. Shiz & Lady Asha) (new)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – Pillowfort Pillowfight (new)
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – I Like Cake (new)
ID
TMBG – Seven
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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