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
IMG_9098
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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Danny Weinkauf In-Studio

May 04

It was super great to have Danny Weinkauf (of They Might Be Giants) come by last fall.  His new record, “No School Today,” is out now, and you should totally pick it up.

Here, you can see him playing “Archeology” right here in our studio, with help from Gene Davis from The Que Pastas!

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2014-05-03 Playlist & Stream

Apr 30

ALL KILLER NO FILLER. In-studio from Story Laurie, world premiere from the Okee Dokee Brothers, new music from The Pop Ups and Recess Monkey and Cloud Cult. Plus Spoon and Superchunk and Lunch Money and oh my heavens.

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – Stalk of Wheat (live version)
Story Laurie – Who Grew My Soup (new)
Story Laurie in-studio
Segment 2
Cloud Cult – You Were Born (live) (new)
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Folk Implosion – I’m Just a Bill
Pixies – Tony’s Theme
WKRP Bumper
Superchunk – FOH
Recess Monkey – the Great Diorama (new)
ID
Segment 3
PB&JF Promo
Lunch Money – Somehow a Frog Finds a Pond
Spoon – The Underdog
ID
The Pop Ups – All These Shapes (new)
Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Cumbe
Bag of Hammers bumper
Okee Dokee Brothers – Echo (world premiere)
ID
TMBG – What Is a Shooting Star?
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-04-26 Stream & Playlist

Apr 25

With a guest DJ set from Danny Weinkauf of They Might Be Giants, new music from Sugar Free Allstars, Walter Martin (Walkmen), and so much more! Listen now:

Segment 1
TMBG – It’s Spare the Rock
Ella ID
TMBG – Wake Up Call
Renee & Jeremy – Share
Walter Martin – It’s a Dream (new)
Tribe Called Quest bumper
The Roots – Lovely, Love My Family
ID
REM – Fall on Me
Tim & the Space Cadets – Superhero (in-studio)
ID
Segment 2
Justin ID
Justin Roberts – Thought It Was a Monster
ID/prep to rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
The Ramones – Do You Remember Rock and Roll Radio
Sugar Free Allstars – My Daddy’s Record Collection (new)
Bag of Hammers bumper
The Not-Its! – Green Light, Go!
ID
Segment 3
PB&JF Promo
Danny Weinkauf guest DJ set
ID
TMBG – What Is a Shooting Star?
TMBG – Spare the Rock

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2014-04-19 Playlist & Stream

Apr 17

Listen right now!

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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