2015-07-18 Playlist and Stream

Jul 16

What a week! TMBG’s Danny Weinkauf came by Studio 1A, AND new music from Red Yarn and Andrew & Polly, AND a special appearance by NPR’s Carl Kasell. Yes, Carl Kasell. I can hardly believe it either.

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – I Am A Paleontologist
Danny Weinkauf in-studio
Miles Davis – Venus De Milo

[KUTX/WJFF/KCMJ – Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots]

2nd set
Red Yarn – Mole in the Ground (new, at Scottish Rite 8/15)
ID/prep to Rock (Carl K)
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
Big Star – Thank You Friends
Egg & Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – I Like Fruit
97x bumper
Elizabeth Mitchell w/ Levon Helm – Mystery Train
Yosi – Hole in the Ground

[KUTX – Lunch Money – Spicy Kid]
[WJFF/KCMJ -Dog on Fleas – Give It Away]

3rd set
Andrew & Polly – Two Little Birds (new)
Father Goose w/ Dan Zanes & Coolie Ranx – Constant Sorrow
ID
Milkshake – Bottle of Sunshine
Cloud Cult – Good Friend
ID
They Might Be Giants – Particle Man (live)
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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The Voicemail.

Jul 14

A few months ago, motivational speaker Tony Robbins managed to get two out of three right on Wait Wait, Don’t Tell Me.  Normally this would be of passing interest at most, but he happened to be playing for “Bill Childs of Austin, Texas.”

Hey, that’s me!

Well, today I got the voicemail message from Carl Kasell.  I also got a special treat for listeners of the radio show — but you’ll have to wait until this weekend’s show to hear that.  But you can hear the message that callers to my cell phone now hear, featuring him reciting, beautifully, some of the lyrics to They Might Be Giants’s “Dr. Worm”:

(Click to the left of “00:00” if you don’t see a play button there.)

Huge thanks to Carl and the nice folks at Wait Wait.  It’s a total delight.

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Danny Weinkauf in-studio

Jul 14

Had fun with Danny Weinkauf of TMBG a couple of months ago. We’ll air an edited version of this next weekend, but if you want to hear the whole thing, enjoy:

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2015-07-04 Playlist & Stream

Jul 02

You can watch one of Dale Watson’s songs in studio 1A here:

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – Stalk of Wheat
Dale Watson in-studio
[KUTX – Dan Zanes – Moonlit Town]
[WJFF/KCMJ -Dan Zanes – Moonlit Town]

2nd set
The Wiggly Tendrils – The Monster Song (new)
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
CandyBand – Monsters
Jimi Hendrix – Little Wing
Lazy Bones bumper
Joe McDermott – Everybody Plays Air Guitar
Chickasaw Mudd Puppies – Jambalaya
ID
[KUTX – Rachel Loshak – Oh Girl]
[WJFF/KCMJ – Renee & Jeremy – Magic Life]

3rd set
Mister G – Vamonos (premiere)
Jazzy Ash – Tandem Bike (premiere)
ID
The Bazillions – Q and U (new)
Jellyfish – I Wanna Stay Home
ID
Flans Dial-A-Song
They Might Be Giants – Thinking Machine
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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They Might Be Giants In-Studio

Jun 26

We’ll air most of this on the weekend of July 11-12, but if you want to hear the full TMBG in-studio, it’s below.  Note that I am editing out part of the history quiz for brevity (and because John Linnell says “bastard”) for airplay, so, I guess, parental advisory?

I also chatted with the Johns for KUTX’s “This Song” podcast; you can listen to that episode here.

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2015-06-27 Playlist & Stream

Jun 26

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
ID
They Might Be Giants – I Am Not Your Broom
Gustafer Yellowgold in-studio
 
[KUTX – Parliament – Mothership Connection (Star Child)]
 
[WJFF/KCMJ – Jonathan Richman – El UFO Man]
 
2nd set
Quiet Company – At the First Sonogram (new)
ID/prep to Rock
TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
ID
The Fastbacks – One of These Things
Quiet Ones – Ultrafoot
Lazy Bones bumper
Ozomatli – Balloon Fest
Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine
ID
 
[WJFF/KCMJ -Lunch Money – You Were a Basket of Flowers]
 
3rd set
Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out
Brandi Carlile – Have You Ever
ID
The Que Pastas – First Day of Summer
fiREHOSE – For the Singer of REM
Bag of Hammers bumper
REM – Shiny Happy People/Furry Happy Monsters
ID
Flans Dial-A-Song
They Might Be Giants – Hello Mrs. Wheelyke
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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Charleston

Jun 19

We’re traveling and so we recorded a few shows ahead of time.  So I can’t do anything on the radio about Charleston, and I don’t know that I would or should anyway.

But I do want to write a little bit here before our day in London starts.

When a person of color, or a person of a non-Christian faith, does something horrific, the narrative is about the group or groups to which they belong.  And just as often, when a white or (nominally) Christian person does a similar act, the narrative shifts to being about mental illness, and how surprising the act was.

Of course we have to talk about mental illness, and of course a fully healthy person doesn’t do these things (though lets steer clear of making this yet another chance to stigmatize those with mental illness).

But we can’t end the conversation there.  I think we have to think about how children are raised — with love or with hate, and with active conversations about race and class and differences and privilege.  And about guns.  When those conversations are not part of our culture, it’s not at all surprising that these killings keep happening.

I don’t know anything about the Charleston killer’s childhood beyond what has been reported, and I don’t know if that’s all been accurate. I’m not saying a thing about his parents.

But I do know that he walked into a place that welcomed him and sat down next to people who were raised to welcome visitors with open arms and open hearts and open minds.  He at least pretended to pray with these loving people, and then he stood up, looked around at them, these people who had welcomed him and prayed with him, and he shot them to death.  With a gun given to him by his parents.

It’s reasonable to ask why I’m posting about this on the website for a children’s radio show.  Jessica Luther, an Austin mom, posted this on Twitter yesterday:

“A 5yo black girl survived last night by playing dead. Surely my 6yo white son can survive a conversation about why she matters.”

Maybe naively, I think part of that conversation can be started and facilitated through music.  Music that celebrates love and difference and play and fun and history and the future.  Music that gets kids dancing together, spinning together, singing together, holding hands together.  Music that asks interesting questions and hopefully gives parents a chance to talk about some possible answers.

So, put on some music, hold your kids, and, if the time is right, have a hard conversation about what happened.  It can only help.

Love you all.

As usual, Elizabeth Mitchell (here with Dan Zanes) is a great place to start.  Hopefully the embedding will work:

P.S. Please don’t make the narrative be just about the South, either. South Carolina has some amazingly wonderful and loving people, and every state has its problems. Certainly there are regional issues but these are not issues unique to anyone or any state.

 

 

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