2020-07-05 Playlist and Stream

Jul 05

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock


They Might Be Giants – Zeros

Son Volt – Windfall


Sonia de la Santos – Esta es Tu Tierra

Future Hits – We Can Learn Anything (new)


Uncle Devin – No Such Thing As Good Or Bad Hair


[KUTX – Elizabeth Mitchell – Con Los Animals Sé Gentil (Be Kind To Animals) ]

2nd set

Justin Roberts – Dad Caught Stars


TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!


The Deedle Deedle Dees – My Brain is a Fist (I Will Resist) (new)

Paul Westerberg – Love You in the Fall

Pianosaurus – Let It Grow

Moona Luna – H2O


3rd set

Sly & the Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again)

Suzanne Jamieson – Grateful (new)


Jazzy Ash – Be Outside (new)

Diana Ross – I’m Coming Out

ID (Pride, late/early) 

They Might Be Giants – And Mom And Kid

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-06-28 Playlist & Stream

Jun 28


Me Gumby and My Six String – SaulPaul

Hands in the Sky – SaulPaul

Be The Change – SaulPaul

Si Se Puede – SaulPaul

Hula Hoop WeMix – SaulPaul

Park Rec Two Step – SaulPaul

[KUTX – Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Homeless

[59 – Alastair Moock – Go Pete Go


Shine Your Light – The Hold Tight Shine Bright Project

Let The Children Go – Aaron Nigel Smith

We Can Make It – Andrew and Polly 

Walls – Alphabet Rockers

I Can Be – SaulPaul


Until You’re Free – Alphabet Rockers ft. SaulPaul & 123 Andres

Riding Out – SaulPaul ft That Girl Dre

Home – SaulPaul ft. 123 Andres

Rise – Rise ft. Alexia Finney

#ShineRightNow – SaulPaul

Choose – SaulPaul

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2020-06-21 playlist & stream

Jun 21

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock


Nina Simone — I wish I knew how it would feel to be free 

King — The Greatest 

Corinne Bailey Rae — Put Your Records On

Pierce Freelon feat. Rissi Palmer — My Body

Ami Kim — Lucky Me, Lucky You, Lucky Us

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ozomatli – Opposable Thumbs


2nd set

Richard Bona — Muntula Moto (The Benediction of a Long Life)

June Lodge –  Someone Loves You Honey — Someone loves you honey 

Pierce Freelon feat. KronoZ Time — Gather Your Clothes 

Chronixx — Eternal Fire

Bob Marley — Redemption Song

3rd set

Rissi Palmer — Dear to Me

India.Arie ft. Akon — I Am Not My Hair (Remix) 

Jill Scott — Golden

Pierce Freelon feat. J Gunn — Daddy Daughter Day 

Whitney Houston — I wanna dance with somebody

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2020-06-14 playlist & stream

Jun 14


1. Let It Shine- Sister Rosetta Tharpe  1:58

2. This Land is Your Land- Trini Lopez  3:50 

3. I Shall Be Released-Delroy Wilson 3:43

4. Rise-Alphabet Rockers 3:53

Break One

1. Corrido De Dolores Huerta #39- Los Lobos, Carmen Moreno  4:03

2. A Change Is Gonna Come- Prince Buster  3:08 

3. Keep Your Hands On The Plow- Mahalia Jackson 2:29

4. Ave Que Emigra- Gaby Moreno 4:20. 

Break Two

1. Mexico Americano- La Santa Cecilia, Rebel Cats 2:56

2. If I Had a Hammer- Sam Cooke Live 6:25

3. Clandestino- Manu Chao  2:29

4. De Dolores-The Lucky Band  3:04

5. Shine- Shine and The Moonbeams. 3:30


1. Young, Latin and Proud Helado Negro 3:08

2. Youʼll Sing a Song and Iʼll Sing a Song-Ella Jenkins 4:26

3. Brown Skin Girl-Leon Bridges. 3:27

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2020-06-07 playlist & stream

Jun 07

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock


They Might Be Giants – Then the Kids Took Over

Elizabeth Mitchell w/ Children of Agape Choir – This Little Light of Mine


Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Down By the Riverside

Dan Zanes w/ Blind Boys of Alabama – Welcome Table


Sandra Velasquez – Deportee

[WJFF/KCMJ – 123 Andres – Vuela Vuela

[KUTX – Toni Wang – Going to School Song

2nd set

Shine & the Moonbeams – Bully Bully


TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!


Michael Franti & Spearhead – Hey World (Remote Control)

Elvis Costello – (What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love and Understanding)

The Honeydogs & Chastity Brown – Oh! You Pretty Things


3rd set

Ella Jenkins – Somebody’s Talking About Freedom

SaulPaul – Rise

Andra Day – Rise Up


Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – This Land Is Your Land

John Legend & The Roots – Humanity (Love the Way It Should Be)


They Might Be Giants – Your Racist Friend

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-05-31 playlist & stream

May 31

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock


They Might Be Giants – Older (in-studio)

Elska – I Just Had An Idea


Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes – Hot Weather Music

Okee Dokee Brothers – Afternoon Walk (new)


Golden Smog – Pecan Pie

[KUTX – Moona Luna – Todas Las Comidas

[WJFF – Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – Breaths

2nd set

Jonathan Coulton – I’m Your Moon (in-studio)

ID/prep to Rock

TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!


Husker Du – New Day Rising

The Jimmies – Bedhead

The Good Ms. Padgett – Mommy’s Lips

The Go! Team – Buy Nothing Day

James Kochalka Superstar – Hockey Monkey

Erin Flynn & the Co-Op Band – Mary Mack 


3rd set

Egg & Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – I Like Fruit

Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – My My My


Go Banana Go! – I Love Cookies (new)

Sesame Street – C Is For Cookie

Lunch Money – Cookie As Big As My Head

Royal Order of Chords & Keys – Cookies & Milk

Justin Roberts – One Little Cookie


They Might Be Giants – E Eats Everything

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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George Floyd and Michael Ramos

May 31

Today’s Austin newspaper has two different stories relating to my kids. On the front of the Metro section is Ken Herman’s column hoping that the class of 2020 will be part of a new Greatest Generation; that column is accompanied by photos from our neighborhood graduation, which included Liam and a dozen or so other kids graduating high school. The front section included extensive coverage of the protests of the killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Michael Ramos here in Austin, protests that both of our kids attended (and came home from with pepper spray burns).

The kids, of whom we are very proud, went there to be part of standing up against police brutality and to provide support to the voices of people of color. And they brought water and medical supplies and sunscreen and were ready to help–once camp counselors, always camp counselors. They joined their brothers and sisters in blocking I-35 and were on the receiving end of pepper spray as a result.

During the time that the kids were at the protests, I won’t pretend I wasn’t holding my breath. I watched livestreams; I followed Twitter; I watched their little dot on Find My Friends. I texted them regularly. And I was intensely aware of the fact that this sense of worry–this background noise that simply by being out, they were in danger–was something that parents of children of color have to contend with every day. I try every day to understand more the extent of the privilege we enjoy to have that basic comfort.

We recorded today’s show before basically all of this and so it doesn’t address it at all. Next week, I plan to essentially reuse the show we did after the protests and murder in Charlottesville, where I tried to put together a show featuring almost entirely artists from, as I put it then, “almost entirely music performed by artists from groups of which I am not a member: people of color, LGBTQ people, immigrants.” It’ll air here in Austin basically right as we pull into our new home in Saint Paul. (We will continue to be on the air in Austin with KUTX as our flagship station, just coming from Minnesota.) I wrote about Charlottesville back then, and it still rings all too true now, three years later.

I’m not the right guy to write about this, really. I’d commend you to Claudia and Dan Zanes’s Facebook page, where they have explored these issues with such love and care, and have excellent reading recommendations (many of which I have taken). I’m just a guy with a silly radio show, but I hope that silly radio show can be a positive influence.

Black lives matter.

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