The Grammy nominations

Dec 01

The Grammy nominations came out recently. I’ll talk about them a bit on the radio this weekend but thought I’d expand briefly here.

Every artist nominated is white; four of the five are white men. At a time when, more than at any point during the fifteen-plus years we’ve been doing this show, I believe there are more BIPOC folks making family music, and when so much of that music that is amazing, it is inexplicable that this would be the slate of nominees.

(Actually, it is entirely explicable, but not for any good reasons.)

Pierce Freelon; SaulPaul; Lucky Diaz; Jazzy Ash–the list literally goes on and on. Pierce’s record was the best family record of the year.

It is true that many of the nominated records had non-white artists on them. Cool. Whether it is as it should be or not, it is inarguable that the name that is nominated is far more noticed than the supporting players.

So.

I commend to you this statement by the Family Music Forward organization, an organization taking a vital lead role in dismantling racism and white supremacy in family music. You’ll recognize many of the founding members as folks who have appeared on the show, often guest hosting (June of this year I dedicated almost entirely to shows guest hosted by people of color). You’ll hear more from them in the future on the show as well. I’m going to keep listening to them and amplifying their voices.

I also commend to you WeeNationRadio. You’ll recall that Devin guest hosted the show just a few months ago; you can listen to that now. His work is essential.

The Grammys have never been a huge deal to me; I’ve noted that before. But they are unquestionably a central part of how musicians are recognized and they make a real difference in the artists’ lives, as I understand it.

The records nominated are very good records, every one of them made by friends of mine. But any process that results in that slate is a fundamentally broken process. If I were a nominee, I’d like to think that I would choose not to be part of that process until it gets fixed, including this year. Declining a nomination is absolutely a sacrifice; it seems like a small one to make to noisily reject the process that led to this.

Note: as of December 9, three nominees—Alastair Moock, Dog on Fleas, and The Okee Dokee Brothers—have written to the Academy asking not to be listed on the ballot. I do not think this was because of my post, to be clear; I am glad they did so.

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2020-11-29 playlist & stream

Nov 29

1st set
They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock
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They Might Be Giants – Photosynthesis
Jazzy Ash – Honey (new)
ID
Elliott Park – Bloom (new)
Nora and One Left – My Bike and Me
ID
Esquivel – Mucha Muchacha

[WJFF/JUMP – Groove Kid Nation – The Itsy Bitsy Apider

[KUTX – Jellyfish – I Wanna Stay Home

[WFNU – Vered – When You Smile

2nd set
Craig Finn – Forever Young (in-studio)
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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!
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Iron Maiden – Different World
CandyBand – Ken Lost His Head
Moona Luna – H2O
Madness – Our House
Cults – Go Outside
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3rd set
Quincy Jones – Sanford & Son
Koo Koo Kanga Roo – Unicorns R Real
ID
Uncle Rock & Dean Jones – Love Train (new)
The O’Jays – Give the People What They Want
ID
They Might Be Giants – Speed and Velocity
They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-11-22 playlist & stream

Nov 22

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

ID

They Might Be Giants – No!

Elliott Park interview

Elliott Park – To The Moon and Back (new)

Glenn Miller – Rhapsody in Blue

ID

Taj Mahal – Great Big Boat

[WJFF/KCMJ – Cloud Cult – Best Time Of My Life

[KUTX – Bears and Lions – Jonas the Walrus

[WFNU – Falu – Shapes

2nd set

Tom Smith – Solace Market (new)

ID

TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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The Relative Minors – Sandwich (new)

Troubled Hubble – I’m Pretty Sure I Can See Molecules

Uncle Rock – Rock & Roll Babysitter

The Jimmies – Bedhead

Best Coast – Thank You

ID

3rd set

Mi Amigo Hamlet – Thankful

Big Star – Thank You Friends

ID

Lucky Chops – Danza 2016

Genevieve Goings – Thank You So Much

Jazzy Ash – Seize the Day (new)

ID 

They Might Be Giants – The Edison Museum

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-11-15 playlist & stream

Nov 15

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

ID

They Might Be Giants – I Just Want to Dance

Amyliza de Jesus & Marla Vannucci – Kindness is King

Ziggy Marley w/ Ben Harper – Play With Sky (new)

ID

Dean Jones & Jacky Davis – Where Does Your Mind Wander? (new)

Ratboy Jr. – Worms

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Stan Ridgway & Pietra Wexstun – Ice Cream Octopus

[WJFF/KCMJ – Cat Doorman – Effervescent Elephant

[KUTX –

[WFNU –

2nd set

Justin Roberts – Be Not Afraid

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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The Not-Its! – Green Light Go!

fIREHOSE – For the Singer of REM

REM – Stand

The Deedle Deedle Dees – Si Se Puede!

Diet Cig – Together We Can Conquer Whatever

ID

3rd set

Pierce Freelon feat. Rissi Palmer – My Body (new)

Seaper Powers – Do You Like Me (new)

Jazzy Ash – Good Foot (new)

ID

Marsha & the Positrons – Virtual School (new)

Steve Songs – Orangutan Van

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They Might Be Giants – Or So I Have Read

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-11-08 playlist & stream

Nov 11

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

ID

They Might Be Giants – Boat of Car (feat. The Other Thing Brass Band)

Haley Bonar – I Wanna Be Like You

Mates of State – Pink Sugar Elephants

ID

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem – They All Ask’d For You (in-studio)

Nathalia – Mundo de Colores

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David & Jad Fair – Automatic Bird Feeder

[WJFF/KCMJ – Wee Hairy Beasties – Lightnin’ The Turtle

[KUTX – Sara Hickman – Ten Little Bubbles

[WFNU –

2nd set

Frank Turner – Be More Kind

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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Jonathan Coulton – The Princess Who Saved Herself

AudraRox – Five Minutes More

Justin Roberts – We Go Duck

Mariana Iranzi – Five Little Monkeys

Mary Lou Lord w/ Semisonic – Sugar Sugar

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3rd set

Lucky Diaz – Blue Bear

Honus Honus & Mary Elizabeth Winstead – Jackie Wilson Said (new)

ID

Ziggy Marley feat. Angelique Kidjo – Jambo (new)

Moon Hooch – Number 9

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They Might Be Giants – Impossible

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-10-18 playlist & stream

Oct 18

1st set

They Might Be Giants – It’s Spare the Rock

ID

They Might Be Giants – Alphabet Lost and Found

Caspar Babypants – Live Like a Baby (new)

ID

Lunch Money – To Be a Fossil

Lucky Diaz – El Sol Tesega

ID

The Sunny Smiles Three – Rainbow Rise (new)

[WJFF/KCMJ – Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Long Walk to Freedom

[KUTX – Justin Roberts – Polar Bear

[WFNU – Great Lake Swimmers – See You On The Moon

2nd set

Mates of State – I Am A Scientist

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TMBG – Don’t Spare the Rock!

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Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Kinder Words

Josh & the Jamtones – I Love U

Mil’s Trills – Make It Up

Miss Lynn’s Rainbow Machine – Animal Best Friends

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3rd set

Guided by Voices – Hold On Hope

Dean Jones & Jacky Davis – Mycelium (new)

ID

Africa Bambaataa & the Soulsonic Force – Planet Rock

Ziggy Marley – Move Your Body (feat. Tom Morello, Busta Rhymes, & Isaiah Marley) (new)

ID 

They Might Be Giants – D Is For Drums

They Might Be Giants – Spare the Rock

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2020-10-11 playlist & stream

Oct 11

Huge thanks to Pierce Freelon for stopping by and guest hosting. Can’t wait for more Kukuza Fests in the future!

Rissi Palmer – Best Day Ever 

SeanPaul – It’s A Vibe ft. Alphabet Rockers and Denzil Findley 

Papa Siama and Auntie Dallas – Ko Kimbi Ko

Father Goose – Wanna Love U 

Pierce Freelon – Bubble 

Aaron Nigel Smith & 1 World Chorus – Everyone Loves to Dance

Claudia and Dan Zanes – Reparations is a Must 

Pierce Freelon feat. KronoZ Time – Gather Your Clothes   

Jabali Afrika – Kings and Queens (Official Music Video) feat. Culture Hub Royalty

Ella Jenkins – Stop and Go

Alphabet Rockers – Shine

Shine and the Moonbeams – Bully Bully 

Uncle Jumbo – Get Loose 

Pierce Freelon feat. Carlitta Durand – Make New Friends 

Divinity Roxx – Ready Set Go

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