Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

For over fifteen years Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child has been providing the soundtrack to thousands of childhoods around the country.  The show plays “indie music for indie kids,” including the best of music aimed at kids (like Dan Zanes, Moona Luna, Ella Jenkins, Pierce Freelon, Elizabeth Mitchell, Lunch Money, Caspar Babypants, and They Might Be Giants) right along side kid-friendly tracks from the likes of The Ramones, Mike Doughty, Ella Fitzgerald, Brian Eno, Pizzicato Five, Andrew Bird, Fishbone, and more.

Throw in exclusive in-studios from dozens of artists, including the likes of Mates of State, Jonathan Coulton, Asylum Street Spankers, Dan Zanes, Dog on Fleas, Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, Elizabeth Mitchell, They Might Be Giants, and many more, and you’ve got an idea of what the show is about.  One thing it’s not is your typical kids’ programming.

We’re radio nerds, and we want to raise another generation of radio nerds.  That means a set that starts with Elvis Costello, switches to Brooklyn history-oriented family rock band the Deedle Deedle Dees, and then pivots to Guided By Voices, or one that starts with British folk punker Frank Turner, then family hip-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, and finishes up with Earth Wind & Fire.  Check out some recent playlists and you’ll get the idea. It’s Kidz Bop- and condescension-free, and genuinely curated, not randomly generated.  It is good radio, period, not just good-for-kids.

This week, we’ll hear new music from Rockaroni & Cheese, New Zealand’s Little Lips, and Semisonic, plus songs from Booker T. Jones, Wendy & DB, The Not-Its, Parker Woodland, Joe McDermott, Mulatu Astatke, and more . It’s indie music for indie kids.

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Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child

November 19th, 2023

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