HFVS Using Your Imagination Episode with Chris & Jessie Apple (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Using Your Imagination Episode with Chris & Jessie Apple of The Little Rockers Band

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Chris & Jessie Apple of the Little Rockers Bank guest DJ this week, taking listeners on a journey into the imagination with a collection of songs, stories and musical games to get your brain bubbling. They’ve assembled a playlist of songs, old and new, to provide the soundtrack for their magical musical tour. Come along, but dress warm, you might get wet! − www.littlerockersmusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
April 12th & 13th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video:  First music video from The Little Rockers Band’s CD Count Me In! Chris & Jessie imagine what life would be like in the olden days of the wild west.


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PLAYLIST

  • Pure Imagination – Gene Wilder
  • Hi, Hi, Hi – The Little Rockers Band
  • I Just Had An Idea – Elska
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow – IZ
  • Just My Imagination – The Rolling Stones
  • Wild Wild West – The Little Rockers Band
  • Effervescing Elephant – Syd Barrett
  • Everybody’s Pirates – Clint Perry & The Boo-Hoo Crew
  • Yellow Submarine – The Beatles
  • In The Bathtub – The Little Rockers Band
  • Flying Machine – Dan Zanes, Father Goose & Sheryl Crow
  • Dream Weaver – Gary Wright
  • Fortune Cookie – The Little Rockers Band

HFVS Family Band Episode with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Family Band Episode
with Guest DJ, Michael Napolitano

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Guest DJ Michael Napolitano of Preschool of Rock plays hits of bands composed of family members. Lets honor all of the brothers, sisters, cousins, moms and dads who have made a huge footprint in music history. Expect a very wide variety of music from The Carter Family to Arcade Fire and tons in between. Laugh and listen with us, and learn a little too! - www.preschoolofrock.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
March 1st & 2nd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: Michael shows a class of young students how anything can make a sound.


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PLAYLIST

  • The Carter Family – “Keep on the Sunny Side” [The Very Best of The Carter Family]
  • The Jackson Five – “ABC” [ABC]
  • AC/DC – “Back in Black” [Black in Black]
  • Lennon and Maisy Stella – “Ho Hey” [The Music of Nashville Original Soundtrack]
  • Beach Boys – “Vegetables” [Smiley Smile]
  • Preschool of Rock – “Sunday Dinner” [Preschool of Rock]
  • The Allman Brothers – “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” [A Decade of Hits 1969-1979]
  • Van Halen – “Jump” [1984]
  • The Kinks – “Come Dancing” [Come Dancing with The Kinks]
  • Tegan and Sara – “Everything is AWESOME!!!” [The Lego Movie]
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Travlin’ Band” [The Chronicle: 20 Greatest Hits]
  • Preschool of Rock – “Cowboy Song” [Dance Party]
  • The Magic Numbers – “Love Me Like You” [The Magic Numbers]
  • Arcade Fire – “Wake Up” [Funeral]
  • Johnny Cash – “We’ll Meet Again” [American IV: The Man Comes Around]

HFVS Feelings Episode with Guest DJ, Heidi Siegell (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Feelings Episode
with Guest DJ, Heidi Siegell

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All feelings are welcomed and celebrated in this week’s episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show! Guest DJ, children’s artist Heidi Siegell, shares songs about joy, sorrow, confusion, boredom, grumpiness and more, featuring artists from a wide variety of musical genres. – tinyworld.org

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 22nd & 23rd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “In Stillness” from Heidi Siegell’s album, In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages.


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PLAYLIST

  • Heidi Siegell – “My Monsters” [Single]
  • Tim Hawkins – “I’m Bored” [Tunafish Sandwich]
  • Spoon – “Jealousy” [Love Ways]
  • Helen Reddy – “Blue” [We’ll Sing in the Sunshine]
  • R.E.M. – “Everybody Hurts” [Automatic for the People]
  • Oscar Brown, Jr. – “I Was Cool” [Sin & Soul...and then some]
  • Heidi Siegell – “Growth Spurt Grumpies” [Single]
  • Tommy Roe – “Dizzy” [Single]
  • Bob Dylan – “Mixed Up Confusion” [The 50th Anniversary Collection]
  • Marni Nixon – “I Whistle A Happy Tune” [The King and I (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]
  • Spencer Chandler – “Shy” [Single]
  • Don Gibson – “Oh Lonesome Me” [Oh Lonesome Me]
  • Mel Torme – “Fascinating Rhythm” [Live on the Judy Garland Show]
  • Mary Poppins cast – “I Love to Laugh” [Mary Poppins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)]
  • Michael Bublé – “Home” [It’s Time]
  • Heather Small – “Proud” [Proud]
  • The Pointer Sisters – “I’m So Excited” [So Excited!]
  • Nina Simone – “Feeling Good” [I Put a Spell on You]
  • Heidi Siegell – “In Stillness” [In Stillness: Lullabies and Meditations for All Ages]

HFVS Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

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VALENTINE’S DAY EPISODE
with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn

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Moon hugs and star kisses! Our friend Charity Kahn from Charity and the JAMband in San Francisco wishes us all a Happy Valentine’s Day in this archived episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show which originally aired for Valentine’s Day on Valley Free Radio in 2012. - www.jamjamjam.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb. 15th & 16th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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Previous Valentine’s Day Podcasts:

Feb 12, 2008 — Valentine’s Day Episode with Guest DJ, Uncle Rock — PlaylistPodcast

HFVS Songs to Warm Your Heart Episode with Guest DJ, Laura Doherty (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Songs to Warm Your Heart Episode
(aka the I  ❤ NY… & Chicago Episode)
with Guest DJ, Laura Doherty

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Chicago’s pop-sweetheart for kids Laura Doherty is our Guest DJ this week’s with Songs to Warm Your Heart Episode, just in time for Valentine’s Day. She includes songs of friendship, love, family and more, and includes a couple of tunes from her upcoming release, In a Heartbeat. – lauradohertymusic.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 8th & 9th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Valentine” by Laura Doherty from her CD, Shining Like a Star.


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PLAYLIST

  • Mariana Iranzi  – “Hola Hello” [Hola, Hello]
  • Spiral Up Kids – “Friends” [Spiral Up Kids]
  • Okee Dokee Brothers – “Mr. and Mrs. Sippy” [Can You Canoe?]
  • Laura Doherty – “Heartbeat” [In a Heartbeat]
  • Human-Tim + Robot-Tim – “Shine” [You Are an Astronaut]
  • Mil’s Trills & Amelia Robinson – “You Have My Heart” [Everyone Together Now!]
  • Spencer Chandler – “Ocie Do The Do-Si-Do” [Howlin’ at the Moon]
  • The Beatles – “Do You Want to Know a Secret” [Please Please Me]
  • Laura Doherty – “Valentine” [Shining Like a Star]
  • Steve Weeks – “The Ostrich and the Owl” [Alphabet Songs Vol. II]
  • Mike + Ruthy – “My New York City” [The NYC EP]
  • Joanie Leeds & The Nightlights – “Family Tree” [Bandwagon]
  • Jeanie B. and the Jellybeans – “My Pony” [Mommy Knows Best]
  • Ralph Covert – “Bedtime Girl” [Birthday]
  • Erin Lee and the Up Past Bedtime Band – “Ticket to Anywhere” [Up Past Bedtime]
  • Laura Doherty – “Butterfly” [In a Hearbeat]
  • Carole & Paula – “See Ya” [Carole & Paula in The Magic Garden]

HFVS Animals in American Folk Music Episode with Guest DJ, Andy Furgeson (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Animals in American Folk Music Episode
with Guest DJ, Andy Furgeson

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This week’s guest DJ, Andy Furgeson, a.k.a. Red Yarn, hosts a Animals in American Folk Music Episode, exploring the theme of animals in American Folk Music.  Andy mixes old folksongs with newer adaptations and original songs in the folk tradition. A few critters from these folksongs even show up in the studio! – www.redyarnproductions.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Feb 1st & 2nd, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Little Lap Dog Lullaby” by Laura Veirs from the album Tumble Bee. Stop action animation by Helen Woolston.


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PLAYLIST

  • Laura Veirs – “Little Lap Dog Lullaby” [Tumble Bee]
  • Jim Jackson – “Old Dog Blue” [Anthology of American Folk Music]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – “John the Rabbit” [You Are My Flower]
  • Red Yarn – “Bob the Rabbit” [The Deep Woods]
  • Pete Seeger – “Mister Rabbit” [Birds, Beasts, Bugs & Fishes: Little & Big]
  • Peggy Seeger – “There Was An Old Frog” [The Long Harvest]
  • Bruce Springsteen – “Froggie Went A Courtin’” [We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions]
  • Field Recording of Prison Gang – “Grizzly Bear” [The Folk Box (Elektra/Folkways)]
  • Mo Phillips – “Bear Shirt” [Robot Rodeo]
  • Mike Seeger – “Peep Squirrel” [Animal Folk Songs For Children... and Other People!]
  • Red Yarn – “The Fox” [The Deep Woods]
  • Lead Belly – “Grey Goose” [Lead Belly Sings For Children]
  • Pointed Man Band – “Grandmother’s Invisible Duck [Swordfish Tango]
  • Ella Jenkins – “Did You Feed My Cow” [African American Folk Rhythms]
  • Caspar Babypants – “Bad Blue Jay” [Sing Along!]
  • Cat Doorman – “All the Birds” [Songbook]
  • The Everly Brothers – “Muskrat” [The Golden Hits of the Everly Brothers]
  • Red Yarn – “Rattlesnake” [The Deep Woods]
  • Blitzen Trapper – “Furr” [Furr]
  • Johnny & Jason – “Gotta Go” [Be Alive]

HFVS Smile in My Heart Episode with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Smile In My Heart Episode
with Guest DJ, Suzi Shelton

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This week’s guest DJ, Suzi Shelton, hosts a Smile in My Heart Episode, sharing songs that make her smile & feel the love!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Jan 18th & 19th, 2014
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured video: “Tomboy in a Princess Dress” by Suzi Shelton. Originally inspired by her seven year old daughter, this song portrays some pretty active tomboys who also love to wear princess dresses, tiara, and tutus. Add a mix of cowboys, Suzi’s video band and water balloons and you have a whole lot of fun! - www.suzishelton.com


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  • Ziggy Marley “I Love You, Too” [Family Time]
  • Justin Roberts “Fruit Jar” [Pop Fly]
  • Suzi Shelton “Smile In My Heart” [Tomboy In A Princess Dress]
  • Ben Rudnick & Friends “Love is a Superpower” [Love is a Superpower]
  • Ben Folds “Broken Piano” [Frog Trouble]
  • The Dirty Sock Funtime Band “Lenny The Cat” [The Dirty Socks Come Clean]
  • Little Miss Ann “Walk with Me” [Walk with Me]
  • The Dirty Sock Funtime Band “Lenny The Cat” [The Dirty Socks Come Clean]
  • Baze And His Silly Friends “Wonderful Day” [Best Day Ever!]
  • Suzi Shelton “Tomboy In A Princess Dress” [Tomboy In A Princess Dress]
  • Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could “Love Me For Who I Am” [Love Me For Who I Am]
  • Wendy Gelsanliter “Singing Together You and Me” [Dancin’ In The Kitchen]
  • Grenadilla “Glad As Glad Can Be” [Grenadilla]
  • Laura Doherty “Sing” [Shining Like a Star]
  • Elizabeth Mitchell “May This Be Love” [Blue Clouds]
  • Kira Willey “Let The Sun Shine In” [Kings & Queens of the Forest]
  • Hot Peas ‘n Butter “Mi Cuerpo” [Best of The Bowl, Ingles y Español]
  • The Whites “Keep On The Sunnyside” [O Brother, Where Art Thou?]
  • Suzi Shelton “Makes Me So Happy” [No Ordinary Day]

HFVS Christmas Show with Guest DJ, Ashley Albert of The Jimmies (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Ashley Albert from The Jimmies Guest DJ Show

Ashley shares some of her favorite holiday songs. Visit Ashley at www.gimmejimmies.com

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am Dec 21st & 22nd, 2013 WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Midnight Sun in the Arctic” by Elska.


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HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 30th & Dec 1st 2013
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from new album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”- www.MamaDoni.com


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The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N'est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Back to School Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Back to School Episode

Saturday from 9-10am
Original Broadcast: August 20th, 2008
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA


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  • Imagination Movers – “First Day of School” [Juice Box Heroes]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Pre-School Punk” [Rock the House]
  • Milkshake – “School” [Bottle of Sunshine]
  • Adam and the Couch Potatoes – “Go to the Playground” [One Size Fits All]
  • Station Id: Princess Katie & Racer Steve [www.princessracer.com]
  • Chuck Berry – “School Day” [His Best, Volume I]
  • Daddy A Go-Go – “School Bus Driver” [Rock of All Ages]
  • Rocknocerous – “School Bus” [Dark Side of the Moon Bounce]
  • Ernie & Neal – “Homework Blues” [Rock the House]
  • Tom Paxton – “What Did You Learn in School Today?” [Best of Tom Paxton]
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Bill Harley – “The Teacher’s Lounge” [The Teacher's Lounge]
  • Station Id: The Harmonica Pocket [www.harmonicapocket.com]
  • Barenaked Ladies – “Crazy ABCs” [Snacktime]
  • Little Monster Records – “ABC” [Soulville]
  • The Terrible Twos – “Consonants” [Jerzy the Giant]

8 Featured Music CDs for Your Summer Family Road Trip

Summer Roadtrip Music

Listeners to Hilltown Families’ weekly radio show/podcast Hilltown Family Variety Show (HFVS) know all too well about the great independent kids musicians we’ve featured on the show over the past five years.  For this summer we’re reviewing a collection of CD’s to entertain the family while traveling in the car to far off beaches, or your favorite swimming hole here in Western MA, featuring several musicians who have also been our guest DJs.

While not an exhaustive list of the great music recently released or coming out this summer, here are 8 great CDs your family can enjoy this summer:

Alison Faith Levy ♦ World of Wonder

Alison Faith Levy, formerly “Sippy Alison” from the kindie band, The Sippy Cups, has released her debut album this spring, World of Wonder.  In early May this year, Alison guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, putting together an excellent show about all things weather, including two cuts from this new album, “I Love the Rain” and “Eye of the Tornado.” Get a taste of the fabulous music off her new CD by listening to the podcast and check out the video we featured of the title track off this fabulous new album.

Recess Monkey ♦ In Tents

Load up the car pretend the family is running away to the circus with Recess Monkey’s newest CD, In Tents. This circus inspired CD brings in the voices of stellar guest musicians who have guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show over the years, including Dean Jones and Sugar Free Allstars. And the 32-page story book, illustrated by Western MA’s very own children’s author/illustrator, Jarrett Krosoczka, will entertain the kids in the back seat while heading out on your big adventure. In late June, Jack, Daron and Drew will guest DJ the Hilltown Family Variety Show again this summer. Check back on June 23rd for the podcast and a peak at In Tents.

Orange Sherbet ♦ Delicious!

Delicious! celebrates the delights of eating seasonal locally grown foods during all seasons of the year.  Orange Sherbet’s songs off of this new album celebrate farmers’ markets, gardening, the four seasons, and rice & beans… among many other celebratory songs about local food and the seasons.  In late March this year Orange Sherbet guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, spinning tunes off this new album, including “Waffle Day,” “Garden Song,” “Springtime,” and the title track, “Delicious.”  Give the podcast a listen for a taste of this new CD, and check out their featured video.

Hope Harris ♦ Picasso, That’s Who!

Winner of the Parents’ Choice Silver Honor Award for her previous album, Cousins Jamboree, Hope’s newest CD, Picasso, That’s Who! is a celebration of visual artists from the 19th & 20th century. The CD is a lovely way for families to receive musical mini-lessons in art appreciation. Kids can discover many great artists, including Romare Bearden, Jackson Pollock, Paul Klee, David Hockney, Pablo Picasso, Grandma Moses, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Claude Money and Georgia O’Keeffe.

Mo Phillips ♦ Monster Suit

The family will love Mo Phillips fiery blend of Americana, soul and blues in his newest CD, Monster Suit, an album filled with music sometimes reminiscent of Western MA musical legends Woody and Arlo Gutherie.  Mo plays classic acoustic rock ‘n’ roll influence by Neil Young and The Rolling Stones, on topics most families can identify with, like bad hair days and surprising facts about ducks.

Maestro Classics ♦ Casey at the Bat

Stephen Simon and Bonnie Ward Simon, the husband-and-wife team behind Maestro Classics, guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show in early March this year, calling their show “Classical Music Comes Alive.”  Listen to the podcast and get the kids excited with their enthusiasm for sharing classical music with families.  Their series of CDs began in 2004 as an outgrowth of their sold-out family concert series at The Kennedy Center with the Washington Chamber Symphony, for which Stephen served as music director and Bonnie as executive director. Casey at the Bat is a CD from the series that families can enjoy together while exploring classical music in similar fashion as the classic Peter and the Wolf.

The Broadway Lullaby Project ♦ Over the Moon

When the littlest one has fallen asleep on your family road trip, or it’s time for driving into the night, Over the Moon, a compilation of lullabies crafted together by a stellar cast of vocalists, Broadway composers, lyricists and producer, will speak eloquently to all listeners in the car. With piano and/or guitar, songs on this CD are about the love between parents and their kids, and the unique ways this love gets expressed.

Katherine Dines ♦ Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta

A pioneer of the “kindie” music genre, Katherine Dines newest CD, Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta, is a collection of her most requested songs over the past twenty years drawn from the eleven CD’s she’s released since 1992. Katherine’s songs tend to find the fun in everyday family life, along with softer inspirational songs. At the end of March this year, Katherine guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, sharing her life journey in song. The show gives listeners a glimpse into Katherine’s experiences, and features songs from this new album, including “In the Backseat,” “Goosebumps,” and “Imagination.” She also shared the video for her song, “All the Way Around the World,” which you can check out along with the podcast.

 

MUSIC GIVEAWAY: Music Collection from Uncle Rock!

Uncle Rock Returns to the Pioneer Valley
Saturday, March 10th at 10am
At Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA

Saturday Morning Music Party Presents a Family Concert with Uncle Rock at Flywheel Arts Collective on Saturday, March 10th at 10am in Easthampton, MA. Enter to win Uncle Rock's entire collection of fabulous music CD's & DVD! (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Hilltown Families, the No Nap Happy Hour and Flywheel are proud to present a family concert with Uncle Rock as part of the Saturday Morning Music Party in Easthampton at the Flywheel Arts Collective!  On March 10th at 10am Uncle Rock will rock the house and have all members of the family on their feet dancing away the winter blues!  Fill up on free pancakes before the concert, and for a suggested donation of $5 per person ($10 per family), enjoy a fun filled morning with the family!

Leading up to his performance we’re giving listeners of the Hilltown Family Variety Show the opportunity to enter to win Uncle Rock’s entire collection of music CDs & DVD.  One lucky family will walk away with a fabulous collection to add to their family music/video repertoire!  Find out how to enter to win below. Deadline to enter to win is midnight, March 9th!

And the day of the performance while driving on over to Flywheel, be sure to tune into the Hilltown Family Variety Show (103.3FM WXOJ) from 9-10am as Uncle Rock will be our guest DJ!  Encore on Sunday, March 11th from 7-8am and podcast anytime following Saturday’s broadcast right here at www.HilltownFamilies.org!

ABOUT UNCLE ROCK

Uncle Rock has shared stages with Joe Cocker, Vassar Clements and Hanoi Rocks. Hilltown Families has presented Uncle Rock here in Western Mass for performances at the Florence Civic Center in 2008 and at the Children’s Art Museum in 2007, and have had him as our Valentine’s Day guest DJ on the Hilltown Family Variety Show. And our friends over at Spare the Rock have brought Uncle Rock to the Northampton Community Music Center in 2009, the Music Meltdown in 2009/10, and to the Iron Horse in 2010 … Uncle Rock is no stranger to our area, and much admired by many families.

Uncle Rock (a.k.a. Robert Burke), is a musician with a “rock of all ages” persona who blends an inventive rock sound for families. His offbeat approach, plus a dynamic live show, has won critical praise from the L.A. Times & the New York Times. Before his nephew dubbed him “Uncle Rock,” Robert Burke Warren performed as a bass player in many rock and roll bands, including international garage rock titans The Fleshtones. He portrayed the title character in Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story in London’s West End. He’s also co-written songs for multi-Grammy winner Rosanne Cash and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Wanda Jackson.

Uncle Rock’s CD, The Big Picture won a Parents Choice Award, and he was voted Best Children’s Performer of 2011 by Hudson Valley Magazine. Uncle Rock has participate in several collaborative efforts, including Healthy Food For Thought, which was nominated for a Grammy, and Many Hands: Family Music For Haiti, which has raised over 40k for Haitian relief! – www.unclerock.com.

GIVEAWAY: 5 MUSICAL ADDITIONS TO YOUR FAMILY MUSIC COLLECTION!

Here’s Uncle Rock’s entire catalog of CD’s and DVD which we’re giving away to one very luck family:

PLAYS WELL WITH OTHERS: Uncle Rock – AKA Robert Burke Warren – has lost count of the number of parents who have expressed relief and gratitude that a CD has been created that they can enjoy WITH their kids. The former globe-trotting bass player stumbled onto his most satisfying creative endeavor yet as a teacher’s assistant at the rural School Of The New Moon in Mount Tremper, New York, where Uncle Rock was born.

UNCLE ROCK U: Uncle Rock U, a collection of 17 songs, explores the joy, excitement and imagination of childhood. The album also reflects Uncle Rock’s indie-rock background (former bassist with The Fleshtones), his theatrical gifts (the lead in the London production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story) and his knack for connecting with children (being a Dad himself, as well as a preschool teacher).

THE BIG PICTURE: Shel Silverstein meets Buddy Holly! The eco-rock on Uncle Rock’s fourth CD is a salute to his musical heroes, with stylistic nods to Bowie, the Stones, Cat Stevens, and Johnny Cash. Cross-generational toe-tappin’ tunes for kids from 2 to 92!

NUMBER 1 DVD: “Uncle Rock is a musical Icon in the Woodstock area,” reviews Amazon. When you go to one of his live concerts, the smiling faces and energy flows as much from the parents in the audience as from the kids. Number 1 DVD captures positive, hopeful energy through a live concert shot at the famed Utopia sound stage in Woodstock, NY, plus five videos.

EXPRESS YOUR ELF: Express Your Elf is a holiday CD with a few surprises, including Uncle Rock’s versions of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” and “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” plus some rockin’ originals! Sure to be a welcome addition to your holiday CD collection!

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win Uncle Rock’s entire collection of music CDs & DVD is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below,
  • TELL US HOW THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW ENTERTAINS YOUR FAMILY below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Friday, 03/09/12 @ 12midnight (EST).

Ticket Giveaway: Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem Family Concert in Northampton

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets…

Family Concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem
Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 @ 10:30am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Rani Arbo says the band is ready to party with the Valley: "Nonotuck knows how to cure the midwinter blues! Stir together a handful of musicians and a heap of kids and parents, pour into a beautiful old church, season with fund-raising goodwill, and presto: a party!"

For the third year in a row, Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Nonotuck Community School Winter Family Concert Series.  This year the school ends their concert series with a family concert with Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem, “one of America’s most inventive string bands” (Boston Herald)…and we have a family 4-pack of free tickets to giveaway to one lucky family! Proceeds from the performance go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a local non-profit preschool! Deadline to enter to win is 02/29/12 by 7pm (EST). Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT RANI ARBO & DAISY MAYHEM

Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem is a rootsy, Americana-style string band of four musicians — all parents — who have played and toured together for 10 years. Their grooves are deep, their four-part harmonies are rich, and their adventurous, eclectic song selection serves their debut family CD Ranky Tanky well. Family music is a new endeavor for the band, but they have longstanding reputation for performances that are, as the Boston Globe put it, “playful and profound. Ranky Tanky sticks with that equation: it’s uplifting, danceable, playful, sometimes silly, sometimes wistful, and never sarcastic. Rani Arbo fires up the fiddle; Anand Nayak plays electric and acoustic guitars; Andrew Kinsy is on upright acoustic bass (and ukulele and banjo), and Scott Kessel pilots the Drumship Enterprise, a percussion rig made from cardboard boxes, tin cans, water jugs, and a vinyl suitcase. Together, they create a joyful, musical fusion of sounds both old and new — and a great soundtrack for family tim

ABOUT THE NCS 2012 WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

The NCS Winter Family Concert Series is an annual three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The 2012 season started off with a family concert with The Nields in January, followed by A Family Dance Party with DJ Joan Holliday in February and Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem in March.  The family concerts take place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street). Proceeds from this concert series will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 586-5996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see Rani Arbo & daisy mayhem in concert at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, March 3rd, 2012 @ 10:30am , is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below,
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONNECTS YOUR FAMILY WITH EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES DURING SCHOOL VACATION WEEKS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 02/29/12 @ 7pm (EST).

Ticket Giveaway: Family Dance Party with Joan Holliday

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets…

Family Dance Party with Joan Holliday
Saturday, February 11th, 2012 @ 10am-12Noon
at Northampton Center for the Arts

On Saturday, February 11th, Northampton Center for the Arts (17 New South Street, 3rd Floor) will host a FAMILY DANCE PARTY from 10am-12Noon with DJ Joan Holliday from 93.9 FM The River, co-sponsored by Hilltown Families… and we have a family 4-pack of tickets to giveaway to one lucky family! Deadline to enter to win is 02/08/12. Find out how to enter to win below.

Families from throughout the Pioneer Valley will don their dancing shoes at this benefit for Nonotuck Community School. Come join kids of all ages under the disco ball and groove to a mix of classics, new tunes, and kids favorites at this all-for-the-family dance party! 

“I’ve loved music since I was an infant (a peace and love British invasion child of the 60s!),” says Joan Holliday. “As a radio DJ at 93.9 WRSI The River, and an events DJ for almost ten years, I am especially excited to get the kids dancing to benefit Nonotuck!  It’s fun for a great cause, and we’re gonna fill that dance floor!

ABOUT THE NCS 2012 WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the NCS Winter Family Concert Series, an annual three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The 2012 season started off with The Nields in January, followed by A Family Dance Party with DJ Joan Holliday this month, and Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem will conclude the series in March.  Proceeds from this concert series will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 586-5996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Joan Holliday’s Family Dance Party at Northampton Center for the Arts on Saturday, February 11th, 2012 from 10am-12Noon, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting “Like” below
  • TELL US YOUR FAMILY’S FAVORITE SONG (NAME OF SONG/ARTIST) FOR SHAKING AWAY THE WINTER BLUES FOR OUR COMMUNITY PLAYLIST  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 02/08/12 @ 7pm (EST).

Ticket Giveaway: The Nields Family Concert in Northampton

Win a Family 4-Pack of Free Tickets…

Family Concert with The Nields
Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 10:30am
at The First Churches of Northampton

Enter to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in Northampton on Saturday, Jan. 21st at 10:30am. Deadline to enter to win: 01/18/12 by 7pm (EST). Details below.

For the third year in a row, Hilltown Families is a proud sponsor of the Nonotuck Community School Winter Family Concert Series.  This year the school is kicking off their concert series with The Nields, and we have a family 4-pack of free tickets to giveaway to one lucky family! Proceeds from the performance go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a local non-profit preschool! Deadline to enter to win is 01/18/12. Find out how to enter to win below.

ABOUT THE NIELDS

Nerissa and Katryna Nields grew up singing folk songs in the kitchen and in the back seat of the family car. Katryna learned to sing melody with their father, eventually making her an ideal front person for the band. Nerissa, on the other hand, tackled the harmonies; with that skill, she provided a natural counterpoint to her sister’s vibrant lead. As a duo, the sisters have toured nationally for years and been the darlings of the coffeehouse/festival scene, with tunes ranging from off-the-hook idiosyncratic to kicking to heartbreaking. They were a part of Lillith Fair, and have shared the stage with Natalie Merchant, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLaughlin, Dar Williams, The Indigo Girls, James Taylor, Joan Baez, the Band, 10,000 Maniacs, Billy Bragg, Dan Zanes and countless others, all of whom informed and enhanced their musical repertoire.

A most recent influence on their music is children. “Having children has brought us back to our roots in a powerful way,” says Nerissa. “I’m much more drawn to the honesty of folk music, the simplicity of it. My kids love singing songs from Sister Holler. And I love how, when we sing these ‘Nerissa’ songs in concerts, everybody sings along, even though it’s the first time they’ve heard them. They’re songs that really invite the listener into the music making process.” Find more information about the band at www.nields.com.

ABOUT THE NCS 2012 WINTER FAMILY CONCERT SERIES

The NCS Winter Family Concert Series is an annual three-part Winter Family Concert Series hosted by Nonotuck Community School. The 2012 season starts off with The Nields in January, followed by A Family Dance Party with DJ Joan Holliday in February and Rani Arbo and daisy mayhem in March.  The family concerts take place at The First Churches of Northampton (129 Main Street) and the Dance party will be hosted at the Northampton Center for the Arts. Proceeds from this concert series will go to benefit Nonotuck Community School, a nonprofit parent cooperative that provides early education and care for children aged 15 months to 5 years old, and is located in Florence, Massachusetts (221 Riverside Drive, 586-5996). For more information visit: www.nonotuck.org or call 413-586-5996.

HOW TO WIN

Your chance to win a family 4-pack of tickets to see The Nields in concert at The First Churches of Northampton on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 @ 10:30am , is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)!  To win simply:

  • CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting “Like” below
  • TELL US HOW HILLTOWN FAMILIES CONNECTS YOUR FAMILY WITH LOCAL EVENTS  below (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Wednesday, 01/18/12 @ 7pm (EST).

HFVS Heart Of Chanukah Show with Guest DJ, Mama Doni (Podcast/Radio Show)

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The Heart of Chanukah
Mama Doni Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 17th & 18th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Title track from new album, “Chanukah Fever: 13 Macca-beats For the Whole Family.”- www.MamaDoni.com


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The Heart of Chanukah hosted with Mama Doni (Doni Zasloff Thomas) Guest DJ Playlist with special guests Millie, Alexander, and Chris Thomas

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mama Doni- “Chanukah Fever” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Mama Doni- “The Legend of Sour Creeam Vs Apple Sauce” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Graham Clarke- “Five Little Latkes” [American Blue]
  • Kugelplex- “Still Playing For Latkes” [Ceci N'est Pas Klezmer]
  • Groovebarbers- “I Had A Little Dreidel” [Glory]
  • Mama Doni- “La Vida Dreidel” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Tor Hyams- “This is Chanukah” [This is Chanukah]
  • Mama Doni- “The Funky Gold Menorah” [Chanukah Fever]
  • The Hit Crew- “8 Little Lights of Mine” [Kids Happy Hanukah]
  • Alisa Fineman- “Ocho Kandelikas” [Closing the Distance; Poems, Prayers & Love Songs]
  • STORYTIME: “Too Many Latkes,” written & illustrated by Richard Codor, published by Behrman House Publishers
  • Ruby & Ava Lockner- “Is it Chanukah or Hannukah?” [Just One Angel]
  • Mama Doni- “Land of Sufganiyot” [Chanukah Fever]
  • Billy Sherwood- “Rockin’ Hannukah” [Ulitmate Holiday Party Vol 1]
  • Woodie Guthrie- “Hannukah Dance”
  • Michele Citrin- “Pass The Candle” [Lights, Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Craig Taubman- “Maotzur” [Lights Vol 2, A Hanukah Sampler]
  • Mama Doni- “Eight” [Chanukah Fever]

HFVS Christmas Show with Guest DJ, Ashley Albert of The Jimmies (Podcast/Radio Show)

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Ashley Albert from The Jimmies Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 10th & 11th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Cool to be Uncool” off of The Jimmies first DVD, “Trying Funny Stuff.” – Check them out atwww.gimmejimmies.com


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Ashley Albert Guest DJ Playlist

Alastair Moock Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Alastair Moock Guest DJ Show

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Dec 3rd & 4th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Video single from Alastair Moock’s new album, These Are My Friends. www.moockmusic.com


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Alastair Moock Guest DJ Playlist

1. Alastair Moock – “These Are My Friends” [These Are My Friends]
2. Alastair Moock (feat. Rani Arbo) – “Feets Up” [These Are My Friends]
3. Mark Erelli – “The Fox” [Planting Seeds
4. Vanessa Trien – “Wake Up the Barn” [Carnival Day]
5. Session Americana (feat. Rose Polenzani) – “Floppy Tulips” [Table Top People Vol. 2]
6. Sam Cooke – “Another Saturday Night” [Portrait of a Legend 1951-1964]
7. Dizzy Gillespie – “Salt Peanuts” [Shaw Nuff]
8. Cast Recording – “I Don’t Need Anything But You” [Annie: 1977 Original Broadway Cast]
9. Grenadilla – “Got Light” [Grenadilla]
10. Rosy Grier – “It’s All Right to Cry” [Free to Be... You and Me]
11. Alastair Moock – “From Me to You” [These Are My Friends]
12. Alastair Moock (feat. Lori McKenna) – “Didn’t Know What I Was Missing” [These Are My Friends]
12. Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem (feat. Anand Nayak) – “They All Ask’d for You” [Ranky Tanky]
13. Kris Delmhorst – “Mean Old Wind” [Five Stories]
14. Paul Simon – “That Was Your Mother” [Graceland]
15. Eliza Gilkyson – “Bare Necessities” [Your Town Tonight]
16. Alastair Moock (feat. Clio and Elsa Moock) – “A Twinkle Baa Reprise” [These Are My Friends]

Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Show
All Things Celtic

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 19th & 20th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Parents’ Choice Gold Award Winner Ted Jacobs brings the Celtic world alive on the Hilltown Family Variety Show this week.  In honor of Thanksgiving next week and Ted’s love of poetry, we’re sharing a video here by food historian Regina Sexton of UCC Ireland who takes a look at food that might have been served in Ireland in the 5th century. – www.houseatthecorner.com


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Ted Jacobs Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Ted Jacobs – “Bed In Summer” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Van Morrison w/The Chieftains – “I’ll Tell Me Ma [Irish Heartbeat]
  • Old Blind Dogs – “The Birkin Tree” [Legacy]
  • The Chieftains w/Carlos Nunez – “Maneo” [Santiago]
  • Altan – “Suil Ghorm” [Runaway Sunday]
  • The Chieftains – “Changing Your Demeanor” [The Long Black Veil]
  • Ted Jacobs – “My Ship And I” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “The Swing” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “Farewell To The Farm” [Back To The Garden]
  • Ted Jacobs – “The Moon” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Ted Jacobs – “My Shadow” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]
  • Suzy Bogguss – “Shenandoah” [American Folk Songbook]
  • Andy Irvine – “My Heart’s Tonight in Ireland” [Common Ground]
  • Paul McCartney – “Mull of Kintyre” [Wingspan: Hits]
  • Ted Jacobs – “To Any Reader” [A Child’s Garden Of Songs]

Steve Weeks Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Steve Weeks Guest DJ Show

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 13th & 13th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music video for “Bartleby Finkleton Will Not Take a Bath” by Steve Weeks.- www.steveweeksmusic.com


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Steve Weeks in America Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • “Pretty How Town” by Kris Delmhorst off of Strange Conversation
  • “Don’t Monkey With My Heart” by Dr. Noize off of The Ballad of Phineas McBoof
  • “Rawagu Bernard Uedre” off of Putamayo Presents World Reggae
  • “Raindrop for Me” by Steve Weeks (World Premiere)
  • “You Are The One Sugarbears” by The Sugar Bears
  • “Five People In My Family” by ScribbleMonster off of Look Both Ways
  • “Rocket” by Jeff Warren off of Synonym Toast
  • STORY TIME: Peter Mulvey …plus the Many Inevitable Fragments Letters From a Flying Machine
    Peter Mulvey performs On A Wing and a Prayer Letters From a Flying Machine
  • “Imogene” by Steve Weeks off of Dandelion
  • “Wind Energy” by Monty Harper off of Songs from the Science Frontier
  • við spilum endalaust Sigur Ros með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
  • “Maintain” by Steve Burns off of Songs for Dust Mites
  • “You Are Always On My Mind” by The Partridge Family off of Up to Date
  • “Dandelion” by Steve Weeks off of Dandelion

Trout Fishing in America Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Keith Grimwood and Ezra Idlet
of Trout Fishing in America
Guest DJ Show

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Nov 5th & 6th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: My Name is Chicken Joe, an illustrated book by Stephan Jorisch with music by Trout Fishing in America.- www.troutmusic.com


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Trout Fishing in America Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Trout Fishing in America- “My Hair Had a Party Last Night” [My World]
  • Brave Combo- “The Hokey Pokey” [The Hokey Pokey]
  • Louis Jordan- “Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby?” [The Best of Louis Jordan, The Millennium Collection]
  • Justin Roberts- “Obsessed by Trucks” [Jungle Gym]
  • Trout Fishing in America- “18 Wheels on a Big Rig” [Family Music Party]
  • Eric Herman- “The Elephant Song” [Snail's Pace]
  • Dino O’Dell- “Zar” [Itty Bitty Monsters]
  • Trout Fishing in America- “Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important” [Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important]
  • Trout Fishing in America- “16 or 17 Hours of Sleep” [Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important]
  • Grenadilla- “Arabella Angelique” [Grenadilla]
  • Johnny Rivers- “Secret Agent Man” [Back at the Whisky]
  • Secret Agent 23 Skidoo- “Opposite Day” [Underground Playground]
  • Outside the Lines- “Pico de Gallo” [Outside the Lines]
  • Bubboon’s Tunes- “The Cheese Song” [Songs to Blather By]
  • Trout Fishing in America- “The Big Game” [Chicken Joe Forgets Something Important]

HFVS Guest DJ, Dean Jones Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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GUEST DJ DEAN JONES OF DOG ON FLEAS

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 29th & 30th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Dog on Fleas music video set in the late 1920′s. This video for the song “Do You Wanna Know My New Dance Step” is incredibly cute, artfully made and fun to watch. – www.dogonfleas.com


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Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Corrine Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On
  • Sun Ra – Interplanetary Music
  • Dog on Fleas – Weevily Wheat
  • Grian MacGregor – Sandwiches
  • Dean Jones – Roncando
  • Carmen McRae – When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbing Along
  • Lucie and Kajsa- Boo Baby Baby
  • Baka Pygmies – The Water Drum
  • Toots and the Maytals- I Can’t Believe
  • Fuzzy Lollipop – Green Things
  • Ethiopiques – 3 Little Birds
  • Elizabeth Mitchell – 3 Little Birds
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – River of Blood
  • Slim Gaillard – Serenade to a Poodle
  • Dog on Fleas -Worms
  • Little Richard – Rip it Up
  • Bosavi children from Papua New Guinea- Dolosa Bird Song
  • Sun Ra – Pink Elephants on Parade
  • Smokey Robinson- I Like it Like That
  • Gustafer Yellowgold – In a Beehive

HFVS Guest DJ, Mike Park Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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GUEST DJ, MIKE PARK EPISODE

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 22nd & 23rd 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Animal Park” from the album Smile by Mike Park. – www.mikeparkmusic.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Mike Park – “Apples Are My Favorite Food”
  • Barry Louis Polisar – “All I Want is You”
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival – “Looking Out My Back Door”
  • Dan Potthast – “Fan”
  • They Might Be Giants – “QU”
  • Depeche Mode – “Just Can’t Get Enough”
  • Mike Park – “Wigily Wigily Worm”
  • Yo Dazzlers – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”
  • Johnny Cash – “One and One Makes Two”
  • Little Richard – “Tutti Frutti”
  • The Ramones – “California Sun”
  • The Clash – “Pressure Drop”
  • Jason Falkner – “Some Things Are Big, Some Things Are Small”
  • Frances England – “I Scream, You Scream”
  • David Bryne – “Desconocido Soy”
  • Groovie Ghoulies – “The King Kong Stomp”
  • Don Gibson – “Sea of a Heartbreak’
  • Dolly Parton – “Letter to Heaven”
  • Mike Park – “Everybody Loves to Jump”
  • Polyscics – “Fall Out Blackout”
  • Lenka – “Heart Skips a Beat”
  • Mike Park – “1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8…Drums”

Lloyd Miller Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees
Guest DJ Show

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Oct 15th &16th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “Whaleship Essex” filmed the day the Dees wrote the song while visiting Lloyd’s family in Florida. www.thedeedledeedledees.com


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Lloyd Miller Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Roy Nathanson – “Love Train” [Subway Moon]
  • Elizabeth Cotten – “Freight Train” [Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes]
  • Red Hook Rambler – “G Train Blues” [Something More Sinister]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Henry (Hudson) How Ya Gonna Find a Way?” [Strange Dees, Indeed]
  • Dr. John – “Swanee River Boogie” [Dr. John, All by Hisself (Live at the Lonestar)]
  • The Kinks – “Last of the Steam-Powered Trains” [The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Bluebird > Redbird, Redbird > Reef” [Strange Dees, Indeed]
  • Dean Jones & Felice Brothers – “Isthmus Be the Pirate Waltz” [Rock Paper Scissors]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees, “Whaleship Essex” [Strange Dees, Indeed]
  • Rachel Lipson – “My Little Bike” [Tip Top]
  • The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Penny Farthing” [Strange Dees, Indeed]
  • Pete Seeger – “I Ride An Old Paint” [American Favorite Ballads, Volume 1]
  • The Itty Biddies – “Lost Luggage”
  • Harry Belafonte – “The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)”

Rocknoceros Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Rocknoceros Guest DJ Show: Harvest Time!

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Sept 17th & 18th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video:”Pink!” by Rocknoceros, title track off of their previously released CD. www.rocknoceros.com


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Rocknoceros Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • The Who – “Now I’m A Farmer” [Odds and Sodds]
  • Robbie Schaefer – “No! No! No!” [Songs for Kids Like Us]
  • Rocknoceros – “Colonel Purple Turtle” [Colonel Purple Turtle]
  • The Beatles – “Octopus’s Garden” [Abbey Road]
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – “September” [The Best of Earth Wind & Fire Vol. 1]
  • Rocknoceros – “Harry Elefante” [Colonel Purple Turtle]
  • Neil Young – “Harvest Moon” [Harvest Moon]
  • The Trashmen – “Surfin’ Bird” [Goofy Greats]
  • Rocknoceros – “Cannoli Adjustment” [Rocknoceros]
  • The Beatles – “Penny Lane” [Magical Mystery Tour]
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong – “Autumn In New York” [Ella and Louis Again]
  • Recess Monkey – “Haven’t Got A Pet Yet” [Field Trip]
  • Rocknoceros – “What’s Your Favorite Animal” [Colonel Purple Turtle]
  • Harry Nilsson – “Coconut” [Nilsson Schmilsson]
  • Station Id: Keller Williams [www.kellerwilliams.net]

Dirty Sock Funtime Band Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Dirty Sock Funtime Band Guest DJ Show

♬ Listen Now ♬

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Sept  10th & 11th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Music Everywhere by Dirty Sock Funtime Band. The song first came to national attention when it premiered on Jack’s Big Music Show. The song was also featured on the Jack’s Big Music Show Soundtrack CD. This version is from the band’s new CD, Sock-A-Delic. www.dirtysockfuntimeband.com


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Dirty Sock Funtime Band Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Dirty Sock Funtime Band – “Music Everywhere” [Sock-A-Delic]
  • The Beatles – “Here Comes the Sun” [Abby Road]
  • Led Zeppelin – “Rock and Roll” [IV]
  • David Bowie – “Space Oddity” [Space Oddity]
  • Parliament Funkadelic – “Flash Light” [Parliament]
  • Dirty Sock Funtime Band – “Donut Brain Aliens” [Sock-A-Delic]
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Higher Ground” [Mother’s Milk]
  • Dirty Sock Funtime Band – “The Treasure Story”
  • Dirty Sock Funtime Band – “Treasure” [Sock-A-Delic]
  • Bob Marley – “High Tide or Low Tide” [Catch a Fire]
  • Bill Withers – “Lovely Day” [Menagerie]
  • Weezer – “Island in the Sun” [Weezer]
  • Sesame Street – “Put Down The Duckie” [Sesame Street: Songs from the Street, Vol. 6]
  • Audra Rox – “Don’t Wake the Baby” [I Hope My Mama Says Yes]
  • Barry Louis Polisar – “All I Want is You” [Juno (Music from the Motion Picture)]
  • Kids Creative Summer Camp – “Aboo’s Got the Wisdom” [Summer Camp 2010]
  • Sinti – “The Flinstones” [Sinti]
  • A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It” [People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of
    Rhythm
    ]
  • Dirty Sock Funtime Band – “Dino-Soaring” [Sock-A-Delic]
  • Station Id: Keller Williams [www.kellerwilliams.net]

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Nick Deysher Guest DJ Episode: Hilltown Family Variety Show (Podcast/Radio Show)

Nick Deysher Guest DJ Show

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Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Aug  27th & 28th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: “The Dinosaur Song: by Nick Deysher. www.inthenickoftimemusic.com


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Nick Deysher Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • “Let’s Start Dancing” by The Flannery Brothers [Love Songs for Silly Things]
  • “1-2-3 Sesame Street” by Stevie Wonder [Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music]
  • “Jelly Man Kelly” by James Taylor, [In Harmony]
  • “Pamajas” by Livingston Taylor, [In Harmony]
  • “Can You Picture That?” by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem [The Muppet Movie Soundtrack]
  • “Making Silly Faces” by In The Nick of Time [Making Silly Faces]
  • “Going to the Zoo” by Raffi [Singable Songs for the Very Young]
  • “At the Codfish Ball” by John Lithgow [Singing in the Bathtub]
  • “Me and Julio” by Paul Simon [Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music]
  • “Huptsha Huptsh” by – The Jimmies [Make Your Own Someday]
  • “Slumber Party” by In The Nick of Time [Making Silly Faces]
  • “African Alphabet” by Ladysmith Black Mambazo [Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music]
  • “Fort” by Recess Monkey [Field Trip]
  • “Walk Tall” by Ziggy Marley and Paul Simon [Family Time]
  • “Fire Truck” by Ivan Ulz [Fire Truck]
  • “The Wake-Up Song” by The Flannery Brothers [Move Over Lullabies… Here Come Wake-Up Songs]
  • “Pinball Number Count” by The Pointer Sisters [Songs From The Street: 35 Years of Music]
  • “Evolve” by David Banner
  • “The Goodbye Song” by In The Nick of Time [Coconut Groove

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  • Alastair Moock – “Born to Dance” [These Are My Friend]
  • The Jimmies – “Wash Up” [Practically Ridiculous]

HFVS Key Wilde & Mr Clarke Guest DJ Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Key Wilde & Mr Clarke Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Aug  20th & 21st 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: I Had a Little Dog, a children’s song written & performed by Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke. www.keywilde.com


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Key Wilde & Mr Clarke Guest DJ Playlist

  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Key Wilde & Mr Clarke “Rise and Shine” (Rise & Shine)
  • Harry Nilsson “Me and My Arrow” (The Point)
  • Beach Boys “I Get Around “ (Endless Summer)
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers (w/ KWMC) “Auctioneer” Unreleased / Live
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers “Lucy & Tighty” (Take it Outside)
  • Roger Miller “Treat Me Like a Human” (King of the Road)
  • Roger Miller “Reincarnation” (Box Set)
  • KWMC read an original story “A Memorable Day for Pepito”
  • Key Wilde & Mr Clarke “Pepito” (Hey Pepito!)
  • J. J. Cale “Clyde” (Naturally)
  • Screaming Jay Hawkins “You Made Me Love You” (Cow Fingers and Mosquito Pie)
  • Buddy Holly “Heartbeat” (Box Set)
  • Dick Dale “Misirlou” (King of the Surf Guitar)
  • Syd Barrett “Effervescing Elephant” (Barrett)
  • Key Wilde & Mr Clarke “Rattling Can” (Rise & Shine)
  • Key Wilde & Mr Clarke “Summer Lullaby” (Hey Pepito!)­­­­­

HFVS Hope Harris Guest DJ Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Hope Harris Guest DJ Show

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
Aug  6th & 7th 2011
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Hope Harris with the title track off her new album, Cousins Jamboree. www.hopeharris.com


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Hope Harris Guest DJ Playlist

Must-Hear Music Monday: Sing Along with Caspar Babypants

Sing Along with Caspar Babypants

Caspar Babypants is preparing to release his fourth awesome kids album, Sing Along, on August 16th.

Is this one really good just like all his others? Why, yes it is! Caspar has a great approach to kids music: keep it simple so little kids can sing or bounce along, but make it interesting for grown ups, too. What a concept!

You’ll see this approach in songs like “Ba Ba Black Sheep” and “Ring Around the Rosie“, songs everyone knows but that get a new twist on this album. He also takes subjects even the littlest listeners can relate to, like “Crawling, and turns them into fun songs!

But one of my favorite things about Caspar Babypants is that he seems to be friends with just about everyone in the music industry (he must be a nice guy) and they all want to help him out with his albums. Weird Al Yankovic plays accordion on “Long Long Dream” and has created an amazing accordion solo, plus the beautiful Frances England helps out on a couple songs too, my favorite being “Sun Go“.

But the very, very best song on the album without a doubt is Rachel Loshak’sBaby Cloud“. Caspar describes it as “haunting.” It’s just perfect. Go listen to it now.

Caspar says he makes music “to help families sing together and relax and open up and endure stressful times with humor and grace.” You’re doing it, Caspar. Keep up the good work!

Sing Along will be available August 16th.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Amber BobnarAmber Bobnar

Amber lives with her husband and son in Watertown, MA. Originally hailing from Hawaii, Amber and her family moved to Watertown to be closer to the Perkins School for the Blind where her son attends preschool. She has a Master’s degree in English from Tufts University and spends most of her “free time” writing about being a parent of a disabled child on WonderBaby.org or about the family’s musical adventures around Boston on BostonChildrensMusic.com. But really most of her time is spent caring for and playing with her little boy. info@bostonchildrensmusic.com. (Originally posted at Boston Children’s Music.)

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