"The place where three really IS a magic number!" A radio program for kids and families that airs Saturdays from 9-10 AM EST on WRFL, 88.1 FM in Lexington KY.

Playlist 3/14/15

a2712726311_10The new album from Future Hits is worth checking out.  Today is Forever is excellent indie songwriting for families from Chicago, recorded in both English and Spanish, with bilingual liner notes.  REALLY good stuff.  Fans of Bill Callahan should take notice.

Lots of new music this week (links below), featuring songs in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, Pi Day, fun with words, songs about dogs and make believe animals.

This is the first time we’ve updated the blog in a really long while but we’re still on the air, playing music for kids and families most Saturdays from 9-10 AM EST on 88.1 FM, WRFL in Lexington KY, or stream live at http://wrfl.fm.  If you’re interested in seeing what we play from week to week, you can search for any of the artists below on WRFL’s website, click Amberly’s name in the column on the right, and see what she’s been playing for at least the past year.

Fun stuff!

Medeski, Martin & Wood– “The Squalb”- Let’s Go Everywhere

Lori Henriques– “How Great Can This Day Be”- How Great Can This Day Be

Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers– “Rockin’ Rockin’ Leprechauns”- Roadrunner, Roadrunner:  The Beserkley Collection

Gustafer Yellowgold– “Four Leaved Clover”- Year in the Day

The Speks– “Saint Patrick’s Day”- http://www.thespeks.com

Kira Willey– “Making Pie”- Dance For the Sun:  Yoga Songs for Kids

Todd McHatton– “Slice of Pie”- Super Audio Sunshine

Tom Tom Club– “Wordy Rappinghood”- Tom Tom Club

Daniel Johnston– “Unpack Your Adjectives”- v/a Schoolhouse Rock! Rocks

Jefrey Au Go Go!– “Peter the Pushy Puppy”- Jefrey Au Go Go!

Future Hits– “A Pet to Protect Me”- Today is Forever

Bears and Lions– “Good Boy”- A Club in the Woods

Bunny Clogs– “Chipantula”- Whales Can’t Whistle

The Short Films– “Pegafox”- Kingdom Animalia

Charlie Hope– “One That I Love”- Songs, Stories and Friends:  Let’s Go Play!

Walter Martin– “I-M-A-G-I-N-A-T-I-O-N”- We’re All Young Together

John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg– “Piggy Back Ride”- John and Mark’s Children’s Record

Playlist 10/19/13

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LOTS of great new music out right now, including this this one from Heidi Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band, titled My Cup of Tea.  Heidi and friends’ most recent features some excellent songs sung in Spanish, a Harry Bellefonte cover, traditional American tunes like “Comin’ Round the Mountain” and “Simple Gifts” AND, just in time for Halloween, one about the “Boogie Man.”  SO fun!

Songs about personal hygiene and in honor of Halloween this week on Ages 3 and Up!  (Where else can you find good clean fun with werewolves???)

Here’s what was played:

  • Montag– “Kiddo 2″- v/a See You On The Moon!
  • Charlie Hope– “My Balloon”- World of Dreams:  Soothing Songs and Lullabies
  • Frances England– “Red Balloon”- Mind of My Own
  • Lloyd H. Miller– “I’m a Duck!”- S.S. Brooklyn
  • Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies– “Wash Your Hands”- Sing A Little Song
  • Chromeo– “Nice ‘N’ Clean”- v/a Yo Gabba Gabba!:  Music is Awesome
  • The Okee Dokee Brothers– “Wash Your Face”- Take It Outside
  • Dog On Fleas– “Rub A Dub”- Bestest of the Best
  • Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals– “Splashing in the Tub”- Taxi
  • Keller Williams– “Taking a Bath”- Kids
  • Vered– “Bathtime”- Good Morning My Love
  • Lullatone– “The Bathtime Beat”- The Bedtime Beat
  • Elizabeth Mitchell– “Arm in Arm”- Blue Clouds
  • Cat Doorman– “With Linked Arms”- Songbook
  • Heidi Swedberg and The Sukey Jump Band– “Comin’ ‘Round the Mountain”- My Cup of Tea
  • Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “Animal Alphabet”- Pleased to Meet You
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band– “Thingamajig”- Lishy Lou and Lucky Too
  • Justin Roberts- “Trick or Treat”- Jungle Gym
  • Playsoundz– “Werewolves Outside My Window”- Electronic Music for Children
  • Gustafer Yellowgold– “Werewolves Rock”- Year in the Day
  • Mo Phillips– “Monster Suit”- Monster Suit
  • You And Me And The Rain– “For Halloween This Year”- Single

We hope you enjoyed hearing what we had play this week.  Be sure to tune in next week for our annual Halloween show and, in the meantime, please enjoy this video for You And Me And The Rain‘s “For Halloween This Year.”  CHEERS!

Our playlist here gets updated from time to time but if you ever have questions about what we’ve been playing, you should check our official playlist at WRFL’s site.  From the homepage, you’ll click the “Search” button, then enter any of the artists’ names you see in the playlist above.  Click “Search” again and select Amberly’s name from the right of the list of results.  This will show you everything Amberly has played for at least the past year.  Please keep in mind that she sometimes does general format shifts, so not everything you find in this search will have been played on Ages 3 and Up!.

Playlist 10/12/13

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Falling for Autumn is the latest from the super kid-friendly Japanese minimalist pop group, Lullatone.  Lullatone makes gorgeous, mostly electronic instrumental music.  As its name would imply, the EP has an autumnal feel and features songs about falling leaves, sweater weather and migrating birds.  Highly recommended!

Helloooo, lovely Ages 3 and Up! readers and listeners!  Here’s a quick run down of what we played this week and what’s been going on with our show.

This week we played:

  • Neil Halstead– “Cloudbusting”- v/a Sing Me To Sleep:  Indie Lullabies
  • Sheree Plett– “Leave No Trace Behind”- Hello Night
  • Cat Doorman– “Turn Around”- Songbook
  • Justin Roberts– “No Matter How Far”- Lullaby
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band- “Squirrelly the Squirrel”- A Potluck
  • Brian Vogan– “That’s How A Pumpkin Grows”- Little Songs
  • Caspar Babypants– “Tumble”- This Is Fun!
  • Yo La Tengo– “Autumn Sweater”- I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
  • Lullatone– “Raindrops Plucking the Last Leaves From a Tree”- Falling For Autumn
  • Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals– “Popcorn Tree”- All I Want!
  • Elena Yeung– “Popcorn”- Dandelion
  • Tipsy– “Popcorn”- v/a Dimension Mix:  The Music of Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson
  • Hot Butter– “Popcorn”- Hot Butter
  • Shine and The Moonbeams– “Do You Ever Stop?”- Shine and The Moonbeams
  • Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “Bigga Bagga”- Pleased to Meet You
  • Dean Jones– “When The World Was New”- When The World Was New
  • The Harmonica Pocket– “O Susanna”- Ladybug One

We have news!  Our show has moved.  You can still hear us on WRFL FM, 88.1 in Lexington KY, but we are now on from 9-10 AM EST instead of being on at 8 AM as we have been in years past.  Please join us then.  Unfortunately, because of our scheduling change, Miss Sarah is no longer able to be with us every other week:  We will miss having her help out with the show just as much as we’re sure you will miss hearing her.  Hopefully she’ll be able to fill in every now and then, as her schedule allows.  This means Amberly will be your hostess on Ages 3 and Up! for the foreseeable future.

Our playlist here gets updated from time to time but if you ever have questions about what we’ve been playing, you should check our official playlist at WRFL’s site (linked above).  From WRFL’s homepage, you’ll click the “Search” button, then enter any of the artists’ names you see in the playlist above.  Click “Search” again and select Amberly’s name from the right of the list of results.  This will show you everything Amberly has played for at least the past year.  Please keep in mind that she sometimes does general format shifts, so not everything you find in this search will have been played on Ages 3 and Up!.

Here’s an older song from Lullatone.  “Leaves Falling” from their Little Songs About Raindrops album.  Enjoy!

Playlist 5/11/13

1045990771-1Happy Mother’s Day!!  This was Amberly’s first show back after attending Kindiefest, the family music conference, so she had piles of new things to play.  Click some of the links below for more information and be sure to check out Helen Austin‘s JUNO award winning album for kids and families, Always Be A Unicorn.  It is, as you’ll hear in the video below our playlist, “Lovely.”

Happy days, Lovely ones!

Playlist 3/16/13

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Billy Kelly does it…well… again, with his latest titled AGAIN!!!.  The prolific Mr. Kelly’s most recent full length release is chock full of banjo driven (though not at all Bluegrass) humor that ranges from stories of lost sweaters to songs about his favorite dog and stretches all the way over into classic rock territory with a cover of ELO’s “Mr. Blue Sky.”  A very fine release, if we’ve ever heard one.

This week on Ages 3 and Up! we went on a voyage to the moon and celebrated Saint Patrick’s Day with the story of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel.  Hopefully our voyagers have since returned to Earth and are safely back where they belong.  If YOU are a voyager who is stuck on the moon, you should get in touch ASAP; we have songs to help with that, too!

Here’s what we played:

  • Yo La Tengo– “My Little Corner of the World”- I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One
  • Takagi Masakatsu– “Come March”- v/a Childish Music
  • Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “Going To The Moon”- Rise and Shine
  • Sheree Plett– “Times Two”- Hello Night (And check out the lovely new Times Two book!)
  • The Harmonica– “Supermoon”- Apple Apple
  • Paul Spring– “See The Moon”- Home of Song
  • Meadows– “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”- The Littlest Star
  • Frances England– “Goldilocks Zone”- v/a Science Fair
  • Beethoven’s Wig– “Voyage to the Moon (Clair de Lune)”- Sing Along Piano Classics
  • The Speks– “Saint Patrick’s Day”- http://thespeks.com
  • Virginia Lee Burton/ The London Philharmonic/ Yadu– “Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel”- Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
  • Billy Kelly– “Mr. Blue Sky”- AGAIN!!!

Happy days, folks!

Playlist 3/2/13

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New and LOVELY music from Paul Spring this week!  His Home of Song album might just be my favorite of the already very fine crop of albums for kids and families released this year so far.  Mr. Spring collaborated with members of The Okee Dokee Brothers and Dean Jones (all of whom recently won Grammy awards for their work on Can You Canoe?) to produce this very excellent and highly recommended album.  Hear more here.

More new and newish music this week from Justin Roberts, Like Totally!, Underbirds and Elena Moon Park and Friends.  We played a whole lot of counting songs, a bit of classic rock, songs about eels and connected some dots.  We had a ton of fun, and hope you did too!

  • Maher Shalal Hash Baz– “Good Morning”- v/a Childish Music
  • Paul Spring– “Home of Song”- Home of Song
  • Justin Roberts– “Count Them As They Go”- Lullaby
  • Basil Kirchin– “I Start Counting”- v/a Fuzzy Felt Folk
  • Dan Zanes and Friends– “West Indian Counting Song”- House Party
  • Mariana Iranzi– “The Numbers Song”- Aventura Collage
  • Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies– “27”- Sing A Little Song
  • John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg– “A Counting Error”- John and Mark’s Children’s Record
  • Like Totally!– “Millions of Things”- Good Mews
  • Dreyer Family Band– “Glitter”- Family Photograph
  • Harry Nilsson– “POV Waltz”- The Point
  • Underbirds– “Brilliance”- Underbirds (forthcoming)
  • Gustafer Yellowgold– “Your Eel”- Wide Wild World
  • Elena Moon Park feat. Kronos Quartet & Wu Man– “Ti Oh Oh”- Rabbit Days and Dumplings
  • Emily Curtis– “We Belong”- v/a Many Hands:  Family Music For Haiti
  • Dean Jones– “Bygones”- Napper’s Delight
  • Lunch Money– “Puzzle Pieces Within”- Spicy Kid
  • Rabbit!– “Connect the Dots”- Connect the Dots

Playlist 2/23/13

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We’ve been listening to this new one from The Not-It’s!.  Their third release for kids and families is titled Kidquake! and we think it might be their best yet.  This album is pitches its tent very squarely in the power-pop camp and we love it for that!  While most of the present day releases in the children’s music genre are heavily pop based, not many others rock in the way The Not-Its! do.

Here’s what we played:

  • Lullatone– “Wake Up, Wake Up”- Little Songs About Raindrops
  • I’m From Barcelona– “Headphones”- Who Killed Harry Houdini?
  • Burl Ives– “The Donut Song”- …Sings Little White Duck and Other Children’s Favorites
  • Rosemary Clooney– “The Land of Hatchey Malatchey”- Clooney Tunes
  • Treehouse 10– “The Man With 29 Cats”- Bug In A Puddle
  • John Upchurch and Mark Greenberg– “Pat The Alligator Lady”- John and Mark’s Children’s Record
  • Johnny & Jason– “What’s Your Pet’s Name?”- Go, Go… Go, Go, Go, Go, Go!
  • Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke– “I Had A Little Dog”- Rise and Shine
  • The Not-It’s– “Tarantula Funeral”- Kidquake!
  • King Cole Trio– “The Three Trees”- King Cole For Kids
  • Lori Henriques– “Something You Learn”- Outside My Door
  • Dog On Fleas– “Great Big Ball”- Invisible Friends
  • Louis Prima– “The Music Goes ‘Round and Around”- v/a Nicky’s Jazz For Kids
  • Ratboy Jr.– “Bill”- Champions of the Universe
  • Rabbit!– “In My Blue Jeans”- Go For It
  • Charlie Hope– “One That I Love”- Songs, Stories and Friends… Let’s Go Play!
  • Mo Phillips– “All Okay”- Monster Suit
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