Everybody Plays the Fool
A wide variety of music, connected by a different theme each week. LIVE Mondays at 9PM EST on Radio Free Brooklyn. It may be factual, may be cruel!
Ep. 155: Star Trek
This week's show is all about STAR TREK: songs referencing the franchise, songs by ST cast members, and more!
Ep. 154: NRBQ
Celebrating 50 years of the band NRBQ!
Ep. 153: The Grateful Dead
A long strange episode about the Dead.
Ep. 152: Lord of the Rings
... and MY AXE!
Ep. 151: Heat
Songs about heat are so hot right now...
Ep. 149: The Best (part 3)
The 3rd annual Foolie Awards, w/ the best of EPtF from the last 50 episodes!
Ep. 148: Freedom
In honor of Pride weekend and July 4th, this week's theme is FREEDOM.
Ep. 147: Greatest Hits Albums
Songs that 1st appeared on greatest hits compilations.
Ep. 146: Mash-Ups
We're going off the rails on a mash-up train!
Ep. 145: Harry Nilsson
Songs written or sung by the great Harry Nilsson!
Ep. 144: Dinosaurs
Songs about dinosaurs!
EPtF 3-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
Celebrating 3 years of Everybody Plays the Fool!
Guest Ep: "808s" with Mike Joseph
Guest host Mike Joseph plays songs w/ 808 drum machines.
Guest Ep: "Saxophone" with Amanda
Amanda from Reciprocity Radio guest hosts!
Ep. 142: Spring
Songs inspired by Spring!
Ep. 141: Hotels
Songs about hotels, motels, and of course... Holiday Inns.
Ep. 140: Candy
Songs about candy!
Ep. 139: Money
Cash rules everything around me...
Ep. 138: Australia
Songs from Australian bands, with special guest Nicolle Bradford!
Ep. 137: Fools (pt. 2)
You fools! It's another episode full of songs about fools.
Ep. 136: Grandparents
Songs about grandmas, grandpas, grannies, and grandparents of all kinds.
Ep. 135: "Irish" names
Artists with "Mac" "Mc" or "O'" in their names.
Ep. 134: Nat King Cole
In honor of Nat "King" Cole's 100th birthday, this episode features lots of songs with Nat either...
Ep. 133: Chicago
Songs about Chicago, from Chicago, and by Chicago.
Ep. 132: Dungeons & Dragons
Songs related to D&D, plus conversation w/ Eryn Levine!
Ep. 131: Smokey Robinson
People say he's the life of the party... it's EPtF's tribute to the legendary Smokey Robinson! Th...
Ep. 130: ALIENS!
Songs about aliens.
Ep. 129: Cold Weather
Ep. 128: Muppets
It's the most sensational inspirational celebrational Muppetational episode of EPtF ever!
Ep. 127: Amphibians
This week's EPtF is all about amphibians, so you'll hear songs about/featuring frogs, toads, and ...
Ep. 126: Allen Toussaint
Tribute to the legendary songwriter/arranger/singer/producer Allen Toussaint.
Ep. 125: Countdown to 2019!
We ring in the new year with a countdown from "10cc" to "One," with a mix of pop, hip-hop, countr...
Ep. 124: Songs of 2018
Songs that came out in 2018.
Ep. 123: Travel
We're taking the show on the road! Songs about travel.
Ep. 122: Insects
Buzz buzz buzz buzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Ep. 121: Bartenders
They're quick with a joke, or to light up your smoke, but there's someplace that they'd rather be...
Ep. 120: Thanksgiving
We're getting in the holiday spirit with lots and lots of "thank you" songs!
Ep. 119: Songs about Songwriting
This week's show is full of songs about writing songs.
Ep. 118: Questions (part 2)
Another episode of songs that ask questions.
Ep. 117: Opera vs. Pop
Songs that use melodies from famous operas.
Ep. 116: Reptiles
Thissss week'ssss epissssode issss all about reptiles!
Ep. 115: Baseball Teams
Songs and artists that contain MLB team names.
Columbus Day Special: PIRATES!
Yarrr. In celebration of the worst holiday of the year, it's a special re-broadcast of a classic ...
Ep. 114: Classical vs. Pop
Lots of songs influenced by classical music.
Ep. 113: David Byrne
David Byrne: solo, Talking Heads, covers, and collaborations.
Ep. 112: Back to School
This week, we celebrate the three Rs: Rock, Roll, and Rinternet Radio! Special thanks to Rosie...
Ep. 111: Jacksons
Michael, Janet, Milt, Freddie, Ms. Jackson (sorry!), Ice Cube, Wanda, and... Cannery?
Ep. 110: Aretha Franklin
EPtF pays tribute to Aretha with some of our favorite recordings of hers from throughout her career.
Ep. 109: Wine
Songs about WINE!
Ep. 108: Goin' Country
Country songs from non-country artists.
Ep. 107: Poetry
Songs based on poems, plus special guest Rosie Misdairy (host of RFB's "Brooklyn Conversation").
Ep. 106: Tongues
This week, we're talking about oral surgery and playing songs about tongues and mouths! I guess t...
Ep. 105: All-Star Bands
Hey now, you're an all-star band.
Ep. 104: Robots
Resistance is futile, you must listen to this episode featuring music about robots.
Ep. 103: Shoes
Songs about shoes!
Ep. 101: Pessimism
The glass is half empty, the worst is yet to come, and it'll probably rain. We're giving in to th...
Ep. 99: The Best!
Nothing's gonna ever keep you down, because this week's EPtF is a look back at THE BEST of the la...
Ep. 98: Shakespeare
'Tis true, ev'rybody playeth the fool. This week's episode features songs that reference Shakespe...
Ep. 97: 1976
This week we travel back in time to celebrate the year of love hangovers, Kiki Dee's overalls, di...
Ep. 96: Trains
I think I can, I think I can play a bunch of songs about trains. [Everybody Plays the Fool ai...
Ep. 95: Birds
EPtF celebrates International Migratory Bird Day with a bunch of songs about birds, songs with bi...
Ep. 94: Duke Ellington
This week's episode celebrates the king of all, Sir Duke, with songs written or performed by Duke...
Ep. 93: Trees
Happy Arbor Day! This one's for all the arborists, tree surgeons, arboriculturists, and especial...
Ep. 92: Rain
April showers bring another episode of EPtF, with lots of songs about rain. [Everybody Plays t...
Ep. 91: Siblings
Songs about brothers, songs about sisters, and songs about brothers AND sisters... plus, we talk ...
Ep. 90: Beer
In celebration of National Beer Day (like we need the excuse), this week's show is all songs abou...
Ep. 89: Fools
You fool! We're celebrating April Fools' Day with songs about fools.
Ep. 88: Moving
Recorded after a long day of moving to a new apartment, this week's episode is all about moving o...
Ep. 87: Happy Birthday to Me
This week's show is very personal... it features songs that had some significance in my life, esp...
Ep. 86: 1986
This week we're going back to the time of of Top Gun, NES, Tom Selleck, and "That's What Friends ...
Ep. 85: Oscar-Winning Songs
Songs that have won the Academy Award for Best Original Song.
Ep. 84: Firsts
we're number one! we're number one!
Ep. 83: the Electric Bass Guitar
We're all about that bass: some of the best bassists of all time, plus discussion w/ John Montagna!
Ep. 82: Love
Love, exciting and new...
Ep. 81: Motorcycles
Songs about motorcycles! Vroom!
Ep. 80: Bruce Springsteen
This week's show is a tribute to the Boss. TWO, THREE, FOUR!
Ep. 79: Winter Jazzfest 2018
We're celebrating the excellent NYC Winter Jazzfest with an episode featuring artists playing the...
Ep 78: Songs from 2017
Favorite songs from 2017.
Ep. 77: Bobby Keys
Tribute to the late great saxophonist Bobby Keys.
Ep. 76: Tom Waits
Step right up, step right up,
Ep. 75: Booze
Blame it on the goose, these songs are all about booze.
Ep. 74: Video Games
It's-a me, Everybody Plays the Fool! This week: songs about video games.
Ep. 73: Cooking
Songs about making food, with special guest Amanda from Reciprocity Radio!
Ep. 72: Winter Clothes
Button up your overcoat, and get ready for songs about jackets, coats, snowsuits, and sweaters.
Ep. 71: Weed
Relax and roll up a jazz cigarette, as we listen to songs about marijuana.
Ep. 70: Evil
Mwahahahahaha! [Everybody Plays the Fool airs live every Monday night at 9PM EST on radiofreebro...
Ep. 69: New England
Songs about New England.
Ep. 68: Stevie Wonder
This week's all about the great Stevie Wonder, with a mix of songs he recorded, songs he wrote fo...
Ep. 67: Old Media
This week is all about Old Media, as we hear songs about tapes, 8-tracks, and even victrolas, plu...
Ep. 66: Science!
Continuing the school theme from last week, Ep 66 is all songs about science!
Ep. 65: Books
This week, we celebrate the Fall and the start of a new school year with songs about books! We've...
Ep. 64: Canada
Songs by Canadians, and songs about Canada.
Ep. 63: French
Tout le monde jeue le fou!
Ep. 61: Disco
This week is all about DISCO. Along with special guest Mike Joseph (host of The Jheri Curl Chroni...
Ep. 62: Summer Vacation
Summer vacation time! This episode is all songs about summer... and vacations. So sit back in you...
Ep. 60: Rumors & Gossip
Did you hear what people are saying about the scandalous new episode of EPtF? It's all songs abou...
Ep 59: Bernard Purdie
This week, EPtF celebrates one of the greatest drummers of all time... Bernard "Pretty" Purdie! ...
Ep 58: Pedal Steel Guitar
This week's episode celebrates the iconic, emotive, versatile, and perhaps under-appreciated musi...
Ep 57: Outer Space
Now that our road trip across the US is finished, it's time to blast off into outer space with th...
Ep 56: California
The EPtF road trip across the US fulfills its manifest destiny, with songs about California. [E...
Ep. 55: Las Vegas
Week 5 of the EPtF road trip across the US brings us to fabulous Las Vegas! Lots of songs about ...
Ep. 54: Austin, TX
This week, the Everybody Plays the Fool road trip across the US takes us to Austin, TX. Hear som...
Ep. 53: Georgia
Week 3 of the EPtF Summer road trip across the US brings us to the state of Georgia. All the son...
Ep. 52: North Carolina
This week, EPtF's road trip across the US takes us to the state of North Carolina, home of Ryan A...
Ep. 51: Philadelphia
Everybody Plays the Fool kicks off our road trip across the US with a stop in the legendary music...
Everybody Plays the Fool, 50th Episode!
To celebrate the 50th episode of Everybody Plays the Fool, Shane and his friends get together and...
Ep 49: The Best!
The best episode of EPtF ever... Shane and guest Rommel Wood (host of Ear Hammer on RFB) discuss...
Ep 48: Favorites from Season 4
This week we re-visit some of the best songs from the past season, in celebration of the brand ne...
Ep. 47: One-Person Bands
This week's EPtF is dedicated to all the super-talented multi-instrumentalists who leave their ba...
Ep. 46: Tribute to Cuba Gooding and Prince
This week we give a tribute to Cuba Gooding (RIP) and the Main Ingredient, whose song inspired th...
Ep. 45: Comebacks
This week, EPtF celebrates Easter, Spring, renewal, and second chances. Featuring songs about co...
Ep. 44: Parks
This week's EPtF is a tribute to those dots of green in the urban landscape: city parks. Songs a...
Ep. 43: Baseball (pt. 2)
We're celebrating the start of the 2017 baseball season with... more songs about baseball! In a s...
Ep. 42: The Bee Gees
This week, EPtF salutes The Bee Gees with a selection of original recordings, covers, and songs t...
Ep. 41: Quincy Jones
To celebrate Quincy's 84th birthday (which happens to be my birthday as well), this episode of EP...
Ep. 40: Surprising Originals
This week's EPtF digs into the original recordings of songs that later became big hits for other ...
Ep. 39: Surprising Covers (Part 2)
A theme so good, it needed a sequel! In part 2 of "Surprising Covers," we hear newer versions of...
Ep. 38: Surprising Covers
This week is all covers! Interesting, weird, and surprising cover versions of well-known songs p...
Ep. 37: Dolly Parton
This week's EPtF is a tribute to the great Dolly Parton, featuring recordings from throughout Dol...
Ep. 36: Delayed Gratification
Wait for it... this week's episode of EPtF is all about delayed gratification: artists who found ...
Guest Ep: "Replacements" with host Mike Joseph
This week, guest host Mike Joseph (host of RFB's "Jheri Curl Chronicles," popblerd.com) brings yo...
Ep. 35: MLK Day
This week's EPtF features music about the Martin Luther King Jr Day holiday, and music associated...
Ep. 34: Junk Food
To celebrate the imminent demise of your new year's resolution to eat healthy... this week's show...
Ep. 33: Beginnings
For the first EPtF of 2017, we're playing all music about starting over, new days, and beginnings...
Ep. 32: Countdown
In the last EPtF of 2016, we countdown from "10" to "1," with music from Bruce Springsteen, Harry...
Ep. 31: Christmas
Christmas music from Ella Fitzgerald, Arlo Guthrie, Sufjan Stevens, and much more. A mix of Chri...
Ep. 30: Optimism!
As we look back on the (pretty terrible) year of 2016, this week's episode of EPtF focuses on the...
Ep. 29: Tribute to Bob Cranshaw
This week's episode is a tribute to the late, great Bob Cranshaw. Bob played bass on tons of cla...
Ep. 28: Happy Birthday, Randy Newman!
This week's episode of EPtF is a celebration of the great Randy Newman, featuring some of my favo...
Ep. 27: Secrets
Mysterious music, secret codes, hidden messages, conspiracy theories, and more! Music from MF Do...
Ep. 26: Leftovers
To celebrate EPtF's new night, and the new season of Radio Free Brooklyn, this week's episode fea...
Ep. 25: Bad Presidents
Songs protesting bad US presidents of the past.
Ep. 24: Questions
To celebrate the 3rd anniversary of "Music Trivia with Shane and Ruth" (facebook.com/musictrivian...
Ep. 23: Halloween
Spooky scary music from Sufjan Stevens, Rihanna, Apollo Sunshine, Gnarls Barkley, The Specials, a...
Ep. 22: Yacht Rock
This week's EPtF invites you to don your captain's hat and set sail on the smooth, smooth waters ...
Ep. 21: Guilty Pleasures
Featuring special guest Mike Joseph (Pop Blerd Radio)! We talk a lot about liking songs and arti...
Ep. 20: Pirates
To celebrate Columbus Day weekend, this week's show is full of songs about thievery, murder, dece...
Ep. 19: Happy Birthday Ruth!
A whole show dedicated to one very special listener... my wife Ruth. Happy Birthday!
Ep. 18: Comic Books
Kapow! Zap! Bamf! Holy onomatopoeias, Batman... EPtF Episode 18 is all about comic books! We've g...
Ep. 17: Being On Time
In honor of everyone going back to school this Fall, this week's show is full of songs about runn...
Ep. 16: Football
Are you ready for some football... music? We're sifting through the (mostly terrible) music that...
Ep. 15: Work
This episode celebrates Labor Day by covering the whole gamut of attitudes about work, from "I lo...
Ep. 14: Telephone
Hello, operator? Put me through to this week's episode of EPtF, which is all about that marvel o...
Ep. 13: 1996
In celebration of Shane's 20 years of concert-going, this episode of EPtF is all about the year 1...
Ep. 12: Songs About Bands
In this episode of EPtF, we hear songs that reference other bands or artists, ranging from songs ...
Ep. 11: Baked Goods
This episode of EPtF is all about baked goods, in celebration of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day!
Guest Ep: with hosts Rommel and Brock
Guest DJs Rommel and Brock each play an all-vinyl set! Also, check out Rommel's show Ear Hammer ...
Ep. 10: "Cats"
This episode is all about cats! Songs by cats, about cats, and even music FOR cats.
Ep. 9: "Baseball"
This episode is all about music and baseball. We play songs about the game, songs about baseball...
Ep. 8: "The Beatles (All Together Now)"
The second of EPtF's back-to-back Beatles-themed shows! In this episode, we're getting the band ...
Ep. 7: "Solo Beatles"
This week's episode is all about John, Paul, George, and Ringo and their solo work, collaboration...
Ep. 6: "Memory"
This episode of EPtF is all about looking back, remembering, reminiscing, and nostalgia. Songs a...
Ep. 5: "Introductions"
EPtF Episode 5 is all about song introductions, including the classic Motown track that has the b...
Ep. 4: "Source Materials"
This week's theme is "source materials," so we're listening to songs that were used as samples fo...
Ep. 3: "The Magic Number"
The third episode of EPtF is a celebration of the number 3! Lots of songs in triplet meter ("wal...
Ep. 2: "New York, New York!"
Every week on EPtF, we play a variety of songs around a particular theme. Episode 2's theme is N...
Ep. 1: "Radio"
The very first episode of Everybody Plays the Fool! EPtF covers a different topic every week, wi...