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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix). 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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The weather here in Northern Illinois continues to be weird. Maybe those wacky Mayans were right... but at this point, anyone that wants to deny Global Climate Change is a real blockhead. We skipped Spring and went straight into Summer in mid-March, and while we've hit proper Spring temperatures for the first week in April, it's supposed to freeze tonight. What type of damage will Jack Frost be doing to all the premature perennials that have emerged already? I have no idea, but the days ahead will certainly be telling. Regardless, the little one and I have been doing some work in The Rock Father Garden, and we've had a little help.

Well, this is odd for a Thursday night. A press release just arrived here at Rock Father HQ announcing that PHILIP ANSELMO, the voice of PANTERA, DOWN, and SUPERJOINT RITUAL, has released a series of ringtones. There are instructions about how to get said tones, along with the warning that ''charges apply,'' yet there doesn't seem to be anywhere to hear audio previews, nor learn the price prior to purchase.  This came from Anselmo's publicist, so it's legit - but lacking details.  Here's the full press release below.

At 11:02am, a press release from Harmonix hit my inbox, and I've been wanting to post about this all day: There's a new ROCK BAND game on the way. No, it's not another ''band'' affair in need of another fleet of plastic instruments, but something that promises ''a new way to experience your favorite Rock Band songs, with fast-paced, multi-track arcade gameplay that encourages you to compete against your friends for the highest scores.'' ROCK BAND BLITZ is a controller-based Rock Band for Xbox Live Arcade and the Playstation Network.

Wednesday, April 04 2012 20:00

THE POP UPS - RADIO JUNGLE (Album Review)

I knew that there was something familiar about THE POP UPS when I gave their new album RADIO JUNGLE a first-listen last month. That familiarity might be that 50% of The Pop Ups is Jason Rabinowitz, who also fronts THE BLOODSUGARS - a band I'd previously landed upon via their Daytrotter session awhile back. The other 50% of the duo comes through Jacob Stein, founder of an acclaimed early childhood music program in NYC.  Together they make some fine, pop-infused kid's music that holds the power to compel the little ones into a booty-shaking frenzy. This, I tell you from witnessing it first-hand. Indeed, my daughter has been enjoying RADIO JUNGLE, and as of this week - your kids can enjoy it as well.

In the years since GUSTAFER YELLOWGOLD first made his journey from the Sun to the Earth, the young yellow one has found himself at the center of many adventures throughout his adopted home of Minnesota. For his fifth collection in a series by illustrator/songwriter/fellow 'Rock Father' Morgan Taylor, Yellowgold is documented in his exploration of Holidays - some familiar - some not.

You know, I'm not a big fan of Phish. While I think that Ben & Jerry's Phish Food is mighty tasty, and I played host to a simulcast of a Phish concert at a Regal Cinema back in 2004, the band just never grabbed me. Actually, I'm not huge into the ''jam band'' scene in general. Why am I telling you this? Well, it's because the crew over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just hit The Rock Father™ with the news that they've just released Lullaby Versions of Phish. And since I know that there's a lot of parents out there that will love having this collection for their little ones, I can't mention the band without sharing my own thoughts. Haven't had Phish Food in a few years... might have to put it on the grocery list. Tracklisting and cover art below, along with a stream of If I Could.

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