James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.
He regularly 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.
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 PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.
Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, 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 the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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Last month we first told you about THE JUNO COMPANY's JUNO'S PIANO, a new App for the iPad/iPhone/iPod Touch that helps teach children the real-life basics of playing the piano. As a parent myself, and with Kik Axe Music always on the lookout for the latest in music education, I decided to take a test-drive of my own, downloading the App for my iPhone.
When my wife and I were preparing to move into our first single-family home in the spring of 2010, there were a lot of things that needed to be considered and purchased - a big one involving the type of tools that I'd be using to maintain our lawn and planned garden.With the intent of leading by example and raising our daughter to respect and care for the environment, the idea of 'green' gardening became the foundation of everything that would follow. None of my tools would be powered by gas - they would only be powered by electricity or man.
The little one just turned two last week, and with the turn of age comes even more curiosity. As she inspects her surroundings, The Toddler Jukebox is growing - a selection of albums (literally) hand-picked by my little daughter. The way it works is simple: she pulls an album from the archives and Daddy has to listen to it. It's an interesting way to re-discover some music that I may not have spun for quite some time. Today's pick? IMPERIAL TEEN - SEASICK.
For the past two years I've been telling people that my first job is that of being a a father - The Rock Father - to my little daughter. Everything else I do is secondary, whether it be my normal gig in being a jerk on the music side of this website, directing videos, or whatever other adventures happen to come my way. During the daytime (when weather allows), the little one and I can usually be found outside, spending time in our ever-expanding garden. From vegetables to flowers, annuals to perennials, we spend time together while learning and sharing in a variety of plant-based adventures and projects. With Fall fast-approaching, we've already begun turning our spring and summer flowerbeds, planters, and hanging baskets into arrangements best-suited for what happens to me my personal favorite of all the seasons. For this particular project, there's a little family history involved for us, but it's something that any of you can do as well.
Generally when I do The Toddler Jukebox, it's about my daughter randomly pulling a CD from the archives and me being forced to spin it. This one's a little different in that the little one didn't specifically choose the song - but she sure as hell digs it. From the MELVINS' 1994 album STONER WITCH comes a little song called Revolve - a song that she happened to catch me playing acoustically yesterday morning while jamming in my office. Yes, I was rocking out some Melvins in a half-assed style when she walked into the room smiling and dancing. So I let her hear the real version of the song.
As a big fan of Starbucks' Annual Pumpkin Spice Latte (or just about anything pumpkin this time of year), I've been hunting for the perfect recipe to make some Pumpkin Spice at home. A little Pumpkin Spice without the $5 price has been a mission, then earlier this month, the Redeye here in Chicago published a recipe that I tried out and have been tweaking a bit as well. Below the jump you can find out what you'll need to start brewing your own. While the Starbucks version is said to contain ''four pumps of flavored syrup,'' The Rock Father™ is sharing a version that tastes a lot more pumpkin-y, because it uses real pumpkin.