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, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, 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 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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This is one of those that was a toss-up as to where to file it here on The Rock Father... not really "music for kids," but not just "for grownups" either. Since it's more of a track for rockin' families in general, I'm just putting the new video from the DROPKICK MURPHYS here in my blog. In fact, I think that going forward, any holiday music that's not specifically kid-centric will go in my blog instead of "news." You could say it's some "Housekeeping" in a way. In terms of the holidays, "The Season's Upon Us," and that just so happens to be the name of the DROPKICK MURPHYS' new single and video. Check it out!

Little PassportsThere have been a lot of cool "Monthly Subscription" activities popping up for kids lately, and one that just hit my radar here at Rock Father HQ is Little Passports. A perfect holiday gift idea that's both fun and educational, Little Passports delivers kids a package each month from "Sam and Sofia," a pair of characters that visit different states and countries, and then share their experiences. Inside each package is a collection of fun activities and souvenirs.

I don't cover much sports here on The Rock Father, so it's pretty fitting that when I do there has to be something rock involved. Case-in-point? NBA BALLER BEATS by Majesco Entertainment. This new video game for KINECT on XBOX 360 is sort of a rhythm game akin to ROCK BAND or GUITAR HERO, but one that uses real basketball skills - and a real ball - to keep the beat along with 30 songs from top artists in hip-hop, rock, and more. You've got music, you've got sports, and you're active while playing. Personally, I wanted to try this out myself, but since we do not yet have a Kinect here at Rock Father HQ, the folks at Majesco have agreed that I can hook up one lucky reader with a copy of the game - complete with an NBA Ball Replica from Spalding!

Can you believe it's only 21 days until Christmas? I can't, and something tells me that these next three weeks will be flying by faster than a reindeer-powered sleigh full of toys. When I was a kid, I'd always look forward to the possibility of some new TRANSFORMERS under the tree, and another thing I always dug was building bricks. Now, 25+ years later, the folks at Hasbro have combined both of those into a new line of KRE-O TRANSFORMERS that are ready to "roll out" for the kids of 2012. How would you like to win a set?

They've been called "The Anti-BARNEY," "THE WIGGLES' worst nightmare," and "The World's Most Dangerous Kids Band." Quite simply, the BOOGERS are a Chicago-based trio that cranks out high-energy punk rock for kids (and their grownups) that rules. Having previously written reviews of their 2008 debut, ROAD TO ROCK, and it's 2010 follow-up, LET'S GO!, the release of EXTRACTUM VICTORIS marks the first time that I've been able to review a BOOGERS record upon street date. Out this week on Spire Records, how does album number three stack-up against it's predecessors?

Los Angeles-based SUNSHINE COLLECTIVE have just released their contribution to the sonic holiday landscape with a new song called "The City That Forgot to Snow." Already available on iTunes (get it here), the new track also has a music video which can be viewed below. An email that landed here at Rock Father HQ tonight suggests that the song will strike listeners that enjoy the Christmas offerings from Michael Buble, Colbie Collait, or Diana Krall. Watch, listen, and see what you think below...

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