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Saturday, October 18 2014 09:06

2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards: And the Winners Are...

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For the third year in a row, the folks behind the annual Fids & Kamily Music Awards (a play on The Village Voice's long-running "Pazz & Jop") have either graciously or foolishly invited me to take a seat on the panel of judges to determine the Top 10 best albums of the year in the kids and kamily music realm. I, alongside other journalists, writers, bloggers, producers, radio personalities and folks associated with the family music scene, must listen to dozens of albums, and then figure out what's the best of the best. Each judge has to nominate and score 10 albums of their own, and a formula is then applied to choose the ranking. This year was exceptionally difficult, as there's been some really great albums (alongside some stinkers), and choosing just 10 is tricky enough without having more than 10 favorites. Today, we announce the winners of the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards (the 9th Annual), as revealed this morning on the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio show...

The Fids & Kamily Top 10 Albums of 2014 (in order):
  1. THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS - THROUGH THE WOODS: AN APPALACHIAN ADVENTURE ALBUM (Amazon | iTunes)
  2. THE POP UPS - APPETITE FOR CONSTRUCTION (Amazon | iTunes)
  3. RECESS MONKEY - WIRED (Amazon | iTunes)
  4. THE NOT-ITS! - RAISE YOUR HAND (Amazon | iTunes)
  5. WALTER MARTIN - WE'RE ALL YOUNG TOGETHER (Amazon | iTunes)
  6. DANNY WEINKAUF - NO SCHOOL TODAY (Amazon | iTunes)
  7. SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO - THE PERFECT QUIRK (Amazon | iTunes)
  8. BRADY RYMER & THE LITTLE BAND THAT COULD - JUST SAY HI! (Amazon | iTunes)
  9. DOG ON FLEAS - BUY ONE GET ONE FLEA (Amazon | iTunes)
  10. ZEE AVI - NIGHTLIGHT (Amazon | iTunes)

Of the ten official winners, five appeared on my ballot, which means there's five other albums out there that would've appeared on a ROCK FATHER Top 10. Perhaps I'll post something along those lines later in the year, but for now, here's some other artists that need to be recognized... and interestingly, four of my missing five do pop up in here...

Honorable Mentions (unranked, listed alphabetically):
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band - Aqui Alla
  • Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band - Lishy Lou and Lucky Too
  • The Good Ms. Padgett - If We Must, We Must
  • Gustafer Yellowgold - Gustafer Yellowgold's Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom
  • Randy Kaplan - Jam on Rye
  • Jazzy Ash - Home (Read THE ROCK FATHER Review)
  • Rainbow Beast and Rock Land Band Rockers - Tales from the Monstrosity Scrolls (Check out their Halloween song)
  • Recess Monkey - Desert Island Disc (Checkout the #RockFathersDay Feature w/Recess Monkey)
  • Red Yarn - The Deep Woods
  • Steve Weeks - Once I Lived Upon the Sea

Additionally, a number of artists who had not previously released family music made the ballots this year...

Top 8 Debut Albums (unranked):

Listen to music from the entire Top 10, along with a special appearance by SteveSongs in the player below...

For more great family music on a regular basis, keep your browsers tuned to THE ROCK FATHER early and often! To learn more about the Fids & Kamily Music Awards, check out fidsandkamily.com
James Zahn

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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