Play Hard. Rock Hard. So says the tagline on FATHER GOOSE's official website, and that's something I can definitely get behind. Now, "The King of the Dance Party" has released a Caribbean-flavored new family album, BASHMENT TIME (Amazon | iTunes) - and some stellar guests from around the Kindie world are along for the ride. DAN ZANES lends his voice to the opening track, a reworking of the traditional American folk song "Constant Sorrow," while JOANIE LEEDS provides vocals for "A Who?," and JOSH AND THE JAMTONES join the action for a cover of "Iko, Iko." Stream the full album below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.
Kindie Rock all-star DAN ZANES is the latest family-friendly musician to get a new musical App via the folks at Mibblio. Dan's WONDER WHEEL App was released for the iPad this week, letting kids experience an interactive version of his 2002 song as they're able to play around with different instruments, adding and subtracting them from the mix and becoming a part of the creative process. Check out a video preview below...
For 2013, Smithsonian Folkways has issued their first Holiday album in more than a decade with the release of THE SOUNDING JOY, the new album from ELIZABETH MITCHELL AND FRIENDS. The 24-track collection is a spirited set of carols drawn from Ruth Crawford Seeger's 1953 songbook, AMERICAN FOLK SONGS FOR CHRISTMAS, some of which appeared on the 1957 Seeger Sisters album of the same name (originally issued by Scholastic, since reissued by Smithsonian Folkways). To celebrate the season, you can get a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Children, Go Where I Send Thee" via this link (right-click and save).
The Fifth Annual Kindiefest will be taking place in Brooklyn next month (April 26-28), for the first time happening at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), who will be co-presenting the Family Music Conference and Festival in their brand-new, state-of-the-art music venue - The BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn, NY 11217). As always, Kindiefest will combine an industry networking conference with a public fest in which kids and grownups alike can sample some great music.
Laurie McIntosh, aka Story Laurie has been busy this past month producing a new compilation dedicated to raising funds for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts. Slated for release on December 22 via Bandcamp (with iTunes to follow), NEIGHBOR TO NEIGHBOR: FAMILY MUSIC FOR SANDY RELIEF will feature tracks from Pete Seeger and The Rivertown Kids with Dar Williams & David Bernz; Dan Zanes; Tom Chapin; Guy Davis; Gustafer Yellowgold; Dog on Fleas; Uncle Rock; Story Laurie; Kim & Reggie Harris; Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke; Grenadilla; Ratboy, Jr.; Dan Einbender; Professor Louie & The Crowmatix; Magpie; and The Saints of Swing.
I had a weird connect-the-dots morning. In the car last night, the little ones and I were listening to the "Lithium" channel on SiriusXM, and the last song we heard was the old Juliana Hatfield track, "My Sister." That song references The Del Fuegos, a band that split two decades ago and reunited earlier this year for a new collection of eight songs called SILVER STAR. By the time I fired up the email here at Rock Father HQ today, the first message I received was about a new Holiday release from acclaimed family/children's musician Dan Zanes... also guitarist/vocalist of The Del Fuegos.