When I was interviewing fellow "Rock Fathers" for my Father's Day series this year, I discovered that LEGO is a major hobby for these musically-inclined Dads and their kids. One band, RECESS MONKEY (read their feature here) is so into LEGO that they've recorded an entire ode to the famous bricks, and the music video for "Brick by Brick" has been released today - conveniently-timed to the Blu-ray and DVD release of THE LEGO MOVIE (out now from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment). Or was it conveniently-timed with the release of the excellent new RECESS MONKEY album, WIRED, which also hit stores today? It's a brick-based conspiracy! Watch the new video below... and answer this question: What would happen if Drew Holloway borrowed an X-Wing Fighter from LEGO Luke Skywalker and flew into a galaxy far, far away? Yep, there's STAR WARS in here...
It's a weird thing when a press release or an album announcement arrives in my inbox, and I read it only to find a quote from myself. It's also an exciting, and sometimes flattering thing, and such is the case with the new album from RIFF ROCKIT, whose latest album announcement was quite unexpectedly led-off by your truly. That said, I'm just sharing what landed in the news department below!
Life moves too fast sometimes. I have this unavoidable habit that I check something out, plan on posting it, and then completely move beyond it since there's not enough hours in the day, and more stuff rolls in - sometimes hundreds of emails a day, all vying for coverage. One item I'm circling back to is the April video "Ocean," by DANI. The song comes from her fairy tail-themed album, BEAUTY LAND. Check it out...
After releasing their latest album, TIME OF OUR LIVES, this past February, San Diego Kindie rockers, THE BOO HOO CREW have already started issuing new music. Each month for the next twelve months, The BHC will release one new single, all leading up to the release of their next album, SUPER HERO. First up? "Teddy Bear March," which hit iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp. Stream the cuteness below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...
Free Download: Mother's Day Kindie Playlist featuring Lisa Loeb, Danny Weinkauf, The Not-Its! and more!Written by James Zahn
Each Mother's Day, I post a similar message on THE ROCK FATHER and all of my social networks: "For All the Moms Who Rock, I Salute You." Yes, that play on the old AC/DC classic "For Those About to Rock" is something I stand behind, but this year, I have something very special for all of you to go with it - a Kindie Rock playlist from a group of true All-Stars, all of whom are allowing me to share their music with you as a FREE DOWNLOAD for the next week. Below the break, you'll find ten songs for Moms to share and enjoy with their kids - tracks from folks like Seattle's THE NOT-ITS!, the wonderful LUCKY DIAZ and THE FAMILY JAM BAND, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS bassist DANNY WEINKAUF, and more...
#StarWarsDay 14 - Five STAR WARS inspired Music Videos You Need to See, A Song You Need to Hear, plus a FREE DOWNLOAD!Written by James Zahn
For STAR WARS DAY 2014, I'm featuring a handful of STAR WARS-inspired music here on THE ROCK FATHER for your enjoyment and consumption. After all, what other Pop Culture franchise has inspired so many musical homages and parodies? Sure, HARRY POTTER and THE LORD OF THE RINGS are up there, but nothing trumps STAR WARS in the musical inspiration department. Here's seven STAR WARS-themed pieces of music worth checking out as you celebrate May 4th. May the Fourth Be With You!
PEG + CAT has been a fixture at Rock Father HQ even before it was released, my first experience with the math-based PBS KIDS series coming last May, when I met with creators Jennifer Oxley and Billy Aronson at the PBS Annual Meeting. Since that time, families have come to love PEG + CAT, and it was only a matter of time until this animated duo were given the proper musical treatment. PBS KIDS presents Peg and Cat's Really Big Album has just hit Amazon and iTunes (with a very BEATLES, Sgt. Pepper's-inspired cover), joining recent releases from DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD in the PBS KIDS music library, and setting the stage for further releases in the months ahead.
This week, THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS bassist DANNY WEINKAUF released NO SCHOOL TODAY, his first solo-album of Kindie rock goodness. While you've still got a few more days left in which you could win one right here on THE ROCK FATHER, the album hit Amazon and iTunes, and with it came a new music video for "Marsupial." Check it out below, and crank it up!
It was just over two years ago already that I reviewed the self-titled debut from RIFF ROCKIT, the multimedia, kindie alter-ego of Evan Michael. In that time, the project has grown, and now it's time for Michael (a leukemia survivor) to give back, with the release of his first Spanish-Language album, LUZ VERDE VAMOS! All proceeds from the sale of this new record (out June 17) will benefit the blood cancer research efforts of BE THE MATCH.
There is nothing wrong with your computer. Do not attempt to adjust your browser. I am still controlling the transmission, but yes, I am about to give you all the opportunity to win a KIDZ BOP CD. If you've been here for awhile, then you probably know that I've not been kind to the KIDZ BOP brand in the past, but the last time I mentioned them, I ended things with a question posited by my wife: Would my opinion on the KIDZ BOP series change as my girls got older? On August 19, 2013, I said "No." Now, with KIDZ BOP Radio on SiriusXM... I realize that I lied.
MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE may be hibernating for now (I seem to think they'll rise once more somewhere down the line), but that doesn't mean that the spirit isn't alive in other places. For new parents wishing to introduce the music of Gerard Way and the gang to those future rockers while they're still in the crib, the crew over at Roma Music Group have assembled the perfect collection to do just that. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - LULLABY VERSIONS OF MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, will hit digital retailers on May 12, presenting nursery-friendly versions of a dozen MCR hits and fan favorites. THE ROCK FATHER has your first-listen to the lullaby version of "Welcome to the Black Parade," the album opener, and a track available right now as an instant download with iTunes pre-orders of the album. Check it out below.
Today, Walt Disney Records issued what is quite possibly one of the strangest, yet appropriately contemporary releases in their catalog. DCONSTRUCTED (available on Amazon & iTunes) finds Mickey Mouse and Friends going full-on EDM, with remixes of classic and modern Disney fare by artists such as AVICII, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, BT and more. Tonight, the video for THE MUPPET SHOW THEME as reimagined by SHY KIDX hit my inbox, and it is certainly something to behold. Not necessarily for the kids, it's a rave-styled trip. In fact, it reminds me of a few weekends back in 1994-1995-ish, when I visited some underground raves in the Quad Cities. I had a funky hat.