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It's President's Day, and aside from being a day off school, possibly work, and a time to get great, limited-time savings on electronics, furniture and automobile purchases, it's also a day to remember the heritage of our Nation - The United States of America. One of my favorite cities has long-been Washington, D.C., and for their forthcoming album, ARE YOU LISTENING? Seattle kindie rockers, THE NOT-ITS! wrote a song about it. For this week only, you can grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of "Washington D.C." from the band's Soundcloud page. Stream it below...

Tuesday, February 02 2016 09:30

Kindie Scene: Watch SHARKY SHARKY "Bring the Rock!"

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Last October, I introduced you to SHARKY SHARKY, a guitar-heavy Kindie (perhaps, Kindie Metal) band out of Aberdeen, Scotland. This family-friendly offshoot of UK Power Metallers, ASCENSION is back on the attack, presenting their first-ever music video... the appropriately-titled "Bring the Rock!" I approve of this mission, and that's why I'm sharing their new video with you today. See it, and learn more of the legend of SHARKY SHARKY below!

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, the season of love and friendship will soon be here, and this year it's got a brand-new soundtrack. Heart Beats: Feel Good Songs for Families is the second compilation album from Mighty Mo Productions, bringing together an impressive lineup of artists from the family-friendly kindie world - with styles ranging from indie folk and pop to surf rock and swingin' jazz. Check out the tracklisting below...

Saturday, January 23 2016 23:20

Watch & Listen: THE NOT-ITS! "Dance With Me"

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Seattle's THE NOT-ITS! have long-been one of our favorite kindie rock bands here at Rock Father HQ, and as part of The Kindiependent Collective alongside CASPAR BABYPANTS, RECESS MONKEY, THE BOARD OF EDUCATION, THE HARMONICA POCKET and others, THE NOT-ITS! have been leading the charge for legit family-friendly rock. On February 19th, the band will release their sixth full-length album, with ARE YOU LISTENING? hitting the streets with 10 all-new jams. This week, the first music video from the album has arrived, a hand-animated piece by Chris Looney called "Dance With Me." Check it out...

Tuesday, December 22 2015 23:55

DEEP FRIED PICKLE PROJECT invites you to "Tatooine"

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As STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS continues to thrill audiences around the Globe, there has been yet another awakening... this time in the family music department. Michigan purveyors of Americana, the DEEP FRIED PICKLE PROJECT have unleashed their new music video - one that invites audiences to join them on a journey to a barren wasteland far, far away from Jakku, to the place where audiences first met Luke Skywalker... "Tatooine." Set to the tune of "Rocky Top" (first recorded by The Osborne Brothers, but forever endeared to me thanks to the Kenny Rogers NASCAR movie, SIX PACK),  this bluegrass-fueled jam comes from the new JUG BAND EP (iTunes), and begins "Way back in the old-timey times, in a holler over yonder..."

I do not like spiders. No matter what their place in the ecosystem, I do not like them, particularly in our house. Oddly enough, right now, this very second, there is a massive spider just outside the front door of Rock Father HQ - sleeping (I think, since she's dormant during the day), just waiting to emerge in her perfectly-spun web at night. This particular spider is MASSIVE, I think it's an Orb Weaver of some kind, but I've never seen one as big as this - probably because I've never allowed one to live this long. Thing is, this spider is just out of the way enough - and has been doing such a great job with the mosquitos and other flying critters (attracted by the porch light, I'd imagine) that I've let her continue her work... for now. Little does she know that eventually, I will "turn," and extinguish her fire... because that's what I do to eight-legged arachnid beasts. From the spider's perspective, the "monster" - the "boogeyman," if you will - is us, human beings. Heartwarming stories aside, it's totally appropriate for Halloween that we're talking spiders, and THE LAURIE BERKNER BAND lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween with "The Itsy Bitsy Spider," just-released on LAURIE BERKNER's FAVORITE CLASSIC KIDS' SONGS, available on Amazon or iTunes.

I always get asked about music for a Halloween Playlist, and while there's a lot of variables in the mix, I always like to sprinkle the unintentional Halloween songs with the classics. This year, the folks behind the long-running NOW series of compilations have made it easy by doing just that with the 2015 release of NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL HALLOWEEN. The 18-track collection features classics from John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS and TRUE BLOOD, alongside some songs that have been featured right here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in previous 31 Days of Halloween countdowns - tracks from Rockwell, Rob Zombie, The Specials and more. 

I'm always on the lookout for new family music with a seasonal spin, but once in awhile, it's true that what's old is new again. "Harry's Haunted Halloween Circus" is one such example, previously released on the 2006 RALPH'S WORLD album, AT THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, and re-emerging from the depths on the 2015 RALPH'S WORLD ROCKS & READS. There's plenty of ghoulish goodness to be had, with ghosts and winged beasts, spooky sounds and phantom acrobats. The song lands here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween, but it's also got a companion with an appropriately-timed "circus" theme...

PBS KIDS VIP - Very Involved ParentThree years ago, PBS KIDS ROCKS! was released as a 15-track collection of tunes for the whole family. Now, PBS KIDS ROCKS! has been reissued as an expanded, 28-track collection featuring songs from Grammy Award-winners Old Crow Medicine Show, Ozomatli, Los Lobos, They Might Be Giants, The Weepies, Best Coast and two-time Parent’s Choice Gold Award-winner SteveSongs, known as Mr. Steve on PBS KIDS. Available now on Amazon and iTunes, each of the songs helps kids explore topics related to literacy, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and social-emotional learning. Bilingual tunes are also included. Check out some streams and info below!

Wednesday, October 14 2015 08:44

Kindie Metal: SHARKY SHARKY - "Jake the Jellyfish"

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I've covered a ton of family music here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine over the past few years, and in all of its various forms, it's been Kindie (Kids + Indie Rock) that's generally been the best of the bunch. I'd actually mentioned the possibility of creating a "Kindie Metal" project on a few occasions, but last night (thanks to my friend Demetri) I found out that someone has gone ahead and done it. SHARKY SHARKY is a guitar-heavy Kindie Metal band out of Aberdeen, Scotland. Rumor has it, they may or may not have something to do with UK Power Metallers, ASCENSION, and their new lyric video for "Jake the Jellyfish" has just been released. I'm telling you right now - Kindie Metal is the future of family music, and something that I look forward to seeing more of - a new genre that I will champion. Check it out below...

One of this year's most unexpected Halloween songs comes from RENEE & FRIENDS' SIMPATICO - a collaborative album that finds Renee Stahl (RENEE & JEREMY) and producer Rich Jacques teaming-up with an impressive cast of guest players. There's LISA LOEB, former SNL cast member MAYA RUDOLPH, COLIN HAY (MEN AT WORK), TOAD THE WET SPROCKET's GLEN PHILLIPS, and an appearance by CASPAR BABYPANTS - better-known as CHRIS BALLEW of THE PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. It's Caspar that lends his voice to "I Am Not Afraid," a powerful new anthem for children as the nights become longer, the skies become darker, the air colder, and "the trees tickle windows." Check it out below as part of my annual 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

Right now, Paul Feig is creating an all-new GHOSTBUSTERS movie - one with Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon (all pictured up-top) strapping on the Proton Packs for a new adventure that Sony Pictures will release on July 15, 2016. While the new Ghostbusters certainly have my attention, I come from the generation that grew up on the original (which I saw in the theater back in 1984) and will forever hold completely dear. Ray Parker Jr.'s iconic theme song still gets regular play here, and The Rock Daughters™ can even pick my original vinyl 45 out of a stack. Carrying on that legacy, I've featured a number of cover versions of the GHOSTBUSTERS theme over the years (Hoobastank, Melo-M), and this year another finds its way into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. From ODDS & ENDS, the new album by ANDREW & POLLY, comes a very different take on this famous song. Check out ANDREW & POLLY performing "Ghostbusters," below...

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