It won't be released until March 26, but a copy of the new album from Grammy-Nominated Kindie Rockers, MILKSHAKE arrived here at Rock Father HQ this weekend. I really love the cover art of GOT A MINUTE?, the fifth album from the Milkshake crew. In fact, while the cover definitely resembles the modern family (scroll down to see it), the little girl really reminds me of my oldest daughter, Addie. There's even a fold-out poster included that features the same girl driving a little car while surrounded by different adventures. Talk about fitting.

Wednesday, January 16 2013 00:06

Watch & Listen: THE POP UPS - "Winter Beard"

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I'm sporting a "winter beard" right now. Actually, I don't know if I can even call it a "winter beard," since it's more of a "Dad-doesn't-have-time-to-shave-while-taking-care-of-the-girls" beard. Regardless of my beard's legitimacy as a member of the winter variety, The Pop Ups have released a new single and video called "Winter Beard" which made it's debut on AOL Kids yesterday. Check out the video below...

Tuesday, January 15 2013 22:29

DAVE MATTHEWS BAND gets a new lullaby treatment...

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The music of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND has been given the lullaby treatment several times in the past, and this week a new collection hits digital retailers. Following their 2011 LULLABY VERSIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, the folks at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are serving up LULLABY VERSIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND: VOLUME 2.  The latest installment brings 12 new versions of DMB hits into your baby's nursery in all-new, "lush intrumental versions." Check out the tracklisting and cover art below.

The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star first gave songs from the GRATEFUL DEAD a lullaby-reworking back in 2010 with their LULLABY VERSIONS OF GRATEFUL DEAD. Now, they've done it again with LULLABY VERSIONS OF GRATEFUL DEAD: Volume 2. This all-new collection features 13 'Dead classics reimagined into "lush instrumental versions" perfect for your little jam band fan's nursery. Check out the tracklisting below.

On January 24, families will be introduced to CAT DOORMAN, the alter-ego of Portland indie musician, mom, and artist, Julianna Bright. CAT DOORMAN SONGBOOK (set for release via Night & Day Studios, Burnside Distribution) features a collection of 14 songs (12 of which are original compositions) that are said to "celebrate the uniqueness, potential and power of every child.

Updated five years later (2017): I dig Kidz Bop now. Opinions change drastically.

As I tweeted earlier today: Parents - please, do not ever buy your children a KIDZ BOP album. In some States, doing so warrants a visit from DCFS

Sure, the last part was an exaggeration, but I think most will agree that the KIDZ BOP series is pretty bad. In fact, the newly-released KIDZ BOP 23 just might be the finest album available for parents that don't like their children, or 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.

While we just broke the record for "days without significant snowfall" here in the Chicago area (281 days and counting for those that care), it's technically Snowman Season for a lot of folks with plenty of fresh, white powder on the ground. As a celebration of the season, Oxford, UK-based children's performer NICK COPE has released a new Holiday song called "Snowman Kind of Day." It's a great new tune for the family, and he's offering it up for a free download!

Monday, December 10 2012 23:08

FREE Holiday Download: SteveSongs - "Our World"

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When I heard that SteveSongs was releasing a free holiday single called "Our World," I immediately thought (and hoped) that it would be a cover of the song from EMMET OTTER'S JUGBAND CHRISTMAS. It is not... but it's still worth getting! SteveSongs' "Our World" is available as a Free Download now through December 31 via this link.

The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star are still on their country kick, following up last week's Rascal Flatts release with LULLABY VERSIONS OF ZAC BROWN BAND (available now on iTunes). This new collection takes a dozen songs from the Zac Brown Band and reworks them into "lush instrumental versions" perfect for rockin' the nursery of your youngest little country music fan. Check out the tracklisting below.

To celebrate the holiday season, ALEX & THE KALEIDOSCOPE BAND are offering up a FREE DOWNLOAD of their song "Snow Day." Taken from their 2006 album, KALEIDOSCOPE SONGS: TWO (available on iTunes), "Snow Day" can be streamed or downloaded through the Soundcloud widget below through December 31, 2012.

RENEE AND JEREMY have just released the music video for the title track to their SUNNY CHRISTMAS EP. Assembled as a compilation of photos submitted by friends and fans, the full piece can be viewed below. 

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