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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...

This is probably the first time this has ever happened - a past entry into 31 Days of Halloween returning three years later in a different form. Back in 2012, I featured "Bah Humbug Halloween" by Chicago's POOCHAMUNGAS here on the site, but what it didn't have then, it has now - a music video. In this tale inspired by Charles Dickens' A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Ebenezer Scrooge is found living in Chicago, bringing his grumpiness the the #1 Holiday of the year (aside from Xmas, of course). Can the ghosts right his wrongs for this one, too?

After being a destination for the purchase of great family music for years, Amazon has officially entered into the Kindie realm with exclusive new albums from THE POP UPS and LISA LOEB. GREAT PRETENDERS CLUB is the fourth album from Brooklyn Duo, THE POP UPS, while NURSERY RHYME PARADE! is the fourth children's album from singer/songwriter LISA LOEB. Both albums are available for unlimited ad-free streaming to Amazon Prime Members right now, while physical and MP3 versions are also available for order and pre-order, respectively.

Tuesday, September 29 2015 22:08

Here's a New Song by ALVIN & THE CHIPMUNKS...

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When ALVIN and THE CHIPMUNKS LIVE ON STAGE hits the road this Fall, families will get to hear 18 songs performed as part of the touring show. Tonight, the first original song has been released, and it's one that poses a very simple question just in title alone: "Are You Ready For Chipmunks?" Have a listen...

The buzz today has been that RYAN ADAMS has not only completed his full-album cover of TAYLOR SWIFT's 1989 - but that Digital pre-orders for it are now live (Amazon | iTunes), and that the release will be available on Monday, September 21st. If you want a hard copy, Amazon is already taking pre-orders for the CD, which Blue Note will release on November 20th... but RYAN ADAMS isn't the only one with a full-album cover of 1989 in the pipeline. On October 9th, the crew at Roma Music Group will release their LULLABY VERSION OF 1989 as part of their massive Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection of lullabies. Normally, I'd show you the cover art and tracklisting for the album, but since it's 1989, I'm just gonna defer to Taylor on this one...

If you're prepping to raise a little "wiseguy" (or "wisegirl" or "wiseperson" if we're being P.C.), the crew over at Roma Music Group has the perfect soundtrack for the baby's nursery with the release of LULLABY VERSIONS OF MOB SOUNDTRACK HITS. One of the latest entries into their massive Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star collection of lullabies, MOB HITS is an eight-song EP that leans on THE GODFATHER and GOODFELLAS, with a dash of MOONSTRUCK and THE SOPRANOS thrown in. Fun fact: Addie has, in the past, told people that "Daddy is a Rock and Roll Gangster" - something I explained in this post from 2013. Check out the tracklisting for the LULLABY VERSIONS OF MOB SOUNDTRACK HITS below, along with a stream from THE GODFATHER...

Wednesday, August 12 2015 23:41

Watch: THE POP UPS - "C is for Cat"

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We all know that "C is for Cookie" (something my pal Cookie Monster always reminds us), but Brooklyn Kindie rockers THE POP UPS would like to make sure that kids know that "C is for Cat" as well. Actually, it's just the latest in their "Box of Crayons" alphabet series, and THE POP UPS give kids a lot of "C" words in a fun little package to crank up with the permission of a grownup. See their new music video below, and look for more on their YouTube channel!

Friday, July 03 2015 17:51

Watch: KOO KOO KANGA ROO - "Everybody Poops"

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Nope, R.E.M. did not release a sequel to "Everybody Hurts," but KOO KOO KANGA ROO is back with the first video from their new EP, GROSS. "Everybody Poops" is the perfect song for my almost six-year-old and her friends right now - all of whom seem to have become fecalpheliacs over the past few months. Weird thing is, I really don't like gross-out kid stuff (poop, snot, etc.), and previously gave a one-star review to PAPA CROW's fart-themed EP from 2013. Still, I do enjoy KOO KOO KANGA ROO, who Addie and I saw on tour with THE AQUABATS last year. Check out the new video below, and catch the guys on a Warped Tour date near you...

PSYCHOSTICK are pretty notorious when it comes to the realm of comedic metal. Strange thing is, they've also crossed-over into the realm of slightly dated, yet completely classic educational programming in recent times, and the start was their cover of the READING RAINBOW theme early last year. Now they're back with a cover of the theme song from BILL NYE THE SCIENCE GUY, and I can only wonder if it was fueled by the fact that the series recently made its debut on Netflix. In fact, I mentioned it in last month's #StreamTeam column, and I have a feeling that the gents from PSYCHOSTICK have been doing a little binge-watching. Crank this one up...

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