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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...

"We really wanted the story to stand alone - not to rely on the music, or simply feel like a music video," explains RECESS MONKEY Bassist/Vocalist Jack Forman about "Lighter Than Air," which follows "Penguinese" as the latest video from their forthcoming new album, HOT AIR. Forman, who co-wrote the single with bandmates Drew Holloway (Guitar/Vocals) and Korum Bischoff (Drums) also took the reigns on animation and editing for the video, which we're debuting today here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. The clip will be included when the album hits the streets on June 16 as a CD/DVD Combo.  "While the songs inspired story elements to some degree, we really treated them more like underscoring," he adds, noting that "the big challenge was to create something that was both 'peppy' but also celebrated meandering - [since] so much of the progression is what happens when Andrew and the Penguin are aimless and open to making discoveries." Check out the video below!

If you read THE ROCK FATHER regularly (and I sure hope that you do), then you already know that there's a ton of great family music out there that escapes the mainstream radar. For the youngest rockers, that music often skews toward lullabies based upon the works of popular artists - an increasingly busy field dominated by a few companies of note, such as my friends at Roma Music Group and their massive library of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star titles. While the "bigger" artists get lullabied regularly (sometimes by multiple labels), the folks at Sparrow Sleeps are focusing on a more niche market, with the subjects of their work often involved in the release of these nursery-friendly counterparts. Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart describe themselves as "two midwestern guys with pop-punk fueled hearts," and that shows through their releases, which lullaby fan favorite tracks from artists such as MXPX, THRICE, HOT ROD CIRCUIT and CARTEL. Today comes their latest release, THE CRIER - lullaby renditions of your favorite SENSES FAIL songs.

When it comes to Kindie (that's legit indie rock for family-friendly audiences), Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein, collectively known as THE POP UPS, are one of the best acts anywhere. This Brooklyn duo has been covered extensively here on THE ROCK FATHER, prolific producers of quality jams that have been the basis of two GRAMMY-nominated albums, and have secured them slots on the YO GABBA GABBA! LIVE Tour. Today comes the launch of THE POP UPS' new webseries on YouTube, making it's debut with five videos. New content will begin rolling out weekly on June 10th, but in the meantime, check out "Robot Dance" below, along with all the details on what you'll find in their new series...

The crew over at Roma Music Group has been keeping busy of late, releasing several new titles in their ever-growing library of TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR lullaby collections. Recent weeks have seen lullaby versions of LORDE, THE BLACK CROWES, SHINEDOWN, ALL TIME LOW, SEETHER, PHARRELL WILLIAMS and IDINA MENZEL hit the streets, and this week it's THE OFFSPRING. The six-song EP, LULLABY VERSIONS OF THE OFFSPRING transforms some familiar tracks by Dexter Holland and the crew into nursery-friendly instrumental jams for baby. Check out "You're Gonna Go Far, Kid" and the full tracklisting below...

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