So you think that kid's music can't rock? Well you're wrong, and here's another example of why...
Get ready for FUN FUN RECORDS, a new label from Asian Man's MIKE PARK (check out my review of his SMILE album from last fall) that's launching armed with family friendly tunes from members of the BOUNCING SOULS. THE AGGROLITES, the GROOVIE GHOULIES and more. How about a FREE Sampler?
Putumayo Kids has announced a May 22, 2012 release date for the latest entry in their acclaimed 'Playground' series. COWBOY PLAYGROUND is a collection of a dozen western-flavored favorites from an assortment of artists, packaged with a 24-page booklet featuring archival photos from the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. The Rock Father has the tracklisting and cover art below, along with a preview of the full album via Bandcamp!
The crew over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star sent over the details on their 69th release tonight - Lullaby Versions of Casting Crowns. As with all TTLRS releases, a selection of the band's biggest hits and fan-favorites have been re-worked into ''lush instrumental versions" for the baby's nursery, relaxation, yoga, and more. Check out the tracklisting and cover art below, then hit this link to download on iTunes. For more on Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star and their releases, check out http://www.ttlrs.com
Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback, collectively known as RENEE & JEREMY, will release their new album of family-friendly cover songs on May 8th. Of the tracks featured on A LITTLE LOVE, the first to get the video treatment is a rendition of the COLDPLAY classic ''Yellow.'' I've got the video embedded for your viewing enjoyment below, but damn if it didn't bring a tear to my eye in it's depection of parenthood - ending with the little bird leaving the nest, flying off toward those yellow stars. With a two-and-a-half year old here and another on the way, I'm not quite ready to think of that part of the journey just yet.
We've been spinning MAKE BELIEVERS, the new album from SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO, here at Rock Father HQ for about a week or so. It's good, but since I'm holding my formal review until it's May 22 release date is a little closer, how about getting a little more acquainted with the band right now?
Back in 1995, MCA released a fantastic compilation called SATURDAY MORNING: Cartoons' Greatest Hits. Produced by Ralph Sall for the Bulletproof Recording Company, the album was a fantastic concept that has stood the test of time in our house. I'm going to take a deeper look at the album here on The Rock Father™ in the future, but for right now - watch & rock with HELMET and their slamming cover of the theme song to GIGANTOR. I believe that my toddler truly appreciates the breakdown that occurs at 1:17. I caught a wee bit of moshing, I think. Any child that is exposed to the works of Page Hamilton will have a bright future, indeed.
JEWEL has been making her mark on the family music genre, with her albums THE MERRY GOES 'ROUND (which I reviewed on The Rock Father™ right here) and LULLABY remaining chart-toppers long since release. Now comes word that the folks at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have released LULLABY VERSIONS OF JEWEL, a collection of ''lush instrumental versions of classic lullabies and her most beloved tracks.'' Check out the full tracklisting and a preview stream of the TTLRS version of ''Hands'' below.
While browsing the racks at Record Breakers in Chicago last night (part of the Reggie's complex), I happened to notice the Record Store Day exclusive version of Rockabye Baby's Lullaby Renditions of THE SMITHS. That record led to a discussion about kids music with one of the employees in the store, who informed me that something cool is about to take place for music-loving parents and kids: THE AGGROLITES will be performing their Yo Gabba Gabba! song 'Banana' as part of a FREE IN-STORE FOR KIDS on Saturday, May 19th, 2012.
If you've got kids, have an affection for Kindie Rock, and can get to Brooklyn next weekend, then KindieFest is the event for you!
KindieFest is the place to be for fans, friends, and those involved with the family entertainment scene. I was invited to this (thanks, Stephanie!) but am a party pooper. I'm normally not a big ''event'' guy as-is, but with a new baby due in less than two months, I'm just not up for a trip to NYC from Rock Father HQ in Illinois... this year. But if YOU can get to Brooklyn? Absolutely clear your schedule for April 27-29, and get ready to rock. Full details below.
THE AVATARS OF THEY, the sock-puppet alter-ego of THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS have released a new music video for their song, Goatee. The song comes from their unfinished album, STRAIGHT OUT OF THE SUITCASE, and is available on the TMBG podcast on iTunes. Check out the video below... I can tell you that it's approved by The Rock Father and Daughter, as I have an 8-inch goatee, and my daughter just rocked out to the song while talking to the puppets. GOATEE!
It's kinda weird that both FARMER JASON and THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS have used the title ''Can You Canoe?'' for releases in 2012, but since the ''same title'' issue happens all the time in other musical realms, I guess they all get a pass. In the case of the latter, THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS literally took a month-long canoe trip down the might Mississippi River last summer, experiencing nature while breaking out the guitar and banjo for some music jamming action. The end result of that journey is being presented in a CD/DVD collection called CAN YOU CANOE? as the first installment of a planned ''Adventure Album'' series for familes.