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Being relatively new to the world of Kindie Rock, I was not familiar with Gustafer Yellowgold until yesterday, and it appears that my daughter and I have some catching up to do. This little guy came to Earth from the Sun and landed in Minnesota. Since 2005, he's been the subject of several multi-media tales, brought to life in hand-drawn music videos from cartoonist/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor. His fifth DVD/CD package, Gustafer Yellowgold's Year in the Day is set for release on April 3, and after checking out a preview of a song and video called Pancake Smackdown, my daughter's first word was ''More?'' Check out the video below.

It's 55 degrees outside right now, and as the snow melts away, we can't wait for spring and summer. Sure, The Rock Father™ is all about the music, but we're also hardcore gardeners, and that's what makes this so intriguing: There's a band called ORANGE SHERBET that ''praise the delights of eating seasonal, locally grown foods!''

Tuesday, March 06 2012 11:14

Maestro Classics releases THE SOLDIER'S TALE...

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The award-winning Maestro Classics series has announced the release of their ninth album, a retelling of Stravinsky's L’Histoire du Soldat, presented for young audiences as THE SOLIDER'S TALE. Conducted by Stephen Simon, and performed by members of the London Philharmonic OrchestraTHE SOLDIER'S TALE features narration by Yadu (a.k.a. Dr. Konrad Czynski), and is presented with an illustrated, 24-page booklet. The Rock Father™ has more details on this new title after the break.

Tuesday, March 06 2012 00:26

Lullaby Versions of JAMES TAYLOR released...

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The crew over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just hit The Rock Father with word that their LULLABY VERSIONS OF JAMES TAYLOR has just arrived on iTunes. The 12-track collection is available right now via this link for just $7.99. Check out the full tracklisting and cover artwork below!

This Tuesday, Rockabye Baby! will release their LULLABY RENDITIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND, and if you'd like a little taste for free, we'll you're in luck! The label is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of Satellite, which you can snag via the TopSpin widget below. Enter your email, and a nursery-style version of the DMB hit will arrive momentarily.

Tuesday, February 28 2012 22:38

LINKIN PARK gets the lullaby treatment...

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star has thrown down a new collection from one of the biggest names in rock this week, with LULLABY VERSIONS of LINKIN PARK now available on iTunes and other digital retailers. The 61st release from TTLRS presents ''lush instrumental versions'' of hits like Crawling, What I've Done, and more. The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting a Shadow of the Day preview stream below!

Monday, February 27 2012 14:52

Watch: THE AQUABATS! 'Burger Rain' Music Video...

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THE AQUABATS! SUPER SHOW! is coming to The Hub for it's premiere this Saturday (March 3, 2012 at 11am ET/8am PT), and that's something I've been excited about for quite some time. Today The Hub not only updated their official site with a homepage takeover and some hidden goodies, but they've released a new clip in the form of a music video for 'Burger Rain.'

My wife is really excited about this.  As a big fan of the DAVE MATTHEWS BAND (can't say I am), she's looking forward to the March 6th release of LULLABY RENDITIONS OF DAVE MATTHEWS BAND by ROCKABYE BABY!. Since the new ''new release" we're expecting in June is another girl, I'd suspect she'll be able to swoon in the nursery to the mellow sounds of the DMB, far away from those college boys in backwards baseball caps, Abercrombie & Fitch button-downs, and GAP cargo shorts. That said, The Rock Father has a stream of Crash Into Me from the new Rockabye Baby! record below. Check it out, and pre-order yours from their official site if ya dig.

Monday, February 20 2012 23:40

KENNY CHESNEY gets the Lullaby Treatment...

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They won't be Corona bottles you'll be icing while listening to this one, but country-minded parents have something soothing coming their way. The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star have just issued LULLABY VERSIONS OF KENNY CHESNEY,  a twelve-track collection of the singer's greatest hits, reworked into lush, instrumental versions perfect for any nursery.  The Rock Father™ has the full tracklisting and cover art below.

Since I've never covered Nickelodeon's KIDS' CHOICE AWARDS before (in any of my past writing gigs), I have to make the somewhat obvious statement that it looks more like the ''Tween Choice Awards.'' We tend to be a Sprout house (though Nickjr. does have a few good shows), and I like to remember Nickelodeon as being the place for shows like PINWHEEL, MR. WIZARD'S WORLD, TODAY'S SPECIAL, and FINDERS KEEPERS. But, that was 30 years ago and Nick is a different game these days. With the announcement of the nominees for their 2012 Kids' Choice Awards last week, let's take a look at a few of the music-centric categories.

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards have just concluded on CBS, and I'm one of the camp that views the Grammys as a celebration of an organization and votership that is completely irrelevant, overly self-congratulatory, narrow-minded, boring, and predictable year after year. Despite those views, I thought it might be fun to compile a list of of music inspired by some of the night's biggest winners, but reworked and performed for the smallest members of your family: newborn infants. Here's a run-down of lullaby renditions of select winner's songs that are currently available on iTunes.

Tuesday, February 07 2012 18:41

Watch: Humpty Dumpty Plays Bass and Falls Off the Wall

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I learned something last night - my wife doesn't like Humpty Dumpty. She said she doesn't like anything about it, starting with the classic tale itself. I was showing my daughter this new video for Humpty Dumpty Plays Bass and Falls Off the Wall from GROOVE KID NATION's MUSIC IN MOTION album (released last year), and while she loved it - my wife was still a bit hesitant. ''I don't know where this is going,'' she said with a sly look on her face. I had no idea that she had such disdain for Humpty. What my daughter really digs about the video below is that Humpty rocks a ''fish-shaped bass.''

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