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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...

Cinco de Mayo is this Tuesday, and LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND are continuing their tradition of seasonal releases with "Piñata Attack, a new single available in both English and Spanish. The new single follows the full album releases of ¡FANTASTICO! and AQUI, ALLA, both of which played well here at Rock Father HQ, and will be available just in-time for Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, with pre-orders up now on iTunes. Can't wait to hear it? Check out an advance stream on Lucky and Alisha's official site.

On June 16th, Razor & Tie will distribute six "themed" digital albums from children's recording artist and preschool TV favorite Laurie Berkner. Personally curated by Berkner from her own archives, each album focuses on a particular theme in support of teachers and other grownups looking for help with a specific topic. Laurie Berkner's Animal SongsLaurie Berkner's Classroom FavoritesLaurie Berkner's Food Songs, Laurie Berkner's Movement SongsLaurie Berkner's Nature Songs, and Laurie Berkner's Transportation Songs  will all be available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Spotify, and more.

Just in time for World Penguin Day (April 25), Seattle's prolific purveyors of perfectly pop! Kindie rock are serving-up "Penguinese." Yes, RECESS MONKEY have returned, and they'll be unleashing their latest album, HOT AIR (pre-order on Amazon) on June 16, 2015. In the meantime, "Penguinese" is the funky new single (available on iTunes) that focuses on a “new kid in school" -- a penguin searching for acceptance. Band leader Jack Forman (of SiriusXM's Kids Place Live) created the produced the 3D animation-live action video, which features vocalist/guitarist Drew Holloway and a penguin. Take a peek, and read-on for the tracklisting and cover art for HOT AIR, which includes something for the STAR WARS fans...

There's a lot of different flavors coming forth in the family music realm this days, and it's those genre shifts that tend to make the Kindie world a little more interesting. I really dug JAZZY ASH's HOME last year, and now she's gearing-up to release another set of New Orleans-inspired goodness with the release of BON VOYAGE this July. The first single is out now, and it's a cover of "Heebie Jeebies," the LOUIS ARMSTRONG classic that is widely credited as "the birth of vocal scatting." Check out the video below, and if you dig it, head over to PledgeMusic to pre-order a copy of the new record.

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