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"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.

For National Siblings Day, The Mother Company has issued a new music video from their recently-released DVD, RUBY'S STUDIO: THE SIBLING SHOW. Performed by LUCKY DIAZ & THE FAMILY JAM BAND, "The Siblings Shake" can be seen below...

There is absolutely no way that I can post a news item relating to Bob Marley on this website without making something very clear: I do not like the music of Bob Marley. This is something that I've mentioned in passing, and truthfully, I get pitched Marley-related topics (and reggae in general) pretty frequently, and usually don't post them. Along with Marley, I tend to also not like most of the artists he's inspired, and it's solely because his particular brand of reggae just has that "nails on a chalkboard" vibe for me... though I'd actually much rather hear genuine nails on a chalkboard. In fact, Bob Marley would be on my "Top Five Most Disliked Artists of All-Time" list, should I ever publish one. That said (and perhaps it might even diminish the good in the rest of this article), there is a new, kid-centric take on the music of Bob Marley that is coming out on April 28, and should that be your bag - you just might want to check it out with your little ones. I appreciate that Marley's music holds a very positive message for many, but listening to it is just audio torture for me. Details below...

It's "New Music Tuesday" (one of the last times I can say that, as new releases shift to Fridays beginning July 10), and today there's something new for the whole family. Two of my kindie friends - TWINKLE TIME and MISTA COOKIE JAR - have teamed up for a new single and video called "Kidz Rock." Both artists produce bilingual jams for the kids and family market, and this one - released to coincide with Dia Del Niño (April 30) is a fresh mix of EDM, hip hop and pop. Check it out below, and if you dig it, buy the track direct from Twinkle via Bandcamp.

John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep) has been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER four times in the past, all back in 2012 for his work doing remixes and mashups for PBS Digital Studios, namely massively viral hits based around READING RAINBOW, BOB ROSS, MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and JULIA CHILD. While he's remained plenty busy tackling everything from GAME OF THRONES to STAR WARS, ROBIN WILLIAMS, TERRY CREWS and even "Metal Songs for Kids," now he's back putting a new spin on some familiar television characters - those featured on Disney Junior. Tonight I'm sharing the first installment of "DJ Melodies," a new music video-style short-form series that premieres MONDAY, APRIL 6 on Disney Junior (6:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m., ET/PT). Check out the infectious new mashup he's done for SOFIA THE FIRST...

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