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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...

The guys over at Roma Music Group have been busy again, and this past week they issued two new EPs in their long-running TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR collection of lullabies. Available now, Lullaby Versions of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and Lullaby Versions of RISE AGAINST each transform a half-dozen hits from their artist of inspiration into "lush instrumental" versions perfect for your littlest rockers' nursery. Check out the tracklistings, artwork and preview streams below, and if you dig 'em - download on iTunes, Amazon and most digital retailers.

Shelley Wollert is back as "Elska," the Icelandic Musical Pioneer who is said to have discovered a new island of volcanic rock while traveling by iceberg. For her newest electro-pop jam (available on iTunes now), Elska is teamed with WILCO's Mikael Jorgensen and long-time collaborator Allen Farmelo as they put forth a simple message: you don't need much. While I appreciate the sentiment and hope that my girls will one day identify with it (it's important to understand the difference between needs and wants), it's always weird to think of an anti-materialistic message while I'm sitting here in the confines of Rock Father HQ... where I often feel that we have "Too Much Junk." Check out the new video below!

If you're getting ready to raise a baby rocker, there's a couple of new collections of music out this week that you might want to take a look at. The folks at Roma Music Group have just unleashed two volumes of their popular Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star series - LULLABY VERSIONS OF STAIND and LULLABY VERSIONS OF DAUGHTRY - each transforming the respective artist's hits into instrumental jams for baby. Check out the full details, along with streams of the lullaby versions of "It's Been Awhile" and "Waiting For Superman" below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

With the New Year upon us, my friends at Roma Music Group have wasted no time in getting back into the swing of things with some new music for babies... that rock. Out this week from their massive TWINKLE TWINKLE LITTLE ROCK STAR line is LULLABY VERSIONS OF MEGADETH, a twelve-song set of metal classics from Dave Mustaine and the boys, all re-worked into soothing instrumental jams for your youngest little thrashers. Word on the street is that PAPA ROACH and STAIND are getting the lullaby treatment pretty soon as well, but in the meantime, check out the full tracklisting for this one, along with a stream of "Symphony of Destruction" below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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