James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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I vaguely remember hearing something about MOTION DEVICE, a Canadian band with a 10-year-old frontgirl awhile back. Sara, the vocalist, was maybe 8 or 9 the last time they crossed my internet path, and now they're back with a pair of covers from ALICE COOPER and OZZY OSBOURNE. Kids that rock this hard are impressive, but hopefully someone other than me will tell them to ditch that terrible Morpheus-font that they're using on their logo. Check out School's Out and Crazy Train below, then give 'em a LIKE on Facebook to show your support for their rock!

There's two things that Claude Monet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir have in common. No, it's not that they were both French, nor that they were painters of the 'Impressionist' style... and while they both had impressive facial hair (something I appreciate very much), that's not it, either. What they share in common is that they've both provided middle names for my daughters. My 'Monet' is sitting next to me as I type this sentence, while our 'Renoir' is in it's last month of incubation at this very moment. What they don't share in common is that only Monet is paid tribute on PICASSO, THAT'S WHO! (AND SO CAN YOU!), the new album from HOPE HARRIS.

Tuesday, May 15 2012 23:23

Watch: 17 Kindie Artists, 1 Hotel Room

I missed out on KindieFest this year, and being one of the newer folks that covers Kindie Rock, I can't say that I'm 100% familiar with everyone in this video. That said, 17 Kindie Artists, 1 Hotel Room is a fun watch, and I think you'll agree. Filmed at the recent festival and uploaded onto the Ralph's World YouTube Channel tonight, the video can be seen below:

Now here's an ad that gets it right. The UK faction of Volkswagen is currently airing a new commercial for their 'Polo' (don't think it's a stateside car just yet) that presents a father actually taking a role in his daughter's life from birth onward... without being a fool. I've gotta give my friend Mike credit for posting this one on Facebook, as I probably wouldn't have seen it otherwise. Take a look below:

It's hard to believe, but the final countdown is on. I guess it's time to crank up the Europe and start winding down the days in reverse, because our 'New Release' is set for arrival via scheduled C-section a month from now. I've been 'nesting' for awhile now, and the instinct of preparation is becoming a bit more frenzied. I can't grasp people that have fleets of kids (like the Duggars) or those parents that seem like they really don't care - having kids is a big deal, and for me it's both exciting and daunting. The Nursery is finished, though.

Originally Published November 15, 2011

Just two months since the release of his 41-track, EXTENDED PLAY E.P., comedian T.J. MILLER is already back on store shelves - this time with NO REAL REASON, his first-ever stand-up special. Taped in his former home state of Colorado (where he lived before getting smart and moving to Chicago, prior to pussing out and moving to L.A.) and released by Comedy Central, NO REAL REASON captures theLEGENDofKARL doing what he does best - making people laugh (except for the lady that gets up mid-show to call him an ''inconsiderate f*ck.'').

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