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 writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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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Generally when I do The Toddler Jukebox, it's about my daughter randomly pulling a CD from the archives and me being forced to spin it. This one's a little different in that the little one didn't specifically choose the song - but she sure as hell digs it. From the MELVINS' 1994 album STONER WITCH comes a little song called Revolve - a song that she happened to catch me playing acoustically yesterday morning while jamming in my office. Yes, I was rocking out some Melvins in a half-assed style when she walked into the room smiling and dancing. So I let her hear the real version of the song.
As a big fan of Starbucks' Annual Pumpkin Spice Latte (or just about anything pumpkin this time of year), I've been hunting for the perfect recipe to make some Pumpkin Spice at home. A little Pumpkin Spice without the $5 price has been a mission, then earlier this month, the Redeye here in Chicago published a recipe that I tried out and have been tweaking a bit as well. Below the jump you can find out what you'll need to start brewing your own. While the Starbucks version is said to contain ''four pumps of flavored syrup,'' The Rock Father™ is sharing a version that tastes a lot more pumpkin-y, because it uses real pumpkin.
The 2011 Holiday Shopping Season is officially underway for Toys "R" Us, as the company invited shoppers to''Join Geoffrey for the Ultimate Kick Off to Christmas'' at it's stores yesterday afternoon. As we did for Geoffrey the Giraffe's Birthday Celebration back in September, we made it a family affair and headed out to the local TRU store so that the little one could meet Geoffrey once more, and we'd set her up for a Holiday Wish List - for which TRU had pledged to donate $1 for every list created to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
THE MUPPETS are on the verge of hitting theater screens after a long absence, and if you've been keeping your eyes on the small screen, then you've already noticed Kermit, Miss Piggy, and the gang popping up for product tie-ins. THE MUPPETS have a long history of doing commercials, one that pre-dates Sesame Street and The Muppet Show by many years. While the folks over at Muppet Wiki have a shockingly extensive list of commercials that THE MUPPETS have been involved with, this one is a personal favorite, so I'm sharing it here on The Rock Father™.
Canadian comedian JON LaJOIE has improved over the years, especially as evident in a recent that hit the 'net back in August. While it's been floating around since 2008 and has over 4 million (!) views on YouTube, this low-budget video called ''Stay At Home Dad'' just hit my radar this week. At first, my daughter actually thought it was me in the video - long hair (I used to have it), unshaven, with a stocking hat and sunglasses. It fits my description at times for sure, and as for being a stay-at-home Dad - it gets a lot right. Check out the Rage Against the Machine-inspired ode to parenting below.
There's plenty of reasons why you should check out THE GREATEST CHRISTMAS EVER, the new children's book from author Sergio Liden and illustrator Francesco Orazzini. We'll start with the simple facts that it's bothgood and FREE, but this new holiday tale is also timely, and is being provided to you and your family with the hope that you'll be able to donate a small amount to the National Coalition for the Homeless. Originally intended to be published for the 2011 holidays with a portion of proceeds set aside for the charity, 2 DADS PUBLISHING (Liden along with Zachary Zemby) switched gears to make the book available to as many people as possible, and here's why - in their own words: