The crew over at Diamond Select Toys sent a quick update to inform the masses that their movie-themed wave of MARVEL MINIMATES has begun hitting TOYS R US stores. While THE AVENGERS doesn't hit U.S. screens for a few more days, you can certainly track down a ton of cool merch for kids of all ages. Here's what they say about the Minimates.

Originally released last year as a TARGET exclusive, Sesame Street: Singing With the Stars hits the streets this week for non-exclusive wide-release. Since we've had this one here at Rock Father HQ for awhile, this is a perfect opportunity to throw down some virtual ink on the subject.

Renee Stahl and Jeremy Toback, collectively known as RENEE & JEREMY, will release their new album of family-friendly cover songs on May 8th. Of the tracks featured on A LITTLE LOVE, the first to get the video treatment is a rendition of the COLDPLAY classic ''Yellow.'' I've got the video embedded for your viewing enjoyment below, but damn if it didn't bring a tear to my eye in it's depection of parenthood - ending with the little bird leaving the nest, flying off toward those yellow stars. With a two-and-a-half year old here and another on the way, I'm not quite ready to think of that part of the journey just yet.

Diamond Select Toys hit The Rock Father™ with details on their 47th series of MARVEL Minimates. Set for release to specialty stores and comic shops only, pre-orders for series 47 are now open. Check out the full details below.

Thursday, April 26 2012 00:00

Mo Phillips - Monster Suit (Album Review)

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When a copy of MO PHILLIPS' new album MONSTER SUIT arrived here at Rock Father HQ awhile back, I had to do a double-take to realize that the room pictured on the cover wasn't real. My eyes focused immediately on the greenish Monster Suit that is seen hanging on the back of a bedroom door, as if one of the 'Honkers' from Sesame Street had unzipped his business attire and left it right there. Then I noticed that the rug and guitar were made of paper and colored with crayon.

Wednesday, April 25 2012 12:14

PAPA SNOW - JUNIOR JUKEBOX Vol. 1 (Album Review)

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When the daughter of PAPA SNOW reached out to me to check out her Dad's new JUNIOR JUKEBOX Volume 1, I was intrigued. Aimed at reaching a niche audience within the family music realm, JUNIOR JUKEBOX  presents a ten track collection of 70% traditional songs revamped ''in the style of'' famous acts from the 50s, 60s, and 70s. While the aim is there, unfortunately... Papa Snow misses.

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