ASTROGRASS, NYC's ''premiere bluegrass band for all ages'' has announced an October 16, 2012 release date for their latest album, THE COLORED PENCIL FACTORY. Notes Astrograss's Jordan Shapiro, "I believe that bluegrass music, and all American folk music, is essential listening for kids, and I also believe that the purity of the music is important. We made The Colored Pencil Factory without the use of any amplifiers, drums, pedals, or 'effects.' We recorded the album in our fiddle player's living room and played the songs just the way we'd play them at a park or in a kitchen. It's pure, organic, natural Americana." Pretty cool, right? Check out the tracklisting and cover art below.
Just days after I posted the first Halloween news for the 2012 season comes the first Christmas news for the year. Actually, it's only sorta the first, but we'll call it the 'first official' piece: acclaimed children's musician LAURIE BERKNER is releasing a Christmas album. Two Tomatoes Records/Razor & Tie will release A LAURIE BERKNER CHRISTMAS on October 30th, a new collection containing fifteen seasonal songs, three of which are original tracks: “Santa’s Coming To My House Tonight,” “Candy Cane Jane” and “Christmas Lights.”
SKYLANDERS have really become a big thing in recent months, something that kind of flew under my radar despite my review of the game last December. In fact, I know that some of my fellow Dad Bloggers (like Jeff Bogle over at Out With The Kids) are pretty into it. Well, I may have to delve back into that world as Robert Welkner from Coin-Op TV just sent me an email with a link to the video that you're about to watch: The Best Skylanders Cakes. Yes, with how big the Skylanders are getting, the characters have become a popular theme for Birthday Parties and Special Occasions, and Rob has scoured the internet to find some of the best designs. Take a look.
Following up their massive success with the MISTER ROGERS remix, Garden of Your Mind, PBS Digital Studios hit The Rock Father with word on their follow-up... BOB ROSS Remixed. Once again created by Symphony of Science's John D. Boswell for PBS Digital Studios, the new mix pays tribute to the iconic host of THE JOY OF PAINTING, and is entitled Happy Little Clouds. Check it out below, and if you like it - share it!
The folks over at Diamond Select Toys hit The Rock Father with details on some upcoming Minimates this afternoon, complete with photos. Among the new offerings are figures and vehicles from THE MUNSTERS, STAR TREK (the original series), and a special version of SANTA CLAUS... on a pirate ship. Are any of you collecting these? Check out the details below...
It's the end of July and since Hobby Lobby has their Christmas stuff displayed in full glory, that means that Halloween is just three months away! I kid, because I love Hobby Lobby and Christmas... but HALLOWEEN? That's my favorite holiday of them all. In fact, I can't wait to start covering all things ghoulish here on The Rock Father this year, and today I've got the first bit of Halloween-themed news for the season... On October 9, award-winning kids' musician ANDY Z will release his fifth studio album, THE GRAND SCREAM OF THINGS, a musical Halloween audio play created especially for kids in their “tweens."