I have seen the future. I have already been there, and I already have my favorite album of 2014 thus far. It's true... The Rock Father's Urban Assault Vehicle is also a time machine, equipped with a Flux Capacitor installed by Doctor Emmett Brown on a visit to Hill Valley, California last year. And, while all of you will have to wait for three months until you're able to enjoy TALES FROM THE MONSTROSITY SCROLLS, the new album from RAINBOW BEAST & THE ROCK BAND LAND ROCKERS, I have already set the dial for February 11, 2014 and returned with a copy.
With running this website, being extremely active on social networks, and making a large part of my living from "new media" over course of the past decade, it often surprises people when they learn that I'm not big on tech for kids. Yes, I share news on the latest Apps and App-enabled toys, but I do that for the majority - the folks that are into that sort of thing, a large portion of my friends and readers. While I won't rule it out for the future, I do not own an iPad, nor do I own a tablet of any kind. While my little ones do, on rare occasion, get to check out an App or video on one of our Windows Phones, I'm not into giving them a "device" or "screen" to occupy their time, and would prefer them to embrace imaginative play, spending time outside whenever they can. I've spoken a bit about this before, and now comes a movie that hits me right in the sweet spot: PROJECT WILD THING. It's a British film created by a Dad - a film that encourages families to swap some "screen time" for some "wild time" - time spent outdoors. Watch the trailer and learn more below...
I have been meaning to cover the phenomenal work coming from Ohio-based music instructor Aaron O'Keefe for quite some time. The work of his students is beyond impressive, and as a musically-inclined father, makes me hopeful of what my own daughters will be able to one day accomplish. These exceptional (and very young) musicians are pulling off covers of some very famous (and some very difficult) songs, and their latest offering just arrived: "Love Song" by THE CURE, and "Du Hast" by RAMMSTEIN. Watch that video below, along with some other favorites of mine that you need to watch if you haven't already...
It's been more than 10 years since the release of DANE COOK's debut album, HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED. I still remember picking it up (still have my CD/DVD), and interestingly enough, just watched my review copy of Disney's PLANES today - a film in which he voices the lead character, Dusty Crophopper. From standup to family films, Cook has accomplished a ton in the past decade, and to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of that first record, Comedy Central will release a limited pressing of just 1,000 vinyl copies of HARMFUL IF SWALLOWED on November 26, complete with exclusive artwork.
Parental Caution: Fire Hazard? Maybe, but this Donkey Kong Radio Controlled Car can Burn Your Kids...Written by James Zahn
UPDATE: An update to this story follows after the original post with a statement from the manufacturer/importer.
With the Holiday gifting season getting into full-swing, I've been getting a lot of interesting items showing up here at Rock Father HQ - sent by their makers and publicists with hopes of landing a spot within my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide. Sometimes, it's completely unexpected, such as the case with the Mario Kart Wii Donkey Kong Mini Radio Control Kart (what a mouthful) by Goldie International. I'm going to go back to something that I've said here on the site before: Toy makers - STOP SELLING GARBAGE TO FAMILIES. This is also about the point were PR reps will get irritated, and will scold me for not coming to them with a problem first - all so they can try to "correct" it and keep some mud off of their client's faces. That wouldn't be honest, and certainly wouldn't be representative of my true experiences with a toy... especially when a safety issue is involved. Five days ago, I received a toy that burned my child (and me) today. And, I took the damn thing apart and am going to show all of you exactly how it happened.
In all areas of media, there are certain companies that operate just on the fringe of good taste, principle... and intellectual property laws. Much like those companies that put out similarly-titled and plotted films that land on DVD racks just to confuse good-hearted grandparents (I'm looking at people like Engine 15 Media, with their dubious CARS & TOY STORY knock-offs; and whoever the makers of CHOP-KICK PANDA are), there's long-been some occasional similarities in the toy department from major and minor players alike. Such is the case with "The Toon Studio of Beverly Hills" (aka United Trademark Holdings) and their "Junior Elf Fairy PRINCESS" line, which I'm sure is meant to look nothing like the famous DISNEY PRINCESS collection. Nor is their "Original Cars" line supposed to evoke images of Disney-Pixar's CARS... their "Original Monsters" supposed to resemble UNIVERSAL MONSTERS... or the "Original Fairies" supposed to be anything remotely similar to Disney FAIRIES. So what of this new FAIRY TALE HIGH collection of dolls that showed up at Walmart and Toys "R" Us this past month? Nah, they're not similar to anything else out there right now.