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In all the pre-and-post baby commotion over the past month, there's a lot of stuff that I've missed. One such bit of news is the July 3 release of SCIENCE FAIR, a compilation of 18 exclusive tracks crafted to benefit science and engineering education for girls. This album features a ton of popular names in the family music world and beyond, and will be released on Spare the Rock Records. The first video from the album, MATES OF STATE performing ''I Am A Scientist'' can be viewed at Paste. Check out more details below...

Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just hit The Rock Father with news that they've released yet another collection of popular songs in lullaby form, this one being LULLABY VERSIONS OF SOUTHERN ROCK. The new collection hit iTunes this week and features 'lush instrumental versions' of songs made famouse by the likes of ZZ Top, Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and more. Check out the track listing below.

Earlier this week I teased this, and now you can hear it for yourself. SWIMMERS is a new kindie rock project from Ernest Wuethrich - a stay-at-home Dad and fellow Rock Father. Last month, Ernest entered Castle Ultimate Studios in Oakland, CA - best-known for it's metal and hardcore recordings - to lay down the first two songs from SWIMMERS. The end result can be streamed/purchased below through Bandcamp. Check out "Summers are the Breakfasts of Champions" and "Weekend Warriors of the Future"...

Diamond Select Toys just informed The Rock Father that their MARVEL SELECTS IRON MAN will be arriving in-stores today. Based on the MARK VI armor seen in the AVENGERS, this new figure bears a striking likeness to star Robert Downey Jr. Am I the only person that hasn't seen the AVENGERS yet? With two little ones in the house now, my movie-watching time is pretty much gone.

Toy Manufacturing has always been a fascinating process for me, going back to that old Disney short, WHERE THE TOYS COME FROM (which we used to have on VHS). Now a new video has popped up online documenting the 4-10 month process that it takes one toy company to develop and produce a new product. Interestingly, that company is Famosa, who I've been critical of in the past for their bafflingly shoddy handling of the Caillou brand (read that story here). Regardless of my experiences thus far, this video is definitely worth watching.

Since it's been a busy time here becoming a Dad for the second time and all, I've missed some updates from the Kindie world, so here's a roundup of some news you should pay attention to. Here's updates on the latest from Recess Monkey, Hot Peas 'N Butter, Elizabeth Mitchell, Bill Harley, Hullabaloo, and Swimmers.

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