Sunday April 13, 2014
Zee Avi's kids' music debut Nightlight bursts very quietly upon the Kindie Rock scene, compiling gently-performed covers of pop hits, cult favorites, and traditional tunes, performed with nifty ukulele and vocal harmony accompaniment. From The Velvet Underground to Bobby McFerrin, from the Muppets to the King of Pop, from Joni Mitchell to Disney, Zee Avi uniquely interprets an entertaining array of songs, creating a cool lullaby album for the whole family.
Nightlight will be released by Little Monster Records on April 15, 2014.
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Tuesday April 8, 2014
There are tons of CDs full of sleepytime versions of songs by The Beatles, but the hands-down best Beatles lullaby album is Jason Falkner's Bedtime with The Beatles.
Falkner has been a member of Jellyfish, The Grays, and The Three O'Clock, and has collaborated with Eric Matthews; all of those projects were dedicated to perfecting the pop song via lush, over-the-top production. For his 2001 album Bedtime with The Beatles, however, Falkner reeled in his bombastic tendencies and created quiet, tender, sweet instrumental versions of Fab Four tunes that melded his unique style with Beatles song craft.
If Bedtime with The Beatles piques your interest, Falkner released Bedtime with The Beatles, Part 2 in 2008.
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Thursday April 3, 2014
Danny Weinkauf's kids' music debut is a welcome addition to the Kindie Rock genre, and fans of power pop tunes and cartoon theme songs will love No School Today.
The bassist for They Might Be Giants wrote and recorded all of the music for No School Today himself but several friends helped out along the way, including Kindie Rock star Laurie Berkner, Hank Green of the VlogBrothers, and Suzanne Luna, director for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. No School Today is pure pop shined to Saturday morning perfection!
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Tuesday April 1, 2014
An entire album of children's songs written and performed by Led Zeppelin has been discovered in the much-storied Bron-Yr-Aur cottage in Wales, the location of many writing sessions for the legendary band. Recorded during Zeppelin's Led Zeppelin III sessions, the tunes are assumed to have been meant for children as the words "Children's Album" were scribbled on the cover of the 2in. tape case, along with some undecipherable runes.
The songs on Led Zeppelin's kids' album include covers of old blues tunes by the likes of Charley Patton, King Solomon Hill, Oscar "Buddy" Woods, and Leroy Carr. The 23 tunes seem to have been chosen for audience appropriateness, as the theme of most of the songs is various modes of transportation, jumping up and down, and acknowledging happiness via clapping hands.
Drummer John Bonham was unavailable for comment, but it is assumed he had a rollicking time creating the songs. Unfortunately for fans, this is merely an April Fool's post and the tapes do not exist. Equally unfortunately, the existence of Kidz Bop is, in fact, real.