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Mariana Iranzi says, "Hola Hello"

Friday May 30, 2014

The title of Mariana Iranzi's second album is a dead giveaway that it'll be full of bilingual musical fun. Hola Hello, Iranzi's sophomore kids' music effort, injects a much-needed shot of multiculturalism into the Kindie Rock scene, providing listeners with entertaining opportunities to enrich their vocabularies and explore original and traditional Latin music.

Hola Hello is a highly-recommended winner for all families, and especially for early childhood educators interested in using multicultural music as a resource in their classrooms. For more information about her music or tour dates, check out the official Mariana Iranzi website.

Image Courtesy Mariana Iranzi | Juan Andres Ospina

Review: Brady Rymer - Just Say Hi!

Thursday May 15, 2014

Brady Rymer's seventh album of family music is flavored with old school Rock & Roll, Zydeco, gospel, and Americana music, creating a tasty musical melting pot of joyful and thoughtful songs.

Just Say Hi! follows Rymer's 2008 GRAMMY-nominated Here Comes Brady Rymer and The Little Band That Could and his collection of songs dedicated to children on the autism spectrum, 2011's Love Me for Who I Am. On Just Say Hi! Rymer and band combine themes of kids' favorite pastimes, lots of movement and dancing, and grownups' childhood memories to create a rootsy album for ages 0 to 100.

Image Courtesy Bumblin' Bee Records | Katie Gastley

Koo Koo Kanga Roo Bring the Fun!

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Take the most joyful aspects of Parry Gripp, 3OH!3, Andrew W.K., LMFAO, and Yo Gabba Gabba!, throw them into a mixing board with a Roland TR-808, and you've got Koo Koo Kanga Roo!

The duo's album Whoopty Whoop, coming out May 13, celebrates the Minneapolis-based band's relentless enjoyment of life, including songs about dancing, pogo sticks, pizza, dancing, fanny packs, superheroes, and more dancing. The album also serves as an invitation to their unbelievably interactive and happy live shows, as Bryan and Neil tour the country aiming to leave no concert-goer in a grumpy mood.

Sound a little too happy? Stream the entirety of Whoopty Whoop via Noisey.com, check out a few videos on the official Koo Koo Kanga Roo website, and see what you think!

Feelin' Down? Hey, Man, Everything's Archie!

Tuesday May 6, 2014

So The Archies were the fictional product of studio pros. So their music was distributed in part on the backs of cereal boxes. Fact is, you just can't beat a great pop song!

Everything's Archie was the second long-playing release by TV cartoon band The Archies, and the 1969 album's second single, the bubblegum hit "Sugar, Sugar," is arguably one of the catchiest songs ever recorded. Performed by a dazzling array of session musicians assembled by musical impresario Don Kirshner, Everything's Archie is super fun musical entertainment that spans two, maybe even three generations.

From the pop perfection of "Sugar, Sugar" to the rock and roll fun of "Don't Touch My Guitar," Everything's Archie provides sing alongs and dance tunes perfect for every listener in the house.

Image Courtesy Calendar Records

Live Kindie Hop? Skidoo's Got It Covered with Orange Peel

Thursday May 1, 2014

If nothing else, Kindie Rock is always looking to improve itself. Two areas that have historically been lacking in the genre are high quality live albums and hip hop CDs. Well, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo covered both needs with one fell swoop when he released Live at the Orange Peel back in November 2013.

Skidoo preaches a message of empowerment, joy, togetherness, and understanding via the songs included on Orange Peel, backed by playfully rowdy, deliciously funky performances by Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band. Orange Peel gives listeners a picture into what they can expect at a live Skidoo show, while showcasing his fantastically organic and smooth style.

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The New Lost City Ramblers Keep It Traditonal

Thursday April 24, 2014

When they first formed as a group, The New Lost City Ramblers were known for their love of and adherence to the authentic sounds and performances of traditional songs. Mike Seeger, John Cohen, and Tom Paley also believed that historical music should be enjoyed by the whole family, and they created Old Timey Songs for Children with that belief in mind.

Originally released as a 10-inch record by Folkways in 1959, Old Timey Songs for Children contains well-known classics like "Jennie Jenkins," "Cotton Eye Joe," "Hop High Ladies," and "Barbara Allen," as well as The Carter Family's great sing along "Chewing Gum." The album also highlights several obscure tunes and grownup-themed songs that the Ramblers felt kids would enjoy and appreciate, acknowledging young listeners' intelligence and sense of humor. A great primer for old-time music!

Image Courtesy Folkways Records

Happy Earth Day 2014!

Tuesday April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day, everyone! There are lots of kids' songs that celebrate and encourage ecology and environmental thoughtfulness, but a few immediately come to mind. Uncle Rock's "Garbage Barge" and "There Is No Away," from his 2010 album The Big Picture, discuss the fact that trash doesn't simply disappear, while Dog On Fleas' "Water Planet," from 2008's Beautiful World, describes the beauty of Earth from an extraterrestrial's point of view. Plant a tree!

Review: Zee Avi - Nightlight

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.

Image Courtesy Little Monster Records

Greatest Fab 4 Lullaby Album?

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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Review: Danny Weinkauf - No School Today

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!

Image Courtesy Idlewild | Megaforce

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