Last year I had the privilege of playing a couple of my songs at Lollapalooza on the Kidzapalooza stage. Along with the gig I received a free artist guest pass which I gave to my friend and excellent photographer David Kindler. David caught my show and then we went and explored Lolla. We slipped backstage, hung out at the artists lounge and listened to all the great music. It was a lot of fun. Another kindie band playing on the same stage as I that day was the band Play Date. When David geeked out a bit at seeing them play he quickly pointed out to me that Greg Attonito is the Lead vocalist for the punk band Bouncing Souls (good stuff). I had never heard of them as my punk music knowledge has
Photo by David T. Kindler
come later in life. Introductions were made. Shanti (Wintergate) and Greg are really nice folks and play some solid kids music as a duo. We then went our separate Lolla ways. That is till David got hired as a photographer at Riot Fest a month later and who should happen to be playing… Bouncing Souls. Who should he run into… Greg and Shanti. There’s a story there but I shall leave David to tell it. Anyway earlier this year I got a text message from my friend David and how he had just finished a secret Ninja Pajama photo shoot with Play Date. They stole my photographer! Then in the mail I received an advanced copy of the new Play Date CD from MY publicist and amazing human being Elizabeth Waldman Frazier (Recess Monkey, Laurie Berkner, Laura Doherty). They stole her too! The humanity!!! Well in all my rage and anger I did manage to listen to the WE ALL SHINE CD and it’s pretty darn good. Stevie the Fox opens with a happy pop vibe and cool rhythm. Ninja Pajamas is a quirky, rap, one of a kind lullaby but not really. It’s pretty cool. My favorite song is the total rock out over the top Ruin Your Appetite which totally hearkens to Greg’s punk rock roots. Did I forget to mentions Shanti’s stellar vocals? She really shines on the closing song Goodnight. This is a good listen for the whole family as my kids can attest to. What can I say? It’s hard to stay mad when folks hire quality folks and put out quality product. Buy this CD and support an independent artist today! I also posted a video below from a previous CD.
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Tagged bouncing souls, Children's, David Kindler, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, kids, kindie, music, photographer, Play Date, PR, publicist, punk, rock
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Tagged Brady Rymer, children, Grammy, kindie, malala, music, NARAS, nobel peace prize, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Spoken Word, The Pop Ups
I did it. I just addressed the CD to be sent to The Recording Academy so I can let my peers vote on my CD to be nominated for a Grammy. What are my chances? Not very good. We have an excellent product and by we I mean all the folks who worked on it – Alton Smith, Pete Cunningham, Don Zaloudek, Frank Izzo, Nancy Rose, Frank Rose and John Abbey. We also had some super help in vocals with Anna Fermin and Emily Hurd. Is It Grammy worthy? Well I like to think so but that really has no bearing on who wins. Justin Roberts put out a power pop masterpiece last year and lost to a lesser album. Not that the winner’s wasn’t really good. Just not as good in my opinion. Which others would perhaps disagree. But I digress… The great thing about recorded music is that eventually the truly great pieces transcend time. Grammy or no Grammy. Why do I enter mine if I’m pretty sure I’m not going to win? I’m a dues paying member so why not? No one ever won anything by staying home. If you’re a voting member please make Poochamungas one of your 5 selections. Thank you.
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Tagged Children's Music, Grammy, Justin Roberts, kindie, music, Poochamungas, Recording Academy
Tomorrow I shall be on the WGN afternoon news cooking up some of my world famous Turkey Chili. I signed up for the spot back in September when I was looking for PR for the new Album. They have a weekly segment about cooking in the firehouse and I was a firehouse cook for a long time. We’ll the album isn’t as new but it seems the TV people have gotten around to having me on the show so perhaps a mention of the kids band may or may not happen. Either way you should pay attention because I do make the finest bowl of turkey chili known to man (that ain’t bragging) and I’m gonna share it on national TV . It’s should be fun!
Tomorrow is the big award day for those that are members of The Recording Academy. The Grammy Awards. While many will watch the main event on TV some of us are more interested in the pre-telecast show when the best Children’s artist category is awarded. If you happen to be attending the Grammy’s make sure you attend the pre-telecast which is available for viewing on the internet at grammy.com. The pre-show has a free buffet and beverages available. You get to mingle with fellow artists and choose to sit anywhere you want (first come, first served) with the majority of awards handed out at this time (I got to meet Tenacious D). The night telecast offers no food and the best dressed people you have ever seen are in long lines for McDonald’s. But I digress… I shall be rooting for my kindie colleague/nemesis/fellow songwriter and Chicagoan Justin Roberts. He put out an exceptional CD (Recess) this year and has been doing so for a long while. Plus his drummer and my friend Gerald Dowd would be getting one as well for his excellent percussion work on the CD. In my family the word drummer has been replaced with Dowd. My son refers to all drummers as “The Dowd”. So when we jam at home he’ll point to his mom and say “you can be the Dowd.” I shouldn’t forget the excellent work his producer and guitarist Liam Davis has done making the recorded music sound so good. Jacqueline Schimmel (Bass) and Dave Winer (Trumpet/ Sneakers) round out the band. I wish all of you a great time and best of luck. We here in my house will be hoping for a win for the Dowd!
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Tagged academy, David Winer, Gerald Dowd, Jacqueline Schimmel, Justin Roberts, kindie, Liam Davis, music, recording, The Grammy's
Art by Joe Somers
While I went ahead and named my ten best kindie album picks if I were to name my #1 it would be … Block Party! The one I sank my heart and soul and wallet into. I hope that you go buy a few as stocking stuffers for your kids, nieces, nephews, neighbors, childrens classmates, local libraries, mothers cousins nephews step child, etc. If you read the blog I hope you’ve had a chance to listen to the CD. We are really proud of the effort and results. http://cdbaby.com/poochamungas5 This is the end of my shameless Christmas plug.
We have yet to make a video for the Block Party! CD. I have some ideas but would like to ask you, the fan, what song would you like us to make into a video. Post in the comments or on our Facebook or Twitter page. All help is appreciated!