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My top ten and rejected again

WIRED Cover Art_Recess Monkey_72 dpi Once again I sent my usual 10 page resume (not really) along with a request to be Okee-Dokee-Bros-Through-the-Woodsa judge for the Fids and Kamily Awards.  Once again I got a polite but firm denial to this exclusive club because they don’t allow kindie musicians to be part of the club…sniff, sniff.  Well even without my vote they are BY FAR the best award an artist could hope to win.  There are no fees involved and there are multiple industry, blogger and qualified people voting on the music which is not always the case with a lot of the awards out there like.  Many times only one or year_round_songstwo people are reviewing all the music AND they charge a nice bit of coin. So congrats to the Fids and Kamily winners.   Here is how I would have voted. Free of charge! My top ten CD’s of the year.  Cue the music… Top Ten Cd’s for this year

  1. Recess Monkey – WIRED  (The best CD I heard this year)
  2. The Okee Dokee Brothers – Through The Woods (Not as great as the last one but still amazing)
  3. Edie Carey & Sarah Sample – ‘Til the Morning: Lullabies and Songs of Comfort (Caught me by surprise.  Outstanding vocals and music)
  4. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo – The Perfect Quirk (Great CD with smartest written song this year)
  5. Dog on Fleas -Buy one Get One Flea (Dean Jones showing his own Genius)
  6. The Hipwaders -Year Round Sounds (Just a great music with a California feel)
  7. Brady Rymer – Just say Hi (Still the most underrated kindie artist out there with another great CD)
  8. Laura Doherty – In a Heartbeat (Lyrics for tots. Music for everyone and from Chicago!))
  9. Jon Samson – A New Kids Album (Sonically amazing)
  10. Mills Trills – Everyone Together Now (Superiors vocals and a big sound)

dog on fleas bogofThese are the my pics for the best CD’s out this year.  For me the best CD by far this year is WIRED by Recess Monkey.  Not because the others aren’t great but because this one is so musically, lyrically and sonically awesome good! I should also mention its Grammy nomination voting time.  I still have some listening to do before I make my final Grammy Picks but rest assured WIRED has already made the grade. Everyone in the kindie world who is a voting NARAS member should have this as one of their nominations. I shall leave the other 4 to you.     Lots of great music BradyRymerJustSayHiout there this year. Bands super worthy but not in my top ten include Josh and the Jamtones –  Bear Hunt (I’m not big on narration but my kids laugh a lot), Baze and His Silly FriendsThe Best Day Ever (just feel good music and my wife liked it!), Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band –  Lishy Loo and Lucky Too (Thingamajig is an amazing song!), The Not-Its! Raise Your Hand (Power Pop awesomeness) and finally Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights –  Good Egg (Good songs and music on the whole disk).  Now I still have a few Albums to check out before I vote for the other 4 Grammy nominees but you should go and check out any of these CD’s. Go support an independent artist today!

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Good stuff

This weekend has been pretty busy.  First on Saturday members of the Poochamungas worked on a Top Secret project for the upcoming Big Leap fundraiser for my children’s school.  More details to arrive later in the week.  Then my son and I went to The Old Town School of Folk Music for a concert with The Okee Dokee Brothers.  There were also birthday parties, holiday parties, carnivals, and what not!  Busy but fun. okee ots

If you are looking for a great place to start in the kindie music world Brickton Montessori (our school) is having their yearly fundraiser and among the items up for bid online are a Kindie Music CD Collection.    This is a tremendous oppurtunity to get a lot of great music and help a good cause at the same time! All CD’s were donated by the artists reflecting the many great music styles available. From punk to pop and jazz almost every genre is covered.  Included are Dog on Fleas, Joanie Leeds, Mr. G, Jim Cosgrove, Lunch Money, The Hipwaders, Alistair Moock (Grammy nominee), Grenadilla, Mister Singer, Little Miss Ann, Story Laurie, Lori Henriques, Recess Monkey, Mr. Kurt, Baze and His Silly Friends, The Boogers, Heidi Swedberg and Her Sukey Jump Band, and Bricktons very own Poochamungas!  Just added an autographed CD from our friends the Okee Dokee Brothers!!!  Bidding starts at $60 but I’m sure the price is going to go up.  Get to bidding on this fantastic-super-amaz-a-riffic deal today! While your there see if anything else catches your eye.  Only 4 days left!brickton big leap

Ageless Kindie songs or just great music!

Pic taken of Chillin and Grillin for a cure with Erin Burns camera by the Frankfort FD.

Chillin’ and Grillin Block Party!

I am guilty.  I have songs on my last CD that are songs about childhood but not really “kids” song so to speak.  My Favorite Summer Day (Block Party) is a fine example of this and yet kids really like this song.  Because kids REALLY like block parties!  So below are a list of songs that I have heard on kids CD’s that are not “kids songs” per say but really good songs for anyone and could and should be played anywhere, anytime on any radio station.

Justin RobertsFruit Jar, Redbird, Looking for Trains.  Justin is really a great songwriter who’s songs have all ages appeal but these three songs could be on any kind of album as they are really ageless great tunes.

The Okee Dokee BrothersCan You Canoe? (Album).   I still contest that this is Grammy winning folk album (it won for best Children’s Album) with a couple of kids songs.  Songs like Along for the Ride, Thousand Star Hotel and Roll on River are great songs that could be played on the radio with no one ever the wiser.  Go buy the CD. It is one of the best kindie albums ever.

Baze and His Silly Friends-Superhero.  It’s alt rock  with catchy guitar riffs an stylistic vocals. Just another kids song? I don’t think so.  Go check it out! 

The Boogers– Everything they play is punk rock. Period. My favorite song is Pandas are Dangerous

Alastair Mooc– Take a Little Walk With Me.  Simple little ballad on a really great CD he wrote while his child was battling leukemia. She cowrote a few of the songs.  But this beutiful, poignant tune could be played anywhere with no one even thinking it was on a “kids” CD.

Frances England – Mind of My Own.  Her new CD Blink of an Eye is Grammy worthy.  It’s that good.  But this song off of her last CD is just a great pop tune about a girl trying to find her independence is just a brilliant piece of writing. It’s a song that belongs on any type of play list.

So these are my first six entries. More to come.  If folks have any suggestions I’d be very happy to hear them! In the meantime go visit and buy some music from the artists listed. Go! You’ll be glad you did.