Getting in my car this morning after a long work shift my plan was to stop at the farmers market for some freshly made donuts and grab some vegetables. Opening the tailgate I placed my duffel bag in and noticed a box of my CD’s. What caught my eye was a couple other CD’s in the box one of which is Hello My Baby : Songs to Bond You and Your Baby by Vered. Always willing to hear new artists and especially people I’ve met I pop in into the CD player. The title is a bit wordy in my opinion but that would be the only flaw in an otherwise perfect sonic journey. The blend of harmonies, horns, strings and joy make it one of the best sounding CD’s I have heard this year. I haven’t written here since pre-kindiecomm and that’s where I obtained this CD. I saw and heard lots of great stuff at Kindiecomm. Lucy Kalantari, LARD Dog, The Sugar Free Allstars, The Boogers and may others to which I have been slacking about reporting here on the blog. But I gotta tell you that upon hearing this CD I felt obligated to write about it. To spread the word. The shame of great albums like this is that many folks dismiss what’s been recorded as soon as they hear kids or children’s music. This isn’t a sing song sing along hope to forget it barney experience. This is excellence in music regardless of genre. Do yourself a favor if your looking for something to listen with your baby, child or just in the mood for some great music. I should mention that once again that guy Dean Jones (Grammy award winner)produced this stellar album. Go buy this and support an independent artist today.
Posted in CD reviews, family, kids, Kindie, Music
Tagged children, Dean Jones, kindie, Kindiecomm, LArd Dog, Lucy Kalantari, music, parents, The Boogers, Vered
I went to the Arlington Heights Public Library today to drop off a few Poochamungas Cd’s they’ll be giving out for reading awards during the summer. I always try to help out libraries as much as possible. For one they are a valuable resource in many places and secondly they always support the many kindie musicians plying their trade around the country. The Poochamungas have definitely played more than a couple library gigs. So after dropping off CD’s I took a perusal of what kids music they had available. Well right away you notice Disney and that kidz bob (cutesy no talent edited recycled garbage IHOP). What then struck me was the number of kindie artists available as well. Casper babypants, the Not-Its, Justin Roberts, Recess Monkey, Bari Koral, Ralph’s World and many others. They had a great selection of FREE kindie music for anyone interested in introducing their family to high quality family music. I also know the Des Plaines Public Library carries some great music as well. If you live in either of these neighborhoods check out them out! You won’t be dissapointed.
As for the other free music my favorite cast of characters takes the stage at Simons tomorrow at 8:30pm as Electric Dirt. They’ll be singing the songs that Levon Helm sang all to well and celebrating what would of been his recent 75th birhtday. This ones free as well but be sure to drop a few dollars in the hat. It’ll be worth it!
Posted in family, Kindie, live music, Music
Tagged casper babypants, children, Electric Dirt, Justin Roberts, kids, kindie, library, music, Poochamungas, Recess Monkey, The Not-its
I’ve been shuffling discs in my recently acquired Sony Mega Storage 200 CD player and a song made me stop shuffling and listen to the whole album. “Mommy and Daddy need a little more sleep” Mo Phillips is singing like he’s witnessed my own personal battles with a son who needs a bit of guidance in his nocturnal activities from time to time. What makes it more poetic is that the song is a duet. Occasional Yogurt ( also acquired at kindiecomm) is a brilliant piece of pop music. It’s musically layered, quirky, smart and honest. Big musical songs with simple messages that touch home. I highly recommend you go out and get this one. I was a big fan of his previous CD Monster Suit (Discovering the new…) and now a bigger fan of this one. Keep up the good work Mo we’ll be listening! Go and support and independent artist today!
It’s funny when life comes full circle. Last year the first time I heard of a band called Future Hits is when they were co-billing with Little Miss Ann at the Hideout. I was unable to attend that show and around that same time I found out that there was a music teacher in my kids school teaching songwriting. Imagine my surprise when I found out they were in fact the same person. Matt Baron. I discovered this at my kids school when they were hosting a parents night. We had a nice conversation about the school, networking and music in general. I then ran into Matt again at KindieComm which was a great time (Thanks again Kathy and Robert!). There I acquired a copy of the new CD Today is Forever which is really quite good, bilingual and like nothing else in the kindie world. I would describe it as Bryn Ferry meets The Cure with hints of Elvis Costello. It’s full of moods and pianos and heavy drum beats and bass with electric guitars twanging about. It’s a whole lot of rocking fun. Then all the songs repeat in Spanish. So not only do the kids get super cool songs they get a bilingual experience as well. We tend to play either the English half or the Spanish Half. That’s up to you. Future Hits has a album you should get. Go buy this CD and support an independent artist today!
Posted in CD reviews, family, kids, Kindie, Music
Tagged bilingual, Chicago, children, Elvis Costello, Future Hits, kids, Kindiecomm, Matt Baron, music
Snowstorm upon arrival!
It’s taken awhile but here I am to report on my success of completing my list (Things to do at Kindiecomm) at KindieComm in Philadelphia. YES! I did share a beer and a conversation with the legend herself Kathy O’Connel. Got to meet Bob McGrath from Sesame Street!!! Shared beverages with many others including Dean Jones and Kurt Gallagher (Both awesome and talented guys). My family ran into the Cosgroves at breakfast, at KindieComm, the hotel lobby and breakfast again. Good times not to mention the three girls were back-up dancers for Andrés Mauricio Salguero. Seanster and the Monsters kicked some but on stage. Sean Hogan and the boys were great! So was Steve Denyes and Andres set as well. Not only did I get to hang with the Jeff Bogle we got to have dinner with his amazing clan (he makes a mean pulled pork) and my son walked away with a Skylander guy! Which he is still playing with by the way… The family also got to see Independence Hall (They signed a few important papers here), National Constitution Center (life size bronze statues of the signers), Ben Franklin Museum (organized first fire US fire department), South Street (CHEESE-STEAK!) and Valley Forge (Them cabins were crowded). Overall it was a great trip and my kids had a great time. I must thank the Omni Hotel in Philadelphia for the coolest perk of the trip. You can order cookies and milk to the room anytime till 9pm!!! We even had them delivered to the lobby by the fire while sitting with Jeff Bogle. Supercool! I did fail to book a gig and only had a moment with Joanie Leeds Drummer. I leave you with a group shot of Bob McGrath, Kathy O’Connel and the attendees of com. I and the family had a great time. Hope to see you all next year.
Photo by Spark provided by Robert Drake
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Tagged 123 Andres, Bob McGrath, children, Dean Jones, Jim Cosgrove, Kathy O'Connel, kids, Kids Corner, kindie, Kindiecomm, Kurt Gallagher, music, National Constitution Center, philadelphia, Seanster and the Monsters, Sesame Street, World Cafe, wxpn
Back when I had Sirius/Xm Radio. Back before they ended my subscription without a warning or email or letter or carrier pigeon. Back when we were loyal listeners to Kids Place Live (we still love you Mindy, Jack and Kenny). We were up to date on a lot of kids music and How to Eat a Cloud by said above band was a pretty cool song. Smart, thoughtful, quirky and fun. I had seen them perform at the last Kindiefest and they were quite good as well. So today we are going through some of the CD’s we acquired from KindieComm (which was great! Review forthcoming) and Ratboy Jr. got the CD slot and both son and I are in agreement. It’s pretty darn good! Smart, thoughtful, quirky and fun describes the whole disk. Any CD that makes a reference to Chewbacca is a winner in our home. My son loves Pretends Your Hand’s a Puppet and Backyard Camping. It was also recorded at that fun factory in New York run by that Dean Jones guy called No Parking Studios. I know the review is 3 years late but I just got my copy and better late than never! I look forward to their next disc. Go find a copy of this CD and support an independent artist today!
Posted in CD reviews, family, kids, Kindie, Music
Tagged children, Dean Jones, Jack Forman, Kenny Curtis, kids, Kids Place Live, kindie, Kindiecomm, Mindy Thomas, music, no parking studios, ratboy jr.
For many of us that play in the kindie realm we are all aware of the Justin Roberts, Laurie Berkners, Dan Zanes and The Okee Dokees of our genre. But how many are aware of the Kurt Gallaghers, Laura Dohertys and Jim Cosgroves? These three fine individuals have been at this music thing for a very looooonnng time and making a living at it. If you’re going to KindieComm and a would be pursuer of music in this kindie/childrens/family/all ages realm and looking to make a living at it. I suggest you find one of these fine folks during the conference, buy them a beverage of their choice, sit down, ask some pertinent questions and hear what they have to say. That’s the best part of these festivals. The panels are informative but the conversations had with other artists and fellow kindieteers are PRICELESS. Buy em a beverage and tell em John sent ya!
Cover of American Profile. Diane Guthrie photo.
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Tagged all ages, children, Children's, conference, Dan Zanes, family, Jim Cosgrove, Justin Roberts, kindie, Kurt Gallagher, Laura Doherty, Laurie Berkner, lids, Mr. Kurt, music, The Okee Dokee Brothers
Photo by David Kindler
We’ve been a pretty busy band this month but today we get the opportunity to jam in our home turf. Being from the Northwest side I am pretty psyched we get to play at the Firewater Saloon. The event runs from 9am till Noon and the BIG GUY in RED will be making an appearance as well! No cover charge and a $4 dollar pancake breakfast makes this the best deal of the Holiday Season!!! Stop on by and be sure to say hi to the band.
Posted in CD reviews, kids, Kindie, marketing, Music
Tagged Brady Rymer, children, Grammy, kindie, malala, music, NARAS, nobel peace prize, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Spoken Word, The Pop Ups
It’s a really great day anytime Lori Henriques gets around to making another CD. This time unlike her previous two solo efforts Lori has brought the whole band to join her and it only makes her music more awesome. Piano driven jazz is Lori’s avenue of music and this time bass, drums, horns, saw (Yes an actual saw!), flutes, percussion, clarinet and more horns join her on this rambunctious outing. I love the opening of How Great can This day Be and how positive and cool it makes you feel just listening to it. I Say Woo is my sons Favorites with a funky organ joining in on the grove and finally Another Good Year which closes out a really great CD with a great trumpet solo. Lori’s stellar vocals once again shine throughout the entirety of the disc. If you haven’t bought a Lori Henriques CD yet this one is well worth the purchase. It would make a great gift for family, friends, neighbors and classmates as it it is the season…. I hope she submits this gem of an album for the Grammy’s next year as she already has my vote. I’d add it to my top ten-ish this year but it’s gonna have to wait till next year. But don’t wait to purchase it! Go support an independent artist and buy this music today! Be sure to check out the title track video below.
This CD was sent to me for reviewing purposes but the opinion stated is my very own.
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Tagged children, cool, How great can this day be, jazz, kindie, Lori, Lori Henriques, music, piano, portland