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Best of 2015 kindie music

I haven’t been writing much here lately as life’s other obligations have gotten in the way. But I have listened to a whole lot of kindie music this year.  This years top ten is only a top 7 because these are the ones I remember without effort. It seems after 46 years the memory just went.  If I remember a CD later I’ll just amend this list These are ones that have spun in the car and in the house. The ones that my children still request and dance and sing along too.

7. We All Shine – Playdate. Good CD and they stole my publicist and photographer! I’m not bitter at all. You can read the review HERE

Photo by David Kindler

Photo by David Kindler

 

6. Hamster Pants –  Ratboy Jr.  This CD got a lot of play in the car this year as well. There silly pop philosophical  musings of hamsters in pants, barbarian librarians and skunk and robot relationships kept us entertained for hours on the road.  page-photo-26507

5. Hot Air – Recess Monkey.  Them boys have really hit their rocking stride in their last two CD’s with the John Vanderslice guy recording all analog and funky.RECESSMONKEY61.300

4. Trees – Billy Kelly and Molly Ledford.   If ya told me you were going to make a CD about Trees I would of laughed at you.  Well this is the second CD on that subject to prove me wrong (Underbirds was the first) and this one went and got a Grammy nomination. Strong songs by two fine song crafters. billy molly

3. Rocksteady – Josh and the Jamtones.  I gave Josh and Pat a bit of a hard time over the narration on there last CD  Bear Hunt but loved the music. My kids dug both.  Well we all agreed this year that this CD was rocking right beginning to end narration and all. No one rocks as hard as these guys and they include horns! Really a great CD. Josh Jamtones

2. How Great Can This Day Be – Lori Henriques.  On my post earlier this year I described this CD as pure joy.  Any other year it probably would of been #1 on my list. This also received a well earned grammy nomination and you should should check it out. lori henriques pic

1. Deep Woods Revival – Red Yarn.   On a  two week road trip with my kids to Colorado  this became our soundtrack and we as a family never tired of it. Along with Big Audio Dynamite, John Mayer and Bob Seger this one was constantly requested by the wife and kids.  It is also this years Rymer Award Winner for the CD that should of been nominated for a grammy but didn’t get there. It’s folk music, opera, story telling and a full audio experience. Andy Furgeson gets better with every CD he puts out and this one is my favorite this year.Red-Yarn-Bob-Rabbit-photo-by-Aaron-Hewitt-495x400

That’s all for now folks. See you in 2016!!!

 

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How Great Can This Day Be?

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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.

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

Finally getting to my top ten

LoriHenriquesCDcoverThe last few weeks here have been not of my own determining.  My daughter had pneumonia two weeks ago and now after much prodding my wife finally went to the hospital and found that she now has pneumonia.  So A Man, A Band and a Plan HQ is sort of shutdown.  Any plans I had to write about the Grammy votes for bands I felt had made music worthy of voting on went out the door.  I will say that I did vote for Justin Roberts and The Boogers.  Both big supporters of the Poochamungas and both put out really great CD’s.  The other 3 votes went to really great bands who are among the ones I am listing below for my top ten this year and please ignore the order as anyone of these could easily be at the top of my list on on given day.

  1. Jambo – HootenannycdJambo-Hootenanny
  2. Justin Roberts – Recessjr recess
  3. The Not-Its – KidquakeTNI-KIDQUAKE-COVER_blog
  4. Alistair Moock – Singing Our Way Through: Songs for The Worlds Bravest Kids Bravest Kidsworlds bravest kids
  5. Francis England – Blink of an EyeFrances england blink of an eye
  6. The Boogers – Extractum Victoris
  7. Recess Monkey – Tambourine SubmarineCover_-_Extractum_small_hires_RBG-343x311
  8. Lucky Diaz – Fantasticofantastico
  9. Lori Henriques – A Curios Place to Live
  10. Josh and the Jamtones – Jujosh and the jamtones jump upmp Uprecess-monkey dsd

The kindie community needs to step up

KINDIEPoochamungas just had a new CD released and took  many steps to make sure the public hears about it.  I mentioned to our publicist (Elizabeth Waldman Frazier has been amazing) the other day that an article used “kiddie rockers” instead of “kindie rockers.” To which she matter of factly said “If you walked up to someone on the street and asked them what kindie was they’d have no idea what you were talking about.” She is correct in that assessment.  We as a community, especially  artists do ourselves a disservice by not promoting as much quality kindie product as possible. Poochmungas just released a CD and in terms of community support I say this.  It’s never as good as you want but not as bad as you think.   Paul Crowe of The Boogers has been awesome.  Marc Bazerman  been supportive while promoting his own upcoming release. Mr Singer always likes and shares us on FB.  Story Laurie and Lori Henriques have help been really helpful as well.  Gina McHatton, Kurt Gallagher and Tito Uquillas gave us a nice mention on Facebook.   But I think that’s about it.  Privately I have had fantastic support. Publicly not nearly as much.  My personal belief is that some feel that if they promote others that their work somehow diminishes.   Untrue.  There is also the  fact that working to book gigs, promote gigs, make CD’s, etc. is a vastly time consuming effort to do.  One tends to get tunnel vision.  Competition and jealousy aspects also come into play… Why did he get played by Kids Place Live and not me?  If they buy his CD they won’t buy mine…  Get over it.  We need to help each other. This genre won’t grow unless we collectively promote the genre and not just yourself.   Reach out and help someone who’s music you like or an artist you respect. If you share your fan base those fans aren’t going to abandon you.  If someone does promote you remember to promote them back.  What does it take to like someone else’s show while meandering through Facebook.  Share someone else’s CD release, Kickstarter funding or gig?   Write some kind words?  When talking about your music use the word kindie (though someone is trying to make 2K off domain rights to kindie.com right now) so it becomes part of peoples vernacular.   When someone writes an article not just about you but someone you like or respect. Like and share it.   Stefan Shepard has a great blog (and podcast) called ZooGlobble . The Kindie Manifesto is something everyone should read.   Do yourself a favor. Read, listen and share what he’s promoting so ZooGlobble grows and with it the platform for us kindie musicians. James Zahn and Jeff Bogle have shed some serious props on their blogs about kindie music. Link them to your website. Promote their stuff so they grow and with it our platform.  It’s important you give blogger writers their due so their blogs can grow!  Promote the radio shows and blogs that review and play kindie music even when THEY AREN’T PLAYING YOURS, BUT ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY ARE.   That’s what I’m trying to do with this blog and on FB and Twitter.  All it takes is a few minutes a day by each of us and all kindie artists benefit.  It doesn’t mean you still aren’t going to have to work your ass off cause you are.  I’m not asking you to start a blog.  But take a few minutes a day and get out of the tunnel and see the whole picture. Don’t like my music?  That’s OK.  Find that which you do.  There’s a big bright kindie world ahead of us if only we all help it along. Cause if we don’t, who will?    I have listed some of my favorites blogs and Radio shows that support the genre below…

BlogsOut With The Kids, The Rock Father, Gooney Birds Kids, Kids Can Grove and the afore mentioned ZooGlobble.

RadioKids Place LiveImagination ParadeMusical Merry-Go-Round , Spare the Rock Spoil the Child, Kids Corner  and The Saturday Morning Cereal Bowl

These are just a few and their are plenty more.  Listen.  Share. Support.

Getting ready for the BIG SHOW

chicagomusicsummit2013clrwgooglewebIf you follow this page or the band your aware that on September 29th, 2013 at 2pm we have a CD release party at Schubas!!!  October 8th is the official release date.  At the Show we’re gonna have free posters, CD giveaways and lots and lots of FUN!!!  Koo Koo Kangaroo gets the party started and then followed by the ever rocking Poochamungas.  To prepare I have been doing interviews and calling friends and inviting the press and all that other stuff to get the word out!  Tonight I am headed to the first ever Chicago Music Summit at the Hard Rock Hotel to further spread the word of the Poochamungas.  Taking a few business cards and a couple CD’s. Who knows it may be the BIG BREAK for the band.  More likely I meet some neat people and word of Poocahmungas gets spread a little further.

Some of the Music I have been listening to… Baze and His Silly Friends, Josh and the Jamtones, Francis England (reviewed), Justin Roberts (song review), Story Laurie (song review), Lori Henriques (cd review), Okee Dokee Brothers (wife’s request), Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Alistair Moock and others .   I gotta run and go get some brakes fixed. Hope to see you at the big show!

Lori Henriques vs The Boogers? Oh yes I did!

KindievskindieOne of the best things about being a kindie music artist is that I get lots of music in exchange for my Poochumungas music.  I trade a lot of CD’s with fellow musicians and get to grow my library.  Well in the last two weeks I have received Lori Henriques and The Boogers!  Talk about completely different styles of music.  One is a cool jazz pianist with great vocals and the other is a hard rockin three-piece power punk machine!  The musical styles couldn’t be more different.  So what to do here when two great CD’s arrive at Poochamungas Blog?  Death Match!  Yeah…. Uh no.  Kids say music is about creativity and life (skipping death metal) so it’s a battle to control the CD player!… Uh no kids say CD player is for old folks they are the iTunes,mp3 generation… sheeesh!   Let’s open with…

LoriHenriquesCDcoverLori Henriques!  Her second effort The World Is A Curious Place To Live doesn’t disappoint.  Her brilliant vocals and jazz piano styling are unique.  No one else does what she’s doing in the kindie world.  She mixes original songs with traditional music played with original lyrics.  What really gets me in her music is the enthusiasm and joy.  When she sings about Everlovin’ Water I had to go get a glass and appreciate where it came from. Ahhhh Refreshing!  Just like the entire CD.  My favorite song on the CD is the opening Curiosity but the remaking of St. James Infirmary into When I look into the Night Sky is ethereal.  She takes a well-known tune and transforms it. I failed to recognize it the first time and it was one of the first songs I ever learned on harmonica.  Have a listen and check out the video link here.  The Album is educational as well which really matters not to me and the kids if the music doesn’t hold.  This one does.  Like a cool breeze though a open window while reading your favorite book. This CD is that good.

The Boogers come out rockin’ one again with Extractum Victoris which isCover_-_Extractum_small_hires_RBG-343x311 a latin title.  Extractum means to extract which is evident but victoris means a couple thing. To be victorious which it lends itself to, but also means conquering which is appropriate. Because The Boogers latest effort is kickin’ ass and conquering the world of punk rock once again.  From covers to originals the CD brings the power, insight and comedy expected from a Boogers album and sees them get better at their craft at the same time.  The opening song It’s a Sunny Day sets the tone with a big electric guitar opening then rolling right into the demand of Gimme Some Pancakes which ends in the ever appropriate and comical… What’s the magic word?  Please.  My favorite is the Pandas are Dangerous. A Lyrically strong, insightful and properly rockin love song.  That right I said it!  You can check out that video hereWith the Boogers it always goes to 11!

So the winner is… The listener.  If you want winners go watch sports!  Music is about creativity and craft and both these artist are great at what they do.  Feel like rocking out with the kids go play The Boogers!  Want to mellow a bit and listen to some jazz piano with one of my favorite vocalists go check out Lori.  No losers here! Go support you local artist and buy their CD’s available on the links below so they can continue making great music.

http://lorihenriques.com/

http://meet-the-boogers.com/