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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
That’s all for now folks. See you in 2016!!!
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Tagged Billy Kelly, hamster pants, Josh and the Jamtones, kindie, Lori Henriques, Molly Ledford, music, playdate, ratboy jr., Recess Monkey, red yarn, rock, roll
Photo By John Garrido
WOW! That’s what it feels like after every show I play with my fellow Poochamungas. For a long time I have been telling folks that discounting our music because we sing for parents and kids is a mistake. Well last week I entered Poochamungas into a Chicago Police and Fire Battle of the Bands called Rock the Badges. It’s one thing to tell folks how good the music is, another to listen to the CD, but to really grasp what we do you gotta see us perform LIVE. Because we are first and foremost a ROCK BAND! We’re taking names and kicking tails so to speak. We’ve been at this thing now 7 years and we put on a goood show. That’s what the 200 or so folks saw and heard when we took the stage on Saturday, August 22nd at 6:15pm. People were surprised at how good we are and the total rockality of our show. I don’t blame them. All you hear in the mainstream is Disney, Dora and Barney. Because kindie music as we call it (kids independent) really never gets the fair shake it deserves. Bands like The Not-Its, Josh and the Jamtones, Red Yarn, Brady Rymer, and us Poochamungas. This Blog is filled with rockin bands that most parents haven’t heard of …Yet! But I digress… Well I’d like to tell you we won. We did not. We did however show folks that a family music band can rock with anyone, anywhere, anytime. We also went on when the news channels showed up and got coverage on two local stations for the evening news… PLUS local DJ legend Lin Bremer gave us a shout out WXRT during his Monday morning show. So a word to all the show bookers and producers in the city, state and country. If your looking for original fun family friendly interactive music that rocks. Give us a call. WE ARE READY!
I would also like to thank John Garrido and all the folks who worked the Rock the Badges III event. Great Job raising money for our brothers and sisters in need. Also thanks to all the bands that gave up their time to play whether competing or just entertaining the folks, you all rocked! And last my condolences to Veilside and the family of Tom Finnelly. Our prayers and thought are with you.
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Tagged charity, fire, first responders, John Garrido, kindie, music, Police, rock
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.
Posted in CD reviews, family, kids, Kindie, marketing, Music, video
Tagged bouncing souls, Children's, David Kindler, Elizabeth Waldman Frazier, kids, kindie, music, photographer, Play Date, PR, publicist, punk, rock
The Hipwaders Rock! What more do you need to know? Their latest CD is worth the purchase. Fun lyrics, great vocals and harmonies not to mention that cool California grove that they’re famous for. We are big fans of this band and Year Round Sounds brings some new tunes, covers and holiday music our family has been digging. They now sit in the much coveted car CD slot! Willie Samuels does a great job once again of making the band sound great in the studio. Mic Check , Kings and Queens and The Books I Like to Read are three of my favorite songs. I find this a worthy follow up to The Golden State my only complaint being… Tito when’s the next release? They are having a CD release party this Saturday, September 13th in Vacaville, CA. Go buy this CD and support a kindie artist today!
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Tagged all ages, California, Children's, family, kindie, music, rock, the hipwaders
This weekend I am super pumped to be playing the Jefferson Park Arts and Music Festival, more commonly called JEFF FEST! We take the stage on Sunday 2pm. Back long ago when I was a mere skinny lad with a full head of hair. Back in the summer of 1980 (I think). The place to be was the Jeff Park Pool. My friends and I were part of the first twenty kids in line when it opened. Finally we had a public pool of our own with a diving board! Prior to it opening we had to go to Norwood Park Pool which had two significant problems. One you had to get a ride from a parent to get there. Chauffeur us as they did, a lot (before the seatbelt laws you could get quite a few kids in a station wagon), they had things to do and weren’t always available. Second was the fact it was the coldest damn pool in the Midwest. I recall the pool leaked and instead of fixing it they just kept filling it. I can remember jumping off the diving board, hitting the water and my eyes froze open. Arms and legs felt like they were encased in ice. Did I tell my buddies how cold it was… well the scream as I surfaced may have given it away. They all jumped in anyway. It became a rite passage. The Jeff Park Pool represented freedom. No longer did we have to get rides because it was only a THREE BLOCK WALK and one major intersection to cross. No longer was the pool freezing! By the second week all the lifeguards knew our names and eventually made us junior lifeguards (swim tested at the beach). We all became pool rats and swam every day. The next summer as well. I did once manage to forget my sister once (she claims twice) and she never lets me forget it, Sorry (again) Mouse. Other than that all I can remember is magical days of Marco Polo, can openers off the diving board (bigger splash than a cannonball) and seeing who could swim a length underwater. So if I’m a bit nostalgic on stage on Sunday it’s because I’m remembering all those great times I had back in the day with the kids from this neighborhood. Sunday we’ll be creating new memories and making our own nostalgia.
We’ve been on a 5 month hiatus due to work and life so we’re all primed and ready to rock. Stop on by the show Sunday, July 27th at 2pm. There are a lot of great acts over the weekend so if you can’t catch our show be sure to check a few out. Other than the food everything else takes place in the park proper and it is very family friendly. Drum circles, arts and crafts, kids stage, bouncy houses are all included in the entrance $5 entrance fee (kids 12 and under FREE). Plus don’t forget all the great music which is what Jeff Fest has become known for. We’d be going to this fest even if I wasn’t playing as it’s one of our family favorites. The action starts today. Hope to see you there. Jeff Fest is where it’s at!
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Tagged Concert, festival, gig, Jeff Fest, jefferson, kids, kindie, lifegaurd, marco polo, music, norwood, nostalgia, park, rock, roll, summer, swimming
Photo by David T. Kindler
It’s Jeff Bogle’s (Out With The Kids) fault. A couple of years ago he convinced me to attend the Grammys as I had access to tickets and he was looking to go. Many fine kindie artists had been nominated that year and so I attended the Grammy Pre Telecast show to which one of my colleagues would win (The Okee Dokee Brothers won, yea!). Then in the middle of the show I was introduced to the music of John Fulbright with a blistering performance of Gawd Above. I became a fan on the spot. This year my photographer friend David Kindler asked if I was interested in attending the American Music Festival at Fitzgeralds in Berwyn. Heck yeah! I had wanted to go for years and knowing John Fulbright was playing sealed the deal. What a great fest indeed. I prefer my concerts without jumbotrons and this one is just the right size. Here are the highlights for me attending on the last day of the festival…
Walked in on the Bellfuries (Austin, Texas) with the sterling vocals of Joe Simeone and the Rock-a-sense-ability of Schecky Seaver, Mike Molnar and Chris Sensat. I could listen to them all day!
The Split Squad – What do you get when you hook up a bunch of career rock and roll guys? FACE MELTING ROCK! I also got some vinyl of the band. Double Win!
COCHOMBO – You take a Cochon de Lait (Roast Pork Po’ Boy) + The best Andouille sausage I’ve ever had = Superior Sammich. The Cajun Combo so to speak. I ate two (one early, one late). Tom “Festival” Cimms and staff do a fine job indeed!
Girls, Guns and Glory with Sarah Borges – Amazing! Best surprise of the festival. Had no idea about either of these acts and was blown away. They have a 7″ Vinyl coming out out on July 20th and highly suggest you check it out!
John Fulbright – opened the show singing Acapella and quieted a full crowd. Amazing talent and songwriting ability. The inspiration for my coming to the festival and it was well deserved
Free Water available all over the festival.
$3.50 Miller Lite bottles
David Kindler – My favorite photographer. Never fails to make an introduction and really enjoys his work. His photos really capture the festival as seen here in this article. I was there because of his invite and will be back again next year.
Joe Ely and Reckless Kelly – Joe is an American treasure and sang a Townes Van Zandt song. You should catch him with Reckless Kelly who were down right smokin’. Magical closing song of the night for me with Not Fade Away.
The Sound Guys – Kept things rolling and sounding good with sooooo many bands.
Many thanks to the Fitzgerald family and staff for an outstanding job. This was my first year attending but definitely not my last. All fests should be run so well. Thank you for an outstanding day.
All Photos by David T. Kindler
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Tagged american music festival, bellfuries, berwyn, country, David T. Kindler, Fitzgeralds, girls, guns and glory, Jeff Bogle, Joe Ely, Joe Simeone, john fulbright, live, music, Out with the Kids, reckless kelly, rock, sarah borges, summer, The Split Squad
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Tagged children, Facebook, kids, kindie, music, Pandas, Psychology, punk, rock, The Boogers
Electric Dirt killed it last night to a small but enthusiastic crowd. The -5 degree weather may have been a significant factor in the attendance. They’ll be back at Simons on February 26th. Go! You’ll be glad I sent you. Also don’t miss the Okee Dokee Brothers this Sunday at 11am at the Old Town School of Folk Music. That is all.
I got a couple songs for folks to check out this week.
First up is a song by a band that I heard a few years ago called Llama. The song is Too Much To Soon off the CD Close to the Silence. Starts with a a powerful drum shuffle, clean acoustic accompany and then into the chorus and BAM! Power chords rock into the refrain. I can hear a banjo plunking down as well. It’s quite a smart song and totally rocks out. What’s really impressive about this song is they wrote it when they were in high school! The song did get featured in the movie Swimfan but the CD is well worth a purchase as well. They did break up in 2003. You can read about the history of the band here on wikipedia. Have a listen and wonder why this song didn’t get more play as I do
The other is by one of my favorite local bands called Strain Busy Sky. Not only are they friends of mine the music they put out is off the charts. They won the Lucky Strike Band to Band competition and have toured coast to coast with a really strong Chicago following. It’s been awhile since they recorded. The song I suggest you give a listen is Racing the Sun which was also the title of their last CD. Have a listen to this great song and wonder as I do how it didn’t get more radio play
If 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!
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Tagged Alistair Moock, Cafe, Chicago, Children's, Dirty Sock Funtime Band, Francis England, Hard', Josh and the Jamtones, Justin Roberts, kindie, Lori Henriques, music, rock, Story Laurie, Summit, The Okee Dokee Brothers