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Hey there folks who peruse this page. It’s been quiet for quite awhile. I lost the passion for writing about music. I lost the passion for booking shows. I still love getting out there and performing. So this year when the annual application to the Kindiecomm Showcase was due I figured why not. I fully expected not to be chosen again. Here’s the thing. IT’S NOT PERSONAL. The people who book shows WANT to put on the best show possible. They NEED to attract an audience to justify paying you and keeping the lights on. I have seen Brady Rymer and The Not-Its play to 50 people at Jiggle Jam (which is now defunct) and it was THE BEST FAMILY MUSIC FESTIVAL of all time. By the way both acts absolutely CRUSHED it. Doesn’t matter the size of the audience. Play each show as it was going to be your last. So what the point of all this… We got the call to play the Kindiecomm Showcase! We will be closing the show Saturday night! Persistence pays off with a huge dose of patience.Don’t confuse persistence with pestering. There is a very definitive line. Keep performing, keep writing and keep getting better. I’m gonna be writing here again weekly visiting new bands and talking about new Poochamungas recordings. So stop on by and let’s see what the rest of 2016 has to offer. We have some pretty cool stuff happening up ahead.
Nobody rocks harder than Josh and the Jamtones. Period. Other bands are equal too but nobody surpasses the kinetic energy this band brings to shows and CD’s. Once they get moving this Jam is hard to stop! I’d class them sharing the most energetic kindie band title with The Not-Its (one of our favorites and awesome live shows!). These are bands that can rock out with anyone. Don’t just call it “kiddie music.” There is a whole lot going on here for the whole family! On their upcoming release Rocksteady, Josh and the Jamtones folk bring all that power once again. Not only that but I think this is their most cohesive effort to date. Don’t misunderstand me. The music is always infectious, horn powered and rocking! While I loved the music I found the narration on their last effort Bear Hunt a little distracting. However my kids found it hilarious. So-what-do-I-know??? On this one the whole clan is in agreement and Rocksteady has been sharing space in the much vaunted car CD player with Red Yarn’s upcoming release (review next week). The groves and vibes are so good on this CD it’d make Pooh forget about honey, Snow White forget about that poison apple and Scrooge a good tipper! Rocksteady is a infectious, skatastic driven, old school, original horn powered reggae music festival of kinetic joy! When it comes out GO BUY IT! The CD releases on August 21st and will be available at the Jamtones page plus iTunes, Amazon and CD Baby. Go support an independent artist today!!! Check out the first video from the new CD Rocksteady below!!!
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Tagged independent, Josh, Josh and the Jamtones, kindie, kinetic energy, music, New CD, reggae music, Rocksteady, ska, The Not-its
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!
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Tagged casper babypants, children, Electric Dirt, Justin Roberts, kids, kindie, library, music, Poochamungas, Recess Monkey, The Not-its
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Tagged awards, Baze and His Silly Friends, Brady Rymer, children, Dean Jones, Dog on Fleas, Edie Carey, Fids, Grammy, Joanie Leeds, John Samson, Jon Samson, Josh and the Jamtones, Kamily, kindie, Laura Doherty, Lucky Diaz, Mills Trills, Mills Trils, music, Recess Monkey, Sarah Sample, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, The Not-its, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Top Ten, top ten CD
I gotta say my interest in professional sports has waned in the age of ownership greed and the self importance of players. But I shall be rooting for the Broncos today. I’d like to cheer for Seattle as I know a bunch of kindie bands rooting for the hawks. Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, and probably most of the kindiependent artists. But their fraudulent coach makes that an impossibility. Mr “I’m gonna be a Trojan for the rest of my… Who got caught with the money? See ya!” Carrol ran to the NFL after getting caught leaving his players to suffer his legacy. Yes the NCAA is a big fat fraud as well. Not all the players are blameless. But I digress… I do think that QB in Denver should get one more. Enjoy the game and back to our music programming on Monday. Go Denver!
The second edition of music made that knows no age. Songs that could played anywhere with no one the wiser that they’re on a “kids music” album. As we Poochamungas like to say… “Good Music Knows No Age.” So without further ado…
The Not-Its – Busy. The Not-Its are a pure power pop 90’s rocking goodness. This song about a family tying to get out of the house with a great horn section, power guitar riffs and Sarah’s vocals would fit on any radio playlist.
Brady Rymer – Who Wants to Wear Shoes? Much of Brady’s music is ageless but this one especially. From the opening guitar riff you know your in for a rocking ride. This song deserves to be played loud and often (it has around here). An autistic perspective on the wearing of clothing is poignant, funny, totally rockin and ageless.
Johnn Bregar – Polly’s Rain Dance. A little rockin blues shuffle about a girl in the desert of Australia who makes it rain. Johnny makes great music and this is a song that shouldn’t be pigeon holed as just for kids. Especially with the amazing harmonica being played in this youtube video here.
Rocking CD with flavors of blues, country and all cool.
That’s three more tunes adding to the many kindie tunes that are truly ageless great music.
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Tagged Alistair Moock, Children's, Francis England, Jambo, Josh and the Jamtones, Justin Roberts, kindie, Lori Henriques, Lucky Diaz, music, Recess Monkey, The Boogers, The Not-its, Top Ten
Hard rocking pop and a lot of fun!
I have mentioned in the past that bands in our genre need to promote each other. No one band can play all the gigs and no one wants to listen to the same songs on the mp3 player all the time. That there is plenty of room for everyone and we only help each other spread the word. Well here’s my part. If you read this and are attending Lollapalooza be sure to check out The Not-Its! today on the kidzapalooza stage around 3pm. They rock as hard as any power pop band I have ever scene and they are one of my daughters favorite bands. Smart lyrics, tight riffs and great vocals… Go check em out!
Peace and Quiet is the song I can’t get out of my head. It is off of a CD titled 1,2,3,4 by a great guy and musician Kurt Gallagher. I mentioned Kurt in an earlier blog post about Kindiefest as a regional guy who makes a living playing music. Well this song is a fine example of his talent. A easy, laid back, funky shuffle of a song that nails it about a sibling complaing about the other sibling and their noise making ablility. It’s funny, smart and ironic. I love when a song captures a part of life like this one does. I played it when I hosted the Hilltown Family Variety Show but you can also click the album title link and buy it on Amazon or go to iTunes or wherever. But buy it. Buy the whole album! It’s a great song and I wish I had wrote it.
Do you only play kiddie music. That’s what a friend of mine asked recently when inquiring about my band. “Kiddie Music”. She wasn’t trying to demean what I do. But that is the perception we as KINDIE musicians fight against every day. You mention kids music and everyone pictures Barney and The Wiggles. But that’s not what we do. My band sounds nothing like either one. I think a lot of this has to do with the age of media and especially video. Nobody turns on the radio. Everything is now on a flat screen with surround sound. Even in cars more and more people play videos for their kids. Everyone is lumped into the same bowl. But it’s a disservice to the music available. Right now the KINDIE genre is a rich and diverse musical landscape. To compare Brady Rymer to the Wiggles is like comparing Beyonce to U2. It’s just not the same type of music. Sure Beyonce and U2 both play music but you would never mistake one for the other. Same thing in KINDIE Music. We in the Poochamungas have adopted this slogan. GOOD MUSIC KNOWS NO AGE. But because we play for kids and families we get stereotyped with Barney, Wiggles and Sesame Street. But we sound nothing like any of them. The Poochamungas sound nothing like The Not It’s, Justin Roberts, The Boogers or Grenadilla either. The only thing each of these bands have in common is they make really great music. So parents, critics and anyone reading this. Do all of us KINDIE folk a favor and listen… and then judge. That’s all we ask. If you do that I’m sure some of this “kiddie” music is sure to surprise you. If you want more info on this please check out my friend Stefan Sheperds Kindie Manifesto on ZooGlobble. He goes further in depth on the subject and a read I highly recommend.
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Tagged Barney, Beyonce, Brady Rymer, Grenadilla, stefan sheperd, The Boogers, The Not-its, U2, Wiggles, Zooglobble