Category: Kids’ Music That’s Actually Good

An “amuse bouche” of tunes from Lucky Diaz

After watching a few seasons of Top Chef, I now know what an amuse bouche is: a bite-size appetizer that is supposed to give you an idea of the chef’s approach–and hopefully make you hungry for more. And though Lucky Diaz’s 15 minute debut EP is more than a single “bite” of songs, this short collection of excellent music has us all eager for what he’ll put together next. Lucky Diaz’s downloadable EP, Luckiest Adventure, kicks offf with a retro bass line in the danceable Blue Bear, a song about a big ol’ bear who is soooooo hunnnngry. The bear’s empty-belly pleas weave...

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Indie lullabies? That would be a yes.

Going back a few years, I held fast to the belief that if I was going to be stuck out of my bed in the middle of the night rocking an infant, I deserved to play a little night music that would be awesome and make us both (oh please, oh please) fall asleep. So when a bunch of indie musicians got together to make a compilation lullaby CD, I took notice on behalf of those you who will soon find yourself rocking, rocking, rocking the night away. The result is Sing Me To Sleep – Indie Lullabies which brings together...

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Gimme an oi! for punk music for kids from Candy Band

The next person who simpers that kids’ music is just too watered down to really rock is getting locked inside my minivan with the Candy Band’s new CD — cranked up to 11 until they cry uncle. Because there is nothing wishy washy about these four motor-city mamas whose ability to perform punk for kids is so much fun, I’d lock myself in the minivan willingly. High Five is Candy Band’s fifth CD, and it makes clear that this foursome is still rocking as hard as their last CD, 2007’s Calling All Kids. I love that I can play the kind of aggressive...

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Randy Kaplan is the thinking kids’ musician

Super storyteller/singer Randy Kaplan is no ordinary kids’ music performer. Oh, sure, he may sing about monkeys, bears and queen bees, but on his latest CD he also has my kids asking me to explain Freud, the definition of Hebrew terms, and even why someone might be happier with no money.  In other words, if you’ve got a precocious, question-everything kid, meet the perfect CD to get them thinking while they sing along.  (see the giveaway after the jump!)   Following up his much-beloved Loquat Rooftop, The Kids Are All Id kicks off with the bouncy banjo-y My Little...

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Velocity Girl – all grown up but no less rocking.

When Seattle’s The Not-Its! blasted onto the kids music scene last year with their debut We Are The Not-Its!, I took a lot of notice. It wasn’t just that the songs were great indie rock tunes. It was that their sound was so tight and authentic, they sounded like a band that had been together for ages.  It’s now another year, my kids are each a few inches taller, and The Not-Its! are ready to rock our minivan again. (see the giveaway after the jump!) I loved Sarah Shannon’s pretty vocals which she led the 90’s indie band Velocity Girl,...

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The Okee Dokee Brothers take us along for the ride

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of super-fun kids’ musicians The Okee Dokee Brothers: I gave their debut CD Kids with Beards a gushing review, and it’s still one of my kids’ most-played CDs two years later.  And now they have a brand new kids’ music CD, and they even put me on it! [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] Take It Outside features a baker’s dozen of stick-in-your head (in a good way) songs. As with Kids with Beards, I hear loads of banjo and fiddle, playful harmonies that blend together perfectly, and plenty of...

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Rock around the clock, or at least until bedtime

It has been a long time since I’ve willingly rocked around the clock, but I still love me some good ol’ rock-n-roll during the daylight hours. Thanks to Putumayo Kids, I now have some of our favorite kiddie rockers assembled in one place to help us shake, rattle and roll with songs that are perfect for the half pints. (check out the hilarious contest after the jump!)   Putumayo Kids Presents Rock & Roll Playground features some of our favorite songs from big names in kids’ music like Dan Zanes, Brady Rymer and Charity and the JAMband.  You may recognize...

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Laurie Berkner puts out a “Best of” album and car trips get that much easier.

I will always have a soft spot for Laurie Berkner, the first children’s singer to transfix my oldest daughter on Nick Jr., and then, years later, charm my youngest son with Rocketship Run. For those of us with older kids, I’m sure we can sing the chorus of at least a couple of her best-known songs. And tend to do so when we’re in the company of other adults, right? Whether your kids are Laurie Berkner diehards or if you are brand new to kids’ music, you can now have twenty of her top tracks all together in one place. ...

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These dads really rock

My kids have a dad who rocks, but not a dad who “rocks.” (Guitar Hero doesn’t count.) But a lot of kids do, considering there are some very cool dads who have put out fantastic CD’s in the recent past. We thought that Father’s Day would be a great time to celebrate their contributions to kids’ music, with singing that doesn’t need to be confined to the shower. –Christina [see the giveaway after the jump!] Change the lyrics from stories about riding a Bike and being told to take a Time Out, and much of the second CD from...

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Recess Monkey’s new CD is really, really out of this world (insert groan here)

I know it’s not just my kids who turn every box into a spaceship or seem to have their heads in the clouds. And I’m certain that they won’t be the only ones for whom Recess Monkey’s new kids’ music CD The Final Funktier is like rocket fuel for their dancing shoes and their imagination. Kicking off with a boppy-yet-silly rocket-launch countdown that leads into a groovy Moon Boots, the three Seattle teachers that make up Recess Monkey have put together one of our must-have kids’ CD’s each year much like their last CD, Field Trip, a Cool Mom Picks...

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