Category: Kids’ Music That’s Actually Good

Come hang out on Justin Roberts’ new Jungle Gym

Though we have stacks of kids’ music CD’s—one of the perks of reviewing kids’ music for Cool Mom Picks–I know that I’ll always hear something from Justin Roberts coming through our stereo’s speakers every few days. It’s a powerful testament to the many infectious, wanna-hear-again songs he’s put out over the past twelve years that end up on all our playlists. Now we have another album to add to our mix: Jungle Gym, a family-friendly CD packed with a dozen instant kindie classics that brilliantly capture so many of the themes and ideas that float around my kids’ heads. ...

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Check out the kids’ music spilling out of Pandora

I’m not always on the cutting edge of technology, something that was evident when I said to my husband, hey, you should check out this Pandora web site! It streams music to your computer or iphone, and it’s really cool!, and he looked at me with pity. Seems all the cool kids have known about Pandora for the past decade while I was getting the hang of breastfeeding and drawing happy faces on the peanut butter crackers. But now I hold a little bit of news about Pandora that maybe even the cool kids don’t know: Pandora now has...

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Charlie Hope’s latest CD puts us to sleep

I thought I was past the whole need-for-a-lullaby thing until my five year old started whispering I’m Scared into my ear every night at 2AM. Now, I think he needs a little Charlie Hope crooning into his ear from her World of Dreams CD, to help chill him out at night. Charlie’s voice is perfect for lullabies: Soft, gentle and warm like a mama’s hand stroking her little guy’s face. That is, if that mama wasn’t already downstairs trying to clean up the dinner dishes. I’ve tried lying down and listening to it with him, but her lullabies affect me...

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Princess Katie & Racer Steve could’ve named their new CD, Super-Gigantic-Amazingly Cool

There are days when I feel like a constant killjoy to my kids, but just as our day is flushing down the proverbial toilet, I try to remember one thing that can usually turn things around: Fun music that knocks our socks off. Our latest mood-changer is the ever-peppy, totally entertaining offering from Princess Katie & Racer Steve, Tiny Cool. We at CMP have been fans of Princess Katie & Racer Steve’s first CD and then the second CD, and Tiny Cool gives us more to love from this ready-for-their-own-cartoon, husband-and-wife pair Steve Borne and Katie O’Sullian. Part dance party, part...

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Sugar Free Allstars do, in fact, rock awesome

I know some purists who think kids’ music education should focus only on the “classics,” and, thanks to Rock Band and Guitar Hero, we’ve got that down. But, you don’t need to hear my 7 year-old warbling Barracuda to know that there is something great about real rockin’ music with clever lyrics written just for kids. Enter, the new, kid-friendly Sugar Free Allstars’ release Funky Fresh and Sugar Free which has me thinking of tossing my piano out the door and finding me a Hammond B3 Organ like the one on these tracks. There is just no funkier-sounding instrument out there (besides maybe...

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Two new family CD’s by groups who usually play for us old folks

I’ve come across two CDs from musicians who usually perform for adults, but have recently turned their collective talent toward the music for the younger set. Using distinct voices, a whole slew of instruments and music grounded in folk, country and Americana styles, I can only hope Rani Arbo and Earthworm Ensemble decide to put out more music for kids in the future. Earthworm Ensemble has taken a detour from their alt-Americana band alter egos, I See Hawks in LA, to put out this self-titled CD.This collaborative effort presents the world from a kid’s point of view, but after listening to...

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Earth Day Pick – Because music makes the world go ’round

One of the best ways I’ve found to get a message to stick with my kids is through music, and the new CD My Changing Planet has us appreciating the specialness of our planet a little more this Earth Day. Like a save-the-earth version of Free to Be You and Me, My Changing Planet features two dozen performers who were brought together by four determined moms wanting to create a CD that both parents and kids could learn from and enjoy. Plus, 100% of the net profits go to one of our favorite charities, The Nature Conservancy. With so much variety...

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Taking a look at The Big Picture with Uncle Rock

More predictable kids’ music CD’s throw in a few songs about cuddly toys, naptime and making friends. Kindie-rock darling Uncle Rock croons instead about his friend Bigfoot, staying up the night the lights went out, and a big garbage barge on his new CD, The Big Picture. If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while, you know that we go w-a-y back to 2006 in our praise for Uncle Rock’s brand of good ol’ rock-n-roll with deep earthy bass lines, jangly acoustic guitar and a voice that can go all Elvis-y or Buddy Holly on a moments notice....

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Putumayo Kids’ Jazz Playground wants kids to love jazz, but it worked on me too

I’ve never been much of a jazz fan, maybe because it conjures up images of being stuck in a smokey bar during an endless amatuer improv-and-scat sessions. But, I have to admit that when packaged into bite-sized, three-minutes-and-under portions on Putumayo Kids’ new Jazz Playground, I kind of dig it. What really holds my interest in Jazz Playground is the wide variety of jazz forms presented. There is the cool Latin jazz of Cumbamba from US/Cuban Jose Conde as well as the horn-full jazz of Australia’s Kinderjazz in Gazooba. And even though I don’t understand a word of Dutch,...

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2009 was such a good year for kids’ music, we’re not done with it yet

2009 may not have been the best year for home mortgages or Tiger Woods, but for those of us with kids, it was a great time to be listening to music. It was so terrific, in fact, that I still have a few ear-worthy CD’s that you should consider for your collection. (And psst, stick with me to the end since I’m giving one of them away.) I’m betting Caspar Babypants will be a household name soon enough, especially with his second CD following on the heels of his much-loved debut, Here I Am! His latest CD called, aptly,...

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