Category: Kids’ Music That’s Actually Good

If you like the Okee Dokee Brothers, meet their friend Paul Spring

If you’ve read Cool Mom Picks for any length of time, you probably know how much we adore the music of the Okee Dokee Brothers. So, when our favorite Grammy-winning kids’ music duo asked me to check out the new release from their friend, Paul Spring, I decided to give it a spin. And it’s been in our family’s music rotation ever since. Hailing from Minneapolis, singer-songwriter Paul Spring’s first family-music release, Home of Song, is so easy on the ears, this is definitely not one just for the kids. With catchy vocals, plenty of peppy banjo, and cheerful...

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Let’s Skateboard! with the completely rad The Not-Its and a free MP3

If you’ve got little skaters like me, then you know that that skateboarding is no longer a fringe sport. It’s everywhere in pop culture. And skateboarding plus music equals sheer awesome, which is exactly how we feel about CMP-fave kindie rock band The Not-Its premiering their new skateboarding music video right here on Cool Mom Picks today. (Just for you!) {Don’t miss the exclusive premiere of The Not Its’ new music video PLUS a free download of their new skater tune and awesome giveaway just for Cool Mom Picks readers}   If you’re not familiar with The Not-Its, they’re...

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Shake things up with great new music from The Not-Its!

If there’s a month when I need to shake things up around here, it is February. Summer seems so far away, the fun of the holidays is over, and we’ve got a serious case of the blahs. As if arriving on cue, the crazy cats who make incredibly authentic indie music for families have just released their fourth CD…and it’s my favorite one yet. [Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this great new CD!] What I have loved about Seattle’s The Not-Its! from the first time I heard their debut CD, We are the Not-Its!,...

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Congratulations to Grammy winners, The Okee Dokee Brothers!

We are so thrilled to learn that last night’s Grammy for best children’s album went to a longtime favorite of ours, the Okee Dokee Brothers’  Can You Canoe? In fact, our own kids’ music expert, Christina Refford, called it the best kids CD of 2012, so we’re glad to see the (clearly brilliant) Grammy judges agreed. I still remember when Christina first shared the Minneapolis duo’s 2008 release, Kids With Beards, and told me, “these guys are great! Really different…but I think they could be really big.” She included them in her favorite kids’ albums of 2008, and again in 2010. And now…the big time! Can you tell we’re just thrilled for them? (Plus, they’re so nice!) Justin Lancing and Joe Mailander with Christina and Liz’s kids at Kindiefest, 2010 As our regular readers know, our heart has always been with the small artist, the little guy, the moms and pops on their way up the ladder. And the same goes for our ongoing coverage of amazing Kindie Rock musicians who make listening fun for everyone in the family, even if they’re not all household names. Yet. Be sure to check out our review of Can You Canoe?, download, and see for yourself why this bluegrass and American roots band is just so captivating. You don’t even have to be a...

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A musical playdate you indie-music parents won’t want to skip

Still have your kids’ attention? Lucky you! That means there’s still time to fill their ears with music that will make your own indie-music-loving soul happy–before the siren song of Call Me Maybe has imprinted on their poor susceptible souls for life. So you’ll want to check out a new CD that is full of indie cred from the new label by Skankin’ Pickle’s Mike Park, but with lyrics for those who can’t stay up past 8pm.  Fronted by Greg Attonito, singer in punk band Bouncing Souls, Play Date has him joining up with his wife Shanti Wintergate in their first release, Imagination.  And while...

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Vered makes music for babies that you can love too. In other words, not too babyish.

I have no doubt of the power of music to soothe the savage beast–or the overtired 6 month old child. If you too are looking for something lovely, lyrical, and fun-to-hear to play for your little one, here’s a wonderful CD by a kindie artist and music therapist who writes songs that are designed to help you bond with your baby. Especially useful on those days when they’ve had you up since before dawn. Singer, songwriter, and mama, Vered Benhorin, has created Good Morning My Love, a CD of 18 gentle songs specifically for those first two years of...

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The best Schoolhouse Rock videos on YouTube – Happy Birthday Schoolhouse Rock!

Schoolhouse Rock for me, is more than just a part of my childhood, it’s a part of my family. As a kid, my dad worked at the ad agency with creator David McCall, and the other writers and art directors who brought us this genius educational series. In fact, one of my favorite memories as a kid was sitting in the agency screening room with my brother, watching them on the reel-to-reel (yes, I’m dating myself!) without waiting for Saturday morning TV. I love so much that now my own kids are fans of the series, and in fact...

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The Board of Education makes smart music the kids want to hear in Binary

They Might Be Giants makes it sound so easy to put together educational music that is fun and doesn’t sound like a lesson plan, but–take it from this homeschooling mama–it isn’t so easy to do. In fact, I’ve found that there isn’t a lot out there that the kids want to hear in the realm of educational tunes. But thanks to this band from Seattle that has the touch, we’ve found a CD full of smart songs the kids choose to listen to at any time of the day. {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of...

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Elizabeth Mitchell’s latest kindie CD takes on Bowie, Hendrix and your kid’s playlist

Smithsonian Folkways artist Elizabeth Mitchell has one of those crystal clear, beautiful voices that can take any song and turn it into the musical equivalent of spun gold. And while she has already released the much-loved, Grammy-nominated collection of Woody Guthrie covers earlier this year, she has more songs to give us. In fact, her latest release mixes traditional American folk with original tunes and covers from everyone from David Bowie to Van Morrison to Jimi Hendrix. Yes, really. Besides her gorgeous voice, what unifies all of her songs on Blue Clouds are the lyrics that reflect qualities I...

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Little Golden Records brings back a tune of nostalgia

The world of children’s music has come a long way, baby. I definitely grew up in simpler times, lying on my bedroom floor listening to record-album recordings of my favorite stories. While it’s incredible to have such diverse offerings for our kids today, there is something about that timeless, pure, old-school style of storytelling that I still have a soft spot for deep down. Naturally I was thrilled when I discovered the new re-imagined Golden Records collection. Golden Records has revived the series which began way back in 1948 by music producer Arthur Shimkin, and is bringing it back to life with...

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