Category: Kids’ Music That’s Actually Good

The one Potluck where everything is tasty

Since returning home from this year’s Kindiefest, I’ve been listening to loads of great kids’ music I can’t wait to share, like this brand-new release from one of our kindie favorites, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Their latest collection of songs is a like a wonderful smorgasbord of treats for your family to love. {Keep reading for your chance to win this new release!} Sandwiched between the spoken word pieces Morning and Night, A Potluck is filled with a meaty middle of catchy, pop-y tunes. Lucky Diaz’s voice is cool and mellow which I love best when it...

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Hot Dog! Caspar Babypants is back

When Caspar Babypants burst onto the kindie music scene, I remember thinking it was cool that this Presidents of the United States of America lead singer had dipped his toe into the kindie pool with this little side project. Now, four years and five CD’s later, it’s pretty clear that he’s going to swim in this pool for a while. Lucky us! {read on to see how you can get an autographed copy of his latest CD} Caspar Babypants’ latest Hot Dog! is another jam-packed collection of happy tunes for little kids and their parents to sing, dance, clap...

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Maurice Sendak lives, through some of the best books ever

Live your life. Live your life. Live your life. That quote is from Maurice Sendak’s last interview on NPR. We’re so sad that the great curmudgeon, writer, and artist has passed away, but his books will live on in our hearts–and bookshelves–forever. In fact, we’ve all been reminiscing about our favorite books, pages, illustrations or lines from the brilliant author/illustrator. Here are our very favorites that Sendak both wrote and illustrated. We fondly remember them all today. Where the Wild Things AreArguably Sendak’s greatest masterpiece, every single page of this Caldecott-winner comes to life before you’ve even read a word....

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Welcome to the Radio Jungle

The first time I saw the Brooklyn duo The Pop Ups perform live, I fell for their sound as well as their bouncy-kid goofiness and ad-libbing fun, which had the entire audience grinning from ear to ear. With their latest release, they do a great job channeling the playfulness from their live shows and putting it into music you’ll want to hear coming through your speakers. Oh, and the kids will dig it too. {keep reading for your chance to win their brand-new CD} The Pop Ups second release, Radio Jungle, has ten dance-in-your-car-seat tunes which are full of fresh beats,...

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Dan Zanes honors Black History Month with music

We have always loved the versatility of Dan Zanes’ music and the multicultural sound of so many of his songs, whether they’re in his collaborations with the children of South Africa’s Agape Orphanage in singing Zulu folk songs, or in a duet with newcomer Shine (of Shine and the Moonbeams) to belt out a little soul in Wake Up Baby!  So while he has the mic this weekend on his Sirius XM radio show, he’s going to use it to expose our kids–and many of us adults–to a wide range of music created and sung by black musicians and singers....

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It’s time to raise the curtain on the coolest Muppets items

We headed off to see The Muppets this past weekend, both for the nostalgia and to introduce my kids to the beloved characters of my younger years. And while I believe that much of this movie would be lost on kids younger than grade school, my older kids were delighted with the music and characters and are now infected with Muppet Mania. But before you head out and get bombarded with all the licensed merchandise this movie will spawn, take a look at some of the coolest Muppet items we’ve found. –Christina The iconic Adidas sneaker (also featured in...

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Fids and Kamily and the top kids albums of 2011

As much as I love listening to the awesome music that comes my way as part of being CMP’s primary kids’ music reviewer, I find picking my favorites to be one of the harder tasks I have to do. It’s like deciding if I like salted caramel better than mocha fudge better than crunchy toffee: You want me to choose? But choose I’ve done for the 2011 Fids and Kamily Awards along with other journalists, producers, bloggers and radio show hosts. The results are in! Many congratulations to Recess Monkey for their most-awesome FLYING! which captures the top spot...

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Alastair Moock bring American folk music to friends of all sizes

Like singer Laura Veirs, Massachusetts musician Alastair Moock has had a long and successful career playing American folk music for grown ups. And similarly, both musicians started making kids’ music after the birth of their children, but in a way that keeps true to their folksy musical roots. But while Laura Veirs’ voice is of the more ethereal, take-your-breath-away variety, Alastair Moock’s is more gritty and down to earth, with lyrics full of winks and knee slaps. Which makes his new album great fun. {keep reading to find out how you can win a copy!} Within a minute, Alastair’s...

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Mike Park’s ska-flavored kids’ CD will make you jump and smile

Dad-of-two Mike Park knows a thing or two about the music biz: He was once the energetic lead in the big ’90s ska/punk band Skankin’ Pickle, touring with the likes of Rancid, Primus, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. He’s also the founder of Asian Man Records. And now, like so many rockers-turned-parents, he’s turned his attentions to putting out an amazing kids’ album. {keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this CD!} In his newest kid-friendly venture, Smile, he’s toned things down a bit to appeal to kids who are still sounding out the word s-k-a....

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Take a musical spin through the decades with Laura Veirs and Tumble Bee

The good ol’ days sort of lose their luster for me when I think about a life without indoor plumbing, internet access and Starbucks. But, I will give them one thing: Their folk songs sure were beautiful as evidenced in this lovely and playful collection of tunes by American singer-songwriter Laura Veirs. Laura Veirs’ Tumble Bee may be packaged as a children’s CD, but I could listen to this on a quiet afternoon when my usual “loud and fast” fare is too much. Even my older-than-preschool kids are charmed and not begging me to change to the nearest pop-music...

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