Tag: family-friendly music

Music for kids: 5 terrific new albums for the whole family, from hip-hop, to pop, to banjo.

Put away that cartoony music for kids that makes you want to jump 0ut of the car. We have better options! Because our favorite kindie artists like Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Recess Monkey, The Not-Its!, and others have been busy this summer putting together great new music for kids, for your family. As in,  your kids will like it, but you’ll find yourself not minding it at all when they ask to play it again. We get a whole lot of kids’ CDs  to review but these are five of our absolute favorites just out now. And like a lot of days this...

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3 cool new albums for kids, just in time for summer road trips.

Between road trips, hot days spent in front of the AC, and impromptu neighborhood BBQs, summer means lots of time together to enjoy great new family and kids’ music. And we’ve discovered new albums from They Might Be Giants’ Danny Weinkauf,  The Walkmen’s Walter Martin, and CMP’s favorite country duo Hullabaloo that you’ll want to add to your collection. DANNY WEINKAUF: NO SCHOOL TODAY No School Today would win Best Album Name from my kids, though it’s the music from Grammy-winning composer Weinkauf that makes this one a real hit. Kicking off with the one-word, enthusiastically shouted Hey!, the album moves into Archaeology...

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Dan Zanes new web series gives parents one more thing on YouTube for kids that we’re not terrified of.

For the past 14 years, the likable, talented, and crazy-haired Dan Zanes has been putting out some of the very best family music with albums like House Party, Catch that Train, Little Nut Tree, and, most recently, Turn Turn Turn with Elizabeth Mitchell. But his latest venture brings the magic to life through video at a new home on YouTube with the Dan Zanes and Friends web series that lets fans (young and uh, formerly young) enjoy this prolific performer in a whole new way. Dan Zanes and Friends is a series of nicely produced and edited videos, each about 9-10 minutes long, which follow the adventures...

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A musical walk Through the Woods with Grammy winners The Okee Dokee Brothers

Grammy-award winners and all around super guys The Okee Dokee Brothers follow up their stellar Mississippi River-themed album, Can You Canoe?, with Through the Woods, all about their adventures hiking a chunk of the Appalachian Mountain trail. This is another collection of songs that should rightfully become a family classic for the joy, fun, and great music it’ll bring into your home and on your family’s travels.   Childhood friends Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander pack Through the Woods with a variety of “mountain music”, including American folk, bluegrass, blues, and a bunch of cool-sounding instruments. Songs like the gently rambling title tune that invites you to join them...

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Lucky Diaz’s new Spanish-language kids’ music release will turn any day into a Cinco de Mayo feista

I am exactly 0% Spanish, but I’ll be celebrating Cinco de Mayo tonight and blasting some cool tunes like yesterday’s Cool Mom Tech Download of the Week and the latest Spanish-language kids’ music release from CMP favorite Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Aqui, Alla. Lucky, Alisha, and friends will have you kicking up your heels for a family fiesta faster than you can say uno, dos, tres. Starting with a party-song if I ever heard one, Viva La Pachanga will leave you breathless from dancing, but hold onto your sombrero because there is more to come. The...

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Need some new lullaby music for babies or kids? Try Lullabies by Laurie Berkner. Our kids are snoring, and it’s music to our ears.

If you are looking for lullaby music for babies–or even for bigger kids–I am the person to ask. The routine to get my kids down has never been so easy, and so like most parents in the world, I sing. And sing. And sing. If you’re looking for new lullaby music, lately we’ve been singing along to Lullabies by Laurie Berkner in our home and it is definitely doing the trick. Here’s how good Lullabies is: we put it on in the car during our morning commute to school, with my kids hyped up on syrup and OJ (sorry, teachers.)...

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5 of our favorite tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular posts from Cool Mom Tech this past week.   1. We need these brilliant gadgets all over our house stat. 2. A really good reason to buy a new car. (Or if you’re like us, wish you needed one). 3. If your kids are obsessed with Frozen as much as ours are, they will love this new app. 4. Subscription boxes for kids just got a whole lot smarter. Love. 5. Just try not to love these awesome smart phone cases. We dare...

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Web Coolness: Last-minute Valentine’s treats, hot marriage tips, and the first rule of Valentine’s day for all men

Every Friday we share some of our favorite links from around the web with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do. Happy reading!   If you’re still scrambling for last-minute Valentine’s Day treats, we have you covered. We’re loving this sweetly unsentimental love song by the Walkmen’s Walter Martin today. Want to keep your long-term relationship hot? Check out Esther Perel’s TED talk. A lot of love for an exceptional teacher. A must-read. Valentine’s tips from 800 of America’s oldest and wisest couples.   Valentine’s candy rules to live by from some very smart men at Guy Code. What...

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The Super Bowl commercial we’re most excited about: Bono’s Project (RED) song, Invisible

Because we’re huge fans of moms everywhere, we’re also fans of Bono and his ONE organization and Project (RED). Especially because of what they’re doing during the Super Bowl tonight: U2 will release their new single, Invisible, (produced by the very cool Danger Mouse) on iTunes, all to help raise money to provide HIV/AIDS medicine to go to the 250,000 babies still born with HIV each year. Here’s the thing — it is free! But it will only be available from 6:00 pm Sunday night until 11:59 pm EST Monday night through the Project (RED) Site. [update: here’s the link for the U2...

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Web Coolness: Trapeze kids, Pentatonix on Sesame Street (yay!), and snowflake photos that will leave you speechless

Happy Friday! Each week we share some of our favorite links from around the web. We hope you like them too.   Must pre-order: We can’t wait to browse Playful by Merrilee Liddiard. Don’t you love the page shown at top? Must follow: The Design Brooklyn tumblr is packed full of Brooklyn coolness. Must watch: Our kids are obsessed with this cool band that uses no instruments. Check out this video featuring Pentatonix as the musical guest on Sesame Street next Friday. Must buy: Awesome alternative to Valentine’s Day jewelry for a digital sweetheart. Must See: incredible photos of snowflakes by Alexey Kljatov. Wow. Must read: What...

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The 10 coolest kids’ albums of the year: Editors Best of 2013

My favorite of the coolest kids’ albums of 2013 are as eclectic and diverse as the kids who listen to them. So whether you like it loud and rocking, prefer your music to have a bit more soul, or would like to sing along en Espanol, here’s our top picks for you stock up on and freshen up those playlists.     1. Shine and the Moonbeams by Shine and the Moonbeams Soulful and smooth, with the unforgettable voice of Shawana Kemp at the helm, this is my #1 pick of 2013.    2. Singing our Way Through–Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids...

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Last minute gift ideas: Lots of ideas when you have little or no time to spare

Last minute gift ideas are always the toughest. You have all these last minute people you forgot about (with no offense to them–we get busy!) and suddenly you’re stuck with whatever you can find in the drugstore aisles. Fortunately the drugstore chains have gotten way better with the gift selections if happen to be any left by now. But as an alternative, try any of these gift ideas you can pull together fairly easily. I promise they’re actually quick–no tracking down beeswax to make candles or breaking out a sewing machine. And of course, make sure you wrap it...

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The Sound of Music Live. Tonight. Without spending $450 on tickets.

As an avowed musical geek, I’m so thrilled about tonight’s daring production of the The Sound of Music Live on NBC.  Yes, live. I’ve got the inner track and the word is that Carrie Underwood is simply brilliant as Maria, if you can forgive her for not being Julie Andrews; Steven Moyer makes a big leap from True Blood’s Bill Compton to the decidedly un-bloodthirsty Captain Von Trapp; and the kids are all simply wonderful. Plus? Audra McDonald as Mother Abbess is an inspired choice. What I’m most excited about is the attempt to capture the same thrill of live theater–no do-overs, no...

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The ultimate last-minute Halloween idea guide for parents: costumes, treats, pumpkins, printables and more.

We have featured so many helpful posts lately on Halloween treats, tricks, costumes and beyond, we wanted to put them all in one place. After all, we can’t be the only ones who still have plenty to do–or uh, haven’t gotten started?–when it comes to Halloween. Good luck out there! Last-Minute Halloween Costume Help 5 zero-effort Halloween costumes for babies Easy geeky Halloween costumes Halloween costume ideas for moms and new babies Handmade Halloween costumes for kids who don’t really want to wear costumes Easy DIY baby Halloween costumes that just require onesies DIY cardboard Halloween costumes The perfect...

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You’ll have the coolest Halloween bash on the block with these new tunes

I’m not going to knock Thriller, but if you want to grab some fresh new tunes to liven up your Halloween gathering, we’ve got a collection that will have your ghosts and goblins dancing (or lurching) all over the place.  Not too scary and not too sweet, Mondo Zombie Boogaloo is a CD for almost all- age monsters. Featuring three indie greats, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Fleshtones, and Los Straitjackets, this may not be specifically a “kids’ CD” but rest assured that you won’t need to turn down the volume for any questionable lyrics or anything too...

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Just announced: Fids and Kamily’s Top Kids & Family CDs for 2013!

It’s never easy to go through all of the great family music picks we have covered over the past twelve months and rank our top ten favorites for the annual Fids and Kamily Awards. But it’s also so great to get together virtually with all the other journalists, bloggers, publicists, and radio show hosts to pull together the top picks of the year. This year’s winner? It’s a name you’ll probably recognize, as he and his band have been making great family music for more than 16 years: It’s one of our all-time favorites (and four-time Fids and Kamily...

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Great music for tween girls: somewhere between The Wiggles and Katy Perry

Now that my oldest is hitting that early tween phase (eek) she’s becoming more interested in the lyrics to Call Me Maybe than I’d like. I don’t blame her entirely, but I need some great tween music for her to love that I can feel good about too, And I don’t mean YouTube sensation Friday.    We’ve loved kindie albums like The Jimmies’ Practically Ridiculous for a long time for hitting this sweet spot for our growing girls, but we’re thrilled to see our friend Jeff at Out With the Kids go even further, with a roundup of 9 bands that tweens will...

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The Verve Pipe’s Are We There Yet? has indeed arrived

After listening to indie-rockers The Verve Pipe’s debut kids’ CD, A Family Album, a while back, I remember hoping they’d be back soon with more of their rockin’ charm. Fortunately, The Verve Pipe has decided to splash around in the kindie pool again, and their second release is full of even more cool tunes with clever, funny lyrics for your elementary-school aged kids. And you won’t have to worry about them sharing these lyrics on the playground. The Verve Pipe’s Are We There Yet? is filled with fast-paced, multi-layered songs, peppered with a latin, country, and blues beats. They really...

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Help Laurie Berkner put your kids to sleep

For years, my kids and I turned to Laurie Berkner’s upbeat and catchy tunes like Victor Vito and I’m Gonna to Catch You to give our day a little pick-me-up and a reason to sing and dance around the living room. But we’re also really excited to hear that she has a lullaby CD in the works, and you can help get it produced! Plus get some awesome perks that won’t be available for long. Because we know her pretty voice would make the nicest sound to hear at naptime, bedtime, or just mommy’s “quiet time”.  [We’re the first...

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Go on. Pick some Boogers for your kids’ music collection.

I’ve been seeing many bleary-eyed kids and parents as we get used to the back-to-school routine of early mornings, marathon homework sessions, and after-school activities. Fortunately, one of our favorite kindie punk rock bands, Boogers, has released another fast-paced, pump-up-the-volume CD that will get the adrenaline flowing and give you all a second wind.  At only 23 minutes in length, Extractum Victoris is the perfect length when you’re all ready to take a break from math homework, or embark on another cross-town drive to soccer practice. And if you will forever carry a torch for bands like The Ramones and...

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