Tag: family-friendly music

Web Coolness: Felix’s jump, World Food Day, and “Tricky People”

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Relive Felix Baumgartner’s unbelievable jump, this time with LEGO bricks and one brave minifigure. Bittersweet news that beloved blogging parent, Susan Niebur, who passed away from cancer last year, was awarded the prestigious 2012 Harold Masursky Award for outstanding service to planetary science and exploration. “Pin it forward“: Such smart and thoughtful ways to use Pinterest other than as simply a place for your favorite things. What a cool kid! This little girl dresses like a different historical figure or...

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Yo Gabba Gabba + Vans means DJ Lance gets little feet moving in more ways than one

Yo Gabba Gabba captured our indie-loving hearts from the beginning. But if I had to pick a favorite character, DJ Lance Rock would be up there. The polyester suit, the glasses, the big hair…and of course, those awesome orange shoes. Vans featuring Yo Gabba Gabba are the perfect pair. Vans has re-imagined the Heritage Throwback (read: classic skater style) for the wee folk with DJ Lance’s inspiration at the helm. The result? A party for your kid’s feet. The orange color is poppin, the Gabba text is hip, and the shoe screams “YO GABBA GABBA!” (Well not really, but...

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Web Coolness: artwork for a children’s hospital, speaking out against bullies, and National Hispanic Heritage Month recipes

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Love seeing the adorable Wooberry Custom Dolls in a series of endearing prints for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis. Today marks the second annual Strong Start Day for Postpartum Progress, a day to help build awareness for postpartum depression and other pregnancy- and childbirth-related mental health issues. Do you shy away from the camera? Read this beautiful post by Allison Tate, and it may change how you feel. Whoa! Check out this oversized Stokke Tripp-Trapp on display at New York’s...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Here are 5 of our favorite pins this week. The new Tabeo Android Tablet for kids is here–this will be big news for the holidays. Please tell us where we can wear these gorgeous shoes. We need an excuse! This hand-knit baby hat is not only hilarious, it’s a perfect lazy new mom’s Halloween costume. One of the coolest kids’ albums is one we listened to as kids too. Sniff. We love you Jack...

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Rabbit Days and Dumplings serves up deliciously different family music

Thanks to an Austrian grandmother and a healthy selection of Putumayo Kids music, my kids have been exposed to a fairly diverse tapestry of children’s music…although I will admit that our knowledge of any music from East Asia is almost nonexistent. But now that versatile musician Elena Moon Park from Dan Zanes and Friends has released a collection of songs from her homeland, that’s all about to change. {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this CD!} Rabbit Days and Dumplings is especially exciting if you’re like me and have a preconceived notion in your head of what an...

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Volcom, Yo Gabba Gabba and Jack Black = skate culture awesomesauce

Volcom is my kids’ absolute obsession around these parts. They’re hardcore skateboarders, and Volcom represents everything that is awesome about skater culture. One of my sons insists on only wearing shirts emblazoned with their logo. He has two, and if they’re dirty? No worries. He will gladly dig them out of the laundry basket. Talk about brand loyalty at six years old!  And now Volcom’s newest collaboration is the raddest thing since sliced bread, because they have figured out a way to raise the roof on cool. Intrigued? Oh, you should be. Volcom and Yo Gabba Gabba have joined...

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Don’t you worry about a thing

While we’re big supporters of all the cool kids’ music out there, there’s so much great adult music that kids love too. And no, not just the Beatles. So I’m really happy to see one of my kids’ favorite “grown-up” songs has been turned into a joyful, colorful, exuberant children’s book that brings the timeless lyrics to life. Admit it: you sang Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds to your kids when they were babies like I did, right? If so, you’ll instantly fall for the children’s book Every Little Thing, which has been adapted by his daughter Cedella Marley...

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Raise a Ruckus with Hullabaloo’s latest CD for kids

Steve Denyes of Hullabaloo has the kind of cool Johnny Cash-esque voice that would be right at home in a honky-tonk country bar. Fortunately for our kids, he and his childhood friend Brendan Kremer have decided to make great kids’ music instead of crooning to boring old grownups. And their latest release is a real barn-burner. The dozen songs on Raise a Ruckus mix swing-your-partner country with story-telling folk and good ol’ rock-and-roll for a toe-tapping, upbeat sound. The fiddle-and-banjo-filled title song alone begs for dancing (and could exhaust even the most energetic five-year-old).  I love that Hullabaloo has such a...

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One apple worth picking this fall

When I was pregnant with my first child, my neighbor gave me a cassette tape full of traditional kids’ songs, and I thought, This is what I’ll have to listen to when I have a baby? Interesting. And then I sobbed. Maybe a little. This could be one reason why I get so excited when I hear bands like The Harmonica Pocket, who create the kind of unique music I want my children to surround themselves with as they get started in this world. And their new CD is one you’ll want to pick. {keep reading for your chance to win a copy!}...

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Web Coolness: insane duct-tape art, kids music gets cooler, and the scoop on iPhone 5

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Check out what artist Aakash Nihalani can do with colorful tape. So fun! (via Design Milk) One NYC mama offers poignant reflection on a terrible day in What I Want My Daughters to Know about 9/11. Is Every Single Subject Taught in High School a Mistake? Interesting take on education. (via Going Public) Don’t miss the new Sirius XM Kids Place show, The World Playground with Putumayo, which debuts this Sunday, September 16. It is sure to features many of...

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Gustafer Yellowgold’s musical tour through the holidays is a trip worth taking

Yes, the years are going by so fast, though I’ve never had one whiz by in 28.4 minutes, thank goodness. But if anyone can make that happen in a way that will put a smile on your face, it’s the musical, yellow-hued cartoon Gustafer Yellowgold, whose latest release takes us through a year of holidays, seen from the point of view of an outer-space creature who came here from the sun in 2005. Yeah, it’s a bit weird, but a whole lot of awesome. As with Gustafer Yellowgold’s previous releases, Year in the Day is a combo DVD/CD. I love the combo concept...

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Celebrating Woody Guthrie with 2 perfect CDs

This would have been folk-music legend Woody Guthrie’s centennial year. And so we celebrate the truly amazing legacy he left behind. Within the 3,000 song lyrics (wow!) that he wrote, there lies a powerful children’s music catalog that speaks directly to the energy and creativity of those ever-expanding minds. There’s a whole lot more to Woody Guthrie than This Land Is Your Land, is what we’re saying. Here, two important new albums that offer families a new twist on some familiar tunes. We know that you will dig these CDs as much as we do. First up is the...

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Augie to Zebra: a fab alphabet book from a favorite duo

It makes perfect sense that Caspar Babypants, the kindie music favorite whose song titles include My Flea Has Dogs and Stompy the Bear, would create an alphabet book with prose way beyond A is for Apple. But what really makes this picture book a must-have for any beginning reader in your life is the unusual creative collaboration of the author and the popular artist he convinced to create the gorgeous illustrations in Augie to Zebra. Okay, so maybe it wasn’t that hard to convince the excellent Kate Endle to illustrate the book, considering she and Chris Ballew (aka Caspar Babypants) are a husband-wife...

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Recess Monkey’s eighth CD is as fun as a barrel full of you-know-whats

With seven solid releases to their credit (you can read about their last one here), I was pretty certain that we’d love Recess Monkey’s eighth offering to the world of kindie music. But what I enjoy most about this trio of enthusiastic educators from Seattle is that they don’t just churn out the same music time after time. Instead, they find just the perfect way to capture those moments of childhood musically in new and unique ways.  {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy!} And their latest, In Tents, carries on their upbeat sound with sixteen sweet...

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Ragtime for Rugrats

Randy Kaplan is such a talented kids’ rocker; the kind of performer who really engages his audience. He doesn’t just sing, he tells stories. And we listen. We are all huge fans of Kaplan’s incredibly cool, listenable (even for adults) CDs, but this newest, which makes some of the greatest Country, Blues and Ragtime numbers family-friendly, is his most ambitious yet. Duke Ellington’s Satin Doll isn’t exactly as innocent as an American Girl, yet, Kaplan does a great job bringing this and more to life for kids in Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie. You’ll also find that he adds his...

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Web Coolness – A coloring book for girls of color, flying with kids, and raising confident men

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We adore this mama’s plan to create a coloring book for girls of color. This has been a long time coming! My Parenting Mistakes: Kristen takes a look at our parenting choices in the wake of the Aurora shootings. A six year old judges classic books by their covers with really hilarious results. This one is even worth putting up with a slideshow, promise. Bostonians, don’t miss this weekend’s Summer Arts Weekend where our favorite Dan Zanes and Friends will...

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Every family has a spicy kid…or two.

Molly Ledford and her band of merry Lunch Money mates are just such supreme goodness. We are big fans of theirs here at Cool Mom Picks, but this new CD, Spicy Kid, just might take the cake. Er, peanut butter sandwich.  This CD is a combination of sweet fun and silliness for the kid folk, but Molly sneaks in a most unbelievable tribute to parenting with “Basket of Flowers.“ I listened to that song on repeat and saw my children as little babies flash before me in a sort of slideshow of the mind. Yes, it was that deep....

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Can I get a witness? Sugar Free Allstars latest CD will make you a believer in their funky sound

If I had to pick a CD to take with my family onto a desert island this summer, it’d be the Sugar Free Allstars’ latest release. The ten tracks pack a whole lot of funky deliciousness into 36 minutes, with lyrics that always perk us up and make us smile—which would come in handy as we look for coconuts and leave messages in bottles. {keep reading for a chance to win a copy!} All on a Sunday Afternoon’s title may sound like music created for hammock swinging, but it’s better suited for a playful backyard cookout or post-bath dance party. And...

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Web Coolness – Can you unplug? Also gifts for geeky girls, cheers for Seventeen Magazine, and new life for an old sandbox

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Do you have trouble unplugging? Liz shares her thoughts in her new column at the Katie Couric website. (And psst…Katie’s new show debuts September 10. We’re excited!) Kristen’s list of cool gifts for geeky girls includes great picks for brainy boys too. They Might Be Giants needs your help to get their Alphabet of Nations video finished!  Turn that old sandbox into a planter box and get your kids gardening before the weekend is through. (h/t Modern Parents Messy Kids)...

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How do you get girls excited about science? Try music.

My oldest daughter is about to enter sixth grade and if statistics are correct, her current love of science will likely wane as society subtly spreads the message that science and engineering studies are “not for girls.” But, I’m going to do everything I can to help change that perception with loads of science kits and talk about everyone from Marie Curie to Sally Ride.  And we’ll be playing a lot of a new CD whose mission is to empower girls to explore science and engineering fields their entire lives.  Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and...

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