Tag: kids’ music

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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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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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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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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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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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new Make Believers is keeping it real

Once my kids had outgrown toddler-pop songs and quiet lullabies, they were ready for music that was a bit more grown up, though not of the he did me wrong/I partied all night long genre. Fortunately, elementary-school kids like mine have a friend in Secret Agent 23 Skidoo who keeps churning out fantastic, age-appropriate, kid-hop CD’s that sound cool-enough for our cool-enough kids, but with lyrics that will keep their heads in the right place.  {Keep reading for a chance to win a copy!} Though my kids have no idea what “street cred” is, I think one of the reasons...

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What? We’re recommending a cover album for kids? Why yes indeedy!

We are not generally fans of albums of popular music covered by band that dumb down the music for kids–or worse, have kids sing the music. I’ll take my Beatles sung by the Beatles, thanks very much. That said, I was nervous when I heard about LA duo Renee & Jeremy‘s CD of cover songs, especially since it included picks from REM and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Now there is no question in my mind that few voices in kids’ music sound more perfect together than these two, with their gorgeous harmonies that are ideal for those times when...

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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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Get ready to rock your socks off at Kindiefest 2012

For the past few years, I’ve traveled to Brooklyn, grabbed my editor Liz, and headed to the most fun conference filled with some of the best and smartest people making and promoting kids’ music. We do it for love of the genre. And to find great new family-friendly music for you all, so that you have much more to choose from than yet another rendition of You Are My Sunshine sung by an off-key puppet.  But this is much more than an insider’s only event, and on Sunday, April 29, doors will swing widely open at Littlefield in Brooklyn...

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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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Fighting evil with rock ‘n’ roll, Aquabats style

The minds behind Yo Gabba Gabba! are not content to settle with one successful kids show. In fact, they have just hooked themselves a certain daughter I know with a brand-new show–and some truly awesome rock music. And I’m betting a lot of other daughters and sons will be hooked when this new show premieres today. “The Aquabats! Super Show!” (I bow down to the generous-yet-not-totally-annoying use of exclamation points) focuses on a band of crime-fighting musicians who are on a mission to vanquish evil using the power of rock ‘n’ roll. It’s totally comical and campy in a...

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