Tag: kids’ music

The Okee Dokee Brothers take us along for the ride

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of super-fun kids’ musicians The Okee Dokee Brothers: I gave their debut CD Kids with Beards a gushing review, and it’s still one of my kids’ most-played CDs two years later.  And now they have a brand new kids’ music CD, and they even put me on it! [don’t miss a giveaway after the jump!] Take It Outside features a baker’s dozen of stick-in-your head (in a good way) songs. As with Kids with Beards, I hear loads of banjo and fiddle, playful harmonies that blend together perfectly, and plenty of...

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Rock around the clock, or at least until bedtime

It has been a long time since I’ve willingly rocked around the clock, but I still love me some good ol’ rock-n-roll during the daylight hours. Thanks to Putumayo Kids, I now have some of our favorite kiddie rockers assembled in one place to help us shake, rattle and roll with songs that are perfect for the half pints. (check out the hilarious contest after the jump!)   Putumayo Kids Presents Rock & Roll Playground features some of our favorite songs from big names in kids’ music like Dan Zanes, Brady Rymer and Charity and the JAMband.  You may recognize...

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Laurie Berkner puts out a “Best of” album and car trips get that much easier.

I will always have a soft spot for Laurie Berkner, the first children’s singer to transfix my oldest daughter on Nick Jr., and then, years later, charm my youngest son with Rocketship Run. For those of us with older kids, I’m sure we can sing the chorus of at least a couple of her best-known songs. And tend to do so when we’re in the company of other adults, right? Whether your kids are Laurie Berkner diehards or if you are brand new to kids’ music, you can now have twenty of her top tracks all together in one place. ...

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These dads really rock

My kids have a dad who rocks, but not a dad who “rocks.” (Guitar Hero doesn’t count.) But a lot of kids do, considering there are some very cool dads who have put out fantastic CD’s in the recent past. We thought that Father’s Day would be a great time to celebrate their contributions to kids’ music, with singing that doesn’t need to be confined to the shower. –Christina [see the giveaway after the jump!] Change the lyrics from stories about riding a Bike and being told to take a Time Out, and much of the second CD from...

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Recess Monkey’s new CD is really, really out of this world (insert groan here)

I know it’s not just my kids who turn every box into a spaceship or seem to have their heads in the clouds. And I’m certain that they won’t be the only ones for whom Recess Monkey’s new kids’ music CD The Final Funktier is like rocket fuel for their dancing shoes and their imagination. Kicking off with a boppy-yet-silly rocket-launch countdown that leads into a groovy Moon Boots, the three Seattle teachers that make up Recess Monkey have put together one of our must-have kids’ CD’s each year much like their last CD, Field Trip, a Cool Mom Picks...

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Come hang out on Justin Roberts’ new Jungle Gym

Though we have stacks of kids’ music CD’s—one of the perks of reviewing kids’ music for Cool Mom Picks–I know that I’ll always hear something from Justin Roberts coming through our stereo’s speakers every few days. It’s a powerful testament to the many infectious, wanna-hear-again songs he’s put out over the past twelve years that end up on all our playlists. Now we have another album to add to our mix: Jungle Gym, a family-friendly CD packed with a dozen instant kindie classics that brilliantly capture so many of the themes and ideas that float around my kids’ heads. ...

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Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! At Radio City! And why can’t I stop using these exclamation points!

The only thing more trippy than watching a guy in a giant yellow neoprene robot costume singing “Don’t Bite Your Friends” to a hiphop beat on your big screen TV might just be watching it live. And I don’t want to hear it from you cynics. Any children’s show that features Amy Sedaris as the tooth fairy and gets my kids singing along with the Roots is a-okay by me. Which is why we’re so excited to let you know that Yo Gabba Gabba! Live!: There’s a Party in My City is heading to Radio City Music hall in...

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Web Coolness – Cool teacher gifts, tween boy decor and what not to feed your children

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. Design Mom paints her son’s room with perhaps the most awesome stencil in the history of all awesome stencils – along with the instructions to do it yourself. (shown) Still looking for a cool teachers gift?  One of the most thoughtful ideas we’ve ever seen at Joy Unexpected. Men’s Health reveals the 20 worst drinks in America, including a popular kids’ “juice” drink with more calories than a can of Pepsi. Eek! (via Gwen Bell) We love this list on Mashable of...

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Check out the kids’ music spilling out of Pandora

I’m not always on the cutting edge of technology, something that was evident when I said to my husband, hey, you should check out this Pandora web site! It streams music to your computer or iphone, and it’s really cool!, and he looked at me with pity. Seems all the cool kids have known about Pandora for the past decade while I was getting the hang of breastfeeding and drawing happy faces on the peanut butter crackers. But now I hold a little bit of news about Pandora that maybe even the cool kids don’t know: Pandora now has...

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Charlie Hope’s latest CD puts us to sleep

I thought I was past the whole need-for-a-lullaby thing until my five year old started whispering I’m Scared into my ear every night at 2AM. Now, I think he needs a little Charlie Hope crooning into his ear from her World of Dreams CD, to help chill him out at night. Charlie’s voice is perfect for lullabies: Soft, gentle and warm like a mama’s hand stroking her little guy’s face. That is, if that mama wasn’t already downstairs trying to clean up the dinner dishes. I’ve tried lying down and listening to it with him, but her lullabies affect me...

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Princess Katie & Racer Steve could’ve named their new CD, Super-Gigantic-Amazingly Cool

There are days when I feel like a constant killjoy to my kids, but just as our day is flushing down the proverbial toilet, I try to remember one thing that can usually turn things around: Fun music that knocks our socks off. Our latest mood-changer is the ever-peppy, totally entertaining offering from Princess Katie & Racer Steve, Tiny Cool. We at CMP have been fans of Princess Katie & Racer Steve’s first CD and then the second CD, and Tiny Cool gives us more to love from this ready-for-their-own-cartoon, husband-and-wife pair Steve Borne and Katie O’Sullian. Part dance party, part...

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Sugar Free Allstars do, in fact, rock awesome

I know some purists who think kids’ music education should focus only on the “classics,” and, thanks to Rock Band and Guitar Hero, we’ve got that down. But, you don’t need to hear my 7 year-old warbling Barracuda to know that there is something great about real rockin’ music with clever lyrics written just for kids. Enter, the new, kid-friendly Sugar Free Allstars’ release Funky Fresh and Sugar Free which has me thinking of tossing my piano out the door and finding me a Hammond B3 Organ like the one on these tracks. There is just no funkier-sounding instrument out there (besides maybe...

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Two new family CD’s by groups who usually play for us old folks

I’ve come across two CDs from musicians who usually perform for adults, but have recently turned their collective talent toward the music for the younger set. Using distinct voices, a whole slew of instruments and music grounded in folk, country and Americana styles, I can only hope Rani Arbo and Earthworm Ensemble decide to put out more music for kids in the future. Earthworm Ensemble has taken a detour from their alt-Americana band alter egos, I See Hawks in LA, to put out this self-titled CD.This collaborative effort presents the world from a kid’s point of view, but after listening to...

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Earth Day Pick – Because music makes the world go ’round

One of the best ways I’ve found to get a message to stick with my kids is through music, and the new CD My Changing Planet has us appreciating the specialness of our planet a little more this Earth Day. Like a save-the-earth version of Free to Be You and Me, My Changing Planet features two dozen performers who were brought together by four determined moms wanting to create a CD that both parents and kids could learn from and enjoy. Plus, 100% of the net profits go to one of our favorite charities, The Nature Conservancy. With so much variety...

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Come and embarrass your kids with us at Kindiefest

As Cool Mom Picks’ de facto kids’ music reviewer, I’m as big a fan of indie, family-friendly music as even the fans who are oh, 30-35 years younger than I am.  But, that’s not going to stop me from pogoing around the Kindiefest Festival on Sunday, May 2, with CMP editor Liz, and the best part about it is that you can join us.  If you can get yourself and your kids to littlefield NYC in Brooklyn by noonish on the 2nd, you’ll be treated to some of the most fabulous kid-friendly music artists out there today. Bands like...

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Putumayo Kids’ Jazz Playground wants kids to love jazz, but it worked on me too

I’ve never been much of a jazz fan, maybe because it conjures up images of being stuck in a smokey bar during an endless amatuer improv-and-scat sessions. But, I have to admit that when packaged into bite-sized, three-minutes-and-under portions on Putumayo Kids’ new Jazz Playground, I kind of dig it. What really holds my interest in Jazz Playground is the wide variety of jazz forms presented. There is the cool Latin jazz of Cumbamba from US/Cuban Jose Conde as well as the horn-full jazz of Australia’s Kinderjazz in Gazooba. And even though I don’t understand a word of Dutch,...

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2009 was such a good year for kids’ music, we’re not done with it yet

2009 may not have been the best year for home mortgages or Tiger Woods, but for those of us with kids, it was a great time to be listening to music. It was so terrific, in fact, that I still have a few ear-worthy CD’s that you should consider for your collection. (And psst, stick with me to the end since I’m giving one of them away.) I’m betting Caspar Babypants will be a household name soon enough, especially with his second CD following on the heels of his much-loved debut, Here I Am! His latest CD called, aptly,...

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Charity and the JAMband know that sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don’t

My kids are at the age where watching Mommy boogie across the kitchen floor is met with groans. And I’m hearing groans from them a lot now that I’ve got Charity and the JAMband’s danceworthy double kids’ music CD, Party Like a Twinkle Star. Sure, it’s a CD for kids, but it is strong stuff for anyone to resist, something we knew way back when we lauded Charity and the JAMband’s Rock Your Socks Off CD in ’06. The first-of-two CDs, aptly called Party, does just that from the start with the rocking groove of Get Your Booty Out of...

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Kindiefest 2010! Get out your child-safe Zippos.

I’m so excited to be speaking on a panel this spring at the third annual Kindiefest, the conference for all that’s cool in family music (or as we affectionately call it, kindie rock). In other words, the kinds of CD reviews you see on these here pages each week, thanks in part to our indie music-savvy associate editor Christina. While the conference itself is definitely for those in the industry (and hooray for a keynote from Dan Zanes!) on Sunday May 2 there will be a phenomenal concert that’s open to all. Or at least all of you in...

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Some British oi and American folk helps us Rise and Shine

I require a vat of coffee and some peppy tunes to get me going in the morning, and my kids are turning out to be just like me, minus the java infusion. The aptly named Rise and Shine kids’ music album by Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke has the kind of jumpy beat, quick-as-a-whip lyrics and LOL surprises to get our day started on the right foot as we pogo through the morning routine. Starting off with a bang (or really, a rooster), the quick-tempo Rise and Shine catches my kids’ attention with Mr. Clarke’s strong English accent singing,...

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