Tag: kindie music

The best new music for kids and families: 6 of our favorite fall picks

Whether you’re like me and need some holiday gift ideas for the little ones on your list or you just want some new music for kids to dance away the winter chill, I’ve found six recently released kids’ albums that will keep any ears happy. With new music from such CMP favorites as The Pop Ups and Caspar Babypants, as well as a wonderful collection of Latin American tunes for kids, there’s a little something for everyone–including we parents who will be listening along.   The Pop Ups’ Fids and Kamily pick, Appetite for Construction, kicks off with the Prince-era sounds of “Getting the Job Done”,  a multi-layered...

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The best kids and family albums of 2014: The Fids and Kamily Award winners

The Fids and Kamily Poll has been announcing the best kids music  of  the year for kids and families since 2006, and we’re always so glad to be a part of it, along with other top bloggers,  journalists, publicists and kids’ music radio show hosts who all have a passion for seeing the best kids music succeed. And, today, the top albums of 2014 were announced. Whoo! This award is a great way to honor those musicians and singers who have helped blast the negative stereotypes about lame kids’ music and who make raising kids so much more joyful–and danceable–for us modern families who...

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Web coolness – Movies recreated in LEGO, Halloween costumes to avoid, and the Brandy Melville debate

Here are our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Stop-motion scenes from 60 movies all recreated in LEGOs. By a 15-year-old! Brilliant. A great reason to become a Cool Mom Tech subscriber today. As in…today. Right now. Stat. Mingos, Rapartment, and Extrasize: We never get tired of funny words that kids mispronounce. A popular brand of tween and teen clothes that only comes in small: Heated debate on our Facebook page. When does social media start to feel not-so-social? Tough discussion about racially sensitive Halloween costumes. Would this change how your kids dress...

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The Ella Jenkins documentary: Let’s help get it made

We are always on the lookout for the best and brightest new kids’ music makers on Cool Mom Picks, bringing you everyone from The Not-Its! to Shine and the Moonbeams. But today we want to honor one of the longest-enduring stars in kids’ music, the incomparable Ella Jenkins, with the hopes of getting a documentary about her life and legacy made to share with future generations of kids. Ella Jenkins: We’ll All Sing Together will tell the story of The First Lady of Children’s Music who has been recording and performing her own songs for 60 years, including her latest release More Multicultural...

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Check out what Laurie Berkner is serving up on Kids’ Place Live this weekend

If your kids can’t get enough of Laurie Berkner’s music, they’re going to eat up the news that she’s coming to Sirius XM’s Kids’ Place Live this weekend–and throughout the year–to promote healthy eating. Oh, and play lots of tunes, too. Her new hour-long program Laurie Berkner’s Garden: Eat, Play, Grow will air multiple times from Friday night through Sunday and stars both Laurie herself and Kids’ Place Live’s awesomely fun Mindy Thomas. This weekend’s show will also feature Catherine McCord, whose cookbook Weelicious has saved more than a few dinners in our home. With four different shows planned to...

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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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Web Coolness: Fun Easter crafts, The world’s toughest job (or is it?), and some shocking news about daycare

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Adorable: Easter bunny ears DIY for dress-up any time of year. [via MiniStyle] Must read: Thoughts from a less than perfect mom. Watch: Charlie Hope’s Did You Ever See a Lassie video for kids. The salute to “the world’s toughest job” that everyone is buzzing about. More thoughts on that: Does praising moms mean dissing dads? Cool: An Easter dyeing guide for every color using traditional food coloring. 20 ways to decorate Easter eggs besides dyeing them. Stumped for Easter basket gift ideas for the kids? Here are...

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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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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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4 of the best of the latest kids’ music album releases: Recess Monkey, Charlie Hope, Mister G, and Lucky Diaz

If Santa is bringing a new MP3 player or you’d love to wrap up a few new cool kids’ music CDs to give your little listeners, here are four cool new releases, by some of our very-favorite kindie artists: Recess Monkey, Charlie Hope, Mister G, and Latin Grammy-award winner Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band.   If you’re tired of winter already, Recess Monkey’s latest Desert Island Disc will feel like a breath of fresh, warm, summer air. Kicking off with the ukulele notes in Coconut Radio, Desert Island Disc gently blows through 14 songs that are, as...

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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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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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Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell make beautiful music together

I’ve always loved Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell for making such special music that families can enjoy together. And now they’ve joined musical forces to produce a collection of songs that is joyful, upbeat, and so very lovely. You won’t want to miss this one. [Keep reading for your chance to win your very own autographed copy for your kids, from Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell. Whoo!] In their first collaborative CD Turn Turn Turn, Dan Zanes and Elizabeth Mitchell have put together a collection of original and deserve-to-be-heard-again folk songs. It’s sure to be a new classic, a...

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Frances England’s Blink of an Eye: One of the best kids albums of the year

Summer brings out serious nostalgia in me–maybe because it doesn’t seem so long ago that I was the one learning how to dive off the dock into the pond. And as I watch another summer unfolding before my eyes, I’ve also had the pleasure of hearing a brand-new release from beloved kindie-folk artist Frances England, which gorgeously captures these little moments in time. It’s just spectacular listening. And I think you’re going to love it too. [We’re giving away a copy of this new CD! Details after the jump.] With her pretty, lilting voice which reminds me a bit...

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