- Doctor Who's most beloved sidekick has passed away. Also, my first childhood crush. http://bit.ly/gHlqt8 (via @fitzwillie) #
- Starz Animation working on OZ3D. Dorothy and co to get animated 3-D treatment. (via Mediacaster Magazine) http://bit.ly/hjiJ7H #
- Interesting looking animated film: “Mia and the Migoo” (via @cartoonbrew) http://bit.ly/gKh7B8 #
- Another sign that Hollywood is out of touch with the general public: Arnold Schwarzengger's 'The Governator project. http://bit.ly/fNfbZj #
- Send a kindie band to Bonnaroo. Download a track from Rolie Polie Guacamole & place ur vote to send them to the show. http://bit.ly/eYOId4 #
- It's all bubbles all the time for Captain Kevin & the Jordie Cat. Check out cute low-fi kid vid & sample sounds here: http://bit.ly/h3k53L #
- Some well-deserved love for @mimobot 's very cool DC Comics thumb drives from GeekDad's @AntonOlsen. Check them out: http://bit.ly/gck8Ls #
- Want to learn more about children's music? @kidmuseumnh is hosting a Children’s Songwriting Workshop this spring. http://bit.ly/gfx0w6 #
- Love the graphic art-inspired kids' magazine trend. The latest, Timbuktu, is an iPad app only. (via @KidCrave) http://bit.ly/eN7hzj #
- Kid-targeted Mr. Men and Little Miss graphic novels are on the way. (via @sljournal) http://bit.ly/fspfhr #
- Did you hear? New ghosts have invaded the Haunted Mansion. Boo. via @dreadcentral http://bit.ly/ijYKBm #
- Interesting profile of one of my favorite preschool properties, Pocoyo. (via @aNbMedia) http://bit.ly/goHXBs #
- Ready to Spring clean your music collection? We are here to help. Check out our latest music roundup. http://bit.ly/gReir3 #
- The toddler-targeted GoodieWords app helps explain words that parents might fine hard to define. (via @rrw) http://rww.to/ejcxV9 #
- The brand that won't quit: Pokémon Company predicts 2011 will be a blockbuster year for the brand. (via @licensingbiz) http://bit.ly/g9hBKF #
- Want to help support Japan and buy the kids something cute? Check this out. http://kamibashi.com/about/care/ganbare/ #
- Children of the 80's, this one is for you. Animated series M.A.S.K. is being released to the home entertainmen… (cont) http://deck.ly/~c39v8 #
- Supernatural children's book series Scream Street hitting the small screen. (via @kidscreen) http://bit.ly/fJoKr3 #
- Japanese Trend Alert: The Merry Farming Kit is a pint-sized urban gardening kit using plastic bottle caps. http://bit.ly/eYj0Ea #
- Check it out! RT @DadRevolution: The Dad Revolution Daily is out! http://bit.ly/fY6u6l ▸ Top stories today vi… (cont) http://deck.ly/~m475s #
- Cute list! RT @PasteMagazine: 15 Indie Artists Featured On Animated Film Soundtracks http://bit.ly/fuis4f #
- Love these: Fortune Cookie Crayons (via @trendhunter) http://bit.ly/emGBsp #
- Not all kid-fronted films feature cutesy kids. Check out a list of "The Top 5 Pint-Sized Killers of the Past 5 Years." http://bit.ly/fJIMpt #
- Graphic Novel for the emerging reader to check out: "Patrick in a Teddy Bear's Picnic" (via @publisherswkly) http://bit.ly/gEdpDU #
- Awesomeness: Artist/designer Ryan Novelline has created a gown from a collection of 300 Golden Books. (via @sljournal) http://bit.ly/icdrzG #
- The ahead-of-its-time eco-friendly kid show "Captain Planet and the Planeteers" is hitting DVD. (via @coolhunting) http://bit.ly/dOY1oV #
- Wonder Woman's costume is already updated for the TV pilot. A response to the outcry? (via @nikkifinke) http://bit.ly/h7v65w #
- I think it sooo wrong. RT @BunchFamily: What do you think of Perez Hilton's children's book, The Boy With the Pink Hair? http://j.mp/fbqJD7 #
- Famous for harassment, drawing genitals and body fluids on faces and now…Perez has a kid's book. (via @BunchFamily) http://j.mp/fbqJD7 #
- Kickstarter project to check out: The Loog Guitar is a real 3-string guitar that parents and kids build togeth… (cont) http://deck.ly/~RugYo #
- What's the latest haps in kindie music? Here are some updates from @BethBC: http://bit.ly/f942xF #
- Love this retro Disneyworld/land art from artists Kevin Kidney & Jody Dailey (via @ohdeedoh) http://bit.ly/fLCyI9 #
- Have you heard of the The Pop! For Kids Project? Dennis asks indie-pop artists all over to contribute songs for kids. http://bit.ly/gpP1X4 #
- For NE locals, great YA & kids authors at this fest! RT @NBPTLitFest: Children/Teens author spotlight Elisha Cooper: http://bit.ly/huyL0j #
It’s been a while since I shared my music picks and it’s time to play catch-up with a rundown of kids’ music on my Island radar. Get out your music player and get ready to do some Spring cleaning!
Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights – What A Zoo: We loved Joanie’s last album, so when she added animal-themed songs, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and a cover of “Froggie Went a Courtin,” we knew we were in for more of her trademark top-notch pop. We weren’t disappointed!
Moona Luna – Piñata Party: New York-based songwriter Sandra Velasquez’s bilingual kids’ project is sure to be part of our backyard summer soundtrack. This non-stop Latin-flavored album even features a cameo from Dan Zanes.
Putumayo Kids - Acoustic Dreamland: Yet another quality compilation from the Putumayo brand, this one under their “Dreamland” genre. Full of soothing acoustic lullabies from singer-songwriters both kindie (Frances England) and classic (Lucy Kaplansky), this one works for babies, kids and even restless adults.
Daddy A Go Go – Grandkid Rock: Satisfy your classic rock and kindie rock pallet with Daddy A Go Go’s all-ages friendly release. Sure, references to Backstreet Boys may be slightly outdated, but this is called Grandkid Rock after all.
Brady Rymer - Love Me For Who I Am: Brady’s latest album was made with the goal of creating a “deeper understanding and appreciation of children with autism and other related conditions.” A wonderful project idea filled with sweet and sophisticated pop/rock tunes like the title track, “Picky Eater,” “Bein’ With You” and Laurie Berkner duet “Soft Things.”
Jamie Broza – I Want A Dog: Broza had me chuckling from the first, title track on this album of pop/rock/Latin jazz tunes. I Want A Dog keeps its fast, funny pace with interspersed skits, interviews and pet sounds. As an added bonus, Jamie will donate 20% of profits to the North Shore Animal League America of New York.
Groove Kid Nation – The Wheels on The Bus: Dad Rodney Lee launched the LA-based Groove Kid Nation project as a clever way to introduce kids to instruments. Groove Kid takes traditional songs and infuses them with Lee’s own brand of retro soul & funk , all tied together with some subtle music education and original characters based on classic nursery rhymes.
The Boogers – Let’s Go: The Ramones of kid rock are back! They stick to the same formula of their last release, and that is a only a good thing. A mix of punk-pop originals and rock-hard remakes of classics like “London Bridge,” The Boogers are a true fist-pumping original.
The Billy Kelly Show – The Family Garden: Billy Kelly has a posse. One listen to his album and a visit to his website, and it is clear why. From his original songwriting to his sense of humor and sketches, Kelly is starting to build a kindie rock brand. His latest release features more original quirky pop confections that tickle the funny bone and please your more refined music tastes.
Ham & Burger – Pharm Phresh: Hip-hop for kids is usually a mixed bag, with some artists totally missing the mark. Ham & Burger have avoided the patronizing tone of other efforts by reworking old staples with a hip-hop funk twist. They know how to get the (birthday) party started, and even end up throwing in a few original tunes as well.
Luv Clowns! – Love Clowns: Whatever your stance is on clowns (scary/funny), this band clearly has a sense of humor and knows how to write an entertaining tune for the family. Based on a fictional bunch of rock-n-roll clowns, the album is part acid trip, part pop treat.
King Britt - Baby Loves Disco: The traveling dance party now has its own soundtrack. We are a beat-loving household, and this album filled the dance music gap in our kindie playlist. Despite a few demerits for the “We Are A Family” remake, this album is a total success. DJ King Britt serves up kid-friendly, dance-floor ready tunes including original tunes about ice cream and playground time, while crafting an irresistible take on the classic “Hey D.J.”
The Baby Grands – The Baby Grands II: Grand, indeed. Ben Rowell and Chuck Nash produce powerful pop, rock and country-tinged tunes for those magic minivan moments when the whole family is rocking out together. The Baby Grands were made for the “open road,” satisfying all members with their sound.
Jeremy Plays Guitar – Use Your Words: Jeremy Zmud and his band received “best of” status in 2010 from Daily Candy, People Magazine, and The LA Times for this sunshiny kindie pop release. Over the 14 tracks, the talented Jeremy Plays Guitar keeps it interesting with slight genre shifts and topics that will hit home (“Use Your Words,” “Your Turn, My Turn”). They even bring in the fabulous Madeleine Peyroux for the jazzy “Keep My Cool.”
Debbie and Friends – Story Songs & Sing Alongs! DVD: Debbie has finally compiled her charming animated videos together into one collection. Whenever we pop this new release in, out little one is glued to the screen as Debbie and the gang do to their animated, musical takes on classic stories like Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and Jack & The Beanstalk. ‘Story Songs & Sing Alongs!’ is another great music DVD for your collection and excellent counter-programming for TV-wary parents.
The Pop! For Kids Project: Not an album (yet), but a blog, and a great one at that! The Pop! For Kids Project has indie pop artists from all around the world contributing songs aimed at children. All MP3s posted by curator Dennis Greeuw are created just for this project, and are free to download.