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My Favorite (and the Best?) Kids Music of 2016

In past years, I have written a lot about my favorite kids music over the prior year -- here's my summary of the best kids music of 2015 -- but the past year or so has been more challenging for me in terms of writing reviews of kids music. Show More Summary

Dad Jokes (Billy Kelly's "My First Comedy Album")

Billy Kelly drinking from a juice-box Kids music is filled with funny people, probably because the ability to make kids laugh is vital to survival in dealing with kids all day long. (Also probably because the ability to make yourself...Show More Summary

Video: "Mr. Pickle" - Michael and the Rockness Monsters

Let's face it, the era of silly novelty songs is pretty much over -- really, the presence of the occasional "What Does the Fox Say?" is a case of the exception proving the rule. The only outlet at this point is Dr. Demento who continues...Show More Summary

The Best of Kids Podcasts from April 2017

I realize that we're about two-thirds through May, but we're still going to attempt to regularly update my list of the best or most noteworthy kids podcast episodes, Now, if you want to get the background on how I'm using the RadioPublic...Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music May 2017

Summer is drawing nigh, and kids music continues to cross my doorstep (and iTunes and Spotify and Bandcamp playlists). Ten songs, less than 30 minutes, and if you don't like these -- well, I think you'll like a lot of these, but if the ratio is insufficient, feel free to check out the April list here. Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (May 2017)

I've missed a month since the last time I looked at ranking podcasts for kids. (For those of you interested, here is March's list of top-ranked kids and family podcasts.) If you're looking for a podcast for kids, you could of courseShow More Summary

All About Wow in the World, NPR's First Podcast for Kids and Families

Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, hosts of Wow in the World If 2016 was the year kids' podcasting became a thing, 2017 may just be the year kids' podcasting becomes a big thing. The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel won a Peabody Award,...Show More Summary

Video: "Txoria Txori" - Sonia De Los Santos

This song from Sonia De Los Santos, "Txoria Txori," is a wistful ballad about setting free a caged bird off her fine 2015 album Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León To The New York Island (one of my ten great Spanish-language kids music albums).Show More Summary

Song for Mother's Day: "Mother's Day 1976 (The Worst Smell in the World)" - Baron Von Rumblebuss

Mother's Day cover It's been awhile since I've put together a list of songs for moms -- the list was long 7 years ago, and I have no doubt that there are dozens if not more I could add. In lieu of quantity, this year I'm going for quality. Show More Summary

Recent Spanish-Language Kids Music Albums (and One Portuguese Album)

While the flood of kids music designed to teach kids a foreign language has thankfully slowed down somewhat (the results were usually very dry, musically-speaking), what's left over is generally of higher quality. I wanted to highlight ever so briefly some recent Spanish-language (or mostly Spanish-language) albums for kids. Show More Summary

Dad Rock (Walter Martin's My Kinda Music)

Walter Martin photo by Sebastian Kim Walter Martin’s singing voice is heartfelt and mostly in tune but hardly mellifluous. Martin knows this -- on “Hey Matt,” off his new album My Kinda Music, he jokes with Matt Berninger of The National...Show More Summary

Catching Up (with Reviews)

Let All the Children Boogie cover As I noted a couple months ago, I'm trying to re-think how I write in-depth about music and how I write album reviews in particular, and promised I'd clear a number of albums off my plate, as it were. Show More Summary

The (Mostly) Compleat Foreverywhere (plus Steve Burns Interview!)

Foreverywhere album cover We're big fans of StevenSteven's Foreverywhere around these parts, so because lead Steven Steve Burns recently answered a handful of questions about the album, I thought it'd be worth the time to put together the set of videos Burns and co-Steven Steven Drozd put together for the album alongside Burns' responses. Show More Summary

Monday Morning Smile: "Everybody Gets a Kitten" - Jeremy Messersmith

11 Obscenely Optimistic Songs... cover I'm a longtime fan of Jeremy Messersmith, dating back to seeing him at SXSW in 2010. At the time, he was prepping an album called The Reluctant Graveyard, a baker's dozen of songs about death and dying, not exactly the prototypical album you'd expect to be featured on a kids music website. Show More Summary

Monday Morning Smile: "Light As A Feather" - Cat Doorman

Light As A Feather cover Typically these Monday Morning Smiles focus on tracks that weren't conceived as kids music, but I thought this track was just the thing needed for a sunny spring Monday morning. It's "Light As A Feather," inShow More Summary

Joanie Leeds Loves Cities, Especially Brooklyn

Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights Brooklyn stoop Miami-raised, Brooklyn-based Joanie Leeds has seven albums for kids and families under her belt, and one month from today (May 19) she's releasing her eighth, Brooklyn Baby. The title's...Show More Summary

Launching Season 2 of The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel

Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel logo When I first talked with Chris Tarry in the early days of fall 2016, the podcast he helped put together, The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel, had barely begun, with only one full episode released. Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music April 2017

Time once again to spin some new music. (The last list, from March, is right here.) A bit shorter than last month's list, but even at 21 minutes long enough to hopefully get to at least one errand or dance party. As always, it's limited...Show More Summary

How I Got Here: Dan Elliott, Pointed Man Band (Graceland, the Library and Midnight Vultures)

Dan Elliott playing the accordion Sometimes I see the submissions for the "How I Got Here" series by kids musicians talking about albums important in their musical and career development, and their essays are episodes of discovery to me, albums I'm knowledge of in name only. Show More Summary

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