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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

The Best of Kids Podcasts from March 2017

I'm a big fan of podcasts, but I'm hardly the only one to note how difficult discovery is with podcasts. Sure, I've got a comprehensive list of podcasts for kids, a regular review of the top-ranked kids podcasts, and participate in Kids...Show More Summary

Better Late Than Never: 2016 Children's Grammy Nominee Reviews

One of the embarrassing things about writing about the nominees for the 59th Annual Grammy Award for Best Children's Album is that even though I did so in late January 2017, many months after the 5 nominated albums were released, I had only reviewed one of the 5 nominees, Frances England's Explorer of the World. Show More Summary

Video: "Used to Be" - Spring Bees (World Premiere!)

Spring Bees album cover I love to get word of musicians trying their hand at the kids music world for the first time -- so much promise and uncertainty. So when self-described "indie rock Texpatriate" Monte Holman (he lives in Kansas...Show More Summary

Four on the Floor (Kids Music Reviews for Preschoolers)

Owl Singalong cover Here's the next installment of reviews of albums before I pause a bit with my reviews. Last week I covered some recent (2017) releases, but this week's roundup includes some albums more than a year old. I wanted to...Show More Summary

Kindie Keeps on Tickin' (Reviews of Early 2017 Albums)

After questioning why people read record reviews, I also said that I'd be taking a break writing reviews, at least as how I'd normally conceived of them. But I had a few more albums -- a couple dozen maybe -- I wanted to get through first. Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (March 2017)

This month podcasters are using the hashtag #trypod on Twitter to suggest a podcast for listeners. If you still haven't tried listening to podcasts, you're missing out on a wonderful world of audio content, and the hashtag is a great, albeit perhaps overwhelming, way to jump in. Show More Summary

Video: "OK Toilet Bowl" - StevenSteven

I am Team Kids Music Is Generally Better When It's Not Educational. But I am also Team StevenSteven. So, when presented with "OK Toilet Bowl," from the duo's fine debut album Foreverywhere, I am conflicted. On the one hand, it's a song...Show More Summary

Why Read Music Reviews?

I started this website in part because when I was a new parent looking for music to listen to with an infant Miss Mary Mack, all I could find were 50-word blurbs (not much more than a couple tweets, long before "tweets" were a thing). Show More Summary

Review: Born in the Deep Woods - Red Yarn

Born in the Deep Woods cover Some artists take tentative steps into kids music, but Andy Furgeson seemed to know exactly what he was doing from the get-go. Playing as Red Yarn, the Austin-bred, Portland-based musician and puppeteer brought...Show More Summary

Newborn: The Binkees

The Binkees! album cover I'm not suggesting that everybody starting out in kids music send me an e-mail that describes the music they're making as "The Boogers with a west coast bent," but when I get such an e-mail, that's a good way to get me to listen. Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music March 2017

I'm still trying to catch up with the relatively few playlists recently, so this month's playlist is chock-full of music, 41 minutes' worth to be exact. (The last list, from January, is right here.) Long enough to get you to and from school/doctor's appointment/errand of choice. Show More Summary

Video: "Vegetables" - Rabbit!

The Golden Carrot album cover It's been a case of long-time-no-hear for the band Rabbit! They released the kid-friendly album Connect the Dots in 2010, another EP called The Hopscotch EP the next year along with a cute video for their...Show More Summary

Monday Morning Smile: "When I Grow Up" from Matilda the Musical

I finally had a chance to see Matilda the Musical recently and I'd recommend seeing it if musicals are at all your family's thing. (The show recently closed on Broadway, but a touring production continues to make its way across the country.) Based on the Roald Dahl novel, it's obviously kid-friendly enough for the youngsters and.... Show More Summary

Review: Between the Waves and the Cardoons - Pointed Man Band

Between the Waves and the Cardoons cover The first time Dan Elliott's Pointed Man Band made its way on this site, it was in a heads up nearly four years for a Kickstarter project I stumbled upon randomly. The resulting album, Swordfish Tango, echoed Tom Waits not only in that album title, but in sonic construction. Show More Summary

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