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Radio Playlist: New Music November 2017

Squished between the end of the Grammy eligibility period, Halloween, and Christmas, I sometimes feel like a November new-music playlist is a bit of an afterthought. But there are actually some pretty good songs that have crossed myShow More Summary

Story Pirates Set for World Domination!

Story Pirates logo from Gimlet Let's get it out of the way: I think the Story Pirates are great. Just as we all have our kids' music artists we listen to without the kids around -- don't front, you know you do it -- there are some podcasts...Show More Summary

A Loog Guitar For Every Hand

We've been fans of Loog Guitars here at Zooglobble HQ from the beginning.  I interviewed Rafael Atijas, the founder of the company, in 2011 as he was in the midst of his first (eventually successful) Kickstarter to manufacture his very first set of acoustic 3-string guitars. Show More Summary

Video: "New Accordions" - Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could (World Premiere!)

While I can't agree with Disneyland and Target, who start decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, and the rest of the December holidays while Halloween is barely in the rear view mirror (if at all), I'm willing to occasionally make an exception...Show More Summary

Halloween 2017 Music for Kids

Prepping to trick or treat tonight? Gathering up the candy to hand out and trying not to dig in early? Kids and parents having last-minute costume emergencies? Here are a handful of (like, literally, five) new Halloween tunes from kindie...Show More Summary

Josh Lovelace Sings a Song For His Kids, With Sharon & Bram

Josh Lovelace Doing something meaningful for your kids, that makes you feel good. Doing something with longtime heroes of yours, that makes you feel good. Josh Lovelace got to do both at the same time. As a member of the band Needtobreathe,...Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (October 2017)

It's been couple months since the last time I looked at ranking podcasts for kids, and things continue to look positive for the world of kids' podcasting.  (For those of you interested, here is August's list of op-ranked kids and family...Show More Summary

Interview: Key Wilde and Dean Jones ("Doug the Digger")

I'm a big fan of musician/illustrator Key Wilde and musician/kindie uber-producer Dean Jones, so when I got word that the two had teamed up for a new project, I was super-excited. Especially when I heard it was, unexpectedly, not a musical...Show More Summary

Fids & Kamily 2017 Award Winners Announced!

Lucky Diaz - "Made in L.A." album cover One of the highlights of every year for me is compiling and announcing the winners of the Fids and Kamily Awards. F&K, as I call it (mostly because I'm constantly having to override computers'Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music October 2017

With the onset of fall comes the close of a Grammy eligibility window, so there are usually a bunch of releases up through September 30, then a bit of radio silence (so to speak). I've got 35 minutes worth of that early fall rush of songs in this month's new music playlist. Show More Summary

Video: "Little Baby Born Today" - Red Yarn

It was another stellar year for Andy Furgeson, AKA Red Yarn. Born in the Deep Woods was one of my favorite albums from 2017, and it wrapped up the "Deep Woods Trilogy" with another set of modern takes on old folk tunes, which took as its inspiration in part the subject of parenthood. Show More Summary

Ear Snacks Season 2! Read (Hear) All (A Little Bit) About It!

Ear Snacks logo I know that saying that a creative endeavor is unlike anything else that's out there sounds like hyperbole, but Ear Snacks fits the bill. There are lots of great podcasts for kids, but in its absurdist and often non-story-based...Show More Summary

Video: "Pony Ride" - The Hipwaders (World Premiere!)

The Hipwaders in cartoon format for "Pony Ride" When is a good time for a new song and video from the Bay Area band The Hipwaders? The answer is: Always. It is always a good time for a new song and video from The Hipwaders. So I was pleased when I heard from chief Hipwader Tito Uquillas recently that they had a new single about to drop. Show More Summary

Monday Morning Smile: SpongeBob SquarePants, The Musical

SpongeBob SquarePants Musical cast album There are optimists, and then there is the Eternal Optimist, SpongeBob SquarePants. Indefatigable in nature, filled with energy, if there's anyone who doesn't need "Monday Morning Smiles" because they're already smiling each and every Monday, it's SpongeBob. Show More Summary

Looking Forward by Looking Back (Dan Zanes' "Lead Belly, Baby!")

Lead Belly, Baby! album cover When most people think about Smithsonian Folkways' kids' artists, I'd guess that the first names that come to mind are Ella Jenkins and Pete Seeger, with probably Woody Guthrie close behind. But if I were to make that trio a quartet, I'd add Lead Belly to that list. Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music September 2017

Between catching up with stuff I missed last time and the late summer/early fall rush of new music, I've got a whopping 16 songs in this month's new music playlist. (Feel free to check out the August list here if you missed it.) As always,...Show More Summary

Interview: Rebecca Sheir (WBUR's Circle Round)

A sign of the health of kids' podcasting is that big names are launching well-produced shows with lots of lead time to generate interest. Case in point: Boston's NPR station WBUR launched the storytelling podcast Circle Round this summer with a pilot featuring Jason Alexander, with promises of more episodes this fall. Show More Summary

The Best of Gustafer Yellowgold: A Playlist

Brighter Side cover What am I supposed to do with the new Gustafer Yellowgold album, Gustafer Yellowgold's Brighter Side, since it's the first one that comes without a full DVD to accompany it? All seven Gustafer prior albums datingShow More Summary

Video: "Rocketship" - Stacey Peasley (World Premiere!)

Sometimes all your kids -- or you -- need is a simple pop song with a cute video. If that's you today, might I suggest this video for "Rocketship" from Stacey Peasley? The song's a catchy and danceable guitar-driven number perfect for the closest kindergartener with a space obsession. Show More Summary

Video: "Baconstein" - Gustafer Yellowgold

There are many pleasing things about the word of a new Gustafer Yellowgold album, but the news from a few weeks back that the forthcoming track "Baconstein" would be getting a video was among the most pleasing. "Baconstein" is a spiritual...Show More Summary

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