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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

Video: "Shine" - Alphabet Rockers (World Premiere!)

Rise Shine #Woke album cover The community of musicians making hip-hop for kids is small but dedicated. The Bay Area's Alphabet Rockers have, over the course of their career, gradually refined their sound and their audience, moving from preschool-targeted topics to a somewhat older crowd. Show More Summary

A Postnoceros About the Rocknoceros Podnoceros

Rocknoceros: Boogie Woogie Bennie, Coach Cotton, and Williebob (Pretty sure nobody's typed that before.) I was happy to find out that DC-area kindie rockers Rocknoceros have stepped in the paths of Andrew and Polly and the Sugarcrash Kids and... Show More Summary

A Massive Caspar Babypants Playlist

Jump For Joy album cover Today marks the release of Jump For Joy!, the 13th album for kids from Caspar Babypants, AKA Chris Ballew. Thirteen albums for any artist is a significant achievement, but the fact that Ballew has done so in basically little more than 9 years is even more amazing. Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (August 2017)

It's been about three weeks month since the last time I looked at ranking podcasts for kids, and things are looking good for kids' podcasting. (For those of you interested, here is July's list of top-ranked kids and family podcasts.)...Show More Summary

Screen Time (Kids Music and TV Shows)

I have had in my list of potential posts for the site an item I called "kids music TV shows" for at least a couple years. I'd probably been thinking about the idea for long before that. The general idea was to survey the landscape of...Show More Summary

Video: "Mundo Verde/Green World" - Mister G (World Premiere and Interview!)

Mundo Verde / Green World album cover One of the kids musicians who most successfully employs a bilingual approach in his music is the Massachusetts-based (most of the time) Ben Gundersheimer, or as lots of kids know him, Mister G. Over...Show More Summary

Listen To This: "Skip To My Lou" - Dan Zanes feat. Chuck D & Memphis Jelks

Lead Belly, Baby! album cover If the sound of Dan Zanes singing "Skip To My Lou" with Chuck D and Memphis Jelks throwing in some (new) lyrics doesn't put a smile on your face (and whet your appetite for Lead Belly, Baby!, Zanes' upcoming...Show More Summary

Ella's Kids (Reviews of Ella Jenkins, Jazzy Ash, and Shine and the Moonbeams)

I've been thinking some about white guys with guitars. I've got nothing against white guys with guitars -- I'm a white guy with a guitar (OK, ukulele), and as I think about my own favorite music, much of it is made by, you guessed it, white guys with guitars. Show More Summary

Listen To This: "Colander Sun" - Lard Dog & The Band of Shy

"Colander Sun" single cover So there's song about colanders and... well, that's all I really need to say, because, c'mon, do you really need to hear yet another song about puppies or holidays or friendship when you can hear an ode to...Show More Summary

Radio Playlist: New Music August 2017

In the midst of summer, and I've nine songs for your family's enjoyment. (If you want more, why not check out the June list here? Nope, no July list this time around...) As always, these Spotify playlists are limited in that if an artist...Show More Summary

Interview: Ella Jenkins and Tony Seeger on Camp Songs

Ella Jenkins with a ukulele Ella Jenkins needs no introduction, and I have to believe the Venn diagram would show the overlap between "readers of this website" and "people who don't know Ella Jenkins" to be very slim indeed, but in case...Show More Summary

Here's To The Dreamers (Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band's "Made in L.A.")

Made in L.A. album cover There's always been a touch of fantasy in Lucky Diaz's music for families. From Diaz's first kids' EP's very first single, the strutting blues "Blue Bear," Diaz has often trafficked in a milieu that's familiar but not quite this world. Show More Summary

Top Kids and Family Podcasts (July 2017)

It's been a month since the last time I looked at ranking podcasts for kids, and the increased visibility of such podcasts, if not increasing, has maintained its momentum. (For those of you interested, here is June's list of top-ranked...Show More Summary

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