This past Friday, the little one and I took a little road trip to Wilmot, Wisconsin. About 30 minutes from Rock Father HQ in Illinois, Wilmot is home to more than a 'Mountain,' but also a warehouse for AMERICAN GIRL, and THE MATTEL TOY STORE. I'd found the latter by accident last year while heading up to Twin Lakes for a rock show. After coming back home, I hit Google to find out just what exactly I'd seen out there on that dark, Fall night. While turning a corner, I spotted a plain white sign that read 'The Mattel Toy Store.' Sure enough, the toy maker operates their own chain of stand-alone stores in special locations around the country. A few months ago, we made the trip for the first time. On Friday, we went back.
The folks at Mattel Shop, the official online destination for purchasing Mattel Toys direct from the source, just send The Rock Father™ details on a special sale that is taking place right now. Hit this link to visit Mattel Shop, then enter code SURPRISE at check-out. You'll save 20% Off EVERYTHING, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, DC Universe, Matchbox, Disney Princesses... you name it. But, you have to act fast - this Shopping Deal for Parents runs through the end of 4/27 and then it's done.
Judging from the hit-count on my blog posting yesterday that featured a 22-second snippet of a new SOUNDGARDEN song slated for inclusion on THE AVENGERS Soundtrack, I'd say interest in both the film and the band are pretty high. Well, earlier today, Disney sent over the full tracklisting for AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: Music From and Inspired by The Motion Picture. Additionally, The Rock Father has learned that the aforementioned SOUNGARDEN cut Live to Rise will be featured over the end credits of the film. Check out the full tracklisting and all the artists below.
Well, this certainly came out of the blue this morning... and The Rock Father™ approves.
I'm still a little weirded out when I see MARVEL merchandise inside THE DISNEY STORE (even though I love both brands), but it's even weirder when someone from Disney sends you a preview of brand-NEW music from SOUNDGARDEN via AVENGERS ASSEMBLE: Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture. Would you like to hear a 22-second snippet of the first new SOUNDGARDEN single in 15 years? S.H.I.E.L.D. commands you to read on... and Live to Rise.
I have not yet seen THE MUPPETS, the 2011 Disney relaunch of the beloved characters to the big screen on which they belong. Yes, it was released on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital Download this week, but I haven't gotten to it just yet. In promotion of the home video release, THE MUPPETS have been popping up all over the place, most recently on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE (a show I was almost on once). Last night, DR TEETH & THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM paid a visit to the show, bringing with them guest drummer TRAVIS BARKER. While they busted out the classic tune Can You Picture That?, this was a perfect opportunity for ANIMAL to square off in a drum battle with the BLINK-182 skin-basher. Check out The Rock Father approved video below!
I'm a big fan of EARTH FRIENDLY PRODUCTS. In addition to being a local, Illinois-based business, they make some of the best, 100% natural household products that we've ever tried. Back in December, I reviewed their ''Safeguard Your Home Pack'' here on The Rock Father™, after having already used their ECOS laundry detergent for quite some time. My only gripe thus far is that their products aren't carried in enough major retailers (get crackin', Target, Walmart, and Babies R Us!). With their latest announcement, however, that should be changing pretty quickly. DISNEY BABY ECOS is on the way!