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James Zahn

James Zahn

About James: A work-from-home Dad with a pair of daughters (Released in 2009 and 2012) - James Zahn is THE ROCK FATHER™. 

Bringing over two decades of experience in the entertainment industry into the family realm, Zahn is an Illinois-based Entertainment Writer, Media Personality, Commentator, Adventurer and Raconteur. 

He is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized brands, and consults for a number of toy manufacturers.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as co-manager and video director for Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Blogcritics, Fangoria, Starlog, The River Cities' Reader. Slowfish, Oil, and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360, has been quoted in BusinessWire, CNN and Babble, in addition to making appearances on ABC News, WGN and more. In the past he served as a writer for  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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Not long ago, I shared the track stream for "Take Me Down," the first single from the October 21 release of WHO YOU SELLING FOR, the third full-length album by THE PRETTY RECKLESS. Now comes the official video for a song that I've spun many times over here at Rock Father HQ already - a jam from a band that just keeps getting better as Taylor Momsen's voice has continued to mature over the years. This is pure rock, folks - check it out...

Friday, September 30 2016 01:00

Review: Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships - Wave 1

The folks over at Mattel made some waves this summer when they rolled into San Diego Comic-Con International with a fully-functional, life-sized "Carship" based on Luke Skywalker's "Red Five" X-Wing Fighter.  The real-world ride was to help launch the new Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships line, officially hitting stores now as part of the ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story product launch. These new vehicles are four-wheeled toys (cars) based on famous vehicles (ships) from a galaxy far, far away, and while there's been a total of nine cars revealed thus far (see my regularly updated checklist here), there's just four in the first wave. Instantly-recognizable to all-ages of STAR WARS fans, the first wave consists of vehicles based on some classic ships including Han Solo's Millennium Falcon, Boba Fett's Slave I, Luke Skywalker's X-Wing Fighter, and an Imperial TIE Fighter. My youngest daughter, Finley, and I recently got our hands on a set, and here's what they look like in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ, complete with video...

After being absent for an album, KORN returns to Roadrunner Records for the October 21 release of THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING. With a couple of singles already released, today comes the unleashing of "A Different World," a new song featuring a guest appearance by Corey Taylor of SLIPKNOT and STONE SOUR. Check out the audio stream below, and be on the lookout for the official video which is forthcoming...

If you have yet to hear of BABYMETAL, get ready... they're a huge deal, and about to get bigger. The Japanese pop-metal sensation closed out their 2016 World Tour in front of 110,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome, they got the Pop! Vinyl treatment with collectible figures from from Funko, and now they're about to get animated.  BABYMETAL will embark on a new adventure with an original shortform series from Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA. Manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (a.k.a. KOBAMETAL) is also producing. The hybrid live-action and animated project is currently in development, it was announced today by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. Check out more from the official announcement below...

Get ready to rock, Chicago...

This Saturday, Guaranteed Rate, the 8th-largest retail mortgage lender in the nation, and the Chicago White Sox are hosting a Rock 'N Roll night - a special event that will treat fans to an amazing evening of rock music, White Sox baseball and a post-game fireworks show. Rock 'N Roll Night kicks off a long-term partnership between Guaranteed Rate and the White Sox per the recently announced agreement to rename the White Sox stadium to Guaranteed Rate Field beginning November 1st.

The Polaris® Slingshot™ has been turning heads ever since it hit the streets back in 2014, a three-wheeled roadster that prompted many to question what exactly it is (car? motorcycle? spacecraft?). Now, Peg-Perego has announced the official launch of its kid-sized Polaris Slingshot battery-operated riding vehicle. The ride-on Slingshot is modeled after the grownup version, and is powered by a 12volt battery. It can hold up to two children ages three through eight and has a top speed of five mph. Available now at Walmart stores and select Polaris dealers, manufacturing for the battery-operated Slingshot is taking place right here in the United States, at Peg Perego's Fort Wayne, Indiana factory! While we haven't gotten our hands on one of these in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™, the folks at Peg-Perego recently issued a pretty cool video preview that highlights some intriguing features (like traction tires!). Check it out...

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