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The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide is coming...

I sincerely hope you enjoyed my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father! Believe it or not, preparations for the 2014 Holiday Gift Guide are already underway. Do you represent something that my readers should know about? Click here for details on how to submit your item for possible inclusion, today!

THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.
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 and Commentator.

He serves as a PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent) Blogger, has made guest appearances as a member of the Sprout Kindness Crew, was featured in the Father's Day issue of Lake County Magazine, and is a former contributor to Chicago Parent.

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for the likes of FEAR FACTORY, DIRGE WITHIN, PRODUCT OF HATE, ARCANIUM and others, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands.

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, and in 2013 he's been quoted on CNN, Babble, The Huffington Post, and The Good Men Project, in addition to making appearances on ABC News and WGN.

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For Grownups - CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS gets new voices from SNOOP DOGG and R. LEE ERMEY...

CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTSI'm way behind on my CALL OF DUTY playing. In fact, it's been a bit since I fired up the Xbox 360 (I still need an Xbox One) for some CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS action, and I need to catch up on all the DLC goodies, like the new personalization and voice packs that hit the game today. Among them, a "1987 Customization Pack" (which is pretty neon), and the first-ever voice packs, which bring in SNOOP DOGG and R. LEE ERMEY to narrate the multiplayer action. Check out some sneak-previews, below...

Watch & Listen: Disney DCONSTRUCTED - "The Muppet Show Theme (Shy Kidx Remix)"

DCONSTRUCTEDToday, Walt Disney Records issued what is quite possibly one of the strangest, yet appropriately contemporary releases in their catalog. DCONSTRUCTED (available on Amazon & iTunes) finds Mickey Mouse and Friends going full-on EDM, with remixes of classic and modern Disney fare by artists such as AVICII, ARMIN VAN BUUREN, BT and more. Tonight, the video for THE MUPPET SHOW THEME as reimagined by SHY KIDX hit my inbox, and it is certainly something to behold. Not necessarily for the kids, it's a rave-styled trip. In fact, it reminds me of a few weekends back in 1994-1995-ish, when I visited some underground raves in the Quad Cities. I had a funky hat.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Psychostick release Metal Cover of READING RAINBOW...

Well, this is a reminder out of nowhere. The folks at READING RAINBOW have been in touch a few times over the past few years, and every time I hear from them, I automatically end up getting the theme song to the iconic LeVar Burton family literature series stuck in my head. So why did it get stuck in my head this morning? No, it wasn't communique from READING RAINBOW at all, but an email from comedy metal band, PSYCHOSTICK. The band has just released a cover version of that earworm-inducing theme song, and you can hear it right here on THE ROCK FATHER, below.

Review: SPLASH CARDS - Splash Pals and Splashimals by Winning Moves Games

Once in awhile, I get something interesting and unexpected submitted for review here at Rock Father HQ, an item unique enough that it really stands on it's own. One recent offering? SPLASH CARDS by Winning Moves Games. Now, Winning Moves is the company known for their sweet re-issues of Retro Games like Ouija, Trouble, and the classic Rubik's Cube - but Splash Cards are something new, a very simple idea that works really well. Waterproof, lightweight, floating, washable playing cards and card games, perfect for the tub or pool. The two sets they sent us: SPLASH PALS and SPLASHIMALS.

JOANIE LEEDS and THE NIGHTLIGHTS will hatch a GOOD EGG this summer...

The summer of 2014 is already stacking up nicely for new family music, and the latest album to be confirmed here at Rock Father HQ is GOOD EGG, the sixth Kindie release from JOANIE LEEDS AND THE NIGHTLIGHTS, due out June 24 via Limbostar. This time around, Joanie and the gang are joined by fellow rockers like Jacob Stein of THE POP UPS, and funkmaster MISTA COOKIE JAR (CJ is everywhere lately), for a genre-bending album that goes from pop to a not-so-subtle BEASTIE BOYS homage, to Oi! Oi! Oi! punk rock fury (I kid you not).

Rock Father Recipe: Sara Lee Toasted Pound Cake Chocolate Strawberry Sundae #SLSweetTreats

Sara LeeWith Spring here and the cold (mostly) behind us, the little ones have been asking for ice cream again (a "sometimes" treat), and a new spin on an old favorite recently popped-up, courtesy of my friends at Sara Lee, who've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER to help bring this "sweet treat" to the masses . It's funny how the simplest of changes can really bring new excitement to an old standard, and this is one of those occasions - toasting Sara Lee Frozen Pound Cake to add a warm layer to a Chocolate Strawberry Sundae, complete with a little crispness, and the soft goodness you'd expect.

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