I make references to THE BLUES BROTHERS all the time here on The Rock Father. To find them, you'd have to do some sniffing around, as they're subtle. MR. DIDDIE WAH DIDDIE, the new album from RANDY KAPLAN should warrant such a reference, but the only thing I can really come up with is that the narrator, Lightnin’ Bodkins (suspiciously Kaplan-esque) is sorta like Cab Calloway was as Curtis: He's there to teach the kids the ways of The Blues.

Musicbot 6000 here with the official press release for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack. Plus you can stream the whole thing over at Empire!

On July 17, 2012, WaterTower Music will release The Dark Knight Rises : Original Motion Picture Soundtrack at all physical and digital retailers. Academy- Award® winning composer Hans Zimmer teams for the fourth time with writer/director Christopher Nolan to create the music for the final installment of his Dark Knight Trilogy. The CD version of the soundtrack will contain an exclusive link to unlock three bonus tracks, while a deluxe version of the soundtrack, with three additional tracks, will be available digitally. A limited edition vinyl configuration is set for release on September 4. Following the success of his experiential app for Inception, which boasted 5 million downloads, Zimmer is preparing to unveil a new iPhone app for The Dark Knight Rises that will provide fans with a more immersive musical and sonic experience into the world of Gotham City. Details for the new Hans Zimmer app will be announced soon.

Lots of news today - THE KILLERS have a new record out on September 18th (it's called BATTLE BORN); the remaining members of RUN-DMC are reuniting at Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin this November; and CARLY RAE JEPSEN's 'Call Me Maybe' has been deemed the most-streamed song of the year with 54.5 million streaming plays. Speaking of Miss Jepsen, COOKIE MONSTER released a new music video today, and coincidentally, it spoofs 'Maybe as SESAME STREET: SHARE IT MAYBE. What's it about? Well, cookies, of course. Watch it.

Rock Father Musicbot 6000 here with a press release from actress Valarie Pettiford, who will release a new collection of original lullabies on September 18...

Valarie Pettiford is a rare breed, a tried-and-true triple threat. From the stages of Broadway to the soundstages of Hollywood, she has charmed audiences with her performances. A Fosse-trained dancer, Pettiford was nominated for her work in the musical revue, Fosse, which paid homage to her mentor. As an actor, she has created characters for which fans still recognize her, such as Big Dee Dee Thorne on the hit sitcom, Half and Half, and Aunt Geneva, whose rehearsal dinner musical number nearly stole Jumping the Broom from co-stars Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Paula Patton. For those who have had the pleasure of hearing Valarie Pettiford sing, whether in a musical or one of her women cabaret shows, it is her smooth, decadent and resplendent voice that they remember.

LA-based musician MELISSA GREEN has a new family-oriented album called SING LOUD! due out on July 31st, and today she's released the music video for the title track. You can check it out below, right here on The Rock Father. You might recall mention of SING LOUD! before, as it's the album that features Brooke Shields on two tracks.

This could be the biggest Lullaby record of the year. Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just sent over details on Lullaby Pop HitZzz Vol 1, a new collection of 15 songs from the likes of Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Foster the People, Owl City, and more - all given the ''lush instrumental'' lullaby treatment. Check out the tracklisting below, then hit this link to grab the album on iTunes. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of PUNK GOES POP, but for the smallest little members of the family.

Somehow I missed this. Maybe it's because this past week was abnormally busy and the 4th of July fell on a Wednesday, but somehow I missed a release from my buds over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star - LULLABY VERSIONS OF WIDESPREAD PANIC. Returning to the jam band realm as they did with Phish and the Grateful Dead, these are ''lush instrumental versions'' of hits that call upon listeners to ''soothe your coconut and dream of the space wrangler tonight.'' Check out the tracklisting below, then click here to get it on iTunes.

Monday, July 09 2012 14:46

SING TO YOUR BABY (Book and Music Review)

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With a newborn here in The Rock Father house, it's been interesting to revisit some experiences that we just went through three years ago with daughter #1, but with newer tools. SING TO YOUR BABY - Love Songs & Sing-Plays for New Families is one of those things that we didn't have the first time around, but has been a whole lot of fun for the second go. A book and companion CD by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer with illustrations by James Nocito, SING TO YOUR BABY has been a hit with our not-quite-three-year-old as well.

A few weeks back, you might recall that I mentioned KIWI CRATE as being a cool idea for busy parents. The basic overview is that for $20 a month (available monthly or by 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions), Kiwi Crate will send you and your child a selection of crafts to do - each carefully prepared and packaged with all the materials that you need to do them. You get to spend time doing crafts and cut out running around the store looking for all the different components, which could easily add up to $20 or more anyway. Each project is chosen by a group of parents, then kid-tested before they go on-sale. Well, Kiwi Crate was kind enough to send us a "Space Exploration" crate, and here's The Rock Father experience.

Tuesday, July 03 2012 16:54


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I have a real problem with nostalgia. Hard thing is, in my adventures in-and-out of the entertainment world, and now as a parent, nostalgia plays a big part of everyday life. You're always sucked into the past, whether to provide 'cred' with what you can do based on what you've already done (your resume is nostaliga, but for getting a job), in conversation of popular culture, or as a testament to who you are. My entire office is filled with nostalgia, through pictures and artifacts from adventures long since passed, to an archive of music that reminds me of the past. Perhaps it's my own bouts with depression, but lately I've been more interested in thinking about the future than the past - new adventures with my kids, but even those bring memories from years ago. What prompted this writing today, you may ask? FAITH NO MORE and KNIGHT RIDER both turn 30 years old this year. What do they have to do with each other? I'm not quite sure.

Brian John Mitchell over at Silber Records has been a supporter of this site for quite awhile, so when it came time for his long-running QRD 'Zine (which started back in '94 in print) to do their annual issue featuring 'musician dads,' Brian asked me to take part. Released just prior to Father's Day (when we were off adding a new member to the family), QRD Issue #54 features the first interview that I've done since starting The Rock Father last year. It focuses on my past adventures as a musician, and where I'm at now - which often feels like a weird place. You can check it out right here.

When a new single from CHUCK E. CHEESE hit the web this week (grab a FREE DOWNLOAD here) dangling that ''You've Never Seen Chuck E. ROCK Like This'', there was something very familiar going on. I sent a few unresponded tweets to Chuck E. Cheese HQ and to BOWLING FOR SOUP frontman JARET REDDICK to see if I could confirm that the voice of the new Chuck was in fact, the pop-punk vet. Well, it's been confirmed via Screen Magazine (a mag I was in once or twice for a disasterous film project that still better get made one day) that Reddick is Chuck in a reinvention of the popular pizza-peddling rat.

I haven't done a lot of food reviews here on The Rock Father, but since a few are in the pipeline, I figured it was time to test the water with something that I recently bought: BALL PARK FLAME GRILLED PATTIES. They market these things straight at guys to the point where my wife commented on a commercial for them and looked at me to say "You want those, don't you?" Yes, I did. But this is an example of marketing for a questionable burger.

We love HOT WHEELS here at Rock Father HQ. No, they're not just for boys, as my first daughter thinks that those little cars and their Matchbox counterparts are just about the best thing ever. We'll delve into that in a future blog here on The Rock Father, but for now I have a video to show you courtesy of TEAM HOT WHEELS. It's their Guinness World Record-making run at a real-life Double Loop Dare. Yes, it's HOT WHEELS in real-life, and it's fantastic. The jump took place at the 2012 X Games Los Angeles with Greg Tracy and Tanner Foust at the wheels.

For our friends in NYC, Brooklyn is getting another family-friendly music festival as the HIP TOT MUSIC FEST will be taking place on the Second Sunday of every month, beginning July 8th. Sponsored by Plum Organics (my toddler loves their stuff), the fest will take place at Littlefield in the Gowanus section of Brooklyn. Check out the dates and performers below, then hit this link for tickets and more info.

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