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Watch: RECESS MONKEY Releases "Penguinese" - the First Single & Video from HOT AIR

Just in time for World Penguin Day (April 25), Seattle's prolific purveyors of perfectly pop! Kindie rock are serving-up "Penguinese." Yes, RECESS MONKEY have returned, and they'll be unleashing their latest album, HOT AIR (pre-order on Amazon) on June 16, 2015. In the meantime, "Penguinese" is the funky new single (available on iTunes) that focuses on a “new kid in school" -- a penguin searching for acceptance. Band leader Jack Forman (of SiriusXM's Kids Place Live) created the produced the 3D animation-live action video, which features vocalist/guitarist Drew Holloway and a penguin. Take a peek, and read-on for the tracklisting and cover art for HOT AIR, which includes something for the STAR WARS fans...

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Covered: JAZZY ASH Takes On LOUIS ARMSTRONG in "Heebie Jeebies"

There's a lot of different flavors coming forth in the family music realm this days, and it's those genre shifts that tend to make the Kindie world a little more interesting. I really dug JAZZY ASH's HOME last year, and now she's gearing-up to release another set of New Orleans-inspired goodness with the release of BON VOYAGE this July. The first single is out now, and it's a cover of "Heebie Jeebies," the LOUIS ARMSTRONG classic that is widely credited as "the birth of vocal scatting." Check out the video below, and if you dig it, head over to PledgeMusic to pre-order a copy of the new record.

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Preview - New Children's Album, CELEBRATING BOB MARLEY, Set for April 28 Release...

There is absolutely no way that I can post a news item relating to Bob Marley on this website without making something very clear: I do not like the music of Bob Marley. This is something that I've mentioned in passing, and truthfully, I get pitched Marley-related topics (and reggae in general) pretty frequently, and usually don't post them. Along with Marley, I tend to also not like most of the artists he's inspired, and it's solely because his particular brand of reggae just has that "nails on a chalkboard" vibe for me... though I'd actually much rather hear genuine nails on a chalkboard. In fact, Bob Marley would be on my "Top Five Most Disliked Artists of All-Time" list, should I ever publish one. That said (and perhaps it might even diminish the good in the rest of this article), there is a new, kid-centric take on the music of Bob Marley that is coming out on April 28, and should that be your bag - you just might want to check it out with your little ones. I appreciate that Marley's music holds a very positive message for many, but listening to it is just audio torture for me. Details below...

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Watch: TWINKLE TIME - "Kidz Rock (featuring MISTA COOKIE JAR)"

It's "New Music Tuesday" (one of the last times I can say that, as new releases shift to Fridays beginning July 10), and today there's something new for the whole family. Two of my kindie friends - TWINKLE TIME and MISTA COOKIE JAR - have teamed up for a new single and video called "Kidz Rock." Both artists produce bilingual jams for the kids and family market, and this one - released to coincide with Dia Del Niño (April 30) is a fresh mix of EDM, hip hop and pop. Check it out below, and if you dig it, buy the track direct from Twinkle via Bandcamp.

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Here's the Next Viral Hit: Disney Junior's "DJ Melodies" - SOFIA THE FIRST by John D. Boswell (Melodysheep)

John D. Boswell (aka melodysheep) has been featured here on THE ROCK FATHER four times in the past, all back in 2012 for his work doing remixes and mashups for PBS Digital Studios, namely massively viral hits based around READING RAINBOW, BOB ROSS, MISTER ROGERS NEIGHBORHOOD and JULIA CHILD. While he's remained plenty busy tackling everything from GAME OF THRONES to STAR WARS, ROBIN WILLIAMS, TERRY CREWS and even "Metal Songs for Kids," now he's back putting a new spin on some familiar television characters - those featured on Disney Junior. Tonight I'm sharing the first installment of "DJ Melodies," a new music video-style short-form series that premieres MONDAY, APRIL 6 on Disney Junior (6:25 p.m. and 6:55 p.m., ET/PT). Check out the infectious new mashup he's done for SOFIA THE FIRST...

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