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Tuesday, February 04 2014 12:30

Watch: DOG ON FLEAS - "I Must Be A Genius"

Next Tuesday, prolific kindie producer/multi-instrumentalist DEAN JONES and his band DOG ON FLEAS will release their latest album, BUY ONE GET ONE FLEA (pre-order on Amazon). The new record serves up 14 new tracks, with Jones and the gang stripping things back to basics, so much that he promises "the only electric things on this album are the bass guitar, and a wicked theremin solo." For an early taste, today comes the debut of "I Must Be A Genius," the first video spawned from the new album. Check out the new clip below...

Published in Family Music
Tuesday, February 04 2014 10:16

Review: JAZZY ASH - "HOME"

Hailing from Orange County, California "by way of New Orleans," it's no surprise that JAZZY ASH has crafted a new album steeped in the musical heritage of her southern roots. With the release of HOME, Miss Ashli has evolved a bit since I first posted about her "Leaping Lizards Music" program here on The Rock Father nearly a year ago, assembling what stands out in the Kindie realm as what's almost certainly the first (and only) NOLA-style jazz band geared toward kids and families. And it's really well-done, with each member of the six-piece band also serving as a music educator.

Sunday, February 02 2014 15:59

Review: ELLA JENKINS - "123s & ABCs"

It's incredible to think of any musical artist being able to release a staggering 34 full-length albums over the course of their career, but in an incredible 56 years of recording for Smithsonian Folkways, that's exactly the number that ELLA JENKINS recently reached, with the release of "123s & ABCs."

When ROBERT M. CHARDE sent me a copy of his new family album, FOR LITTLE EARS OF TENDER YEARS, my immediate response was to admire the cover art - a well-dressed, quite dapper-looking banjo-playing iguana that wouldn't be a bit out of place adorning an album by LES CLAYPOOL or PRIMUS. While the cover art was surprising, it wasn't as much of a surprise as the music contained within.

I arrived during the end of the Disco era, yet somehow MECO managed to impact my young, STAR WARS-loving mind during the late 1970s, and somehow, even in 2014, I will admit listening to "Cerrone's Paradise" (the full, 16-minute version) in it's entirety if I happen to catch it on SiriusXM's "Studio 54" channel... which I listen to on occasion between Liquid Metal, Backspin, Outlaw Country and Kid's Place Live. So what if someone wrote a disco song two decades too late, and then waited another decade plus to release it? Kindie artist MR. HARLEY just may have the answer, with the release of his new single, "I Wrote A Disco Tune (20 Years Too Late)." Listen below...

Published in Family Music
Tuesday, January 21 2014 11:31

Watch and Listen: ERIC HERMAN - "How Big"

Sometimes "new" music comes from unexpected places, and this is one example, hitting my radar this morning via Facebook. The following is a brand-new, animated music video from ERIC HERMAN, based on the song "How Big" from his 2009 album, WHAT A RIDE (Amazon | iTunes). The song and video are dedicated to his late wife, Roseann, who died last June. Watch.... Listen... Share...

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