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32 Days of Halloween: THE MAGNIFIERS - "Zombie Raid on the USA" (Kids that Rock)

I've been meaning to post about Chicago's THE MAGNIFIERS for quite awhile. You see, these kids (ages 8-15) first hit my radar back in May after attending the same AQUABATS concert that I took Addie to for her first big rock show - the same one she ended up on stage to help close out. THE MAGNIFIERS' cover of "Fashion Zombies" was enough to hook me, but their five-song EP was even more impressive (and available on Bandcamp). While my annual 31 Days of Halloween ended at midnight last night, some zombies managed to shamble into the party a day late, and here comes THE MAGNIFIERS' first official music video, "Zombie Raid on the USA." Check it out below...

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Watch: RED YARN - "Rattlesnake" from THE DEEP WOODS

RED YARN's THE DEEP WOODS is one of my favorite family albums of this past year, and one that made it as an "Honorable Mention" and a "Top Debut" in the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards, for which I served as a judge. Tasty Americana, RED YARN mixes folky goodness with something that I love very much... puppets. Now comes the music video for "Rattlesnake," a traditional American folk song that has been adapted by Andy Furgeson for the RED YARN album. In actuality, the video is part of a larger pilot episode being pitched for a RED YARN television series. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards: And the Winners Are...

For the third year in a row, the folks behind the annual Fids & Kamily Music Awards (a play on The Village Voice's long-running "Pazz & Jop") have either graciously or foolishly invited me to take a seat on the panel of judges to determine the Top 10 best albums of the year in the kids and kamily music realm. I, alongside other journalists, writers, bloggers, producers, radio personalities and folks associated with the family music scene, must listen to dozens of albums, and then figure out what's the best of the best. Each judge has to nominate and score 10 albums of their own, and a formula is then applied to choose the ranking. This year was exceptionally difficult, as there's been some really great albums (alongside some stinkers), and choosing just 10 is tricky enough without having more than 10 favorites. Today, we announce the winners of the 2014 Fids & Kamily Music Awards (the 9th Annual), as revealed this morning on the Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child radio show...

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31 Days of Halloween: JAZZY ASH - "Monsters"

Way back in February, I'd already locked-down an entry for 2014's 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER when I reviewed HOME, the latest album from JAZZY ASH. "Monsters" follows the New Orleans flavor of HOME, presenting a playful take on what exactly "monsters" are. Is that a zombie, or just a shadow? Is that some sinister creature in the corner, or just a pile of laundry? Is that the demon tree from POLTERGEIST outside? Nope, just your neighbor's weeping willow. Stream the track below, or grab it on iTunes as a fine addition to your 2014 Halloween Music Playlist!

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31 Days of Halloween: Music Video - "Halloween Every Night" by MISTA COOKIE JAR...

I've gotta say, 2014 has been pretty light on the new music for Halloween... but that doesn't mean that there aren't a few worthy new additions to your 2014 Halloween Music Playlist! One such entry comes courtesy of the ever-busy and ever-awesome MISTA COOKIE JAR AND THE CHOCOLATE CHIPS, presenting a surf-tastic little number that manages to recall THE MUNSTERS, while serving up a colorful little animated video to go along with it. "Halloween Every Night" should be your jam right now, and it easily slides in here for 31 Days of Halloween on THE ROCK FATHER. Check out the video below...

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