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PBS KIDSI've long noted that one of the biggest assets of DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD is the music. Since day one, long before I started working with PBS KIDS as one of their "Very Involved Parent" bloggers, whenever we'd watch Daniel Tiger and his friends, it always struck me that the music just makes you feel good. When I found out that there was an album out called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Life's Little Lessons (iTunes | Amazon), I bought it immediately, and it's been on my computer and Windows Phone ever since. Now there's a holiday-themed follow-up, and it's all based on one of the most recent episodes. PBS KIDS presents: Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood - Snowflake Day EP (Amazon | iTunes) is available now, and features five new songs with guest vocalist, Matt Dusk.

125ntntIf it were say, 1985, and I were out at the mall Christmas shopping after catching a matinee screening of THE BREAKFAST CLUB, it's very likely that I would've heard something with a vibe similar to "The List" at some point in my travels. But this isn't '85, it's 2013... but that doesn't matter, because Portland-based NTNT (Ninja Turtle Ninja Tiger) has released "The List" as a holiday-flavored single that's being made available as a gift for you. Yes, just for you. Stream it below...

Sleddin HillThey have a tradition of releasing a metal version of a classic Holiday song each Christmas, and last year, AUGUST BURNS RED brought them all together for a full album called SLEDDIN' HILL: A HOLIDAY ALBUM. So what did they do for 2013? They've reissued they album digitally with an all-new track, "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" (available on iTunes and Amazon) from THE NUTCRACKER... and it's fantastic. Stream the new song below, and speaking of The Nutcracker, stay tuned to The Rock Father for my review of The Joffrey Ballet's 2013 performance of this Holiday Classic in Chicago...

THE RASKINS (twin brothers Logan and Roger) were born and raised in New York City in a musical household. Now, having left their East Coast home for Los Angeles, the duo are prepping their self-titled debut album for Spring 2014. In the meantime, they've served up a free single for the holidays with their version of "The Little Drummer Boy." Grab the download via the Reverbnation widget below, then check out their official website for more.

125litaIt's been over 30 years since LITA FORD and CHERIE CURRIE last performed together as members of the iconic group, THE RUNAWAYS. In fact, the last time these two recorded new music together, the original STAR WARS was still in theaters - 1977. Fast-forward to 2013, and Ford thought that "the world could use a new Christmas song," and that song just so happened to become a duet with her old friend and former bandmate. Released today, "Rock This Christmas Down" is potentially the first in a series of collaborations between these former RUNAWAYS, and one that lands as Day 3 in my annual 25 Days of Xmas here on The Rock Father. 

THE ROCK FATHERTo kick-off 25 Days of Xmas 2013 here on The Rock Father, it's only fitting that we get off to a swingin' start with a band that I've been following since the mid-1990s - an outfit that my wife and I have seen live many times, and one that has been providing part of our seasonal soundtrack for over a decade: BIG BAD VOODOO DADDY. For 2013 they've released their third foray into the Holiday Music realm following their 1997 WATCHU' WANT FOR CHRISTMAS EP and 2004's full-length, EVERYTHING YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS. On IT FEELS LIKE CHRISTMAS TIME (Savoy Jazz), BBVD delivers a fat bag of sonic presents that are bound to put a smile on your face, and warm the hearts of even the coldest Scrooge or meanest Grinch. And, they've released a trio of music videos to go along with it. Let's take a look, starting with the excellent title track...

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