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Halloween Mixtape!

halloweenLeaves rustle and the chill of the autumn breeze tingles your spine. Aliens, superheroes, wild beasts, curious creatures and masked monsters are at every turn – EEK! It’s Halloween! On this magical night of kiddie cosplay, a child’s imagination is king. Our Halloween Mixtape is chock-full of  tunes by musicians who dare your little trick-or-treaters to dream, dress up, be thankful for their treats, share their treasures and of course, dance and sing along like it’s Saturday night, every night. No tricks here, just good jams:

Side A: Boos and Ghouls

  1. UFO – “Did they pull us into space? Or am I just a head-case? Or maybe I’m now part of the alien race?” Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights, from “Bandwagon” 
  2. Superhero You “Doing this, doing that, doing all that we could, using our power for good!” Steve Songs, from “Orangutan Van”
  3. Wild Things – “I love when they do the wild romp in the jungle and the swamp.” Miss Nina, from “Sha Doo Be Doop”
  4. Space Monkey – “If I could hang please from that big piece of cheese, I’d be the first monkey on Mars.” Jambo, from “Hootenanny”
  5. What Do You Wanna Be?“Farmer, doctor, fireman, what do you want to be?” Milkshake, from “Got a Minute?”
  6. Song in the Trees – “There’s a song in my dreams, it’s calling me … it’s singing ‘oooooh.'”  Preschool of Rock, from “Everything Makes a Sound”
  7. Share“Share, you’ll get a turn, too.” Renee & Jeremy from “The Best Foot Forward Series: SHARE!”
  8. Tyrannosaurus “You’re the mightiest beast to ever feast!” Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band, from “I’m So Glad”

Side B: Tricks, Treats and Treasure So Sweet

  1. Tattoo Me“Tattoo me with dragons and skulls that stick right to me.” Recess Monkey, from Deep Sea Diver
  2. Walkin’ The Dog“If you don’t know how to do it, I’ll show you how to walk that dog.” Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble, from “I Like Everything About You (Yes I Do!)”
  3. My Treasure“You’re my treasure, carried you the whole way home to my dresser.” Recess Monkey, from “Desert Island Disc”
  4. Move Like Saturday Night“I can see by the look in your eyes, you’re ready to move like Saturday Ni-i-ight. “ Francis England, from “Blink of an Eye”
  5. Itsy Bitsy Spider“The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout, down came the rain and washed the spider out.” Frankie D & Steven Bernstein, from “15 Songs Every Kid Should Know (and Will Love!)
  6. The Colors of the Sky“When nighttime arrives, the white moon shines above.”  Johnette Downing, from “Reading Rocks”
  7. Only Take What You Need“Choose a little, use it a lot and only take what you need.” Earth Mama, from “The Best Foot Forward Series: Gratitude Attitude”
  8. Whatever I Want To Be “Let’s run around and be just what we want!” Young Avenue Kids, from “Whatever I Want To Be”


Photo 1:; photo 2: Mommy’s Alright.


Rockin’ Gift Guide Part 5: All the Rest …

Okideoke Sing-Along Mic:

Yellow Owl Workshop City Stamp Set:

Retro Pedal Cars:

Wind-up and Pull-back toys:

Melissa & Doug Band in a Box:

Portable Electric Guitar:

My First Music Science Kit:

Baby Corn:

Teddy Bear Parade:

Chalkboard Matryoshkas:

DIY Recorder:

Rockin’ Gift Guide Part 2: Wearables

Dress your family in corduroy and denim? Eh. How about studded belts and band tees? Now we’re talking!

Clothes are fun gifts for kids again …  

Pink Stud Belt –
Led Zeppelin Tee –

Rose Button-Up –

Swallow Bird Wallet –

Rock Star Blanket –

Sonic Youth "Dirty" Shirt –

"Wanna Rock" Slip-ons –

"No Tattoos ... Yet" Raglan –

Kids' Biker Jacket –

Harajuku Plaid Pants w/Half Skirt –

Doc Martens –

“The Other F Word”: Fatherhood is hardcore! (and a little emo)

“The Other F Word” – a new documentary from writer/director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins – offers a rare glimpse into the values, lifestyle and grit of the punk patriarchy from the tour bus to ballet practice.

Coming of age in the loud, fast, fuck-everything fringe, Nevins captures largely middle-aged punks today – graying and feeling their oats – getting real about life on the road while playing their biggest gig to date: fatherhood. “It’s tough to be a punk rock hero and still be an authority figure to my kids,” laments Pennywise frontman Jimmy Lindberg, who the film follows during an excruciatingly long world tour and sporadic, albeit moving, moments at home with his girls.

Honest, humorous and poignant, Lindberg – alongside peers Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Duane Peters (U.S. Bombs) and others – discusses not only the irony of being an authoritarian on the home front and punk prophet on stage, but the challenge to put food on the table as a career musician in a business that’s turning on its head. “I don’t think anyone of us, when we started punk rock, looked at [it] as a career decision with a long-term career path and pension plan,” admits Brett Gurewitz (Epitaph Records, Bad Religion).

Although the film addresses challenges any working-class parent can related to, it also reveals the painfully hilarious trappings exclusive to punk parenthood: Frederiksen questions his choice, pre-fatherhood, to get a forehead tattoo; Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus pokes fun of himself for buying clean versions of his albums for his kids; and Fat Mike, with his loud ensemble, draws attention from passersby while walking his daughter to school.

Righting their parents’ wrongs is a common thread among the dads – more than punk, even. Flea, who grew up in a violent, alcoholic home, gets choked up more than once discussing his outlook on parenthood – how it snapped him out of his party-hard lifestyle. We meet his good-natured teen daughter who clearly adores him. “My kids gave me life … they gave me a reason,” he says, verging on tears.

Everclear’s Art Alexakis croons “The Wheels on the Bus” on a car trip with his baby daughter. Also hailing from a poor, broken home, Alexakis, soft-spoken and sober, says he’s driven to embody the type of dad to his children that he longed for growing up.

Suit and tie or studded belt, you’d be challenged to find more committed parents than the dads of “The Other F Word.”

Watch the trailer:

Punk Papas in New Doc: “The Other F Word”

“The Other F Word” hits theaters nationwide in November and December.

No one knows anarchy like parents! Really stoked to see “The Other F Word” – a new doc about punk-ethos-meets-fatherhood. Review to come!

“What happens when a generations ultimate anti-authoritarians – punk rockers – become society’s ultimate authorities – dads?  ‘The Other F Word’ is the revealing, funny, and touching film that tackles this question. With a large chorus of punk rock’s leading men – including Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, and Rise Against’s Tim McIlrath – the documentary follows Jim Lindberg, a 20-year veteran of the skate punk band Pennywise, on his hysterical and moving journey from belting his band’s anthem ‘F—k Authority,’ to embracing his ultimately authoritarian role in mid-life: fatherhood.

“Director Andrea Blaugrund Nevins explains, ‘When I was a kid growing up in New York City, Punk Rockers were the people you crossed the street to avoid.  So when Cristan Reilly, the film’s producer, came to me with a book that her old friend, Jim Lindberg, the lead singer of the Southern California skate punk band Pennywise, had written about being a Punk Rock Dad, I was both repelled and intrigued.’

“Producer Cristan Reilly adds, ‘Punk Rock Dad.  It’s a great oxymoron.  Andrea and I, who share, among many things, an ironic sense of humor, started with that very tiny but amusing kernel… We had no idea how much deeper the story would go, and we believe our film reflects the journey from funny concept to a series of moving realizations about rebellion, growing up, fathers, and fatherhood.’

“Other dads featured in the film, which was Executive Produced by Morgan Spurlock & Jeremy Chilnick, include Art Alexakis (Everclear), Mark Mothersbaugh (Devo), Tony Adolescent (The Adolescents), Fat Mike (NOFX), Lars Frederiksen (Rancid), skater Tony Hawk, and many others.

“‘The Other F Word‘ screens first in New York and Los Angeles, then hits theaters across the country in November and December.”

Sound it Out: 140-Character Reviews!

Inspired by twittering critic (twitic?) Chris Weingarten of @1000TimesYes, I’m catching up on my children’s music reviews for the 140-character generation over at Twitter (@mommysalright) – can I get a RP?!

Richard Perlmutter/Beethoven’s Wig: Lotta lo-di-da! Luddy gets a playful lyrical makeover.

Wild Child/Celebrate Earth Series: Tree-hugger rhymes w/sounds of the African jungle.

Ted Jacobs/Back to the Garden: EZ listening for kids (not a bad thing) based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s poems.

In The Nick of Time/Making Silly Faces: Nick channels his favorite childhood music memories w/a sense of humor.

Rocknoceros: Colonel Purple Turtle: Tongue-twisting narrator introduces lovable animal friends and life lessons.

Ben Rudnick & Friends: Live in Lexington: Jimmy Buffet-esque for kids/parents. Multi-ethnic, genre-hopping good time.

Toddler Favorites/The Movie: Classic songs in DVD format to encourage singing along, learning and dancing.

Recess Music/URSOME1: How we’re alike, how we’re diff., soothing, upbeat, fun, positive messages for little humans.

Sound it Out: Putumayo Kids, Recess Monkey, Hope Harris and The Dirty Sock Funtime Band!

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♪ Compilation “Kids World Party” (Putumayo Kids) is a sonic trip around the world for all ages with everything from feel-good  Indian pop (“Kitni Haseen Zindagi”) to dancehall (“Oompa Loompa”). Plus, fifty cents from each CD sale goes to Amnesty International!

♪ BLAM! KRRSSSHHHH! A soundtrack for lil’ superheroes? Yes, please. Recess Monkey’s “Flying” is a poppy rock album by a beloved trio of Seattle teachers who riff on everything from earning playground cred in the blues-rock “Sidekick” to a Ted Leo-esque ditty about stuffed toys with super powers (“Super Stuffies”).

♪ Yeehaw, ya’ll! It’s Hope Harris’ “Cousins Jamboree” takin’ you down home for some country fun. This southern belle kindly introduces herself in “Howdy Hello” and welcomes her lil’ listeners to the jamboree on the second track. It’s a fun record with ditties about critters, manners and friendship, plus a sleepy-time ballad toward the end for good measure.

The Dirty Sock Funtime Band might make Gen Y parents nostalgic for Sifl and Olly at first glance, but these socks puppets are Rated G. “Sock-a-Delic” is a silly album that walks through a variety of topics and genres from a jingle about a thrift store for superheroes (“Ernesto’s”) to a spirited ode to random objects of adoration (“I Love It!”). “Sock-a-Delic” is a great companion to the live show experience.

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