January 14, 2009

Then & Now: Baby Daddies In Music Videos

Eurythmics - "Wide-Eyed Girl" (1987) [youtube via sal mineo's ghost] Man Like Me - "Single Dad" (2009) [youtube via dt reader rolf] From absent antagonist to lead singer in one generation? You've come a long way, baby daddy!...
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December 17, 2008

John Denver And Muppets Singing "Silent Night"

From that other Muppet Christmas Special. If you're in the crowd shots at the end, I hope you'll give us a heads up in the comments: Search YouTube for John Denver Muppets Christmas [youtube, thanks to jason for the idea]...
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November 14, 2008

Nirvana Baby, 17, Going Through Awkward Fame Stage

The naked baby from the cover of Nevermind is 17 now. It's an age where kids face face challenges figuring out who they are, and experiment with addictive drugs like alcohol, heroin--and arbitrary fame derived from their parents dropping them...
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November 10, 2008

The New York Times Loves The Hip Hop Speaks To Children

I'll admit it: the kid is hip-hop-deprived. the closest I've gotten to rapping for her is shouting out "Help the police! Help, help, help the police!" when I get pulled over, and chanting a few fragments of Tom Tom...
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November 9, 2008

DTQ&A: Gary Panter On His Classic Paramount Hotel Playroom

Gary Panter was creative director of one of the most groundbreaking children's TV shows in a generation PeeWee's Playhouse. On the heels of that success, he also designed a children's playroom for Ian Schrager & Philippe Starck's Paramount Hotel...
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November 3, 2008

Parental Advisory: Red Hot Chili Peppers Album Art By Gary Panter

Dude, guess what. You're on the other side of those Parental Advisory warning stickers now. I can't quite tell if Christie's upcoming sale of punk memorabilia is awesome or a bust, but it doesn't feel monumental. If, on the...
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October 29, 2008

Wow. A Cure For The Wiggles

It's funny, The Wiggles used to really bug me--and then we stopped letting the kid watch them, and they dropped off her radar. Problem solved. Awesome how that works. If your kid isn't so easily weaned from his Wiggles obsession,...
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October 21, 2008

Here Comes The Lost Steven Zuckerman "Imagination Rain" Again

Old School Sesame Street fans--and readers of DT and The Onion AV Club--will recall that of the three classic songs he recorded in 1970, composer/performer Steve Zuckerman liked "Imagination Rain," the ode to mind expansion, even more than his...
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October 17, 2008

What's The Story With The Four-Armed Swami Counting To Twenty?

Alright, so I'm a little obsessed with what is admittedly my favorite old school Sesame Street animation ever: the four-armed swami counting to 20. But what can I do? To this day, I don't say "Once, doce, trece, catorce"...
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September 22, 2008

Tommy Lee And Family

This photograph by noted crazyman David Lachapelle titled, Tommy Lee and Family, Los Angeles, 1999, is 36.5 x 57 inches. This edition, signed and numbered, 4/12, was printed in 2002. It will be auctioned at Christie's in New York...
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September 10, 2008

It's A Small Maoist World: Communist Children's Songs

Ho-ly Smokes. The cover of "I am a Sunflower - Children's Songs" is like Mao's Little Red Book of Verses illustrated by Comrade Mary Blair. Even if it didn't have the most incredible track list of any communist propaganda...
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September 8, 2008

The Modfather's Naming Strategy

DT reader Naomi's comment below about the new album from The Jam founder Paul Weller led me to a nice Weller profile in the Times of London last week, which contains this baby naming strategy:[Weller] remembers saving for a year...
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September 2, 2008

Heh, West Xylophone

An awesome little alphabet song by They Might Be Giants [youtube via swiss-miss] Buy TMBG's Here Come The ABC's CD/DVD combo [amazon]...
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August 23, 2008

They Are They Might Be Giants' Friends' Kids' Music Picks

John Flansburgh of They Might Be Giants shared some interesting picks for children's music with the NY Times [not his own, though they do get a few obligatory plugs]. References run from the Shaggs to Julie Andrews, but this comment...
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August 19, 2008

Bob The Builder, Bob The Peace Disturber

I know it sounds crazy at first that a kindergarten party in New Zealand was almost shut down for loud music. But they were playing Bob the Builder. I mean, just look at the guy, he's a veritable Menace II...
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July 31, 2008

Now Patti LaBelle Knows Her ABC's

Turns out not all the Elmo Era Sesame Street is a writeoff. Who knew?...
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July 18, 2008

DT Friday Freakout: Wolftrap-To-Wolf Suit Edition

Just in time for the weekend, here's some news you can use--to help figure out how you're doing, parenting-wise: First up, the big news for parents of kids born in 2007: The CDC has released the provisional numbers, and your...
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July 15, 2008

From Sweet Juniper To Sesame Street: Feist Hits The Big Time

That's the power of dadblogging for you. Before Jim linked to her homemade music video on Sweet Juniper, Leslie Feist was working behind the counter of a Tim Hortons, with no prospects for fulfilling her two lifelong dreams: having...
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June 30, 2008

Feeling Pretty Good At The End Of The Day

We were at MoMA the other day, the kids and I, and when we'd had our fill of watching Spiral Jetty--the kids' first visit is in a couple of weeks--we got up, turned the corner, where another dark, grainy...
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June 18, 2008

Redemption Song? 'World's Worst Interviewer' Still Has Harp, Spot On God's Buddy List

Here's a hypothetical for you: Let's say you're a producer for ABC/NBC/same diff, and you perpetrate what is hands-down, the cringingly worstest celebrity interview ever with, I don't know, pick a name--Holly Hunter. And though only like a thousand...
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June 11, 2008

For Those About To Rock: Plush Guitars & Band Members By The Grateful Thread

Awesome. Nicolas Worth and Jami Gigot are designers in London who have just launched The Grateful Thread, a little collection of crafty rock&roll-themed products, which includes some plush/stuffed creations. Chief among the offerings are the stuffed guitars they're life-size...
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June 6, 2008


There aren't many songs from Trey Parker and Matt Stone's early epic, Cannibal: The Musical that you can let the kid watch [Unless you want to explain whorehouses, hanging the bastard, and of course, cannibalism at bedtime]. But what...
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May 19, 2008

The Original Mah-Na Mah-Na, In English

This Similac Sucrose thing has got me going, so I'm off to investigate the scientific and regulatory background of the Baby Formula Industrial Complex. As soon as I watch this original [1] 1969 version of The Muppets singing Mah-Na Mah-Na...
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May 13, 2008

And If Medicaid Doesn't Pay For Your Kid's Ringbo Riding Robot Chair, We'll Reimburse You!

Honestly, forget teaching your kid Mandarin; Korea is where the future is at. The future of ride-on toys that look an awful lot like the cart grandma gets at the mall; the future of snappy brand coinage ["RINGBO will be...
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May 10, 2008

It Is Really, Really Not Easy Being Green. Really.

Wow, just wow. Better put the kids down for a nap before watching Sad Kermit do his cover versions of Elliot Smith's "Needle in the Hay" (The Royal Tenenbaums mix) or NIN's "Hurt." Funny thing is, I've watched the...
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May 7, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba!: It's What The Kids Are Watching These Days. WHEN THEY'RE HIGH.

This just in: ABC News reports that college students smoke pot. And watch Yo Gabba Gabba. Which is funny, because I remember when it was launched, some raver described it as the Teletubbies with the Ecstasy baked right in. But...
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DT Headline Roundup: First, The Bad Ideas Edition

So a family from Northern Ireland goes to Portugal for a little vacation, by the evening, the parents are puking, the kids [ages 6, 2, and 1] are in protective custody, and there's a court appearance set for drunken...
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April 13, 2008

PandaPanther's Yo Gabba Gabba Season 2 Animation Turning Up Online?

Huh. No. The show hasn't started shooting the live segments yet, but it looks like some of--at least one of--the new animated songs for Yo Gabba Gabba's second season is already online. [At least it looks like that if...
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April 9, 2008

Dayum, That Is One Weezy F'in Baby

So not only is Lil Wayne better than Jay-Z, he's badder than The Notorious B.I.G., AND Nas, whose albums had wimpy little uninked babies on the covers? Let's go to the tape:“My mama’s a gangsta...She told me every day,...
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March 19, 2008

Steve Zuckerman's Awesome, Moody, Hippie Songs On Sesame Street

These things are like Pringles; once you open the can and have one, you just can't stop. The kid was really withdrawn and bummin' when she came home from pre-school this afternoon, so we sat down to an episode...
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Recovered: Matt Jones' Unofficial History Of "Pinball Number Count"

Back in 2003, British blogger Matthew Jones pieced together an early unofficial, but informative history of "Pinball Number Count." While the details of it have mostly been incorporated into the Wikipedia entries for the song; the animators at Jeff Hale's...
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WTD: 4-Handed Swami To Count Pinball Number Count Cover Versions

Seriously, that DJ Food remix and The Family Guy are just the tip of the iceberg. At his music blog Fong Song, blogger Fongolia has tallied up at least 17 cover versions of "Pinball Number Count," the classic Sesame...
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February 24, 2008

Stephen Malkmus On Reintroducing The Breast

In a podcast interview, Stephen Malkmus talks new music and the difficulties of breastfeeding the second kid [mazel tov!] with some dude from the Times of London. And to his credit, he's not the one who mentions "hairy man nipples"...
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February 16, 2008

NYT: The Boynton Industrial Complex Is Our Own Damn Fault

Holy Moley. The woman who runs the whimsical world from her 100-acre Connecticut farm, Sandra Boynton, has just one assistant, that's it. She has sold a half billion copies of over 4,000 greeting cards. If they were stacked on...
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Kid Frost & Kid

Here is a quaint dittie from back in the day, an ambitious Mexican fellow by the name of Arturo Molino, Jr., from Los Angeles sings about the responsibility and pride of being a father, and how he does everything...
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February 14, 2008

Zappa Plays With Zappa At Zappa Plays Zappa

Haven't been keeping up on what Dweezil Zappa's doing these days, but here's a short clip from a Stockholm gig of his show, Zappa Plays Zappa. At the opening, he introduces his daughter Zola to the crowd. Zola Frank...
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February 12, 2008

Johnny Cash And The Good Ol' Muppets

Times sure have changed since the good old days, when the Disney Channel didn't get uptight about rerunning the Muppets and Johnny Cash rallying 'round the Confederate Flag and singing a song about running off to Jackson when the...
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February 11, 2008

I Think I Know Where One Of Those Sumi Ink Club Mobiles Is

Warning: convoluted, punk hipster ramble, combined with 80's and 90's flashbacks, ending with very slightly relevant payoff but realistically, probably none at all ahead: So there was an outlaw outdoor concert on the banks of the LA River last November...
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January 14, 2008

DTQ: What White Noise Do You Use?

Just about this time last kid, I posted about an ancient [i.e., circa 1996] family remedy for quieting a fussy kid: a CD with a few white noise tracks on it of everyday household items: a vacuum cleaner, running water,...
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December 29, 2007

Club Libby Lu-zah! 6-yo, Mom Say Dad Died In Iraq To Win Hannah Montana Tickets

Hannah Rocks! You rock! I rock! I rock? Hmmm.... In order to win the Club Libby Lu Hannah Montana Rock Your Holidays Essay Contest and get a free trip to Albany to attend a Hannah Montana concert, a 6-year-old...
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December 28, 2007

Words Of Wisdom, Rugs From Mark Mothersbaugh

Archinect did a pretty fanboyish interview with Mark Mothersbaugh on the occasion of his rug exhibition at the Scion Gallery, and though there's no mention his Yo Gabba Gabba! appearances, Mothersbaugh shared this profound insight on the preference for subversion...
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December 6, 2007

Are You Not Mark Mothersbaugh? You Are The Rug Artist From Yo Gabba Gabba.

Wow, LA Weekly's got a 150,000-word [give or take] article about Mark Mothersbaugh, one of the members of Devo, who has continued his creative pursuits by 1) opening a music studio that composes like every song on TV, film,...
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Pee Wee's Playhouse Christmas Special, Plus Grace Jones

Except for the theatrical release of The Last Emperor and the Iran-Contra hearings, I didn't think I missed anything culture-wise while I was a missionary in Japan in 1988. I didn't realize how wrong I was. The intro to Pee...
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When Was Sesame Street Cool Enough To Have Philip Glass Animations?

Seriously, Philip Glass? And all this time I thought his first project for children's television was the South Park Christmas Special. Now it turns out he did at a trippy composition for a set of animated color wheels. Did anyone...
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December 5, 2007

Awesome 2004 Over The Rhine Song Named To 2007 Top 10 List

I don't know much about kid's music, but I do know that Over The Rhine's awesome song, The Poopsmith, was awesome when I first heard it--in 2004. So congratulations to the overnight success of this Ohioan music phenomenon for being...
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November 13, 2007

Korn's Jonathan Davis Has Three Kids Now.

Somehow I lost track of Korn, not that I followed them or anything, just what Kurt Loder told me. But offhandedly riffing on Mr. Rogers lyrics in that scary toilet post reminded me of Jonathan Davis's own issues with Rogers...
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November 6, 2007

I'm Gonna Forgive You, You Don't Need To Run

It was looking grim for a while there, but Metrodad totally redeemed himself when he took his daughter to a freakin' Laurie Berkner concert. And that's despite, not because of, scoring front row seats at Carnegie Hall. Shakin' Down The...
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November 5, 2007

"Like Zoids Or Transformers Or Maybe Even Bigger"

That Mr. T mention got me itching to see Nizlopi's JCB Song video again, which still makes me cry, 2.5 years later. It also reminds me that Michael Bay is not worthy to scrub the road grime off of...
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October 29, 2007

I Feel For You

So we're walking out of the burrito restaurant, and "I Feel For You" comes on, and though I find it hilarious and enjoyable, the wife takes a dim view of my teaching the kid to sing, "Chaka Khan Chaka Khan...
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October 28, 2007

DT Headline Roundup: Adoption, Boys Named Sue, Ramones & Flash Cards Edition

The DT browser tab clearance is on now: NYT Magazine: Looking for Their Children’s Birth Mothers Maggie Jones takes a personal look at the complicated emotional and cultural landscape of open international adoption. Though she and her husband decided to...
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October 27, 2007

Boogie Pimps: Wait, So The Bottle Is For Her??

As Eric, who "randomly" came across this video says: "So many issues, I don't even know where to begin." Me either, so I will just compliment Ms. Pimps on her very flattering nursing bra. Boogie Pimps - Somebody To...
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October 10, 2007

The Animated Nutshell Library By Maurice Sendak

My mom gave the kid Maurice Sendak's Nutshell Library for Christmas last year, and at some point, it totally clicked with her. Not just because of the stories, but because of the scale. They're a box set of tiny little,...
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October 2, 2007

Reading Rainbow Rap, &c.

BoingBoing linked to video of an appearance by Run DMC on a mid-1980's episode of Reading Rainbow. Well, I'll see your book-rapping Run DMC, Xeni, and raise you one circa 1992 hip-hopping Levar Burton, dressed in an apparent homage...
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September 25, 2007

Urchin Rock: The Underwater Baby Photographers Of Britain

I can't quite tell if the underwater baby photographers are riding the trend of Aquababy/water acclimatization classes, or if the desire for a picture of your own kid on the cover of a Nirvana album is so strong, you'll...
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September 22, 2007

Dutch's Daddy Dance Lessons

From the biggest swingin' blogger this side of Baryshnicrotch comes two videos for your and your kid's dancing pleasure: Gene Kelly dancing on a newspaper backstage in Summer Stock, and Feist "1,2,3,4" dancing backstage at a Hanes commercial. and And...
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September 18, 2007

Les Savy Fav Frontman Tim Harrington Drives A Bugaboo!

From the silly- and hairy-as-it-sounds Village Voice photo series, "The Back Tattoos of McCarren Pool Park": Don't know why Maclaren Guy's hiding; after all, he's the responsible one with the baby headphones. Must be the drummer, Harrison Haynes. On a...
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September 16, 2007

Beat Blocks: Insta-Rhythms From Wooden Blocks

Beat Blocks are an extraordinarily simple interface for a midi controller and rhythm sequencer. The grid represents four measures x four percussion outputs. The stripes on each block represent the beats within each measure. You compose instantly and in...
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Paul Rand, Punk. Punk, Paul Rand: "Graphics Incognito" By Mark Owens

The kid's sick, the laptop battery was dead, so when I curled up with her [the kid, that is, not the laptop] for a little Sesame Street Therapy this morning, I grabbed a copy of the Dutch/LES design journal/zine...
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September 14, 2007

Penguin And Rabbit Doing Melbourne Shuffle

Honestly, I have no idea what this is, but it'd probably keep a kid happy for a minute or so. And it's no weirder, really, than posting a plaza full of Reykjavik tots being entertained by a giant Plushie...
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September 3, 2007

Der Singin' Schlaftsack Mit Der Lyrics Beprintedonit

Great concept: print the lyrics to the lullaby on your kid's sleepsack, so you won't be at a loss for soothing music when you so desperately need it. So far so good: it's got the second through fourth verses....
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August 25, 2007

WHOA, FULL STOP. Spongmonkey Plush Toys???

Have you ever had one of those moments where you suddenly question the way you've lived your life and all the choices and assumptions you've made, and you just stare in baffled rage at your reflection in the mirror, wondering...
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August 21, 2007

RIP Kato Ryo, AKA DJ Klock, AKA A Kid's Dad

The kid's bouncing around, and rather than turn on the TV, I thought we'd both mellow out for a few minutes by watching Kenji Hirata's chill animated felt video for the equally chill "Theme" by DJ Klock, which was...
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July 25, 2007

And Then They Put Their Kids Into Their Bugaboo Bees And Drove Away

The extraordinarily limber Ross Sisters singing about potato salad in a 1944 MGM Musical [youtube via foryourentertainment via boingboing] previously: Bug Bee Berkeley: Bugaboo Bee Music Video Now Online...
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July 24, 2007

Baby Mama Drama: "Diddy Wrote A Song About It. Like To Hear it? Here It Goes."

Good news for all the dads out there whose baby mamas pack up and move across the country, taking their newborn twins, after they've been busted for hooking up with D-list actresses: Sean Combs has a new sympathy video for...
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July 23, 2007

Bug Bee Berkeley: Bugaboo Bee Music Video Now Online

Praise the Lord, and pass the Cirque du Soleil extras, people: the Bugaboo Bee music video is now online, and a chance to see the Bee in motion is the least of its offerings. Whether it's too [check all...
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July 20, 2007

1,500 Philippine Prisoners Practice 'Thriller'

OK, if I ever go to prison, my only hope is that I'll be able to do my time wisely. Perhaps learn a trade, a skill, a talent. Maybe there'll be a choreographer with a varied repertoire of numbers...
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June 30, 2007

Dur Dur d'Etre Bebe Whose Parents Totally Exploited The Hell Out Of You

I guess I wasn't hanging out in the right eurotrash discos in 1992, because I missed the Macarena-grade phenomenon that was Jordy. The four-year-old French kid put out the brainless dance track, Dur Dur d'Etre Bebe ["It's Hard To...
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June 25, 2007

Geckos At Glastonbury

Keep this scenario in mind before you a la carte your Bugaboo. Because it totally could happen!: You decide to take your four-month-old kid to the Glastonbury Music Festival. Though you planned ahead and got his little ear-protecting headphones, a...
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June 8, 2007

Uhh, The Volvo Rap??

Sheesh, it's been a rough week for Volvo, PR-wise. First, a crackmom in a 740 station wagon mows down 40 people at a Washington DC streetfair, then someone leaks a full ten seconds of Sven & Whitey McMagnusson's Volvo...
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Abba To Zappa: Awesome Pop Star Alphabet By Craig Robinson

In 2004, the London ad agency Mother created "Abba to Zappa", a campaign for the Observer Music Magazine that featured a glorious, flashcard-style collection of pop star portraits. The images were made by the pixel-happy artist and illustrator Craig...
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June 7, 2007

Daddy Types Salutes Ms. Ruth Smithers Of New Canaan, Connecticut

Neighbors, friends, and acquaintances of the architect Philip Johnson, whose masterpiece, Glass House, has recently opened to the public for tours, reminisce in The New York Times. Among them, "longtime New Canaan resident" Ms. Ruth Smithers, who took her...
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May 29, 2007

Whew, I'm Not Crazy. Pancake Mountain IS The Best Kids Music TV Show Ever.

I don't know much, but I know what I like, and I don't care what you think, which, when it comes to kids, really makes a mess of the whole idea of transmitting musical taste. Still, Roger Moore's excellent...
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April 26, 2007

Musical Furnishings: It's A Table! It's A Marimba! It's A Table! It's A--

Artist/woodworker Tor Clausen turned a slaphappy, musical lunch at a picnic table into a couple of patents, and then he turned a couple of patents and the family woodworking tradition into a business making solid hardwood musical furniture. Tor...
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April 23, 2007

Cute Twink Music 4 Daddy Types

Could "This Twink I saw on Swap Meat would be perfect for Daddy Types!" possibly sound any more like a gay chatroom conversation? I don't think so. Oh wait, what if there was a vintage Fisher-Price Grand Piano with...
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April 16, 2007

UNKL To Release UniPo Versions Of Wilco At Comic-Con

Everything that I just wrote about the Eames Bearbrick? Frying pan, fire. Iceberg, tip. Uma, Oprah. According to Core77, UNKL is creating a UniPo doll version of the band Wilco, which whill drop at Comic-Con in July. If anyone...
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April 13, 2007

Dylan Hears From Dr. Seuss's Lawyers

Salon has half a story about Kevin Ryan, the one-man-band behind the incredible Bob Dylan - Dr. Seuss mashup, "Dylan Hears A Who," and his wrangling with Dr. Seuss Enterprises over the parody exception in copyright law. Oh wait,...
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April 12, 2007

Thrashmetal Laurie Berkner Cover Band 15% Less Annoying

While you're listening to it, this thrasher teenager-in-living room cover version of Laurie Berkner Band's "We Are The Dinosaurs" is easily 10-15% less annoying than the original, but it also goes on almost a minute longer, a full 50%...
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April 11, 2007

Strudel Mountain? T.T.T. Austrian Art Theater For Kids

T.T.T. is a Pancake Mountain-like troupe of Viennese artists and jazz musicians who perform slightly dada-ist multimedia theater for kids. They're also one of the few hits on YouTube for Antonioni. Frankly, they seem more Antonin Artaud, but other...
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April 8, 2007

Pot, Kettle: Washington Post Discovers It's In A Culture Free Zone

Back in January, the Washington Post got virtuoso violinist Joshua Bell to perform at the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop during the morning commute. The response was, well, I still don't know. I mean, who has time to read a long...
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April 4, 2007

On The Subject Of Keith Richard's Bonding Techniques

Like most of you [right? right???] I go through my day with the lyrics to Vanity 6's shadethrowing rap song, "If A Girl Answers, Don't Hang Up" playing over and over in my head. So when the Keith Richards story...
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March 28, 2007

Alternadad: The Comic Adaptation In The Voice

I am so cool. I am so cool. Everybody loves me. I am so cool. The cartoonists need a few extra weeks to formulate their responses, I guess. Neal Pollack's Alternadad gets a cartoon review from Ward Sutton in the...
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March 25, 2007

M Is For Metal, Mate: Aussie Rocker Alphabet Book

I try to keep an open mind about things, but it can be really hard. When I flew to a friend's wedding in Minnesota, who was sitting across the aisle from me? Garrison Keillor, of course. So what do...
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March 21, 2007

Beck Sketchel Diaper Bag, Beck Stickers, Beck Beck Beck Beck Beck

Beck loves the artists to do his album covers. He collaborated with a friend, Jeremy Blake, on a previous album, and on his latest release, The Information, he and twenty graphic/street/sticker artists from around the world put together various...
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March 15, 2007

Flautist Beatboxes The Sesame Street Theme

If you've searched for "Sesame Street" on YouTube lately, you've probably already seen Greg Pattillo's beatbox flute rendition of The 'Street theme. With 430,000 views right now, it makes him the most famous flautist in the world since James...
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Muji Music Box Mashup

So literally, as I'm reading about how a congressman from Pittsburgh cited the artistic value of mashups, DJ Drama's mixtapes, and Girl Talk's sampling, it turns out the kid has wound up both her Muji music boxes at once,...
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March 13, 2007

Berlin Hipsters Transform Playground Equipment Into Musical Instruments

For his thesis project at the University of the Arts in Berlin, Richard The created Playful Parasites, a set of Bluetooth-enabled sensors that transform traditional playground equipment--slides, swings, climbing toys, bouncy ride-ons--into an data-transmitting interface:The system is designed to...
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March 8, 2007

Dr. Bob! Dr. Bob! Dylanesque Covers Of Seuss Songs

Unbelievable. Dylan Hears A Who! is a collection of six Dr. Seuss songs interpreted in the style of the philosopher/musician Bob Dylan. Stream them online, or download the whole set of tracks for offline enjoyment. There's just one thing...I...
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March 5, 2007

Help The Police, Help, Help, Help The Police

Time was, having a kid meant you could only sing along to your gangsta rap when you were driving alone. But after seeing comedian Adam Buxton's real-time-edited rendition of NWA's "F**k the Police", I'd say the times are a'changing....
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Apparently, "Mah-Na Mah-Na" Means "Into The Sauna, Ladies!" In Italian

So we're watching a few vintage Sesame Street clips the YouTube this weekend, when we see a seriously vintage version of "Mah Na Mah Na" under the end credits of this 35th Anniversary montage. Apparently, it dates from 1969,...
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The Kid Was All, 'Arcade Fire Is So Last Year'

I remember getting into an argument on the bus over who had been listening to the Bay City Rollers longer. It ended just as you expect, with one kid declaring, "Well, I've liked them since I was born." And then...
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February 27, 2007

Baby Got Back, Live & Unplugged By Jonathan Coulton

Dude recorded a whole Jonathan Coulton concert on his cell phone and posted it to YouTube. All I've heard so far is Coulton's acoustic folk cover version of Sir Mix-A-Lot's classic, "Baby Got Back." Jonathan Coulton in Seattle -...
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February 21, 2007

Forget The iPod, Bring On More Nylon Mesh Teddy Bears

As far as the iPod player and light show goes, I think this iPulse Bear from Sharper Image is a bit overkill. Obviously not as ridiculous as the toilet paper dispenser/iPod speaker combmo, but it's in the same quartile....
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February 20, 2007

Soft, Smooth, Stop-Action Felt Video For DJ Klock

If you're ever in need of a five-minute music video to mellow the kid out a bit, there's always DJ Klock's "Theme." Klock is a hard-to-classify turntablist with a slight jazz overtone and an appreciation for the offbeat and...
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February 19, 2007

The Color of Music

I never knew that Do-Re-Mi, etc. is called solfege, and that the syllables associated with each note are credited to the same guy as modern musical notation itself, a 10th-century monk known as Guido of Arezzo. All this time, I...
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February 18, 2007

Quiltsrÿche: Put Them In The Quilted Maiden

Perfect post for a Sunday morning. Seattle metalhead artist Boo Davis picked up quilting from her grandmother, who, in her long quilting life, probably never realized the traditional Half-Log Cabin design would look good transformed into a giant, grinning...
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February 15, 2007

Reckon Shirts I Reckon I'd Buy

[02/08 update: check the comments below; unfortunately, a number of people over an extended period of time have complained about problems or delays completing their orders from Reckon. Lead time on orders not-in-stock have stated leadtimes of up to 3...
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Posted by greg at 3:21 PM | Comments (6)

February 14, 2007

Grease Babies, Or The Scary Underbelly Of Canadian Daycare

Here's a documentary that's long overdue: turns out kids in those lavishly subsidized Canadian daycare centers are being terrorized by Rizzo, and they're dropping out of beauty school faster than you can say, "Go, Greased Stroller." Next up: John...
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Should You Watch The Manny's YouTube?

If you want to see him giving the blowup killer whale a reacharound and hear his folk songs about buttsex, then duhyeah. Being quick-on-the-draw with an improvised lyric is a priority in any childcare professional's life, not just the...
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February 11, 2007

"You Light Up My Life," By Patti Smith

Wow. When she appeared on Kids Are People, Too! [!!] in 1980, punk powerhouse Patti Smith namechecked Maria Callas and Mick Jagger as her favorite singers, and then she took a run at Debbie Boone's "You Light Up My...
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February 6, 2007

Punk Love: Photos Of The Early Hardcore Scene By Susie Horgan

Susie Horgan needed subjects for her photography class at American University, so she took a job at the Haagen-Dazs store in Georgetown, and started photographing a couple of punks who worked there: Henry Rollins and Ian MacKaye. Here's a picture...
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February 5, 2007

"I Hog The Ground" Video By Steve & Steven: Great Ideas From, For Noggin

Welcome to the Hotel Nickelodeon. You can check out any time you want, but you can. never. le-e-eave. After making a mad and credible--hey, it had me fooled--break with children's television in order to launch his indie rock career,...
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February 1, 2007

Who Is Baby Loves Disco's Publicist? Day-um!

We all know that when graphic designers have a kid, they start cute little Onesie companies. And guys who didn't like their pre-kid jobs start My Big Invention product companies. But what kind of parent company do dancer/DJ's start? Baby...
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January 26, 2007

Super Bowl Shuffle

The kid: "Let's watch somepin else. A shorter one." The Super Bowl Shuffle (1987) [youtube via kottke]...
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January 23, 2007

Do Barenaked Ladies Cruises And Kids Go Together?

DT reader Matt didn't go--this time--but he pointed to an extended discussion on the fanboards about whether it was appropriate or advisable to bring kids along on Ships & Dip, the Barenaked Ladies fan cruise. I mean, there's Camp Carnival,...
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January 8, 2007

Laurie Berkner To Large Pile Of Money: Clean It Up. Clean It Up.

If the phrase "guitar-strumming earth mother" doesn't make you fling your remote, full-on Wii-style, at your TV screen, then you may read this NYT article about Laurie Berkner and the debut of the second season of Jack's Big Music Show...
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December 29, 2006

The Toys Of Artist Richard McGuire: A DT Interview

How does awesome work from less than ten years ago disappear from the parenting culture? Granted, ten years is like five toddler generations ago, and I'll be the first to admit my baby trend radar was completely non-existent until just...
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December 27, 2006

Robert Smith Drives A Bugaboo!! Uh, Wait...

Sorry, false alarm; It's just an illustration by Paul Corio in the Village Voice for a story about hipster music for babies. The article, by new dad Paul Ott is pretty level-headed. Ott's rigged up "a pink iPod Mini...
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December 20, 2006

I like 'em fat like that, too!

Let the cats all criticize, Joke about my baby's size; She's reet with me Because you see: I like 'em fat like that. When she bounces down the street, She's a whole heap o' honey, and ain't she sweet? Feels...
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December 18, 2006

iFrogz Tadpole The Imperfect Solution For The 4-iPod Family

Core77 gets all philosophical about the iFrogz Tadpole, a rugged, fun-looking iPod case for kids that's perfect for letting your kid watch videos at "the car, grocery store, bus stop, doctor's office, stroller and more!":could this be an indicator...
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December 14, 2006

Japanese TV Silliness: Less Ninjas, More Robots

OK, I swear, I'll stop for a while. It's just that the third day of jet lag is the toughest, and I've got the last, daybreak shift with the kid, and it turns out the National Geographic watering hole...
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December 8, 2006

Midnight, And The Kiddies Are Sleeping

The New York Times reports that many very young children are attending Broadway theater shows: Kate’s first show was “Beauty and the Beast,” which she saw when she was 3. Ms. Gerathy admitted that 3 was young, but she wanted...
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December 1, 2006

Before They Were Wiggles

It's the beginning of the end of an era. I'm sure you'll be seeing this on the VH1 special soon [if you watch VH1, that is]. For the rest of us, here is a 1987 music video by The...
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November 30, 2006

Wiggles Breakup Predicted: Not So Funny Now, Is It?

Welllll, actually, it is pretty funny. Check out Brian's 2003 report of the rock 'n roll world's stunned reaction to news that The Wiggles were breaking up. The reason: not illness, not Yoko, not drugs--though Jeff's 'lude problem was...
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November 28, 2006

The DT Interview: Bboy Booginsroc's Bboying Dad

After seeing the amazing breakdancing moves of 2.5-year-old Bboy Booginsroc, I thought I'd drop a line to his dad, who was not only the source of his ill moves, but of his old school funk and motown education before...
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November 26, 2006

Philip Glass's Other Children's Music

If you're like most people, you thought Philip Glass only composed one piece of music for children: "Happy, Non-offensive, Non-denominational Christmas Play No. 1," which premiered in 1997 at South Park Elementary. As the New York Times reports today, however,...
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"Hipsters-In-Training?" How About "Hipsters In Training Pants"?

Hmm. It seems to me that glockenspiel lullaby covers of punk/rock/hip hop/whatever classics, and actual rockers-turned kid music rockers were two very different things. But in the New York Times' big story about baby rock, they're both just symptoms of...
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November 24, 2006

Bboy Booginsroc Has Ill Moves

The story about how, back in the day, when he was a baby, Frank Lloyd Wright's mother got him a set of Froebel blocks, which helped him develop his sense of architecture, geometry and spatial clarity, is well known. The...
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Capt. Picard Sings The Alphabet

So I'm supposed to tell the kid that San Francisco is the headquarters of Starfleet, the capital of the whole Alpha Quadrant, but that somehow "Zed" overtakes "Zee" in the alphabet of the 24th century? Not on this side...
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November 16, 2006

The Greatest, As In "The Greatest Children's Album EVER EVER"

Ali's always gettin' blamed for things he didn't do. Just because he likes to scrap, and maybe sometimes do [?] people want to blame that man although he wasn't there. Maybe we should take a look; the blame could well...
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November 11, 2006

The Animations Of Oskar Fischinger: 90% Kid-Friendly

Richard McGuire is not the only fan of Oskar Fischinger's animated films, but as with McGuire's own influence, there's much more I didn't know. Fischinger was singularly focused on integrating music and visual art. And he created the abstract masterpiece...
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Don't Let PBS Kids Blow Your Mind Away, Baby

Maybe it's a problem of overfamiliarity causing design blindness, but if I relax a bit and just watch, some of the graphic design on the kids' TV channels is actually pretty nice. The Noggin graphic identity, for example, with the...
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October 25, 2006

Sponsor Giveaway: 92nd St Y Family Music Concert, Sun. 10/29

Here's something new and exciting: An illustrious advertiser, the 92nd St Y, has a ticket giveaway for Daddy Types readers. The first five people to email with 'daddytypes' in the subject will get early, guaranteed admission to one of the...
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October 9, 2006

Vintage Rock T-shirts For The Conceived-At-Woodstock Generation

And here you thought 80's OC Punkers' kids had all the fun? Not anymore. In addition to an impressive assortment of real, vintage concert T-shirts, posters, and memorabilia--did someone come across a defunct promoter's stash at one of those storage...
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September 21, 2006

Hello Kitty Nutcracker At Hello Kitty Theme Park

Though we were tantalizingly close last summer, we never did make it over to Sanrio Puroland, the giant indoor Hello Kitty theme park which sits [past the Babies R Us, past the Costco...] on the western outskirts of Tokyo. It...
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September 5, 2006

Taba Naba: "And Have A GREAT Time!" 4,890 Times.

This YouTube clip only shows it's been watched 4,890 times, but I swear, we've watched it that many times this week. And it's only Tuesday. "Taba Naba" has consistently been the kid's most requested video clip when she wants...
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August 24, 2006

C Is For Charlie Parker & Dizzy Gillespie: Jazz Alphabet Flashcards Videos

The kid's screen media consumption consists of at least 50% YouTube and other online videos. They're usually short, they're under control and on demand, and it means we watch them together. Besides, there's approximately one million better things to watch...
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August 10, 2006

Baby Rock Records: Personally, I Fall Asleep Listening To The Original Radiohead

Baby Rock Records is a new label launching like, tomorrow, which puts out lullaby covers of rock favorites, alt, indie, heavy metal, and otherwise. It's a lot of glockenspiel, vibraphone, and mellotron [for years, nothing, then suddenly mellotrons everywhere....
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August 7, 2006

And She Can Sing, Too

The kid's toilet training is, well, let's just say she's very advanced. The drive back to NYC this morning had many stops, one nap, and no accidents. As she tells me, "You are very impressed." Before we left DC, though,...
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August 4, 2006

Before I Forget, Here's A Plushie Puffin Entertaining Icelandic Children

I posted this to flickr when we got back from Iceland, but I'd meant to post it here, too. On the country's National Day, everyone showed up in Reykjavik to eat insane amounts of sugar [lollipops and cotton candy,...
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July 18, 2006

Kid Got A Problem With Eggs? "I Love Egg" Will Help Or Hurt.

As if intent on proving that Japan doesn't have a lock on Asian Video Weirdness, some egg loving Koreans created this Flash animated song about, well, loving eggs. If your kid has a problem eating eggs, this cutey cute...
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July 12, 2006

Bizarre: Yes, Contest: No - Popjustice Announces A Boy Named Pete

As in Pete Doherty. In a book for children. Popjustice has taken the classic Roger Hargreaves Mr. Men and Little Miss books as inspiration for Popjustice Idols, a line of popstar biographies for children. [We got a few of...
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Whoa. Naef Gloggomobil: A Programmable Wooden Barrel-Organ

OK, This might be it for the elaborate wooden toys for a while. I don't know how I can surpass the Naef Gloggomobil. It's a totally programmable barrel organ, a giant, wooden version of that little metal cylinder that...
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June 30, 2006

Andrea Bocelli Made My Baby Cry

Andrea Bocelli, the Great Ruiner Of Weddings himself, was just on Sesame Street, singing a goodnight duet version of his one stinkin' song with Elmo. By the second verse of "Time to. Close your eyes," the kid's lip was...
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June 27, 2006

Herbie Hancock Takes The Fairlight To The Street

As you school the kid in the finer points of early 80's synth hits like Ebn Ozn ["AEIOU and sometimes Y"], The Buggles, and "Shock The Monkey," you'll need to teach him about the Fairlight, the first digital sampling...
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Q: Yeah, Daddy, What IS Up With That?

Just as veterans of WWII came home and never talked to their families about the horrors they experienced, you should never try to explain to your kid how, back in the 80's, Michael Jackson and Eddie Murphy were the...
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June 26, 2006

Salon Gets All Carson Daly For 'Kindie Rock'

You say Grup Music, Salon says Kindie Rock, let's call the whole thing off. Salon's Scott Lamb takes a look at kids music that parents don't hate, including a bunch of Dan Zanes collaborators [Nick Cave, Natalie Merchant, Lou Reed,...
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June 25, 2006

Stevie Wonder Jams On The Street

This extended funk mix of "Superstition" by a young Stevie Wonder ends with a shout out to Sesame Street. Dig the little cat shakin' it on the fire escape, man. And then there's the Stevie Wonder remix of the...
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June 22, 2006

Finally Useful, Pitchfork Gathers 100 Awesome Music Videos On YouTube

Does the kid's musical taste need a little parental guidance? Or maybe a few minutes of music and funny pictures to help him stop crying or to shift gears? Need a quick lyrics refresher for those mid-night bounces back to...
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June 7, 2006

Other Daddies Typing: Sheer Slackitude Edition

It's this weird guy thing, I guess, where I get busy, busier, and then I cut back on surfing and checking in on all the blogs for a week, then two, then... then it's just embarassment at being out of...
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Dan Zane Rallies Brooklyn Arena Protestors Before Naptime

A protest concert/fundraiser by Dan Zanes for the group, Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn, was as good a reason as any for a NY Observer reporter to train her bemused, investigative eye on the Brooklyn baby scene. The group is raising...
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May 31, 2006

"Daddy Dear," From The Sesame Street Lyrics Archive

I don't remember this song, "Daddy Dear," from my own days on The Street--or should I say from my first days on The Street--but 10 years ago, when a Toronto mom couldn't remember the words to sing it to...
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May 19, 2006

80's Music Videos On YouTube

In the middle of the night, when you're trying to coax the kid back to sleep and you're still half-asleep yourself, you will sing anything, anything that comes into your head in a search for the song that does the...
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Butterfly Ball: Catchy Tune, Trippy Cartoon, Camp/Classic DVD

So there's an early 19th century poem by William Roscoe called "The Butterfly Ball and The Grasshopper Feast." An illustrated children's book version came out in 1973, which was accompanied/followed by a legendary [if esoterically so] album of future British...
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April 25, 2006

Music For Expectant Fathers, c. 1957

The one that got away. Thanks to some digging after a related tip from DT's favorite ebay shark Andy, I just found out that I just missed this 1957 album from Fontanna and His Orchestra [yes, that's with two...
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Posted by greg at 11:36 PM | Comments (1)

April 20, 2006

It's Hard Out There For A Captain

The kid's got a cold, so we've been dosing her lethargic self up on television, including The Wiggles this morning. Where my jaw dropped at a segment from the live show: Captain Feathersword cutting loose with a rock anthem...
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Posted by greg at 5:25 PM | Comments (1)

April 15, 2006

Nizlopi: Those Brit Geek Folkers Get Me Ever' Time

How long's it been? A year? And yet I still can't watch "The JCB Song" without getting all teared up. Damn you, Nizlopi. JCB Song...
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April 9, 2006

Other Daddies Typing: I'm A Total Slacker Edition

A roundup of highlights from dadblogs that, while admittedly incomplete, serves to demonstrate my own utter slackitude on the useful and entertaining information front lately: First things first. I felt proud, even a little groundbreaking, when I did the DT...
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Posted by greg at 11:57 PM | Comments (0)

April 7, 2006

Whatever Happened To Rosie's Baby?

Well, that's the last time I ever get parenting news from Pitchfork. Looks like the cable tv got shut off again at Sufjan's house, because the geek-rocker and his posse have taken to entertaining themselves by playing media hoaxes on...
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Posted by greg at 2:35 PM | Comments (3)

April 6, 2006

Michigan Musicians Mating: Sufjan Stevens & Rosie Thomas

From that paragon of parenting information online, Pitchfork, comes news that Michigan geek-folk-rocker Sufjan Stevens and ex-Sub Popper Rosie Thomas have announced a collaboration with "Philly singer-songwriter Denison Witmer. "The trio shacked up at Suf-jeezy's pad in New York City...
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April 5, 2006

No, I Just Checked My Watch,

And in fact, it is NOT Cheerioke time. Cheerioke.com via coudal...
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April 3, 2006

Yeah, And Paul Lynde Was Just A Close Friend

Isn't Dave Grohl's kid here yet? I guess not, because his hands definitely do not sound full. According to the authority on all things Foo, the Irish Examiner, Grohl's getting ready to write some kiddie songs on the piano his...
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March 21, 2006

New Jonathan Coulton: "Stroller Town"

With his mind on The Beach Boys on his hands on the Bugaboo, musician Jonathan Coulton has released a new song about a drag race with a Maclaren Techno XT. It's called "Stroller Town." and it is freakin' great. [a...
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March 17, 2006

More Like The Dads Of Death Metal

The Eagles of Death Metal are opening for The Strokes current tour, starting tomorr--no, it's today! wow, time flies--in Grand Prairie, TX. [Considering the band's name came from a drunk guy arguing with Josh Homme about Poison, their new...
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Posted by greg at 9:40 AM | Comments (1)

March 15, 2006

"Kids! Can You Draw Morissey?"

Before his band performs at SXSW, Neal Pollack grabs a slice at an Austin pizza joint filled with--no, I'll let him tell you--and suddenly begs, "Can someone let me off the hipster-parent carousel now?" Sure, as soon as you finish...
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March 14, 2006

Daddy Loves Baby Loves Disco

Not that I've been, mind you, but an actual club where you and your kid can shake your booty to 70's and 80's disco classics sounds like a winner. Baby Loves Disco was started in Philadelphia [aka the sixth borough!]...
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February 28, 2006

Rocky Mountain Cry

New dad James is one of the bloggers at Business Week's Working Parents; his daughter's three months old and has hit the dreaded "colic" stage. That's the stage where the kid cries for apparently no reason, and parents try every...
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February 27, 2006

Unidentified Local Man Does Happy Baby, Takes Care Of Kid, Sears

In the latest issue of Tokion magazine, unidentified local man demonstrates Ananda Balasana, the Happy Baby Pose and talks about his day:So what is your day-to-day life like in Portland? I wake up early and watch the kid until about...
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February 22, 2006

The Kid Loves The Bollywood

Just because I complain about exploitative astroturf publicity campaigns for ineffective children's safety products being outsourced to India doesn't mean I don't like India. Or outsourcing, for that matter. Why just this morning, I happily outsourced my kid's entertainment for...
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Posted by greg at 1:49 PM | Comments (2)

February 18, 2006

Arizona Punk Rock Flyers Not Yet Available On Onesies

What are the odds? To what does this amazing collection of early 80's punk rock flyers and ephemera from Tucson owe its very existence? A deeply involved hardcore scenester [like the guitar player in a local band]. Who had...
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Posted by greg at 7:08 AM | Comments (8)

January 29, 2006

You May Now Mind The Pollacks

In advance of his new book coming out, writer Neal Pollack has dutifully turned his website into an ersatz parenting blog, complete with updates on his son Elijah's potty training. The poo hit the fans around November, and it wasn't/hasn't...
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Posted by greg at 9:04 PM | Comments (2)

January 26, 2006

To A Child, There Are No "Strange, New Worlds"

After the Miss USA pageant, the flamers at Fark.com Googled up an old DT post about baby beauty pageants and creeped out, retouched glamour photos of innocent Southern children whose mothers won't face the reality that Designing Women is off...
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January 10, 2006

Another 'Puter Movie: "Flickr"

There's a small town in the mountains, where the streets are wide and still. There are children making angels in the snow. A sunset paints the sky at night. An old man paints by candlelight. A tiny baby smiles...
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January 3, 2006

"No Coke For Amadou"

The kid and I went to the store this afternoon to stock up on Diet Coke, but the shelves were bare. Apparently the Coke truck hadn't turned up yet, and so Amadou, the store manager, apologized and offered us a...
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December 19, 2005

"I Put A Baby In You," by Boston Rocker [sic] Robby Roadsteamer

Imagine if Ben Affleck never left home, but instead became a funny, cranky, impertinent local rocker, railing against uptight Bostonians who use words like "impertinent." When describing his music, Robby Roadsteamer makes references to showmen like Aerosmith, the Cars, and...
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December 6, 2005

Sythesizers For Kids

There's a comment thread on Music Thing full of suggestions for synthesizers that are appropriate for a 1-year-old girl. And by "appropriate" they don't mean "pink"; electronic music is not just for girls, you know. No, they mean "Tough knobs...
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November 29, 2005

Malkmus: Baby C'mon & Get In This Sling

Rock musician Stephen Malkmus may be a new dad, but that doesn't mean his new single "Baby C'mon," or its cool live-stop-action animated video, has anything to do with his own kid. Of course, depending on how you interpret the...
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November 28, 2005

Hmm. Mad Audio Equipment For Dolls

Dad, music editor, and one of DT's earliest readers Tom Whitwell runs Music Thing, which is like Gizmodo for serious musicians. Except that for the last little while, he's added dolls to his target demo. Turns out there's a whole...
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October 26, 2005

Pez MP3 Player Looks Sweet As Candy

Phillip at Make has taken delivery of one of the first Pez MP3 players, dreamed up and brought into reality by a SAHD named Pat Misterovich. There's not a full performance review yet, but Phillip has posted tons of photos,...
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October 13, 2005

Mickey Who? Get The Kid A Pez MP3 Player Instead

Earlier this year, Pat Misterovich, an at-home-dad in Missouri, thought it'd be sweet if he could make an MP3 player out of a Pez dispenser. So he designed and licensed it, lined up a manufacturer, and--voila--now he's taking orders. Delivery's...
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October 12, 2005

What's It Gonna Take To Get You Into This 128Mb MP3 Player?

Howsabout I Throw In A Mouse? Kids are small, and the capacity of their MP3 players should be, too. That's the reasoning behind Disney's new Mix Stick series, small USB- and SD/MMC card-enabled MP3/WMA players designed for kids. They're $50...
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September 20, 2005

Brother, That's Grim: British Nursery Rhyme Contest Winner

Nick Jr. may be all sugar cereal and Transformers here in the States, but over in England, it sponsors dark, serious nursery rhyme contests which are won by songs of Tony Blair lying his way into the Iraq war. Other...
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September 15, 2005

Other Daddies Typing, Vol. 2

There's so much good stuff out there, I might have to pick up the pace on this daddy blog roundup thing: It's cheating, I know, but I gotta start with a little meta. Metrodad gives Props For The Pops,...
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July 15, 2005

Wake Up, Neo

"Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is notwithout a sense of irony. -Morpheus So this is how it starts. In a Slovakian hospital, where all the newborn children listen to Mozart...
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July 9, 2005

Blue with the blue again

And you may find yourself one quiet morning, faced with an unfamiliar sight. And you may find all your VentAire bottles, in every color, washed and ready to be reassembled, all at the same time. And you may find...
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July 8, 2005

"Underground Kids' Music Circles"

Slate has a roundup of interesting-sounding music for (and in some cases, by) kids that promises not to drive parents crazy. It includes They Might Be Giants' new ABC cd [of course]; an upbeat kids' electronica collection; the Portland-based Captain...
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July 5, 2005

Why Men Have Nipples. Seriously.

After an exhaustive assessment of fathers' childrearing involvement in cultures around the world, the British charity Fathers Direct recently made a startling discovery: men's nipples are there, not only for twisting in pool fights, but for sucking by a crying...
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July 1, 2005

Van Halen's 'Somebody Get Me A Doctor' Covered By A 3-Year-Old

Ezra Lux is three years old and performs under the name Rock Jack. For info on his CD, his drummer dad, and a couple of sample tracks, check this WFMU post. Meanwhile, here's Rock Jack's cover of Van Halen's "Somebody...
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June 27, 2005

Michelle Shocked Playing Joe's Pub, Wed. 6/29 at 3PM

Michelle Shocked is playing three gigs at Joe's Pub Wednesday, including one for kids & families at 3PM. It'll feature her Western swing- and blues-style rendition of Disney classics like "Bare Necessities" and "When You Wish Upon A Star," none...
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June 9, 2005

Cold Playback: One Dad's Delivery Room Portable Audio Solution

Sure, you could make your delivery room playlist together, but I pity the fool who's rocking, oblivious in his white iPod headphones while someone is screaming at him, justifiably incensed, begging for some ice chips. No, the delivery room is...
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June 8, 2005

Chris Martin's Picks: Music To Give Birth By

Even though she's now a total groupie, following the band around on tour, Apple has apparently not heard her dad's new album. Answering a shameless reporter's question, Chris Martin replied, "She prefers an Icelandic band called Sigur Ros to Coldplay....
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May 26, 2005

Changing The Muse's Diaper

Music writer/dad Pete Paphides says the following about seeing paparazzi photos of OasisProdigy member Liam Howlett with an infant carrier on his arm [Same with Oasis-hole Liam Gallagher. What this mistake tells me: 1) I don't care about Oasis OR...
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May 20, 2005

Classical Music Concert Series For Babies, Feti

Whatever the scientific grounding of The Mozart Effect, you're never gonna find anyone to say, "Stop playing that dadburn classical music for that helpless infant!" You will, however, find the concert halls surrounded with roadspikes, specifically designed to keep out...
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May 19, 2005

KiddieRecords.com: You'll Know It's Time To Turn The Page...

This is what the web is for. Basic Hip Digital Oddio is converting classic childrens' records from the 1940's and 50's to from paper and vinyl to jpeg and mp3. Each week this year, they upload another sweet, seriously old-school...
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May 5, 2005


For those parents who wish to relive their wildest Lollapalooza memories with their kids, forget it. The van's been sold, the weed's been smoked, the tattoo's been lasered off. Those days are over. For the rest of you, who are...
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April 3, 2005

One SAHD's Dream: A Pez MP3 Player

He calls it Citizen Manufacturing. Patrick, a stay-at-home dad has dreamed about making a Pez MP3 player for so long, he finally headed down to his basement workshop to figure it out. Now he's got a licensing deal with Pez,...
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March 25, 2005

Toy Piano

After exposing the kid to little more than my badly remembered lyrics for a year--and the occasional NPR--we fear we're already too late in starting her musical education. I mean, in Manhattan, there were music classes for 9 month-olds we...
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March 21, 2005

MP3 Cribs

It's the last week of (relative) calm before the second kid is due, and DT reader Adam Bell decided to pimp out his kid's crib so he could listen to mad lullabies whenever he wants. The solution: A spare iPod...
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February 17, 2005

BabyDisco: Is It Ever Too Early To Lean How To Pole Dance?

A group of French artists and DJ's created BabyDisco, a realistically decorated, scaled-down disco for children only. 10-12 kids ages 4-6 would be allowed inside to party on their own for an hour. It was/is? installed in December at the...
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February 16, 2005

On Tour With The Ralpheads

DT reader Suzanne point to this excellent DCist (it's like Gothamist, only with more sensible outfits) review of a Saturday morning Ralph's World show in Arlington, VA. The show was sold out, but, just like with Deadheads, the real party...
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February 14, 2005

Here Come The ABC's from They MIght Be Giants

What's the difference between baby boomers and Gen X & co? The aging Mick Jagger leaves kids--and their successively younger model moms--in his wake, and wouldn't think of recording children's music. Meanwhile the archetypal alt culuture band They Might Be...
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February 8, 2005

All The Bands Mentioned In USA Today

Here are the bands mentioned in an article on mom bands. An asterisk (*) indicates the band will play at Mamapalooza 2005: Placenta Frump* Mrs. Robinson The Mydols* Housewives on Prozac* The Candy Band* Moms On The Edge MotherLode Trio...
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January 31, 2005

Ralph's World: Nursery School of Rock

David Edelstein writes what he knows in the NY Times, with his profile of not-just-for-kids rocker Ralph Covert. Covert was in Bad Examples, a real band--*cough cough* I mean a band for grown-ups--when he took over a Chicago music school's...
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November 23, 2004

One Sad Apple

Sounds like Coldplay may get that album done after all. Oh, and thank you India, for placing ecstatic headlines on cheesy Brit wire service gossip. Gwyneth Paltrow not amused by Chris Martin's 18 hour workday! [New Kerala Times]...
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The Headline Sounded Worse Than The Story

His wife's in on it, and anyway, the kid's only 3-months old. Before I read the story, I had these horrible visions of a musical remake of The Lover flash in front of me. Johnny Hallyday to Adopt Vietnamese Girl...
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November 8, 2004

No cupholders, but you can dance to it

Now about that music: What's up with the European stroller industry's--or at least the Netherlands regional office of it--penchant for slightly out-of-date techno music? Check out this playlist from Euro-stroller movies: Quinny Zapp: Praise You, Fatboy Slim Quinny Buzz: A...
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Stories About Kids & Music?

Tom Whitwell, music guru/gear guy/dad/DT reader is collecting stories about kids and music over at his Gizmodo-for-musicians, Music Thing. Check out the examples he's given, and if you have or know of any interesting tales, pass them along:I'm planning a...
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November 1, 2004

Raffi's "Bananaphone": The Spoken Word Edition

From what I've heard so far, Raffi is like Barney without the plushie costume, i.e., friggin' annoying. Apparently there's one song he does called "Bananaphone," which one Andy Zebrowitz has re-recorded in a deeply serious voice that sounds like he...
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October 19, 2004

Barney Shakur

With all that's going wrong in the world these days, some new parents worry, is this any time to be having a kid? To them, I say, "Relax." It wasn't so long ago, remember, when the world's children were enslaved...
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October 4, 2004

Farmer Jason: 10/4 at Pete's Candy Store in Williamsburg

Heads up to New Yorkers (or at least to Brooklynites and the non-lazy in Manhattan who don't mind crossing the river): Jason Ringenberg, aka Farmer Jason, is performing next Sunday 10/4 at 4PM at Pete's Candy Store. Jason Ringenberg is...
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September 27, 2004

I Get It. Dan Zanes Does Cool Kids' Music

Or so I was led to believe by just about every commenter on every music -related post I've done. Dan Zanes is a rock & roll musician who's out and proud about his folk music interests. He was in the...
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September 13, 2004

Womb Sounds CD

A friend went to help her band member-marrying, tour-missing, C-sectioned, bed-ridden over-taxed friend with her new kid while the dad was on tour. The first thing she did when she got there: turn off this CD of Super-Soothing Womb Sounds....
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September 6, 2004

Lullaby Cover Songs from Punk Rock Baby

I know it's great, and the kids love it and all, but I'm just not into all the folk-y music. And while I support hemp in theory, I'm not ready to limit my kid to Paul Simon's CD series of...
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The Thula Project: South African Lullaby Compilation

This CD takes its name from "Thula Mntwana," the Zulu version of that mid-night staple of new parents everywhere, "Hush Little Baby." Have you heard it? It goes a little something like this: "Hush little baby don't you cry/ Mama...
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September 3, 2004

John Lithgow's CD To Stay Awake To

Yes, that John Lithgow. And no, there are no songs from Buckaroo Banzai. I have it on great authority that--ok, fine. Some random commenter on Defective Yeti said, "Mr. Lithgow however never ceases to entertain." Which, if you listen to...
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August 30, 2004

Elizabeth Mitchell's CDs for kids

You Are My Flower is a CD of childrens' music Elizabeth Mitchell and Daniel Littleton whipped up while on tour for their rock band, Ida. [You know how cuh-razy musicians get when they're on the road.] It was intended as...
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August 23, 2004

Vintage Electronic Baby Music by Raymond Scott

The only thing that chilled out DT reader (and dance music guru) Tom Whitwell's son Alex during "a very colicky first six months" [!] was Raymond Scott's pioneering (1962-3) synth-meets-noise-meets-big band series, Soothing Sounds For Baby. Unsuccessful at the time,...
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July 27, 2004

The Poopsmith Song, by Over the Rhine

The Ohio-based band Over the Rhine is putting out a children's album and will distribute 50,000 copies of it "at no cost to parents by several Ohio." And while they may be hippies, they're probably not communists, so buy the...
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June 20, 2004

Waiting for Aiko: Sonogram-inspired Soundtrack

Brooklyn Daddy Type Blake Leyh is a composer and sound designer by profession. During the sweltering days of last summer, after all the nursery setup, the hospital routes, and the breathing exercises were ready--and with the kid taking her own...
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May 17, 2004

Coldplay's Daddy Video: The Nappies

When they have a baby, some musicians get their friends together and make silly T-shirts. Others get their friends together, put on silly wigs, and make silly videos. Coldplay, it turns out, falls into the latter category. To celebrate the...
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April 30, 2004

The White Noise Album

Grandma's Fussbuster is the latest CD from the VonCannon Family Singers. [1] It contains six 9-minute tracks scientifically designed to soothe a fussy baby. As lead singer/pediatric nurse/mom Lisa VonCannon says, "The clinical explanation for all this has something...
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April 22, 2004

Enya: Music to Torture a Pregnant Woman By

Ben talks about singing Enya non-stop to his pregnant wife when they found out they were having a girl. Obviously he survived the adventure, but what are the longterm effects on the kid? Think of the children......
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April 2, 2004

More Improvised Lullaby Lyrics

I found that, at 3AM, my memory for lyrics is about as useless as my ability to rhyme up some improvised replacements. Fortunately, over at Defective Yeti, Matthew has better luck; or not, if you ask his kid. DY's mid-night...
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March 3, 2004

African Lullaby CD

African Lullaby is a CD collection of 14 good performances of traditional lullabies. For example, the first track is by Ladysmith Black Mambazo, the South African men's chorus Paul Simon tried to glom onto. (Hey, where there's world music, Paul...
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Week 1: So now he's an expert

Never mind trying to explain how I have the capacity to post anything during the first week of my daughter's life. Here are a few things that are working and some things I wish we'd done differently in advance of...
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