Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, December 19, 2014

The Girl With the Squirrel in Her Hat – Caspar Babypants
Potted Plant Guy – David Heatley
Bionic (feat. Shiz & Lady Asha) – Father Goose
Backyard – Riff Rockit
Robots From The 4th Dimension – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Banana Pudding – Sugar Free Allstars
I'm a Shark (I Rock, I Swim) – ScribbleMonster
Domino Town – Dean Jones
Can We Buy a New Car (So I Can Have a Balloon) – Eric Herman

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes – Kristin Andreassen
Heartbeat  – Laura Doherty
Danceology – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Rock Melon – Gustafer Yellowgold
Blink Of An Eye – Frances England
Copycat – Bill Harley And Keith Munslow
Big Green Party Machine – David Heatley
I Got This! – Princess Katie & Racer Steve

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Lucky Penny – The Whirlygigs
If I Could Fly – Riff Rockit
Lightning Bolt  – Pearl Jam
The Hustle – Van McCoy
Ice Cream Girl  – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
This Island Life (Music) – Big World Audio Theatre
Tacky – Weird Al Yankovic

Kindie Quick Hits: Bungalow Tales, Herman Video, Tasteful Mista Cookie Song

One of the childhood experiences that has stuck with me surrounds a weathered LP that stayed in our family's record collection for more than 25 years. In fact, the only reason my mother finally recycled "Tubby the Tuba" is because it was so overplayed that the grooves no longer tracked, making it unsuitable for donating to a charity drive.

How strange to receive two CDs within one month's time that want to revive the concept of children's theater of the mind. First Eric Herman with THE INCREDIBLY SPACED-OUT ADVENTURES OF JUPITER JACKSON, and now Big World Audio Theatre with THE PECULIAR TALES OF THE S.S. BUNGALOW. Dozens of people gathered to concoct the engrossing story of the Museum of Maritime Wonderments and Nautical Oddities and a time-honored story about an old treasure hunt.

The two discs are divided into "story" and "song" for easier listening options. Visitors hear the story of Sleepytime Greg and the creaky boat he transforms into the S.S. Bungalow. They then learn a "valuable lesson," but let's not spoil anything by jumping ahead. The troupe toiled and tweaked the tale for many a day and used a Kickstarter campaign to complete funding. While press materials say it's not available until after the holiday season, it is according to various distributors. Set your sights on the mainsail of the S.S. Bungalow.

THE PECULIAR TALES OF THE S.S. BUNGALOW is available from Big World Audio Theatre's website, Amazon, and iTunes.

Speaking of Eric Herman, he recently released a new video from the JUPITER JACKSON album, "The Math Game." The simple premise is that kids compete to answer math questions on a televised game show. The twist is that those "easy" questions are kind of twisted. Enjoy!

Mista Cookie Jar returns for his (third) monthly song drop. For the holidays, he is releasing "Got the Spirit." This is an interesting experiment in drop-releasing timely material. I'm waiting to see if the songs stay seasonal or if CJ takes an opportunity to release a current commentary (in the future) about something (that has yet to happen). But then again (I may be projecting). You can "Got the Spirit" yourself by clicking through the link.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Changes – David Bowie
Stay in the Pool – Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym
It Suits You – Gustafer Yellowgold
Show Me A Sign – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Space Kid And Banana – Ratboy Jr.
Metaphor  – The Alphabeticians
Shutterbug – Recess Monkey
My Favorite Sneakers – In The Nick Of Time

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Monday, December 15, 2014

Alive – Eric Herman
DJ All Day – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Like a Bird Must – Hullabaloo
Mama Don't Allow – In The Nick Of Time
No School Today – Danny Weinkauf
Alligator Get-Together – Key Wilde And Mr. Clarke
Fill It Up – Josh And The Jamtones
Got the Spirit – Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Sunglasses – The Que Pastas

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, December 12, 2014

Start Of The End – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Lucky Day – Stacey Peasley
Just a Normal Day – Lesley and the Flying Foxes
Don't Stop – 5 Seconds of Summer
Caught in the Screen – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Rock Melon – Gustafer Yellowgold
No, No, No – The Little Rockers Band
Banana Pudding – Sugar Free Allstars
Uh Huh – Dean Jones

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, December 11, 2014

Together We Can Fly – Danny Weinkauf
Unwind – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Domino Town – Dean Jones
Robots From The 4th Dimension – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Bird in an Airplane Suit – Caspar Babypants
I Got This! – Princess Katie & Racer Steve
Gratitude – Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips
Mothership – Mr. Saxophone