Thursday, June 26, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, June 27, 2014

Sing-A-Long Song – Lloyd H. Miller
Talkin' Bout Love – The Little Rockers Band
International Smile – Katy Perry
Take Back the Night – Justin Timberlake
Bigga Bagga – Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
Not Too Young for a Song – Randy Kaplan
Robots From The 4th Dimension – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Glass Bottom Boat – Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym Jam
Clean It Up – Jon Samson
Let 'em Know – Milkshake

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, June 26, 2014

Don't Believe A Thing I Say – Jack Johnson
Baby, Don't Cry  – The Twigs
Marsupial – Danny Weinkauf
Earn It – Hullabaloo
Don't Fill Up On Chips – Randy Kaplan
Jamaica Ska (feat. Coolie Ranx & Little Goose) – Father Goose
You Are An Astronaut – Human-Tim + Robot-Tim
Throw Me Something Mister – Jazzy Ash
Stay in the Pool  – Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym Jam
Why I Love The Seasons – Jon Samson

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Shine – Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes
The Best Parts – Eric Herman
Garbage Bugs – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Callooh Callay – Pointed Man Band
Like a Bird Must – Hullabaloo
What's My Name? – Rihanna Feat. Drake
The Pick Song – Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym Jam
Show More Love – Jon Samson

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Monday, June 23, 2014

You Got It On – Justin Timberlake
Ice Cream Soup – Jambo
Lightning Bolt – Pearl Jam
Stop Your Sobbing – Stacey Peasley
Metaphor – The Alphabeticians
Now Let's Dance –  Elizabeth Mitchell & Dan Zanes
Escalator – David Tobocman
I Love Music (feat. Wordsmith) –  Rhymezwell
Flannel Jammies – The Not-Its!
Jungle Gym Jamming  – Jason Didner And The Jungle Gym Jam

Friday, June 20, 2014

Samson Strong, Didner Jams on Pair of New Releases

Every coin has two sides (unless it's made of chocolate but even then it still does). Children's music has always had two sides as well. There's the "music as music" side, which is evident in every single song. But there's also the "message" side. Sometimes it's obvious by the title (i.e., "Fruits or Vegetables") and sometimes it's implied ("My Glasses").

Two recent children's music CDs show that you can mix-and-match both sides of this coin. Jason Didner and the Jungle Gym Jam have released EVERYONE'S INVITED. Jon Samson dropped his latest CD, A NEW KIDS ALBUM.

Background and intentions make up each side of the equation. In Samson's case, he's s board-certified music therapist (and self-proclaimed professional goofball) who uses his music as his mission. In Didner's case, he's been around "adult" music for many years and it was the birth of his daughter that inspired him to enter the kindie scene.

Both take some liberties with classics to get across their points. Samson changes the tempo on "Mockingbird (Something to Say)" and makes it a pure little kids tune. In stark contract, Didner's troop rocks out "Down By the Bay" as if was always a natural jam band number.

But the differences are clear – Samson is using his music to educate, promote positive values, and deliver an inclusive environment for kids on the autistic spectrum. Didner's more general feel-good vibe delivers some more commonplace by-the-numbers lessons.

it also pays to have friends in the industry. Samson's disk is packed with familiar names to the kindie community, from They Might Be Giants' drummer Marty Beller to Lunch Money's Molly Ledford, Joanie Leeds, Vered, and a veritable platoon of kids' chorus members. Didner's emphatically more "DIY" approach is lucky to encompass his family and friends.

Samson's smooth vocals and great production values shine on anthems like "Show More Love," the clear centerpiece of the CD. Of course, it's immediately followed with the similarly soaring "Music Is Like Oxygen," which almost defeats the purpose. But you can't fault a guy who knows the limitations of his audience. As a parent of a spectrum child, I can attest to the benefits of "Silence Is All the Music I Need."

Getting kids to do what they don't normally want to is a big, huge, tremendous theme throughout much of children's music. Reading is a challenge to (mostly) boys and Samson (and guest vocalist Stacie Yeldell) put their two cents in with "Imaginationology":

I'm not trying to sell you stories,
Pretend that I'm not here.
And you can throw them out or keep them
(I sure hope you keep them).
Only if you believe.

A NEW KIDS ALBUM will mellow out a long car ride or provide some food for thought for your youngsters. EVERYONE'S INVITED demands a living room with space to jump up and down while singing along.

Didner honed his kindie credentials playing at New Jersey public libraries, the Turtle Back Zoo (oh I haven't been there in more than 40 years), school functions, and numerous outdoor festivals. He's got a three year old, I've got a three year old. So I know where he's coming from – get those kids involved, get them dancing, get them singing. Show them how to enjoy music and then work in a little education in the process. Like I said, the other side of the coin.

"Jungle Gym Jamming" is a kindie Ramones tune (more understandable lyrics, natch). "Five Sea Lions" is an alternative Jimmy Buffet-esque take on "Five Little Ducks." The band's "The People Exhibit at the Zoo" goes through the looking glass as the animals become people-watchers:

They certainly are a noisy bunch
You can hear them at the snack bar all through lunch
They chatter and chew and crunch at the same time.

Ultimately, Samson and Didner are aiming for similar audiences. They may be on opposite sides of the coin, but it's the same coin. And you can bet dollars to donuts that younger kids (3-7) will be entertained by both disks.

A NEW KIDS ALBUM is available from Jon Samson's website, Bandcamp, and iTunes (soon).

EVERYONE'S INVITED is available from Jason's Jungle Gym Jam website, iTunes, and CDBABY

Here's the video from Jungle Gym Jam for "You're A Grand Old Flag":

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, June 20, 2014

Till There Was You  – Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
Future Days  – Pearl Jam
Just a Normal Day  – Lesley and the Flying Foxes
My Eraser  – Bill Harley And Keith Munslow
Closer To You  – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Unconditionally  – Katy Perry
Nutritious  – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Everybody Talks  – Neon Trees
Nose In A Book  – The Not-Its!
Swing Low  – Josh And The Jamtones

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, June 19, 2014

I Must Be a Genius  – Dog On Fleas
Roar  – Katy Perry
Flat Stanley  – Play Date
Just Say Hi!  – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
Kids in America  – The Muffs
In The Group  – Tom Chapin
The Baron's Bicycle Balloon  – Banana Baron
Join a Rock and Roll Band  – Dean Jones
Great Day  – The Not-Its!
Love The Way You Lie (Part II)  – Rihanna Feat. Eminem

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Ben – Zee Avi
Tonight – Princess Katie & Racer Steve
No, No, No – The Little Rockers Band
Potted Plant Guy –  David Heatley
Music – Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band
Freak Out – Astrograss
We Can't Stop  – Miley Cyrus
Liza Jane  –  Jr. Madness
Raise Your Hand – The Not-Its!
Shakin' Up The Pollen – ScribbleMonster

Monday, June 16, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Delicious – Orange Sherbert
Let The Records Play – Pearl Jam
Is This a Joke?  – Billy Kelly and the Blah Blah Blahs
Bionic (feat. Shiz & Lady Asha) – Father Goose
Show Me A Sign – Michael Franti & Spearhead
Human Bean – Dean Jones
My Secret Robot – Justin Roberts
Grandpa-Land  – Bill and Karlee Goffrier
Haircut – The Not-Its!
Fill It Up – Josh And The Jamtones

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Monday, June 16, 2014

Radiate – Jack Johnson
Smallest Breed – Django Jones
Ice Cream Girl – Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could
Show Me What You're Feeling – Tom Chapin
Unstoppable – Salim Nourallah
Slow – Trout Fishing In America
Working On A Bridge – Lloyd H. Miller
Pumpin Blood – NONONO
Motorcycle Mom – The Not-Its!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Who Likes The Not-Its? Raise Your Hand!

It's tough to grow up and give up the tropes of childhood – sandboxes, imaginary friends, seeing things from a different perspective, height-wise and otherwise. But wait a minute! What if you could grow up and still have a kid-friendly perspective? Well, then you would be in The Not-Its, the kids' power-punk group from Seattle.

The kindie universe is jam-packed with musicians whose press kits include phrases such as "Formerly with the Beatles and now a data analyst..." or "After touring the world with Guns 'N Roses, she now teaches zumba to seniors." While not as grandiose, the Not-Its roster features lead singer Sarah Shannon (from Velocity Girl, now the proprietor of Rockaboo music and movement), guitarist Danny Adamson (ex-punker turned realtor), guitarist Tom Baisden (special needs elementary school teacher), bassist Jennie Helman (HR professional), and drummer Michael Welke (from Harvey Danger, currently working with a design firm).

Kindie rock has countless acts who show up, sans amplification, and still faithfully replicate the songs from their CDs. Not so for The Not-Its. With their full throttle rock sensibilities, it's hard to imagine a stripped-down set of their tunes (unless they've got that planned for a very special live album). Their fifth CD, RAISE YOUR HAND, further entrenches their standing as the gatekeepers to "real" rock. I can't see the natural progression from, say, Laurie Berkner to Alanis Morrissette. But I can draw a clear line from The Not-Its to Fall Out Boy or Weezer.

The Not-Its bring back fond memories of their former East Coast contemporaries, the Jimmies. However, that group was more of a concept based around lead singer and song writer Ashley Albert. As Ashley moved on to new projects, the Jimmies have taken a lengthy sabbatical. in the meantime, The Not-Its are ably filling the void. The band delivers their take on same-sex couples with "Love Is Love," tackles education in "Nose in a Book," and everyday accidents on "When I Fell (The Scab Song)." The former punkers even take the time to mourn the past in the nostalgic "Hey 80s":

Neon tutus twirling so pretty in pink
Lucky Star was playing at the roller skating rink
I can't solve this Rubik's Cube
Who am I gonna call? The Ghostbusters are breakdancing 
While playing Donkey Kong.

"The Waiting List" recites a litany of kids' frustrations at not getting to do something immediately. Classroom participation provided RAISE YOUR HAND's title track. Since we're dealing with a three-year-old who is terrified of the barber, our sympathies were with the band on "Haircut." In all, the CD contains 15 smartly compacted rock songs. Not lessons. Not messages (although they're there). The Not-Its are performing for kids, not teaching them. Raise your own darn kids. And while you're at it, take the time to RAISE YOUR HAND.

RAISE YOUR HAND is available on Tuesday, July 15 from The Not-Its' website, Amazon, CDBABY, and iTunes.

Here is the video for the band's song, "Rock Paper Scissors":

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, June 13, 2014

Start Of The End – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Lose My Mind  – The Wanted
Look, Think, Guess, Know – Tom Chapin
The Ballad of Ben – Danny Weinkauf
Me Time – Chibi Kodama
Riverside – Baze And His Silly Friends
Everybody Out There – Paul McCartney
Up In Cat's Room – David Heatley
Royals – Lorde
Always On The Run – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Mockingbird – Lee Alexander

LOVE BUG Brings Everyone Back to Raffi

"Children's champion" is not a title that people hold lightly. Fred Rogers was so fiercely protective of the positive impact of public television that he testified before Congress and shut down a pack of professional hack politicians. Bob McAllister so detested the station managers at WNEW in Manhattan that he bought space in New York newspapers blasting them when they "accidentally" scheduled violent ads for a Charles Bronson movie during the weekly kids show Wonderama that he hosted.

Then there is Raffi Cavoukian. Arguably the most influential children's recording artist of the 1980s-1990s, Raffi set a high standard that many others attempted to follow. So many, in fact, that much of children's music dissolved into self-parody and embarrassment. There's a book somewhere about the kindie subculture of the early 2000s when Dan Zanes inadvertently birthed the "next wave" (i.e., kindie music).

An Egyptian-born, Canadian-raised former coffee shop owner turned troubadour, Raffi has spent the past 20 years in raising awareness for multiple children's issues. "Child Honouring" is his legacy, a unique social change movement, with the child at its heart, focusing on the importance of helping youngsters develop an awareness of the world around them. He also wrote a book, "LIghtweb Darkweb," about the negative impact of the Internet and social media on children and the critical need to reform social media, especially for young users.

Raffi has remained ubiquitous and omnipresent in children's music. He is the yardstick compared to all others. Are you folkie? Do you have universal appeal? How do YOU stack up to Raffi? Yet the artist stayed on the scene predominantly through repackaged greatest hits, until the upcoming LOVE BUG, Raffi's first completely new recording in 12 years.

It all comes down to the music, really. Raffi's sound is gentle acoustic guitar, with harmonies, accordian, string instruments, and occasional orchestration. There's no sudden "rocking out" or double entendre material. There's an emphasis on health and home ("Mama Loves It" and "Free to Play"), a shout out to world music ("Cool Down Reggae"), and even contemplative instrumentals ("Wind Chimes" and "Pete's Banjo"). Raffi pays tribute to Canada with "On Hockey Days" and a modified version of "This Land Is Your Land" where Canadian landmarks replace the original American ones.

Raffi gets down to serious stuff on LOVE BUG's final three tracks, starting with "This Land..." The anthemic "Blue White Planet" delivers the strong message that we have but one home for all of us:

If we keep her in our care
If we all give back our share
There'll be music everywhere on our blue white planet

The last song, "Turn This World Around," continues the theme and quietly nudges listeners where Raffi would like them to go:

Dreams of young ones born into this world
Need respect and love to come alive
Honoring the children is what we're here to do
Now is the hour and we've got the power to
Turn, turn, turn, turn this world around for the children.

Hey it ain't a bad thought. And it shames the satirists who painted children's music as untenable pablum with Raffi as its spokesman. It's a new day and there's a greater appreciation of the genre. Who better to be at the forefront of kindie music than the man who pre-dated it? Raffi watched the movement he started grow and now rejoins it; in fine voice, confident, and spiritually healthy. We're not exactly sure of LOVE BUG's ultimate destination but Raffi encourages families to bring your kids along on the journey.

LOVE BUG is available on Tuesday, July 15 from Raffi's website, Amazon, and iTunes.

Here is a video of one of Raffi's most beloved songs, "Baby Beluga":

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, June 12, 2014

I Got You – Jack Johnson
Pendulum – Pearl Jam
Alligator – Paul McCartney
A Who? (feat. Joanie Leeds) – Father Goose
No Homework – The Bazillions
Yes And No – Caspar Babypants
My Sister Kissed Her Boyfriend – Trout Fishing In America
Germs – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Batteries Not Included – Recess Monkey
The Hustle – Van McCoy

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Sirens – Pearl Jam
Early Days – Paul McCartney
The World Is a Wonderful Place – Nora and One Left
Wander 'Round the World – Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
I’m Alive (Life Sounds Like) – Michael Franti & Spearhead
No School Today – Danny Weinkauf
Nonsense – Davy Andrews
My Dad – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights
Shutterbug – Recess Monkey
Sunshine – The Twigs

Monday, June 09, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, May 10, 2014

You Can Do This – Hullabaloo
Robots Can't Cry – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Anybody Got A Watch? – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
The Roach Waved Hello – Chibi Kodama
Apple Tree – Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Jim-A-Long Josie – Jr. Madness
Little Blimp – The Joy Formidable
Duct Tape World – Recess Monkey
Hipster In The Making – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Monday, June 9, 2014

Change – Jack Johnson Feat. Ben Harper
Archaeology – Danny Weinkauf
It's Not Fair to Me – Bill Harley And Keith Munslow
Jump On The Moo – Human-Tim + Robot-Tim
Cheese World – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Fart Like a Pirate – Papa Crow
Dancing Bear – Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Full Tilt – The Not-Its
I'll Be An Alien – Justin Roberts
Brick By Bric – Recess Monkey
Food Fight – Joanie Leeds And The Nightlights

Friday, June 06, 2014

GOOD EGG: Egg-Actly What You'd Expect from Joanie Leeds

Leeds and the Nightlights Return for Sixth Romp

There's an early Uncle Rock song called "Rock and Roll Babysitter," which talks about a goth, hip, boot-wearing lady who wows her young charges. And she plays guitar. I could never put a face to that character until I listened to Joanie Leeds' new CD, GOOD EGG. So many Kindie women have clear identities – Laurie Berkner is the soccer mom with a sense of humor. Princess Katie is the big sister who still loves to play dress-up. Elizabeth Mitchell is your mother's best friend from college who majored in music history.

Joanie has been around the New York music scene for more than a decade, performing for adults as well as their kids. Joanie and her band, the Nightlights, successfully turned to Kickstarter to fund this CD and its predecessor, BANDWAGON. Under the watchful eye of crack producer / Dog on Fleas maven Dean Jones, the group has delivered another collection of child-riffic tunes.

If anything, the Nightlights try too hard to cover all the bases. It's tough to write and record material that will satisfy toddlers, their older siblings, as well as their parents. The lesson song "Germs" works for my three-year-old. "Hipster in the Making" (the best of the bunch) works for my 13-year-old, who started singing the "OOO-aaa-OOO" chorus halfway through. "I Love You" works for, well, it works as a variation on the standard show-closing tune that seems to make its way onto so many children's recordings.

Dean Jones brings a crisp production sound to everyone he works with and Joanie and company are no exception. The 15 tracks are enjoyably upbeat and entertaining, with story songs "Dino on the UWS (Upper West Side)," "Food Fight," and "Dr. Lowett." You get classic kids' wishful fantasies with "Kids Place" and "Always on the Run." Joanie's husband, drummer Dan Barman, even gets his own anthem, "Drummer Dan," featuring guest vocals from Mista Cookie Jar. And Joanie clears out a shopping list of Williamsburg pet peeves in "Hipster in the Making":

I sport my fedora 'top my shaggy do
While I listen to dub-step with 5 temp tattoos.
I only wear sneakers if they're chucks or old school. 
My wardrobe is vintage and effortlessly cool.

The title track, "Good Egg" harkens back to the bad old Batman series, with a series of egg-asperating bad egg puns. "With My Dad" is a parental love song (too bad the CD is dropping 10 days AFTER Fathers Day) that came from a friend's grieving over their deceased parent.  Joanie's mom inspired "Confusing Costume" with her homemade designs over the years. Jacob Stein of the Pop-Ups duets with Joanie on "The World is Your Oyster," a compendium of helpful (and not so helpful) idioms and sayings.

Joanie has made herself a fixture on the New York City kids music scene with a loyal following and much airplay on SiriusXM's Kids Place Live. GOOD EGG may not break much new ground but it will please her fans, if they can avoid the egg shells. The Nightlights rock, they get funky, they get a little country. Some call that New York, other call it egg-lectic. Which I think was Joanie's point in the first place.

GOOD EGG is available on June 24 from Joanie Leeds' website, Amazon, CDBABY, and iTunes.

Here is a video of a recent live performance of "Phish's Possum":

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Friday, June 6, 2014

First Day of School – Ethan Rossiter And The Jamberries
Size Of The Problem – Tom Chapin
Electric Lady – Justin Timberlake
Gravy Stain – Mr. Saxophone
The Flying Fox – Davy Andrews
Best Friends Forever – Hullabaloo
Born To Rock  – David Tobocman
Constant Sorrow (feat. Dan Zanes & Coolie Ranx) – Father Goose
Grandpa Is A Time Machine – Recess Monkey
Every Day At This Time It Rains – Django Jones

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Thursday, June 5, 2014

Continental Geography – Astrograss
Recess – Justin Roberts
Kangaroo! – Alex & The Kaleidoscope Band
We Are All One Kind – Jambo
Rock Melon – Gustafer Yellowgold
This Moment – Katy Perry
The World Is Ours – David Correy
Braces – Recess Monkey
Copycat – Bill Harley And Keith Munslow

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Wednesday, May 4, 2014

Blink Of An Eye – Frances England
Shot Reverse Shot – Jack Johnson
Sleepover  – Ellen & Mark
Desert Dogs – Shiprock and Anchordog
Thingamajig – Lucky Diaz And The Family Jam Band
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Don't Touch My Stuff! – Trout Fishing In America
Banana Pudding – Sugar Free Allstars
Take Your Kid To Work Day – Recess Monkey
Tomorrow's People  – Brady Rymer
Fun Day (feat. Roxanne Farrell) –  Father Goose

Recess Monkey: Wired, Plugged Into Your Kids

Can you get too much of a good thing? Absolutely. Ice cream gives you brain freeze. TV gives you a headache. But what do you call it when your child's favorite recording artist(s) are responsible for an overwhelmingly creative outpouring? Such is the dilemma with Seattle's Recess Monkey and their new CD, WIRED.

Remarkably consistent and remarkably enjoyable for a decade, the Monkey Men (Jack Forman, Drew Holloway, and Korum Bischoff) return this time with another themed collection, loosely based around "science and technology stuff." There are some clear stretches with this batch o'tunes, such as "Skee Ball." Yes, it was among the first arcade games – which have been supplanted by video games. And "Duct Tape World" takes a clever concept – an inadvertently huge order of duct tape – and discussses how you can make virtually anything with the sticky stuff.

My 3 1/2 year old's favorite CD is the band's 2013 release, DEEP SEA DIVER. I have downgraded his passion from "obsession," when he would perform a track-for-track live concert of the disc nightly, before bedtime, complete with singing into his doorknob as a microphone. That CD ranked high on my FIDS & KAMILY poll last year and repeated listenings have not deterred my preference. On the other hand, WIRED may take awhile to grow on me. And with the physical disc within his reach on the CD rack, the kid has not taken to it with a similar vengeance. Oh well. Maybe later this month when we see the band live in Philly at Longwood Gardens.

For their 11th (!!) album, Recess Monkey turned to esteemed analog recording producer John Vanderslice. Known for his experimental recording techniques, Vanderslice is not known for his work with children's recording artists, so the Monkey trio were jazzed to work with him. Full disclosure: Drew excitedly commented about working with Vanderslice when we saw them at Symphony Space this past January. Speaking about technology, I could have used Google Glass to immediately wipe the look of bafflement from my face (due to my unfamiliarity with his work). The Vanderslice influence is minimal on WIRED, which is ironically the least gimmicky of the band's albums. Having to physically cut tape during the recording process can do that.

But what of the music? Yes of course, that's what got us here in the first place. There is some real rocking out on WIRED. "Brick By Brick," an ode to Lego, includes some crunching electric guitar chords over the chorus. "Take Your Kid to Work Day" has an almost Southern Rock feel. The aforementioned "Skee Ball" sounds like a callback to last year's "Beach Ball." For pure nostalgia, try "My Grandpa Is a Time Machine":

When he was my age he had his own paper route
and TV was in black and white
He and his brothers slept three in a bunk
and the money was always tight

It's not readily apparent if the guys are singing about THEIR grandpa or a KID'S grandpa. The intervening 20 years make a difference, especially when the song mentions stickball, which hasn't been playing much in close to 40-50 years.

I'm willing to be the bigger man and overlook such outlandish and shocking discrepancies. What makes Recess Monkey work is the fun. Who else can tackle a touchy tween issue like "Braces" and knock out an upbeat tune? You didn't see Peter Seeger doing it! Certainly not Raffi! Heck, it even took more than 100 original songs before Recess Monkey got around to it!

But in some seriousness, if it takes a central theme to motivate these guys to produce such straight-on, enduring kid pop, then I have no objections. While I did not find WIRED to be as timeless as a few of their past collections, it's still [INSERT YOUR OWN BAD CHIMP JOKE] and as much fun as a barrel of you-know-whats.

WIRED is available Tuesday, June 17 from the band's website, Amazon, CDBABY, iTunes, and many other retailers.

Here is the video for the band's song, "Shrimp":

Monday, June 02, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

I See You For You – Suzi Shelton
Changes – David Bowie
This Is How We Do – Katy Perry
Sisters and Brothers – Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Danceology – The Dirty Sock Funtime Band
Otis Dooda Theme – David Heatley
My Own Detective – Tom Chapin
Raised by Trolls – Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
The Road To Gundagai – Band Of The South Australia Police
Loose Change – Joe Hall And The Treehouse Band
Here Comes Peter Cottontail – The Hipwaders

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Ben's Playlist - Monday, June 2, 2014

When the World Was New – Dean Jones
Me And Julio – The Little Rockers Band
Bigga Bagga – Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke
Roller coaster – Bari Koral Family Rock Band
Cumbe – Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble
Space Monkey – Davy Andrews
Twirl! Twirl! Twirl! – Mr. Leebot
Mr Wolf – The Short Films
Shake It Off! – Uncle Rock
Alive – Eric Herman
Caught in the Screen – Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
Sunflower – Josh And The Jamtones