A few weeks after the Grammys, Canada's equivalent, the Juno Awards were announced this past weekend in Vancouver. Among the winners were Barenaked Ladies, who won Best Children's Album for Snacktime!. What's notable, I suppose, for the awards on the kids' side is that with the exception of BNL (whose album really was one of the year's best) all the nominees were definitely independent kids' artists. What some folks have been trying to do with the Grammys, the Junos have already accomplished. Of course, I'm surprised Nickelback didn't win that category, too.
Our other matchup in the Ella Jenkins Region for KidVid Tournament 2009 is a matchup of the #2 seed vs. the #3 seed. It's the Barenaked Ladies' "Pollywog in a Bog" (from their album Snacktime!) going up against Central Services' Board of Education's video for "The Lonely Tomato" off their self-titled debut. Comments welcome below, but the videos and the all-important official poll are after the jump. All votes due by midnight tonight (Monday) East Coast time. One vote per person, please. And play nice.
This is a couple days old, and I know I've already posted a few of Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson's "Bathroom Snacks" videos. But I think everybody 'round here was distracted with something else the past day or two, and this might just be my favorite song off of BNL's Snacktime CD. For some reason I'm thinking of the two fine speeches from last night, which, though obviously different, both conveyed a seriousness of purpose that felt like a nice ending to a long day (and year or two). I can't quite put my finger on why I'm associating those speeches with the song, aside from their effective use of sentimental imagery. Anyway, I like the song and Ed's rendition. Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) - "Things"
A couple months ago, the Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson posted on YouTube 3 songs recorded in his bathroom from BNL's excellent kids music CD Snacktime! Well, now he's back. Ed Robertston (Barenaked Ladies) - "I Can Sing" Personally, though, I miss the banjo of the original, which just gives it an ever-so-slightly higher level of goofiness.
Really. OK, not really. Just Ed Robertson from the Barenaked Ladies restarting his "Bathroom Sessions" with 3 videos entitled "Bathroom Snacks" featuring songs from the BNL kids' album Snacktime, natch. I'm assuming these were recorded before Ed's recent plane crash, but maybe Ed's just an incredibly resilient person. Barenaked Ladies (Ed Robertson) - "There's A Word" I love the fact that the "word for that" actually appears on the screen. Oh, and if you want to learn the chords, you're totally able to do so thanks to the framing. The other two videos after the jump.
So by now I'm sure most of you have heard about Barenaked Ladies' guitarist Steven Page's, erm, difficulties. I thought about posting something, then decided against it, mostly because although you, the comfortably adult reader, probably had heard about it, your kids hadn't, and probably wouldn't. So it didn't really seem to, you know, affect you. But I thought the band pulling out of their Aug. 22-24 appearance at the Disney Music Block Party Tour at the Nassau Coliseum merited at least a mention...