World Premiere: "Archaeology" - Danny Weinkauf


Danny Weinkauf has released a number of videos for his poptastic album for families No School Today and I'm pleased to bring you the world premiere of his latest video from the album.  It's for "Archaeology," and seeing as he also wrote and sang a little song called "I Am a Paleontologist," perhaps Weinkauf is now attempting to corner the kindie market on these aged issues.

In any case, the video from Yvonne Grzenkowicz is a little kinetic wordplay mixed with some rock.  Or, er, rocks.  Enjoy!

Danny Weinkauf - "Archaeology" [YouTube]

Video: "Echo" - The Okee Dokee Brothers

By the time you read this, hopefully I will have crossed a small portion of the Appalachian Trail as part of our family's summer vacation.  Maybe we'll just essentially drive across it, or maybe we'll have time to walk a mile on America's most famous trail.

So I'm using that as an excuse to post one of the videos from The Okee Dokee Brothers' latest album, Through the Woods.  It's an album inspired by and partially written during the duo's trek along parts of the Appalachian Trail, and this song, "Echo," has, as you might expect from its title, a sing-along chorus.

I do not plan on jumping into a large body of water from a multiple-story-tall cliff, however.

The Okee Dokee Brothers - "Echo" [YouTube]

Video: "Love Bug" - Raffi


Raffi's got a new album, his first of original kids music in more than a decade, coming out later this month.  It's titled Love Bug, and one of the album's strongest tracks -- and certainly one of the most "Raffi-like" in nature.  While his brand new video for the song isn't his first in the decade (here's "Hockey Days" from just a couple years ago), its existence is something to celebrate.

And, luckily, it's good, too.  Nothing terribly original -- a little fingerpainting, a little facepainting, and a little more "Kids Say the Darnedest Things" -- but it's stitched together nicely and fits the snuggly song so very well.

Raffi - "Love Bug" [YouTube]

Video: "Haircut" - The Not-Its


Seattle's sartorially-superior schoolhouse rockers The Not-Its are releasing their fifth album Raise Your Hand in a couple weeks and judging by their brand new video for "Haircut" (premiered this morning over at USA Today's Pop Candy blog), they have chosen to not cut their hair until the album actually drops.  This will amuse the kids and parents for different reasons -- the kids for the silly hair, the adults for the silly... OK, it'll amuse 'em for the same reason.  (Is it churlish to wish they'd also thrown in a Pavement reference?)

The Not-Its! - "Haircut" [YouTube]

Video: "Tiny Little Car" - Johnny Bregar

It's been a little since we've had some new music from Johnny Bregar (the last being 2012's My Neighborhood) but thankfully the dry spell will soon be coming to an end.  The Seattle-based Bregar will release a new album this fall loosely tied to the theme of imagination, and he's getting a super-early start on videos for the album.  He's just released a video for "Tiny Little Car," and the visuals from Blue's Clues animator Seth Zeichner are cute.

I don't recommend letting your dog drive just so you can play the guitar in the back seat, I don't care how tiny and/or little your car is.

Johnny Bregar - "Tiny Little Car" [YouTube]

Video: "Pillow Fort Pillow Fight" - Secret Agent 23 Skidoo


With his album The Perfect Quirk coming out this week, I guess Secret Agent 23 Skidoo wanted to celebrate in style.  While I would've thought that skydiving and running a "Year of the Weird" contest which nets the winner free entry to any Skidoo concert for the rest of their life would have been enough, he also went down a more conventional album-promotion path by releasing (earlier this month) the video for "Pillow Fort Pillow Fight."

Nobody can say Skidoo isn't throwing himself into this, what with (lip-synching) fresh flows while rockin' one of the most delightfully absurd outfits you will ever see anyone struttin' around in.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo - "Pillow Fort Pillow Fight" [YouTube]