Radio Playlist: New Music November 2014

As we hurtle into the fall/winter gift-giving season, there are a lot of albums that have crossed my desk recently.  I've got a fortnight's worth of songs for your family's enjoyment (if you listen to one track a night, which would be kind of weird). If you missed October's list, you can see that playlist here).

As always, it's limited in that if an artist hasn't chosen to post a song on Spotify, I can't put it on the list, nor can I feature songs from as-yet-unreleased albums.  But I'm always keeping stuff in reserve for the next Spotify playlist.

Check out the list here or go right here if you're in Spotify.

**** New Music November 2014 (November 2014 Kindie Playlist) ****

Moona Luna – Together (feat. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo)
The Laurie Berkner Band – Magic Box - Full Band Version
Music Inrichment – Down the Stream
In The Nick of Time – Road Trip
Splash'N Boots – Go with the Flow
Mista Cookie Jar & the Chocolate Chips – Gratitude
Eric Ode – Possibly the Possum
The Wanna Bees – Valerie Vet
Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke – Katy Caterpillar
The SqueeGees – Outer Space
Papa Snow – Jimi Crack Korn
Alex Mitnick – In the Right Place
J. Cohen – Nightingale Waltz
Suzanne Jamieson Selmo – Lullabye (Goodnight My Angel)

Listen To This: "Gratitude" - Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips (World Premiere)


It's November, and as we enter into the season of counting our blessings, I'm thankful for and grateful to Mista Cookie Jar for asking me to world premiere the latest song from him and the Chocolate Chips.  It's called "Gratitude," and if it doesn't make move some part of your kids' bodies move in some way, then I might also suggest a remedial course of Motown.

Love the bass line, love the saxophone, and of course a message of gratitude is always timely, regardless of season.

Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips - "Gratitude" [Bandcamp] (also available at CD Baby and iTunes)

Listen To This: "Together" - Moona Luna (feat. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo)


Always glad to hear folks from disparate parts of the kindie world coming together, especially when the result is as sunny as "Together," a brand new song from Moona Luna featuring Secret Agent 23 Skidoo.

Sandra Velasquez has written a breezy tune about friendship and getting together (natch).  It's poppier than most Moona Luna music with an '80s synthpop/skiffle vibe, but there's still that hint of Latin pop that underlies everything Moona Luna does. And in the middle, Skidoo raps a fiendishly fast verse.  Worth a spin.

Moona Luna (feat. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo) - "Together" [Bandcamp]

Video: "How Great Can This Day Be" - Lori Henriques (World Premiere)


It is no secret I'm a big fan of Lori Henriques, both of her music, as well as her videos.

Well, Henriques has a brand new album out today, her third solo kindie album.  It's called How Great Can This Day Be, and I'm tickled pink (and green, and yellow, and, oh, you'll see) to offer you the world premiere of the album's title track.

Once again she's teamed with her brother Joel Henriques to produce a memorable music video to accompany her music.  Appropriately for the jazzy, horn-accompanied pick-me-up of a song, Joel's stick puppets of brightly-colored shapes on simple backgrounds (referencing the album cover) look like they're enacting purely non-verbal storytelling from the '60s.

Lori Henriques is excited because her album is releasing the day that Sesame Street is celebrating its 45th anniversary.  One of the best compliments I can pay to this video is that I think the song and visuals would have fit well on the show at just about any point over the past 45 years.

Lori Henriques - "How Great Can This Day Be" [YouTube]

Video: "Chris Moose" - Bobs and LoLo


I know, it's not even Thanksgiving yet -- what am I doing posting a Christmas video?  Well, although I'll have more Christmas and winter holiday coverage after Thanksgiving, I did want to note the release this week of Wave Your Antlers, the first release on Nettwerk (!) from the British Columbia-based duo Bobs and LoLo.  The first single is "Chris the Moose," and its chorus is one of those that has wedged its way into my brain so that at random times I'll silently hear "It's Chris Moose / Chris the Moose."  The song and video are silly holiday fun.

Bobs and LoLo - "Chris Moose" [YouTube]