57th Annual Grammy Nominations for Best Children's Album

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December rolls around every year -- except for those cultures without 12-month calendars, of course -- and for roughly 57 of those years, Grammy nominations have been announced, highlighting musicians' votes for their favorite and best music of the past year.

Earlier this month, the nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards were announced, including the nominations for Best Children's Album.

This year's list, representing the best in 2014 music (or, technically speaking, the best in children's recordings released between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014) is a good -- and interesting -- batch of albums:

Appetite For ConstructionThe Pop Ups

I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up For Education And Changed The World (Malala Yousafzai): Neela Vaswani

Just Say Hi!Brady Rymer And The Little Band That Could

The Perfect QuirkSecret Agent 23 Skidoo

Through The WoodsThe Okee Dokee Brothers

For those of you keeping count, that's one former Grammy winner (the Okee Dokee Brothers), two former Grammy nominees (the Pop Ups and Brady Rymer), one album of kid hip-hop (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), and one Nobel Prize winner (Malala Yousafzai, natch).

It's that last nominee that makes this category such a wild card.  The four musical nominees were each part of the top 10 family music albums of the year according to Fids and Kamily, including the top two, so, yes, it's a solid list.  But how do judges compare those albums with an audiobook?  Indeed, it's exactly the potential problem I raised 3 years ago when the Grammys switched from 2 separate categories for music and spoken word to one unified category.  Oddly enough, I proved totally wrong about what would happen as the nominations the past two years have been spoken word-free.

We shall see who voters choose to reward this year, but I think that the award is very much up for grabs.

Weekly Summary (11/24/14 - 12/7/14)

I'd intended to post more here over the past couple weeks, but Thanksgiving + flu = not much posting.

And while I don't have something on the site (yet), congratulations to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, The Pop Ups, and The Okee Dokee Brothers for their Grammy nominations for Best Children's Album.  They, along with the audiobook recording of "I Am Malala," will be competing for the Grammy on February 8.

Blog: Video: "Hair" - fleaBITE

Videos:  "The Number Song" - Play Date

Listen to Music:  None this week

Free Music:  "Favorite Cousin" - The Pop Ups

Kids Music ReviewsNone this week

iOS Apps:  None this week

Upcoming Releases: Constantly updating...

Podcasts

Kindie Week in Review:   None this week

My Other Other Gig:  None this week

Bake Sale:  None this week

Weekly Summary (9/22/14 - 11/16/14)

Radio Playlist: New Music October 2014

It's fall, so the number of new releases has picked up -- I've got a full dozen songs for your family's enjoyment. (If you missed September'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 October 2014 (October 2014 Kindie Playlist) ****

Caspar Babypants – The Girl with the Squirrel in Her Hat
Lucy Kalantari – Betta'
Todd McHatton – Refreshments On Neptune
Fox & Branch – Aiken Drum
The Hipwaders – Kings & Queens
Dave and the Boombox – Friendly Little Neighbors
OOZAKAZOO – What Goes Around (Ode to the Cyclist)
Papa Crow – Give Some, Get Some
The Choo Choo Bob Show – Gandy Dancing
Gustafer Yellowgold – Smilefield
Demi Mays – Make a Face (feat. Spring Starr Pillow)
The Pop Ups – Puppet Playground

Weekly Summary (9/8/14 - 9/21/14)

Weekly Summary (8/11/14 - 8/17/14)

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Blog Listen To This: "Craft Night" - The Pop Ups (World Premiere), Itty-Bitty Review: If We Must We Must - The Good Ms. Padgett

Videos:  "Shake Your Pirate Booty" - The Boo Hoo Crew

Listen to MusicNone this week

Free MusicNone this week

Kids Music Reviews:  Buy One Get One Flea - Dog on Fleas

iOS Apps:  None this week

Upcoming Releases: Constantly updating...

Podcasts

Kindie Week in Review:   None this week

My Other Other Gig:  None this week

Bake Sale:  None this week