Video: "Sea Turtle" - The Whizpops (World Premiere)

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Montana kindie band The Whizpops have had an increasingly educational bent to their songs as their career has progressed and on their third album Sea Blue Sea (out tomorrow, August 19th), they tackle -- oh, I'm pretty sure you can guess the subject.  Ten songs about marine life (not just animals, because coral reef gets a song of its own), and one of the catchiest is "Sea Turtle."  Learning about the carapace has never been this much fun.

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I'm happy to present the world premiere of the video for that track, created by Zooglobble favorites eg design.  The animated video packs in a lot of useful information, and its bright marine palette will draw in the youngsters.  And, yes, you will learn what a "carapace" is.

Photo credit: Bea Hufman

The Whizpops - "Sea Turtle" [YouTube]

Video: "Costume Party" - The Pop Ups

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This is such a sweet little video from The Pop Ups.  It's for their song "Costume Party" off their forthcoming release Appetite for Construction.  (Preorder it on iTunes here and Amazon here.)  The premise of the song is simple -- it's OK to wear all types of different clothes -- and the gentle groove serves as perfect accompaniment to the feeling of acceptance in the lyrics.  The video, meanwhile, features the duo (and puppets, and kids) goofing around with different clothes.  It's a feel-good song and video in more ways than one.  (Hat tip: OWTK's Jeff Bogle, premiering the video on Huffington Post.)

The Pop Ups - "Costume Party" [YouTube]

Video: "I'm a Little Fish" - Laura Doherty

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"I'm a Little Fish" is a simple acoustic folk song that leads off Laura Doherty's fine album In a Heartbeat, and there's an accompanying video that's every bit as charming as the song itself.  The art by Jessica Pignotti and animation from Dick Schmidtling... well, it just does everything right.  A tiny little jewel.

Laura Doherty - "I'm a Little Fish" [YouTube]

World Premiere: "Archaeology" - Danny Weinkauf

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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]

Weekly Summary (7/14/14 - 7/27/14)

Monday Morning Smile: "Cookie-Tin Banjo" - Benjamin Scheuer and Escapist Papers

I've previously featured "The Lion," a delightfully-animated video from Benjamin Scheuer and his band Escapist Papers, as a "Monday Morning Smile."

Now I'm featuring "Cookie-Tin Banjo," a delightfully-animated video from Benjamin Scheuer and his band Escapist Papers, as a "Monday Morning Smile."  The song is a tender ballad featuring delicate fret work on the guitar, and the animation (directed by Peter Baynton based on illustrations by Nicholas Stevenson) is of a different, fuzzier style, but the upshot -- an achingly lovely portrait of fathers and families -- is the same.  In fact, in its celebration of music through the generations, it's even more apropos for this site.

Benjamin Scheuer and Escapist Papers - "Cookie-Tin Banjo" [Vimeo]