I already wrote about this video once - sort of - but the finished product shows that while there may be others who create unique and interesting videos, there is absolutely nobody in the kids music field that creates videos with the same love and attention (and, hey, probably budgets, too) as The Jimmies. Their latest effort, "Cool To Be Uncool," I like to think was filmed in the actual bedroom set for The Princess Bride. It's from their forthcoming DVD Trying Funny Stuff, which'll feature 6 videos, a live concert, other stuff, and a live CD of the concert. Go over to their video page to see all of their videos (or if Flash gives your computer a headache, go see the YouTube version) and go here to pre-order the DVD at a discount until Sunday. The Jimmies - "Cool To Be Uncool"
I know. It's dorky, the lip-syncing is problematic, and there's lots of silly costumes. Still, this video, from England's Herbie Treehead, from his album Sleepy Songs and Not Very Sleepy Songs is not without its charms. (I'm a sucker for a good kazoo break.) The song will appear on European Playground, the next release in the "Playground" series from Putumayo Kids. The album's out May 19th. Herbie Treehead - "The Change Song"
The wonderful folks from Little Monster Records have partnered up with Funrise Toys to give you a chance to win a copy of Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine's self-titled debut album plus an actual bubble machine. The fun new album from Robert Schneider's alter ego, you know about (and if you don't, here's a review). The bubble machine, well, here's how the folks at Funrise describe it:
The award-winning Gazillion Bubble Machine’s motorized rotating bubble wands put you in the midst of a bubble blizzard blowing 4,000 bubbles per minute! The easy carry handle lets you take the “bubblebration” wherever you go. Each Bubble Machine comes with an 8 oz. bottle of The One and Only Gazillion Bubble solution that attaches right to the Bubble Machine to continuously feed the wands. (Requires 6 AA batteries, not included.)I'm pretty sure I've now used my quota of the word "bubble" for the website for like the next decade, but if that's what it takes to bring the fun to you, it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. So here are the rules. In honor of Robbert Bobbert's extra consonants, in the comments below, post a fake song title or band/artist name with a vowel or consant overload (e.g., "Satisssssssssfaction" or "UUUUUUUU2"). One entry will be selected at random to receive the CD/bubble machine package. One entry per family; all entries due by 8 PM West Coast time / 11 PM East Coast time Monday, March 2. Thanks and good luck!
... if only I could figure out what it was... (I'm amused by the Readeez-superimposed ducks at the end.)
My copy of Goodie Bag, the new EP from the Bay Area band The Hipwaders came packaged with an actual goodie bag, one of the very few promotional schwag items that have actually made me laugh. More thoughts on the EP in the future, but for the moment, you can hear the song "Field Trip" in the video below. The occasional lack of syncing makes it sound a little bit like the studio version dubbed over a live performance, but in any case it's a cool little space-jazzy song (apropos for the subject at hand). The Hipwaders - "Field Trip"