A couple months back, I told you about the latest Bob Marley album, a collection of his most popular tracks, 8 of which have been remixed and tweaked by his son, 4-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, with another four in their original versions. Well, now I'm happy to be able to offer a couple lucky Zooglobble readers the chance to win the new CD, courtesy of Universal and Ziggy. It was released last week, and I think both longtime Bob Marley fans and the most casual of reggae fans will find something to enjoy here. (Plus, the CD unlocks bonus online digital content including coloring book pages and a sing-a-long music video plus a one-year subscription to Parents magazine.) All you have to do to enter is to comment below with your suggestions for musical artists for the alphabet -- "M is for Mozart," for example, or maybe "E is for Ella" (Jenkins or Fitzgerald, take your pick). I'll pick 2 winners at random. All entries due by 9 PM West Coast time Thursday, July 9; one entry per family, please. Good luck!
I've waited quite a bit for the release of Somersault Season, the latest album from Laura Freeman, the indie Laurie Berkner. (I know, I know, Laurie's technically indie, but you get my point.) The album's predecessor, Color Wheel Cartwheel, is just fantabulous but it's been a few years since its release. Well, Somersault Season is finally getting a release in just a couple weeks - July 11. And there's a video for "My Brother's A Monster." It's a little more low-tech than Berkner's videos are these days, but Berkner's got nothing on those hand-drawn monsters. Laura Freeman - "My Brother's A Monster"
... and what do you get? Literal videos. No, this has nothing to do with kids music, but I'm guessing that a lot of readers have these videos imprinted on our brain. It's like teaching media literacy to your kids, but, uh, probably a lot more fun. A-Ha, "Take On Me" (Literal Version)
I've been on a bit of a Smithsonian Folkways kick this week, working through some of their older stuff. In part that's because I know the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival is being held this week. I went to the Festival one summer about 15 years ago, and I thought it was one of the cooler events I had the chance to attend in DC. They always pick 2 or 3 folk traditions to focus on and one of the foci of the 2009 edition is called "Giving Voice: The Power of Words in African American Culture." As part of a family concert today, Ella Jenkins and Christylez Bacon performed and there's video. Non-embeddable video, but oh well... Go here to see video (right now it's at the top but I'm sure you'll have to scroll down as the Festival goes on). There's nothing particularly amazing about Jenkins' video except the fact that every single person is participating. Seriously, I've been to enough kids' shows to see how a lot of adults don't typically do all the interacting their kids do -- not here, which I think says volumes about Jenkins' command of an audience. (Look at all those adults up in front with her.) And Christylez does some pretty cool beatboxing mixed with go-go in his video. You can also watch Jenkins perform with Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (and, I think Bacon) perform live in concert on Saturday starting at 5:30 East Coast time. Watch the webcast here.
You know, I had this cover for Great Day, the upcoming album from Baltimore-based band Milkshake, but didn't yet have the tracklisting. On the other hand, I've had My Trampoline, the next album from Peter Himmelman, for awhile now (for a few more details from six months ago, go here). Neither item by itself was probably sufficient for a post. (I do have standards, you know, hard as that may be to believe sometimes.) But I've found the link, folks. Both albums are coming out on August 25. See? That justifies this, right? Oh, anyway, the tracklisting for My Trampoline and some other intriguing Himmelman-related news after the jump.