In advance of the Yo Gabba Gabba! album being released on Oct. 20th comes word that
Season Three the last episodes of Season Two of the TV show will debut the week of October 12th. Musical guests that week include the Roots (yes! "Lovely, Love My Family" finally gets airtime in an actual episode), MGMT, Renee Oliver, Lady Tigra, and Little Ones. And of course Biz Markie and Mark Mothersbaugh return.
Beyond that, you've got Andy Samberg doing whatever it is he does. Gufffaws will ensue. Presumably.
A list of episodes (all episodes are at 1 PM Eastern time) and a behind-the-scenes video featuring MGMT after the jump.
In years past, I've done a much more thorough job breaking down the Austin Kiddie Limits stage at the Austin City Limits Festival. This year, you're going to have to make do with a more abbreviated post. Which doesn't mean the lineup isn't worth the effort; on the contrary, it's the most solid top-to-bottom lineup in the event's history. Anybody with a kid in tow at the festival can stop by at any given point and be guaranteed to hear something worth hearing, either some great artists for kids, or some kids doing amazing stuff. Here's the schedule -- some live YouTubery after the jump.
Halloween is about a month away. This might be the perfect video, non-fright division -- two minutes of animated cuteness from Brian Vogan. "That's How A Pumpkin Grows" is off his debut Little Songs; the video's directed and illustrated by Alberto Cerriteno and animated by Fashionbudda Studio. (Vogan, incidentally, is working on his next disk; look for it early next year.) Linus would be proud. Brian Vogan - "That's How A Pumpkin Grows" [YouTube]
A brief note for you NARAS members looking for guidance on your Best Children's Recordings portion of your Grammy ballot, which hit members'boxes about a week ago. There are lots of really good recordings on the list. (There are some really good recordings that aren't on the list, too, but that's another issue entirely.) I've already seen probably a dozen artists promote their album via Facebook, and I'm sure there's more, too. (I can handle lobbying for Grammys -- it's the lobbying for the Top Kids Music Albums of All Time Poll that I dislike.) But look around here -- there are a number of good albums on that nominations ballot that have been reviewed on the site that will give you some guidance as to what to listen to further. And if you're eligible for NARAS and want to vote on the final ballot -- you still have time (Nov. 2, to be exact).
Photo credit: Michelle Pedone Laurie Berkner needs no introduction. In spite of this fact, I'll provide one anyway. Over the course of five albums and more than a decade, Berkner has become quite possibly the biggest kids music superstar, at least among the preschool set. Although there have been a number of other folks who have been making great music as well over the past decade, I think it's Berkner's appearances on Noggin's Jack's Big Music Show that served as the tipping point, the catalyst for finally making the genre resurgent. Berkner talked to me while riding in a cab to her New York City offices. Read on for details of her first singing experiences, what it's like to give up (some) control in the studio, and how hard it is to not lose sight of those singing experience amidst all the other business aspects of life as a musician. Zooglobble: What were your strongest musical memories growing up? Laurie Berkner: Well, the first memory was being 2 1/2 or 3 1/2 years old, and my parents made me stay in my room until a certain hour in the morning. I had a Fisher-Price record player, and I had a "Do Re Mi" from The Sound of Music. Our bedrooms must have been on opposite ends of the apartment, because I would march around the room and sing loudly. The first time I sang in a group I was about 7, and it was my first chorus practice. We sang the schools' theme, "A whale of a school." It was the most incredible feeling to me... I listened to a lot of Broadway music, and then being in college, I listened to Joni Mitchell. When did you know you wanted to be a musician? I graduated from college as a psychology major, with an art history minor. Coming home, I wasn't sure what I'd do. My dad said, "I thought you'd be a musician." And I said, "Who would pay me?" So my parents said they would pay for an apartment for 1 year, and pretty quickly, I got a job as a preschool music specialist.
It is now possible for folks to promote their album for adults by appearing on a show for kids. Exhibit A: Lou Barlow, who's got a new album, Goodnight Unknown, coming out October 6 and a bunch of videos on the cutely-titled LooTube. (Wonder how many hits they get from folks looking for bathrooms in England?) But he also recently made an appearance on the venerable (if scrappy and underground) TV show Pancake Mountain and while this song is miles away from the bouncier, dancier stuff you normally hear on the show, the song, "The Ballad of Daykitty," from his album Emoh, works awesome for the young'uns. Rufus dug it, too. Lou Barlow - "The Ballad of Daykitty" (Pancake Mountain) [YouTube]