Artist: Stacey Peasley
Song: "Little Soccer Player"
Album: Lucky Day
Description: There are very few songs about soccer/football in the English-speaking kindie world, so in the midst of 2014 World Cup fever, this high-energy tune (featuring drums by Marty Beller, They Might Be Giants' drummer) is one of your few samba-free options.
Artist: S.S. Bungalow
Album: The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow (EP)
Description: Titled an EP, this is really just a sampler of the full-length album funded via Kickstarter. You've already heard their demo tracks, perhaps, now listen to five tracks of the intricately crafted Americana weirdness (that's a compliment, folks) and download 'em for the price of an e-mail (and anything you'd like to tip the fine folks from Portland).
Artist: Various Artists
Description: An eight-song collection of free music (at least through Father's Day) via Sugar Mountain PR. Includes the title track from Raffi's upcoming album Love Bug and other upcoming albums from Brady Rymer and The Not-Its, plus some classics ("When I Grow Up," "The Elephant Song").
Artist: Charity and the JAMband
Song: "Happy Fluffy"
Album: Rock Your Socks Off
Description: Wow, can it really be more than 8 years since the Bay Area released their third album of dance-inspiring mellow grooves? Yes, yes it can be. One of that album's strongest tracks, "Happy Fluffy," is available for free (name-your-price) download for a limited time. It was made free, bandleader Charity Kahn reports, for the International Day of Happiness 2014, but I also think it's kind of appropriate as society starts celebrating the Easter Bunny.
Song: "For the Birds"
Description: A gentle, amusing folk song of avian wordplay from Portland kindie musician Matt Clark, whose day job is Executive Director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, which "promotes restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek Watershed through sound science and community engagement." It's name your price, but if you like it, won't you throw in some money for the track?