Artist: Baron Von Rumblebuss
Description: This is a fairly lo-fi video, a "condensed shot of our favorite bike ride" in North Carolina's Raleigh-Durham area, as BVR's mastermind Tray Batson puts it. But its mellow filtered vibe and surprisingly un-sped up visuals match the dreamy song celebrating bike-riding quite nicely.
Artist: Justin Roberts
Song: "Rolling Down the Hill"
Description: A cute kid playing office, Justin mugging for the camera as he pretends to play Robbie Fulks' guitar solo, and a sweet fiddle-tinged folk song (with a fiddler to boot). All that and one of my favorite closing lyrical lines in a kindie song this or perhaps any other year.
Artist: Jennifer Paskow
Song: "Make a Circle"
Album: Make a Circle
Description: Sunny, smiling kids and adults to go with a sunny, smile-y song. Lots of movements to be made along with the music, too. The video is directed by 17-year-old Claire Jantzen, whose skill in putting together this video at such a young age bodes well for her future success in not only film and directing but probably anything else she puts her mind to.
Artist: Laurie Berkner
Song: "We Are the Dinosaurs (Dance Remix)"
Description: You know, everything you really need to know about the song is right there in the title. It's Berkner's modern classic of a song... remixed for the dance floor. I kinda like it, though I was underwhelmed by the drop. The preschoolers will probably rave, though.
Artist: The Whizpops
Song: "Dolphin Disco"
Album: Sea Blue Sea
Description: Another nifty collaboration between the Montana-based band and their Montana-based friends at SciShow Kids. This song's a little more information-dense than some of their other (already information-dense) songs about the natural world, so the kinetic typography lyric video format works well. Did you know there were so many types of dolphin? I did not.
Artist: The Okee Dokee Brothers
Song: "Somos Amigos"
Album: Saddle Up
Description: For the final album in their "Adventure Album" trilogy, the Okee Dokee Brothers headed west. As with their predecessors, this album also features some guest stars, including Carlos Medina y El Trio los Gallos. "Somos Amigos" is a simple bilingual folk song with a healthy helping of Tejano accordion, all of which is A-OK by me. There's not much to the video -- the duo and the quartet playing on a bridge that straddles (appropriately, given the subject matter and approach) the Rio Grande (albeit in Colorado) -- but since the Adventure Albums have always been as much about the Brothers meeting others as their own individual adventures, that seems appropriate.