Artist: Laurie Berkner
Song: "Bottle Caps"
Album: The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection
Description: With the release of a new greatest hits collection (think of it as Volume 2), Berkner is releasing a series of simple but well-done videos (here's "Drive My Car") featuring Berkner singing directly to her audience along with some other visual distractions -- in this case, the occasional cutaway to some vintage bottlecaps (or rocks in a box, or strings in some things... if you're familiar with the song, you get the point). Nothing wildly creative, but very engaging for preschoolers. I'd also note that these just look very competently produced -- if they eventually end on a DVD (or available via download), that would not surprise me one bit.
Artist: Eric Herman
Song: "There's a Monster in My House"
Album: The Kid in the Mirror
Description: For his latest video, Eric Herman turns to his 2003 album The Kid in the Mirror. "There's a Monster in My House" is a perfect Halloween-time video for the youngest ones in your family -- not Halloween-themed, but the tension regarding the monster is just right for your preschooler.
Artist: The Boo Hoo Crew
Song: "Shake Your Pirate Booty"
Album: Shake Your Pirate Booty
Description: Southern California's BHC aren't completely a pirate band, but they've got enough pirate-themed songs that they compiled them onto a single disk, and the title track has an animated video. With International Talk Like a Pirate Day barely a month away, think of this as an amuse bouche to whet your appetite.
Not that pirates ever eat amuse bouches.
Artist: The Bazillions
Song: "Triangular Triangles"
Album: Heads or Tales
Description: Another video from the band's Kickstarter project via eg design. Songs about math are probably harder, generally speaking, to visualize than those about words (let alone stories), so while the base song works well, the video itself pretty much does a perfect job in describing those three types of triangles.
Artist: Koo Koo Kanga Roo
Song: "Fanny Pack"
Album: Whoopty Whoop
Description: If you had told me that I would be posting a video that includes the use of Comic Sans, I would not have believed you. But this lyric video for the first single from the Twin Cities' band forthcoming May 2014 album is so gloriously goofy (think of the song source), that I could not hold my churlish standards for long.
Artist: The Zing Zangs
Album: Blast Off!
Description: I'm not sure I can condone the Canadian spelling of mustaches in this song, the growing of mustaches (I was not a Movember participant), or the use of MS Paint or some Flash-based animation software to draw mustaches. But the combination of the three, plus the assorted cameos, I guess I (and your kids) can live with that.
Artist: Helen Austin
Song: "Colour It"
Album: Colour It
Description: If you're going title your album Colour It and feature a song with that same name and make that your first video, when then you darn well better make that video, well, colourful. This video, feature simple MS Paint-like animation, fits the bill. Simple but cute for the wee ones, with a tender song to match.