OWTK Kindie Album Reviews

Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – A Potluck Kid’s CD Mini Review
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Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band – A Potluck Kid’s CD Mini Review

LUCKY DIAZ AND THE FAMILY JAM BAND “A POTLUCK” Like a well stocked jukebox being funneled (somehow) through a Lite Brite, Lucky Diaz’ music is colorful and childlike.  But not at all square.  Although maybe slightly cubist. The nine songs and spoken word bookends of “A Potluck” pair a mid-western […]

Renee & Jeremy – A Little Love Kid’s CD Mini Review
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Renee & Jeremy – A Little Love Kid’s CD Mini Review

RENEE & JEREMY “A LITTLE LOVE” A covers album. Yeah, I know. I feel pretty much the same way. Seems like tiptoeing through the tulips for wrinkled dudes like Manilow, Stewart, and Sir Paul – a way to keep one hand inside the wallets of their, um, more mature audiences […]

The Pop Ups – Radio Jungle Kids CD Review
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The Pop Ups – Radio Jungle Kids CD Review

THE POP UPS “RADIO JUNGLE” It is awfully tempting to, when hearing a new album from a band you already have an affinity for, and hearing it as both fan and critic, to judge it solely or at least most prominently and immediately on a single, very rudimentary criteria: is […]

Bill Harley “High Dive” – Kid’s CD Mini Review
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Bill Harley “High Dive” – Kid’s CD Mini Review

BILL HARLEY “HIGH DIVE” In this house, it is always a special occasion when Bill Harley releases a new album.  His stories and songs are as cherished by my kids as their cuddliest stuffed animals and most well-thumbed books.  Harley’s latest, “High Dive”, starts strong with the title track story-song […]

The Happy Racers – “Ready Set Go” Kid’s CD Mini Review
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The Happy Racers – “Ready Set Go” Kid’s CD Mini Review

THE HAPPY RACERS “READY SET GO” An opening guitar lick borrowed from one of John Mayer’s palaces of seduction turns an endearing, no-more-monsters-at-bedtime tune into the most Triple A-commercial-radio ready kindie song to come along in ages. “Lovabye Dragon” is the kind of hit that, had “Ready Set Go” been […]

The Biscuit Brothers – “Get Up & Go” Kid’s CD Review
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The Biscuit Brothers – “Get Up & Go” Kid’s CD Review

THE BISCUIT BROTHERS “GET UP & GO” The album starts out, it would have seemed, as the funniest stuff my girls have ever heard in all their lives. The Bear & Mouse were both bonkers as my jumbled up “Get Up & Go” iTunes playlist began, confusingly, with a rousing […]

Lori Henriques “Outside My Door” Kid’s CD Review
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Lori Henriques “Outside My Door” Kid’s CD Review

LORI HENRIQUES “OUTSIDE MY DOOR” Way way back in time, in 2004, when we had our first child, the Mrs. and I didn’t know of Dan Zanes, of They Might Be Giants (children’s division), or of any acts in the since-coined micro-genre of kindie music.  I also didn’t know, at […]

The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Strange Dees, Indeed” Kid’s CD Mini Review
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The Deedle Deedle Dees – “Strange Dees, Indeed” Kid’s CD Mini Review

THE DEEDLE DEEDLE DEES “STRANGE DEES, INDEED” A vaudevillian Twilight Zone of a CD that’s at times barbershop quartet smooth, Elmo’s World silly & interactive, and just plain odd. “Strange Dees, Indeed” is undeniably the Brooklyn band’s most sonically consistent work (hat tip to Dean Jones wonderful production) but don’t […]

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