Monday, June 02, 2008

kid music that's actually good

so i'm always posting here about music i like; why not continue the tradition? when i started expanding my musical horizons i eventually got interested in finding kids music that didn't, how can i put this nicely, suck. in my quest i discovered that there are actually a lot of good children's artists out there. including:

they might be giants. i'm sure most people with kids know that they might be giants does kids' albums. this new one with numbers has some pretty fun songs on it.

dan zanes:
so i hear that dan zanes used to rock out in a non-kiddie band, and switched genres when he had kids. parents around the country are so glad he did! some favorites of his are: malti, around the kitchen, and dance party.
for the kids is a great series of albums that has really good musicians singing covers of old songs and some originals in kid-friendly ways. this last installment, the third, might be my favorite yet: it's got over the rhine singing "the poopsmith song", and other great tunes from rogue wave, damien jurado, great lake swimmers, and hem. yum!
sometimes i like to play non-kids' music for my kids, and they love it too! we like to listen to the you've got mail soundtrack, the white stripes singing we're going to be friends, and lots of up-beat stuff from vampire weekend, squeeze, weezer, and r.e.m. (like "shiny happy people") m.'s current favorite: "new shoes" by paolo nutini.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

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D'Arcy said...

sorry, this post lost me at the Dan Zanes album. I am laughing my head off! Does this guy do birthday parties, weddings? Serioiusly, he would brighten everyday. And I love how they put that one random girl in the back, the token child whose face seems to be telling all kids, big or small, that Dan is the man!


Awesome

Becky said...

I like this music a lot too! I never seem to get sick of hearing it. I even like that guy, Ralph, who also sings on the disney channel. We have four dan zane's house parties dvr-ed and Kate likes to dance around to them. I really like their version of Malti, Malti. You are definitely really good at finding kid's music. We really liked the cd's you made for us!

Becky said...

Catch that train, too!

jomama said...

haha, d'arcy, i guess i didn't look very closely at that picture, but it IS funny.
becky, thanks! i'm glad you liked the cd's. i like some of ralph's world stuff, and i really like his glasses!

Sugar said...

LOVE DAN ZANES! Is this a Pants Party? Oh... a Dance Party!! I will have to learn D'arcy on that one...