Tuesday, April 17, 2012

New Recess Monkey AND Caspar Babypants this week???? No WAY!! (and this post has more parentheses than even I can take!!)

Two of Kindie Rock's favorite dahhlings are releasing albums this week, and so if you are a) under 6, b) hyperactive, c) dancy d) all of the above e) something else, or any variation of these choices (this is why I didn't make a good teacher) you can REJOICE!!! These are great shows for you Seattlians (I just made that up) also, so please check their websites for constantly updating show dates! I have totally been waiting for this, and so I am now going to dedicate TRACK 3: Twins! to my own twin sister (who lives outside of Seattle and will have almost-Irish-twin boys as of this summer. They will be 14 months apart).

RECESS MONKEY: I just want to congratulate these three Seattle-area teachers for for making me love Kindie music, in their Beatle-esque ("Carousel") and sugar-sweet rock beats. I thought kid's music would be just more Raffi (GASP!!) and Laurie Berkener. Which is fine, once in a while. But all day long? No. Give me some Recess Monkey and Justin Roberts. Their lyrics, which are fun and meaningful to little kids, i.e. "Day Job"-- haha, Pants just  told me the other day, "I do have a job, Mommy. You told me I did. I go to SCHOOL."-- are great, and the beats and rock sound are totally fun for momma. I am totally downloading this to add to my Elliptical playlist (which will then lead me to be "Covered in Band aids", from the accident that happens when I realize I am singing out loud at the gym).

Casper Babypants, once the lead singer from Presidents of The United States, has been one of my favorites since "Lump" and that song about the dune-buggy bug. It's a little more folky that the POTUS days, but it's still fun. His stuff is not easy to listen to on repeat for 17 hours, but if you are looking for good, clean, poppy kid's music, download this, momma. His girlfriend's artwork serves as his inspiration, so the songs can be very plain and simple, and cutesy. But he never sings about poopy or butts, so I put this on the PLAY list. The CD just released today, so I have not heard it yet, but plan to soon! I'm looking forward to it, for sure!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards

This past weekend was the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice Awards, and after seeing the highlights from the show, I am not surprised parents are bored with kid's entertainment media. Yes, I know it's just a show, it's supposed to be cheesy and silly and slimy, and I didn't watch the whole thing, so I am just going on the clips from the website. But Katy Perry and Big Time Rush's performances were over-scripted (not even choreographed; there was very little dancing but quite a bit of pantomiming some stupid story about kings and shaking hands with kids in the front row). And as with past years' KCA "orange carpet" runways, we saw some extremely goofy fashion choices from folks like The Smiths and Katy Perry, who obviously need a little more reliable fashion advice. 

Will Smith yelled everything and CeeLo Green tried to sabotage the event with the worst gimmick ever on a children's show. Which was pretty stupid. He should have just brought his peacock outfit out of the closet for this occasion. That would have spiced it up, and I wouldn't have even minded that if it stopped the "Creepy Voice" spiel. Sadly, Adam Sandler, the current fall-from-grace star beat Jack Sparrow with his awful Jack And Jill performance. My heart aches for those legitimate performers who were beat out by Sandler in a dress. Sad...

But the highlight of the night? Taylor Swift's Big Help Award (presented by cool mom role model, MIchelle Obama). And here's a run-down of the other awards. Not that awesome, but at least Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez got to take home some blimps. 

Favorite TV Show: Victorious
Favorite TV Actor: Jake Short
Favorite TV Actress: Selena Gomez
Funniest TV Sidekick: Jennette McCurdy
Favorite Reality Show: Wipeout
Favorite Cartoon: SpongeBob SquarePants
Favorite Movie: Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Favorite Movie Actor: Adam Sandler
Favorite Movie Actress: Kristen Stewart
Favorite Animated Movie: Puss in Boots
Favorite Voice from an Animated Movie: Katy Perry
Favorite Music Group: Big Time Rush
Favorite Male Singer: Justin Bieber
Favorite Female Singer: Selena Gomez
Favorite Song: Party Rock Anthem (by LMFAO)
Favorite Buttkicker: Taylor Lautner
Favorite Male Athlete: Danica Patrick
Favorite Book: Diary of a Wimpy Kid Series
Favorite Videogame: Just Dance 3
Big Help Award: Taylor Swift