Rank #1: May 2018
A MEGA 15-song episode delivered on time and featuring brand new kindie songs by Red Yarn, Josh and the Jamtones, Big Block Singsong, plus new-but-not-brand-new tracks from The Alphabet Rockers, KB Whirly, The Bazillions, Lard Dog and Lucky Diaz! Plus, you'll hear even more great family music this month from Jess Penner, Pointed Man Band, Justin Roberts, Brady Rymer, Sara Lovell, Andrew Best and Bryan Charles Wilson.
The best and brightest of modern kids music, all up in your ears. Enjoy.
*This episode is sponsored by the Philadelphia Children's Festival featuring 3 days of live theater, music, magic and more at the Annenberg Center this month.
Rank #2: December 2017 Holiday-ish Special!
Happy December! This month, I've got a mixed bag of brand new original holiday tunes and brand new original year-round songs from the best & brightest of modern family music.
You and your kids will hear the world premiere of Lard Dog's "Christmas Time Is A Wonderful Time" along with fresh cuts from 2017 Grammy Nominated artists Gustafer Yellowgold and The Alphabet Rockers, new songs from Fire Dog, Twinkle and Paper Canoe Company, plus a lot more!
Enjoy this holiday-ish special!
*This episode is sponsored by A Dream Is A Wish: Princess Holiday Concert, on stage for one performance only in Philadelphia on December 17th! Get your tickets now!
Rank #3: April 2019
It's back! The OWTK Kid's Music Monthly Podcast coming at you fresh with 10 songs representing the best and brightest of modern all-ages alternative family music. New songs this month from The Not-Its!, Pointed Man Band, Gustafer Yellowgold, Okee Dokee Brothers, The Pop Ups, and a few 'oldies' from Frances England, Brady Rymer and more.
Thanks to the Philadelphia Children's Festival for supporting this episode. Get more info and buy tickets to the theater, music, magic and more on stage at the Annenberg Center in Philadelphia from May 2-4.
Rank #4: June 2018
I squeeze 11 fantastic songs from 11 fantastic bands and artists into this June 2018 episode of the OWTK Kid's Music Monthly Podcast so I know you and your kids will have a fantastic time listening together. Enjoy new songs from The Pop Ups, Recess Monkey, Gunnar Madsen, The Happy Racers, Josh Lovelace of NEEDTOBREATHE and Mike Phirman, plus oldies from Frances England, Princess Katie and more! Enjoy!
Rank #5: July 2018
On this episode of the OWTK Kid's Music Monthly, hear the first single from Best Coast's debut all-ages record, a track from Recess Monkey's new Family Photo Album, plus new songs by Kira Willey, Huck & Lilly, and Lucy Kalantari. In addition to the new tunes, dig into some Shine & the Moonbeams and Alphabet Rockers ahead of their Kidchella gig in Philly this month, and listen to some Joanie Leeds, Johnny Shortcake and Jarebear too. Enjoy the Golden Age of Family Music!
*This episode is sponsored by Bark Online Social Media Monitoring*
Rank #6: October 2018
Lots of new music on this shorter-than-usual episode! Hear new songs from Best Coast, The Not-Its!, Frances England, Mike Phirman, Mister G and more! Enjoy the best and brightest of modern family music.
Rank #7: 2018 Kidchella Special
Listen up! Here's the official reveal of the 2018 Kidchella Summer Concert Series lineup!
You'll hear a song from each of the wonderful bands coming to Philadelphia's Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse for the 2018 Kidchella Concert Series. Get your tickets now!!
Thanks to my friends at Kia for supporting Kidchella this year!
Rank #8: A Special OWTK Podcast Announcement
After 6 1/2 years and 91 episodes, the OWTK Kid's Music Monthly Podcast is...changing. Listen to this special announcement and come back soon for the new version of your favorite indie family music podcast.
Rank #9: September 2018
Welcome back! I've missed you and have returned to deliver new music from Frances England, The Not-Its!, Dan Zanes, Red Yarn and more to make your back to school season sound sweet and usher in the start of fall with brilliant new all-ages music. You'll also hear songs by The Oot n Oots, Shine and the Moonbeams, Vered and the Babes, The Pop Ups, The Happy Races and Big Bang Boom. Enjoy!
Rank #10: February 2018
Short month, long podcast!
Enjoy 15 songs this month, including a track from each Grammy nominated children's album this year, from the likes of Randy Kaplan, Doctor Noize, Karen K, Caspar Babypants, the kid's music debut of Shawn Colvin, and so much more!
This episode is sponsored by Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire, the new middle grade fantasy by John August from Macmillan Publishing, Current -- the smart debit card for teens, and Crest Detoxify Toothpaste.
Rank #11: March 2018
Where has the time gone?! Yes, it is true, I'm a little late in delivering this episode but it is so worth the wait!
Hear brand new songs from Big Block Singsong, Josh & The Jamtones, Chibi Kodama, Bears & Lions, Lard Dog and a track from the debut family album by NEEDTOBREATHE's Josh Lovelace. Plus, songs from Jack Forman, The Bazillions, Mil's Trills and more. Enjoy.
*This episode is sponsored by the amazing book Arlo Finch in the Valley of Fire by John August and published by Macmillan Children's Books. This is the first in a trilogy for middle grade readers who already love Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and a rich, layered, magical story set. Available now wherever you buy, download or listen to books.
Rank #12: November 2017
I missed October so I'm making it up to you and your kids with an extra-fun, jam-packed November episode overflowing with new songs from The Alphabet Rockers, Jack Forman (of Recess Monkey), KB Whirly, Lard Dog, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Jess Penner, Jazzy Ash, The Bazillions, Mista Cookie Jar and more including Dan Zanes with Chuck D (yeah, THAT Chuck D!). Enjoy!
Rank #13: OWTK Kindie Conversation Series #3 -- Randy Kaplan (Part 1)
This month I chat with kindie troubadour Randy Kaplan about the origin of his thoughtfully hilarious songs, his love affair with musical theater, how his music shapeshifts in meaning and understanding as our kids grow up, and finally he explain to kids (and some of their parents) who Jack Lemmon was. Throughout the talk, you'll be treated to many Randy Kaplan songs.
All that AND this is only Part 1 of my Kindie Conversation with Randy Kaplan! This is so, so good.
Rank #14: April 2018
The best and brightest of modern family music, delivered straight into your ears! Hear new music this month from Lisa Loeb, Chibi Kodama, Josh Lovelace (of NEEDTOBREATHE) with Spirit Family Reunion, Bears and Lions, Jazzy Ash, Karen K, and more! Enjoy!!
Rank #15: September 2017
We dig a bit deeper into the new Lucky Diaz and Gustafer Yellowgold albums, hear what Jack Forman of Recess Monkey is up to with his debut solo record, get woke by The Alphabet Rockers, and welcome Jess Penner into the kindie music world. Plus so much more.
Enjoy a fresh batch of new songs from the Golden Age of Family Music. Enjoy!
Rank #16: OWTK Kindie Conversation Series #2 -- Gustafer Yellowgold
On the 2nd installment of the OWTK Kindie Conversation Series Gustafer Yellowgold creator Morgan Taylor talks the origin of his creation, his new album Brighter Side, the role of plush toys in his brand, playing live without a projection screen and his songwriting and illustration workshops in schools.
Hear clips of many new Gustafer Yellowgold songs throughout the conversation. Enjoy!
Rank #17: August 2017
BRAND NEW MUSIC this month from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, Gustafer Yellowgold, Joanie Leeds, Randy Kaplan, The Bazillions, Mister G, Jazzy Ash and more! Tune into the Golden Age of Family Music!
Rank #18: July 2017 Alaska to Atlantic Cross Country Road Trip Special
This episode has been generously sponsored by Kia and Carnival Cruise Line. Kia supported the road trip portion of this trip with a brand new Sedona minivan and Carnival put my family on the Legend for a cruise to Alaska.
On this July 2017 Alaska to Atlantic Cross Country Road Trip Special you and your kids will enjoy hearing songs from Recess Monkey, The Not-Its, Elska, Justin Roberts, Okee Dokee Brothers and more of the best and brightest bands of family music.
Rank #19: June 2017 Kidchella Special
Listen in as the OWTK podcast celebrates the 2017 Kidchella summer concert series at the Smith Memorial Playground in Philadelphia. Hear 2 songs from each artist playing the series this summer: Karen K and the Jitterbugs, The Deedle Deedle Dees, The Not-Its!, Chibia Kodama, Alex & the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears (Molly from Lunch Money). Enjoy!
Rank #20: OWTK Kindie Conversations: Dan Elliott of Pointed Man Band
The first in a new series of mid-month podcast episodes, the OWTK Kindie Conversation Series will feature the best and brightest songwriters and musicians crafting songs and albums for modern families. In this debut episode, we speak at length with Dan Elliott of Pointed Man Band about his new album Between the Waves and the Cardoons, Hamilton the Musical, Thundercat, how wine making influenced his musical career and so much more. You'll also hear samples of Pointed Man Band songs throughout the podcast to bring his music to life for you and your children.