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Fids And Kamily 2013

Really, it’s that time of year already? Time flies and here I am in mid-October talking about the years best albums. For this year, the time frame was tweaked and our top 10 list was to include family music released between 11-1-12 and 9-30-13.

I am lucky enough to be included with 26 other judges that make up Fids & Kamily group. Follow the link, read the winners and then come back.

The winners for the 2013 Kids & Family music awards are………

Done looking at the list? Good, now go get some of those albums.


For what it’s worth, here was the ballot I submitted:

1. Justin Roberts – Recess
2. Paul Spring – Home of Song
3. Alastair Moock – Singing our Way Through
4. Crosspulse Percussion Ensemble – I like everything about you (Yes I do)
5. The Not-Its! – KidQuake
6. Moona Luna – Vamos, Let’s Go!
7. Lloyd H. Miller – SS Brookyln
8. Lucky Diaz – Fantastico
9. Lori Henriques – The world is a curious place to live
10. Dan Zanes & Elizabeth Mitchell – Turn, Turn, Turn.

And honestly, I could have filled out this ballot 10 times and arrived to 10 different lists. Leaving Dean Jones off? That hurt. The Verve Pipe once bought me a steak dinner in Omaha. Don’t I owe them a spot on the Top 10?

Stayed tuned in December for my Jan 1- Dec 31st best of 2013 list as there will be some additions to this top 10 list that were released after October 1st. (I’m looking at you Josh & The Jamtones)

2011 KidVid Tournament: Leadbelly Regional

I hope you rested your voting finger yesterday, because after taking Sunday off, the 2011 KidVid Tournament resumes today with the epic battle of the Leadbelly Regional division, hosted by our friends at Gooney Bird Kids. If you thought making your picks was hard before, just wait until you get a load of today’s tournament hopefuls!

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#1 Seed: Caspar Babypants, “.

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The more I listen to Caspar Babypants, the more I love his music — whether he’s offering bouncily quirky takes on folk standards or deceptively simple originals, he’s one of the more original (and addictive) voices on the kindie scene. One of his biggest strengths is story songs, as evidenced by this tale of a ragged old teddy bear. Do you have some thread?

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