Blogging Baby Music Review: See You on The Moon (Indie Rock for Kids)

Filed under: Toddlers Preschoolers, Preschoolers, Big Kids, Life & Style, Media, That's Entertainment

I know shamefully little about the kind of music that kids supposedly like, or rather the industry of crappy music that has sprung up to take advantage of parents who think that music for kids needs to be created by aging hippies with rudimentary guitar skills and bad hair. But I am taking serious the possibility of finding music for kids that won't annoy the crap out of me when driving around the suburbs in our Passat wagon someday in the distant future.  With that in mind, I am going to start a regular feature here at Blogging Baby, reviewing Music for Kids that Doesn't Blow (or Suck).

For the last couple of days I have been listening to the compilation CD See You on the Moon, from Paper Bag Records, which is basically a bunch of original kids' songs recorded by some of indie rock's finest names. The website describes the record as, "Throwing condescension out the window and understanding the concept of fun without it being mindless or moronic - all the tracks will appeal to kids and grown ups alike." The record is worth the $14 (Canadian) just for the title track "See You on the Moon" by the Great Lakes Swimmers, a song about various jobs kids can have when they grow up. It's so catchy I would put it on a mix CD for my non-parent friends (who would probably then make fun of me, but that's okay). It sounds kind of like a Elephant Six/Apples in Stereo song (that's another great band for kids' music). Another highlight is Alan Sparhawk (of Low)'s "Be Nice to People with Lice," which I am totally ripping and sending to Melissa Summers as soon as she returns from the land of my forefathers. Rounding out the comp are tracks from Mark Kozelek (of Red House Painters fame), Broken Social Scene, Sufjan Stevens, Rosie Thomas, and others. You can buy the record here, and I highly recommend it.

Thanks to Miss Domestic for pointing me towards the CD.

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