Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

I was more than a little bit excited this week when a copy of David Weinstone’s brand new CD popped up in my letterbox. The album is called “All I Want!” and is the 16th recording in the Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals series. It’s jam packed with entertaining pop-rock-folksy-bluesy classics… not to mention a couple of alternative gems.

All I Want by Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

Of all the tracks on the album, there are two that have made it onto my own personal iPod {because they’re just as cool to listen to sans kids}.  Firstly, the awesome grungy sounds of title track “All I Want”. If you heard this one on your favourite radio station, you’d never pick it as a kids song. In fact, that’s one of my favourite things about David Weinstone. He sings songs that encourage kids to grow their love and appreciation for real music. There’s certainly nothing cutesy, irritating or condescending about this album.

My other top pick is track 17 “TV”. The sound is sublime, and the retro TV voice-overs playing in the background near the end of the track are just awesome.

All I Want by Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

As for the kids ratings, the family favourites this week have been Mighty Milo and Bathtub Soup. Mighty Milo is a song that reminds me of a little person I know who thinks he can fly and is determined to prove it. It has some classic lyrics such as “he has lots of superhero powers, doesn’t need to eat, or sleep or shower…” and also boasts a catchy melody that is fun to dance around to.

Bathtub Soup makes the grade for it’s toe-tapping, knee-slapping beats and it’s ability to conjure up all sorts of humorous visual imagery. A little word of warning though, Bathtub Soup isn’t that fun when you have to clean up after it! Teeheehee!

All I Want by Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals

Before I head back in to the lounge room to join in the holiday dance-a-thon, I thought I’d give you some background on David and the crew. Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals began in 1997 as an “alternative” music class for kids {and their parents}. If you’re lucky enough to make it to a class, you might bump into children of such notables as Jon Stewart, Philip Glass, John Leguizamo, and members of Sonic Youth, the Beastie Boys, and Phish. Now that sounds like my kind of music class!

The band is based in New York, however, David’s wife Nicole is a native of New Zealand and lived for years in Sydney and other parts of Australia.  They also have a lot of family in both Australia and New Zealand and David played a show in Auckland last March. Now if only I could convince him to come to Queensland… fingers crossed!

All I Want is due for release in March, 2011. Keep your eye out for it at your favourite CD store, or buy it online at Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals.


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