Giveaway: Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012

Music Collection Giveaway:
Top 11 Family Music CD Releases from 2012

We’re giving away an amazing CD collection of our top 11 family albums released this past year. Find out how you can enter to win this entire collection below. Deadline to enter is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm (EST).

Last month the winners of the Fids & Kamily Music Awards were announced, with a stellar list of new CDs released this past year!

Launched in 2006 and inspired by the Village Voice’s long-running “Pazz and Jop” music poll, the Fids & Kamily Music Awards poll is the first compilation of year-end kids and family music “best of” lists from critics, writers, radio programmers, and others involved in the music industry. Fifteen favorites are selected from outstanding releases, along with five honorable mentions, including kids and family albums from mainstream/adult artists, seasoned kindie artists and some fantastic newcomers!

For the sixth year in a row, Hilltown Families has participated as a judge for the Fids & Kamily Music Awards.  Check out the winners at www.fidsandkamily.com and be sure to add some of these winners to your family music collection.

To start off the new year, Hilltown Families is giving away a collection of eleven CDs of family music released this past year.  Several are winners of the Fids & Kamily Music Awards, and several others are releases we voted for and think are a must for your family music collection! Find out how you can enter to win this entire collection below.  Deadline to enter is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm (EST).

Can You Canoe? — The Okee Dokee Brothers

Vote as the best family album of the year in the 2012 Fids & Kamily Music Awards, this album highlights a month-long journey Joe and Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers spent traveling down the Mississippi River.  During their trip they composed songs that make up this award-winning album.  Special guests include Garth Hudson (The Band), Elizabeth Mitchell (Your Are My Flower) and Morgan Taylor & Rachel Loshak (Gustafer Yellowgold), and includes a DVD with music videos and footage from their trip.  Joe and Justin guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show in June this past year.  Listen to the podcast and check out a few cuts from their new album along with tunes from other artist they selected, and one of their videos: HFVS Guest DJ, Joe & Justin of The Okee Dokee Brothers Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Science Fair Spare the Rock Records

In 2010, in response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Spare the Rock Records put out the award winning compilation album, Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti, raising over $50,000 for Haitian relief! This past year they did it again with the amazing compilation CD, Science Fair, raising money for Girls Inc.’s work for science education for girls.  Placing second in this year’s Fids & Kamily Music Awards, Science Fair features exclusive tracks from Mates of State, Laura Veirs, Elizabeth Mitchell, Frances England and many others!

Blue Clouds  Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower

Released by Smithsonian Folkway Recordings, Blue Clouds placed fifth this year in the Fids & Kamily Music Awards.  Putting a contemporary touch to traditional folk songs, and using simple arrangements to rework classic rock songs by Bowie, Hendrix, Morrison and others into folks songs, Mitchell has complied a new album that is already a classic!

Mr Diddie Wah Diddie  Randy Kaplan

This past summer Randy Kaplan guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, spinning songs by bluegrass, folk, calypso, and broadway masters, alongside cuts from his new country-blues and ragtime CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie.  Placing seventh in the Fids & Kamily Music Awards, Randy Kaplan’s newest CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie, pays tribute to America’s blues masters on an album with rollicking lyrics the kids will love!  Listen to the podcast and get a glimpse into Randy’s new album and check out his video, “Ice Cream Man Rag.”: HFVS Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Invisible Friends  Dog on Fleas

Ranging in style from Afro-pop to 60′s soul, Tin Pan Alley to bossa nova, Invisible Friends is an album the entire family can enjoy on road trips or Sunday morning PJ dance parties in the kitchen.  Lead singer Dean Jones guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show this summer, pulling together a show that featured a few cuts from Invisible Friends interlaced with music from other kindie and mainstream artists.  Give a listen to the podcast to sample a few songs on this award winning album (ranking eighth on the Fids & Kamily Music Awards!): HFVS Guest DJ, Dean Jones Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Family Values  Charity & the Jamband

We can’t speak highly enough of Charity & the Jamband!  As Hilltown Families number one pick for the year, Family Values is a album that celebrates family and community.  Understanding that all things peaceful must first start in our own hearts and homes before moving out into our community, Charity Kahn has crafted songs that are intelligent and from the heart.  She tells stories set to music that is funky, with grooves and lyrics that talk up to kids and their grown ups!  Charity has guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show many times. This past Thanksgiving, through music and story, Charity explored some of the many things we have to be grateful for in our lives, including songs from this new album.  Give a listen to the podcast anytime: HFVS Thanksgiving Episode with Guest DJ, Charity Kahn (Radio Show/Podcast)

Can’t Wait  Grenadilla

“Layered voices textured with Kwela flavored rhythms, up-beat melodies, a touch of Cape Town Jive and a hint of the blues,” is how Grenadilla describes their newest release, Can’t Wait.  This past spring Debbie Lan from Grenadilla guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, putting together a show with music from South Africa, including songs off of this new CD.  Get a glimpse by listening to the podcast: HFVS Music from South Africa with Guest DJ, Debbie Lan (Radio Show/Podcast)

Chocolalala  Mister G

Hilltown Families Contributing Writer, Mister G, put out another excellent CD this year, Chocolalala. This new collection of original bilingual songs spans musical genres… from bossa nova to ska, funk to folk, rap to pop.  Songs that are educational teach young listeners basic concepts while engaging adults with captivating Latin rhythms.  In his monthly vlog on Hilltown Families, “Under the Hat: Independent Music Education,” Mister G goes a step further with his music, taking viewers into the backstory of songs released on this award-winning CD, and insight to the process of music making.  Check out his column to see his vlog: Under the Hat: Independent Music Education.

The Hero in You  Ellis Paul

Known for his deeply felt and socially conscious songwriting, often about heroes, Ellis Paul was inspired by his two daughters to write about people who contributed something to their world.  The result… The Hero in YouHeroes featured on this educational CD include both well known and little know heroes. “These people did amazing things, but they can also inspire young people today to go out and do something out of the ordinary to become the heroes of their own lives,” explains Ellis Paul about this new release.  Last winter Ellis guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, including songs from this new album. Check out the podcast to get a sample of songs: HFVS Guest DJ, Ellis Paul Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

Love is a Superpower  Ben Rudnick & Friends

We’ve loved Ben Rudnick & Friends since the beginning!  Hailed as a founding member of the modern family music scene, Ben Rudnick & Friends continues to be a beloved band all family members will enjoy with their tenth release of Love is a Superpower.  The band is good, really good… carving out their own unique music style that blends neo-western swing, bluegrass, folk music and flavors of rock. High quality musicianship seeps out slowly and steadily with each song, mixed with catching lyrics to which Ben Rudnick’s vocals bring wit and charm.  In the late summer, Ben guest DJed the Hilltown Family Variety Show, bringing us a show all about love, including cuts off of this new album.  Here’s the podcast and video to get a sample of this new CD: HFVS Love Episode with Guest DJ, Ben Rudnick (Radio Show/Podcast)

Middle of Nowhere  Elska

Receiving an honorable mention in the Fids and Kamily Music Awards, Elska is a newcomer to the kindie music scene.  Elska is a fictional character living on a newly formed Arctic island where explorations are set against playful modern music and the delicate voice of Shelly Wollert.  Songs like “Arctic Fox,” “Midnight Sun in the Arctic,” and “Winter Bear” tell stories of Elska on this new island and what she discovers.

HOW TO WIN

Hilltown Families has been serving Western MA since 2005 as a grassroots communication network! Being able to share community building events, community based educational opportunities, and community service experiences over the years, along with terrific music that brings families and the community together is song, has been a great honor! Share with us your wishes for the next year(s) and be entered to win this fantastic family music collection of 11 CD’s released this past year. To enter for a chance to win simply:

  • POST YOUR WISHES FOR A NEW YEAR AS OUTLINED ABOVE IN THE FIELDS BELOW (one entry per household) and be sure to tell us your
  • FULL NAME (first/last) and where you
  • LIVE (TOWN/STATE) must include your town to be eligible.
  • ACCURATE EMAIL (we never share your email address).
  • PLEASE CONSIDER SHARING ON FACEBOOK by selecting the Facebook icon below.
  • We’ll randomly draw a winner and will share the results below.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline to enter for a chance to win is: Jan 19, 2013 by 11:59pm.

HFVS Guest DJ, Randy Kaplan Episode (Radio Show/Podcast)

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Randy Kaplan Guest DJ

Join acclaimed musicianer/songster (that’s what they called ‘em in the olden days) Randy Kaplan this Saturday at 9 a.m. (or anytime via podcast!) as he guest DJs the Hilltown Family Variety Show. In addition to spinning songs by Bluegrass, Folk, Calypso, and Broadway masters, he’ll be introducing his new Country-Blues & Ragtime CD, Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie!

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
July 21st & 22nd, 2012
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

Featured Video: Five performance of “Ice Cream Man Rag” by Randy Kaplan. Recorded by Piter Marek at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, CA. - www.RandyKaplan.com


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PLAYLIST

  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Weeki Wachee Mermaid” [Christmas in Ocala]
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Great Big Family” [Great Big Family]
  • Hoagy Carmichael – “Lazy Bones” – [Sometimes I wonder... Hoagy Carmichael sings]
  • Dan Bern – “Your First Friend” – [Two Feet Tall]
  • Dan Bern – “Not Too Young for a Song” – [Two Feet Tall]
  • Charlie Binger & His Quartet – “Jamaica Is the Place to Go” [Trojan Calypso Box Set]
  • David Wayne – “Something Sort of Grandish” [Finian's Rainbow original cast album]
  • Randy Kaplan – “You’ve Been a Good Old Wagon” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Lightnin’ Bodkins – “Fathers of the Blues” – [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Randy Kaplan – “They’re Red Hot” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Blind Boy Fuller – “Rag, Mama, Rag” [B.o.B. Best of Blues - Blind Boy Fuller 1935-1940]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Ice Cream Man Rag” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]
  • Blind Willie Newbern – “Way Down in Arkansas” [A Richer Tradition - Country Blues & String Band Music, 1923-1937]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Way Down in Arkansas” [Mr. Diddie Wah Diddie]

Hilltown Family Variety Show with Guest DJ Randy Kaplan

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Randy Kaplan joins the Hilltown Family Variety Show as a Guest DJ. Last week Randy was in town promoting his new CD with a free family performance at Cup & Top Cafe in Florence, MA (Photo credit: Sienna Wildfield)

Saturday from 9-10am & Sunday from 7-8am
May 22nd & 23rd, 2010
WXOJ LP – 103.3 FM – Valley Free Radio
Northampton, MA

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PLAYLIST

  • Randy Kaplan – “My Little Laugh” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “No Nothing” (Loquat Rooftop)
  • Randy Kaplan – “I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “The Hebrew-Speaking Bear” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Dan Bern – “Hiccup Song” (2 Feet Tall)
  • Billy Jones – “Yes! We Have No Bananas” (Chart Toppers of the 1920s)
  • Randy Kaplan – “The Kid Is All Id” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Weeki Wachee Mermaid”  (Christmas in Ocala)
  • Randy Kaplan – “Little Bee” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio
  • Randy Kaplan – “Whistle For Willie” (The Kids Are All Id) Live in Studio

HFVS Music Giveaway: The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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The Kids Are All Id by Randy Kaplan

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Enter to win Randy Kaplan's 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD, "The Kids Are All Id." Deadline to enter to win: June 2nd @ 7pm (EST).

Randy Kaplan has released a new family CD, The Kids Are All Id, and we have a signed copy to giveaway to one luck family!   Deadline to enter to win is Wednesday, June 2nd 2010. Details below.

ABOUT RANDY KAPLAN’S NEW CD

Randy’s 3rd not-JUST-for-kids CD is here!  It features all-time classics like Forever Young (by Bob Dylan),  I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ (from Porgy & Bess), The Money Song (a Dean Martin/Jerry Lewis gem), and The Derby Ram (George Washington’s favorite folk song) along with original songs like The Hebrew-Speaking Bear (based on a true story), The Kid Is All Id (brush up on your Freud, this kid is not ‘alright’), Little Bee (watch out mosquitoes and lady bugs – here comes the queen!), and Is She a Girl or Is She a Monkey (in which Randy’s pet monkey Kqxhc – of No Nothing fame – gives Randy a piece of his mind).  There are also three songs based on or inspired by the classic picture books of Ezra Jack Keats!

RANDY KAPLAN GUEST DJ ON THE HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

HFVS PodcastA perennial favorite of the Hilltown Family Variety Show, Randy Kaplan joined the show in January 2009 for a fun show as a Guest DJ.  Last week Randy rejoined HFVS to perform live in studio songs from his newest release, along with a couple of his old time favorites. Tune in on Saturday, May 22nd, from 9-10am to 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton to hear RandyKaplan Guest DJ.  If you can catch the show live, you can listen live via streaming audio, or anytime via podcast. An encore will air on Sunday, May 23rd, from 7-8am, also on 103.3FM WXOJ Northampton, MA.

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win a free signed copy of Randy Kaplans new CD, The Kids Are All ID, is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! To win simply

  1. POST A COMMENT HERE and be sure to tell us your
  2. FULL NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE) Must include your town and state to be eligible. We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their full name and town/state) and contact the winner via email.  So be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL in the email field of the comment box (we never share your email address).

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is Sunday, June 2nd, 2010 @ 7pm (EST).

Randy Kaplan on HFVS (January 2009)

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

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Randy Kaplan on HFVS

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Northampton, MA
Saturday mornings from 9-10am

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Big thank you to Randy Kaplan for making the trip to Western Mass to co-host HFVS. The show was a ton of fun with lots of great music, live performances, and even a world premiere! Check Randy out at www.RandyKaplan.com.

  • Truckstop Honeymoon – “Weeki Wachee Mermaid”
  • Hoagy Carmichael – “Lazybones”
  • Charlie Parker & Mack Woolbright – “Ticklish Reuben”
  • Randy Kaplan – “Mosquito Song” [Live]
  • Billy Jones – “Yes! We Have No Bananas”
  • Bob Dylan – “Country Pie”
  • Dean Martin – “‘A’ – You’re Adorable”
  • Station Id: Steve Weeks [www.steveweeksmusic.com]
  • Randy Kaplan – “No Nothing” [Live]
  • Randy Kaplan – “Fast Song” [Live]
  • Groucho Marx – “Lydia, The Tattooed Lady”
  • Stephen Sondheim – “The Story of Lucy and Jessie [Follies]
  • Randy Kaplan, Brian Schey & Eric Humphrey – “The Wild Rumpus” *World Premiere!*
  • Randy Kaplan – “Shampoo Me” [Live]
  • Randy Kaplan – “You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Halloween Version)” [Live]
  • Mike West – “Clothes Dryer”

Big thank you to Randy Kaplan for making the trip to Western Mass to co-host HFVS. The show was a ton of fun with lots of great music, live performances, and even a world premiere! Check Randy out at www.RandyKaplan.com.

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SUGGEST AN EVENT

Ring in the New Year. - © Sienna Wildfield

Ring in the New Year. - © Sienna Wildfield

If you have a family-friendly event or educational program happening in Western Massachusetts that you’d like to let us know about, post your event on our “Suggest An Event” page.

HILLTOWN FAMILY VARIETY SHOW

This Saturday from 9-10am, Randy Kaplan co-hosts this weeks episode of the Hilltown Family Variety Show.  Featuring music live in studio, a world premiere and great music by Bob Dylan, Billy Jones, Groucho Marx, Truckstop Honeymoon, and more.  Tune in live to 103.3FM (Northampton, MA) or on line via streaming audio at www.valleyfreeradio.org.

FEATURED EVENT

Tanglewood Marionettes

Catch the Tanglewood Marionettes at the Cummington Community House in Cummington, MA, for a free family performance this Saturday (01/03/09) Sunday (01/04/09) at 3pm.  Featuring over twenty beautifully hand-crafted marionettes, The Fairy Circus is a showcase for turn-of-the-century-style trick puppetry. The puppets will dance, play instruments, juggle, contort, transform, and fly through the air with the greatest of ease, all to the best-loved music of favorite composers!  Recommended for all ages.  Sponsored by the Cummington Family Center.

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Randy Kaplan in Florence: Free After-School Kids Concert

Randy Kaplan in Florence at Cup & Top

Please join us at the Cup and Top Cafe in Florence today, Wednesday Dec. 3rd @ 4pm for a free after-school kids concert by singer/songwriter Randy Kaplan.

Randy Kaplan is a New York and California-based songwriter known for his incisive lyrics and songs which blend American roots, folk, alternative, and pop. Kaplan’s children’s CDs have been praised and recommended by New York Magazine, Time Out New York Kids, Cookie Magazine and Parenting Magazine.


HFVS Weekly Music Giveaway: Randy Kaplan

Randy Kaplan: Loquat Rooftop

THIS WEEKS CONTEST

This past weekend we were in Brooklyn for Stink, a musical showcase of music for families (we’ll post more about that later). At Stink Randy Kaplan performend “No Nothing” off of his new album Loquat Rooftop. Loved it. Love the album too, listening to it all the way back home to Western Mass. – This week we’re offering it up to one lucky family to win. To hear samples off his new album visit Randy’s myspace page at www.myspace.com/randykaplanjunior.

Here’s what Zooglobble has to say about Loquat Rooftop:
“It is possible that Brooklyn-based Randy Kaplan could become, if he wanted to, the next Dan Zanes, playing for the moms and dads a mixture of blues and rock that works well for both the kids and adults … his love of storytelling puts him more in the camp of Pete Seeger or Trout Fishing in America perhaps (not bad company there, either). But it would be nice to see a bit of Zanes’ popularity rub off on Kaplan, because Loquat Rooftop‘s mixture of blues and folk-rock, laced with good humor and heart, will appeal to many kids and their adults. Definitely recommended.”

HOW TO WIN:

Your chance to win free music is as easy as 1-2-3 (4)! Simply

  1. POST A COMMENT BELOW and be sure to tell us your
  2. NAME and where you
  3. LIVE (TOWN/STATE). We’ll randomly draw a winner from those who leave a comment (along with their name and town/state) and contact the winner via email, so be sure to leave an
  4. ACCURATE EMAIL.

IT’S THAT SIMPLE! — Deadline is 05/14/08 @ 7pm (EST).

CONGRATULATIONS TO:

on winning last weeks contest. She will receive Renee & Jeremy’s album It’s a Big World! and a HFVS T-Shirt Review T-Shirt (limited edition) .

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