Friday, June 8, 2012

Now Available on CD -- Secret Agen 23 Skidoo's Make Believers

"The Undisputed King of Kid Hop" (Time Out NY Kids)
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Make Believers
Available Now!

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, which Time Out New York Kids magazine just named one of America's top 10 Best Bands for Kids, has just released Make Believers. The new disc, which features 39 guest artists including 10 year old MC Fireworks, is available now from Underground Playground Records, iTunes, and many other retailers. 
The critics are raving
  • Wired’GeekMom reviewer says her daughter cried when she tried to turn off the music.
  • DailyCandy premiered the new video for “Gotta Be You” and picked these songs for their “Carpool Playlist” today.
  • PopDose’s Dadnabbit just posted an interview with Skidoo subtitled, “The undisputed King of Kid-Hop is back with arguably his strongest album to date: Make Believers is a genre-bending retro radio party.”
  • notes Skidoo’s “all encompassing message of self confidence, imagination, brain power and reaching one's potential.” 
  • Zooglobble, the go-to source for children's music news, sparks about Skidoo's expressive "star quality."
  • Mountain Xpress in Skidoo's hometown of Asheville, NC, featured the Make Believers CD release event and video taping last weekend, saying, "His music is about respect and self-respect and letting kids know that what they may consider their weirdness is probably something to be proud of."
As these critics realize, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo turns the typical kiddie story-song on its head by employing a level of musical and lyrical complexity rarely seen in the family genre. Make Believers opens with an energetic adaptation of the classic Jack in the Beanstalk fairytale, “Magic Beans,” in which young Jack ignores the negativity around him to forge ahead with his dreams. Other original songs offer endless encouragement for kids to use their innate intelligence (“Brainstorm”), bravery (“Hi-5 for the High Dive” and “Hot Sauce”), and imagination (“Make the Future”).

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s albums have previously garnered acclaim in Time, People, USA Today, and from Stefan Shepherd on NPR’s “All Things Considered.” His original track “Cooperate” is featured on the 2012 Grammy award-winning children’s album All About Bullies… Big and Small. 23 Skidoo has rocked sets at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits,The Winnipeg Folk Festival, Irving Plaza, Legoland and The Smithsonian Institution. More summer and fall performances will be announced soon.

Upcoming  concerts
June 12 - Tulsa Children's Library, Tulsa, OK
June 30 - Indy Parks and Rec Family series, Indianapolis
July 14 - Toubab Krewe Festival, Asheville, NC
August 2 and 3 - NYC Parks
August 4 - Jammin Java, Vienna, VA

Disclosure:  I was sent a copy of this CD from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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