Sunday, September 26, 2010

This Is Fun: Giveaway


"This disc is a good one.  I'm excited about it."

Mrs. LIAYF, Lukas, and I were with friends visiting a music festival at a local park when we happened upon Presidents of the United States of America front man Chris Ballew, aka Caspar Babypants strumming on his guitar.  It was in the woods and there weren't too many people around, so we struck up a conversation.  The topic eventually came around to his upcoming Caspar Babypants studio release This is Fun.  I mentioned that I had just received a review copy in the mail and received the above response.

That was a few weeks ago now, and I have to say that after listening to it on almost continuous play since, he was justified in his excitement.  This is Fun is, as advertised, fun.  It is also, like his first two kid music releases under the Babypants alias, quirky, catchy, and infectious.

This is not just a kids album, it is an album that you will, dare I say, really enjoy.  Mrs. LIAYF and I certainly do, and there are relatively few kid focused releases that we can say that about.  There isn't an adult cringe worthy track out of the 20 included and the very first offering All You Pretty Babies always gets our toes tapping, and Lukas dancing from the get go.

That being said, my favorite track from This Is Fun (followed closely by Dark of Night, a duet with Elizabeth Mitchell) is actually a cover of another Seattle band.  Caspar Babypants really kicks things into high gear on the Nirvana song Sliver accompanied by none other than Nirvana's Krist Novoselic on Bass.

"Grandma take me home! Grandma take me home! Grandma take me home!"  Chris bellows as the song reaches it's pinnacle.   

Indeed, this is fun.



This Is Fun releases on November 2nd, but leave me a comment or, if you are on Twitter, tweet about this and mention @SeattleDad and I will enter you into a drawing to receive a copy of the album which I will hold Friday, October 1st.

Must be a resident of the US or Canada to win and leave a valid email address or Twitter handle.

Full disclosure: All opinions expressed in this review are my own and not influenced in any way by the company. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. I have been given a product free of charge, but that does not impact my views or opinions.

16 comments:

Amanda said...

Ugh kids music. We actually don't mind the Imagination Movers.... for the most part. Except after listening to it for days on end. This album sounds like a winner though!

Eric said...

My kids need different stuff to listen too.. This seems cool.. Sign me up./
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Mrs Chaplin said...

I am, er... my 6-month old is a Caspar Babypants groupie :) would love some new music!

Papa K said...

You know what's weird... weren't the POTUSOA doing music for porn a while back? I couldv'e sworn I'd seen a story about them on a VH1 special or something.

Anyway... I always loved the Presidents. I'd love to hear the CD.

Mighty M said...

Count me in!

Julianna said...

Me Please! It would make a great gift for my nephew... and my brother would love it too! -J

Chris (@tessasdad) said...

This looks cool! I'd love to check it out! Nice giveaway man.

Keith Wilcox said...

That guy Rocks! A billion times better than Raffi. Now, I'm not knocking Raffi for kids songs because kids love him -- but I can actually listen to this! How unique. :-)

sms said...

realy very nice..

SciFi Dad said...

I'd love an alternative to his Presidents stuff... Kitty isn't exactly OK for little ears.

Jessi said...

Love! Caspar Babypants has been on my wishlist for a while. :)

DC Urban Dad said...

Sign me up. It is definitely getting easier to find better music for kids that won't make you take a shotgun to the head. Have you tried Do Fun Stuff?

Lady Mama said...

Me me! I like the sound of this and rarely come across good albums for kids. I can just see myself singing along to it and driving everyone nuts.

Rachael said...

I heard about Caspar Babypants from my sister, and have been meaning to check it out!

Kevin said...

This is wonderful. Even if I don't win I will be getting this CD for me, uh, er I mean for the kids.

Homemaker Man said...

Greedy, souless comment. Gimmee.