We first reviewed Pink! on August 18th. Click HERE for our full blown prior coverage, including a slide show of ChiIL Mama originals of Rocknoceros playing Kidzapalooza 2010 and music videos from their site.
Here's an excerpt:
Rocknocerous is a little bit country and a little bit rock and roll, and with 5 discs out, you're sure to find something for everyone. My favorite song they played at Kidzapalooza is Col. Purple Turtle. It's not on Pink, but I've found it on YouTube, so you can check it out, too.
The people who posted this clip likened them to The Grateful Dead, but when I heard them live I got all happy and instantly thought, woo hoo, Primus for kids! There's something decidedly Les Claypool about their playful lyrics and accented spoken words. I could almost see them breaking into Primus' Tommy the Cat and then easing back into Colonel Purple Turtle and his purple turtle journal.
The latest Rocknoceros album, Pink, is refreshingly colored...black. That works for us. My 7 year old skate punk in training is the antithesis of a pink princess. At the tender age of 2, she was asked her favorite color by her conservative Ohio Grammy. From three rooms away I heard her scream, "MY FAVORITE COLOR IN THE WORLD IS BLAAAAACK."
Five years later, she still loves black, despite the fact every other second grade girl in her class adores pink. What else would you expect from the daughter of a skate punk Dad who had a pink trimmed board in the 80s, and a Mama who wears a lot of black?
In the case of Rocknoceros, though, she's made an exception. Their Pink is pretty cool. It's got 14 tracks to keep your littles learning and laughing on those long car trips.
We're particular fans of The Train Song, Put A Hat On, Lucky Lindy, and Big Wheel, though honestly Sagezilla and Du-Jay went gonzo for the whole CD. They did a raucous bunch of silly dancing and cracked up repeatedly through all fourteen tracks. Maybe it's 'cause we reviewed it when they were all hepped up at bedtime... Or maybe Rocknoceros silliness is just that contagious.
Check out their web site for CDs, tee shirts, and cool pod casts. They also have a streaming player where you can have your own random Rocknoceros-a-thon or choose to hear specific favorites. These guys make learning so silly and fun, that growing your brain is pretty painless.
We'll announce our winner of Pink! tomorrow. Then our contest culminates with 3 Keller Williams' Kids CDs, and 4 No Kidding! tickets--a huge Keller Williams bonanza for 4 lucky winners who will be drawn February 1st & 2nd.
Exclamation Point! Recap--Featured CDs of the week:
5th-This is Fun! by Caspar Babypants
12th-Let's Go! by The Boogers (click the links for ChiIL Mama's coverage)
19th-Pink! by Rocknoceros
26th-Kids by Keller Williams
**26th-No Kidding! Keller Williams Kids' Show--Win 1 Family 4 Pack of tickets to Park West in Chicago, February 5th at 3:30pm. and Kids CDs for 3 lucky winners