Saturday, April 14, 2012

Kindie Land: New DVD Gustafer Yellowgold's Year In The Day

One of our all time favorites in the kindie music scene is back!   Gustafer Yellowgold, alien from the sun, returns with Year in the Day, a romp through the seasons and holidays.   Year in the Day is laugh out loud, absurdest funny, endearing and catchy.   Morgan Taylor has created what's sure to be a holiday classic, year round.   He's done it again, with his hit making wit and catchy riffs.

There are an overabundance of animated Christmas specials, and the market's even become flooded with Halloween, Easter and Valentine specials.   But this one's truly special.    Year in the Day is unique in that it covers all the simple joys and childlike wonder and excitement of everything from dying eggs, and watching fireworks, to celebrating Midsummer, werewolves and shadows!

Taylor's lyrics are quirky, irreverent and insightful, with lines like "My mind is addled by how my shadow knows I'm going out in the sunshine."   Pancake Smackdown is our ultimate fav.  It's just plain silly fun, where animals get blindsided by flying shaped pancakes.   "Nobody's ready for a pancake smackdown."   Owls are unseated and tummies are left rumbling for pancakes shaped like floating Gustafer heads.   Highly recommended for ages 4 and up and up and up.   My 11 year old son and I watched this one together and both adored it!  

This release again comes in a sweet set that includes a DVD with animation to all the songs, and a CD, for those audio only occasions.  Here's a recap of the reviews and official release details below.

An Out-of-this-Stratosphere Experience!  Now out on DVD

Starring That Little Guy from the Sun, Gustafer Yellowgold

“Star of Kindie Rock”
– Time Magazine

“…the most infectious original songs.  It’s like tapping into some pleasure center in the brain – both adult and kid...absurdly appealing – Grade A”
- Entertainment Weekly

“The show is a cross between ‘Yellow Submarine’ and Dr. Seuss.”
 - The New York Times

“Endearing, intelligent, and slightly subversive.”
- Variety

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold came from the Sun and landed in Minnesota. His humorous adventures burst forth in hand-drawn music videos from cartoonist/songwriter/performer Morgan Taylor.

Taylor developed the award-winning, multimedia Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and hand drawn cartoon movie. 

In the new DVD/CD package, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day, we find former Sun-resident Gustafer Yellowgold  experiencing his own, unique take on a year’s worth of Earth holidays, both classic and unusual.   Groundhog Day, Pancake Day/Fat Tuesday, St. Patrick's Day, Halloween, and many more receive the one-of-a-kind Gustafer blend of blissful pop-music, lyrical poignancy, and cartoon absurdity.

Featuring top-tier guest musicians such as John Munson (Semisonic and late ‘80s cult favorite Trip Shakespeare,) Robert DiPietro (Norah Jones) and Robert Jost (Bjork, SNL, Sesame Street), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Year In The Day is the first Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD package to feature a focused theme throughout, unfolding in graphic novel fashion with eleven thought provoking, melodic, soft-rock music videos ranging from sublime alt-pop to gentle acoustic.

The Los Angeles Times enthused, "Taylor’s whimsical, lightly psychedelic world forms an interesting bridge between adult and kids’ music.”  The Washington Post declared, “He’s a star on stage and screen! … The mix of catchy tunes and offbeat stories has endeared Taylor, and Gustafer, to teenagers as well.” The Chicago Tribune wrote, “Gustafer Yellowgold has made kids’ music so cool that teenagers and ultra-hip bands such as Wilco want to get in on the act … a shiny blend of pop art and pop tunes.”  New York Magazine named Morgan Taylor “Best Kids’ Performer,” calling Taylor “the most original performer on the family-music scene today.”  Two Gustafer Yellowgold songs have reached #1 on Sirius/XM’s Kids Place Live kids’ music channel.

NOT JUST FOR KIDS!  Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show has been the wild-card opening act for bands like Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree.

The award-winning series of Gustafer Yellowgold DVD/CD packages includes Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wide Wild World, Gustafer Yellowgold’s Have You Never Been Yellow? (both released in 2007), Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Fever (2009), and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock (2011).

For ages 4 and up.
Label: Apple-Eye Productions
SRP: $19.99
Run time: 2 hours, total content


April 14 — Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA
April 15 — Shepherdstown Opera House, Shepherdstown, WV
April 21 — The Regent Theatre, Arlington, MA
April 22 — SPACE Gallery, Portland, ME
April 29 — Cinema Arts Centre, Huntington, NY
May 11 — Kansas City Central Library, Kansas City, MO
May 12 — Off Broadway, St. Louis, MO
May 19 — Good Records, Dallas, TX

Check out Gustafer Yellowgold's main site, for songs, games, ordering info and more!

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