Monday, March 14, 2005

Tunes for and from the animal kingdom

On today's show: Songs that make you go Ruff! & Sheep who just wanna rock (warning: music may start immediately).

First, on NPR the other day, Scott Simon had one of those interviews where he has to restain himself from being entirely sarcastic with his well-meaning guest, encouraging -- for instance -- listeners to gather their dogs around the radio to listen to cuts from Skip Haynes' CD Ask the Animals: Songs to Make Dogs Happy!. It's an album of songs perfectly calibrated to send your pooches off to doggie heaven on a raft of easy-going synth riffs without any of the hard percussion (which would remind them too much of gunshots, we were told).

Meanwhile, if you're in the mood for lots of percussion, there is the new children's picture book and accompanying website called Punk Farm, by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. The book doesn't blaze the shelves for another 42 days, but the book's "single" is free for the listening. For ironic young parents who want to ease their youngsters into the joys of post-punk and indie. (You can even start them on the road to obsessing over band-related "merch," such as the stickers you can download and print out.)

Thank you, Wisconsin!

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