Posts Tagged ‘ rock and roll ’

Ultra-Hip Ultrasound

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

Screen-capture-11 As if seeing your baby in utero isn't thrilling enough, now there's a way to trick out your ultrasound.

Yes, it's true you can download the iPhone app called Pimp My Ultrasound to give your unborn child stylish headgear like bows, football helmets or santa hats, accessories such as sunglasses, a guitar, or a credit card, and then embellish with text bubbles and picture frames.

No, this should not be your first priority when viewing your ultrasound, but it makes for a good giggle. And it not all just fun and games, they donate 5% of their profits to charities that work with babies in need.

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The Jonases Are Alright

Monday, March 16th, 2009

After I saw the Jonas Brothers perform on Saturday Night Live a few weeks back (and had to admit that they sounded way better than TV On the Radio did the week before), I’ve been much more inclined to give them props. Not that millions of obsessed kids didn’t already get my attention.

Now the New York Post reports that the band’s Disney Channel show, JONAS, (due out in May) is taking cues from one of my all-time favorite series, Flight of the Conchords (New Zealand's fourth most popular digi-folk paradists).

I’m not sure Disney can quite capture the understated, un-self-aware styling of Conchords, but if JONAS comes close, I am sure lots of parents will be happy to tune in.

In the new series, brothers Kevin, Joe and Nick play fictionalized
versions of themselves,
balancing school and family with being teenage superstar musicians—complete with a number one fan, a la the Conchords' Mel. 

In the original concept, J.O.N.A.S. stood for Junior Operatives Networking As Spies and the boys were set to play secret agents under the guise of an up-and-coming rock band. But that was 2007, when they were up-and-coming.

“Having them play an up-and-coming rock band when they are the biggest musical artists around right now didn't feel honest," Adam Bonnett, senior vice president of original programming at the Disney Channel told The Post. The new format has also been compared to the Monkees show, which I really did love as a kid. So for now, Jonas fever shall continue, with my blessing. Not that any Jonas fans want my blessing, but still.

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Gwen Stefani Has Another Boy!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Congrats to Gwen and Gavin! The rockstar couple gave birth to their second child yesterday–and it ain’t no holla-back girl. Both mom and son are doing fine. But the burning question is when you already have one kid named Kingston, do you try to top it or go with something more traditional for baby No. 2? Drum roll, please! His name is…Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale. So, I’m guessing not traditional then? What do you think: Love it or still trying to figure out how to pronounce it?

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Friday Night Movies

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

This Week’s DVD Goodies:

Are you ready to rock!?! In a G-rated kind of way? DVDs from two Disney darlings, Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers, are about to take over your TV set. Enjoy the peace and quiet while you can. Your kids are going to play Hannah Montana: Best of Both Worlds Concert Movie and Camp Rock so many times that you will know all the songs by heart. The good news is you will get a break…in late October, when High School Musical 3 hits theaters with a whole new set of tween-y tunes. Don’t let all the cute, floppy hair fool you–it’s a vicious cycle.


This Week’s Big-Screen Goody:

The Longshots (rated PG)


More Kid-Friendly DVDs:

Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers
Collection, Vol. 2

Disney / Pixar: Ultimate Eight-Movie

George of the Jungle: Swinging First Season

Her Best Move

& the Dragon
: Dragon’s Tale

Transformers Animated: Season One

Veggie Tales: Where’s God When I’m
S-Scared? – A Lesson in Handling Fear

Wayside School: Season

Wordworld: Sheep’s A Star


SarahThe Put-Your-Kids-to-Bed-First Picks of the Week (TV Edition):

Dexter: The Complete Second Season

Gossip Girl: The Complete First Season

House, M.D.: Season Four

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
- The Complete First Season


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Armor for Ears

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Outdoor concert season in Brooklyn is definitely a family affair. However, the venue I went to this weekend was louder than most. Just as I was beginning to fret over the eardrums of the cute kids sitting nearby, their parents unpacked kids’ hearing protection earmuffs from Peltor, which are made to reduce loud noise by 20 decibels, without blocking other ambient sound. The kids wore them with no complaints and seemed much happier for it. I wondered if they could sense the relief of all the surrounding adults. Truthfully though, I think they just liked the bright colors their earmuffs came in.

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Buckle Up, Miley!

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

We’re pretty big Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana fans around here. She’s a good role model who doesn’t seem too likely to pull a Jamie-Lynn anytime soon. Plus those songs are just so darned catchy! But here’s something we’re not cheering about: According to Consumer Reports, in her hugely promoted 3-D concert tour movie, she and her dad are shown not wearing seatbelts while driving to a rehearsal. Did anyone who saw the movie catch this? (I didn’t see it.) I have to say I don’t think your average 11-year-old is going to spot this small moment and try to get out of wearing a seatbelt cuz Miley doesn’t… (I hope!) but it’s still a pretty big goof that the film’s editors and director didn’t catch it—and that she apparently doesn’t wear her seatbelt. Buckle up, Miley!

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The Secret Underground Hannah Montana Society

Monday, November 26th, 2007

423268710_da8ca14215_m_3Anyone who follows this blog knows that my 6-year-old niece has already infected me with a bad case of High School Musical fever. Yes, I am certain that I am the only person over the age of 11 who describes "You Are the Music In Me" to friends as "haunting." (It’d be funny if it weren’t true.)

As it turns out, my sweet, little Niecey Botwin was, in true drug pusher form, just starting me out on the soft stuff to get me hooked and comin’ back for more: This past Thanksgiving weekend at home has left me with a full blown Hannah Montana habit. (Oh, how did I not see THAT coming?)

"Best of Both Worlds"? Brilliant. My favorite, "Nobody’s Perfect"? A timeless masterpiece that I can’t get out of my head: "Nobody’s perfect. I gotta work it, again and again, til I get it right." I mean, it’s spooky. It’s like she knows me!

Time to fess up, all you achy breaky parents and former fans of Miley Cyrus’s dad, Billy Ray. Mullets unite!! Admit you’re a big ol’ Momtana … and that you would’ve killed to have been on Oprah last week when the big O surprised everyone with a Miley/Hannah appearance)!

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3 Ways to Repurpose Beloved T-Shirts

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

1. This mom made a "handme up," by combining her son’s favorite (but outgrown) T with one that fits.


Wanna see how she did it? Go check out her tutorial here. I would like to add that if you’re a non-sewer you could just wear two shirts (small over large). Not as nifty, but still…link thanks craftzine.
2. Oh how rock and roll is this quilt wisdom of the moon made for here teenage daughter’s birthday out of old concert t’s?


3. If you don’t have skilz to DIY (like me) teensygreen found a company which will make you a beautiful (but pricey) quilt from your beloved shirties.


Sorry about the blurry picture! Go to stitch t to get a them to patch an heirloom together for you.

Any other ideas for what to do with old shirts? Our drawers are bulging with them, but they’re too well-worn to giveaway—and have too many memories attached to them to trash. Please share your ideas!

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