Hey there funky families and friends! We know winter can get a little bit weary, so we got the cure for you right here. For the next 3 months, we'll be giving you access to FREE MUSIC from 3 of the best bands in the Kindie (kids independent) genre! Trust us, it's SKIDOO
INTRODUCING... FREE MUSIC FROM RECESS MONKEY!
Not only do they have the best name in family entertainment, but Recess Monkey have some of the best tunes too! Time Out New York recently named this trio of elementary school teachers from Seattle the #3 Kindie Band in America. Recess Monkey knows how to connect with kids and be hilarious while their music is both sophisticated and eclectic. Their last album, In Tents, was circus themed and
completely AWESOME. If you ever get a chance to see them live, be prepared to dance and scream along with a power packed family fiasco!!
Ready for a FREE 5-SONG DIGITAL EP from Recess Monkey?! Simply CLICK HERE select the "Buy Now" link and enter in the price of $0
(that's right $0!). All you have to do is join Recess Monkey's email list (for thoughtful invitations and announcements), and you get a FREE "Best of Album" with songs chosen by the Monkeys themselves. We wouldn't steer ya wrong, these guys RAWK!!!
MORE FREE MUSIC COMING IN MARCH AND APRIL!!
Keep your ears out and your eyes peeled, we have 2 more great bands to introduce to you with FREE SONGS in the next few months. Then once spring hits, we'll have for your sensory pleasure a 23 Skidoo live album, a book, a buncha shows all around the nation, and a Secret Agency Fan Club for the true believers!
HOWDY CALI-FUNKY FOLKS! NEXT STOP... LEGOLAND!
The Skidoo family has set up their new secret headquarters high in the California Mountains and we are hatching new plans for funky soul-fried world domination. We are starting with a big bass bumpin' party this NEW YEARS EVE at LEGOLAND, California! Keep in touch for 2013, cause we are gonna spread like an anti virus to all the points on the map.... woo hooo!
For more information on Legoland's New Year's Eve kids celebration, CLICK HERE
STUFF YA STOCKIN' WITH SOMETHIN' ROCKIN'!!!
The Skidoo fam is busy with a workshop full of elves that got kicked out of Santa's Workshop (wha?!) We believe in second chances, so we are letting them assemble CDs, DVDs, Hoodies, T-shirts, and the BRAND SPANKIN' NEW Hot Lava Hot Sauce to heat up your cold months. Purchase any of these items through www.secretagent23skidoo.com (we can even personalize and sign your copies).
OR if you are looking for a bulk bargain email Skidoo at firstname.lastname@example.org and make him an offer! He loves to wheel and deal! Do you have all 4 Skidoo albums including Monkeywrench?! Do you have both DVDs?? Do you need some added spice for your tacos?? We gotcha covered.
FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS FROM WASHINGTON!!!
The Washington Post is apparently very susceptible to bribes from the Skidoo lobby... In their round up of great kids music, the Skidoo fam appeared with a 1-2-3 Punch (worthy of Bruce Lee, were he to make family hip hop).
Not only did they call Make Believers a super energized album, but they also gave love to the Grammy winning compilation All About Bullies which features Secret Agent 23 Skidoo with the Sugar Free Allstars on "Cooperate." PLUS they highlighted Science Fair which features MC Fireworks' first solo track "Rocket Science." All of these albums are available on Itunes.
Washington DC TOUR!
Hey all y'all folks and fans in the nation's capital! Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is bringing the soul friend family funk up to your neck of the woods!
On Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30, we'll be rocking out at the SMITHSONIAN! 2 shows each day, and they usually sell out ahead of time. Buy tickets and get more info HERE.
(Come see Skidoo and a space shuttle, all in the same morning!!!)
Then, we'll be playing 2 more shows at JAMMIN JAVA on Saturday March 31st! Always a great venue to catch the best in music for the whole tribe.....here's a LINK to buy tickets and check it out....
So come on down, or tell your friends in the area, this is a real funky get down, sure to be bonafide.
MAKE BELIEVERS IS COMPLETE!!!! Yes, ladeeeeeez and gennnnnnntlemen, the news is true! The 3rd lucky Secret Agent 23 Skidoo album, MAKE BELIEVERS is finished! With a dizzying array of retro sounds mixed with golden age hip hop and formed into the perfect positive family dance party, including MC FIREWORKS, BOOTYSATTVA, DJ STRANGE, and even MOLLY LEDFORD of LUNCH MONEY, this is a blast from the past with its eyes on the future! It's the first release off of our newly formed label, UNDERGROUND PLAYGROUND RECORDS, and will be hitting store shelves nationally as well as Itunes and on our website on May 22nd!!! Thanks to all the KICKSTARTER contributers and STAY TUNED!!!
Featured On A
GRAMMY WINNING COMPILATION!!!
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is part of a compilation CD that was nominated for and won a Grammy in the Children's Music category! The CD, called
"All About Bullies...Big and Small,"
features 37 artists each speaking on how to deal with bullies or how to be better friends. Skidoo's song "Cooperate", is a collaboration with Oklahoma City's The Sugar Free Allstars.
SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO DROPS A BRAND NEW DVD & BEGINS THE SECRET SANTA PROGRAM!!!
23 Skidoo and Crew are at it again with a new movie for your groovy half pints!
SPELUNK THE FUNK: the Underground Playground DVD is a beautifully recorded live show at Asheville NC's premier venue the Orange Peel (named one of Rolling Stones top 10 venues!) with a slew of crazy guests performing yer favorite cuts from UNDERGROUND PLAYGROUND! But that's not all! it also contains professional videos for the heart melting Chase the Rain and the spooky, psychedelic 13 O Clock!
Plus, we are Now Launching the 23 Skidoo SECRET SANTA PROGRAM! When you buy our new DVD "Spelunk the Funk: The Underground Playground Movie", we match that, giving a copy to a child in need through Asheville's Eliada Homes.
That's right every one you buy, a kid gets one FREE!
...AND IT'S EASY (or underground playground... get it?) WITH
THE BIG HOLIDAY BARGAIN!
ANY CD + ANY DVD FOR ONLY 23$!!!
For Grown Ups and Teens but Totally Clean - 23 Skidoo thinks outside the juicebox!
Click HERE to order the brand new
Secret Agent Monkey Wrench! CD
Click HERE to read a review of
Giving thanks to all of the friends out there who supported Miss Saki (aka) MC Fireworks on her journey to NUMBER ONE on KID'S PLACE LIVE... SIRIUS/XM's super groovy kid's station.
Mind Over Matter is an awesome fusion of Appalachian banjo (Eleanor Underhill of Underhill Rose) and seriously danceable hip hop. This song was Saki's first 16 bar rhyme to memorize and to perform with style and pizzazz. She has worked very hard and we are SO PROUD OF HER!!
Oh...and did we mention that USA TODAY shouted out her name and called her " a total star..." Nice work Saki!
How does she take this recent climb on the ladder to fame? Well...lets say she is humbly happy, and just about equally as excited to be heading to The Hop on her bike as spring unfolds in our little valley town.
NPR's All Things Conside#eb5a32 has reviewed UNDERGROUND PLAYGROUND!
That's fresher than Fresh Air!
BOOM! read the review here
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is back with 16 tracks of head nodding, brain building, soul fried kid hop goodness! Featuring some real special guests like MC Fireworks and Gift of Gab from Blackalicious, along with the cream of the Ashevegas music scene, this is a platter that matters. More Fraggle than Wiggle, dig the anti-Barney over the newest version of old school funk!
Wowee! Check out these crazy videos!
We got "Chase the Rain", heartfelt and sincere, dealing with those everyday changes that we all got to learn to smile at, starring Caroline Pond, MC Fireworks, a bunch of Ashevegas half pints, and the Agent hisself.
...and "13 O Clock", a surreal romp through a strange dream carnival, twisty enough to make Shel Silverstein proud from the great beyond, starring Mahira, Kimi, MC Fireworks, and Mr. 23, with carnival tricks by The Runaway Circus and juggling by 40 Fingers and a Chipped Tooth!
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been chosen as the Official Spokesman for the New York State Summer Reading Program!
This illustrious position, last held by magician David Blaine, gives 23 Skidoo a chance to speak about the importance of literacy and reading, and about the magic of words.
As an unabashed word lover and practitioner of a musical form born in NYC, 23 Skidoo is hono#eb5a32 by their choice.
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
keeps the walls throbbing in TIME MAGAZINE!
Parents! Are You Ready for Kindie Rock? By Harriet Barovick
At a hot new club in Brooklyn, the walls are throbbing, rocked by a blaring hip-hop band, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, one of six acts in the day's lineup, which runs from punk to pop. If not for the high-pitched roar of the crowd — and the fact that many of the fans are under 4 ft. (120 cm) tall — this jamathon could easily be mistaken for any of the blissed-out shows I attended in my 20s.
I'm here with one of my 6-year-old twin sons at the second annual Kindiefest, a three-day national conference — complete with panels, keynote address and performances — to exchange ideas on how best to market, distribute and play independent music for kids. (The genre, called kindie music, is proudly distinct from the bubblegum stuff on Radio Disney.) In the past couple of years, as the mainstream music industry has struggled, family music has exploded. Parents immune to the charms of Barney or Raffi now have dozens of options for CDs and concerts that they can enjoy as much as their kids can. More bands are making money and vying for limited space at cool venues like Washington's 9:30 Club and Eddie's Attic in Decatur, Ga. And their records are being played on a growing number of kindie radio shows from Detroit to Albuquerque.
It's no longer seen as a sign of failure to be a performer for the 8-and-under set. Indie bands like Weezer and the Shins are showing up on the trippy kids' TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. Established musicians like Dan Zanes (formerly of the '80s band the Del Fuegos) and They Might Be Giants (which won a Grammy for the theme song for Fox's Malcolm in the Middle) are now better known for their kids' records. And some newer kindie artists who don't have grownup-music hits — or even children of their own — are recording and touring regularly as family performers. Recess Monkey, a trio of Seattle elementary-school teachers who performed at Kindiefest, started playing together just a few years ago. Now their intelligent, Beatlesesque sound is filling small venues in Chicago and on both coasts.
A key part of a band's success is theatrical, goofy performances, but another reason for the music's popularity is that it's good. So good, in fact, that — I'll say it loud and proud — I often listen to family bands when my sons aren't around. Without any sugarcoating or condescension, the songs address a range of topics, from bullies and new haircuts to death and divorce. And the artists approach this territory with sophisticated harmonies and themes.
"I was told when I started that a kids' song had to be sweet and repetitive, but I found that's not the case at all," says Justin Roberts, a brilliant crafter of power-pop songs who will release his seventh kindie CD, Jungle Gym, in June. "I write stuff that makes me feel something, and then I hope kids will like it too." Judging from the stage rushers at Kindiefest, the kids are finding it more than alright.
CSLP is a national collaborative of 49 states that work together to create materials for each state's public library summer reading program.
USA TODAY DUBS "EASY" ONE OF 2009'S BEST FAMILY ALBUMS!!!
"These kids' songs are awesome!"
Kids' music is recession-proof. "Songs stay positive, no matter what's going on in the world," says Kathy O'Connell, host of Philadelphia's WXPN radio show Kids Corner. USA TODAY'sKorina Lopez talks to O'Connell and Mindy Thomas, program director for Sirius XM Radio's Kids Place Live, about favorite 2009 releases....
Artist: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
The consensus: "We have had a lot of CDs come through trying to do hip-hop, but this one is hands down the best," Thomas says. "The lyrics are em-powering without being too overt."
SKIDOO GETS SIGNED! Greetings, Skidudes and Skidames!!! 23 Skidoo here with some happy news to share. News about Happiness in fact... HAPPINESS RECORDS, A BRAND NEW ULTRA FUNKY KIDS LABEL HAS SIGNED 23 SKIDOO!!!
Smart guys, if you ask me!
HEY, GUESS WHAT... The Secret Agent 23 Skidoo song "Gotta Be Me" is on the new Kidzapalooza Compilation CD!
This CD also features music by Perry Farrell, Debbie Harry, Lisa Loeb, & other great kids jams! It's available now and can be purchased at Amazon.com, as well as through iTunes, & at tradtiional retail outlets!
"EASY TO WATCH" DVD OUT NOW!
EASY TO WATCH is the ultra funky DVD that includes the hit videos GOTTA BE ME & FAMILY TREE, along with a full uncut recording of the SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO 1 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW!* Watch the throwdown go down, and see all your favorite special guests DO THEIR THANG!
*filmed by Daniel Judson
WE HAVE A WINNER!
Thanks, Y'all! Because of your votes, the "Gotta Be Me" video won
in the 2009 Zooglobble
We won by by 23 votes, so it was obviously meant to be!
THE RAVE REVIEWS KEEP COMIN'!
Above: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo with Daughter Saki
THANKS COOKIE MAG! "Easy, is a revelation. Plenty of artists have taken a stab at "kid-hop" before, but not one has produced such an unqualified success. This is real hip-hop... the songs radiate positivity, promoting self-esteem and curiosity... so masterfully delive#eb5a32 that it doesn't feel the least bit corny. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has set a new bar for the genre."
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