One of my all time favorite Read-Along books as a kid was the story of E.T. No, not the creepy version read by Michael Jackson, but the cute one read by young Drew Barrymore. As a kid I just thought she was cute and cool, as an adult I realized that the part where she gets shoved in the closet...well, it sounds like a stint in rehab, doesn't it?
Drew Barrymore sees goblins in rehab
Get this album and many more at Read-Along Adventures (which also features groovy interactive flash files) or at The Secret Cavern of Read-Along Treasures. Both of these were found via Blogio Oddio, who also points you to even more resources for kiddie records on the net.
Speaking of kiddie nostalgia, if you haven't already checked out the new Sesame Street Old School DVDs, they are a great trip down childhood lane, and feature the classic episodes that are about 500 times cooler than this sucky Elmo-world we live in today. Where else could you hear this:
Lou Rawls: ABCs
Good Music for Bad Times shares the first Rodney on the ROQ compilation, which not only features the best version of "Bloodstains" (with Brooke Shields intro, of course), but introduced that blogger to the glory of 80s NYC no-wave princess Cristina (doing an awesome Peggy Lee cover, though considerably changing the Leiber & Stoller lyrics).
Agent Orange: Bloodstains
Cristina: Is That All There Is?
Feel the heat of Attila, Billy Joel's 1970 prog rock band. Yeah, they're bad...but also kind of smokin' in the badness. Hey, if Joel disavows it today, that must mean it has something good going on. (via Record Robot)
And by recommendation, here is also their aptly titled instrumental Brain Invasion
And finally, promo for that new Dylan film is freaking everywhere, but
if one of those actors playing him in the biopic
should have totally been Mr. French. At least, I think that is clearly evidenced by Sebastion Cabot, Actor, Bob Dylan,
Like a Rolling Stone
It Ain't Me Babe
All I Really Want To Do
Other MP3 fun for you to explore after the jump!
MP3s from the Latter Day Saints Children's Songbook. (via the ol' Blather Box)
The aptly named Awesome Tapes From Africa recently turned me on to Boubacar Traore, and this is an official thank you.
Sputnik is not just a Russian satellite, it's one of my favorite words. Correction, "mutnicks" is even better.
A classic from my more angry youth back in Denver, "My Dad's a Fuckin' Alcoholic".
And finally, here's a nice little taste of West African breakbeats.