Meet Andrew and Polly, award-winning music makers and hosts of Ear Snacks, a radical new podcast for kids. Andrew & Polly’s new album of quirky, eclectic and fun tunes embedded in brisk, brainy repartee, Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast, will be released on September 30th.
The first season of the podcast — over seven hours of free content for children and their families — includes interviews with more than 60 kids and 35 adult experts along with an original score and a slew of genre-busting Andrew & Polly songs. Now the duo presents a selection of music from the first season, re-contextualized on Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast. The album of fourteen expertly produced tunes ranges from introspective and insightful to anthemic and absurd, delivering addictive earworms and surprises around every corner.
“Really fun music that young kids will enjoy!”~ SoCal City Kids.
Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast kicks off with “Dancing Pants,” based on the true-to-life tale of a pair of pants that were so incredibly sparkly they needed their own horn section. “Dancing Pants” featuresAndrew & Polly’s L.A. neighbor, the incomparable Mista Cookie Jar, whose rap makes the song “next level cuckoo.”
A photo that Polly Hall took of a miniature toy stegosaurus with a fierce shadow became the inspiration for “Tiny Dino,” produced as if Simon & Garfunkel, with a little help from Toto, had written the theme song to a Saturday morning cartoon of thirty years ago.
Other highlights include “Grapes,” the SiriusXM Kids Place Live chart topper from the very first episode of Ear Snacks, and “How Can You Tell If It’s Going to Rain?” which offers a ’60s ethos updated for the third millennium.
“Every episode of Ear Snacks,” says Polly Hall, “is about some small thing — just some unassuming something, but then, of course, it’s about something bigger, too.”
Andrew & Polly started making music together as college undergraduates and, by now, have become a fixture on the L.A. music scene, in high demand for their sparkling music for films, TV, and commercials, with “grownup” music credits too numerous to mention, including a 2015 Emmy nomination for Polly Hall.
On the kid side of things, their production credits include dope jams like “Grapes” and songs for Sesame Studios and Nickelodeon’sWallykazam! as well as the score to the Nick digital series Welcome to the Wayne. Their music regularly charts on SiriusXM’s Kids Place Live, and their podcast, Ear Snacks, broadcasts monthly on the same channel. The two co-founded and serve on the board of Kids Listen, a new group advocating for quality audio programming for kids.
Previous albums by Andrew & Polly include Odds & Ends (2015, Parents’ Choice® Award, Fids & Kamily Top 10 Albums of the Year), Up and At ‘Em! (2010, ASCAP Foundation Joe Raposo Children’s Music Award for the song “When You’re a Dog”), and a holiday EP, Other Days(2015).
Ear Snacks: Songs from the Podcast will be available at CDBaby, Amazon, at Andrew & Polly’s website – www.andrewandpolly.com – and at their shows.
Andrew & Polly Performance Highlights – Oct. – Dec. 2016
Oct. 8 – Books & Cookies – Santa Monica, CA
Oct. 23 – McCabe’s Guitar Shop – Santa Monica, CA – Album Release Celebration!
Oct. 29 – Children’s Book World – Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 5 – LA Baby Show – Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 12 – Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory, Los Angeles, CA
Nov. 16 – Brisbane Library, Brisbane, CA
Nov. 17 – Recess Urban Recreation – San Francisco, CA
Nov. 19 – Children’s Book World – Los Angeles, CA
Dec. 4 – Zimmer Children’s Museum – Los Angeles, CA
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Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the CD to post. Info and photos were provided.