It’s not the weather, it’s the people we love

Have you had enough snow this winter? My little shovelers certainly haven’t. While you won’t find me complaining about the weather, I’d agree with Sleater-Kinney, “It’s not the weather, it’s the people we love.” That line comes from a single off the new album of the same name: No Cities to Love. 

No Cities to Love by Sleater Kinney: 

Kind: Awake Baby

I want somebody to shovel. I need somebody to shovel. I want somebody to shovel me.

I want somebody to shovel. I need somebody to shovel. I want somebody to shovel me.

Reasons it’s a Tot Rocker: No Cities to Love is a fun, kicky song. There are verses that are a little more tricky, but you don’t have to wait long until they loop back to the strong fun anthem-y chorus. Did I mention it’s a great song? The women of Sleater-Kinney have gotten back together after a little hiatus to make this new album by the same name. So far, I’m pretty impressed with the whole album. Sleater-Kinney is currently on tour, if you want to see them live ya’ll better step to, because shows are selling out.

Other Tot Rockers by Sleater-Kinney: Modern Girl (sleepy baby), Bury our Friends (awake baby)

Similar Tot Rockers: Romance (Wild Flag), Waterfall (Ex Hex)

Get to know Sleater-Kinney. See you at the show!


A bedtime ritual with MC5

The key to a successful bedtime is routine and calming activites. Reading, snuggling, a glass of milk, perhaps a lullaby. You know, stuff like this. Going against all that, TotRock Dad has taught the tots this new quirky routine at bedtime. When it’s time to put on pajamas, the kids yell:

Kick out the jams, Mother! I’m gonna kick ’em out!

This is followed by a dance fest, replete with jumping, head banging and air kicks, while listening to Kick out the Jams by MC5. 

Not exactly a lullaby, is it? I’m certain jamming out to MC5 is not a quiet time activity.  Nevertheless, the whole thing is terribly amusing to Mr. TotRock. He’s remarked, “this [new habit] makes me such a happy dad.” Don’t worry, this hasn’t totally ruined the sense of calm before bed. It’s been a long time since bedtime has been calming.

Know what also is also anything but calming? MC5. Robert Bixby described the 1960’s punk band as “a catastrophic force of nature the band was barely able to control.” Likewise, the post-show atmosphere was described by Don McLeese as “the delirious exhaustion experienced after ‘a street rumble or an orgy. (Thanks, Wikipedia!) The aftermath of a street rumble? Yeah, that sounds like my house at bedtime.

Okay. Write this down. If you are looking around for the next big thing, this is it. Ready? MC5 Kick out the paJAMaS. I did a cursory search on The Google and no one has done this yet. I’m telling you. Do it now before Etsy is flush with them. You’re welcome.

MC5 clothing line by OBEY. See? Kick Out The paJAMaS would totally work.