Wednesday, February 5, 2014

No School Today Gets A Release Date!

I haven't posted anything about Danny's upcoming album in a little while, but today I've got an update chock-a-block full of new info including a release date, label, new videos, and another special guest! I'll let this handy press release give you all the details :-) So exciting!!

They Might Be Giants Bassist Danny Weinkauf Announces Debut Solo Album No School Today Out April 29th

From the Grammy Award winning artist who brought you the songs "I Am A Paleontologist", "Number Two", and "Where Do They Make Balloons?”

Lynbrook, NY (February 5, 2014) - Danny Weinkauf, long time bassist for They Might Be Giants, is thrilled to announce his first solo children's music album, No School Today, to be released on April 29th. The album will be released via Idlewild Recordings And Megaforce Records with distribution by Sony/RED. This is the first album by an artist other than They Might Be Giants, to be released on the band’s own label, Idlewild Recordings.

Packed with 16 catchy and memorable tunes, No School Today covers topics from marsupials to archaeology, spelling bees, voting rights, the four food groups, and even a song about Ben Folds! The songs on this album are written with both children and their parents in mind — no “cutesy” baby stuff  — just intelligent, fun songs that the whole family will enjoy! Danny produced the album and plays all the instruments himself. He has recruited Jeff Thall (Bryan Ferry, John Cale) to mix and Tom Durack (Chic, B52s) to master. Guest performers include Danny’s son Kai, wife Michelle and children’s music superstar Laurie Berkner. The album also features a bonus track, “The Kidney That Lived In Four People,” based on a true story, and written and recorded with Hank Green of the VlogBrothers.

Funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign, No School Today, met its initial goal in only five days and ended the campaign 160% funded, allowing for the production of several music videos to accompany the album. Videos for the songs “Marsupial” (EG Design), “Archaeology” (Yvonne Grzenkowicz), “Ice Cream” (David Cowles), and “Champion of the Spelling Bee” will be released in early spring, in advance of the album. 

A Grammy winning songwriter and producer, Danny Weinkauf has written hundreds of tracks for television, including music for "Malcolm in the Middle,” Sex and the City,” “Jon & Kate Plus 8,” “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” ESPN, CBS Sports, and more. In addition to They Might Be Giants, Danny has recorded with Fountains of Wayne, Candy Butchers, and Lincoln. His song, “I Am A Paleontologist,” from They Might Be Giants Grammy nominated Here Comes Science, has been featured in a national advertising campaign for Payless, and used in museum exhibits all over the world. 

Samples of all the songs on No School Today can be heard on Danny’s website:

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