Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Yo Gabba Gabba!

If you haven't checked out the show Yo Gabba Gabba! yet, borrow one of your friends' or relatives' kids so you have an excuse (if you need one) and check it out post-haste. You can catch it on Nick Jr. or the Noggin network. It's hosted by DJ Lance Rock (that's him in the orange suit and furry hat holding the boom box) and includes his pals Muno (the red cyclops), Foofa (the pink flower bubble), Brobee (described only as "the little green one"), Toodee (the blue cat-dragon) and Plex (the yellow robot), all pictured above.

While targeted toward the wee-little ones, this show is seriously beyond off the wall! At points you have to question what sort of illegal substances the creators were taking while thinking up some of this stuff. Even my four year old daughter can sense that there's something not quite right with the show...but that hardly detracts from enjoying it! Although only around since last year, in its two seasons it's featured an impressive array of guests including Leslie Hall, The Shins, The Aggrolites, Cornelius, Biz Markie, Shiny Toy Guns, Supernova, Mark Mothersbaugh, Rahzel, The Postmarks, Sugarland, Tony Hawk, Low, Laila Ali, Elijah Wood, Mýa, and The Salteens.

Just in time for Christmas, a soundtrack from the first two seasons has been released, and includes The Ting Tings, Biz Markie, The Salteens, The Roots, The Equabats, Mark Kozelek, all well as tracks featuring DJ Lance Rock and the Yo Gabba Gabba crew. All of the tracks are less than two and a half minutes, with most coming in at less than two, so the album flies by, and is good for listening to when you want to listen to some just plain fun music. Below are a couple tracks to prove to you that you don't have to be four to enjoy them. The first, Party In My Tummy, has to be the absolute best track on the album, and the video is a must watch, too. The second track features Biz Markie, who appears as a regular feature with Biz's Beat of the Day in which he teaches you how to beatbox. Listen, enjoy, and wish you were a wee-one again.

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