'Bay Area kindie rockers The Hipwaders deliver a tasty satchel o' musical treats with their latest EP Goodie Bag. Simply put, this is a great powerpop mini-album, never mind the intended age. The Hipwaders are made up of Tito Uquillas on guitar, keyboards, and lead vocals; DJ Kinville on bass and vocals; and Nick Baca on drums and vocals. The trio have been performing family music for over five years, and Goody Bag is their fourth kids' album. The jangly 'Birthday Ruckus' could have easily been a Monkees tune, and 'Field Trip,' a long-time fan-favorite at live shows, gives a shout out to the indie band Game Theory. That song and 'Always Mom,' an homage to mothers everywhere, are a little reminiscent of the quirky, jazzy bands on Long Beach, California's SST label. The brief, a cappella 'Prelude to a Thing' precedes 'Things You Want,' a song that echoes the springy pop of Barenaked Ladies. A novice shutterbug's pride is expressed on the superb tune 'My New Camera' ... hey, if you're programming a radio playlist or making a mix tape for a car trip, put this one somewhere amongst Rush's 'The Camera Eye,' Yes' 'Into the Lens,' and Paul Simon's 'Kodachrome'! 'What's That Noise?' channels Buddy Holly, The Who, Elvis Costello, The Moody Blues, and Led Zeppelin, all in the span of two minutes, while telling the tale of a haunted house. Finally, kids' music genius Gunnar Madsen makes a guest appearance on the slightly funky title track, scatting like nobody's business, as Uquillas' admits 'my scat is wack.' The seven kid-length songs on Goody Bag (only one is over three minutes long) are a great introduction to The Hipwaders' sound: catchy and angular, fun and witty. If you can get your hands on a hard copy of the CD, dig the original cover art by Brian Clarke, the bobblehead likenesses of the band, and the cool reproduction of a vinyl LP on the CD itself. Grab your Goody Bag, folks, it's one of the best kids' albums of 2009 so far!' Warren Truitt, About.com: Children's Music 'Anyone who listened to the Barenaked Ladies' Snacktime! And was disappointed with the relative lack of old-school BNL energy should seek out Goodie Bag, the new EP from Bay Area trio the Hipwaders. Boasting catchy, uptempo arrangements and pleasantly dry production, the Hipwaders' songs cover lyrical ground that runs from the expected (having good manners, being afraid of the dark) to the unusual (rayguns, other dimensions, getting a new camera), which should help Goodie Bag win new fans among preschoolers and preteens alike.' Jeff Giles, Dadnabbit.com.
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