As an artist, one of the happiest things in the world is finding out that someone whose work you love also likes what you do as well! Lately one of our little heroes, Kid President, has been using our songs for his videos. In this new one he gets a message from the real president (set to our song a runaway kite ). Keep up the awesome Robby and Brad!
While rediscovering a park by Yoshimi’s childhood home, we heard a nice song being sung by a Grandmother to a baby. After tracking down the voice, we discovered that it was the mom of Yoshimi’s favorite neighbor when she was little. So local!
Once a week on a local television channel in Nagoya, Japan, viewers can catch a short segment in which a lanky white American guy teaches kids how to make instruments from household objects — in fluent Japanese. The DIY instruments range from rubber-band guitars to cardboard drums and a xylophone made from a paper roll.
The host of this unique little production is Lullatone — a husband-wife musical duo (one part Japanese, one part American) who have pioneered a genre that Shawn James Seymour (the American half) calls “pajama pop” (not to be confused with “twee”). With a blend of lo-fi instrumentation, soft vocals (from wife Yoshimi Tomida), and simple (like really simple) lyrics — Lullatone’s songs range from “Growing Up” to “Going to Buy Some Strawberries” — Lullatone has emerged as a critical voice in commercial sound design. They’re also just about the cutest band on the face of the planet. James fills us in on their easy mystique.