Gustafer Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom Is The Most Intriguing And Original Children’s Story So Far This Year

Courtesy:  Apple Eye Productions

Courtesy: Apple Eye Productions

2014 has been a good year so far for children’s releases. New albums from The Okee Dokee Brothers, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, Danny Weinkauf and others have proven to be some of the most enjoyable albums to be released in said genre so far. There are others of course. These are just a few of the year’s top new releases. Now as the year winds down, another new release has come along that is sure to make audiences take notice. That release is Gustafer Yellowgold’s the Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom. The latest release from musician Morgan Taylor, this sixth story about the former resident of the sun sees Gustafer on a journey to find the owner of a giant tooth. The very story presented here is the most important factor in the appreciation of this new release. While being central to the overall appreciation, the story presented in this release is only part of the whole that audiences will appreciate. Also worth noting is the music. By and large, the instant comparison that can be made in this release is to The Flaming Lips of all bands. Although there is one song in the story that bears quite a resemblance to The Beatles circa Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Rounding out the whole presentation is the fact that the story is presented by orally and visually. Taylor’s not so young (but still young enough) audiences will appreciate the use of what is essentially storyboarding to tell the story of Gustafer’s journey. The storyboarding helps bring fully to life the story presented in the set’s audio side. It is the final noteworthy portion of this presentation. And together with the release’s music and very story, it makes the story in whole one that any older child will want to hear at least once with their parents.

It goes without saying that in listening to singer/songwriter Morgan Taylor’s latest Gustafer Yellowgold story that it is one of the most intriguing and yet original children’s works to be released so far this year. Its very story is one that exemplifies this critic’s firm belief that children’s releases are actually more creative and original than most albums released for grown-ups. That argument can be backed up just by going through this outlandishly original story. Presented here is the story of former sun resident Gustafer Yellowgold’s journey to find the owner of a giant wisdom tooth. Yes, a giant wisdom tooth. Few musicians, bands and groups can claim to have ever crafted such a story, regardless of whether said story be for adults or kids. The only story that even begins to come close is the short story ‘Imaginary Friend’ from Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. And that story alone only filled out one song from a whole album of songs. It was a song about a boy’s imaginary friend named Pickles. Pickles liked mustard popsicles and came from another planet totally unlike that of Earth. That being noted, it can be said again that this latest adventure of Gustafer Yellowgold is easily one of the most intriguing and original children’s works to be released this year. It’s just one reason that older children and their parents will want to check out this story at least once.

The journey on which Gustafer Yellowgold embarks in this story is the central point of the whole presentation’s interest. It is definitely the most original and intriguing children’s work to be released so far this year. The music that accompanies the story adds another layer to the presentation’s interest. Those that might be familiar with the band’s work will instantly make a comparison to famed indie-rock act The Flaming Lips in listening to the story’s musical side. Even Taylor himself sounds somewhat liked TFL front man Wayne Coyne. At the same time, the song ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ conjures thoughts of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band with its mix of vocals, guitar and horn arrangements. Audiences will laugh almost hysterically as Taylor sings about Gustafter getting his face numbed at a dentist’s office. Audiences can check out the song’s official video online now via Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YsQOhjVB1c&feature=youtu.be. To say that the combination of the song and video trippy would not do either one justice. They must be experienced first-hand in order for audiences to really appreciate the artistry that went into both elements. It’s just one more reason that audiences will want to experience Gustafer Yellowgold’s latest adventure at least once.

The story and the music that make up Gustafer Yellowgold and the Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom collectively exemplify why this story is the year’s most original and intriguing for children so far this year. By themselves, the story and its music make for one heck of a ride for listeners. Together with the story’s visual side included in the set’s DVD, the story is made whole. The use of storyboards of sorts is just as ingenious and creative as the story and its music. There is no narrator; only Taylor singing. And each storyboard also includes the lyrics to the story’s songs. So audiences can follow along with ease as the story progresses. It makes the overall experience like watching a book on television. Together with the work’s music and its very story, the tale’s visual side completes the overall presentation, proving once more just why this story is one that every parent should take in at least once with their older children.

Gustafter Yellowgold’s Wisdom Tooth of Wisdom is the single most original and intriguing story to be released for children so far this year. Whether it be for the story itself, its indie-pop sound or its original visual storytelling style, plenty can be noted as to why audiences should experience this story at least once. It is available now in stores and online. More information on Gustafer Yellowgold and his many adventures is available online at:

Website: http://www.gustaferyellowgold.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/gustafter

Twitter: http://twitter.com/Gustafer

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Secret Agent 23 Skidoo “Jumps For Joy” Over New Album’s Release

Courtesy:  Underground Playground Records

Courtesy: Underground Playground Records

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s new album The Perfect Quirk hit stores and online outlets this week. In celebration of the album’s release, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo himself took to the skies and went sky diving! That’s right! And the full video from pre jump to landing can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5sDUqLX6Pc. The whole thing is set against the song ‘Imaginary Friend,’ which is just one of many songs included on The Perfect Quirk.

A summer tour in support of The Perfect Quirk has already been set beginning with a performance in Hurst, TX on July 11th. He will also be in his home state of North Carolina for a pair of dates on July 23rd and July 27th respectively. On July 23rd, Skidoo will perform live in Black Mountain, North Carolina at the Black Mountain Music Festival. And on July 27th, he will play a home town show in Asheville, North Carolina at the city’s famed Orange Peel. The current schedule of dates for Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s summer tour is listed below.

SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO IN PERFORMANCE

Highlights – Summer 2014

July 11 – Masterworks Concert Series, Hurst, TX

July 13 – 18 – Summerstage Series, NYC

July 19 – Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

July 23 – Black Mountain Concert Series, Black Mountain, NC

July 27 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC

Aug. 2 – Rox in Sox Festival, Lake Oswego, OR

Aug. 3 – The Vera Project, Seattle, WA

Aug. 4 – Bonney Lake Kids’ Club, Bonney Lake, WA

Aug. 6 – Kent Summer Concert Series, Kent, WA

Aug. 7 – Everett Summer Concert Series, Everett, WA

More information and all the latest updates on Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s tour and more is available online at http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo and http://www.secretagent23skidoo.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Debuts New Video

Courtesy:  Underground Playground Records

Courtesy: Underground Playground Records

Courtesy:  Eifrig Publishing

Courtesy: Eifrig Publishing

Kid-Hop artist Secret Agent 23

Skidoo is a busy man this year.

Skidoo’s latest full length album The Perfect Quirk is due in stores later this month. His new book Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out is due out this fall. There’s even a contest giving fans of Secret Agent 23 Skidoo under way right now that will give two lucky fans and their families lifetime passes for every one of the artist’s shows. Now, the video for Skidoo’s single ‘Pillow Fort Pillow Fight’ has been released. The song in question is the new single from The Perfect Quirk. The video can be viewed online now at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KJ_fwMST3LM&feature=youtu.be.

The video features Skidoo decked out in his trademark suit and top hat, which have been covered in stuffed animals. Meanwhile, the kids around him are taking part in a big pillow fight as the dance-style song plays over the video.

After audiences check out Skidoo’s new video, they can go over to his website, http://secretagent23skidoo.com and download ‘Imaginary Friend,’ which also comes from The Perfect Quirk, and the hip-hop audio only version of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out for a chance to win that free lifetime access to every Secret Agent 23 Skidoo live event. Kids can enter the contest by coming up with a song or story of their own outlining what happens to Pickles and Weirdo Calhoun after the songs have ended. Kids and their parents can make an original song, a video or even draw pictures outlining the destiny of either character or both with explanations of each picture.

Once contestants are done with their stories, they can e-mail their entries to mgmt@secretagent23skidoo.com. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, September 23rd. One lucky fan will be chosen from entries in the “Imaginary Friend” story category while one other will win from the entries in the Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out category.

Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out will be available in stores and online Tuesday, September 23rd. Pre-orders will be available beginning Tuesday, June 24th. The book with companion audio CD can be ordered online at http://www.eifrigpublishing.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.itunes.com, http://secretagent23skidoo.com, and at independent stores nationwide. The Perfect Quirk will be available Tuesday, June 24th.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will embark on a U.S. tour this summer in support of the album beginning this Saturday with a hometown show in Asheville, North Carolina at the All Go West Fest. Admission for the all ages concert is free. He will return to Asheville on Sunday, July 27th after performing in Hickory, North Carolina and Black Mountain, North Carolina leading first. Audiences can get Skidoo’s latest tour schedule and all of the latest news from him online at http://secretagent23skidoo.com and http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Fans can get all the latest information on Secret Agent 23 Skidoo online at http://secretagent23skidoo.com and http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo.com. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment news and reviews in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Agent 23 Skidoo’s New Book Is A Must Read For The Entire Family

Courtesy:  Eifrig Publishing

Courtesy: Eifrig Publishing

Kid-Hop rapper Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will release his fourth full length album The Perfect Quirk later this month via Underground Playground Records.  It isn’t Skidoo’s only upcoming release this year.  He will also release a new book titled Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out this fall.  The book, which comes with a companion CD, will be released Tuesday, September 23rd via Eifrig Publishing.  The book is just as enjoyable first and foremost for its story.  It is a completely original story that is an excellent companion in itself to Skidoo’s upcoming album.  It is just as enjoyable thanks to the companion CD, which is really less companion that part of the whole.  And last but hardly least, the combination of the book and CD together actually promote both literacy and family time.  All things considered, Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out proves to be not just an excellent companion to Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s upcoming album but an equally impressive piece by itself.

The story of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out is a joy to take in, whether reading it by itself or reading/singing along with the CD included with the book.  The primary reason for this is the fact that it is original.  As a matter of fact, it is just as original as the songs that make up Secret Agent 23 Skidoo’s upcoming album The Perfect Quirk.  It presents the story of a young boy named Sean who ends up taking on the moniker Weirdo Calhoun.  He takes on the name because he takes pride in being different from everyone else.  And he is definitely different from everyone else, as audiences will discover in reading the story.  Skidoo writes of Calhoun that even as a child, Calhoun finger painted secret code on the walls of his room.  And when he got older, he made all kinds of outlandish inventions and ate bizarre foods such as marshmallow pickle kabobs.  There’s much more description of the things he did that earned Calhoun his name.  Through allof the finger pointing and teasing, Skidoo tells readers of the success and famed that he and his friends, “The Odd Men Out” achieved thanks to their own self-confidence.  That theme of self-belief is another reason that audiences of all ages will appreciate this story.

Sean “Weirdo” Calhoun is definitely an interesting character to read about, as audiences will find out for themselves in reading this book.  The story of how he and his friends came to fame and their reaction is unlike any other children’s story out there.  The story’s underlying theme of self-confidence is another reason that parents and kids alike will appreciate it.  As Skidoo writes, Calhoun and his friends didn’t care what anyone said about them.  They were proud of being different from everyone else.  And it was because of their self-belief that they came out on top in the story’s end.  The end won’t be given away.  But it’s one that will leave readers of all ages smiling.  It will leave readers smiling not just because of its positive outcome, but what Calhoun and company did as a result of the story’s positive outcome.  That in itself is yet another positive to the story in whole that makes it even more enjoyable.

The originality of Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out and the underlying theme of self-belief are both equally important to the book’s overall enjoyment.  There is one more factor tied in to the book that puts this book over the top.  That factor is the CD that comes with the book.  The “companion” CD boasts a total of six tracks.  Three of the tracks on the disc are read-along tracks.  The other three are instrumentals.  All six tracks promote literacy and family bonding.  They also promote music appreciation.  That’s because of the different styles of music used as beds for the story.  The karaoke tracks encourage parents and kids to read together.  Whether it be the parents reading to the children or vice versa it gives families lots of reason to spend some much needed time together.  This is especially important considering the fact that the distance between families is growing every day thanks to video games, the internet and other external forces. This factor along with the story’s originality and its positive theme makes Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out a book that every parent and child will love reading together time and again.

With both the Perfect Quirk and Weirdo Calhoun and the Odd Men Out both due out this year, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is holding a special contest for his fans. He is giving fans the chance to win a golden ticket that will give them free lifetime entry to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo live shows. The contest started June 1st and runs through September 23rd. In order to try and win a golden ticket for free lifetime access to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo shows, audiences should start off by picking up a copy of his upcoming album and/or book. Audiences that pick up the new album should listen to ‘Imaginary Friend’ and come up with a fate for Pickles. Anyone that purchases Skidoo’s new book should listen to the hip-hop version of the story and come up with a destiny for Weirdo Calhoun and his friends.

Once contestants have come up with a destiny for either character or for both, entries can be e-mailed to mgmt@secretagent23skidoo.com by September 23rd for a chance to win the golden ticket. Skidoo will choose two lucky entries for a golden ticket. One will be from entries outlining the destiny of Pickles. The other will be from entries outlining what happens to Weirdo Calhoun and his friends after the story ends. Contestants can describe the destiny of either or both characters by drawing pictures and describing what’s happening. Or if they feel like it, contestants can write their own story. Entrants can even go to Skidoo’s website at http://secretagent23skidoo.com/ and download a free instrumental of both pieces and make their own song. Heck, contestants can even make their own home movies showing the destiny of Pickles and/or Weirdo Calhoun. The winner in each category will win free entry to all Secret Agent 23 Skidoo shows for themselves AND their families.

More information on this contest, Skidoo’s live shows and all the latest news from Skidoo is available online at http://secretagent23skidoo.com and http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Skidoo’s Latest LP Is Even More Hip-Hop Fun For The Whole Family

Courtesy:  Underground Playground Records

Courtesy: Underground Playground Records

“Kid-Hop” rapper Secret Agent 23 Skidoo drops his latest album later this month.  The Perfect Quirk will be released in stores and online Tuesday, June 24th.  The album, his fourth full length studio effort, is one that audiences of all ages will appreciate.  That’s thanks to its mix of pop culture references, catchy beats, and songs that range lyrically from the positive to the playful.  Whether it be a song promoting self-confidence in ‘3 Pointed Back,’ an aptly quirky song about a child’s imaginary (or is he?) friend in ‘Imaginary Friend,’ or the summer anthem that is ‘Unwind,’ Secret Agent 23 Skidoo and his friends offer something fun for everyone on this record.  That includes the songs not noted here, too.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo offers something for audiences of all ages on his latest release, The Perfect Quirk.  One prime example of this comes in the form of the full-on hip-hop piece that is ‘3 Pointed Back.’  The song’s musical side is well worth noting within itself.  That’s because it will have parents and kids alike nodding their heads.  Some older audiences might even catch something of a Jurassic 5 influence on the song’s musical side.  Even Skidoo himself sounds like one member of the famed hip-hop group, which is currently in the midst of a reunion tour.  Listeners familiar with Jurassic 5 will hear that as Skidoo raps on the track, “I’m a hip-hop lover/Rap like no other/They call me Secret Agent/But I’m never undercover/Rock loud to the crowd/Bounce like rubber/But I had to build my skills and discover/For a long time/I had all the wrong rhymes/But I kept trying/To make the song shine/Grab a notebook/Compose a tune to pen/Take a close look/Start over/Do it again/And as I was developin’/People who had never been/Inspired/Laughed like I was unintelligent/Like I’m the crazy one/Stupid for doing this/While they were making’ fun/Cupid was shooting his arrow in my heart/Cause I love to rap/Years later my songs are like thunderclaps/It left ‘em all quiet…I’m on fire/You wanna diss this/Don’t try it.”  The message he sends to listeners here is clear.  He is telling his audiences that no matter how much people may ridicule, no matter how much smack they might talk, one should never let the naysayers get one’s self down.  He is telling his listeners that no matter what, everyone should follow their dreams despite the haters that will come into the picture.  That positive message set alongside the song’s infectious beats makes this song the brightest spot on the whole record.  The songs other verses shared by fellow rappers Tom West and Saki Sullivan drive that message home even more thus making the song all the more enjoyable.

‘3 Pointed Back’ is a prime example of what makes The Perfect Quirk the fun record that it is. The song’s musical base is pure hip-hop at its finest. The song’s lyrical content teaches a valuable lesson that promotes self-confidence. It isn’t the only song that tackles a serious issue. Parents and children will both appreciate the positive messages presented in ‘Caught in the Screen’ and ‘You’re It.’ ‘Caught in the Screen’ tries to get kids to spend less time sitting in front of the television. ‘You’re It’ is a simple song meant to tell young listeners that there was a reason they were born. It’s another piece promoting self-confidence in young listeners. All three songs are excellent additions to the album. And collectively, they make the album all the more enjoyable from start to finish.

The positive lessons shared through the album’s trio of more “serious” songs are important additions to The Perfect Quirk in their own right. Much in the same vein, the album’s more fun and easygoing songs play their own role as well. One of the best of those songs is the album’s third track, ‘Imaginary Friend.’ Who hasn’t had an imaginary friend at one point or another in their childhood? What child today doesn’t or hasn’t had an imaginary friend? This song embraces the concept of the imaginary friend. It could almost be argued that it embraces that concept and celebrates it in a manner of speaking. As Skidoo describes him, Pickles the imaginary friend is quite the figure. He writes of Pickles that “his favorite food is mustard popsicles/He’s got green hair/And orange skin/And nobody has fun more than him/He’s the sort of friend nobody can see/Nobody but me/You’re like/what do you mean/He’s imaginary/Invisible/But he’s never scary/Nah/He’s really cool/He’s silly too/He’s an acrobat/He does backflips/While we play hacky sack/Nobody fast as us/Won’t be running races/But he cracks me up/Making funny faces.” Pickles is, needless to say, quite the original figure. Skidoo goes on to write that Pickles thinks he’s real and that his friend is indeed the one that’s imaginary. It’s such a fun and funny song. The catchy hip-hop musical backing adds even more enjoyment to the song. There’s no doubt in the mind of this critic that this song will have listeners of all ages dancing and rapping along. It is that catchy and fun.

‘Imaginary Friend’ and ‘3 Pointed Back’ are two great additions to The Perfect Quirk thanks to their mix of catchy music and equally catchy and positive lyrical content. There is at least one more equally great addition to the album showing just what makes it so fun. That song is fittingly titled, ‘Unwind.’ ‘Unwind’ is a song that celebrates summer. It celebrates all the joys of being a kid on vacation. Go figure, all the things that Skidoo raps about on this song, kids will be doing this and every summer. He even throws in a pop culture in the reference to the classic comic strip Calvin and Hobbes. Many parents will get the reference and definitely appreciate it. In turn, those parents will be able to share in not only the joy of this song but in the joy that Calvin and Hobbes brought them as children. They can then pass on that same joy to their own children. That parents and children can share in the joy of a classic comic strip thanks to a song in which they will also be able to share is a massive statement in favor of this song. And together with the album’s other songs –both those noted and those not directly noted—it becomes one more part of what makes The Perfect Quirk an easy contender for a spot on this critic’s list of the year’s top new children’s albums.

The Perfect Quirk will be available in stores and online Tuesday, June 24th. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will embark on a U.S. tour this summer in support of the album beginning this Saturday with a hometown show in Asheville, North Carolina at the All Go West Fest. Admission for the all ages concert is free. He will return to Asheville on Sunday, July 27th after performing in Hickory, North Carolina and Black Mountain, North Carolina leading first. Audiences can get Skidoo’s latest tour schedule and all of the latest news from him online at http://secretagent23skidoo.com and http://www.facebook.com/secretagent23skidoo. To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it. Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at http://philspicks.wordpress.com.