Danny Weinkauf to Release First Solo Family Music Album, NO SCHOOL TODAY, 4/29
Danny Weinkauf, longtime bassist with They Might Be Giants, whose song "I Am a Paleontologist" became the anthem for young scientists everywhere, will release his first solo family music album, No School Today, on April 29th (Idlewild).
With 16 original smart-pop tunes, No School Today covers topics from marsupials to voting rights, spelling bees to the four food groups and even a song about Ben Folds.
The rousing rocker "Oh No Oh Yeah" is just perfect for when the day spins out of control, and "Cast My Vote" is a kid-centered ode to exercising our democratic rights. "Champion of the Spelling Bee" debuted in 2011 in an ESPN TV feature about the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The song "Archaeology" is an inspiring follow-up to Danny's hit tune "I Am a Paleontologist" (featured on They Might Be Giants' GRAMMY nominated album Here Comes Science).The new song was inspired by fan requests.
"Several times after a Giants show, people would come up and tell me how much they liked my "Archaeology" song. They were confusing the title of 'Paleontologist,' but I decided to honor them by writing another song," he says.
Guest performers include Danny's son Kai, daughter Lena, wife Michelle, and family music superstar Laurie Berkner, who sings along on "Our Love Fits."The album also features a bonus track, "The Kidney That Lived in Four People," based on a true story, and written and recorded with additional guest Hank Green of the VlogBrothers. Danny produced the album and plays all the instruments himself.
Crowd-funded, No School Today met its initial Kickstarter goal in only five days and ended the campaign 160% funded. A music video for the song "Marsupial" will debut in early April, and more videos will be coming around the release date.