Gastrokid can not live on bread alone, which is why we went to the most awesome Los Angeles Times Festival of books at UCLA this gorgeous LA weekend to check out the booths and see, at the suggestion of a good friend, Robbert Bobbert and The Bubble Machine, the psychedelic kid’s music project of Apples in Stereo frontman Robert Schneider. When you click the link, you’ll get the smart but somewhat grating “Tick Tock I’m a Clock”, but if you want a real sense of the range of this manic dad, indie-rocker, turned Johnny Appleseed popster, I suggest listening to bubblegum theme-song-in-search-of-a series “We R Super Heroes” and sinister “Laughing”, a minor-key ode to desperate friend-searching, and the Schoolhouse Rock-worthy “Gravity”.
Yeah, we bought books, but Mr. Bobbert/Schneider’s manager graciously gave us a copy of the Apples in Stereo magnum opus “New Magnetic Wonder.” The album was released by Elijah Wood’s Simian Records and is all XTC, Beach Boys, Pixies, Nirvana, Bealtes-inflected psyche-power-pop that kids and adults can enjoy the same. My kids and myself are enamored, particularly of the first 6 tracks. “Can You Feel It” is saccharine and safe and the video has robots and dinosaurs in it. Gastrokid rock if there ever was any (my kids are also Pixies, Clash, and Devo freaks, but that requires a bit more playlist/youtube video editing to keep it clean). The Robbert Bobbert project is released by Little Monster Records, a label that does other cool family-friendly music featuring artists like Rachel Yamagata and Medeski, Martin, and Wood.