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26 Animals

by Artichoke

An alphabet of groovy and informative animal songs for environmental and musical families. The hour-long CD comes with an illustrated songbook with complete tablature and lyrics.
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1. Aardvark
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2. Beaver
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3. Cat
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4. Dog
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5. Elephant
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6. Frog
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7. Giraffe
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8. Hippopotamus
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9. Iguana
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10. Jellyfish
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11. Kangaroo
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12. Lungfish
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13. Mosquito
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14. Newt
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15. Octopus
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16. Porcupine
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17. Quail
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18. Rattlesnake
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19. Skunk
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20. Tiger
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21. Sea Urchin
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22. Vulture
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23. Woodpecker
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24. Tyrannosaurus Rex
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25. Yak
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26. Zebra
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“26 Animals” is the first kids record by Timothy Sellers and his northeast Los Angeles indie pop band Artichoke. It is an alphabet of groovy little songs that comes with a full-color, hardcover 8”x8” songbook. The songbook contains complete lyrics, chords, and Timothy’s watercolor illustrations of each animal.

Can you imagine sleeping every day and spending your nights eating ants? Don’t answer right away. Think about it. They bite. They are full of acid. You will need to close your nostrils with special nose muscles so the ants don’t crawl up into your face and bite you when you shove your way into their colony. You will also need a very long sticky tongue capable of licking up 50,000 ants in one night. If this describes you, congratulations! You are probably an Aardvark.

What about the other 25 animals? Yes, Beavers would make excellent pets -- except that they would chew your wooden furniture into convenient sticks with which to build dams and lodges, creating wetland habitat in your very own home. Cats do what they like. You probably know a few Dogs. Elephants can listen to low frequencies with their ears, feet, and trunks. Frogs are the best vertebrate jumpers. Giraffes are tall. Hippos are cranky. Do you wanna Iguana?

“Jellyfish” could have been a Pixies song. “Kangaroo” swings like a marsupial should. “Lungfish” finally brings some attention to this versatile creature, long obscured by the lion in other menageries. “Mosquito” is a true story. “Newt” is an amphibious party. “Octopus” describes the talents and tricks of the sea’s foremost escape artist. “Porcupine” is groovy and instructive. “Quail!” Yes -- “Quail!” “Rattlesnake” has got two ends. One makes noise, the other venom. She’s got some pointy teeth for biting you. “Skunk” could have been a Bob Dylan song. “Tiger” rocks! “Sea Urchin” is seasick seafood. “Vulture” could have been a Kinks song. “Woodpecker” could have been a Belle and Sebastian song. “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is an ex-animal. He’s exanimate, he’s extinct. “Yak” takes you to Tibet for a few minutes. And “Zebra” is a survivor, thanks in part to the colorblindness of lions.

“26 Animals” and its illustrated songbook are recommended for environmental and musical families who want to sing in the car and strum by the campfire. Thanks for listening -- and feel free to swirl around like a jellyfish.

Timothy Sellers
Artichoke / greeen records 2009

Since 1999, Artichoke has performed countless Los Angeles shows, including: Spaceland, Mr. T’s Bowl, Al’s Bar, The Echo, El Cid, the Bordello, an Architect’s Treehouse in Echo Park, The Hive Gallery downtown, Bigfoot Lodge, a Democratic Party Fundraiser in Pasadena, the reopening of the Griffith Observatory, two Highland Park Music Festivals, Lummis Day, the Hotel Café, Silverlake Lounge, Sea Level Records, the Outdoor Stage, the Mt. Washington Elementary School Pumpkin Festival, Culver City’s Winter Faire, South Pasadena’s Fun Fair, the Wisdom Arts Club’s Animal Day, and on radio stations KXLU and KSPC.


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Jim Cheetham

Intelligent & catchy fun for all ages
26 Animals has to cover a lot of ground, and in some ways is a bit of a mixed bag -- my 5 year-old especially loved Kangaroo (we've been playing "Joey kicks the sleepy wallaby in the butt" for weeks now!), but he isn't interested in Mosquito because he doesn't really understand what it is (lucky boy). Musically some songs are 'clearer' to the young listener than others, but there are so many to choose from it won't take long to figure out which are your favourites.

Stylistically I'm reminded of They Might Be Giants, but with a harder grind to the sound, and a touch of the B-52s energy too. Lyrically it's clear that intelligent fact-based discussion can be fun, all too rare these days ... "doggies think of you as a doggie on two legs, maybe you're the alpha male runnin' the pack"; "she could be black with white stripes or she could be white with black"; and the ecological lament for Tiger's shrinking habitat makes a great hook for discussions about the wider world but still it's a catchy simple tune ...

Lia Carpenter

Great kids album for adults too
This is a great album for kids of parents who will fall asleep while driving if they have to listen to Barney. It rocks, but softly enough for one year olds. Mine loves to dance to it and is encouraged to learn the kazoo so she can play the cool solos that are thrown in throughout. I am encouraged by her already good taste in music. The songs are very educational and have raised my curiosity enough to do further reading just for my own benefit. The content is obviously well-researched, and revels in little known facts, like the 26 Scientists albums that preceded this cd. It is presented with catchy, rhymy lyrics, fun background sounds, interesting intstruments and the alphabet. What more could you want?