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Tuesday, January 7, 2014

BAM Blog Questionnaire: A Peek at The Pop Ups

by Jessica Goldschmidt

In preparation for this Saturday's BAMkids performance, Brooklyn "kindie" rocker Jacob Stein (half of the Grammy-nominated duo The Pop Ups) offers up a little insight into the band's clever lyrics, sparkling melodies, and groovin' drum lines (not to mention The Pop Ups' passion for Silver Glitter crayons and the guiding light that is Prince).

What are some of The Pop Ups  biggest musical influences?

We listen to a lot of 80s dance music, Prince, Chromeo, Paul Simon, loved that recent Daft Punk album, and early 90s hip-hop.

You talk a lot about color in your song “Box of Crayons.” What three colors would you use to describe your music?

Jason, who sings the song, is actually color blind, so it's quite an adventure figuring out what colors are what! That said, I'd have to go with Deep Purple, Silver Glitter, and Hot Hot Pink.

What are some of your favorite activities to do with kids in Brooklyn?

We love going to Prospect Park, Puppetworks, story-time at public libraries, the Carousel in Dumbo, and block parties!

Desert island kids music album (that’s not yours)?

It's between Really Rosie, the amazing album written by Maurice Sendak and Carole King and Sesame Street Fever, the legendary record that includes such disco greats as "C is for Cookie" and "Has Anybody Seen My Dog?"

What’s the most exciting adventure you’ve ever taken?

Last year we were nominated for a Grammy for our album, Radio Jungle. The ceremony, the concert we did with the other nominees for Best Children's Album, and the whole experience was a pretty astounding adventure.

Tickets for Radio Jungle are sold out. The stand-by line starts one hour before show time.

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