The Pop Ups have received a GRAMMY nomination for their second family music CD, Radio Jungle. This self-produced, self-released collection of wildly imaginative and catchy tunes debuted in April, and has since won accolades from Parents’ Choice the Fids and Kamily Awards, as well as heavy rotation on SiriusXM’s “Kids Place Live” radio show, and other national acclaim.
The Pop Ups (Jason Rabinowitz and Jacob Stein) are a Brooklyn-based musical duo who the Wall Street Journal says “reflect the creativity percolating on the independent children's music scene.” Not your typical band; The Pop Ups perform their music using cardboard props, hand-painted sets, and a colorful cast of original puppets; crafting a world of magic that engages, educates and delights all ages. The Pop Ups perform regularly at NYC venues, tour regionally, and are about to do their second national tour with Yo Gabba Gabba Live.
The Pop Ups created a puppet musical for each of their two albums that weave the songs into an adventure in The Pop Ups world. The duo won high praise from critics for their first stage show “PASTA: A Pop Ups Puppet Musical,” which has enjoyed successful runs in New York and Los Angeles. Their music is recorded from Jason’s home in South Brooklyn, which is also where their stage shows, videos and even their t-shirts are assembled. A fixture in the neighborhood, the garage is always open and frequently attracts the interest of passersby who know something magical is always brewing.
The Pop Ups’ first release Outside Voices took the kindie rock world by surprise when it was released in 2010, winning awards, national radio play and mounds of critical acclaim.
A love letter to pop music, Radio Jungle assimilates pop idioms into something new and altogether unique. The songs are polished, sonically cohesive and inviting with themes ranging from where “Bananas” come from, to the artistic potential presented by a “Box of Crayons.” Teachable moments abound, as in the phonemic “Elephants” and the bouncy counting song “Math Rock.” The Pop Ups exuberance and musical prowess shine with every track. The album features Shawana Kemp (Shine & the Moonbeams), legendary psych-rock pioneer Peter Stampfel (The Fugs and Holy Modal Rounders), and Oran Etkin, a clarinetist-educator who has participated in other productions recognized by the Recording Academy (GRAMMYs).
Following Jason’s featured role in the Tony Award winning Broadway production of One Man Two Guvnors, The Pop Ups are scheduling a busy upcoming 2013 concert tour of their new puppet musical titled RADIO JUNGLE, a comedic, ecological scavenger hunt in search of color, featuring songs from the GRAMMY nominated album and proving that anyone can use duct tape, cardboard, paint and imagination to create magic, and adventure.