Brats on the Beat Contest Winner by jimmycanuck
November 21, 2006, 11:01 am
Filed under: blog news, contests, music, shopping


Congratulation to Sarah Rosnes of Winnipeg Manitoba! You’ve won the first ever flotsam/jetsam contest. To commemorate this moment in history, I’ll be contacting Go-Kart Records with you information to have a CD sent out lickety split.

See folks? Winning is just that easy. Stay tuned for more contests to come. And if you entered the contest and didn’t win, just remember – the album is on sale as of today!


Don’t Forget To Enter The Contest! by jimmycanuck
November 20, 2006, 5:44 pm
Filed under: contests, music, shopping


Just a reminder, tommorow is the day that Go-Kart Records releases their fantastic children’s album Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids.  It’s also the day we’ll be drawing a name out of our virtual hat to give away a copy, courtesy of Go-Kart!  We’re well into the last 24 hours before the draw so if you haven’t entered, get on with it already!  😛

The Original Playstation – Looks like Shit, Sounds Like Gold by jimmycanuck
November 13, 2006, 11:26 am
Filed under: audio, gadgets, gaming, links, music, shopping

The wife and I were wandering through Wal-Mart to see if they’d set up any of their PS3 or Wii displays, and even though we didn’t find anything like that (good luck putting that together at the last minute, midnight crew) we were quite surprised to see a number of PSOne’s sitting on top of the glass display cases.  The PSOne’s having not been there in recent years, we were absolutely dumbfounded.  Why would they be bringing PSOne’s out of storage to put on display – especially when they’ll be taking up space during a two-launch weekend?!?!

The good folks over at bits bytes pixels & sprites have shed a little light on the subject.  They’ve linked to an article over at MSNBC that claims the Playstation 1 is considered by most audiophiles the best high fidelity CD Player ever created.  It may not explain why they were sitting out on display at Wal-Mart this week, but it might just give you a good reason to go pick one up.

Contest – Win A Copy Of Brats on The Beat: Ramones For Kids by jimmycanuck
November 9, 2006, 4:21 pm
Filed under: blog news, contests, music


With the help of our good friends over at Go-Kart Records, I’m pleased to announce Flotsam/Jetsam’s first contest! You’ve all read the review, and now we’ll be giving you the chance to win your very own copy of Brats on the Beat: Ramones For Kids. To enter, simply submit your name and mailing address to fjcontests@gmail.com, and we’ll take care of the rest.

A winner will be selected at random and notified by e-mail on November 21st, the same day the album hits stores.

Good luck, everyone!

Music Review – Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids by jimmycanuck
November 7, 2006, 1:37 pm
Filed under: audio, family, links, music, reviews, shopping, youtube

No review I could write for this album could ever do it justice. As such, I’ve let my nearly two year old daughter Julia put together her own video review which you can watch above. As you can see, it’s rather danceable. 😉

In all seriousness, the reason I wanted to post this video was to show you that despite any skepticism you might have, Brats on the Beat is a fantastic addition to any child’s music library. Not only does the sound of the Ramones contain that same sort of high energy, bouncing off the walls madness that kids love, but it’s the kind of kick ass music that parents can enjoy just as much.

Containing 12 covers of classic Ramones tunes (as performed by a number of famous rockers), Brats on the Beat is surprisingly faithful to its source material despite the claims of being “kiddified.”

Rather than turning the songs into Raffi-esque nightmares, the kidification of the Ramones seems to be focused solely on some slight lyrical changes. Unfriendly lyrics like “shoot’ em in the back now” in Blitzkrieg Bop are now replaced with much safer ones. This doesn’t mean the songs have been mangled though – it’s the rare instance where a small child-friendly tweak has been made, and unless you’re listening for it chances are you won’t even notice.

The only strange decision by the producers that might call the the kid-friendly nature of the album into question is the inclusion of the song “I Just Want to have Something to Do,” about an individual who just wants to fuck to pass the time. Lyrically, there is really nothing inappropriate – a child would never in a million years figure out what the song was about. But still, it seems like a strange song to include. Considering that this is an allusion only parents would get anyway, hearing “I Just Want to have Something to Do” is about as harmful to a child as hearing Baby Bear say “Does a bear go potty in the woods?” during Elmo’s Potty Time. Still, considering the producer’s choice to include so many songs that completely avoid the possibility of uptight parent’s complaining, including this just seems like an odd choice to make.

Despite this bump in the road that might pose a problem for a small group of parents, Brats on the Beat is a solid disc full of some of the best tunes in the Ramones catalogue. Blitzkrieg Bop, California Sun – heck, even their cover of the Spiderman theme makes it in here. This is a fantastic cover album that, kid or no kid, you should have in your collection.

Also worth mentioning – by picking this album up, you won’t just be doing a favor for a kid you know. A portion of the proceeds from each sale will be going to benefit St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Last month in an interview with Greg Ross, founder of Go-Kart Records, it was suggested that they may be putting together an album to benefit those with Muscular-Sclerosis in the near future. If you can make it another children’s album, Greg, my daughter will thank you. 🙂

Brats on the Beat will be available in stores and online music services on November 21st, and can be pre-ordered on the Go-Kart Records website now.

More information, including sample tracks, can be found on the official Brats on the Beat myspace page.

Interview – Brats On The Beat: Ramones For Kids by jimmycanuck
October 16, 2006, 5:07 pm
Filed under: interviews, music


This past week I was lucky enough to stumble across something that no punk parenthood should be without – Brats on the Beat: Ramones for Kids. Playing a sample for my two year old made her go absolutely batshit – like an epileptic in a mosh pit. Even though she’s always reacted well to music, she’s never taken to a tune so completely. It was like she was possessed, and we loved every minute of it. Her bopping around like a maniac reminded me what makes being a parent so much damned fun.

Of course, being forced to sit through the unholy songs of Barney & Friends every morning ad nauseam, I had to find out more about Brats on the Beat. I was fortunate enough to get in touch with Greg Ross, founder of Go-Kart records, and had a virtual sit down with him. Here’s what he had to say;

jimmycanuck – What was the inspiration for this album?

Greg Ross – A friend of mine told me that he thought his daughter was asleep, so he put on the Ramones. About 15 minutes later he saw that she had walked in the room and was dancing. At around the same time I realized that my sister was imparting her horrible music taste upon my nieces and nephews…I had to step in and save them!

jc – Why the Ramones?

gr – Partially from the answer above, and partially because the Ramones songs work so well for children. We did throw around some another names, but in the end we kept going back to the Ramones.

jc – You were able to get a lot of big name performers (members of Pennywise, The Donnas, Queens of the Stone Age, et al) to contribute to the album. How did everyone become involved in the project?

gr – Most of the credit here goes to Jennifer Precious Finch (The Shocker/ex-L7) who worked like a crazy person on this. I told her my idea and she just took off with it. She opened her phone book and started calling everyone she could. We also got some help from some people who loved the idea like Jeff Abata at Epitaph, Joe Escalante at Kung Fu and Greg Werkman at Ipecac. Everyone has been really supportive so there are too many people to mention who helped. We should also thank all the Ramones, their families and their management who gave us their blessing.”

jc – So where can people go to purchase the album?

gr – It should be available at their favorite record store (if there are any left when it is released – just a little joke there about the horrible state of the retail business). I know most of the major chains like Best Buy, Transworld, Borders, Amazon etc. will have it. But as always we hope you go to your favorite mom and pop record store and support them! They are the lifeblood of this industry.

jc – Will it be available through any online music stores (iTunes, Napster, etc..?)

gr – Yup – all of em. As well as on the Go-kart website (www.gokartrecords.com)

jc – A portion of the proceeds from this album will be going to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Why St. Jude’s?

gr – I made a decision to do a series of releases to benefit different causes, starting with this one. I choose St Jude’s Children’s Hospital because it seemed appropriate – after all, this is a record for kids. It is also one of the leading cancer research institutes in the country, and since Joey Ramone died of cancer it seemed even more appropriate. Since this (work on the album) started, one of the employees here at Go-kart was diagnosed with MS. So our plans have changed slightly. We will focus on benefits for MS research going forward.

I for one can’t wait to get my hands on a copy of Brats on the Beat. The album will be released on November 21st. And remember kiddies – you can pick up some great tunes and help support a great cause at the same time. Both your children and your Raffi-riddled ears will thank you.

Samples from Brats on the Beat can be heard on the album’s MySpace.com profile.