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I Can Do it By Myself

by AudraRox

AudraRox is bringing a rock-n-roll dance party to you. AudraRox..."has an approach to kids' music that blends punky energy with PB&J homeyness." On what may be the ultimate kid/parent crossover album, AudraRox has a bit of rebellion for both generations.
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1. I Can Do it By Myself!
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2. Hope My Mama Says YES!
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3. Where's My Shoes Blues
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4. Don't Wake the Baby
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5. Short Attention Span
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6. I Like to Pretend
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7. Everybody's Having More Fun
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8. I'm Tired
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9. Sugar High
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10. Beautiful Land
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11. All My Toys are Broken
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12. Pick Things Up
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13. Pro-cras-tin-a-ting
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Time Out NY Kids Readers Choice Award winning band 2005!

Check them out on Noggin's "Jack's Big Music Show" airing January 2007!!

Read the reviews!

"On what may be the ultimate kid-parent crossover album, Audra Tsanos and her punked-out band of (mostly) parents serve up energizing rhythms, catchy melodies, and slyly witty lyrics. The songs celebrate the wild, devil-may-care side of the preschool years, but not without sympathy for the grown-ups presiding over the ruckus. ("I'm gonna sit and read this book/but now I wanna run/It's been a great time doing this/But that really looks like fun/I've got a short attention span!") As kids dance to the fast paced "Sugar High" or the instructional "Pick Things Up," Mom and Dad will be nodding knowingly— if they're not rocking along themselves, that is. Every track has a bit of rebellion for both generations. What could be more punk that that?"

—Cookie Magazine (rated a 3 out of 3)


"Led by Brooklyn mom Audra Tsanos, AudraRox has earned a legion of loyal fans thanks to it's colorful, high-energy live shows. The band's long awaited new CD—which comes fully loaded with the same blow-the-roof-of-the-playhouse quality as it's concert performances—will more than satisfy devotees, and should create plenty of new Roxheads as well. The group's undeniable punk edge is evident on nearly every track; you can practically hear the leather and tattoos. Frankly, the members possess more street cred than any children's musicians should rightfully have, and they'd probably be playing CBGB if their songs didn't revolve around sit n' spins and eating broccoli.
But make no mistake, this is a kids' band: Infectious melodies, sing-a-long (or in some cases, shout-a-long) choruses, and Tsanos's impeccably smooth vocals will have even the youngest toddlers bouncing. The lyrics speak directly to children, but not without a wink to mom and dad, especially on tracks like "Short Attention Span," "Sugar High" and "Pro-cras-tin-a-ting" ("That's a long word which means you're busy doing nothing"). It's a rare CD that can appeal equally to a serious rock purist and his 4-year-old daughter. AudraRox proves once and for all that pre-schoolers and guitar solos do mix."

-TONY Kids


"Based in New York City and led by mother of two Audra Tsanos, AudraRox strikes a punk pose -- a leather-jacketed, hair-streaked elementary school student poses on the cover of their debut album I Can Do It By Myself!, released earlier this month. But make no mistake, their music is more pop than punk.

Which is by no means a put-down when the pop is as finely tuned as it is here. One of the stand-out tracks is a 2-minute slice of power-pop goodness called "Tired," which sounds a bit like the Replacements (if the Replacements had three women doing vocals). On the New Wave-styled titled track, Tsanos channels the Missing Persons' Dale Bozzio. The band also runs through other styles -- country ("I Hope My Mama Says YES!"), funky blues ("Where's My Shoes Blues"), disco, etc -- and sounds great doing 'em all. And not only does the band sound great, they all have assorted songwriting credits on the album.

Lyrically, the album tackles typical 6-year-old concerns -- the effects of rough-housing ("All My Toys Are Broken") or begging for a little extra parental indulgence ("I Hope My Mama Says YES!"). The songs are mostly written in the first person, so the young listeners will grasp on easily, but there are enough sly bits to hook the parents. I was particularly amused by how the band turned the plaintive phrase "everybody's havin' more fun than we are" into a whole song that ever so gently chides the child that uses it. And the only thing better than a 7-minute song about procrastination ("I'm gonna button my coat so I don't catch a cold / I'll do it in a minute, but first, I'll sing the chorus" -- how very meta) is a good 7-minute song about procrastination.

Given the lyrical focus, it's targeted right at kids ages 4 through 8. You can hear samples at the CDBaby page for the album.

In its willingness to explore a whole bunch of pop and rock styles, I Can Do It By Myself reminds me -- in a good way -- of Ralph's World albums. It's energetic and lots of fun, speaking to kids without ignoring the parents in the back of the room. Recommended."

-Zooglobble

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Dina

I love it as much as my kids do!
i'm shocked at how much these songs resonate with me! my husband and i give each other a "wink, wink" during each song. it seems like the songs were written as a sort of witty commentary on being a parent, even as my kids feel completely represented by them and just love dancing and singing along to them. i'm from the catskill mountains and was worried that the songs were going to be too city-based for my country-based boys, but this album answers the needs of kids and parents living, playing, eating too much sugar, breaking toys or procrastinating everywhere. you owe it to your kids to buy this album, but you owe it to yourself just as much! Fun as all heck!
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Liz

This CD is great!
I listened to all my toys are broken and it is a great song-It sounded love it had bits and pieces of The Who and Pink Floyd-I love 'I hope my mama says yes!' and 'don't wake the baby' You have now become part of our every day routine! William freaks out whenever the CD player becomes his and starts running the second you come on until the second the music is off! It is amazing to me because he loves music but usually it is heavy metal like Slipknot, Tool, or Korn! I think that it is great.
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Nancy Miller

I can do it by myself
My 6 year old loves this CD. The songs are adorable and all about things that matter to a child.

Thanks Audra!
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Sherry

ROCK ON!!!!
My 2 yr. old son and I just Love this CD! I love that it's edgy, but entertaining to my Son at the same time! It's a great CD to stack blocks to . . . . The FUN never ends!!!!
I hope you come out with a DVD, soon! ;)
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Meg Vandegrift

kid tested, mother approved!
When I first heard "Don't Wake the Baby" on WXPN I thought it had been writen for my family. My two year old son loves "singing" it to his baby brother(while he's sleeping of course). We've had lots of fun listening to this entire album.
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Judy

Absolutely Rox!
This is one of the best cds I have ever gotten for my son (and me), who is now 6. The songs have such a great beat, you wouldn't know you were listening to a kids cd til you listened to the lyrics. And the lyrics make you laugh (or at least smirk to yourself) cause it is all so relevant to all kids. I will be buying more copies to give friends as holiday gifts.
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Veronica (mommy of a 3-year old music lover)

Awesome; edgy yet wholesome
We heard Audrarox on Jack's Big Music Show on the Noggin channel and had to track down the "I Hope My Mamma Says Yes" song. The rest of the album is more edgy and innovative that the standard children's music fare and that is a good thing. Thanks for the musical ackowledgement that not all mommies live in Stepford, but we all share similar experiences with our kids (lost shoes, sugar highs and meltdowns over missed tire swing rides).
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EMWard (Mom to 2 pint-sized fans!)

LOVE LOVE LOVE this album!
I bought this album after seeing Audra Rox on Jack's Big Music Show and I have to admit that not only do my kids love this cd, but so do my husband and I! I love that it covers several musical genres, and although it's kid friendly, it's not insipid, stupid, annoying music.

I just wish they were coming to the DC area for a concert or class - we'd be there IN A MINUTE!!!
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Harrison's Mom

We sing together and laugh...it just fits our life!
It really fits what we are going through with a preschooler. We can laugh and sing together about the mood swings of a 5 year old!!! Plus the music is cooler than toddler music. My personal favorite is I hope my Mamma says yes- you wrote this for me!
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Lavan Family

My 6 year old and 4 1/2 year old agree . . . Audra ROX!!
She caught our attention on Jack's Music Show and now we are all enjoying AUDRAROX! This is one of the few CDs that everyone enjoys listening too. Even my ubber picky 4 1/2 year old loves AUDRAROX. If you have kids, GET THIS CD! - I hope YOUR Momma says YES!!! Our Momma did!
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